So I got my HDJ-2000mk2 a few days ago and I wanted to have a go at trying to reviewing products so here’s my sort of noobish review.
Photo credits to DJTechTools
Let’s start off with some basic overview of the product itself.
The Pioneer HDJ-2000mk2 is an improvement to the original HDJ-2000 which I will talk about later on. It still retains it’s premium magnesium alloy build from it’s predecessor but with refinements like a more definite edge as compared to the very rounded edges of the original HDJ-2000. It’s specs are more or less the same with the original HDJ-2000.
Style: Enclosed dynamic stereo headphones Frequency Range: 5 Hz to 30,000 Hz Impedance: 32 Ω Max Input: 3,500 mW Output Sound Level: 107 dB Driver Unit: φ50 mm domes Plug: φ3.5 mm stereo mini-jack (gold-plated, two-way, screw type) Weight: 10.5 ounces (without cord) Included: φ6.3 mm standard stereo adapter (gold-plated, screw type) and carrying pouch Cords: 1.2 m side mount coil cord (extended 3 m) and 1.6 m twisted-sheathed straight cord
It sounds like Pioneer is really trying to appeal to both the DJ community and the Audiophile community at the same time with the mk2.
The old HDJ-2000-Ks (left) vs the new HDJ-2000MK2s (right)
Picture credits to DJTechTools
Picking it up, you can immediately feel how solidly built it is with the magnesium alloy construction. I personally love the added weight because it tells me that I have a quallity product in my hands and I’m not afraid that anything will dent at all should a drop occur. Although I don’t recommend dropping these cans. One of the major complaints that DJs have with the old 2000s is the sound isolation as compared with other similar headphones like V-Moda and Sennheiser. Pioneer has put some research into it and here’s what they have to say about that.
“You no longer need to crank up the volume in loud clubs, thanks to the ear pads’ damper and airtight stitching. On top of that, the innovative, low-volume air chambers provide maximum insulation by reducing external noise in the mid to low frequencies.”
Sounds like they solved the problem about sound isolation from the old 2000s no?
Well, onto my personal experience with these cans. I have tried the old 2000s and I have to agree that the sound isolation was really bad and it was partly due to the very thin layer of cushion. The mk2 has a much thicker cushion compared to the original and it actually creates a seal between your ears and the headphones itself. Much like the earcups eating up your ear. The packaging looks really premium feeling with the thick cardboard. Opening it up, you’ll be greeted with a hard carrying case and inside sits the headphones neatly folded up and also the cables.
Photo credits to DJCityTV
Which brings me to another huge improvement. The cables that come with this iteration of the 2000s have a 90 degree bend at the jack. Previously on the original 2000s, the jack was straight which is a huge problem for DJs using the Pioneer DJM-800 mixers because the headphone jack was on the top and when you plug the cable in, the cable bends a lot which contributed to the wear and tear.
Photo credits to DJCityTV
From the pictures, you can see that it really puts a lot of stress on the connector and a lot of DJs have been complaining about it and with the new mk2, Pioneer changed it to a 90 degree bended jack.
Onto the sound quality, The audio produced by these cans comes from using large 50 mm drivers that can clearly and efficiently reproduce a wide spectrum of frequencies. The large drivers, combined with copper-clad aluminum wire (CCAW) voice coils, rare-earth magnets and 38μm-thick diaphragms, generate sounds with great accuracy and control with increased output in the lower bass region. These drivers can easily distinguish the vocals from the instruments and the highs from the lows.
All in all, whether you’re an Audiophile or a DJ or just a music junkie, these pair of cans should be to your liking but not everyone is going to like the sound signature because at the end of the day, headphones, like computer peripherals, are a very personal thing and may differ from person to person. At the moment, the HDJ-2000MK2 retails at a street value of US$349 and if you can afford it, I would say go for it. I haven’t been disappointed with my purchase at all.
So that’s it. My sort of noobish review. I hope it isn’t too bad. >.< Feedback is much appreciated.