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Great review Jason. I've been a Sennheiser user since 1999. HD25SP, e2200 and my first pair of HD280Pro from 2003-2009 and bought a second pair because the headband of the first one finally broke. Although just recently, I tried the new AIAIAI TMA-1 headphones and I liked it too. Very light and feels like there's nothing on your head. The isolation is good too and the sound quality is fantastic. The build looks sturdy as well.
only dj headphones? I could put in a review for the akg k240's, plus my krk's whenever they get here
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Technics RP-DJ 1210
Driver units: 41mm (1 5/8in.) diameter
Frequency response: 5Hz - 30kHz
Dimensions (H x W x D) 10.2" x 11.0" x 22.4"
Weight 4.5 lbs
Sound: 5/5 The sound quality is great with very clear highs and mids and plenty of bass. You will have no problems mixing with these. Had the chance to compare them to TMA-1s just yesterday and they sound brighter than the TMA-1s (which are know for having a warmer sound) but no difference in the quality of the sound. Id definitely recommend these if you are mixing genres with prominent highs and mids. I should point out i am basing the sound quality grade on my experience with MDR-700, TMA-1, Shure 750, HD-205.
Sound Isolation 3/5 In my experience isolation is not bad but not great. There is some leaking from the outside but it's nothing that would terminally affect your mixing. Keep in mind these are over the ear so sound isolation was never going to be optimal.
Durability 5/5 Yes the cord is not detachable but in 2 years of use since i got them from the previous owner i have never had an issue with it and havent heard of anyone else complain. The cord is coiled and pretty thick so it definitely can take serious punishment. I gig almost every week and in 2 years these have taken some decent abuse and never faltered. The swivel cup system is very durable compared to other methods used and cant think of a way id break it unless i intentionally forced it.
Comfort 3/5 My vote for DJing would be 5/5 because you plain do not notice you even have these on in the constant commotion. However for just listening at home, in my case, they get very uncomfortable (tight) on my ears very quickly to the point that i have to take them off and rest a bit before going back into it. I also have a big head and big ears so this issue might be specific to me. If you are going to use them exclusively while DJing though you wont have any problems.
One of the reasons i got these is because my previous pair of Shure 750s kept slipping off my head when i was beatmatching with 1 cup. With these i have never had that problem. Moreover, the swivel cups are just awesome since you can just rest headphones on your shoulders and prop up one of the cups 90 degrees and use it that way. Or you can leave them on your head and just push back one cup without moving the actual headband and hence having the issue of the whole thing sliding off your head. The swivel cup and its lock system definitely are great features that you might get very attached to (i know i am). Changing the cup arm length (tightening or loosening) is very easy so no problems there. The headband sits on you very comfortably, you wont even notice its there.
Size 5/5 I bought these because my Shure 750s were just too big. I have a big head and adding big headphones to it made me look a bit ridiculous. These are the perfect size and i like the simple streamlined look with no unnecessary aesthetic features. They fold nicely and take very little space.
Overall value 4/5 Would i buy these again for DJing? In a heartbeat. For the price you really cant beat them. However, since i plan to also use them as listening headphones I will probably be looking into the HD-25s if these ever break (so far unlikely).
Last edited by MeowMix; 02-13-2012 at 02:20 PM.
Anyone tried the Ultrasone PRO 550?