When it comes to DJ headphones, German based Sennheiser has one of the best reputations out there. Their famed HD-25-II headphones have achieved an arguable “industry standard,” and rumor has it that they were the base for the wildly successful TMA-1 by AiAiAi.
So you can imagine the buzz when Sennheiser announced the HD7-DJ headphones last year. The headphone game has changed since the HD-25s first came out, with lots of new players in the game -- good ones too. The thought on everyone’s mind was would the HD7’s stack up?
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We had a few minutes to check them out at this year’s NAMM show, but because of all the distractions you would come to expect at a trade show, it wasn’t nearly enough time to form an opinion, so they sent us a pair to check out. So we put them to the test in an environment they belong – the DJ booth.
Note: For a point of reference, I normally use either the Technics RP-DJ1200As or the TMA-1s as my preferred headphones. Any bias is coming from that perspective.
Let’s break down the HD7’s in what we feel are the three most important aspects of DJ headphones – construction, comfort, and of course, audio quality.
Sennheiser HD7 DJ Headphones Review
Construction is one of the most overlooked factors when it comes to DJ headphones. Yes, it's important for headphones to sound great, but that does very little for you if they break every time you stash them in your DJ bag. Fresh out the box you can tell the HD7’s are quality. Essentially a combination of molded plastic, rubber, padding and metal, there was nothing cheap about the construction. The removable lock-in cord is hefty and durable, stretching well when needed, and returns nicely to its coiled form. And after a few turns in the booth and being carried around for a DJ bag, it was pretty clear they could take a beating.
For most headphones, the price tag for sturdy construction is a heavy weight, however the HD7s are surprisingly light. The ear padding is soft and supple, and the headphones move/adjust on the fly with ease. One draw back I did find is that the flexible metal band tends to pinch slightly after wearing the headphones on both ears during extended listening periods. This problem is disappears when using them in the usual over one ear only DJ capacity.
Yes, the question you're dying to know- how do the HD-7’s sound? One word- Perfect. The upper frequencies (hi’s & mid’s) remain clear and distinguishable at any reasonable volume, and there’s enough low end kick to keep up with any respectable club sound system. One fault I usually find with over the ear monitors is that they create an “echo chamber” that brings on early eardrum fatigue. Not on the HD-7s however. Chalk it up to Sennheiser’s excellent engineering team, because even after extended DJ and/or listening sessions, there was very little discomfort. The standout feature for me was the HD-7’s excellent sound isolation - you are in your own private audio heaven when you put these headphones on.
Overall thoughts on the Sennheiser HD7 DJ Headphones
If you’re looking for modern DJ headphones that have all of the features and a little less of the flash, the HD-7s are the ones for you. The top notch construction, comfort level and superb audio quality make them worth every penny of the top tier $329 price tag. Yes that’s up there, but make no mistake, HD-7 headphones sound great, and if they continue in the tradition of the Sennheiser brand, will last you a long, long, time.
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