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Pioneer SE-A1000

Over-Ear Top of Line Stereo Headphones with 6.3mm Adapter and Plush Carrying Pouch


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General Features:

  • Audiophile Enclosed-Ear Stereo Headphones
  • High-tech, durable materials with rubber-coated cord
  • Compact, folding design with padded headband and swivel out ear-piece
  • Interchangeable ear cushions with 6.3mm plug adapter
  • 18 Foot fabric jacketed cord
  • Large 50mm driver produces deep and rich bass sound
  • Frequency range of 10 - 30,000Hz provides excellent quality audio
  • 6.3mm Adapter allows connection to other audio sources
  • Maximum input of 1,500mW
  • Includes carrying pouch and Velcro cord strap
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix Warranty

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.

This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Music Lover:
These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Music Lover
Acoustic Principle
The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types: Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source. Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room. Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

General Features

Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
10 - 30000 Hz
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
12 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
50 mm
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
45 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating



Extream Value

June 3, 2014

I was going to get another set of Sennhiesers and saw these,and thought ok i'll try them.What a shock i got,these are as good or better than 400 dollar Sennhiesers,I use them in my studio and anyone that says they don't do bass don't know how to set your settings.They are very easy to over modulate on the bass,i run them thru a pro sound board and have them right now running thru a Beats control panel,as anything in studio work you run it thru passive,that gives you the true sound at recording.I wear them for up to 10 hours a day and don't even know they are there,very comfy and not hot on the ears they are rapidly becoming my favorite set.And oh,i have not even tried them on a tv surround yet,too busy in the studio.The price is just icing on the cake for me.I have been in recording studios since 1965,i think i know sound,my opinion i think they are excellent.

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Pioneer A1000

May 1, 2014

Very happy with the product, my left ear is not as good as the right. With this pair, beats are matched up alot easier than before. Thanks for puting that smile back on my face!!

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Boston, MA

Primo sound reproduction

April 1, 2014

I am not an audiophile. The sound reproduction of these phones is extremely colorful and lively. I am using this unit far more than my AKG
K240 Studio phones. With the AKGs the bass is more evident than with
this unit but as one professional reviewer stated online this unit is more
"fun". These phones really sing and love music.
On the downside this unit is really goofy large and does not wear like most headphones. Googleing 'head-fi- pioneer se a1000-pichu' and
scrolling past the brief review will give photo instructions for easily
adjusting the fit. (This reviewer compares this unit very favorably to
$400 Sennheisers.) Also the cord is 20 ft.(!) long and is not detachable.
All in all I am really very happy with this purchase.

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Good Entry-Level Audiophile Headphone

March 1, 2014

The Se-A1000 is a pretty good entry-level audiophile headphone, especially considering the relatively low price tag.

Bass on these headphones is impressive. I can't understand how people think these lack bass. These have less bass than Somic MH463, less mid bass than Takstar HI2050 but are signicantly bassier than basslight headphones such as AKG K501 and Renkforce cd-340. Bass control and impact with kickdrums and such is not out of this world but lowest of lows are very good. Bass extends really low and rumble is really nice for a open backed headphone. I'm not saying these are suitable for bassheads because these definately are not. What I mean is that these have sub bass extension that all neutral headphones should have but unfortunately most fail in this regard. On pioneers website it says that these were designed for home theater use. Bass is definately capable of producing those low end rumbles required to make action scenes involving. Cups are built with care so there are no resonances even with the most extreme bass notes playing. These are however quite easy to drive to the point of distortion. With normal use that is not a problem even with bass heavy music but if you really like to put your headphones to the limit with bass test tracks some caution is recommended. Once you pop the voice coil, game is over.

Mids are a pleasure to listen to. There is a hint of warmth but overall coloration is not that noticeable. If you pay really close attention and have higher end headphones for comparison it can be heard that Pioneers lack some clarity and resolution. For me personally it is only a minor issue and clearly audible only with some very high quality aqoustic music recordings. Seperate guitar notes are not always perfectly distinct and stuff like that. Most of the time the live like sound and organic tone is just perfect. These are simply beatifull headphones for listening live recordings. These have the important ability to really connect the listener to the music. These sound excellent with all kind of music. Definately one of the best allrounders around.

Highs are polite and detailed. Not as much emphasis on highs as with Takstar HI2050 or Somic MH463. Highs sound about the same as on Digitech(Jaycar) Pro Monitors. I really like how the highs sound. I'm a big hater of sibilance and I was happy to notice Pioneers are excellent in that regard. There is a peak somewhere in the upper frequences but most headphones have it and most headphones have it way worse than pioneers. I also like how polite highs leave more room for the finer details in music. As much as I enjoy the smooth highs little more attack would be good with some music. I decided to do a little experiment and removed the cloth and foam covering the driver. Results were disappointing. It brought up the highs more but it also revealed that the drivers are covered for a reason. With fully exposed driver the highs sound very thin, unnatural and kind of tizzy. Also some bass bloat appeared from somewhere. Propably because two holes covered with paper were also hidden behind the cloth. Now bass reverbs have clear passage back to the ear. Needles to say I glued the cloth and foam back on.

Many people have complimented Pioneers for it's soundstage. I think it's ok, good at best but not excellent. Most cheap headphones have limited soundstage debth and unfortunately Pioneers are one of those headphones. That also makes imaging less accurate.

Only big issue I would say this headphone has is design (it's pretty big and might be too large for some), and of course, out of this price range (~150) there will be better sounding headphones.

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lonoke ar

they are not a very good value

September 30, 2013

They don't have very much bass the cord is way to long it distorts the music a lot would not recommend them to any one

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Seattle, WA

Great sound but not adjustable

September 17, 2013

This head-set is comfortable, but I wish it was adjustable, which would add even more comfort. Plus it has a super long fabric cord, and does look dope. And the sound is amazing with a healthy dose of extra bass built in. But ironically, the biggest downside is my ears get really hot wearing the head-set. Perhaps that's true of all over-the-ear headsets though...

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