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Pioneer SE-a1000 vs Ad700 and HD558 for gaming

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Hello,
Its been awhile since I posted. I was looking for another set of headphones to use for movie watching and gaming on my PC. I already own a pair of well worn ad700s and a pair of CALs that I use on occasion as well. I recently heard about the pioneer se-a1000 which originally retailed at $150, as their flagship headphone but have come way down in price. I was wondering how they stack up against the ad-700s and the Hd558, the other most popular gaming open cans. I had heard from at least one person that the a1000s are better then the ad700s and wanted to get some other opinions. I know the ad700s the a1000s have a very large soundstage. Im mostly am getting them for gaming but not competitive gaming, mostly immersive gaming, and occasionly movies. I am aware of mad lust envy's list, but the se-a1000 are not on it yet.
Thanks for the help
Edited by HardDrive - 4/18/14 at 1:06am
post #2 of 3

i read elsewhere on another decent forum the pioneer's are overhyped just like the M50 are.

 

people on head fi just go crazy when hype kicks in and overhype products to the extent they make them sound like 10 times better than they are.

 

you want a "fun" can from mad lust envy's guide, the fidelio x1 is probably the best one to go for.

 

AD700 for competitiveness and X1 for immersiveness.

 

the pioneers are good for $40, but they are not way better than an AD700 or X1 or HD 598, they are a decent $40 can that is all.

post #3 of 3

Hi,

 

Pioneer Se-A1000 are great headphones, especially at their price point, while their soundstage is big in comparison with the vast majority of headphones out there, it is not as precise as it should be for gaming. This are pretty natural sounding headphones but a bit difuse/veiled. To improve you performance (in-game) it's better to have a more forward and transparent presentation (IMO)

 

Se-A1000 lack a bit of sub-bass, mid bass is there but not as tight as I would like to,  then I don't find them great for movies. Probably Fidelios X1 are more inmersive.

 

If you are looking for an inmersive open sound with plenty of bass (but not loose) you should consider Yamaha HPH-200. This are On-Ear headphones. I can use them for 2 hours without feeling uncomfortable, but as you might know, comfort is a pretty personal thing. This are extremely warm sounding headphones, with a lively top. Pretty engaging presentation, specially for movies and games with explosions.

 

Best Luck!

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