The HC 200 DJ headphones are the latest addition to the Behringer Group. The German company cannot necessarily be called a traditional manufacturer of headphones, especially those for DJs.
Nevertheless, there are currently five DJ headphones in the Behringer portfolio, and only one, namely the HPX6000, of the models on offer costs over $40.
All the others range between $11 and $20, while our recently available test subject is currently selling for around $14 over the counter.
With this background information, one can at least state that Behringer has gained a lot of experience to date, especially in the production of low budget DJ headphones, and is now consequently building on with the HC 200. In the following article you can find out what you can and should not expect from the HC 200.
Fresh on the table
The scope of delivery is limited to the HC 200, which weighs 263 grams (oops!), The permanently mounted, three-meter-long spiral cable that was not weighed, including the 6.35 mm adapter and a quick start guide.
Well, much more than that was not to be expected, a maximum of one transport bag, which you can probably not ask for given the price of these headphones.
As expected, the scope of delivery is clear, but absolutely ok
When establishing the signal connection, the product developers leaned fully out of the DJ booth window with a 3 m long flexible spiral cable.
The cast cable leads on the input side into a straight gold-plated 3.5 mm jack plug connector, onto which the also “gold” 6.35 mm jack adapter can be screwed. The 4 mm thick signal line feels really good and not “cheap”.
The only disadvantage: The cable is not interchangeable, but good, considering the price I can really understand the non-modular design. Many DJs, including myself, swear by angle handles, but over the years I have understood that in principle this is also a bit a matter of taste.
… a 3 m long spiral cable, which is, however, permanently mounted
Articulated frame construction
The 33 mm wide headband makes a very stable impression, which leads to the conclusion that it still has a metallic interior within its plastic dress. Information on this is not available from the manufacturer. Overall, the HC 200 gives a crass plastic look and feel due to the kneeling and creaking, but the olfactory perception in no way follows the haptic impression.
Both sides of the bracket allow head size adjustment with 12 levels each, which is absolutely sufficient in my opinion.
Both shells can be rotated 90 degrees forwards and 45 degrees backwards. In addition, the high flexibility of the headband in combination with the effective folding mechanism enables a great shrinking effect, so that the HC 200 fits into almost every sack, pouch and little bag. As with Sennheiser’s HD25, neither of the two capsules can be turned back and up.
Both shells can be rotated 90 degrees forwards and 45 degrees backwards …
Inside the closed sound capsules, drivers with a diameter of 57 mm work, the nature of which cannot be found on the manufacturer’s website. Behringer puts the frequency and transmission range at 20 – 20,000 Hz without specifying the maximum permissible deviations. The sensitivity is given as 107 dB (+/- 3 dB), but we do not learn any details about test and measurement conditions.
Last but not least, Behringer names the connection impedance as 64 ohms, which, in terms of sensitivity, allows the conclusion that the HC 200 will prove to be quite frugal, as the tests with the three local headphone amplifiers (Monitor Formula Sound FF-4000, SPL Phonitor Mini as well as an iPod nano 3Gen from 2007).
Carrying comfort and handling
Behringer’s HC 200 is a closed on-ear / over-ear construction.
The manufacturer names both principles because, in my opinion, the interior of the shell is dimensioned in such a way that a clear assignment to one of the two construction principles is hardly possible, but rather depends on the user, i.e. large auricle – on the ear, small ears – over the ear.
This of course places increased demands on the shell cushion in terms of its flexibility. And I can only speak for myself: “Me” in this case means a person with an outer ear who does not want to fit one hundred percent into the shell’s interior, so I would rather speak of the on-ear principle.
It is astonishing that Behringer’s test subject certainly lives up to these requirements because the shells are quite well padded and moderate the direct contact pressure of the listener quite effectively so that longer sessions can be imagined without having to constantly remove the headphone.
In addition, the headband pad proves to be very effective, so that pressure from above is even less perceived. The headphones sit really well and cannot be easily shaken off the head, although the weight of 260 grams develops a lot of centrifugal force.
The shielding from the acoustic outside world is just as gratifying: it is excellent and just comes close to the values of my Yamaha HPH-MT7, but not to those of my HD25 from Sennheiser. One should keep in mind that the latter two cost around ten times as much.
The spiral cable was also able to easily deliver on its promise of pleasant handling. The length, flexibility and spiral are well chosen, I didn’t notice anything negative. How sustainable the material is, must and will show …
On the model you can clearly see at which 3 point pressure is exerted on the head
Sound and volume
“But in which little room did the downer fall?” Critical readers in particular may now ask themselves. Well, as far as the sound is concerned, that’s probably the acoustic “hook” if you can even speak of one, after all, these cost less than a couple of pizzas.
The HC 200 doesn’t sound fundamentally wrong, but it does sound a bit cloudy, which in my opinion is due to the overemphasized mids, which appear very dense and thus also mask the bass range. In general, in my opinion, the transparency over the entire frequency curve leaves a little to be desired.
Last but not least, the low resolution in the high frequency should be mentioned, but in my ears, it weighs just as much as the non-transparent midrange reproduction.
That sounds somehow terrible, but more than a halfway balanced ratio of frequencies can hardly be achieved in this price range. Often that doesn’t work, as in this case.
Nevertheless, the HC 200 can easily fulfill its traditional purpose, because volume is a discipline that these headphones can easily master. They can easily make up for club-level levels and unfavorable listening situations thanks to its good shielding and great volume potential.
Mixer / Preamp: Formula Sound FF-4000
Headphone Amp: SPL Phonitor Mini
MP3 player: iPod nano 3rd gen. 8GB from 2007
Headphone references: Sennheiser HD25 & Yamaha HPH-MT7
With the HC 200, Behringer presents robust DJ headphones with good external shielding and great volume potential. In addition, it has the typical DJ features such as effective folding and folding mechanisms and exults with a solid-looking and practice-oriented spiral cable.
Anyone who gets along well with the plastic look and feel that the HC 200 uses, and does not place high demands on the sound of a DJ headphone can get a very solid unit for less than $14, which, given the price, is great bang for your buck.
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