The irony has never been lost on me that while manufacturers have churned out over-ear headphones one after another through the years, the clear favourite has been Sennheiser’s HD25, an on-ear pair. And while some have tried to topple them from the top seat, none have succeeded. But never afraid of a challenge, Pioneer DJ presents the HDJ-S7, an on-ear pair that pushed audio fidelity to new levels.
Pioneer DJ always does the best PR, and here it is:
Deeper Connection: Meet the HDJ-S7 professional on-ear DJ headphones –
Outstanding audio quality, superior durability and improved functionality for professional DJs
24th April 2018: Following the launch of our HDJ-X10, HDJ-X7 and HDJ-X5 professional over-ear DJ headphone models in autumn 2017, we’re releasing the HDJ-S7 professional on-ear DJ headphones. The new model offers outstanding audio quality, superior durability and improved functionality for comfortable DJing.
Available in black or white, the HDJ-S7 headphones are the world’s first on-ear DJ headphones to feature 40-mm HD1 drivers.2 This ensures the clear sound separation needed for monitoring during mixes, from rich and powerful bass to clear mid-to-high frequencies. Designed and built to be highly robust, they’ve cleared the US Military Standard MIL-STD-810G Shock test3, as well as our stringent in-house durability tests.
The new model features a swivel mechanism, a flexible headband and a smaller on-ear can, which is preferred by some DJs – so you can comfortably use the HDJ-S7 for every style of DJ monitoring.
The HDJ-S7 headphones will be available from mid-May 2018 at an SRP of £179 including VAT.
KEY FEATURES OF THE HDJ-S7 HEADPHONES
- 1.Outstanding sound
- High-quality audio design
The HDJ-S7 headphones are equipped with our newly developed 40-mm HD drivers, making them the world’s first on-ear DJ headphones to reproduce high-resolution sound from 5Hz to 40 kHz – the same frequency range achieved by the flagship HDJ-X10 over-ear headphones. This ensures clear sound separation, from rich and tight bass to crystal-clear mid-to-high frequencies. As a result, the HDJ-S7 headphones deliver the immersive sound needed for precise monitoring in the loudest clubs.
- 4-core twisted-structure cable
The independent ground wire in the 4-core twisted-structure cable provides superior left and right channel separation, improving sound quality.
- Bass reflex chamber
The bass reflex chamber in the upper housing ensures excellent bass response and sound insulation.
- 1.Superior durability
- Rigorously tested
Take the HDJ-S7 headphones on the road and feel confident they’ll handle severe conditions and heavy use. The headphones have cleared the US Military Standard MIL-STD-810G Shock test, as well as our own demanding stress testing.
- Highly durable materials and construction
To make the HDJ-S7 headphones highly durable and lightweight at the same time, we’ve used metal components in parts that are tested in high stress environments to create a strong construction for professional use.
- 1.Improved functionality
- Swivel mechanism for all monitoring styles
When developing any new product we create numerous prototypes, each time with improvements based on the feedback of highly respected international DJs who test the equipment. Using this feedback and the results of our analysis of many different styles of monitoring, we’ve made sure the HDJ-S7 headphones are comfortable to use for any monitoring style, especially when hanging them on your neck with the swivel angle fixed to 45 degrees forwards. What’s more, the outside of the housing is textured for enhanced grip, so you can quickly grab it and start listening.
- Comfortable and flexible headband
To help you find the perfect fit, the HDJ-S7 headphones feature a flexible, durable headband. Passing stringent tests, including opening and closing 20,000 times, they’re built to withstand intense use.
- Comfortable ear pads
Improvements made to the ear pads (compared to those on the HDJ-C70 headphones) enable you to DJ in comfort for longer. We carefully selected high-quality urethane material that’s soft to the touch and provides cushioning, and we even paid attention to the positioning of the stitching to ensure you don’t feel it.
- 1.Other features
- Replacement parts available
Easily refresh the detachable cables and ear pads on the HDJ-S7 headphones using replacement parts (available separately).
- Excellent portability
When you’re travelling to gigs, you can be confident your HDJ-S7 headphones will be well protected in the included compact carry case. Made from strong materials to protect your headphones from bumps and knocks on flights and in transit, the case has pockets for storing accessories such as USB devices and SD cards.
- Various accessories included
The HDJ-S7 headphones come with two detachable cables: a 1.2 m coiled cable (approximately 3.0 m when extended) and a 1.6 m straight cable. An L-type mini-jack prevents the connection from being knocked or accidentally disconnected during performances, even in cramped booths.
- 2-year warranty
To guarantee long-term, reliable performance, a 2-year warranty is included.
1 High definition.
2 First headphones in the world to feature 40-mm HD drivers in the on-ear DJ headphones market (according to internal investigation as of 18th April 2018).
3 MIL-STD-810G METHOD 516.7 SHOCK compliant.
【 HDJ-S7 specifications】
Type Closed, Dynamic Frequency response 5 Hz to 40,000 Hz Impedance 48 Ω Sensitivity 107 dB Maximum input power 2,000 mW Driver φ 40 mm Connection cord 1.2 m coiled cable (extended length 3.0 m)
1.6 m straight cable
Weight 215 g (without cable) Accessories Ø 6.3 mm stereo plug adapter (threaded type)
LET’S TALK FREQUENCY RESPONSE
Hearing is susceptible to all manner of variables, but it is generally accepted that humans have a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz. The HD25s extend this range a little to 16-22kHz. But the new HDJ-S7 massively expand the range to 5-40kHz. That’s a bottom end range that you feel rather than hear, and a top end frequency that will communicate with bats and drive dogs mental.
For those swayed by numbers, they are outstanding, and match their over-ear HDJ-X10 headphones. But do they really make a difference to most of us? Well not me because the top end of my hearing is shot through hereditary hearing loss that falls away sharply after 2kHz. But for those with golden ears, or at least have their hearing intact, these will sound amazing. And for me, it’s best to have the largest range possible to counteract hostile DJ environments, even if it’s more PR boast that useful feature.
THE BOTTOM LINE
There’s only so much that can be done with headphones, and while Sennheiser has a classic that they’re likely to top in our lifetimes, Pioneer DJ keeps bringing new things and evolving headphones, which we definitely need.
Given the flagship nature of these, the price is up there — $199/€199/£179 and will be available in the next few weeks,