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Review: Rock-It Sounds R-DJ – 3rd and Special Strike!

 

Intro:

It's been already about a year or more since Rock-It appeared on the audio gear scene, and right from the start offered some of the best valued products, with R-50 on the lead. Since then we haven’t heard any news about the company. Now Rock-It strikes again with 3 new different headphones and as before offering an incredible value.

 

 

 

 

Both other models, the R-Lite reviewed here, and the R-Studio here, are already very impressive.

Now is the turn for the last and special ones, the R-DJ.

 

 

 

Specs:

Driver Unit: Dia. 40mm Nd FeB Rare

Impedance: 64 ohm

Sensitivity: 114 dB

FR: 20 – 20000 Hz

 

MSRP: U$D 75.99 from Rock-It Sounds

 

 

Build & Comfort:

Like the R-Studio, the R-DJ also have a Circum-Aural design, keeping the usual color scheme. But, unlike the Studio, the R-DJ feature a rotating mechanism, similar to the Lite model, and it's actually possible to turn the cups upside-down.

As for build quality, it's excellent. The best built among the 3 new models (and by a far edge). A bit more bulky and heavy, but still on the lightweight side. The pads aren't as soft as the R-Studio's, but very thick and of great quality for sure. While they don’t 'seal' as easy as their siblings they are still very comfortable for a long listening session. Isolation might be a tad lower but still good.

 

There are 2 one-sided removable cables included, and this time really thick. One is a regular straight cable, while the other is a coiled and very long one (and even thicker).

 

 

 

(both cables: coiled one (top), straight (bottom))

 

Sound:

Featuring a different driver type, the R-DJ also offer quite a different and very special sound when compared to the other 2 new models. An effortless sound with hyper-detail and light-speed is what these are all about.

The overall sound is presents a flat neutral-to-bright response. Not in a truly analytical way but yes with a cooler tonality.

 

Bass is punchy, extremely fast, very tight and precise. Not lacking in texture but definitely more shy and with a lighter body.

 

Midrange is articulate, open and crystal clear, well-positioned, neither forward nor recessed, just neutral. Upper mids can sound a bit edgy at times at higher volumes, but not to the level of being really annoying. Vocals are a tad forward at most, not as sweet as the R-Studio, but more open and very detailed.

 

The brighter nature gives the treble a nice extension, handling highest frequencies with ease, full of sparkle and energy.  It's definitely one of the strong points of the R-DJ. Compared to the warmer/sweeter R-Studio model, these sound obviously colder and drier.

 

The most amazing part is the high level of detail, which is not found in the sub $100 range (not in the Headphones or IEMs world). The micro-detail is everywhere from lows to highs. To get an idea, the detail is what you'd expect from companies like Hifiman and similar. I'm not saying these match the much higher priced HE-series, as I haven't listened to those, but what I mean is the way the detail is presented – dynamic and engaging without the 'analytical' tone.

 

Soundstage is wide, with great sense of airiness and instrument separation. In a way it's reminiscent to the own company BA model, the R-50.

Speed is truly incredible, and the R-DJ can handle complexity like nothing. I've tried really fast and complex tracks, and I'm very impressed with the results. Hard to believe these are a Full-sized and cost just about $75.

 

It's worth mentioning the R-DJ impedance. It's not that 64 ohm makes them very hard to drive, but they really ask for a higher level of volume. They also tend to scale better with a stronger setup, and should sound fuller/better with a warmer amplifier considering the colder nature of the headphones.

 

 

Value:

Priced like their siblings, the R-Studio, the R-DJ are a no-brainer for those after high detail and accuracy. Very well built and comfortable. The Studio are still easier/safer to recommend as an all-arounder, but the special sound of the DJ should not be overlooked.


Edited by Zelda - 10/27/13 at 8:47am
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some extra pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

(cables: from left to right - DJ's coiled and straight, Studio and Lite)


Edited by Zelda - 10/19/13 at 3:15pm
post #3 of 20
I had no idea about these cans Zelda. Thanks for sharing.
post #4 of 20

These look promising .. I was looking a portable can which would give me a similar signature to my SA-5000 and this looks close ... 

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I really don't see how you can say these things about the R-DJ.. To me, they sound worse than the Sony MDR ZX100.. Bloated mids, cloudy highs, and bland bass is what I got out of them. I even got a replacement pair because I thought there might be something defective with them.. Nope.

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Nothing I can do. That's my impression of the R-DJ. They could cost even $100+ and I'd say they have a great value. SQ alone they're better than the R-Studio

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Originally Posted by pro1137 View Post
 

I really don't see how you can say these things about the R-DJ.. To me, they sound worse than the Sony MDR ZX100.. Bloated mids, cloudy highs, and bland bass is what I got out of them. I even got a replacement pair because I thought there might be something defective with them.. Nope.

 

Wow, thats a downer.

 

The R-DJ looks very promising to me.

post #8 of 20

Looks and build are great. Sound could be a lot better

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by pro1137 View Post
 

Looks and build are great. Sound could be a lot better

 

Ah then it sounds like my now sold Sony V55s or newly acquired JVC HA-S680 would beat them on sound quality.

post #10 of 20

What's with Rock-It and black/yellow stylings? Also, though I'm a fan of grungy-looking logos, did they really have to be that big and on both cups?

post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Pickaxe View Post
 

What's with Rock-It and black/yellow stylings? Also, though I'm a fan of grungy-looking logos, did they really have to be that big and on both cups?

 

Guess they went for the big and bold look. ;)

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Originally Posted by Lifted Andreas View Post
 

 

Ah then it sounds like my now sold Sony V55s or newly acquired JVC HA-S680 would beat them on sound quality.

 

To me, the V55 is much better, yeah. Haven't heard the S680

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Originally Posted by pro1137 View Post
 

 

To me, the V55 is much better, yeah. Haven't heard the S680

 

Well the S680 are a direct upgrade to the S400/S500 models.

 

I had the V55 for about 2 years and they never missed a beat, great for mixing Trance music! I sold them onto a mate of mine in Cardiff and he loves them. For the price they are an amazing set of headphones imo.

post #14 of 20

I transplanted KSC 75 drivers into my R-DJ cups, took a while to tune the sound, but it is pretty good now.

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Originally Posted by ostewart View Post
 

I transplanted KSC 75 drivers into my R-DJ cups, took a while to tune the sound, but it is pretty good now.

 

Wow that must have been an interesting surgery. I guess it was worth it?

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