NAMM 2015: HRM-7 Headphones, Pioneer Enters The Studio Monitoring Game

Coming up just 24 hours after of their much-talked-about XDJ-RX annoucement, Pioneer DJ has another new surprise for the industry, a new set of headphones, the HRM-7s. These are professional studio monitoring headphones with producers in mind a bit of a departure for Pioneer from their traditional fare which mostly caters to DJ applications.

Check out the introduction video below, and additional specs beyond that.

The specs straight from Pioneer:

Large HD Driver

The large 40 millimeter HD driver combined with a copper-clad aluminum wire (CCAW) voice coil and neodymium magnets built into the HRM-7 produce outstanding audio playback and great sound localization. The new HD driver along with its strong magnet structure can reproduce a very wide frequency response from 5 Hz to 40 kHz, ideal for all types of music listening including high-resolution audio files.

Dual Chamber Bass Reflex Enclosure

Pioneer developed a dual chamber bass reflex enclosure to enable the headphones to generate lower bass frequencies while still maintaining great control of the HD driver for increased audio accuracy. The sound isolating dual chamber (air chamber) prevents outside noise from affecting the enclosure, essentially increasing bass response while the integrated ports enhance the efficiency of the driver. The housing (enclosure) is further reinforced by a 3-layer damping structure, suppressing vibrations and unwanted resonance, resulting in improved audio response out of the HD driver.

Large Housing and Comfortable Ear pads

The housing of the HRM-7 creates a large listening chamber to produce a wide sound field for better sound localization. Wrapped around the housings are full-sized hybrid memory foam ear pads, that feel extremely comfortable, even when worn for long periods of time. Furthermore, the memory foam ear pads are covered with soft velour that contours around the ears to help reduce exterior sounds entering the listening chamber.

Designed to Fit

The 3D ergonomic design further optimizes the angled fit of the ear pads around the head while the free adjust head cushion helps produce a snug fit across the entire head without creating uncomfortable force.

Additional Features:

  • Detachable 1.2 m curled and 3 m straight cables using Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) litz wire.

  • Replacement velour ear pads

  • Gold-plated 6.3 mm stereo plug adapter.

The HRM-7 headphones are due to launch in stores in March, 2015 with a street price of $199.

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  • Maddox

    An interesting, but pretty smart choice on Pioneers behalf. A lot of DJs start producing their own stuff after DJing for awhile, and they are going to want to stick with a brand that they know makes quality products. Especially at $200, probably Pioneer’s cheapest product ever ;D

  • deejae snafu

    seems like decent cans for 200 bucks…ugly as all hell but that doesnt really matter. wonder how they actually sound.

    • CUSP

      They look like kinda’ like the Sennheiser HD-25s.

  • pixelbreak

    I’ve heard working like a dog in the studio but never hearing like one…this is a moment when marketing is way way way off…no human can hear over 20kHz. LOLs

    • Zenocide

      Nor below 20Hz… But it doesn’t mean the headphones cannot produce those frequencies 😛

      • pixelbreak

        exactly, it can be capable of producing those frequencies, no doubt, but is a total overkill since humans won’t be able to hear them.

        • CBDJ

          It’s all about roll-off, by extending the frequency range above 20kHz, the theory is that frequencies around 20kHz will be produced at the same volume as lower ones. And for the record, I tested my hearing at university, and could still hear 22kHz…

          • CBDJ

            Or more concisely, +1 drhiggens…

      • AlexGemmell

        Some (few?) people can hear lower than 20Hz and higher than 20kHz. You can definitely feel sounds lower than 20Hz (love that bass!) but doubt anyone can notice much above 20kHz – certainly not anywhere close to 40kHz which as others have noted, seems complete overkill.

    • drhiggens

      If that extra range means it will more accurately reproduce sounds between 20hz and 20khz so that you and do a better job shaping sounds and making space in the mix it won’t seems so dumb.