PIONEER HDJ-2000 HEADPHONES: Audio Luxe

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There’s no doubt about it: Pioneer’s “flagship” headphones have proved their mettle over the years, and I’m consistently satisfied with their comfort, sound quality, and versatility of use. Should you buy them? Well, that may come down to a question of price.

What is it?
Professional grade, high-quality headphones with 50 mm driver units and high-flux magnets which create outstanding resolution, from bass to treble.

Who’s it for?
The HDJ-2000s offer excellent quality with clear separation for any environment – whether performing at a nightclub or engineering in a studio. They are equally well suited to DJs and producers.

Style
Pioneer’s design sensibility is consistently minimal and elegant, and the HDJ-2000s follow the same aesthetic. They are available in silver, black chrome and white.

Usability
The HDJ-2000s are comfortable and compact. Equipped with the new I-Hinge auto return feature, the ear cups give full isolation and can swivel 90 degrees, making them ideal for DJs who prefer single-shoulder monitoring. The heat-sensitive, low-rebound urethane-foam padding with a protein leather surface cushions the ears and head, preventing ear fatigue. They’re also easy to carry – they use a removable Mini-XLR cable and can fold into themselves.

The Upside
Apart from good sound quality and comfort, the mono/stereo switch is a great add-on as it enables the user to select a preference for monitoring signals.

The Downside
I’m not fully convinced that this set would be entirely worth it for everyone. An approximate price of 18,000 – 20,000 INR would make them a more realistic choice for professional DJs.

Final Call
I’ve been using the HDJ-2000s for the last 2 years and they’re still going strong. I’m slightly biased about this, but in my book they’re a great set of headphones.

What’s in the Box Tech Specs
• 6.3mm 3p plug adapter
• Carrying case
• 1.2m side mount coil cord (extends to 3m)
• Type: fully enclosed dynamic headphones
• Frequency range: 5Hz to 30,000Hz
• Driver unit type: 50mm dome
• 3.5mm 3P mini plug, gold-plated
• Mono and stereo monitoring switch
• Swivel mechanism
• Folding design
Approximate Price: INR 19,500/-

 

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