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Stanton DJ Pro 2000 Headphones
Reviewer: Gizmo • Date: May 2010 • Price: £49/$89/€75 • Link: Stanton


The 2000's are dubbed the Tiesto cans, as the rather famous Trance DJ endorsed them and did a fair amount of lobbing them into crowds too by all accounts. They've been around for a while now, but that doesn't mean they're any less relevant.

Stanton DJ Pro 2000 headphones review

In The Box:
A pouch, a removable cable and an adaptor. Unlike most in the group, the cable is a 1/4" rather than mini-jack, meaning you'll need to use the supplied and potentially mini-jack port wrecking adaptor for MP3 players. You also uniquely get a shoulder pad - more on that later.

Stanton DJ Pro 2000 headphones review

Looks:
First thing is that the ear pieces aren't round, and are much more ear shaped. They're also one of the simpler looking pairs in the group as well. There's no mistaking them for anything else.

Stanton DJ Pro 2000 headphones review

Build Quality:
Sharing the same headband as the Ultrasone and Ortofon 02, the 2000s feel strong enough to take all but the most severe of beatings or stress tests. Thumbs up for the replaceable cable too, albeit a square connector. But I've even seen a Youtube clip where the DJ simply cuts a regular cable to fit. Ghetto. You can however buy 3m spares and do the job right if you wish.

The ear pieces feel lovely - really soft and head caressing, but sadly are proprietary (most are interchangeable from brand to brand), and spares seem impossible to come by. But at this price bracket (£50), it's not so much of an issue.

Stanton DJ Pro 2000 headphones review

Sound Quality:
Hmmm… I've heard better. They simply lack the ooomph and definition that I expect from DJ headphones. On the plus side, they have a mono switch.

Stanton DJ Pro 2000 headphones review

Isolation:
Impressive. The soft cups keep your ears away from external noise. And this is aided internall and externally by the closed cup design. They let out a lot less noise that many others in this test.

Stanton DJ Pro 2000 headphones review

Comfort and Stability:
As previously mentioned, the ultra soft ear pieces cuddle your ears gently, and the headband keeps them very firmly on your head, both in 2 ear and one ear mode. But the 2000s have a unique shoulder pad that plugs into the right ear piece and cushions them nicely between your head and shoulder. It does work, but it's more gimmick than necessity.

Compactness: Very small. The shaped ear pieces make them seem smaller though.

Stanton DJ Pro 2000 headphones review

Value for money:
If it wasn't for the sub-par sound, these would get very high marks in this section. But seeing how headphones are generally about sound quality, I can only say that value is average.

Summary

So the sound isn't exactly going to make you sit down and listen to your Blue Note vinyl, but as a pair of DJ headphones, it's hard to knock them for the price. The build is good plus the comfort and isolation is equally impressive.

If you find yourself strapped for cash, you would do well to look at DJ Pro 2000s. Just don't expect audiophile sound quality.

Hype: Comfort - switchable cord - mono switch
Gripe: Sound quality - phono jack



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