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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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The Xone XD-53 professional monitoring headphones have been developed to complete any professional DJ's set up, and perfectly complements the Xone DJ mixer range. The XD-53 headphones have a circumaural design, providing excellent isolation from ambient noise, which makes them ideal for DJs working in loud environments. The 53mm speaker drivers deliver an extremely high performance, with an extended low-frequency response. The rotating earpieces with soft earpads allow comfortable one-ear monitoring, and the adjustable headband ensures excellent wearing comfort. A 3.5mm stereo plug and a 6.3mm adapter plug are provided.As used by: John Digweed Ralph Lawson Andy Barlow Nick Warren Chris Healings (Hybrid) Chris Liebing Richie Hawtin Pete Tong...

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Item Weight 11.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 7.9 x 9.8 x 4.7 inches
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B000WA3DLG
Item model number AH-Xone:XD-53
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4.1 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #65,040 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#192 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Headphone & In-Ear Audio Monitors > Headphones
#13,548 in Electronics > Headphones
#58,717 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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My title basically says it all. This pair of headphones is absolutely PERFECT if you listen to a lot of electronic music (what they're designed for.) The build quality is notable, I can see this pair of headphones lasting me years and years, although ive only had them a mere 4 months or so. The bass is thunderous, mids are right where they need to be, highs too. They are perfect for dj's, as well as the average home listener that strives for flawless sound quality... Really the only reason i am writing this review is coz i read a thousand reviews of so many different types of headphones trying to find the right pair, and if your in the same position... your search is over. I am listening to them right now with a huge, satisfactory smile on my face!
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These headphones are fantastic. Let's start by noting the obvious-these are DJ headphones. Even though the sound quality is excellent, I would not recommend these for non-DJ purposes simply because the comfort is not the greatest. This is because they are meant to isolate well for DJing, and are therefore not the most comfortable after wearing for long periods of time.

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.

Cons:
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.

Pros:
- 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.
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I have DJ for over 10 years. Since then I have used the Sony MDR - V700. My DJ friends totally disagree with this post. But I find that I've spent more money on Sony headphones in the last 10 years changing them every 6-12months. I have waited 2 months to come to the conclusion that the new Allen & Heath XD-53 are by far the closest to having a CLUB inside your head. The level of MIDS this thing has is insane, BASS is intense, Trebble is harmonic. There are really no words to describe what a huge improvement on accuracy of my style of mixing. But above all the simple fact that my entire ear sinks inside the ear cup without hurting them after doing a 24Hours Straight Set, Really? I strongly believe that Sony needs to Step up the Game if they want me back as a costumer because. I refuse to keep paying $80 every 6 months. I used to have to take breaks in between sets after 6 hours of music search only to start practicing the selections I have chosen on that night.
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The sound quality is amazing and they are really quite comfortable. I've been using the same pair of Technics RP-DJ1200's for years, they were starting to fall apart and my only complaint with them was that they literally bolted onto your head so tight that after a couple hours, you'd start to get a headache. Plus I wear glasses, so the super tight fit was just too much.

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.
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By Dr. VK on March 30, 2015
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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. I never tried to attract women with my headphones, but these things look really cool. I never wear headphones in public, aside from DJing.

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.
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