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Pioneer SE-700

Piezoelectric Stereo Headphones (1974-78)

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Pioneer SE-700


The Pioneer SE-700 are high polymer, piezoelectric stereo headphones with fantastic flat response and low distortion.


Type: piezo-electric headphone

Cord Length: 300cm

Weight: 375g

Year: 1976


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Reviewed Apr 13th, 2015 by omegahyperion

This is a remarkably flat headphone with very high precision in the reproduction of the sound. Its sound stage is quite wide, though not as wide as the Beyerdynamic T1. This headphone needs a lot of power behind it to sound good, most modern headphone amps can not drive it. Used flat it is very good for classical music, Jazz and Vocal music, but when used with a EQ it is good for just about every type of music, excluding maybe songs designed around bass. In its flat state its a bit lacking in terms of bass, but the bass that is there is quite adequate for most applications. The only critique points of this headphone are is wearing comfort, i can only wear it for about 2 hours before my ears start to hurt from the pressure exerted on them from the on ear pads.

When used with a slight EQ it comes close to my Beyerdynamic T1 in terms of sound, and it surpasses it in terms of detail, i doubt any dynamic headphone can match this headphone in that department. Planermagnetics and Electrostatics i am not sure about, since i have not compared it to one.

The headphone is also very revealing when it comes to the amp, DAC and the source file. It will sound good with a good source, and it will sound bad with a bad source.

This headphone is ideal for someone who wants a flat frequency response while not minding the bass not going as deep as some dynamic headphones.

Here a short summery of the Pros and Cons:
- Incredibly flat frequency response
- Good sound stage
- very detailed and rich sound

- a bit uncompfterable
- limited bass extension
- Power hungry
- Dose not work with most contemporary headphone amps.

Pro and Con simultaneously:
- Very revealing (shows almost every fault in the audio chain)



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