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Pioneer SE-C8TW Truly Wireless in-Ear Headphones: A Complete Review

9,990.00 6,792.00

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6.5/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #12 in category True Wireless
Of course, Pioneer is not an unknown Chinese manufacturer, but a serious game-changer, in which sound quality is good, however, it is difficult to achieve the highest sound class in True Wireless headset compared to wired solutions. The assembly plays on hand, a wonderful case with USB Type-C, decent work as a headset, and this is important. But “only” 9 hours of operation (when competitors offer to provide up to 20 hours), Bluetooth 4.2 (many “Chinese” have version 5 already) and not the most interesting sound make the purchase doubtful. I can’t call the headphones bad. But they are clearly overrated. And I sincerely hope that Pioneer fixes it.
Design
8
Sound
6.2
Price
7.2
Connectivity
5.8
Battery
6.9
PROS:
  • Premium Design
  • Good Bass
CONS:
  • Poor Battery
  • Average Sound
  • Signal Loss due to poor Bluetooth

Pioneer SE-C8TW Truly Wireless in-Ear Headphones: Feature and Specifications as mentioned on Amazon

  • Say goodbye to cable hassle and annoying adapters. There are now truly wireless earphones crafted by hi-fi leaders Pioneer that bring sound quality, convenience, and free movement together in a light and comfortable personal audio solution designed to simplify your music life.
  • Driver: 6 mm rare-earth-magnet dynamic driver
  • Frequency response: 4 Hz–22 kHz
  • Deep, lively bass and clear detail articulation
  • Supports AAC codec for high-quality wireless audio transmission
  • Deep inner-ear fit for excellent bass immersion and seal
  • Stay wirelessly connected to phone conversations and smart assistants by voice. Simple buttons on the bodies activate a mic so you can make and receive calls or ask Siri or the Google Assistant for help without reaching for your phone.
  • The simplicity starts right out of the box: independent earphone shapes suit left and right ears, so you don’t have to puzzle out which one goes where. Silicon sleeve is sweat resistant, while dimpled texture gives grip for easy fitment.
  • Strong rare-earth-magnet drivers give speed and punch to bass notes while presenting the audio image clearly and comfortably. Combined with the low loss AAC codec, wireless music has more energy, with S/M/L-sized earphone tips assuring a deep seal for immersion.
  • Pioneer Notification App for Android reads notifications you choose aloud, such as e-mails, SMS, or messages. Get alerts when your calendar updates, hear news headlines in real-time, and more. Three hours of playback is perfect for most. Pop the earphones in the case and you’re good to go in one hour. The case recharges the C8s twice before needing a refill. L/R earphones snap into either charging dock. The case has an LED showing battery life remaining when it’s tapped.

Pioneer SE-C8TW Truly Wireless in-Ear Headphones: A Complete Review

Wireless headphones somehow quickly became familiar. It seemed that only the first cables had just started to disappear, and now every second one has Earbuds.

Do you not like this design? Such popularity has forced serious manufacturers of audio equipment to choose: “change course” and release their version of truly wireless headphones or lose market share. Many wisely decided to fight.

I have in my hands a solution from Pioneer with the completely unforgettable name SE-C8TW. But the name is not the value of headphones for music lovers, is not it? By the way, the manufacturer recommends calling this model simply- Pioneer C8.

Appearance and design features

The set is standard: the headphones themselves, a charging case, a USB Type-C cable and two pairs of interchangeable rubber nozzles.

The charging case is quite voluminous, moderately heavy, with a metal “shell”. The combination of pleasant coolness, accuracy, and some massiveness creates a feeling of “the real thing”, which is nice to hold in your hands. Pioneer – well done! Unfortunately, Chinese manufacturers cannot offer this.

The case opens like a pencil box: the central part with the headphones comes out from the side – you just need to push your finger from the side of the connector. It will not open on its own, even if shaken. Inside there are two ribbed guides, thanks to which the removal of the headphones is accompanied by a quiet buzzing. I can’t say how quickly they will wear off, but after a week of active use, including regular clicking with a pencil case for pleasure, nothing has changed.

Headphones for charging and storage are placed in recesses with three contacts. The recesses are the same, so you can swap the right and left modules. Well, or follow the inscriptions on the cases. The only thing that is somewhat upset is that sometimes one or the other earphone does not start charging. Then focus on the red LED: if it does not light up, then move the module in the slot and slightly press.

Immediately beneath the connector were four LEDs showing the remaining battery power. It is enough to fully charge the headphones twice and get a total of nine hours of playback. The case itself charges in 3.5 hours, but it all depends on the charger used.

A very good check was made on the remaining charge: you need to shake or gently tap on the case, and the diodes light up briefly. By the way, they are clearly visible through the rubber plug. Also, for me, a great solution.

The headphones themselves are rubberized. I don’t know what advantages this gives over ordinary plastic, but live it looks fresh and interesting. I will write as a plus. The sound guide is quite large and is located symmetrically.

Landing is convenient, comfortable: even a few hours of listening to music did not cause me discomfort. But they are not very reliable in their ears. So if you like talking or eating to music, make sure that a new ingredient does not appear in your borsch.

Control

Management is carried out using a single mechanical button. On the one hand, by pressing the mechanical button, you slightly press the earphone into your ear, and this is uncomfortable. On the other hand, there is no problem with recognition – everything will work even with gloves on, which is important for cold weather. Yes, and pressing is pleasant, confident, the course of the button is designed almost perfectly.

Headphones turn on and off by long-pressing the button, there is no auto power on when removing from the case. For better or worse, everyone decides for himself.

Otherwise, everything is standard: a single press starts playback, pauses or picks up / hangs up, a double press is responsible for rewinding tracks. Only for some reason, the left earphone, and not the right one, is responsible for switching to the next track. It’s strange because most people perceive the movement forward from left to right. Three times press – call voice assistant.

Sound

First, some official data:

  • Claimed frequency range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
  • Driver: dynamic, diameter 6 mm.
  • Supported codecs: SBC and AAC. Unfortunately, LDAC or aptX is not.

Headphone bass is abundant. This solution will definitely appeal to fans of low frequencies, but if the composition already has a sufficient number of “bottoms”, then you will hear a rumble. It is not controlled by the bass, it does not have speed, there is no sharp slap/hit either. The bass lacks density and saturation, it is somewhat unnatural. It’s a shame because Pioneer is engaged in DJ equipment, where these very basses occupy an important place.

In general, there is now a very popular “plug”: the bass and treble are raised, and the midrange is omitted. And because of this, the mid-frequency range is not read as well as we would like.

High frequencies are flat, but this is typical for wireless headphones. If the composition has a lot of trebles, then the appearance of a specific “sand” is provided to you. So the only solution here would be if not the selection of music for headphones (which smacks of delirium), then at least correction using the equalizer.

A virtual scene is how you see the room where the music sounds – not deep or wide. The performer seems to be sitting in front of you on a stool and playing only for you alone. A sort of lodger.

Of genre preferences, it is worth highlighting rock as the most not recommended for listening. It will be somewhat porridge and without much enthusiasm. Something light, dance styles and compositions with synthesized sounds will do best.

Headset Features

You can talk only through the left earphone. A single press will work to receive/hang up the call, and the sound can be heard in only the left earphone. Why doesn’t the right earbud work? It’s still a mystery.

The sound of your interlocutor’s voice is natural, pleasant, uniquely identifiable. Your voice is heard somewhat deafly – a typical story for such a remote microphone location. The interlocutors periodically noted a small “digital” sound but did not notice the sound of the wind at all. I talked, walking along my street, and I was never asked to repeat what was said. So I can declare with all responsibility: the headphones passed the “excellent” test!

Summary

Pioneer has a proprietary application that can read out notifications. True, for some reason it exists only under Android. Whether the version for iOS will appear, the story is silent.

At the time of writing, the lowest price for headphones is 6,792 INR. In my opinion, a little expensive.

Of course, Pioneer is not an unknown Chinese manufacturer, but a serious game-changer, in which sound quality is good, however, it is difficult to achieve the highest sound class in True Wireless headset compared to wired solutions.

The assembly plays on hand, a wonderful case with USB Type-C, decent work as a headset, and this is important. But “only” 9 hours of operation (when competitors provide up to 20 hours), Bluetooth 4.2 (many “Chinese” have version 5 already) and not the most interesting sound make the purchase doubtful. I can’t call the headphones bad. But they are clearly overrated. And I sincerely hope that Pioneer fixes it.

Specification: Pioneer SE-C8TW Truly Wireless in-Ear Headphones: A Complete Review

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Item Weight

136 g

Product Dimensions

2 x 2 x 2 cm

Batteries

1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

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