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Pioneer SE-Monitor5

Closed-back high-resolution headphones

Item # 130SEMNTR5

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Our take on the Pioneer SE-Monitor5

Learn from the "Master"

So-called "trickle-down" technology can be a tricky thing. Take for example, these Pioneer SE-Monitor5 headphones. They use a full basket driver system modeled after Pioneer's flagship SE-MASTER1 open-back headphones. But it turns out you get a decidedly different sound signature when you place similar drivers in a large, closed-back chamber. Not necessarily a bad thing — I dug the SE-MASTER1's quirky sound, but other reviewers frankly did not. These headphones reel in the highs better and deliver a more traditional, mids-focused sound. And the swift, punchy bass is still present here in the SE-Monitor5 'phones.  

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed-back design
  • large 50mm dynamic drivers offer clear, cohesive sound
  • bio-cellulose nano-fiber diaphragm is extra-light and strong
    • made from organic wood pulp
    • delivers accurate sound across a wide frequency range
  • a separate headphone amplifier is required to properly power these headphones for optimum sound quality
  • uses full basket driver system to lower resonance
  • magnesium alloy driver housing for low resonance and strong bass
    • earcups secured to headband via screw
    • "floating" earcup structure improves stereo separation
  • padded headband with finely adjustable slider
  • includes two pairs of soft, oversized ear pads for comfort
    • one faux-leather pair and one velour-type pair
  • includes three premium oxygen-free cables:
    • 9.84 ft unbalanced cable with 3.5mm miniplug
    • 63" unbalanced cable with 3.5mm miniplug
    • 63" balanced cable with 2.5mm 4-pole sub-miniplug
  • gold-plated 1/4" adapter included
  • carrying pouch included
  • frequency response: 5-85,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 99 dB
  • impedance: 40 ohms
  • weight: 16.9 oz. (without cable)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones
  • Velour-type earpads (installed)
  • Leather-type earpads
  • 65" Balanced audio cable (straight 4-conductor 2.5mm plug)
  • 65" Audio cable (straight 3.5mm plug)
  • 10' Audio cable (straight 3.5mm plug)
  • 1/4"-to-3.5mm adapter
  • Soft Cloth storage pouch
  • Instructions
  • Warranty (US)
  • Warranty (EU)

Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 4.041" x 4.041"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 5-85k Hz
Sensitivity 99 dB
Impedance 40 Ohms
Weight 16.93 ounces
Cord Length 65" + 120"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Pioneer SE-Monitor5 audiophile-grade headphones are designed and engineered to provide an excellent listening experience. Made for Hi-Res Audio, these headphones have large custom drivers, interchangeable ear pads, and a choice of three cables.

50mm Drivers: The SE-Monitor5 features 50mm Cellulose Nano-Fiber drivers that are capable of reproducing a wide-range of frequencies from 5 Hz to 85 kHz. The drivers are housed in a super-rigid magnesium-alloy base that eliminates resonance and distortion. Pioneer uses Advanced Double Chamber construction with ports that add clarity and definition to the lower frequencies.

Ear Pads: Two pairs of interchangeable, 3D-sculpted ear pads are included with the headphones. The memory foam pads that are installed on the headphones out of the box are covered with a soft Velour-type cloth. Another pair of ear pads with a leather-type material are included in the box.

Cables: The SE-Monitor5 premium headphones offer three separate cables, all made of oxygen-free copper Litz wire. Two unbalanced bi-wire cords are provided (65" and 10' in length), each with a standard 3.5mm stereo plug. A 65" balanced audio cable is also included with a 4-pole 2.5mm stereo plug for use with the Pioneer XDP-300R hi-res portable music player, and other players with balanced outputs. The balanced cable enhances the stereo separation and signal-to-noise ratio to provide a true audiophile experience. A 3.5mm-to-1/4" gold-plated plug adapter is included for use with your home audio components with full-sized headphone outputs.


  • Frequency Response: 5 Hz - 85 kHz
  • Impedance: 40 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 99 dB
  • Maximum Input Power: 1000 mW
  • Dimensions: Ear Cup Diameter: 4.041" Depth: 2.202"
  • Weight: 16.93 ounces

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