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

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.
Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

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.

Headband 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
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.
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

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

Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
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.
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
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.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

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

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.
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.

Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.

Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child can’t damage their ears while listening to music.
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Detachable Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone can be detached from the headphones.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

Audio Features

The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
45 ohms
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
Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
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
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Accessories included with the headphones
Paperwork included with the product.

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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



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


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