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Pioneer SE-DIR800C Wireless Headphones with Dolby Headphone Technology

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  • Wireless 5.1 surround sound headphones with Dolby Headphone multichannel technology
  • Support for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Surround formats; transmission range of up to 26 feet
  • Produces up to 5 virtual loudspeakers in your head to create an immersive surround experience
  • Small, medium, and large "virtual room" presets based on acoustical measurements of actual rooms
  • Built-in volume control; includes transmitter and rechargeable AA batteries; 90-day warranty
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Dimensions 11.74 inches x 18 inches x 4.2 inches 9 inches x 9.8 inches x 4.4 inches 8.62 inches x 3.87 inches x 4.25 inches 11.6 inches x 9.3 inches x 5.9 inches
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The Pioneer SE-DIR800C Infrared Wireless Surround Sound Headphones simulate 5.1 channel speakers to create high quality surround-sound like what you'll experience from a traditional home theater. These headphones process Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS surround sound from a gaming console, DVD player, or CD player connected through the optical or coaxial input. The SE-DIR800C headphones offer super-soft earphone enclosures so the entire ear is cushioned for greater comfort. Die-hard video gamers, movie and music enthusiasts now have a new ally in the fight to be entertained at any time -- and at the decibel level of their preference. Self-adjusting headset Wired headphone input with volume control 2-Way stand with vertical or horizontal mounting options 3 Room Type Effect Presets - DH1(Mixing room with very little reverberation), DH2(Default mode with moderate reverb), DH3(Small Movie Theater) Inputs - Optical Digital, Coaxial Digital(cable supplied), Analog Line In Input attenuator Frequency Response - 12kHz-22kHz Distortion - 1% or less (1kHz) Rechargeable AA batteries and recharger

Don't let a sleeping family keep you from your new action adventure movie, DTS 5.1 concert, or online video game tournament by setting up these Pioneer wireless surround sound headphones. The SE-DIR800C phones, which connect to any 5.1-channel source--including a DVD player, game console, digital cable box, or satellite receiver--are equipped with Dolby Headphone technology, which produces up to five virtual loudspeakers in your head by directing and reflecting the sound from each channel. The effect is a stunning surround experience, far more dimensional than with typical headphones, and, some say, even better than with a high-performance surround speaker system. The audio is natural sounding and doesn't cause "listener fatigue" as do many other headphones. The phones also work with a variety of surround formats, including Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Surround.

Most conveniently, the SE-DIR800C phones are completely cordless. The small wireless transmitter connects to your source (DVD player, game console, etc.) and broadcasts a clear, strong signal via infrared technology to the headphones. Thanks to the wireless technology, you won't snag a headphone cord on furniture, your dog, your glasses, or anything else.

The phones feature a trio of "virtual room" presets from which to choose. The options actually reproduce the sound of a playback system in up to three different listening environments based on the acoustic measurements of real rooms. The small room setting (DH1) re-creates a small, well-damped room with very little reverberation that's perfect for both movies and music-only recordings, while the medium room (DH2) is a more acoustically live (or "wet") room that's well suited to both formats as well (with moderate reverberation). Meanwhile, the large room setting (DH3) offers a bigger sound, more like the audio within a concert hall or movie theater.

A final bonus stems from the onboard volume control. With a volume dial on the headphone itself, users can easily turn up the audio without getting out of the chair. The SE-DIR800C phones, which offer a transmission range of up to 26 feet, are an ideal choice for folks who live in busy households where people go to sleep early, or for anyone who wants a little audio privacy while watching movies or listening to music. The phones are backed by a 90-day warranty on parts and labor.

What's in the Box
Wireless headphones, transmitter, rechargeable AA batteries, charger, coaxial digital cable, two-way stand, user's manual.

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  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 4.2 x 11.7 inches ; 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0007XL43M
  • Item model number: SE-DIR800C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

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113 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Astral Traveler on March 21, 2006
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I had purchased an inexpensive Sony home theater in a box system that was a pretty nice system for the money spent. But I found myself with problems that had nothing to do with the quality of the system. As I watched movies, I was bothered by various ambient noises from my apartment... street noises, the people upstairs, water running through pipes, the hum of the refrigerator, etc. And, if I was hearing noises from the outside, it's a pretty good bet that people on the outside can hear what's coming from inside. So, I needed a solution, and it seemed the mutually beneficial solution was headphones. Unfortunately, while my HT receiver has a headphone jack, it only outputs 2 channel stereo sound, and it seems like a waste to have to rely on that when I have a system capable of outputting 5.1 channel sound. Doing some research I realized there was no way to get surround sound through headphones with the equipment I had, even if I purchased expensive headphones. In fact, many tech-savvy posters on message boards scoffed at the notion of headphones producing surround sound altogether. Fortunately, they are mistaken.

In my research I found out about Dolby Headphone technology and read about the Pioneer SE-DIR800C. Dolby Headphone technology treats the sounds from different channels in a way to make it sound like it's coming from different directions, the directions they would be coming from in a traditional 5.1 based speaker set up. I had heard the effect for myself with cheap stereo headphones and was not overwhelmed. But since the reviews of the Pioneer system were all so good, I decided to blow my tax return on them.

What this Pioneer system does, based entirely on the movie watching experience, is everything I needed.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Aram Vartian on November 22, 2007
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I am a night creature, which until I moved in with my new roommate was not an issue. Unfortunately, he is a bit of a light sleeper, so if I wished to continue to watch movies at 2am, I was going to need a set of headphones.

I knew from the start that wireless was going to be the only option for me, and I set about on an exhaustive four day hunt online for the best ones I could find, and the Pioneer SE-DIR800C really stood out. of course, so did the price; $300 is a lot to spend on what I considered to be a novelty item, but it was the only one that delivered on both sound and connection performance, so I took the plunge.

And so far, I could not be happier, with a few minor annoyances.

It really creates surprisingly accurate sound, though all of it sounds just a tad mechanical and tinny. It has several Dolby Pro Logic modes that all sound equally good, and it even manges to reproduce surround sound in a reasonably enjoyable way.

As long as I am in front of the device, it never looses connection. Never. it never pops, or crackles, or goes silent at all, no matter how I move my head, even when I am lying down. However, a suggestion: Don't turn the headphones on until you get your TV and cable box on first; I get some loud popping if I do that in the wrong order.

Of course, these are line of sight headphones. You have to be in front of the device for them to work, though I have found I can be directly to the side of them with no loss in connection at all.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Jones on February 14, 2008
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I've had these headphones for about a year. They are comfortable, and the sound quality is great. However, today, the headphones broke. It seems the swivel mechanism is a very tiny and thin plastic piece. If this piece were made of metal, it would be OK, but the plastic can't hold up. I'm not rough with these, but I didn't handle them as if they were made of thin glass either. It is physically a poor design, in my opinion as an engineer.

This is too bad. The speakers and audio system are great, but the physical package is not up to the task. They need a re-design, badly.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Foe-hammer on February 1, 2008
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I have had this unit for 2 yrs now. I have been very pleased with them. The sound quality via the wireless headphones were decent. All-though they seemed a little canned compared to a good pair of wired headphones. The wireless headphones do open up some after 50hrs of burn-in.

Volume levels are usually fine. There's plenty of volume for video games, but barely enough for movies.

The receiver is great. The Dolby Headphone is amazing. It opens up the sound stage by 10 fold over normal stereo. For games i can hear all sound positions in a horizontal 360 degree radius. For movies the immersion is great, too.

Now for the bad, after 1.5 yrs the headphones broke on me. The left side broke directly above the can, where it swivels on the headband. I was simply just removing them from my head, by grasping both cans, then all of a sudden the left side snapped. Upon further investigation, after tearing the headphones apart, i found that the cans are held together by a small 'U' shaped piece of plastic. Very cheap.

I have since bought a quality pair of wired headphones (AKG K601s) with a quality headphone amp. The Pioneer 800C receiver has 1/8" jack that i hook up my wired headphones and amp to. While the convenience of having wireless is not there, the sound quality is much better, and there is no worry about the headphones breaking.
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