Nobody has been able to break out as unexpectedly and explosively as Ninja, the prolific Fortnite streamer. In under a year he has managed to go from 100,000 subscribers to over 16 million (and probably several million more by the time you read this). He deserves it too – his pure skill mixed with his personality and commentary style make for very entertaining content.
Ninja relies heavily on audio cues to stay on top of the game, so it goes without saying that he’s done the appropriate research to find a suitable pair of headphones. So what headphones does Ninja use? We did all the research to give you the details on what they are, where you can find them, and why they’re his weapon of choice.
What Headphones Does Ninja Use Today?
After a little bit of research, we found that today Ninja is streaming daily with the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Studio Headphones.
These are a really great pair of comfortable, long-term wear audiophile headphones, also worn by huge YouTubers like JackSepticEye.
What was really surprising to us is how affordable these headphones are. Available for under $180 (or more when they’re on sale), almost anyone can afford the same headphones that live up to Ninja’s standards. We believe he has chosen these due to their combination of clarity and comfort.
The headphones are extremely comfortable with their thick, memory foam velour padded cushions, and their open backed design gives you a wide soundscape ideal for games where you are trying to pinpoint where a noise is coming from, like Fortnite.
Here’s a quick overview of the technical specifications:
- Impedance: 250 ohms
- Frequency Response Range: 5Hz-35kHz
- Sensitivity: 96dB
- Weight: .55 lbs
While these headphones are relatively affordable, you should also know that they are not the only part of Ninja’s listening setup. He also utilizes the Creative Sound Blaster X7 High-Res Headphone Amplifier to get the most out of them.
Higher end headphones typically need an amplifier like this in order to get impedance required to properly drive the headphones. You’ll already get great performance out of them, but if you want to use the Beyerdynamics to their full potential like Ninja does, this is a worthwhile purchase. If you’ve picked up a proper 5.1 surround sound system, this device will also give you the tools to put that to use as well.
Here’s the technical specs for the amp:
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 127dB.
- Mic Options: Built in stereo mic, 1 3.5mm Mic in.
- 1 Aux/Line in, 1 optical in, 1 optical out.
- Speaker options: 2 L/R outs, 1 front speaker out, 1 rear speaker out, 1 sub out.
- Headphone jacks: 1 3.5mm, 1 6.3mm.
- Amplifies headphones up to 600 Ohms.
Ninja has actually been fairly outspoken about the headphones and amplifier, tweeting them in the past, citing their clarity . This tweet is also dated from June 2017 – a few short months before he gained millions of subscribers. Perhaps these headphones alone are the reason for his growth? Who is to say?
Sure, at this point we’re pretty certain that Ninja could win a game of Fortnite blindfolded with no sound – he’s just that good. However, maximizing the tools at his disposal has clearly played a small role in him getting as good as he is. The Beyerdynamics are his favorite, and by using an external amplifier he maximizes their potential. Both products are very safe purchases.
If you’re curious about what headphones other YouTubers are using, check out our growing section of guides to Famous YouTuber Gear.