CLUB BEATS ON THE MOVE

Pioneer SE-MX7

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST - by Mar­cus Wong

CON­CLU­SION The SE-MX7 is de­signed for the club life­style in mind. How much you like it de­pends on whether you fit into that group.

Pioneer’s sE-MX7s are a pair of on-ear (supra-au­ral) head­phones that fea­ture two 40mm driv­ers per ear cup (one each for bass and midrange) and ad­vanced Bass Level Con­trol, which ba­si­cally means you can ad­just the amount of bass the head­phones give you via a dial on the left ear cup.

the fin­ish feels like durable high-qual­ity rub­ber on the out­side, with light, soft leather type cush­ion on the in­side. Per­son­ally, the cush­ion­ing was a lit­tle on the stiff, which meant hav­ing to take short breaks in be­tween lis­ten­ing pe­ri­ods. How­ever, the cush­ion­ing pro­vided very ef­fec­tive pas­sive noise iso­la­tion, as sur­round­ing noises were no­tice­ably damp­ened once the sE-MX7s were put on.

We do like the lock­ing de­sign on the plug of ca­bles – you have to twist the plug to un­lock, be­fore pulling it out of the au­dio jack. this pre­vents you ac­ci­den­tally yank­ing the ca­ble out of the head­phones.

With a fre­quency re­sponse that goes all the way down to 6Hz and two driv­ers per side for midrange and bass, it goes with­out say­ing that deep rum­bling bass is a bit of a spe­cialty for the sE-MX7. We’d say the sonic sig­na­ture of this set of head­phones is bass heavy and ex­cit­ing, but lack­ing a lit­tle in fi­nesse.

there’s a pal­pa­ble thump in the low notes even when the bass ad­just­ment is toned down to the min­i­mum. and when you turn it to max­i­mum? the sE-MX7s pos­i­tively res­onate, which is prob­a­bly the best way to say that Pioneer has de­liv­ered on its prom­ise to “fully recre­ate the club sound ex­pe­ri­ence”.

For ex­am­ple, tiesto’s El­e­ments of Life was where the head­phones re­ally shone, as it matched the re­lent­less bass line ef­fort­lessly, de­liv­er­ing thump­ing bass to match this fast-paced song.

the en­hanced bass comes at a price though, as the tre­bles and up­per mids seemed to get a lit­tle lost at times. By putting fo­cus on vol­ume and pres­ence, vo­cal de­tails ex­pect­edly got mud­dled amid the strong wash of bass. We’d rec­om­mend leav­ing the bass ad­just­ment set below the lower half of the scale if you’re just do­ing gen­eral lis­ten­ing with vo­cal tracks or pieces that fea­ture in­stru­men­tal parts heav­ily.

Over­all, the sE-MX7s has a lim­ited au­di­ence ap­peal; a de­cent choice if you’re a bass head, but for $299, there are more bal­anced head­phones out there for ev­ery­day use.

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