As I plan content for the future, it occurred to me that our last stellar headphone group test was a full seven years ago. And given that Pioneer DJ is a predominant player in this market, I figured it would be worth dropping them a missive along the lines of “hey, before we waste time reviewing your old stuff, do you have any new stuff coming?”. Well this morning’s regular inbox attack from Pioneer DJ answers that question perfectly. Say hello to their new range, namely the HDJ-X10, HDJ-X7, and HDX-X5.
At first glance, the differences are a long way from obvious. So please read this tome of text from Pioneer DJ to clear things up a little:
Deeper Connection: Meet the new HDJ over-ear headphone models –
Outstanding audio quality, superior durability and improved functionality for professional DJs
31st August 2017: We’ve designed a new range of DJ headphones to create the HDJ-X10, HDJ-X7 and HDJ-X5, offering brand-new headphone experiences to suit every DJ.
The new flagship HDJ-X10 headphones are designed for professional DJs to use at clubs and festivals. Built to withstand the rigours of the road, they’re comfortable to wear for long sets and allow you to hear frequencies other DJ headphones can’t reproduce so you can make a deeper connection with the music and the dance floor.
Thanks to their HD drivers,1 the HDJ-X10 headphones are the world’s first DJ headphones to produce high-resolution sound ranging from 5 Hz to 40 kHz.2 When connected to our flagship TOUR1 set up or the NXS2 set-up, you can experience up to 96 kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio reproduction with superb clarity and sound separation. And in another world first for DJ headphones,3 the ear pads and headband on the HDJ-X10 model are protected from sweat and dirt by water repellent nano coating. This means you can keep your headphones looking fresh and easily prolong their lifespan with regular cleaning.
The HDJ-X7 headphones are based on our previous flagship model, the HDJ-2000MK2, and are equipped with newly developed drivers, while the HDJ-X5 headphones inherit high-quality audio design from the model above, giving you clean monitoring even at high volumes.
Whichever way you prefer to wear your headphones, you can comfortably use any HDJ-X model for long periods of time thanks to the flexible swivel mechanism and housing that have been designed with input from professional DJs. They’re built to be highly robust, too, with all models having cleared the US Military Standard MIL-STD-810G Shock test,4 as well as our stringent in-house durability tests.
The new headphones will be available from early October at the following SRPs, including VAT:
KEY FEATURES OF THE HDJ-X MODEL HEADPHONES
1. Outstanding sound
High-quality audio design
The HDJ-X10 headphones are equipped with our new 50-mm HD driver, making them the world’s first DJ headphones to reproduce high-resolution sound from 5 Hz to 40 kHz. The direct drive structure, with a newly developed diaphragm shape and voice coil, delivers high-quality sound without loss of quality due to mechanic loss. Creating rich bass notes and clean mid-to-high frequencies, the flagship headphones enable accurate point source monitoring, even at loud volumes, and allow you to make a deeper connection to the music.
The HDJ-X7 headphones provide the same audio experience as the professional HDJ-2000MK2 model and feature a newly developed 50-mm driver. The shape and materials of the new diaphragm are optimised to create tight bass notes and clean high frequencies so you can enjoy accurate monitoring.
The HDJ-X5 headphones feature a new 40-mm driver with copper-clad aluminium wire (CCAW) voice coils. The magnetic circuit is optimised and, thanks to fine noise suppression and elaborate tuning, you can enjoy clear, distortion-free sound for easy monitoring.
4-core twisted-structure cable
The independent ground wire in the 4-core twisted-structure cable gives superior left and right channel separation, improving sound quality. In addition, the HDJ-X10 model features a highly reliable, detachable mini-XLR connector for outstanding sound quality.
Bass reflex chamber
The bass reflex chamber in the upper housing ensures excellent bass response and sound insulation.
2. Superior durability
Take the HDJ-X model headphones on the road and feel confident they’ll handle severe conditions and heavy use. Each model has cleared the US Military Standard MIL-STD-810G Shock test, as well as our own demanding stress testing.
Highly durable materials and construction
Durable metal is used in the moving parts of both the HDJ-X10 and the HDJ-X7 headphones to create a strong construction.
Water repellent nano coating
Keep your headphones looking fresh for longer. The polyurethane leather ear pads and headband cushion on the HDJ-X10 headphones are resistant to deterioration thanks to the use of nano coating, a world first for DJ headphones, so you can easily wipe off sweat and dirt.
3. Improved functionality
Suited for all monitoring styles
While we’re developing any new product we create numerous prototypes, each time with new improvements based on the feedback of professional DJs who test the equipment. Using this feedback and the results of our analysis of many different styles of monitoring, we’ve made sure the HDJ-X headphones are comfortable to use no matter how you wear them. The housing design reduces pressure on your head and it’s textured on the outside for enhanced grip, so you can quickly grab it and start listening.
Comfortable and flexible headband
To help you find the perfect fit, the HDJ-X headphones feature a flexible, durable headband. Passing our stringent test to open and close 20,000 times, it’s built to withstand intense use.
Features inherited from HDJ-2000 models
As successors to the HDJ-2000 models, the HDJ-X headphones inherit popular professional features such as flexible swivels to enable comfortable monitoring however you wear them. The housing on the HDJ-X10 model incorporates an auto-return mechanism so the rotated housing automatically resets to its neutral position when you release it.
4. Other features
Replacement parts available
You can easily renew the detachable cables and ear pads on all HDJ-X headphones using replacement parts (available separately). Each model comes with its own cable and the HDJ-X7 and HDJ-X5 models have a mutually compatible bayonet connector, so you can purchase an alternative cable type if you prefer (available separately). Replacement ear pads for the HDJ-X10 and HDJ-X7 are available and either set can be fitted to any of the HDJ-X models, including the HDJ-X5.
Solid, refined design
All the HDJ-X headphones feature a refined look and durable construction. The HDJ-X10 and HDJ-X7 models are finished in a metallic design incorporating aluminium spin processing and diamond cutting to the housings, which shine under club and stage lighting. Choose from black or silver versions to complete your desired look.
When you’re travelling to gigs, you can be confident your HDJ-X10 headphones will be well protected in the included flat carry case. Made from strong materials to protect your headphones from bumps and knocks on flights and in transit, the case has inner pockets for storing accessories such as USB devices and SD cards, and its handle makes carrying easy. The HDJ-X7 and HDJ-X5 both come with a compact carry pouch, which snugly fits around the folded headphones to save space in your luggage and reduce the risk of damage on the road.
Various accessories included
The HDJ-X10 and HDJ-X7 headphones come with two detachable cables: a 1.2 m coiled cable (approximately 3.0 m when extended) and a 1.6 m straight cable. The HDJ-X5 model comes with a 1.2 m short coiled cable (approximately 1.8 m when extended) that’s ideal for both DJ performances and everyday listening. An L-type mini-jack prevents the connection from being knocked or accidentally disconnected during performances, even in cramped booths.
To guarantee long-term, reliable performance, we include a 2-year warranty with all HDJ-X model headphones.
1 High definition driver.
2 First headphones in the world to reproduce frequencies from 5 Hz to 40 kHz in the DJ headphones market (according to research conducted by Pioneer DJ Corporation Ltd, 21st August 2017).
3 First headphones in the world to feature nano coating in the DJ headphones market (according to research conducted by Pioneer DJ Corporation Ltd, 21st August 2017).
4 MIL-STD-810G METHOD 516.7 SHOCK compliant.
HDJ-X model headphones specifications
【 HDJ－X10 specifications】
Type Closed, Dynamic Frequency response 5 Hz to 40,000 Hz Impedance 32 Ω Sensitivity 106 dB Maximum input power 3,500 mW Driver φ 50 mm Connection cord 1.2 m coiled cable (extended length 3.0 m)
1.6 m straight cable
Weight 328 g (without cable) Accessories ø6.3 mm stereo plug adapter (threaded type)
【 HDJ－X7 specifications】
Type Closed, Dynamic Frequency response 5 Hz to 30,000 Hz Impedance 36 Ω Sensitivity 102 dB Maximum input power 3,500 mW Driver φ 50 mm Connection cord 1.2 m coiled cable (extended length 3.0 m)
1.6 m straight cable
Weight 312 g (without cable) Accessories ø6.3 mm stereo plug adapter (threaded type)
【 HDJ－X5 specifications】
Type Closed, Dynamic Frequency response 5 Hz to 30,000 Hz Impedance 32 Ω Sensitivity 102 dB Maximum input power 2,000 mW Driver φ 40 mm Connection cord 1.2 m short coiled cable (extended length 1.8 m) Weight 269 g (without cable) Accessories ø6.3 mm stereo plug adapter (threaded type)
Pioneer DJ’s range of headphones has got a little unfocussed in recent years. It has developed over time and been added to with little reference to other models. But with the HDJ-X range, Pioneer DJ has started over with a clean slate and now has a clear family for DJs to choose from. Well that’s my hope anyway — I’m sure there’s still a good amount of old models in the retail chain, but I’d like to think that the HDJ-X range will be the only DJ headphones in their range.
I haven’t got much more to say about this really. DJ Headphones are already pretty bloody amazing, and I have no doubt that the HDJ-X range will be better than the last ones. But I find myself less tolerant of hyperbolic PR from all sides, and only really care what my head, ears, and hands think. So having my review-leading question answered, I’ll be knocking on Pioneer DJ’s door for a pair of each of these for the upcoming group test. And then you’ll find out what I really think.
Availability is early October, just in time for Christmas. Yes, it’s getting close.