Allen & Heath Xone:XD-53 Professional Monitoring Headphones
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- Excellent sound reproduction;53mm diameter drivers;High power neodymium magnet design
- High SPL capacity;Rotating earpieces for easy one-ear monitoring;Adjustable metal-reinforced headband
- Folding design for compact portability; Long listening comfort; Carry pouch included
- OFC [Oxygen-free Copper] wire cables; 3.5mm [1/8"] connector with 6.3mm [1/4"] jack adapter; Type: Closed-back Dynamic (circumaural isolation design);
- Frequency Response: 5 - 33,000 Hz; Maximum Input Power: 3,500 mW; Sensitivity: 105 dB/mW at 1 kHz; Impedance: 36 ohms; Weight: 320 g; Cable: 1.2 m (Coiled)/Max. 3.0 m (OFC)
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For the audiophiles reading this, other headphones near the same price category that I've tested/owned are: Ultrasone DJ 1 Pro, Audio Technica ATH-M50, Byer Dyanmic DT770, Sony MDR-V700.
If you are a DJ looking at these headphones, you should buy these immediately.
Here are pros and cons and below is in depth descriptions and comparisons to other headphones listed above.
The only possible con for me is that they don't have a detachable cable. I don't mind this, but it does mean that if you mess up and somehow pull the cable out of the end attached to the headphones, they will need fixing.
- Great sound quality.
- Very sexy.
- Great size (earcups and headband)
- Fold up and swivel nicely like the ATH-M50.
- Perfect amount of headband pressure/resistance.
- Powerful drivers - 53mm - great upfront sound stage for DJing/isolation.
- Isolation is great.
- Just the right amount of padding on the top of the head.
- Have audio technica drivers/sound = thumping accurate bass and great balance.
- Audio technica drivers paried with allen & heath build quality for $158 = a steal.
- You can pump as much bass and clarity out of them as you want with an equalizer.
- Perfect cable length.
- come with a regular 1/8" jack but 1/4" adapter included, so easy to use with MP3 player.Read more ›
The XD-53's have a much bigger earcup, so they are more comfortable, but even at the smallest sizing, they things are still massive. I take a LARGE hat, I've got a pretty big head, but seriously, if you nod your head to the beat while you're mixing, the headphones fly off and tumble down your face (they did that FOUR times during my last set, and almost broke my glasses). Who did they build the protypes off of? Andre the Giant? Whereas the Technics were too tight - you could literally do aerobics while wearing those things - the XD-53's are just too bloody loose. I can't ever imagine a smaller female DJ wearing these things, they'd never stay up. I wanted to get the matching headphones to complement my Xone controller and now I'm a little frustrated I did. Sound quality is AMAZING. Fit is GARBAGE.
If you have an impossibly sized giant cranium, your ship has come in. But WARNING - Do NOT buy these without trying them on at a store first.
Let's get one thing clear, the sony MDRV6/MDR7506 is always chosen over the XD-53 ONLY during my visit to studios and during my home studio, I will explain the reason for the choice and application.
Both are accurate with tracking, great transparency, however--the sonys are more quick in timing, far more revealing in the lower-upper high frequency with a mid range that's just as close to perfect or ideal for mixing at home, preparing a set, producing and other applications in a studio environment, they have this wonderful sparkle. Another aspect that the sonys excel over the XD-53 is comfort, I don't think I need to elaborate the difference in comfort as everyone's head size/ear-to ear is different, but to give you an idea--an analogy would be a firm orange vs exotic Persian silk pillow.
The 53's ace card is undoubtedly the reproduction in bass response. I'd like to note that these headphones have the largest drivers within the DJ headphone market. Additionally, these 53mm drivers are admirably hard to distort, I'm sure you can but at that level of volume you'd do more harm to yourself than get audio pleasure.
I'd like to go into more detail about the bass. As loud and physically impactful these can get, they at no point--even with a much more complex track, do they bled into the other frequency or cloud the working elements of midrange and highs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
best headphones around. I purchased these over 5 years ago and they still rock!Published 7 months ago by webedge
I have a bunch of different DJing headphones sitting around (I used to be a DJ.) An old advertisement said something about attracting women because these headphones look so cool. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dr. VK
I have used this headphones almost every day for 3 years. They have been stepped on, kicked around, used with an amplifier, and hit many times where the jack connects, yet they... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Taylor T.
They're big, heavy, clunky, and don't fit well. Good sound quality but so uncomfortable to wear it didn't matter. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Teddy F.
I am now at 2 years with this headphone. I loved the look of the headphones. The sound quality was great and I thought they were a good buy t the time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by skildpadder
Overall I'd give this headphone a 2 out of 5, why, because it's so damn uncomfortable on the ears. The earcups arent plush enough so the drivers are almost literally jammed into... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Virtualwallet
I ordered XD-53 headphones. I received XD2-53 headphones. The XD2's are inferior to the XD's. They look similar, but looks are deceiving.Published on December 21, 2013 by Joseph J Laccone Jr