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Pioneer Introduces Flagship Audiophile Hi-Res Headphones

Pioneer today announced their top-of-the-line hi-res audiophile grade fully enclosed dynamic stereo headphones called the SE-MONITOR5. These $1000 over-ear headphones utilize Pioneer’s newly developed cellulose nanofiber created with refined organic wood pulp to form its 50mm (1.96″) driver that claims pristine audio fidelity from 5Hz to 85kHz driver. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but I assume there is something unique in them to make them sound remarkable.

Pioneer further states the headphones’ base and housing construction have a significant impact on sound quality. Rather than plastic, the SE-MONITOR5 employs super-rigid magnesium-alloy material that allows the transducer to achieve taut, clearly defined bass with accurate spatial sound placement that’s true to the source. More innovations include an advanced dual-chamber system that limits external sound from entering, while its floating structure with rubber insulators reduces vibration and cross-channel interference.

Three cords are included: two unbalanced bi-wire cords featuring gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8″) stereo connectors, and one balanced audio cord with a 2.5 mm (3/32″) 4-pole stereo plug to suit compatible digital audio players.

AUDIO DESIGN FEATURES
  • 50 mm (1.96″) Cellulose Nano-Fiber Wide-Spectrum Driver
  • Magnesium Alloy Base and Housing to Reduce Resonance
  • Advanced Double Chamber Construction with Ports for Bass Definition and Clarity
  • Magnesium Alloy Housing with Original Diffuser to Reduce Distortion
  • Copper-coated Aluminum Voice Coil and Large Magnet
  • Full-frame Magnesium Alloy Basket Attached with Screws (As Opposed to the More Common Glue Method)
  • Floating Structure with Rubber Insulators to Reduce Vibration and Cross-channel Interference

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN FEATURES
  • Separate Super Duralumin Alloy Hangers
  • Padded Headband with Finely Adjustable Slider Mechanism
  • 3D Sculpted Earpads for Excellent Comfort and Seal
  • Memory-foam Earpads Wrapped in Comfortable Velour-type Cloth (Factory Default) or Soft Leather-type Material
  • Detachable Cord Design for Sound Personalization
  • Sophisticated Styling and Premium Finish
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Headphone Type: Fully-enclosed Dynamic Headphones
  • Driver Units: φ50 mm (1.96″) Dynamic Driver
  • Impedance: 40 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 5 Hz–85 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 99 dB
  • Maximum Input Power: 1,000 mW
  • Gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8″) Connectors for L/R Channels (All Cords)
  • High Conductivity, Low-resistance Copper-core Cords
  • Weight: 480 g (16.93 oz.) Not Including Cord
  • Gross Dimensions: (W x H x D) 230 x 250 x 145 mm (9 1/16″ x 9 27/32″ x 5 23/32″)
  • UPC: 814633020850

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
  • Cord 1: Unbalanced Cord (OFC Litz Wire) 1.6 m (5 ft.), φ3.5 mm (1/8″) Stereo Mini-plug (Gold-plated)
  • Cord 2: Unbalanced Cord 1 (OFC Litz Wire) 3.0 m (9 ft.), φ3.5 mm (1/8″) Stereo Mini- plug (Gold-plated)
  • Cord 3: Balanced Cord (OFC Litz Wire) 1.6 m (5 ft.), φ2.5 mm (3/32″) 4-pole Stereo Super-mini Plug (Gold-plated/Balanced Connection-compatible)
  • 2 Faux-Leather Optional Ear Pads
  • 1 Carry Pouch
  • 1 Gold Plated Adapter Plug (3.5 mm to 6.3mm)
  • 1 Owners Manual
  • 1 Warranty Card
PRICE & AVAILABILITY

The Pioneer SE-MONITOR5 headphones are now available for $999.99 (USD) and $1,499.99 (CAD).

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