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post #1 of 172
Thread Starter 
i have been through many vintage headphones. i am consistently impressed by pioneer's old headphones. extremely nice build quality, great sound, great looks.
atm i have:

se-505
se-550
se-500
se-2
se-4 (favorite)
monitor 10
se-50 on the way

have had - se-305

lets hear from the pioneer peeps here



post #2 of 172
I don't currently own, but have fond memories of, the pair of SE-50's my father brought back from Korea back around '71.

Does that count?

se

post #3 of 172
I have an SE-4 and SE-700.

My SE-4 has no bass below 150Hz so is pretty much unlistenable. I'm curious, is the driver in yours glued to the back of the ear cup? Also how tight is the baffle? Mine falls out with just a little shake. I love the way the headband snaps into the ear cups.

I had a pair if SE-205, I think, in the 70s. They looked like the SE-505 without the volume control. They were very comfortable.
post #4 of 172
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by scompton View Post
I have an SE-4 and SE-700.

My SE-4 has no bass below 150Hz so is pretty much unlistenable. I'm curious, is the driver in yours glued to the back of the ear cup? Also how tight is the baffle? Mine falls out with just a little shake. I love the way the headband snaps into the ear cups.
my se-4 reaches down to 50 hz with ease. nothing shakes or rattles. i got them as NOS so maybe i'm just lucky. i havent disassembled these so i dont know how they are attached internally
post #5 of 172
Is the driver attached to the baffle? In mine there's a 4-5mm gap between the baffle and the driver. And the baffle is just a friction fit into the cup. A loose friction fit in the case of mine. I got them off of eBay.
post #6 of 172
Thread Starter 
it appears to be attached- like i said i dont want to disassemble these. i can crank on the bass without any rattles- just tried it right now

looking into vent holes on the cup back. the silvery white screen is definately pressed against the cup back- no gap at all

just checked the se-2. same story- no gap. tho not as bassy as the se-4, it definately goes down to 60hz with ease. maybe try some kind of inserts to keep the drivers still?
post #7 of 172
Great collection you have there, there is also SE-450 and SE-650. How the 550 compere to the Monitor 10?
post #8 of 172
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Originally Posted by Acix View Post
Great collection you have there, there is also SE-450 and SE-650. How the 550 compere to the Monitor 10?
it doesnt

the 550 is a dj headphone. its lightweight and has a lot of upper bass. doesnt not reach nearly as high or low as the monitor 10, and its nowhere near as flat response. i bought the 550 thinking-based on pics- that its the same family as the monitor 10
the se-2 and se-4 actually sound much closer the monitor 10
post #9 of 172
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Originally Posted by ourfpshero View Post
it doesnt

the 550 is a dj headphone. its lightweight and has a lot of upper bass. doesnt not reach nearly as high or low as the monitor 10, and its nowhere near as flat response. i bought the 550 thinking-based on pics- that its the same family as the monitor 10
the se-2 and se-4 actually sound much closer the monitor 10
Interesting I thought Pioneer use the same drivers that they use in the Monitor 10 ll...here more info on the SE-450 « DJResource.eu » Topics › Pioneer SE-450
post #10 of 172
[QUOTE=ourfpshero;6113021]i have been through many vintage headphones. i am consistently impressed by pioneer's old headphones. extremely nice build quality, great sound, great looks.
atm i have:

se-505
se-550
se-500
se-2
se-4 (favorite)
monitor 10
se-50 on the way

have had - se-305

lets hear from the pioneer peeps here



[/QUOTE


impressive, only use pioneer priemere in the car- pioneer sg is unparallel!d
post #11 of 172
Thread Starter 
se-50 arrived and well. not black like the other cans, still great build quality. these are a 2-way design, with paper cone woofers and heil tweeters, giving it a nice full sound (ok make that a strange sound )
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post #12 of 172
I have somewhat fallen in audio love with my new old 1978 Monitor 10s.
post #13 of 172
The Monitor 10 is a great vintage can.


The 205 looks good too, but to my ears it didn't sound so good.
post #14 of 172
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Originally Posted by DefectiveAudioComponent View Post
The 205 looks good too, but to my ears it didn't sound so good.
Note to all headphones: Do not sound bad when placed on DefectiveAudioCompenent's head!
Motivational photo for headphones.
post #15 of 172
I listened to the SE700 and one other I can't identify (it had a mesh gold dome behind the driver--beautiful finish) all through the 70's. Great cans.
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