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Pioneer Builds Custom Driver For New High-Res Headphones

Add Pioneer to the short list of high-res headphones manufacturers.

The company unveiled its SE-Monitor5 over-ear headphones on Thursday, featuring a custom-built cellulose nanofiber-based 50mm driver. Pioneer eschewed plastic for these headphones, instead using a super-rigid magnesium-alloy housing material said to optimize the transducer’s performance and reduce distortion.

The dual-chamber system limits external sound from entering and improves bass response, said the company, while its “floating” structure with rubber insulators further reduces vibration and cross-channel interference.

The SE-Monitor5 headphones come with three cords: two unbalanced bi-wire cords with gold-plated 3.5mm stereo connectors, and one balanced audio cord with a 2.5mm four-pole stereo plug to suit compatible digital audio players.

The packaging features the Hi-Res Audio badge that signifies the headphones deliver high-res performance as per the Consumer Technology Association.    

The headphones are currently available at street price of $999.