Pioneer HDJ-1000 Limited Professional DJ Headphones

Review by Stacy Zemon

Many mobile DJs are as critical of the look of their gear as they are with its audio performance.

If you fall into this group, then you’ll be glad to know that Pioneer is introducing an updated version of the well-loved HDJ-1000 DJ headphones in two new colors this month, black for a more sophisticated look and gold for a more glitzy style.

The HDJ-1000 Limited provides exceptional sound quality with improved bass frequencies and linear response thanks to the 38 micrometers diaphragm and 1.5mm voice coil. Pioneer has also tweaked the the mono/stereo selector circuit was modified in order to produce clearer sound and differentiation between instruments.

These stylish “ear cups” feature great fit and comfort, a fold-away structure design, and are tuned to deliver more impact in the lower bass frequencies.


To obtain the best audio reproduction possible, the drivers in the HDJ-1000 headphones were tuned to deliver more impact in the lower bass frequencies of music. Its thick 38 micrometers diaphragm and 1.5 mm voice coil are more efficient in generating the critical midrange and mid-bass frequencies in music and produce a more linear response even at high volume levels.

The mono/stereo selector circuit was modified to obtain clearer playback, especially in the midrange frequencies. With this change, the headphones deliver sounds such as bass drums, snare drums and cymbals with more impact.

For maximum comfort, the headphones use low rebound urethane for the ear pads providing a better fit and increased comfort when used for long DJ sessions. Along with the urethane pads, the design of the headphones wrap around the ears to achieve excellent sound insulation, making monitoring effortless even in the noisiest environments.

Additional features of the HDJ-1000 include an easy fold-away structure design, convenient carrying pouch, a swivel mechanism with 90-degree housing rotation to support a wide range of monitoring styles, and a convenient mono/stereo switch for single-ear use.


  • Type: Fully enclosed dynamic stereo headphones
  • Frequency Range: 5 Hz – 30 kHz
  • Impedance: 36
  • Maximum Input Power: 3,500 mW
  • Output Sound Level: 107 db
  • Unit Type: 50 mm diameter dome type
  • Plug: 3.5 mm diameter 3P mini plus (gold-plated, screw in)
  • Weight: 9.52oz (excluding cord)
  • Included Accessories: 6.3 mm 3P plug adapter (gold-plated, screw-type), carrying pouch
  • Connection Cord: 1.2 m side mount coil cord (extended 3 m)


The Pioneer HDJ-1000 Limited Edition is an upper mid-cost set of DJ headphones (and there are certainly plenty of good headphones around); however, if you’re into comfort, quality AND glamour, I’d go for the gold!

MSRP: $209

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