Shopping for DJ headphones is often wrought with the hassle of options. Luckily for you, we've taken the most popular DJ headphones around the 15000 rupees price point and pitted them together to see which one shines.
Today on our comparison wheel we have two headphones, both from renowned brands. While on one hand, we have the Crossfade LP2 from V-MODA, on the other hand, we have the HD 25 from Sennheiser. So which one is the perfect pick? Read on ahead to find out.
The LP in the V-MODA Crossfade LP2 stands for "Live Play." These are the quintessential headphones for the happening DJ who does live shows and a heck load of traveling around. Travel across the range of V-MODA headphones and the one thing you notice is their design and personalisation. They are built in accordance with the V-MODA philosophy i.e. no plastic and circles.
The Crossfade LP2 is built according to these principles. It showcases a more refined sound and design when compared to the Crossfade LP. This headphone sports an entirely metal build with minimal V-MODA branding. (You can find it on the headband).
Looking for a durable headphone? Yup, you’re looking at the right one. The Crossfade LP2 is built like a tank. The military grade materials ensure that it can withstand numerous falls. The STEELFLEX headband can bend flat (try it!) and this makes for a better fit. The detachable cable is wrapped in Kevlar. This is the very same material used in bullet-proof jackets, so your cables are not only super-durable but also bullet-proof!
V-MODA’S DURABLE METAL BUILD VS. SENNHEISER’S SLEEK PLASTIC BUILD
While the build is great and durable, the thing that made me truly fall in love with these (looks wise) were the customisable shields. You can choose from numerous colours available. Headphone Zone also offers free laser engraving on all shields which is great for DJs to showcase their brand (Logo or Name).
The Sennheiser HD 25’s design is more functional than beautiful. Let’s start with the build. The headphone is made entirely of plastic. From afar these didn’t look really durable but once I tried them on, they didn’t seem as breakable.
The headband is split in the middle to seem like two headbands and fit comfortably on your head while the hinge that joins them and the earcups make them adjustable. The detachable cable is made of steel and guaranteed to last a long time. This cable can connect to either earcup as per the listener’s preferences.
Lastly, the HD 25 comes in a black finish which, while not looking as spectacular as the Crossfade LP2, certainly gives it a sleek look.
In terms of usability, the Crossfade LP2 can certainly pack a lot. Speaking of packing, it is certainly a joy to unbox this beauty. Inside the box you get tons of accessories like a Gunmetal shield kit with extra screws and a screwdriver, Exoskeleton case, carabiner Clip, 1-button microphone cable, extended audio cable, 1/4" adapter and a cleaning cloth. While the 3m long cable helps you be more mobile when you're in the club and live DJing, you can get a typical coiled cable separately as well.
I would certainly like to highlight the Exoskeleton case. The case is supposed to provide for further durability and portability due to its resistance to extreme temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure. While I don’t know about UV resistance, the case certainly survived drops from a spilt glass of water (some friends can be so clumsy). You can also attach the carabiner to it to carry it around by hanging it onto your belt/bag.
Coming to the comfort, the Crossfade LP2 is lightweight and comfortable. It has memory foam ear cushions. While this is extremely snug and super soft, I did experience a slight heat-up resulting in sweaty ears.
The Crossfade LP2 is an over-the-ear headphone while the HD 25 is an on-ear headphone. I found that the Crossfade LP2 fit me a lot better while the HD 25 simply sat on the outside. If you're a DJ, you'll certainly appreciate a comfy pair that'll let you mix for hours into the night without any ear fatigue.
PLETHORA OF ACCESSORIES VS. ADJUSTABLE EARCUPS
In terms of comfort, the HD 25 certainly seems to shine. Remember that split headband I told you about in the design section? Well, this is responsible for the stable and secure fit the headphone offers. It didn’t fall off even while jumping.
One feature that wins the HD 25 brownie points over the LP2 are the hinges just above the earcups. These let you adjust the earcups for a better fit. The earcups can also rotate entirely backwards! So if you are a DJ, one-sided listening has never been easier. The faux leather earpads and headpad also adds to the supreme comfort.
Of course, thanks to its plastic build, the HD25 is super lightweight. This makes it easy to carry around. The sound isolation is also superb. It’s like nothing can come between you and your music.
What I didn’t like about the HD 25? Well firstly, the tight clamp on the ears that leads to some amount of fatigue after wearing for long hours. If it wasn’t for this, I’d probably be able to wear it for the entire day. Secondly, unlike the LP2, the HD 25 does not have an inline remote and mic. So it is not the best headphone for everyday use.
Coming to the accessories, the HD 25 only has a 6.3 screw-on jack adapter. Certainly not as impressive as the LP2. But, if you are willing to shell out a little more for accessories, go for the Sennheiser HD 25 Plus. It comes with a lot more accessories like a coiled cable, straight cable, set of ear cushions and protective pouch.
This is where the competition actually heats-up.
The technology used by the Crossfade LP2 is impressive. It uses a 40mm dual coil diaphragm and a Live Play sonic signature developed using a 31-band equalizer. This leads to an extended bass that is powerful, tight and punchy. You can also feel the sub-bass.
The mids are a little recessed. On some tracks, you can hear the bass bleed into them. The highs are not really clear and could do with a little more sparkle.
The soundstage is pretty wide for a closed-back. The noise-isolation is quite decent. While the air ports are responsible for some amount of leakage, DJs will certainly find them useful in gauging the environment around and adjusting their tracks accordingly.
CROSSFADE LP2’S BIG BASS VS. HD 25’S BALANCED SOUND
The HD 25 uses a highly sensitive and lightweight aluminium coil for a detailed and precise sound. Unlike the Crossfade LP2, it has a more balanced sound.
The mids are refined and the trebles are detailed without any sibilance. However, on a few tracks, the highs did seem a bit harsh. Coming back to the mids, they sound extremely refreshing and the vocals really shine.
While this headphone works well with most genres, I certainly wish it had as much punch as the Crossfade LP2 for genres like Hip-Hop. However, I wouldn’t mind overlooking that lack of punch for the clean and detailed sound it gives. There is no distortion even at high volumes.
The soundstage was a little disappointing as it is narrow and focused. However, the imaging is really good. You can easily hear each and every instrument even while mixing busy and complex tracks where there is a lot going on.
In a nutshell, both headphones are equally good and have proven their mettle in being great DJ phones.
The V-MODA Crossfade LP2 has a super-durable build, wide-range of accessories, powerful bass and wide soundstage. The Sennheiser HD 25 has a lightweight build, extremely comfortable and adjustable earcups, balanced sound and great imaging.
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