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This product has a FreakScore of 8.5 out of 10 based on 15 scores.
My Soundmagic PL11 broke and my initial replacement earbuds (Philips SHE 3590 and SHE 7000) was not as good as i expected so i was on the hunt again for a bang for your buck pair of earbuds.
I saw this on one of the stores and i decided to give it a shot since i have less bad experience on Pioneer audio products in the past.
I tested 4 Pioneer SE Earbuds (CL501, CL22, CL711, and 1 higher tier chrome bodied Pioneer SE Earbuds).
This specific earbuds has a decent but forgettable packaging.
The build was ok. The cable looks durable enough to last many months and has a soft touch textured feel.
The cable that connects to the 3.5mm jack is on an angle which is how i like it since it gives less … stress to that connection when inside my pocket.
The 3.5mm jack is gold (or gold plated i think) which is also nice since it provides better conductivity than the typical stainless steel and doesn't tarnish.
The ear piece is made of soft touch textured hard plastic with a small round cheesy looking chrome wannabe plastic plate.
Obviously I am not that impressed with the overall aesthetics of the ear piece specially with the plastic part that draped down the ear and guides the cable downwards. I feel that Pioneer could have done a better job on the design and made it more light weight but still edgy tooking but that is just my opinion.
I did my normal sound test by playing rock, hiphop, and alternative songs with both the equalizer turned off and turned on at headphones preset.
I have noticed that all of them had very similar sound quality with just the volume and audibility on ambient sound improving as you move up the price point.
To describe the sound, the mids and highs were decent and firm but was not enough to write home about. The volume was nice and strong due to the bigger drivers (10mm). What makes this shine though was its bass (or lows).
It's bass production was punchy and pronounced but not overwhelming and was just on the right mixture with the other frequencies to give life and depth to its overall sound quality.
I have also tested this earbuds on some action movies when i got home and it comparable to a decently built home theater sound setup (less the satisfaction of multi directional sound visualization).
I am not a bass person but it's just that they maintained a decent balance of sound on this product even after raising the bass to this level which was worth appreciating in my opinion.
In the end, I feel that this is as good as it gets for an earphone at this price point and i would definitely recommend it to anyone unless they really really really hate bass or is gunning for a better looking device.See more See less