Pioneer claims its SE-MS5-T headphones are the most affordable hi-res certified over-ears in the world

The rules are quite clear: if a pair of headphones is going to carry the official Hi-Res Audio logo, they must respond up to a bandwidth of at least 40kHz. Ignore for a moment the fact that's way above the threshold of human hearing - rules are rules.

The latest pair to earn this badge of honour come courtesy of Pioneer and its new SE-MS5-T over-ears.

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They're a lightweight, faux-leather and metal-look plastic design, with a 3.5mm jack and 6.3mm adaptor. They're available in a range of colours  - silver, brown, black and red - and there's an in-line one-button remote on the 1.2m cable for smartphone operation. They weigh a very managable 230g.

They're on sale in the UK right now, priced at just £50. So we're not holding our breath for an even more affordable pair to arrive any time soon. 

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manicm's picture

A bit cynical ain't ya Simon.

A bit cynical ain't ya Simon. WHF would usually consider a pair of £60 in-ears budget.

Sometimes, just sometimes, it's really hard to take this rag seriously.