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Pioneer HDJ 2000 vs. Beats Pro

by Stuart Charles Black

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Before we get into the Pioneer HDJ 2000 vs. Beats Pro comparison, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

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What I will bring you today

For the purposes of this article, I will compare the HDJ 2000 and Beats Pro, and then give a recommendation towards the end. 🙂

  1. Similarities & Differences
  2. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!

Similarities & Differences


  • Both are built like steel anvils. Lol. The HDJ 2000’s are made almost entirely of metal (magnesium composite), while the Beats Pro is made of an aluminum gunmetal. Holding either in your hand feels incredibly solid. Neither of these puppies are breaking down any time soon, but I would give the slight nod to the Beats Pro. They are almost unbreakable. The HDJ 2000’s have a track record of being pretty durable, but there have been some known issues with the headband coming apart.
  • Both are closed back headphones with a circumaural fit. Closed back vs. Open back headphones.
  • Both come with a coiled cable, although the HDJ 2000 is compatible with the Quincy Jones straight cable that comes with the Q701. Available in 10 and 20 ft. Lime green.
  • Both are marketed as DJ headphones.
  • Both come with a 1/4″ adapter and carrying case.
  • Neither need an amp. How to choose a Headphone Amp!


  • Bass. The HDJ 2000’s bass is tight but less pronounced than the Beats Pro. I got the sense that the Pro was very bass heavy, almost to a fault. It came across as boomy and slightly unnatural. The 2000 seems more even and neutral, but be aware that it won’t dig down particularly deep. Expect some roll off.
  • Movement. The HDJ 2000’s ear-cups fold and rotate in many different ways, and have the ability to fold up for easy storage. The Beats Pro by contrast does have ear-cups that rotate a little, but they don’t move in as many ways as the 2000, and aren’t as good in a true DJ environment.
  • Removable cable. While the HDJ 2000’s have a plug that connects into one ear-cup, the Beats Pro can plug into either side. The cable on the 2000’s is a mini XLR however, while the Pro is a standard 3.5mm jack. What is XLR?
  • The HDJ 2000 has a mono switch that enables you to listen in one ear only.
  • Comfort. The Beats Pro’s are built very well but that also comes with a price: They’re extremely bulky and heavy. I’m not sure I could enjoy them for too long. The clamp force is a bit tight on your ears. The HD200’s are much lighter and more comfortable than the Pro’s.
  • Weight. Continuing in that vein, the Pro’s are 14.11 oz. vs. 10.2 oz. for the 2000’s.
  • Isolation. The Beats Pro’s isolate better than the 2000’s.

Final Word

Forget about the Beats Pro. The sound is too uneven and somewhat boring. Plus I would never pay the asking price under any circumstance. The HDJ 2000’s are a solid option but I’ve got the solution for you today. The Sennheiser HD 25. This is a true DJ headphone, and is the most durable piece of equipment I’ve ever owned. I routinely slam them on the ground just to prove how indestructible they are. You will most definitely need this when you’re in a true DJ environment. Not only that, but they have a proven track record of over 25 years in the industry. The sound is phenomenal. There’s plenty of controlled bass slam, the mid-range is extremely revealing and articulate, and there’s a lot of sizzle in the treble range. The left ear-cup swivels beautifully as well, all the parts are replaceable, and they even brewed me a cup of coffee the other day. Just kidding, but seriously. Interested in learning more about them?




Well that’s about it for today my friend! Hope you enjoyed this Pioneer HDJ 2000 vs. Beats Pro comparison.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please let me know down below or Contact me!!

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