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Pioneer SE-50

Stereo Headphones (1970-72)

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Pioneer SE-50


The Model SE-50 are 2-way stereo headphones of the highest quality, employing a 3" cone-type element for reproducing rich, dynamic bass and a horn-type element for subtle, clean highs.

As a novel design for stereo headphones, volume controls are provided on the earpieces for controlling the volume of sounds on each channel.

This newly added provision permits you to freely control the volume of reproduced sounds in complete balance of the right and left channels.

As a level control attenuator is provided for the horn-type element, you can control highs to your taste or to the kind of music you listen to.

The headband is designed on various human engineering considerations including wearing comfort, ease of adjustment, ease in operation of the level controls for highs as well as of the volume controls.


Type: 2-way dynamic headphone

Drive unit: 76/38mm

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Maximum input: 500mW

Impedance: 4 to 16Ω

Cord Length: 500cm

Weight: 21.6ozs

Year: 1971


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Reviewed Mar 16th, 2018 by Calin Matei

This is an Awesome set! I really like the warmth of the drivers, the adjustability of the tone and the even tone throughout the frequency. My set runs from 23 hz- 15,000 Khz exactly. The lows lose clarity at about 30 hz. Not recommended for heavy lifting in digital mixing and mastering unless paired with AKG 240s or Audio Technica ath-m50x's as a backup reference.

I highly recommend these for mixing and mastering for vinyl via both digital and analog workstations since the overall warmth will allow one to brighten up the mix enough to settle down once on acetate.

They're also great for referencing while mixing digital since, again, the narrower fidelity range of the drivers on my particular set lends itself to more discipline on my part in creating space and clarity in the mids and low-highs (between 1,000-1350 Hz).

These are not bass monsters, nor should they be expected to be. These were made in the days of vinyl and cassette tapes, which meant that warmth, clarity and tone in the low frequencies of pianos, organs, early synthesizers and string basses was the priority. Not so much the floor-rattling thump at 20 Hz of today's headphone design.

PS. Be careful with DAC's with preamps and Headphone Amps. it only takes 8 Oms to drive these according to the manual. The low-end of the frequency spectrum on my set broke up pretty easily even on a laptop. Food for thought.

Again, an awesome set from a legendary company! I'm a big fan!



SE-50 Headphones

Found a set of these at a Thrift Store for $1, Amazing sound quality, thanks for the Instruction Manual!

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