Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones Review

Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones | Review

In a departure from my regular reviews of gear directly (and indirectly) related to making music and recording Bass guitar, this is my review of the SE-C3T wired earphones by Pioneer.

One of the first things almost everyone does after making a new Hi-fi audio or mobile device purchase, is to replace the manufacturer supplied standard cables or ear-buds.

I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve disposed of literally dozens of pairs of poor quality and poor sounding earphones over the last thirty or so years’.

But with a multitude of listening options, including wireless, and price ranges; what to choose when audio quality and cost are two of the prime considerations?

Here is my take on the SE-C3T earphones, which first arrived in 2017, designed and produced by the Pioneer Corporation, which was founded by Japanese businessman Nozomu Matsumoto in 1938; and celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2018.

An indirect quote from a recent Pioneer slogan: – ‘Sound. Vision. Soul. Everyone’s got soul. Pioneer truly believes in the power of sound and vision to ‘move the heart and touch the soul’.

Right, let’s crack on!

Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones | Review |

Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones | Features:

  • Aluminium housing and base construction designed to reduce vibration;

+ Aluminium is more rigid than plastic, which can vibrate and cause music to distort.

  • 10 mm enclosed dynamic driver; for wide-range dynamic performance (8 Hz to 22,000 kHz);
  • Select from four silicon tip sizes to fit your ears: XS, S, M, L.

Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones | On test:

Up until recently, the Sennheiser CX 3.00 have been my everyday wired ear-bud’s for commuting (sound on social media) and streaming music on the move.

However, in my opinion their build quality for the price – around £30 sterling is questionable, and with intermittent cable failure around the plug, having to replace them every six-months was unacceptable.

Their own website has other owners complaining of the exact same problem.. It was time to try an alternative.

My first choice for monitoring in most recording and mixing situations, are still the legendary Beyer Dynamic DT-100 studio headphones; since forever. That’s the bar raised pretty high, right there!

It would be unfair to carry out any direct comparison between these and the Pioneer SE-C3T earphones, but in my opinion, they should be considered as another reference point to hear how a mix or master recording might sound within a domestic or every day mobile environment.

There are other reviews which describe them as ‘powerful’, ‘detailed’ and ‘transparent’.

I will say subjectively they sound ‘engaging’, and as good as earphones which cost twice, or even three times as much.

In fact, I was so impressed with their sound and build quality, I’ve purchased two pairs.

One pair for my laptop, and the other for everyday use with my mobile device.

And here’s a serious consideration; What if you could purchase them for less than twenty dollars, or around 15 pounds sterling (16 Euro’s)?

Yes, you can. Search on-line — now!

Frequency range response:

Whilst not going into too much detail, there are some bold claims made by Hi-fi producers about frequency range response, which is sometimes called dynamic response; and a not unreasonable correlation between ‘dynamic range’ and sound quality.

I believe its more complicated than a simple correlation. There are many factors, which also include how well the original audio was produced in the first place.

>> Fischer Audio Frequency Analysis |

Fischer Audio Frequency Analysis

In general, users incorrectly assume that headphones do not play any sound outside the ‘20 Hz to 20 kHz’ range.

These frequencies are reproduced by the headphones, but the remaining frequencies beyond this range are played quieter.

It’s also worth making a note that each manufacturer decides for themselves what characteristics are specified in product documentation. All specifications for headphones are optional:-

Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones | Specification:

TypeFully enclosed dynamic headphones
Frequency Response8 Hz to 22000 kHz
Impedance16 Ω
Max. Input Power100 mW
Sensitivity100 dB
Driver Units10 mm
Cable Length1.2 m
Plug4-pole 3.5 mm stereo mini-plug (gold plated)
Weight (without cord)6 g(not including cable)
AccessoriesEarphone tips(silicon) XS/S/M/L

Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones | Final analysis:

  1. Design and ease of use: 90/100
  2. Features: 85/100
  3. Reliability: 95/100
  4. Sound quality: 90/100
  5. Value for money: 95/100
  6. Overall score (non adjusted): 91/100 — Excellent in almost every respect.

Do they really move the heart and touch the soul? Well, no — but they are very good!

Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones | Citations:

Pioneer Corporation:

History of Pionner:

Audio frequency response: | by Simon Edward | September 15th 2018

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