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Technology Pioneer HDJ-CUE1BT: Attractive, budget DJ-style headphones hands-on

05:00  21 august  2020
05:00  21 august  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Pioneer tries its hand at mixing style and function in a pair of on-ear cans and gets good results, making these 0 DJ -inspired headphones worth Designed for what Pioneer DJ says are “beginner DJs and music enthusiasts alike,” the CUE 1 try to balance style with performance at a very

Pioneer DJ HDJ - CUE 1 BT -K/XEGWL Overview. 1Description. 2High-Quality Sound. 3Bluetooth 5.0. 4Pro- Style Design and Comfort. DJing can put excessive stress on headphones . The HDJ - CUE 1 models are designed to handle heavy use, with each moving part passing Pioneer DJ 's strict in-house

When the original Beats headphones arrived way back in 2008, they created an instant market for DJ-style headphones and celebrity endorsements alike. While Pioneer's HDJ-CUE1 range doesn't have a celebrity tie-in and it doesn't look like a regurgitated Swarovski crystal, it is attractively priced. But is it a "DJ headphone" as Pioneer claims?

a pair of headphones on a wooden table: The HDJ-CUE1BT with the optional $30 add-on pack Ty Pendlebury/CNET © Provided by CNET The HDJ-CUE1BT with the optional $30 add-on pack Ty Pendlebury/CNET

The HDJ-CUE1 is a range of on-ear headphones, and Pioneer says the models use the same drivers as the HDJ-X5 over-ear model and "accentuate important low bass and kick drum frequencies for mixing." The range offers a muted, pro look with a foldable design that lets the user turn both earcups a full 90 degrees. Just like the DJs do, but then again you can bet Tiësto isn't using $70 on-ear headphones on stage.

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Pioneer DJ HDJ - CUE 1 BT -R/XEGWL Overview. 1Description. 2High-Quality Sound. 3Bluetooth 5.0. 4Pro- Style Design and Comfort. DJing can put excessive stress on headphones . The HDJ - CUE 1 models are designed to handle heavy use, with each moving part passing Pioneer DJ 's strict in-house

Find the Pioneer DJ Headphones . DJ player DJ mixer DJ sampler DJ controller Turntable All-in- one DJ system Monitor speakers Remix Station Headphones PA-Speakers Music Production DJ software & Interfaces HDJ -X5BT. Over-ear DJ headphones with Bluetooth® wireless technology.

a blue bicycle with a basket on a table: The HDJ-CUE1BT with the optional $30 add-on pack © Ty Pendlebury/CNET

The HDJ-CUE1BT with the optional $30 add-on pack

Prices start at $69 per pair for the wired HDJ-CUE1 in dark silver finish, while the Bluetooth version HDJ-CUE1BT is available for $99 per pair (in a choice of matte black, matte white or matte red). The headphones can be supplemented by a $30 accessory pack that includes replacement earpads and a coiled cable in a choice of orange, yellow, green, blue or violet.

Pioneer says the play time on the Bluetooth model is approximately 30 hours on a two-hour charge. The locking cable on this more expensive version disables the Bluetooth, the microphone and volume buttons.

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Ears on

The headphones are plastic and not very adjustable fit-wise. Yet even with my larger noggin I didn't find them uncomfortable.

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The Pioneer DJ HDJ -X5BT is an update to the HDJ -X5 entry-level headphones , this time with Bluetooth connectivity onboard for casual use. In this review we unbox the HDJ -X5BT and give you our thoughts on how it sounds and whether or not it's a pair of cans you should consider picking up.

DJ headphones come in different shapes and sizes, with varying levels of sound reproduction, impedance, comfort, flexibility, and more, so it’s hard to know which pair will be right for your needs. The headphones in our HDJ range are durable and portable, providing high-quality sound.

I listened to a set of the HDJ-CUE1BT in both wired and wireless mode and found them to be as bass-forward as I'd expect from DJ headphones. They were best suited to the '80s dance floor beats of Tame Impala's Borderline or the slam of Gorillaz's Feel Good Inc. The song I found them most impressive with was Beta Band's Life -- at 2.20 the song ends with a super-deep synth bass, but unlike with some headphones and speakers I've heard, each each note was played at an equal volume and without distortion.

The HDJ-CUE1BT offered enough presence to make vocals pop, even if there wasn't much that much treble coming through. When plugged in the sound became flatter; the bass prominence was still there, but the midrange sparkle was gone.

Pioneer knows that "serious" DJs aren't going to be using these on the dance floor, but if you want an attractive set of budget headphones that can do deep bass well, then these are worth investigating.

Specifications:

  • Type: Closed, Dynamic
  • Frequency response: 5Hz to 30,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity 104 dB
  • Driver: 40 mm
  • Weight: 215 g (without cable)
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Accessories: 1.2 m coiled cable

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