Created with Armin van Buuren, the new Philips A5-Pros are easily the most robust headphones this writer has ever used.
The anodised aluminium and real leather finish is superb. The housing isn't fully reversible, but each cup will rotate 90 degrees and leave you with a compact and secure package.
"These are comfortable and sound extremely good, with bags of really controlled, tight, punchy bass"
If you're a DJ who picks up his headphones when needed rather than wearing them during the whole set, these may be a bit chunky.
That said, for DJs that wear headphones throughout their set these are comfortable and sound extremely good, with bags of really controlled, tight, punchy bass and spacious delivery.
The coiled, detachable 3.5mm lead has a small notch to help it lock in place and can be attached on either side of the headphones, but proprietary leads like this can be frustrating to replace and getting an off-the-shelf lead to do the same job may be a squeeze.
There are extra options for three different sized ear cups so you can replace the cups depending on whether you're on the move, in the booth or in the studio.
For us, full reversible housing would have made these a near perfect set of DJ headphones, but these are nonetheless near the mark.