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Pioneer SE-MONITOR5 & SE-MASTER1 Headphones

Pioneer SE-MONITOR5 & SE-MASTER1 Headphones

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High-End Headphones From a Renowned Audio Manufacturer

The SE-MONITOR5 and SE-MASTER1 represent Pioneer’s foray into high-end headphones. Featuring a closed-back design, the SE-MONITOR5 impresses when it comes to both looks and sound. It features a 50-millimeter cellulose nanofiber wide-spectrum driver and magnesium alloy for the base and housing, which together suppress the vibration that produces unwanted interference and distortion. Along with two pairs of ear pads, you’ll get three cables: two unbalanced and one balanced. The balanced cable, along with the 40-ohm impedance, makes this headphone an ideal pairing for high-end DAPs. Looking for something even more premium? Each SE-MASTER1 is assembled by a master craftsman at the Pioneer plant in Japan. This open-back model is capable of reproducing high-res audio up to 85,000 Hz: more than double the requirement for high-res headphones. The 3.5-millimeter-thick alloy housing reduces driver resonance and aims for an accurate sound with tight bass and detailed mids and highs.

Note: At checkout, choose the SE-MONITOR5 (base price) or the SE-MASTER1 (+ $1,500). For an additional $260, you can add a 4-pin balanced cable for the SE-MASTER1. This drop is limited to 8 units.

The Reviews Are In

Reviewing the Pioneer SE-MONITOR5, Headphone Review’s Christian de Looper had this to say: “[These] headphones have a lot to offer. They’re well-designed with an excellent build quality, are super comfortable despite their weight, and offer a present, detailed, and crisp sound—one that we grew to love over the testing period.”



  • Headphone type: Over ear, closed back
  • Driver type: 1.96 in (50 mm) cellulose nanofiber wide-spectrum dynamic 
  • Advanced double-chamber construction with ports
  • Magnesium alloy housing
  • Floating structure with rubber insulators
  • Separate Super Duralumin alloy hangers
  • Padded headband with finely adjustable slider mechanism
  • Frequency response: 50 Hz–85 kHz
  • Impedance: 40 ohms
  • Maximum input power: 1,000 mW
  • Sensitivity: 99 dB
  • Weight without cable: 16.9 oz (480 g)

Pioneer SE-MASTER1

  • Headphone type: Over ear, open back
  • Driver type: 1.96 in (50 mm) dynamic with neodymium magnet
  • Frequency response: 5 Hz–85 kHz
  • Impedance: 45 ohms
  • Maximum input power: 1,500 mW
  • Sensitivity: 94 dB
  • Weight without cable or tension rod: 16.2 oz (460 g)
  • Handcrafted in Japan
  • Engraved with serial number


With the SE-MONITOR5:

  • Unbalanced 5.2 ft (1.6 m) OFC Litz wire cable with 3.5mm stereo mini plug
  • Unbalanced 9.8 ft (3 m) OFC Litz wire cable with 3.5mm stereo mini plug
  • Balanced 5.2 ft (1.6 m) OFC Litz wire cable with 2.5mm 4-pole stereo super-mini plug
  • Carrying pouch
  • 2 pairs of ear pads (leather and velour)
  • Gold-plated 3.5–6.3mm plug adapter

With the SE-MASTER1:

  • 9.8 ft (3 m) OFC Litz wire cable with 6.3mm standard stereo plug
  • Tension rod A (1.6 mm), installed
  • Tension rod B (2 mm)


All orders will be shipped by the vendor.

Estimated ship date is May 14, 2018 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.