Pioneer SE-M631TV Closed On-Ear TV Headphone
With the SE-M631TV, the Japanese manufacturer Pioneer has a cost-effective, wired TV headphones to offer.
- Design: On-Ear
- Method of construction: closed
- Audio transmission area (listener): 8 – 25,000 Hz
- Impedance: 39.05 ohms
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 95.53 dB
- Pressure averaged from big and small head: 383.5 g
- Weight with cable: 201 g
- Weight without cable: 153 g
- Cable length: 500 cm
Design and use
In addition to Pioneer’s open-top models SE-A611 / SE-A611TV, the SE-M631TV fills the niche of full-size TV headphones in a closed design. The associated insulation of sound in both directions reduces disturbing influences of ambient noise and the last remnant of noise pollution towards third parties, which could still escape an open headphones. A volume control, typical feature of TV headphones, is located on the cable, about at belly height. In addition, the test headphone has a mono / stereo switch whose purpose I’ll explain in more detail in the “Sound” section.
The Pioneer SE-M631TV’s rotatable earcups are flexible enough to fit any head shape, but the scaled size adjustment of the headband is so limited that the SE-M631TV owner of a large head might be too small. For me, however, there is no problem of size, only the upholstery of the headband I feel in my sporty 2mm middle parting as something too Spartan for a longer TV experience. The soft, artificial leather upholstery of the oval ear shells, however, is very comfortable. According to the manufacturer are supraaural auricles, but these are extremely generous and enclose my not too large hearing organs as well as some models from other manufacturers, which are declared as circumaural.
Optics / processing
The functional, predominantly made of plastic, TV headphones is immaculately processed, the material mix is not particularly high quality but the price seems solid. That the headband is apparently spring steel reinforced, can expect a certain life of the TV headphone. According to the intended use, the design of the Pioneer SE-M631TV looks discreet and reputable.
The Pioneer headset is obviously a purist TV specialist. My “battle-tested” pieces of music, which I often use for the sound assessment of headphones sound all pretty strange on the SE-M631TV! In his field of application, however, he acts satisfactorily. In my opinion, the crucial criterion of a TV headphone is a high speech intelligibility and this goal is fulfilled. Different features of ambitious, audiophile headphones can actually deliver a somewhat cluttered “image” on some broadcasts and be counterproductive in this essential point. Against this background, the purpose of the aforementioned mono / stereo switch – Crossfeed in its most original form opens up! Different formats / broadcasts are much more relaxed, easier to understand in mono Just better. Sometimes less is more then!
The Pioneer SE-M631TV does exactly what it should do. It is a reasonably priced and solid TV headphone with puristic reproduction characteristics, which allows a relaxed TV enjoyment without effects and external disturbance. For games, sound enthusiasts and pure listening to music, the SE-M631TV is rather not suitable.
AKG K912 Wireless Headphone with Autotuning Function
The wireless headphone from AKG with about 15 hours of battery life for freedom lovers and Couch potatoes should not have a problem with distances and obstacles within a house. How far the listener reaches exactly and above all how it sounds – I have tested it!
- Design: Over-Ear
- Structure: Half open
- Audio transmission area (listener): 18-20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 ohms
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 91.24 dB
- Pressure averaged from big and small head: 647.5 g
- Weight with cable: 272 g
- Weight without cable: 272 g
Design and Handling
The semi-open K 912 and its docking station – which functions both as a transmitter and as a charging station – looks just like the living room: the arms, shells and dock are made of black, noble plastic, which convinces with a matte look and feel. The self-adjusting headband made of imitation leather and the velor upholstery, however, come in fine beige. Given the small price, a convincing idea. The plastic construction is also quite stable and could easily withstand my little stress tests.
The ear-enclosing shells are fixed with a ball joint on the bracket and offer enough room to move around the headset even with one ear comfortable to wear. The headband is a stretched between the inner sides of the temple rubber band with artificial leather cover, which also extends to the appropriate head height.
On the left clam is the autotunig button, which automatically contacts the sender station when pressed and automatically selects the channel set on the docking station. On the right shell, on the other hand, the power button sits in the same place. Both switches also have a warning light. Below the power button, in turn, is the interface for the dock. In addition, waiting at the rear edge of the right shell a volume-wheel on operation.
The approximately hand-sized dock has a cinch-in on the back, a power supply connection and a slide switch with which you can switch between the three frequency channels. On the front there is also a red “CHARGE” – and a green “POWER ON” – under the AKG logo. The distance between the headphones and the dock can easily be 20 meters including two walls, but if you stay in motion, you will feel like sneaking in at a far distance. Too bad.
Self-adjusting headband, flexible temple, variable ear-cups and puffy velor upholstery speak for themselves. The K 912 holds AKG typical on every head, even rhythmic head movements leave him unimpressed. Jumping to the favourite song through the living room or practicing yoga is no problem. The handset sits comfortably on the head and covers every ear size sufficiently. However, those who have a pair of extra large “spoons” will get acquainted with the harsh inner life of the shell. When “chilling” on the couch that can ever press a little depending on the head position.
Due to the semi-open design of the K 912 delivers a basically airy sound. With its present basses and plentiful heights, it also falls into the category of “hi-fi sound”, which equips it especially for the reproduction of film and video game effects. Even when playing music, the K 912 is convincing, if not completely neutral. So he exaggerates by his frequency tuning, for example, in heavy hip-hop kicks or sharp electro snares a little too much, but not really annoying. The only negative is the constantly accompanying noise, which is correspondingly loud according to the volume adjusted on the headphones. Especially with quiet use, this noise is unmistakable.
In addition to the handset and the transmitting station, AKG supplies a connection cable from 3.5 mm jack to stereo RCA, a power adapter for the power supply of the transmitting station as well as two AAA batteries, which must be inserted in the headphones. On the other hand, to make the K 912 mobile, you have to get creative because a carrying case or similar is unfortunately missing.
For console gamers who need to be quiet at night, grandfathers who want to quietly enjoy classics from their youth in the living room armchairs or for anyone who has to vacuum: The K 912 is an ideal headphone for the home and at the very fair price.