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Pioneer HDJ-1000

Change is a part of life. Some people embrace change like it was somehow meant to be all along, while others have a hard time accepting that what they’ve become accustomed to is no longer that way. The latter was the case with me and my Sony MDR-V700 headphones, sentimentally dubbed – ‘Old Faithful’. The first pair of high end DJ headphones I ever purchased (around $180 at the time), they were known for their bass response, noise cancellation and overall look. Almost 10 years ago now, I wanted these so bad because I saw every other DJ rockin’ them. Without a doubt these cans were the headphones of for any Hip Hop DJ.

There was a bit of a controversy with these a few years back, as there was a lot of talk about fake ones being produced and sold on eBay. That was a shame, since no one could honestly tell the difference. I think the only cosmetic difference was the packaging that they came in.

All good things seem to come to an end though, as my trusty 700s finally fell into the same category as almost everyone else’s did – cracked. Old faithful now sits retired at my computer desk.

I’ve since moved on to the Pioneer HDJ-1000 series, and I’m more than happy with the choice. Much lighter & comfortable, and more importantly just as loud as the 700s, these are my new headphone of choice. Ok, there’s the 2000 model that has the detachable cord, but I can live without it for now. Sound quality-wise, I find that there’s still slightly a bit more bass response with the 700s, but not too much. I was lucky enough to receive the limited edition Gold color way as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend. Also shown is the other limited edition color way, matte black. If you’re in the market for a new pair of high quality headphones, look no further.

Sony MDR V700 Specs
Pioneer HDJ-1000 Specs