Koss ProDJ100 (Black) review: Koss ProDJ100 (Black)

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

5 stars 2 user reviews

The Good The Koss PRO DJ100s have a decent sound for a good price. The headphones have an analytical, though not harsh, sound that makes them suitable to budget audiophiles and recording musicians. The headphones seem well-constructed.

The Bad The headphones can make your ears sweaty and are uncomfortable to wear for hours at a time. The headphones aren't able to dig up very much bass and aren't suited to the Monster Beats crowd. The stereo/mono switch is a little bit gimmicky.

The Bottom Line While we can't see many DJs using them, the Koss PRO DJ100s are a decent set of headphones that will expose the detail in your music.

7.7 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0

DJ headphones are enjoying a renaissance at the moment buoyed by the street smarts of the Monster/Beats range and a proliferation of cheap music-creation software on portable devices.

Now anyone can be a bedroom (or bathroom, or train, or elevator, or even club) DJ armed with just an iPhone and a $5 app. The dinky earbuds you get with your device can't even cut it for simply listening to music, so trying to check your new mix with them is just a joke.

Enter the Koss Pro DJ100 headphones, which cater to DJs on a budget while still offering many extra features. For example, the Pro DJ100s include a mono/stereo switch on the right earcup designed to give a full mix from one ear for monitoring purposes, DJ-style.

The headphones feature a foldable design, metallic cups (with plastic hinges), and a padded headband. A leatherette material lines the inside of the cups, but they don't completely engulf your ear the way more expensive cans like the Audio Technica ATH-M50 s do. The Pro DJ100s are attached to an 8-foot coiled cord that lacks extra adornments like a microphone and remote for your smartphone, though these are featured in the Pro DJ200 step-up model.

We performed listening tests with the headphone output of a Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus and found that the headphones' sensitivity was also high enough to play content from an iPod.

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