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Postby Di Pi » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:30 pm

Hi there! Any opinions on why djs prefer headphones over iems???

I am a dj my self the last 5 years and i would say that if you give me headphones and iems with exact the same techs and price i choose headphones just because i can put them in and out very easy and fast when i beatmatch/mix.

p.s. i'm talking about djs who use their ears and not theis eyes to mix ;)
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby Skerrick » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:31 pm

yo yo yo pardon my ignorance but whats an IEM?
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:34 pm

Skerrick wrote:yo yo yo pardon my ignorance but whats an IEM?
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:43 pm

I think you answer your own question, headphones are easy to put on and take off (which DJ's do every few seconds) IEM's are designed to stay in place for an extended period of time (they are actually very easy to insert but can be fiddly to remove and are most comfortable when left alone).
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby Di Pi » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:52 pm

I think the same too, i am just wondering if there is any other reason.../?
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby Skerrick » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:53 am

Mike Stranks wrote:
Skerrick wrote:yo yo yo pardon my ignorance but whats an IEM?
THIS

Thank you mr stranks, i should have just googled it tbh, muchos apologeticos.
never heard of iem's (probs cos im new to most of this sound bizz)
might lerk into a pair. :)
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby chris... » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:41 am

Decent headphones sound loads better than IEMs (or at least, affordable IEMs).

But headphones generally offer less isolation.
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Postby John Willett » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:22 pm

Also - DJs often like to listen one-eared while they line things up - not easy with IEMs.
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Postby ken long » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:26 pm

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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby chris... » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:24 am

Nice shower!
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Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:48 am

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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby ken long » Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:52 am

chris... wrote:Nice shower!

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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby Di Pi » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:02 pm

John, why do you think it's easier with headphones than iems??
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby Bossman » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:49 pm

lets face it, most DJs wouldn't even know what an IEM is!!... and they are a bit pointless for a DJ.. musicians only wear IEMs because they'd look stupid with headphones on stage.

and, as has been said already, its easier for a DJ to take headphones on/off etc.

I guess its the same reason why people generally don't use IEMs when in recording studios - because they don't need to.
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:56 pm

Bossman wrote:lets face it, most DJs wouldn't even know what an IEM is!!... and they are a bit pointless for a DJ.. musicians only wear IEMs because they'd look stupid with headphones on stage.

and, as has been said already, its easier for a DJ to take headphones on/off etc.

I guess its the same reason why people generally don't use IEMs when in recording studios - because they don't need to.

OTOH I've just spent £250 on a pair of custom IEM's...... at that price I'll wear them in bed........ :crazy:
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby John Willett » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:34 am

Di Pi wrote:John, why do you think it's easier with headphones than iems??

Because they swap back and forth between one ear listening and two ear listening and it's normally much easier with headphones.

Proper IEMs are far more fiddly as they normally involve custom ear moulds.

You also have to be very careful with IEMs - putting them in and out - or you can damage the eardrum with the pressure/suction if you don't do it properly.
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby Dave71 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:42 pm

As a hard working DJ for me there are various reasons
1. cost - suitable pair of cans £50-£70
2. ease of use, 1 ear both ears, left/right
2. need to be able to hear auntie marge when she asks for abba
1. if you don't wear cans, you don't look like a dj, just a regular guy
2. if a guest needs to hear a track its easy to give them a set of cans

NB - I do know what IEM is btw. Not sure that Tom Cruise was the best person top play Ethan Hunt though
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Re: Djs and headphones.

Postby TSH-Tim » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:09 pm

Come on guys ! IEM wound't look cool enough while chatting up all those girls :D
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