Best DJ Gears for Beginners - Under $500


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Let’s talk about the best DJ gear for beginners- those that will get you through your first few years as a DJ. We have the best controller, speakers, and headphones. We went through a lot of gear and compiled the best and most budget-friendly stuff that we tested and used and abused in a gig. They're all the newest technology and everything you may ever want and need. From DJing in your bedroom to DJing an event or festival, these things will get you covered.

Controller (DDJ RB)


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One of the best controllers is DDJ RB. The layout is simple and it does its job from scratching to mixing. It comes with a Rekordbox DJ so all you have to do is install the software, plug in the controller, and you are good to go. If you're into Serato, the DDJ SB3 is almost the same as the DDJ RB in terms of features, functionality, layout, and even price. There are very minute differences between the two controllers. These include the ability to control the decks and the pad scratch feature. But as a beginner, there's no need to concern yourself with the bells and whistles of these items because they're all the same and all do the same which is to play music and DJ right.

When you start DJing, all you need is something basic. These two controllers deliver that package exceptionally well. What makes this a better controller compared to the other expensive controllers are two simple things. One - because it's small and light (you can throw this control in a backpack and you’re good to go.) Two - because it's USB powered. You don't have to bring a power cable and power adapter to make this thing work. All you need is a computer and a USB cable. The layout of this controller is simple, basic, and universal. So if ever you upgrade, it will feel like the right step up. You would also enjoy the size and feel of the jog wheel and the placement of all the knobs and buttons. The differences between the DDJ RX controller and the DDJ RB in terms of functionality are small. They both do the same thing.

At the end of the day, it's not what you use but how you use it. The DDJ RB is a budget-friendly plug and play controller and is perfect for the beginner DJ and even the veteran DJ. You need something that works well and performs professionally.

Speakers (DM - 40) 


Don't let the size fool you. Though the speakers are small and portable, they sound clear and bassy and can get pretty loud if you want them to. They are minimal, lightweight, and perfect for small house parties and bedroom DJing. They also come with a 3.5-millimeter jack to RCA cable, so all you have to do to get the sound going in your studio is to connect them. These speakers also come in pairs so there is no need to buy them individually. Since they're the latest in technology, there is also a Bluetooth variant of the speakers that utilize Bluetooth technology. You can technically attach your phone controller and even knock this thing and get the sound going. These pair of speakers are pretty flexible, and for their price, nothing can beat it. The DM - 40 is a simple, versatile, and budget-friendly pair of speakers that do the job. They also sound great and accurate.

Headphones (HDJ - X5) 


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Next, we have the headphone of choice, the HDJ - X5. Like the speaker counterpart, these headphones sound great if not, better to do the isolation of sound you get when you put these things on. You can hear the drums and the highest of a song and hearing those frequencies helps adjust your EQ when mixing.  The best thing about the X5 is the bang for the buck that you get when you compare this model to the X10, its older brother. From afar, these headphones look almost the same. They both sound pretty much the same too, that they make it hard to tell the difference between the two models. The only huge difference is the price tag. The X10 is $250 more expensive than the X5. 

The HDJ - X5 is a great pair of Pioneer DJ headphones. They sound great and look great. Even if you're a beginner or a Veteran DJ, you won't be disappointed.