Found a pair of 1972 Pioneer SE-30A for $10
Dec 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 12

Stig-san

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I found these things today at a local thrift store and couldn't resist that classic charm.  They came with the original manual, a product catalog, a bottle of record cleaner, and a nice faux leather case.
 
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The sound is not bad.  The only comparators I have are my Sennheiser HD555 and a friend's Audio Technica M50s, so here goes: They aren't heavy on the bass, but it is there.  The bass I'd say is close to the HD555s.  The highs are a bit muddy and lay behind the mids.  They barely leak sound; you really have to listen for the leakage.  I'm powering them with an old Pioneer VSX-D409 and they sound fine.  I tried plugging them into my phone just for fun and actually thought they sounded a little better on there than through the amp.  With an 8ohm resistance, it's not really that surprising.  I need to EQ them as best I can and I think this will be well worth the $10 I spent.
 
Dec 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM Post #2 of 12

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Haha that's pretty cool. I think the coolest part is the case.
 
Dec 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM Post #5 of 12

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Hey Now,
 
Those are exactly the first headphones I bought when I was growing up in Japan. I was a sophomore in high school and just got a nice Technics stereo for my bedroom. I was in my own bit of audio heaven. Moved onto to some Koss when I went to college stateside.
 
Great find and thanks for the memories.
 
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Dec 30, 2011 at 10:15 PM Post #7 of 12

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Wow, congrats on the purchase. The cans and case looks to be in excellent condition, do the cans weigh much when you put them on?



The biggest problem I read about with these are the leather pads deteriorating over time, but these are in perfect condition; no cracks to speak of.  They aren't as heavy as the Koss HV/1s I have...and they actually work :D  I could see these getting a little heavy after a few hours though.
 
Edit: Man, taking out the foam from the inside was a bad idea.  The sound bounced around really badly and made everything sound like I was in a room with nothing in it.  All the sound reflected and bounced around way too much.  I'm going to try experimenting with some new foam and wee if I can improve on the foam that's already in there.
 
Dec 31, 2011 at 8:00 AM Post #9 of 12

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That's very nice,I think the price of 10 $ is low for an item like this. :)
 
Old things always have their own magic... 
 
Jun 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM Post #11 of 12

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Hey do you still have these headphones? I have a pair of them myself & the left speaker has blown. If I could get them from you I would pay you $15 case & all, my old case is a bit ratty.
I hope you still have them.
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Jun 22, 2012 at 12:52 AM Post #12 of 12

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I own a 1971 Pioneer SE-30. The last year they made these before the "a" model went into effect. I don't know if there's really anything different between the "a" version and the "non-a" version. Mine didn't come in a nice fancy box like the ones stig-san has. Mine came in the original box which is a satin lined cardboard box. I have the original manual and all the original packaging to mine. 
 
As far as the sound goes, I really enjoyed them before I got my Audio-Technica ATH-M50's which just blew the SE-30 out of the water. I still use it from time to time, but I pretty much only use it as a historical piece now. The SE-30 is definitely muddy sounding. It's got nice mids and not too bad lows for the era they were made in. The biggest pluses about them is how comfortable they are to wear and their isolation.
 

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