The Pioneer SE A1000. Most likely not heard of from most people here. The thing about that fact, is that its a sad fact. A very sad fact indeed. When it comes to a phone under $100. You are most likely thinking. ew. There cant possibly be anything good under $100. Or youre thinking. I already have an HD 800, why would I need anything else? $1,000 headphone wont nearly be a close match to a phone coming in at $55. So you pass on that sub market. But heres the declaration. What If I told you this phone only costs $55..... and then your wondering ok? $55... must be crap. Youre now thinking I have my JVC set that costs $50. Its the best thing under $100, everyone hear on headfi recommends it. So Im good there. Problem there, again let me say it. The Pioneer SE A1000 is underrated and unheard of. Most likely only 20% of you have heard of this phone. Thankly for Warrenpchi saved me from the darkness, and brought me into the light. He told me to try out his little secret. His $50 steal, the one to rule them all. And you may be thinking. No way. No way is this possible. But to a great truth. He was correct. No BS anywhere. It is amazing, and jaw dropping. In his words he states, "Actually... I'll let y'all in on a little secret. There's a headphone out there called a Pioneer SE-A1000 that is pretty darned good. I would characterize it as the love child of a an HD 650 and an SR-80 (that tramp). Almost no one here knows about it, and as a result it has had to fend for itself out in the open consumer market. And because the rank and file Amazon customer doesn't know good sound at all, the price has now dropped below $60 (from its MSRP of $149). Poor thing..." And yes indeed a poor thing. It is the long lost prodigy we here at headfi have been waiting for. A new uprising in quality. After listening to this phone. It came to my attention that It was very much similar to the HD 650. Actually performing better in the mids in my opinion. This headphone is nothing short of spectacular, and would amaze any audiophile on this forum. So go ahead.... pay $500 for your HD 650, or spend $55 and find something that could just be..... that much better...... just might......... give it a try..... you wont be let down..... its a promise. ( Oh an if it makes you feel better these were released at a MSRP of $220. But dropped to $50 due ti no recognition ) So you know they aren't cheap quality and perform higher than the $220 price and especially the mindblowing price of $55 )
Pioneer SE-A1000Sennhesier HD 650.
As you see in the above graphs. You can get a feel for the comparison between the two phones. Yuo cna jusge off the charts. But make a final approach with your ears.
Edited by pichu - 6/30/13 at 8:16pm