The Best Studio Monitor and DJ Headphones to Break the Bank

You’ve gotta spend money to make money, right?

This time around we’re taking it straight to your wallet with a roundup of the best DJ studio monitor headphones that will also make you look like a million bucks. Because fame is about faking it until you make it. Have a smaller style budget? Try out our list of the best wood grain headphones and earbuds.

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I love gooooooooldPryma Studio Monitor Headphones Fashionista Over EarPryma Headphones, Heavy Gold

The Pryma Headphones evoke high fashion, and you’ll pay for it too. Like walking down the street wearing a couture designer, Pryma will help you make sure everyone else knows you are better than they are. Let’s review:

  • Gold. Because gold is what people who DGAF about money wear on their heads, like a crown of sound.
  • The head strap is like a gold-riveted belt you can adjust or take off, which can double as a belt for that heiress-sized -4 waist.
  • The word ‘heavy’ is in the name, so you know they are high quality. You also know you’ll need a chiropractor to fix your jacked up neck. No problem, it’s only money!

Groot looking down in jail lineupGrado Made in Brooklyn Over Ear Studio HeadphonesGrado GS1000e Statement Series Open-Air Stereo Headphone

Grado kills some trees and animals to make these babies. No shame in their game, because those giant mahogany wood chunks on the earpieces will get you noticed. A few other gems:

  • The Grado Statement headphones are for people who need to show the world they can afford thousand dollar headphones. As if to say, “I’m making a statement.”
  • A hand crafted mahogany sleeve. Because sound is better if piped through endangered plants and animals. This is way more mahogany than you will find on the meager Reference series.
  • The Grado GS series is hand assembled in Brooklyn. That means you’re getting good ol’ American craftsmanship at good ol’ American prices.


Thank you for your cooperationbeyerdynamic Metal and Fabric Studio Monitor Headphonesbeyerdynamic T1 2nd Generation Audiophile Stereo Headphones

Look like Robocop in these swank nearly-$1,000 studio monitor headphones. Bear with us, there’s a lot of jargon in them thar features:

  • In some of the best language gymnastics we’e ever seen, the T1’s are advertised with ‘Highly
  • Efficient Tesla Technology Drivers’. We always knew Nikola was an audiophile.
  • Memory Foam ear pieces. Your ears will be sleeping soundly in no time, and with less back pain!
  • Over $1,000. But hey, they are Prime so free shipping.

Daft Punk Looking Up From NewspaperBuy Meze Gold DJ HeadphonesMeze 99 Classics Gold Headphones

There’s nothing like a classic. We wouldn’t say these DJ headphones qualify, the sentiment is nice. And they look great, so you’ve got that going for you too. Why buy Beats when you can get:

  • Real walnut wood earcups. What did you expect for this bargain-basement price, mammoth fossil?
  • Groovy space-aged design ensures you will look like you come from the future while making the very ironic statement that you live in the past.
  • Gold plating makes another appearance in the Meze 99 line. Just to be clear: this isn’t the real thing.

Cow kicking woman twice in stomachStudio Headphones for HomeBowers & Wilkins P9 Premium Headphones

These aren’t your dad’s studio headphones, just cleverly disguised as them. With enough leather to saddle a horse and a relatively minimalist style, these actually make the top of our list for form and function. Deets:

  • Italian Saffiano leather, which is like, really expensive Italian leather. Buttery soft too.
  • Forged foldable aluminum arms. We’re not sure what kind of aluminum isn’t forged at one point or another, but the folding option is nice for transportation.
  • Piston diaphragm speaker drivers which is Bowers & Wilkins’ way of saying the sound is good. We believe them.

That’s it for this roundup. Want to see more? Check out our new mega list of tangle-free and Bluetooth earbuds.