"One of the best headphones, if not the best."5.0 starson by hugh2112
Pros: Top notch sound quality
Solid and sturdy design
Somewhat heavy compared to other headphones
Not full circumaural
Summary: First of all, these may cost about $350-$400 in online stores and up to $500 in normal shops but it may be worthwhile to check eBay as I managed to snag these for ~$150 (with $15 postage for Australian interstate postage).
And a disclaimer: I'm no audiophile but I do enjoy good sound quality. And the only other headphones I've used are Sennheiser HD201 which I bought for AU$40. So this review is based on my personal taste and is not being compared to other high-end headphones.
These certainly feel like high-end headphones due to their aluminium and plastic build. They have a certain weighty feeling to them as well but not enough to really feel them when you're wearing them. The earcups aren't as big as other headphones (they just fit around my ears but still sit on my earlobes) and may feel cramped to some people. For most people though, the "heat-sensitive memory foam" padding and the fact these headphones don't clamp onto your head will relieve much of the discomfort. I wore these for 6 hours and didn't have any qualms with comfort.
Feature-wise, the HDJ-2000 has a couple of things to note.
The detachable cable uses a mini-XLR to connect to the headphones and has the typical 3.5mm jack on the other hand (a screw-on 6.5mm adapter is also provided). Since the cable is usually the first thing to break, a detachable cable is very handy. Note that the cable is the coiled type though and can extend out to 3m. It's usual length is just over a metre. And the cable's quite sturdy too.
The earcups can swivel 90 degrees towards the front and can also do a 180 so it's facing outwards. Frankly, unless you're a DJ, you'll probably won't be using this feature.
Mono/stereo output switch. Most music tracks have a separate left/right track and all this switch does is play both streams in the same speaker. Both the left and right earcups will still be playing, they'll just be playing both audio streams.
And now onto the most important aspect: sound quality. Pioneer markets these as their DJ headphones and once you hear them, you'll know why. I paired them with my Cowon J3* and the result is "wow". My older $40 Sennheiser HD201 (they're actually not that bad for the price) lacked bass so I had set my EQ to compensate for that. But when I plugged the HDJ-2000 in, it sounded very muddy. Once I set the EQ to something more suitable (I'm using BBE ViVA2 now instead of the previous X-Bass), the sound was like the aural equivalent of honey. The first thing I noticed was the distinct sound separation and awesome sound quality. Particularly like the bass, deep and punchy but not over-powerful. I can still hear the other sound ranges clearly as well. To sum it up, "you get what you paid for" is certainly the case - eBay wasn't around when the phrase was made so $350 worth, not $150.
* Cowon MP3 players are generally regarded as one of the best sounding players due to their 35 preset EQ, 4 custom EQ, BBE+, and JetEffect 3.0 settings which allow for an insane amount of sound tweaking.
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