The largest community for DJ and producer techniques, tutorials, and tips. Traktor secrets, controller reviews, a massive MIDI mapping library, and more.

One-Ear Monitoring: Reloop’s RHP-10 MONO

Headphones are the must have piece of gear for DJs. With the endless styles and options to choose from, it can become difficult for DJs to figure out what style of headphones suits them.  Reloop is back to offer another option that many DJs still have considered in the past that is professionally designed and guaranteed to provide the quality sound needed in a DJ environment. The RHP-10 MONO is a mono headphone equipped to step up to the challenge of one-ear monitoring.


Larry Levan rocking a monophone at the Paradise Garage with David Mancuso (center) and Herbie Hancock (right). Photo credit: Gail Bruesewitz
Larry Levan rocking a monophone in the 1980s at the Paradise Garage with David Mancuso (center) and Herbie Hancock (right). Photo credit: Gail Bruesewitz

The RHP-10 MONO is the newest headphone solution to one-ear monitoring. One-ear monitoring is a blast from the past that caters to a problem DJs have tried solving before by using only one side of a pair of headphones or even an old analog telephone. The RHP-10 is said to provide excellent sound in even the loudest performance ambiance.

The idea is that the DJ can easily cue tracks by holding the ear piece with one hand up to their ear like a phone or cradle the piece between the head and shoulder. The RHP-10 MONO offers a water-proof, versatile swivel-head, and has a professional personality. This headphone isn’t for every DJs but it seems many are still interested in the design for Reloop to invest into the design. For the $80 price tag, you get the RHP-10 MONO, a sturdy XLR cable, and artificial leather carrying pouch.


One-ear monitoring is something to consider when you are buying a pair of headphones and if you are a DJ that prefers only one ear, the RHP-10 MONO may be for you. DJs such as Larry Levan and Tom Trago have been known to utilize one-ear monitors while playing out and to see a promising design that’s professional is relieving.  These probably won’t come out as a new standard for all DJs but definitely cater to a large demographic. What makes this different than other one-ear monitors, like the Numark Redphone, is that Reloop is marketing the RHP-10 MONO as an ergonomic, professional, and sleek solution to DJs that are fed up with the complications current headphone designs.

Are you a one or two ear monitoring DJ? Do you see yourself using the RHP-10 MONO or monophone?

The RHP-10 MONO is available now through Reloop’s website for $80. If one-ear monitoring isn’t your style, DJTT offers a number of other headphones in our store available now.

  • teknik1200

    my senn HD-25s are great for on the shoulder one ear monitoring. The elbow on the one side puts that cup in a place I can access it very fast and move it away hands free.

  • James Henry

    I use both two cup head phones and lollipop, can’t say which is better for playing straight house, if you doing D&B or Tech standard head phones are a must. But I enjoy the lollipop when mixing house/deep/soulful more, tend to get more into the groove of the mix when holding one.

  • Matt

    The one ear lollipop has been a staple with some of the NY House DJs for a long time. Danny Tenaglia uses one that can be bent to wrap around your neck. A few guys here make custom ones. Ariel the light man from NYCs Club Vinyl/Arc and more importantly Tenaglia’s “Be Yourself” party and “Body & Soul” made some really cool ones. Not sure if he still does.

    There are some cool ones on this page

    • Dean Zulueta

      There is definitely a solid group of DJs thatvhave been rocking monophones. These cabana ones are really neat. Have you had any experience with these?

    • OMG I met Ariel so long ago. Iwas doing gigs at a spot and he was the light man that night. Boris was supposed to play and didnt feel like staying
      i got his timeslot + his pay
      I had extra time and was getting tired so Ariel asked if he can go on.
      It was a magical night
      We left, met up with peeps and did 5am panckages someplace

      never found him again….. good times

      • Mark Smith

        Ariel is still making and selling lollipops. He’s doing well. I’m friends with his wife. They’re really good people. Just type in #ariellollipop in your Facebook search bar and you’ll find them. He is involved with Louie Vega, Kevin Hedge, and the Roots NYC parties at Cielo once a week. I love those parties.