The HDJ-2000MK2 is the newest edition of Pioneer’s professional HDJ series. Despite being released last year, the 2000MK2 is significantly more than Pioneer’s predecessor the HDJ-1500 headphone and averages at about $350 on Amazon.
Sometimes it is hard to justify the price between models but after testing the 2000MK2, it is evident why the 2000MK2 is the premium choice. While the HDJ-1500 offers great audio quality, the HDJ-2000MK2 is far superior in sound quality, comfortability, durability, and overall design.
Compared to the HDJ-2000, the HDJ-2000MK2 has added enhanced sound isolation, optimized comfort, and a more durable build for heavy usage. Plus they adopt low-volume air chambers and airtight stitching to improve sound insulation and deliver the pristine sound needed for monitoring in the loudest clubs.
In this review lets discover how well this headphone holds up from a DJ’s perspective. From live sessions to garage practices, we will test the 2000MK2 to its limits with no restrictions.
Pioneer Pro HDJ-2000MK2-K Specifications
|Weight (without cord)||298 g|
|Maximum Input Power||3500 mW|
|Output Sound Level||107 dB|
|Frequency Range||5 - 30,000 Hz|
|Connector||3.5 mm stereo mini-jack (gold-plated, 2-way, screw-type)|
|Accessories||6.3 mm stereo jack (gold-plated, screw type) & Carrying case|
The 2000MK2’s design is one of the best we have seen yet, next to Bose’s QuietComfort 35. The design itself is outright astonishing but above all, it’s comfort is quite outstanding. Even the look is simplistic, well-designed and doesn’t feature any unnecessary elements. The 2000MK2 has a very classic look and feel while appearing to be a new age headphone.
Starting with the earpads, they are soft, plush, and offer great comfort for long periods of listening. Never once while wearing these headphones all day (around 10 hours), did I ever feel the need to take them off nor feel too hot. The headband is similar to the earcups as they also feature soft plush-like padding that sits comfortably on your head.
The extraordinary fit is due to the headband’s design, as you can easily lock both sides into place and adjust the length of the headband specifically to your head size. Perfect for DJing or everyday use, I felt that these headphones were personally made for me. The overall compact size of this headphone also made portability a breeze. Making traveling easy with their foldable design and maneuvering easy with the swiveling earcups.
Though my favorite design aspect of the 2000MK2 besides the comfort was Pioneer’s Mono/Stereo switch located on the left earcup. I found this exceptionally convenient, as it made monitoring tracks while DJing easy. Having my upcoming cue of tracks I would have one earcup flipped off and I would switch to Stereo when I needed to time my transition and back to Mono to continue hearing the same content in each earcup.
But with every headphone comes flaws and disadvantages. Even though the flaws of the 2000MK2 are debatable, they are slight and are insignificant compared to the overall design aspect. The main flaw being that the cable connection is not the standard 3.5mm cable, but Pioneer’s odd three-prong connector instead. I am not sure as to why Pioneer chose to this three-prong connector instead of the universally accepted 3.5mm connector. Many argue that the audio could better with the standard 3.5mm cable but that is debatable. Although Pioneer’s cable is not bad itself as it is removable and features an expandable coil. Being that these headphones are a whopping $350, it would’ve been nice for Pioneer to at least include a 3.5mm adapter.
When testing the HDJ-2000MK2 it passed the most important test for headphones. Even when put at the maximum volume, the 2000MK2 did not distort. With a similar bass response of the HDJ-1500, the HDJ-2000MK2 offers a more secure fit, thus delivering cleaner audio quality due to Pioneer’s optimized sound isolation.
The ear pads’ low-volume air chambers provide maximum insulation, reducing external noise in the mid to low frequencies. Lending richer bass to Hip Hop and EDM genres. But also delivering a refined bass response to classic songs without overwhelming the vocals. The underlying treble and sub-bass were perfect as far as frequencies were concerned. The undeniable crispness was consistent throughout different music genres and volume adjustments.
Pioneer’s consistent and accurate headphones have really brought us to enjoy new releases and appreciate the old. Pioneer is known for shaping the music industry not only with headphones but audio equipment as well. That is why the HDJ-2000MK2 doesn’t emit a booming-like sound like the Beats Studio Headphones. Although Beats has both earcups available for cable connection, the 2000MK2 offers far superior sound quality in every possible way.
During everyday usage testing, we found they were just as satisfying to listen to. This is due to the extremely well-designed sound isolation that puts less strain on the ears. Less ear fatigue means being able to listen at a much lower volume than similar headphones. While listening, the 2000MK2 isolates well enough for your needs and does not drown out the sound completely. This proved true when I heard background noises in songs I have been listening to for over 10 years. It almost felt as if the sounds were right beside me with every increasing beat.
But the most interesting part about testing the sound quality was finding out that these headphones aren’t just for DJs. While plugged into my Playstation 4, I was able to do some serious online gaming as well as watch in-depth TV shows and movies. This was unlike any other DJ headphone I have ever heard before and really showed how much versatility Pioneer put into the HDJ-2000MK2.
Before reviewing the HDJ-2000MK2, I was thinking to myself, “Why do these headphones cost so much?”. Now after reviewing them, I can fully understand why. But it goes without saying that they’re exceptionally well built for their purpose. These headphones proved to be amazing for DJing, home entertainment, or even on the go use. picked them up for $270 at Amazon.com, but they can be had cheaper (at dicier joints) elsewhere if you do some hunting. Considering that’s close to three times what I’ve spent on my other phones, they’ve had a lot to live up to… But I haven’t once regretted dropping the money on them. No buyer’s remorse; that definitely says something.
Averaging around $350 on Amazon, these headphones have not only managed to maintain their original value but also outperform every other DJ headphone in its class. Especially considering other studio headphones and wireless headphones can cost up to triple that amount. But from a consumer’s perspective, I have not once regretted buying these headphones and that is definitely saying something.
From top to bottom everything about this headphone is amazing. For the money, you currently can’t buy a better professional DJ headphone. Buying the HDJ-2000MK2 is a strong investment as it allows those who are moving up from an amateur level to really being able to monitor professionally.
The sound quality was way beyond our expectations and offered outstanding sound isolation and comfort. But what really made us love the 2000MK2 was its unique versatility for home entertainment and every day on the go use. As for the value, this would be the perfect example to say, “you get what you pay for”. Overall, Pioneer’s HDJ-2000MK2 was nothing less than exceptional and we would recommend this professional DJ headphone for those who are seriously want to take their DJ experience to the next level.