Koss ProDJ100 Headphones
- Noise-isolating studio headphones
- Folds flat for portability
- Transitions from stereo to mono with the flick of a switch
- Oxygen free copper voice coil delivers deep bass and signal clarity
- 8 foot coil cord with 3.5mm plug and 1/4" adapter
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|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 8.4 x 7.9 in||2.13 x 8.5 x 8.69 in||9.2 x 9.3 x 3.5 in||7.4 x 4.17 x 7.87 in||4.33 x 6.69 x 7.48 in||7.36 x 4.21 x 7.87 in|
|Item Weight||1.1 lbs||1.5 lbs||0.56 lb||7.8 ounces||0.66 lb||4 ounces|
|Additional Features||foldable||foldable, ios-phone-control, lightweight||foldable||ios-phone-control||50mm neodymium Drivers Deliver Full Spectrum of Sound, 3m cable gives you freedom of movement for indoor use||Noise Cancellation|
The full size Koss ProDJ100 headphones are the headphone of choice for professional DJs and music lovers alike. With stylish, spun metal ear cups that swivel 180 degrees, shifting between single- and double-ear listening is easy. Transitioning from stereo to mono audio mode is as simple as a flick of a switch.
Koss ProDJ100s feature soft, closed cushions that create a perfect seal whose comfort is amplified by extreme bass response of these soft, closed headphones. Lightweight and long lasting with noise isolating qualities, the ProDJ100s even fold flat for ultimate portability.
- Noise isolating headphones
- Ear cups swivel for single/double ear listening
- Closed cushions create perfect seal for great sound intensity
- Fold flat for portability
- Koss Limited Lifetime Warranty
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I could have lived with the sound of these headphones considering the occasional use they would get, but I found them to be too uncomfortable so I sent them back.
Another thing about it's sound signature I like is that the highs are never fatiguing. They may be slightly rolled off a bit, but this makes it so that I can listen to these for hours. I absolutely cannot stand any sort of harsh highs in a headphone. The absolute best thing about these headphones is the vocals. They do female vocals better then many other headphones I've tried. The overall sound signature is so natural and just like i'd expect instruments to sound like in real life. Basically it's best to find a sound signature you like and try to find a headphone that matches it. All of our ears are different, so something I may like, another person may hate. These just have everything I want in my sound signature. Another thing I like about these is that the soundstage is very, very good for a closed headphone. The instrument separation is also very good. I sometimes get this sort of surround sound effect like I had with my old Beyer DT-880. It's a bit hard to describe. It's so easy to pinpoint specific instruments compared to some other headphones i've tried.
The design on these is almost perfect. They are extremely light. The earpads are of the cheaper variety to keep costs down, but that's OK. It'd be nice if Koss offered some soft, velour pads to buy, but that'd probably never happen. Hopefully someday I can find some that fit these headphones. The only negative is that I hate the coiled cable, but it's not a big deal.
One thing I have to mention is that I don't think these are a good match for straight out of an ipod. These lower ohm rated headphones benefit more from an amp then any other cheap headphone i've tried. I thought it was just my imagination at first, but after doing lots of testing, I know this is the case. A good portable amp seems to bring out the bass a lot more. I use the "Airhead" and a "NuForce Mobile" DAC/AMP.
These headphones seemed to have turned me into a Koss "fanboy". I seriously like these that much. It's just too bad I often feel as if i'm the only one who has tried them. Hopefully these will be easier to find in the future so more people can try them out.
My original pair died due to a mistake on my part. It's a long story. I bought a replacement pair and they sounded pretty bad right out of the box. I burned them in for about 24-48 hours and the problems went away. Overall these have the best mids (especially female vocals) out of any headphone i've tried yet. I've also found that Pearstone Velour pads work with them. Those are oval, but can be stretched to fit these! It looks a bit strange, but the pads now give me a better fit and there is even a bit more mid-bass. Yes, pads CAN change the sound of a headphone slightly!
I also found that the Maxell DHP-II has a VERY similar sound signature but it has more bass, more mid-bass and there is a lot more treble, but that's not good for me. Overall these sound a lot better and are more neutral, which is what I like. If you like more bass, check into the Maxell DHP-II. These also have far better build quality. I find these do not lack bass at all, but strangely they have more bass out of the box and gets reduced slightly after burn-in.
I still use these all the time. I've even found they're a great gaming headphone. I do prefer the k601 for gaming, but this headphone often feels as if it has slightly more forward sounding detail. I don't always want that in games, but I don't play online. I've also come to the conclusion that the included pads are not deep enough to get a good seal for many and that's required for good bass. I've found the velour pads I used get a bit hot so I prefer the Audio Technica M30 pads. They actually improve the sound and keep my ears cool. The cups on these are round and the pads are oval, but they still work and don't degrade the sound. Still, they may look a bit awkward for some.
I can't say it enough, but these absolutely must have an amp. My Shiit Asgard and Total Airhead are a good match. I think this is one of the first 38 ohm headphones that sounds bad right out of a portable player. Even my Ipod Touch 2G can't drive it properly. Some pairs also need a lot of burn-in.
BTW for those that like the slightly forward upper mids on the k601, you may also like these. I actually prefer the k601 over the k701. People who like the SRH-840 may also like this.
I still use these almost every day. I've also obtained the Audio Technica ATH-AD2000 and HD-598. I think I like the HD-598 almost as much as the DJ100, but not quite. The HD-598 are just more comfortable and better for movies and games due to the soundstage. Level of detail on the DJ100 is much higher though. I've now found out that the best pads for these are the official Sony MDR-V6 pads. They give you the most room and are the most comfortable. The M30 pads are good, but seem to tame the treble slightly. The Shure SRH-240 pads fit and offer the best treble and isolation. They're just not comfortable. For a good budget closed gaming headphone under $100, this might be a good one. Of course I'd always suggest an open headphone instead.
BTW I now prefer these to the M50, HFI-680, ESW9, SRH-440/840, K240 Studio AND Sextett, HD-555 and even my new KRK KNS-8400.
I still use these all the time. The only thing closed and under $150 that comes close to being a favorite is the KRK KNS-8400 and 6400. The 8400 is technically better than the DJ100 perhaps but just not as fun to listen to. It is a lot more comfortable.
I still haven't found any other headphones with the mids of the DJ100. Closest i've come is the Grado SR-225i. The DJ100 just has less treble and more bass.
For those that don't find the DJ100 comfortable, you can use Audio Technica ATH-M50 pads on them. They're oval, but make the DJ100 sound even better. There is a larger soundstage, more treble and a tiny bit more bass. The signature is basically the same mostly, but the mids are maybe 1% less forward. Somehow the sound is made even clearer, but I don't know how.
I've now owned 5 pairs of these and still believe they need around 3-5 days of use to be at their best.
I also find they're extremely picking about amp/dac/portable player synergy. I can make them sound bad if I wanted. If it doesn't sound clear or not balanced sounding, it's probably bad synergy.
Here's what I suggest to use:
Ipod Touch 2G (Iphone or Ipod Video/classic shound be OK)
Sansa Clip (somehow this works well, but it's at about 95%)
Sansa View (not suggested..sound quality with the DJ100 is about C-)
Strangely enough these sound best when you don't use a LOD cable and do the stupid thing and connect them directly to an amp. Don't ask me how and it doesn't effect the signature. Guess this is like double amping them, which usually is a no-no.
These are far, far better with a desktop amp. My Headroom Micro Amp hates them, but the Fiio E9 (1/4" jack ONLY!!) loves them. The 10 ohm output doesn't seem to effect the sound.
My favorite combo sounds like it'd be bad, but it's not. Try the Ipod Touch to E5 and bypass the LOD. Sounds crazy, but the resulting sound is amazing. I often use the Total Airhead instead and it sounds even better (9 ohm output I believe). LOD on the Sansa Fuze to the Airhead sounds TERRIBLE. Yet, it's an amazing amp.
It seems when you use a LOD (line out dock) cable to an amp, they don't have enough power or something. These things love to have a ton of power despite being only 38 ohm or so.
These are very impressive with the Fiio E11. I prefer to use them with the Sansa Clip to the E11, but the Sansa Fuze with the LOD cable isn't as good and I prefer the headphone jack. They also play well with the Total Airhead (which has enough power to even drive the Q701 and HD-600!).
I think the DJ100, M50 pads, Sansa Clip and a Fiio E11 is the best sound you can get for a portable, closed headphone under $200.
If you need a case and detachable cable option, the Tony Bennett version doesn't cost much more.
I've now found that the best pads for them are the Pearstone Velour Pads (now called "Auray" Deluxe Velour pads. The only problem is that it makes the DJ100 sound too warm and bassy without a slight mod. I put four small holes on the inside on each pads in the corners. Left and Right and Top and Bottom. About the size of an eraser head. The M50 pads also have similar holes. Once you do this, the sound is perfect. Some may like how the stock Pearstone pads sound. I didn't.
The pads are not all that roomy but comfortable for me. It takes a week or so for them to not feel scratchy. Those with big ears may want to avoid them. You can stretch them out a bit if needed.
The sound is very similar to the M50 pads, but the treble is a little smoother. The sound is warmer than stock, but the overall sound is improved. Soundstage is increased a lot too. The biggest effect on the soundstage size is my DAC and then pads.
Right now I'm using it with the Schiit Magni and ODAC. This setup is just amazing to my ears. I also like them on my Headroom Micro Amp.
I'd say the best portable source for them is an Ipod Touch 2G. If you don't have a regular computer DAC, a docked Ipod Touch to amp works well.
After 3 years I don't really use these as a portable headphone much. I just prefer to amp them very well.
I still use these all the time. Actually I down have the DJ100 and the Tony Bennett version which should be 99% identical. Keywords..SHOULD! It's very well possible the TB version has a tiny bit of more treble and sounds clearer.
I use them with Audio Technica ATH-M50 pads. My main source is a Headroom Micro DAC + Micro Amp and they also love the O2 amp. They even sound fine with a Fiio E17 connected to a PC, but not so much the E10 for whatever reason.
To this day I rarely have gotten them to sound as good straight from a portable player. Koss probably hates me saying this but I'm really picky. I feel they're maybe 80% at their best with a weaker portable player.
Right now my other headphones are the AKG Q701 (bass port mod!) and the Sennheiser HD-650.
The Koss Pro DJ100 is not that dramatically different than both. Songs sound accurate on all.
The DJ100 has the most neutral and accurate bass though and has the best extended bass. The Q701 and HD-650 have slightly more rolled off low bass.
One thing i've noticed about the DJ100 over many years is that it's very revealing of your equipment. OK, not as much as a DT-880 or T90, but close! Even more so than my two more expensive headphones.
I actually think the DJ100 sounds better than the HD-650 (with my setup/ears) but the 650 has the advantage because it's open. The DJ100 does more things better.
It sure is nice to be stuck with ONLY 3 headphones are probably trying dozens after so many years.
For cheap portables I went from SRH-840 > M50 > DJ100. In between those I spent some time with the AKG K240 but that's not really for portable use!
SRH-840 has more bloated mid-bass than the DJ100 and isn't as neutral probably. SRH-840 is probably warmer. The 940 is probably closer in sound to the DJ100 with M50 pads, but the SRH-940 has much more treble and less bass.
I still use these all the time. I stopped buying headphones and have stuck with the DJ100, Sennheiser HD-650 and a bass modded AKG Q701. I use a Headroom Micro Amp + Micro DAC with them. I rarely use any of them without an amp. I also use them with Audio Techinica ATH-M50 pads. The stock pads hold them back a little.
BTW I do wonder how the new Koss headphones compare to these. Someday i'll know.
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