One of the most important bits of DJ kit you can own is a set of DJ headphones. In order to mix well during a set, create your own music or simply listen to your favourite tune on the way to work - the right pair of headphones will only enhance your experience.
As a DJ; your headphones will need to fulfill a varying set of needs, so we've complied the main aspects to consider before you make a purchase.
You will be wearing your headphones for hours, so you need to make sure they feel good on your ears and when they hang around your neck. Check that the lead doesn't catch on you or the equipment too as they need to be easy to take on and off throughout your sets.
2. Closed back
Closed back headphones have casing around the ear pieces rather than open - this makes sure that external noise is as isolated as much as possible from what you need to listen to in the headphones. DJ's need to be able to hear the song they have queuing, as well as limit the damage to ears from the external bass.
3. Are they loud?
Clubs are going to be louder than your home studio, you'll need to make sure that the headphones you buy are loud enough so that you can hear your own music over the external beats.
4. Cheap does not last
Your headphones will (hopefully) be in frequent use, there's a very high chance you will drop them, tread on them, throw them in and out of your bag - and the fact is, the cheaper your headphones are, the more cheaply they were made - so be wary that they may not last longer than a few gigs.
5. How do you wear them?
The most common way for a DJ to use a set of headphones is with one ear on and one ear off so you can hear the song on the monitor and the next track to mix in. Many good brands of DJ headphones have the ability to spin one of the earpieces out of the way, this will really help your technique and posture throughout the night.
6. Size does matter
The jack input for the headphones has to be the right size. The size of an iPod plug is 1/8" and if you end up this size - you will need a converter for most DJ controllers. Look for 1/4" for a more universal size.
7. Get a bag for them
Make sure your headphones are portable; especially if you are gigging up and down the country you should invest in a headphones bag to secure them in during transit.