The high-end headphone market has seen major growth recently, and Pioneer is among the latest brands to enter the fray with its flagship SE-Master1, that has been tuned and tested in London by Air Studios.

Handmade in Japan and engraved with its own unique serial number, it is claimed that up to 100 individual processes are required to produce a single SE-Master1 headphone. According to Pioneer, it features 50mm driver units with an aluminium diaphragm finished in a special surface treatment called PCC (Parker Ceramic Coating), that it
claims is advantageous for high-frequency resolution. In addition, the company says that its PEEK (Poly-Ether-Ether-Ketone) compounding material helps to reduce distortion and achieve a smoother sound quality. 

The SE-Master1’s housing is constructed from a highly rigid aluminium alloy, and claims a ‘specially designed low-resonance structure’ to remove unwanted vibrations. 

Other features include ear cups covered with a soft leather-type material. Detachable lateral pressure rods adjust headband tension for improved comfort over longer listening periods and the suede-feel head cushion can be adjusted to 14 different positions for further comfort and stability. 

The tangle-free cord comes with a detachable MMCX-type connector, making it easy
to replace.

The SE-Master 1 will set you back £1,699 and you can find out more about Pioneer's other headphones here.