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Reviewed: Pioneer DJ’s modular HDJ-CX DJ headphones

Setting you back on average £120, they’re unlikely to break the bank and provide continuously high-quality results at a very reasonable price point.

Reviewed: Pioneer DJ's modular HDJ-CX DJ headphones
Image: Pioneer DJ

It’s been a while since we looked at some DJ tech, so we’re delighted to have got our hands on a pair of Pioneer DJ’s modular HDJ-CX DJ headphones. 

In this review, we look at everything from packaging to performance and tech specs to give an honest and transparent opinion on one of the market’s most popular cost-friendly over-ear options. 

Pioneer DJ has been at the forefront of electronic music production and performance for a long time, whether via their renowned CDJ units and DJ Mixers or their robust Headphones and high-quality monitor speakers. 

One of their latest additions is the modular HDJ-CX DJ headphones, which on first look, are a worthy alternative to Sennheiser’s well-known HD 25 over-ear professional monitoring unit.

Setting you back on average £120, they’re unlikely to break the bank and provide continuously high-quality results at a very reasonable price point.

Let’s dive in and look at Pioneer’s answer to an already favourite choice of headphones for DJs and Producers globally:

Pioneer DJ HDJ-CX DJ Tech Specifications

Overview

  • Type – Closed, dynamic
  • Driver Units – 35 mm dynamic type
  • Plug -3.5 mm stereo mini-plug
  • Cord – 1.2 m side-mount coil cable (3 m extended length) & 1.6 m straight cable

What’s in the box?

  • HDJ-CX
  • 1.2 m Coiled cable (extended length 3.0 m)
  • 1.6 m straight cable
  • 6.3 mm stereo plug adapter (threaded type)
  • Plug adapter holder
  • Spare ear pads (1 pair)
  • Instruction Manual

Specifications

  • Frequency Range – 5 – 30000 Hz
  • Weight (without cord) – 136 g
  • Maximum Input Power – 2000 mW
  • Sensitivity – 103 dB
  • Impedance – 32 Ω
Reviewed: Pioneer DJ's modular HDJ-CX DJ headphones
Image: Pioneer DJ

Pioneer DJ HDJ-CX DJ Features

Lightweight, flexible design: The HDJ-CX is a comfortable over-ear unit for prolonged usage, meaning you are unlikely to suffer from any physical soreness in your ear cartilage when worn for long periods – especially at the afterparty 😉 

Weighing just 136g without the cable – their ergonomic design removes stress to your head, neck or shoulders whilst offering robust support via a flexible stainless steel headband and ladders on each ear that makes the perfect fit an easily achievable possibility. 

Sound quality and insulation: The new PEEK-PU-PEEK composite film diaphragm offers watertight sound with an impressive frequency response range of 5Hz – 30kHz, meaning you can hear individual elements of any track as clearly as possible whilst monitoring in any environment. 

The driver units and bass reflex chambers in each ear vastly improve the quality of low-frequency sound whilst offering superior insulation, meaning you’ll hear fully-fattened bass tones alongside every nuance in the music.

Robust construction: Despite the unit’s lightweight feel, they are surprisingly tough and resilient. Clearly made to withstand the battering of constant performance use, its array of extra-tough components have passed the same demanding tests that other professional Pioneer DJ headphones are subjected to, as well as the stringent US Military Standard MIL-STD-810H Shock test.

Interchangability: Delivered with an option of two styles of cord, the HDJ-CX also comes with a clip-on holder for its 1/4″ plug adapter that slots onto either of the supplied cables. They also come with a pair of replacement ear pads, meaning when the first pair eventually die a death, you’re ready to keep going with a fresh set of cups! Pioneer DJ visibly thought about offering as much value whilst designing this undeniably affordable unit.

Reviewed: Pioneer DJ's modular HDJ-CX DJ headphones
Image: Pioneer DJ

Final Verdict

Pros

  • Lightweight and durable
  • Superior sound range, response and isolation
  • Interchangeable accessories and spares

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a case
  • Exposed wiring and tender laddering on the ears
  • Less robust than other Pioneer DJ heaphones

Overall:

For the price (£120), you can’t argue with the value of what you’re getting with the HDJ-CX headphones. They are just as good, if not better than Sennheiser’s HD 25 unit that has been around for ages. If you’re looking for something lightweight and tactile, these feel really good on, and aren’t tiring to remove constantly. In terms of sound quality for a unit that looks so simple, they offer a surprisingly high-quality output that doesn’t seem to falter at higher volumes or in loud, chaotic environments. If you’re in the market for an affordable pair of reliable headphones, the HDJ-CX are a solid choice!

Reviewed: Pioneer DJ's modular HDJ-CX DJ headphones
Image: Pioneer DJ
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