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.
The sound of these Xone headphones is exceptional. They have a wide frequency response and a lot of power, which makes them great for styles of music ranging from rock to electronic to rap to classical to jazz. Obviously (and aptly), they were released as a competitor for the Pioneer HDJ-1000. With regards to sound, there are differences, but the range & power is about the same; I consider both models to be equivalent alternatives to each other for musical taste & sound fidelity. The drivers & guts of these hps are made by Audio-Technica (identical to their Pro 700 [mk1], just like the old Denons.
The Xone 53 headphone really stands out in durability. There were lots of complaints about the Pioneer HDJ-1000 falling apart and not being durable enough for gigging DJs, but I've had my Pioneers going strong for 10 years. The Allen & Heaths can actually be stretched, bent, & twisted without breaking (really- I tried this!), while I would not attempt to strain my Pioneers because they feel delicate.
For sound, these headphones are a great choice, but any of the old & newer models from Pioneer, Denon, A-T, or others are great choices, too. For durability, these A&H headphones are awesome.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent headphones.. have had these for many years now and still brag about the quality of sound producedPublished 2 months ago by Dave Mack
best headphones around. I purchased these over 5 years ago and they still rock!Published 13 months ago by webedge
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 20 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 21 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 22 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 on June 17, 2014 by Virtualwallet
I've been a DJ for 8 years, played at a number of venues in Hollywood, I also do a lot of my mixing at home. Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by Darken