With so many different options on the market, choosing the best DJ speakers for the home can be quite confusing. Second only to your mixer setup, it’s one of the most important purchases you will ever make.
Whether they are for your next big house party with friends or a home studio, you will want a sound that is clear and loud enough to do your tunes justice.
We’re not talking Madison Square Gardens loud (your neighbors won’t be too happy with that!).
In the following guide, we will take a look at which type of speakers are best for the home DJ and look at 6 of the top-selling speakers for the DJ at home.
Pioneer is without doubt one of the biggest players in the DJ equipment market today. Although better known for their hardware like mixers, controllers, and media players, their DJ speakers never fail to disappoint either.
With acoustic tuning built-in, these sensational studio monitors offer a pristine sound when in the studio or as house party speakers. They may not offer the bass quality of some of the larger options but you don’t want to be shaking your house too much with that next DJ set.
The smaller drivers of these affordable studio monitor speakers mean they should be placed closer to the listener.
Next up we look at a Powered 8” studio monitor designed for the professional DJ. Any DJ who has used the previous generation of JBL speakers such as these will be familiar with the crisp sound it provides. The MKII isn’t going to disappoint either!
If you’re wondering which is the loudest JBL speaker, don’t forget to check out this article (sorry neighbors!).
Very loud rating for home speaker of 112 watts
Balanced XLR input in addition to traditional RCA line
High and low-frequency boosters give a wide response range of 37 Hz to 30000 Hz
When used as a party speaker, they will cover the whole room, but again, you may need to boost that low end with a subwoofer for the ultimate bass response.
It’s a good all-around sound reinforcement speaker, but there are similar products available at lower costs—it’s up to you whether you want the reassurance of a brand name like JBL. I know I do!
A great JBL sound with wider coverage up to 110 degrees
Presets which are easy to set the ambiance of the next party
Bass is good enough as a monitor speaker but may need boosting for larger parties with a subwoofer
What to Look for In the Best Speakers for the Home DJ?
So now we have looked at some of the best DJ speakers for the home, you may still be fitting on the fence.
They all look like good speakers and there are some very recognizable brands in there. No worries, we are here to help you know what to look for in your next home DJ speaker.
Do You Know Exactly What You Are Looking For?
This may seem a silly question, “Öf course I’m just looking for a loud, powerful, and good sounding speaker!” —but it’s about so much more than that! Are you looking for affordable studio monitors or a big old house party speaker?
People will often get confused when saying a DJ speaker with studio monitor speakers. If you are planning on producing your own music in the home studio, monitors will give you a more precise sound for hearing every nuance of the track.
In comparison, a “normal” DJ speaker will provide a richer bass and treble sound but without too much precision for every little detail of the next masterpiece.
Monitor speakers will normally be more expensive but there are many affordable studio monitors which offer a professional performance for the home studio. They may just lack that big sound for a house party.
Can I Use Bookshelf Speakers to DJ?
Although there are many decent-quality bookshelf speakers available at competitive price points, I wouldn’t particularly recommend them to the home DJ.
For DJ sets that involve lower bass response and often contrasting high frequencies found in EDM, it may work the drivers too hard and damage the speaker.
Likewise, although designed for higher definition sound, some of today’s leading bookshelf speakers may not have the wider frequency response of a studio monitor speaker.
When producing your next opus you will want to hear every single detail before mastering to the final.
Understanding Frequency Response in the Best Speakers for the Home DJ Setup
Although many people get the frequency range (ie the low to top note a speaker can handle) mixed up with the frequency response, for the best home DJ speaker you will need to focus more on the response.
This is how loud it will play at certain frequencies, with a good frequency response being from 20hz to 20000hz for those harder to hear tones.
For studio monitors, you may want to look at a higher-end frequency of up to 30000 Hz even though the human ear won’t always hear the highest notes.
Powered speakers like the JBL Professional 305P MK II even have extra built-in high and low-frequency transducers for more definition at both ends of the spectrum.
Hopefully, this short guide has shown you that buying the best DJ speakers for home doesn’t always need to break the bank balance.
While professional DJs will benefit from something like the Mackie C300z or the JBL Professional 305P MKII, there are also the best budget home DJ speakers which can meet your requirements.
Although the PreSonus Eris E3.5 offers the best value for affordable studio monitors, the extra frequency response offered by the innovative design of the Pioneer DJ DM-40 powered speakers make them the ideal choice for most home DJs.
Let me know if you think we have missed any of your favorite home DJ speakers and maybe we can include them in our next round-up.