Hercules HDP DJ-Pro M1001 DJ Headphones Review

By | Posted February 9, 2012


Hercules, the new DJ controller company on the block, has started producing their very own DJ-grade headphones for the masses.  There are a few different models out on the market right now, but we opted to take the new Hercules HDP DJ-Pro M1001 top-of-the-line professional DJ Headphones for a spin in our lab for a full stress-test.  Check out our Full HD-Video review of the Hercules HDP M1001 Professional DJ Headphones to see if they suit your DJ or Production needs.

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Review Video & Demo

Setup & First Impressions

Hercules HDP DJ-Pro M1001 DJ Headphones Review Summary:

Hercules is the popular new DJ equipment company that is responsible for producing some of the innovative and affordable USB MIDI Digital DJ controllers out on the market today. Hercules, after experiencing great success, decided to break into the world of DJ headphones. They are currently offering a few different models of headphones, but being the professional DJ’s that we are at DJbooth.net, we opted for the top-of-the-line Professional Hercules HDP DJ-Pro M1001 DJ headphones to put them through the tests. We’ll dive a bit deeper and break them down piece by piece so that you can determine if these are a set of headphones you would like a part of your collection.

Unboxing Video


The construction and design of the Hercules HDP DJ-Pro M1001 Professional DJ headphones is somewhat of a mixed bag. The Hercules M1001 headphones are made up of almost completely plastic making them easy to wear for long periods of time and also making it light in weight for transport. On the downside, the light plastic feels like it may not hold up to much abuse or to Mobile DJ’s who are constantly on-the-go with their set of headphones. Even the key joint areas that bend and swivel are also full-plastic construction which means DJ’s will need to be careful not to drop or hit them when handling and using these headphones.

The earcups can fold, swivel, and rotate very extensively to give DJ’s their optimal position for monitoring. This gives the Hercules M1001 lots of diversity and this is where the headphones will appeal to more users than other top brands that do not swivel or fold in a similar manner. The earcups themselves contain 50mm drivers to handle deep bass and to also completely cover the ears for excellent sound isolation and adequate non-powered Noise-cancelling to get rid of the outside sounds. They fit nice and snug without actually squeezing your head. The Earcup and headband pads are very comfortable and soft with a leather-like material covering them for ultimate comfort. The headband is also extendable to fit any size head comfortably. There is a removable cable that can attach to either the left or right earcup depending on where a DJ would rather have this connection. Hercules also included a gold-plated mini-to-quarter-inch adapter so they can plug into any piece of equipment you need.

The Hercules HDP M1001 DJ headphones have excellent sound quality and they are very competitive with other $200-$400 range headphones in its class. The Hercules M1001 headphones even handled well with distorted and super-loud monitoring conditions without any degradation to the sound quality. The sound isolation is one of the best that I’ve reviewed as each earcup fits nice and snug over-the-ears that does a great job at eliminating background noise without the use of batteries and other technologies. None of the frequency ranges bled over into the others during out two hour stress-test period. The price is also very competitive coming in at about $160 per set at retail.

Conclusion / Recommended For

In conclusion, The Hercules HDP M1001 DJ Headphones are recommended for any user who needs an over-the-ear professional grade headphone monitoring solution that has great sound quality and a competitive price to match. The only gripe that I had with the headphones was that there should be more metal in the construction, but especially where the joints and hinges are located as this is the normal point of failure for most DJ headphones. Other than that, the sound was good, the price was competitive, and they are definitely suited for professional DJ’s.


  • Lightweight and Portable Plastic Construction
  • Foldable, Rotate, and Swivel Design for Convenience
  • Can Attach the cable to Left or Right Earcup
  • Great Sound Quality; Good Bass Response
  • Great Price-point ($160 Pro Headphones)


  • Mostly All-Plastic Construction
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Features & Specs

Technical specifications:

HDP DJ-Pro M1001
Professional DJ headphones

107 dB at 1 mW
5Hz-30kHz: full frequency range

Powerful drivers

32 ohm impedance
Large aperture
1.97"/50 mm driver diameter
0.94"/24 mm magnet diameter
Type: N35 (35,000,000 gauss)

Convenient cabling

9.8’/3 m coiled cable
1/8"/3.5 mm stereo mini-jack plug
1/4"/6.35 mm stereo jack adapter

Mechanical specifications

Ear-cups: Closed back, Circumaural

3 rotation axes:

Earpieces: vertical rotation (180 degrees) for easy 1-ear monitoring
Earpiece supports: horizontal rotation (90 degrees) for folding and transport, and to direct the earpiece toward the user’s ear when headphones are worn around the neck
Earpiece supports: vertical rotation (90 degrees) inward to fold the headphones for transport

Plugs: single-wire plug with ambidextrous design (connects to user’s choice of left or right ear-cups)
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