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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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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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The built in battery charger is a nice touch.
I haven't experienced any issue with the strap or plastic, but after reading reviews here I have always been careful where how I handle them.
It is IR, though, and line-of-sight is required. It might also interfere with other IR signals. I've noticed when it's on that low batteries in my remote controls affect operation more than when it's off, for example. The headphones' receivers are at the bottom of the earpieces, which is the most easily blocked place on the headphones. Fortunately, only one or the other needs to be receiving the signal.
There is also a standard 3.5mm headphone jack in the transmitter that puts out the surround signal, if you want to use your own headphones.
It has several selectable inputs (digital optical, digital coax, and L/R RCA line-in), and a couple of other surround mode options, but there's no remote control for it.
The base for the transmitter is ridiculous. It doubles the transmitter's size. I finally just removed it altogether (it's repositionable for horizontal or vertical placement) and put on some rubber feet instead. I haven't seen any problems since doing that.
It comes with rechargeable batteries for the headphones, and the transmitter doubles as a charging base. However, there is a third contact that prevents non-Pioneer batteries from being charged there. This seems to be fixable by removing a portion of other batteries' plastic sheathing in the same manner as the provided batteries.
The pivots and hinges on the headphones seem like they might be fragile, but I haven't had any problems yet. Also, the headband is basically just a padded piece of elastic ribbon. It does the job, but it just seems a little cheap, and has a tendency to want to twist. The headphones' only controls are an on/off switch and a volume control.
The cans themselves fit around the ear. The padding is a tough polyester, which sounds uncomfortable, but really isn't at all. The ear cavities are not large, though, and if you have notably large or protruding ears, they might be uncomfortable.
The noise isolation is remarkable, perhaps too good. Even with no audio, it can be hard to hear anything in the room. They can also be hot. I'm currently trying an experiment where I'm putting plastic straws between my head and the pads, creating a channel from the room to my ear. I can already hear the outside world better. The jury's out on whether this compromises the audio quality or improves the heat issue.
All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the unit. The only real drawbacks are the lack of a remote control, minor comfort issues, and questionable build engineering. They were also pricey. If you can get them cheap, I think it's a no-brainer.
First I tried the new Sennheiser RS-180 with KLEER audio. They sounded good, were comfortable, and had many other good attributes. However, they cut the speed of my wireless Internet connection in half. They used the same wireless frequency as my router, and even though KLEER audio was supposed to hunt for an open frequency, it slowed down the Internet greatly. That was a deal breaker and I returned the headphones.
Then I tried the Sony DS-3000 infrared headphones. They had many good attributes as well, but were plagued by a constant background hiss. It wasn't just a minor hiss either. It was enough to completely ruin the listening experience. I returned them shortly after buying them.
Finally, I purchased the Pioneer SE-DIR800C headphones, and I'm very happy with them. They are comfortable, light, attractive, easy to use, sound very good, don't have hiss, don't interfere with my Internet connection, and the bass is decent (but not great). The Sony DS-8000 is still my favorite, but hey they don't make that anymore, so I need to move on and let go. I believe the Pioneer SE-DIR800C is the best wireless headphone system you can buy at the moment, and this is coming from someone who has owned 7 wireless headphones over the years. I would definitely recommend these.
I think these headphones deserve 4 stars. Why not 5 stars? Well, they need a bit more bass, and I think they sound a tad bright. They would get 5 stars if improvements were made to those areas. In spite of those shortcomings, I'm quite happy with these headphones, and plan on keeping them for several years.