You seemed to review these as brand new, non-vintage, cans. Most headphones had volume knobs on the ear cups, for correcting any imbalance, back then(or turning one down to hear someone talk, would work, too). You talked about cars and tv's, but headphones have come a LONG way in the last 4 decades, as well. You seemed to be unable to understand that. Seriously, you didn't give them a proper review, you just pointed out, and complained, how they weren't able to perform like anything made in the last few years. All the things you mentiones it not having, weren't things headphones did, back then. That's not the HP's fault, it's dependent on the latest, most current technology available, at the time. Trust me, as someone older than those cans, they would have ticked ALL the boxes, and the sound would have impressed any audiophile, of the period(and there were many..). What you did was like reviewing a Ford Model-T, and critisizing it for not having power windows and heated seats...
Bro what do you mean by 'even by today's standards'? They hardly ever make headphones built like this nowadays. Like.. ever.
I can’t speak for any garbage music made today but the volume on both ears is probably to isolate what pans right or left. A lot of records have certain sounds only going thru one Channel, like the guitar on the left rhythm section on right
I wore those out and so did my brother.
Actually watching this with a pair of SE-405's i found in my basement.
They are a bit worn, but they work!
Thanks. Have a pair I have had since the 70s. Never wanted to get rid of them and now your video has given me the keys to recondition.
I'm 80 years old and I remember buying theses for my dad who had an RCA console AM/FM radio phonograph made out of walnut. I just ordered a pair on eBay to see how they sound compared to the plastic headphones made today. If they had to make this headphone today it would be priced way up there...leather, steel, deep cups...wow! It would be interesting to do some surgery and put a modern transceiver in these headphones.
I listened to this review on a set of 405s I got as a graduation present in '74. They still sound great and though not nearly as clear as my AKG 702s they still provide a good listening experience. No, heavy bass was not a component in the music at that time. These will represent the sound they recorded at the time very well though and should be paired with the tech of that time. When listening to these you usually put on an album and kicked back. I was usually too far away to reach the volume controls for songs I really wanted to crank so that's how I used the controls on the phones. Others have stated you could isolate sounds L or R by the volume knobs but I wasn't in to that.
I still have the box and literature so specs are:
Speaker: Polyester cone 1 3/4 inch
Impedance: 8 ohms
Matching Impedance: 4-16 ohms
Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 hz
Sound pressure level: 113 db/0.3v
Max input: 500mW each channel
They weighed 1 lb 1 oz and the cord would stretch to about 16 feet
The volume controls have gotten 'scratchy' over the years so I don't fiddle with them anymore. The weight isn't uncomfortable at all however the vinyl ear pads can get hot after awhile. The sound is 'decent' and arguably reflects the best of that time....they were an expensive set of headphones. They were a game-changer for me as far as listening to music however they just won't stack up to today's cans. I have an emotional attachment to these but they just cannot compete with $400 cans of today. If you're into 'cool retro' headphones then these will work for you but there is a cost for that 'cool'.
Regards Josh,Currently I use a pioneer-se700-vintage headphones from 1977, they were from my grandfather and the truth is that they respond and adapt to current technology without any problem, I use them to make my bass covers, I suppose that with these they had already improved what of the electric bass, since it is an instrument created for that time and they are perfect they are very difficult to get nowadays and I would not let them go for less than about 100 Eu.
Im an old fart...no need for base, vision is gone, hearing sucks, my se-205's sound great! Possibly due to all the aformentioned reasons...but hey I was born well before these ever made it to the market.... I love my vintage gear - sx980, pl41, Klipsch,....sound good to me. :)
Good review though!
I just found a pair of Astrosound DH-14HY-S. They are very bulky, very plasticky, and very white. When you listen to them, it basically sounds like having two subwoofers strapped to your head. There is literally *nothing* above 5 kHz, and the bass is incredibly boomy. I opened them up and found a ridiculously large speaker driver inside. The driver is mostly sealed, so 50% of the space in the cups is wasted. It kinda makes me wonder what they would sound like with actual headphone drivers. I think i'm gonna try to mod them.
Great review, so I will date myself. I had a pair of these in the 70’s. From what I remember, your review was spot on. It was cool to see these again. I still have a vintage pair of Audio Technica headphones that I use. I am not a big headphone guy with music, mainly my IPad with YouTube, therefore my headphone of choice is my kids Beats headphones. They work, and not bad for what they are. Great to see the Pioneers, brings back memories of LedZeplin when you could still see them in concert.
The 2 separate controls on each earpiece is for controlling the highs on each channel, says this in the manual I have with my set.
Back in the day he says...
Please more vintage headphones review. Like sennheiser hd 530,540,560,250 or akg sextett, akg k240 df, etc. You will have a revelation.
i have the Realistic Custom Pro from 1968. they were the first ever "bass enhanced" headphones and was sold in radio shack from 1968 to 1978. they sound muddy and flat at first, but with an equalizer, they shine. surprisingly, i managed to take out all the muddiness and made the bass as pronounced as skullcandy. i love them. obviously not amazing, but are downright fun and sound better and better the more i mess with the EQ. too bad i don't have an amp or external dac for 1/4" plugs, or an amp/dac at all XD. I use my phone, which has a DTS:X Audio Codec and built-in DAC and Equalizer. if you look at the comments of your old videos, i would love your professional opinion on the Custom Pros, although i would advise using an equalizer.
The SE line were more upper end consumer phones, but Freq. response is flat enough that these could be used in the studio. Pioneer made the Monitor 10 headphones for that though which were huge and looked like they were made from chunks of machined steel. I'd say the volume knobs were a 70s trend. Almost all the tape players & amps from the 70s have separate volume channels, so pioneer probably thought it was a selling point to include it on their "audiophile" phones.
Do you still have them around? Make a modification. They sound very good, man if you install a Sony MDR-V600 speaker set. I did that to mine and it kicks ass.
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They are high res earphones idiot. they don't have extra bass or any of those stuff, they are meant to be true to sound as recorded and mixed by the audio designer, those are meant to be played on apps like Poweramp, or on ipods, sony walkmans,. You know NOTHING about high res audio. They aren't meant to be compared to shits like boat or realme .
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Pioneer is Japanese 🤦🏼♂️
Use a good source to open the sound signature of the ch3t and change the tip with comply foam,,,feel the different noob
Which phone u have used to test the headphone?
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Great video, everything that i wish to know you explain, brilliant. thanks for information.
The bass is dope but the 532s are way better
thanks I wanted to see if they covered my ears but nobody showed that much thanks for your super video like ^ _ ^
it is suitable for redmi 9pro max
Bhai aap ne ye to btaya hi nhi ki kaisi hai like bass
What about warranty
Super bass earphones who is used first time they can't use other brand earphones.i challenged.....