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Pioneer SE-A1000 Top of the Line Audio Headphone Discussion Thread

by Wayne Myers

MSRP: $149.00
Street Price: varies, usually $100 or under
Currently available from Amazon and Beach Camera


Anyone who has dealt with audio gear for long has run across Pioneer, yet the SE-A1000s are the first Pioneer headphones I have ever listened to. Pioneer's headphone line covers DJ phones, portables, and a few models aimed at the serious listening market. When Pioneer offered to have us review a set of their cans, the "Top of the Line" SE-A1000s looked like the ones to try.


The $100 mark is where the headphone market really starts to open up in terms of there being lots of good sounding models to choose from. The street price for the Pioneer SE–A1000s varies, but there always appears to be someone with a retail price of $100 or less, and at this writing, even close to $60. At that price, they are cans worth considering for serious open-phone listening.

The Pros:
  • Bright, forward presentation
  • Very sensitive, easy to drive
  • Performed well in all tested categories
  • Solid design, extra-long cable
The Cons:
  • Frequency response not ideal for brass and strings

Performance Summary and Overall Performance Score
  • Imaging: 8.5
  • Soundstage: 9.0
  • Clarity: 7.4
  • Speed: 8.6
  • Frequency Response: 8.0 (Scooped Profile)
  • Overall Listening Experience: 7
  • Comfort: 9
  • Design: 8
  • MSRP: $149.00
  • Street Price: $100
  • Overall Performance Score: 8.0 out of 10

Go to the Headphone Roundup Overview for scoring and comparison details.

Go to the full review.

This thread is open for discussion about the Pioneer SE-A1000s and the SE-A1000 review.

by Wayne Myers
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