The landscape for digital DJing has changed dramatically over the years. These days, it’s easier than ever to start learning the craft and develop your skills at home.
What’s more, you probably don’t need as much as you think to get started! Of course, and with everything, once you start developing your skills and want to progress, you’re going to want to upgrade. We’re not going to lie, it’s easy to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on expensive DJ gear. But if you’re just getting started, there’s nothing wrong with starting small. And you can easily do this while sticking to a budget of around $500.
So just what do you need to start DJing when you’ve only got a budget of $500?
- Laptop/iOS Device
- DJ Controller
- DJ Headphones
With more expensive DJ Setups, having access to a laptop isn’t always going to be necessary. However, with most entry-level setups, and the one we’re looking at today, youre going to require access to either a laptop, or an iOS device. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to assume you already have access to one or the other, along with an existing music library.
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In this setup and for the purposes of keeping things under $500, we’ve gone with the Pioneer DDJ-200. This is a great entry-level 2-Channel DJ Controller and does everything you need it to while you’re learning the ropes. It’s compact and portable, so you can take it with you just about anywhere. And it also works with both a Computer/Laptop and iOS Devices via Bluetooth. So it’s really the beginner’s ultimate controller that gives you the power to DJ anywhere. Not to mention, it’s super affordable so it’s not going to break the bank.
If you do have a little bit more money and want to go the next step up, we’d recommend looking at something like the Pioneer DDJ-400 or the DDJ-SB3. These controllers are a little bigger than the DDJ-200 and are going to give you a few extra features as well. The main difference being whether you prefer to use the Serato DJ Software or Pioneer DJs native Rekordbox software.
You’re also going to need some DJ Headphones for your DJ Setup. In this setup, we’ve opted for the Pioneer DJ HDJ-CUE1. At just over $100, these are a great budget option that provides you with great sound to make your DJ transitions a breeze. They’re also built incredibly well for the price so they’re sure to stand the test of time. What’s cool about these headphones is that they’re completely customisable. So you’re able to purchase different coloured earpads and cables to freshen up your headphones and make them truly unique.
There’s also Bluetooth variations in different colours if you’re looking to use your headphones for casual listening as well!
Alternatively, if you have a little bit more money to spend, you might want to opt for the industry standard Sennheiser HD25’s. These are found in DJ Booths all over the world and you really can’t go wrong with these in your arsenal!
When it comes to speakers, there are endless options out there. But you really can’t go past the line of AVE Fusions. Sticking to our budget, you’re able to pick up the 4″ Pair for less than $200 which is amazing value and they sound great.
If you have a bigger space, budget and looking for some more power. There are also some bigger options available that will definitely do the trick while still at a great price!
Once you’ve mastered the art of the bedroom DJ and are ready to DJ at parties, you’ll then want to spend a bit more money on some powered speakers such as the AVE REVO range.
Finally, you’re going to need some cables. Thankfully, Connex by AVE offers a massive selection of connections and lengths to suit your space. They’re affordable and durable, and they’re definitely going to do the job!
The Final Say
There you have it, an entire DJ Setup for less than $500! Let’s look at the breakdown! (Costs as of 23/09/2021)
Pioneer DJ DDJ200 – $249
Pioneer DJ HDJ CUE1 Headphones – $109
AVE Fusion 4″ Speakers – $169
Connex Cables – $20
Total Cost: $547