The thing with headphones, and sound equipment in general, is that if you get the design right the first time, you don't leave yourself much room for significant upgrades down the line. Pioneer seems to have fallen into that trap with its HDJ-1000 set of cans, which are today getting rehashed in a pair of new shades: the extrovert gold number above and an understated all-black look. Pioneer hasn't left the innards completely unretouched, however, as it has nipped and tucked a few bits to allow better low-range reproduction and a more comfortable fit overall. Neither sounds likely to justify the price bump to $209, but those golden highlights sure look appealing from where we're sitting.
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Pioneer Offers Exclusive Limited Edition Headphones

The Popular DJ Headphones Come Back With Two New Bold Colors


LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.'s Professional Sound and Visual Division today introduced its limited edition HDJ-1000 professional DJ headphones due to be available in December 2010. The limited edition headphones will be offered in two fashionable colors, provide a more comfortable fit, and produce better low frequency reproduction for more effective mixing.

"Much like our players and mixers, Pioneer headphones are designed for both style and performance. We have a versatile line-up of headphones that are sure to complement many DJ levels. The new HDJ-1000s will not only catch your eye, but also please your ears," said David Arevalo, senior marketing manager, Professional Sound and Visual Division for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Many DJs are as critical of the look of their gear as they are with its audio performance. The HDJ-1000 headphones provide the high-quality sound that DJs expect as well as choices of colors and styles that make a fashion statement. The HDJ-1000 headphones come in two new colors, black and gold, in addition to the original chrome model. The black version resonates with a more sophisticated look, while the gold version provides a more glitzy style.

To obtain the best audio reproduction possible, the drivers in the HDJ-1000 headphones were tuned to deliver more impact in the lower bass frequencies of music. Its thick 38 micrometers diaphragm and 1.5 mm voice coil are more efficient in generating the critical midrange and mid-bass frequencies in music and produce a more linear response even at high volume levels.

Furthermore, the mono/stereo selector circuit was modified to obtain clearer playback, especially in the midrange frequencies. With this change, the headphones deliver sounds such as bass drums, snare drums and cymbals with more impact.

For maximum comfort, the headphones use low rebound urethane for the ear pads providing a better fit and increased comfort when used for long DJ sessions. Along with the urethane pads, the design of the headphones wrap around the ears to achieve excellent sound insulation, making monitoring effortless even in the noisiest environments.

Additional features of the HDJ-1000 include an easy fold-away structure design, convenient carrying pouch, a swivel mechanism with 90-degree housing rotation to support a wide range of monitoring styles, and a convenient mono/stereo switch for single-ear use.

The gold HDJ-1000-G and the black HDJ-1000-K will be available in December 2010 at a manufacturer suggested retail price of $209.

Specifications:

Type: Fully enclosed dynamic stereo headphones
Frequency: 5Hz – 30kHz
Impedance:36Ω
Maximum input power:3,500 mW
Output sound level:107 dB/m
Unit type: 50 mm diameter dome type
Plug: 3.5 mm diameter 3P mini plus (gold-plated, screw in)
Weight:9.52 oz. (excluding cord)
Included accessories: 6.3mm 3P plug adapter (gold-plated, screw-type), carrying pouch
Connection cord: 1.2m side mount coil cord (extended 3m).

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Pioneer blings out HDJ-1000 headphones, turns them into a $209 Limited Edition