Closed-back high-resolution headphones
Pioneer SE-Monitor5 - Bio-cellulose nano-fiber diaphragm delivers accurate sound across a wide frequency range
Pioneer SE-Monitor5 - Closed-back design with magnesium alloy driver housing for strong, well-defined bass
Our take on the Pioneer SE-Monitor5 by Crutchfield's Jeff Miller
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.
- 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
- modeled after Pioneer's top-of-the-line SE-MASTER 1 headphones
- 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
- Warranty (US)
- Warranty (EU)
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Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height||4.041" x 4.041"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||No|
|Frequency Response||5-85k Hz|
|Cord Length||65" + 120"|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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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