Big, brash and gold - I'd say these limited edition HDJ-1000s are the polar opposite of those understated Aiaiai headphones I reviewed, but I think we've all seen a pair of Dr Dre's Beats Pro to know that's untrue.
First made available in 2008, Pioneer's not just painted the HDJ-1000s in gold and called it a day. Supposedly they've also fine-tuned the audio formula, with better low-bass frequencies and even clearer playback in the midrange too.
They'll go on sale in December for a spot over $US200, but if you don't like the gold there's also a rare black model to be had.
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 colours, 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 colours and styles that make a fashion statement. The HDJ-1000 headphones come in two new colours, 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 $US209.
Specifications: Type: Fully enclosed dynamic stereo headphones Frequency range: 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 adaptor (gold-plated, screw-type), carrying pouch Connection cord: 1.2m side mount coil cord (extended 3m)