The 4 Best DJ Headphones Under $100: 2017 Reviews and Top Picks

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When looking into essential DJ equipment it is incredibly easy to get caught up looking into the big things, particularly turntables and the various components you can fit them out with. As a result, we have a habit of overlooking some of the smaller pieces of equipment that hold just as much importance.

Namely, headphones.


Being a quality DJ is literally impossible if you can’t hear what you are doing. With this in mind, headphones are obviously integral to finding and producing your own sound – and actually ensuring that the sound that you are producing is the sound you want to be producing.

The issue is when it comes to headphones specifically there are hundreds (if not thousands) of options out there that fit your personal budget – and as a result finding a good one can really take a bit of work. So with this in mind, we have done all the ground work for you. Taking into consideration a number of factors including sound quality, build materials, and durability, we have organised an extensive list on the top 4 DJ headphones available for under 100 bucks for purchase today.

Product Summary

Headphones on Sound Mixer

Numark Redwave Carbon Driver Headphones

Numark are renowned for making high quality DJ equipment and their headphones are no different. This holds especially true when discussing the Redwave, a fantastic option with a heap of features that is made with high quality materials – you seriously cannot go wrong with these.

Audio-Technica ATH-M40X Headphones

Audio technica are well known for making budget turntables that produce a high quality sound at an incredibly affordable price – and their headphones are no different. Providing you with a high quality sound and a vast array of additional features, the ATH-M40X are an excellent option.

Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphones

The first thing you will notice about these Sennheiser headphones is that they are incredibly comfortable. As soon as you put them on it becomes hard to believe that they fall within this price bracket. This is further reinforced when you actually listen to these monsters – an extremely high quality sounding set of cans at an incredible price.

Sony MDR7506 Headphones

Sony electronics are an extremely well-known brand that have been producing high quality products for years. With the MDR7506 you not only get a high quality Sony produce – you get a high quality product that is made for DJ’s specifically. Featuring an extra-long cord and high durability these are a great option for all.

Comparison Table

Reviews Of The 4 Best Headphones (Under $100)

1. Numark Redwave Carbon Driver Headphones

Numark Redwave Carbon Driver Headphones

The Numark redwave were designed with the intent to provide an affordable option to the professional DJ – and boy have they delivered. The first thing you notice about the Redwave is their striking appearance – opting for a red, silver, and gloss black design, these look fantastic.

The Redwave’s employ a closed cup design that reduce outside noise incredibly well. This is combined with large 50mm drivers to produce a clear and crisp sound. As an added bonus these headphones come with an extra-long headphone cord, and a swivelling headphone cup – both of which make gigging an absolute breeze.

It is important to note that while these speakers are designed to be light weight and breathable, their plastic components do actually feel somewhat cheap and fragile. This has been reiterated by some individuals who have suggested they may deteriorate with heavy use – so travel with them carefully.

What we liked

  • Look fantastic
  • Great sound quality
  • Decent features

What we didn’t like

  • Plastic feels cheap
  • Durability has been questioned

2. Audio-Technica ATH-M40X Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M40X Headphones

The ATH-M40X headphones are widely regarded as one of the best budget headphones available on the market. The first thing you notice with these cans is that they are not small – they are a large set of headphones that are built to last.

This is ultimately due to two key factors. Firstly, these headphones use a pair of large, high quality 40mm drivers. And secondly, they are designed with high quality materials in which durability has been made paramount.

This has led to the creation of a piece of equipment that will last a very long time without seeing a drop in sound quality. And while we are here, I should certainly mention the sound quality, which is exceptional – with deep bass and crisp highs, these genuinely sound like a much more expensive pair of headphones.

These headphones also offer a swivel ear cup and are extremely comfortable, which make them perfect for long bouts of gigging or audio monitoring. It is important to note that these only come with a single cotton carrying case, so you may want to purchase an additional (read: harder) carry case for extra protection.

What we liked

  • Excellent durability
  • Great sound quality
  • Decent features

What we didn’t like

  • Only one colour option
  • May need additional carrying case

3. Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphones

Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphones

Something that has become increasingly apparent over the years is that Sennheiser know how to make quality headphones. Introducing models across all price ranges, they consistently produce high quality options that sound amazing.

And the HD280 is no different.

Offering arguably the highest sound quality on this list, these Sennheiser headphones are ridiculous. They produce incredibly deep bass, crustal clear highs, and their mid-range is near perfect. The headphones also fold up, making them easily portable, and are quite comfortable and swivel effectively, making them ideal for those longer sessions.

This model do have quite a shot cord, rendering them somewhat less suitable for those who move around the decks a lot.

What we liked

  • Incredible sound quality
  • Decent features

What we didn’t like

  • Only one colour option
  • Short headphone cord

4. Sony MDR7506 Headphones

Sony MDR7506 Headphones

The Sony MDR7506 have been in production for a touch over 25 years, and as a result, have developed a huge following – which has obviously occurred for a reason.

These headphones have an extremely high quality finish, and while it may be argued that they look somewhat simple (old school even), they are exceptionally durable and function very effectively. With this, they offer minimal features and prioritise doing the essentials well over providing any unnecessary flash.

With this in mind, they do fold down for easy transport, but don’t offer swivel cups. Irrespective of this, they are extremely comfortable, in which they are ideal for longer sessions.

All of this comes with excellent sound quality. These Sony headphones provide an exceptionally detailed sound, and if there is any issue with your audio then you will hear it. These are designed to provide you with production level sound quality – which has been accomplished successfully. It is important to note that this does come with a slightly low end base sound that may not please everyone.

A great option for those looking for a simple set of headphones that maximises sound quality.

What we liked

  • Great sound quality
  • High Construction Quality
  • Durable

What we didn’t like

  • Simple appearance
  • Minimal Features

Value Section

DJ mixer with headphones

While I genuinely believe that the headphones features in this article offer the best value for money within this specific price range, it would be unrealistic to believe they suit everyone out there. Whether this comes down to the specific look you are after, or a certain feature that these may not offer, it doesn’t matter, I understand.

So because of this, I have organised some key tips to finding the best value for headphones under 100 dollars – no matter what you are after specifically.

Closed Ear Headphones are a must: If you’re not sure 100% on the headphone style you need, I should state that it is imperative you opt for closed ear headphones. Closed ear headphones optimally isolate the sound you are producing while cancelling out external noises – both of which are essential.

Choose something comfortable: It is important to remember that you will wearing these for large amounts of time. As such, comfort is key. It doesn’t matter how nice they look, if a certain pair of headphones are uncomfortable they will become pretty useless pretty quickly.

Choose necessary Features: within this price range it is unlikely you will find a pair of headphones with every feature you want – BUT – you should be able to find a pair with every feature you need. Those headphones that swivel and fold for storage are ideal for the gigging DJ.

And there you have it – my personal tips to finding a good pair of headphones within this price range. Or you could select one of the pairs on this list (they are pretty good, trust me).


Blonde girl dancing with headphones

Now, as I have already mentioned at length, each of the headphones offer a great option dependant on your needs and what you are after in a decent headphone. But despite this, to me personally, there is one clear winner.

The Audio Technica ATH-M40X headphones.

These headphones combine incredible sound quality with both durable construction and essential features to create a professional pair of cans that are perfect for gigging. While they only come in one colour, they look amazing, and will last you a very long time. I can say without a doubt that the m40X are the best headphones for under 100 bucks available on the market – period.

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