STYLISH SOUND

Pioneer SE-MX7

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

Stylish and vi­brant, the Pioneer SE-MX7 is as much a state­ment of fashion and qual­ity as it is a pair of over-the-ear head­phones. Durable by de­sign, the rub­ber-cov­ered head­phones is built sturdy and feels good in the hand and over the ears.

The earcups and the ad­justable head­band are padded with leather-like ma­te­rial that is sup­ple, but stiff. Ini­tially, they felt rather tight when worn for the first time, how­ever, the pads be­came more com­fort­able over time. Although the earcups are not big enough to en­com­pass the ear, it pro­vides very good sound iso­la­tion as well.

The SE-MX7 comes in four matte col­ors: black, white, blue, and orange. We re­ally like the de­tach­able cord that comes with the head­phones. It is sturdy, tan­gle-proof, has a built-in mi­cro­phone and phone con­trols, and it locks onto the head­phones, pre­vent­ing un­wanted dis­con­nects. The vol­ume rocker feels loose at first. With use, how­ever, we find that it is just right and not so tight that you need to click it for it to work.

Although the head­phones do not fold, it does come with its own car­ry­ing pouch. We would pre­fer if it came with a stur­dier car­ry­ing case in­stead.

Fea­tur­ing two 40mm driv­ers for midrange and bass, left and right, the SE-MX7 touts Su­pe­rior Club Sound and it de­liv­ers, al­beit with a mi­nor caveat. In our tests, the head­phones de­liver clean and clear sound as well as you would ex­pect from a pair of head­phones of this price and cal­iber. Even the over­all call qual­ity sounds good.

Deep thump­ing bass rum­bles the SE-MX7 with­out dis­tor­tion, but those who are not in­clined to­wards hip-hop, dance, and EDM can tone down the bass us­ing the builtin bass level con­trol on the left of the earphones.

What is the caveat, you ask? Although the head­phones' sound qual­ity is ex­cel­lent, we no­ticed that the sound pro­duced by the SE-MX7 lack warmth and char­ac­ter. It was too clean. It may sound clichéd, but it does boil down to a lis­tener's pref­er­ence. Do you pre­fer crys­tal-clear sound, or pre­fer the warmth of cer­tain kinds of mu­sic?

We would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend these head­phones to mu­sic en­thu­si­asts. It has the looks, style and au­dio qual­ity to back it all up, but at the same time, it may not be for every­one.

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