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Pioneer SE-DIR800C Wireless Headphones with Dolby Headphone Technology by Review Summary ,  Sep 10, 2015

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Pioneer SE-DIR800C Wireless Headphones with Dolby Headphone Technology
Report Date: 09/11/2015
Based on 137 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 6.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Surround4.6   above average
Wireless4.6   above average
Sound4.5   average
Audio4.3   average
Video4.3   average
Battery4.1   average
Quality4.0   below average
Comfortable3.9   below average
Volume3.8   average
Dolby3.7   below average
Price3.4   below average
Noise3.2   below average
Range3.1   mediocre
Base2.7   mediocre
Charging2.7   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"(more on this under Cons)Cons:The audio quality is just plain unacceptable."
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"The jury's out on whether this compromises the audio quality or improves the heat issue."
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"What I thought was going to be awkward, uncomfortable and weak audio turned out to be the surprise of my life."
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"As a pro audio Engineer for some time, maybe I'm picky, but accurate these are not, and annoyingly so."
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"The audio output jack allows me to use my 12-year-old wired Sennheisers, which are infinitely more comfortable (I can wear them for a couple hours with no problem) and have significantly better audio quality (which proves that the quality problem is with the Pioneer headphones or wireless technology)."
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"The audio imaging is perfect."
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"I have been using these ear phones for some time now and audio wise they are the best!"
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"Even with no audio, it can be hard to hear anything in the room."
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Base

Base:
"My only complaint is that the range to the base station is not as good as I had hoped."
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"Listeners of music who like to sit somewhere else might find this a problem, but they can always just reposition the base unit so their reading listening chair is within the line of sight."
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"The base for the transmitter is ridiculous."
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"If I really wanted to I could make the radio work by running analog cables as well (but would have to switch inputs on base manually).The battery charger in the base was broken when I got it, but I don't really care as I have a fast charger already."
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"Indifferent:Charging- It would seem that not being able to base charge would be a simple feature Pioneer should have added."
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"By moving the base station around a little bit, I was able to position it where I get no signal loss when the screen is white."
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"I wish they hadn't built the charger into the base station as it is a bit of a pain to take out the batteries, put them in the base and then wait, and then replace them again - it would have been easier to just seal the headphones and give us a charging cord for it."
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"Base unit is fairly small and very durable."
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"The joint on each side of the head piece (base of the Y) snaps easily."
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"If I really wanted to I could make the radio work by running analog cables as well (but would have to switch inputs on base manually).The battery charger in the base was broken when I got it, but I don't really care as I have a fast charger already."
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Battery

Battery:
"The only downside is the batteries it came with don't hold a charge anymore."
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"Most batteries charge at the ends (positive and negative), but the Pioneer charges at the postive end and at the negative SIDE."
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"If I really wanted to I could make the radio work by running analog cables as well (but would have to switch inputs on base manually).The battery charger in the base was broken when I got it, but I don't really care as I have a fast charger already."
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"The fact that the base station also charges the batteries is a nice touch, but I was disappointed that you actually have to remove the batteries from the headphones and insert them into the base for this to work."
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"The most annoying is having to remove the batteries from the head set to place them in the charger in contrast to just placing the headset in a charger."
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"The built in battery charger is a nice touch."
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"Side note the directions say use only pioneer super dee duper AA's... truth is any AA NiMH battery works apparently as well."
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")The rechargeable batteries included with the unit work well."
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"I wish they hadn't built the charger into the base station as it is a bit of a pain to take out the batteries, put them in the base and then wait, and then replace them again - it would have been easier to just seal the headphones and give us a charging cord for it."
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"One thing I liked about the Sennheiser is that you could keep the batteries in the set and place the whole thing on the charging stand."
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Charging

Charging:
"Sanyo batteries are typically best quality.... the included charger works but it's not as good as even a cheapie separate charger."
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"The only downside is the batteries it came with don't hold a charge anymore."
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"Most batteries charge at the ends (positive and negative), but the Pioneer charges at the postive end and at the negative SIDE."
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"If I really wanted to I could make the radio work by running analog cables as well (but would have to switch inputs on base manually).The battery charger in the base was broken when I got it, but I don't really care as I have a fast charger already."
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"Indifferent:Charging- It would seem that not being able to base charge would be a simple feature Pioneer should have added."
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"The built in battery charger is a nice touch."
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"The AA's are a huge advantage in that they represent substantially more charge volume (don't have to recharge nearly as much), and AA's are ubiquitous you can find them easily."
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"I wish they hadn't built the charger into the base station as it is a bit of a pain to take out the batteries, put them in the base and then wait, and then replace them again - it would have been easier to just seal the headphones and give us a charging cord for it."
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"Well, it turns out that the charger electrically contacts the cathode end of the battery on its side, instead of on its end."
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"I would like to note that reviews on Sony's and the Panasonic that I have, which offer this feature, are cumbersome and can take just as long to get set perfectly on the stand to charge as it does to place the batteries in the charger of the Pioneer."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I hate to say this, but they aren't very comfortable beyond an hour or so."
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"The only real drawbacks are the lack of a remote control, minor comfort issues, and questionable build engineering."
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"Lil uncomfortable if worn for long,I have to take break after 1.5 hrs and comfort is the worst part."
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"I've only had then a short time but get the feeling they will be more comfortable after they are broken in."
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"The audio output jack allows me to use my 12-year-old wired Sennheisers, which are infinitely more comfortable (I can wear them for a couple hours with no problem) and have significantly better audio quality (which proves that the quality problem is with the Pioneer headphones or wireless technology)."
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"It has easily meet my initial goals: comfort, great sound, no hum or hiss."
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"But they are comfortable and the audio quality is outstanding."
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"Although these are relatively expensive earphones, we are happy with their quality, comfort andease of use."
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"These headphones are very good quality, comfortable and versatile."
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Dolby

Dolby:
"They not only have excellent dynamic range and frequency response, they manage to produce simulated Dolby 5.1 sound that is hard to distinguish from real surround sound."
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"Dolby Labs recognized the problem, and using some sort of sophisticated phase cancellation and channel remixing or something, fixed it and fixed it good."
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"But the sound for movies and dialogue is hard to match with any type of system from Dolby at home to any theatre."
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"Having spent a large amount of time searching for Dolby Digital headphones online, I was a bit disappointed with this set."
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"Pros:The Dolby Headphone circuitry is excellent."
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"I'd highly recommend these to anyone looking for the absolute best in Dolby wireless headphones."
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"I am thinking to buy sennhieser 170,look good reviews,except no optical input,no dolby digital encoding etc... but seems they sound gread the way reviews are written."
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"The Dolby Digital and Prologic sound on these is excellent."
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"The amount of stereo decoding ability's is also nice dolby, dts, ect."
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Fit

Fit:
"The design and fit and finish are rough and they're not extremely comfortable, but they're better than OK in both categories."
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"I tried several other brands and either the noise & static were a problem or the headphones were a poor fit!"
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"They're relatively comfortable, with the ear cups fitting around my ears and a spring-loaded head strap."
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"This product is close to the Sennheiser is comfort of fit, but destroys the Sennheiser is sound quality and background hum and noise."
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"My TV is also my PC monitor, so I can use them for TV, ITunes, while I'm online, while playing xbox live, etc...Sure they are a little larger than one might like, but the fit is comfortable, and the sound quality more than makes up for it."
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"They are comfortable to use and fit well."
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"I wanted a way to make my MacBook Pro into my DVD player and using this coupled with a toslink cable with a mini-plug fit the bill nicely."
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Noise

Noise:
"no background noise, you can adjust for the drawbacks."
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"First off, I'm an Audiophile and have enjoyed music to unhealthy levels for 25+ years AND don't wear a hearing aid.... although, I'll be first to admit, my hearing with background noise is not good.... although, one on one with no loud ambient noise is good."
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"The previous headphones (900 mhz, 2.4, Sony infrared) each had irritating noise."
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"I tried several other brands and either the noise & static were a problem or the headphones were a poor fit!"
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"Nice sound, very clear with absolutely no noise and good isolation."
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"I can walk anywhere in the room and hear the movie in surround sound quality, with no outside noise (the built in noise cancellation is wonderful for this!"
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"The noise isolation is remarkable, perhaps too good."
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"Sometimes I have to take them off because I think the noise is coming from somewhere else, which is actually kind of impossible because the headphones do a pretty good job of blocking outside noise."
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"Very good sound quality, no noise at all."
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Price

Price:
"I am disapointed especially with how much money l spent."
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"The reviews for these Panasonics were very good, especially for the sound quality, so I decided to get them although I wasn't all that pleased with the high price."
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"I would not recommend this product especially for the price you pay."
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"It seems the reviews were written by people who had never used wireless phones before,or really cheap inferior ones, and had never heard a decent pair of cans."
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"Rotten cheap quality, and upset that something so expensive is so fragile."
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"The most annoying lack for this price is the lack of a remote control for the box to change inputs."
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"So worth the money and pioneer always makes great products"
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"it does exactly what it advertised and i'm completely satisfied with the quality price ratio."
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"These phones offer all these features and the price was reasonable for the quality."
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"It would be better if an additional headset if available at a reasonable price."
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"All in all, this was abolustely the best money I've spent on an audio product beside my computer's sound card."
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Quality

Quality:
"(more on this under Cons)Cons:The audio quality is just plain unacceptable."
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"Sanyo batteries are typically best quality.... the included charger works but it's not as good as even a cheapie separate charger."
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"The reviews for these Panasonics were very good, especially for the sound quality, so I decided to get them although I wasn't all that pleased with the high price."
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"The jury's out on whether this compromises the audio quality or improves the heat issue."
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"The sound quality is unmatched by any brand remaining to challenge."
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"The Sony was my primary wireless until I purchased the Pioneer a few weeks ago, and performs admirably still (I'll be moving it into the guest room), but it wasn't the best sound quality."
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"These headphones easily match the quality of any wired headphones I have used."
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"The audio output jack allows me to use my 12-year-old wired Sennheisers, which are infinitely more comfortable (I can wear them for a couple hours with no problem) and have significantly better audio quality (which proves that the quality problem is with the Pioneer headphones or wireless technology)."
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"Great performance and evident quality."
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"i like to watch tv after my wife goes to sleep but i didn't want to compromise sound quality."
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"the sound quality has been amazing."
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Range

Range:
"My only complaint is that the range to the base station is not as good as I had hoped."
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"They not only have excellent dynamic range and frequency response, they manage to produce simulated Dolby 5.1 sound that is hard to distinguish from real surround sound."
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"The problem is the range."
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"The ONLY issue is that infa red signals DO NOT travel thru walls; ergo a die-hard headphoner will not be able to stay in range everywhere in a residence."
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"Only negative is that you must be in a direct range from the receiver."
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"The sound is great and the range has never been an issue in the 22x22 room I have used them in."
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"The sound is amazing, the range is great and most importantly my Mom now gets some peace & quiet when watches his Hockey Night In Canada."
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"Accoding to my experience, the range is 12-15'.Great sound - Power rangeIf you plan to use it without walking or moving, the product is great."
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"The effective range is not 22', as you can read in the user manual."
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"Good range and ideal for listening 10-15 feet away from your music or video source."
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Sound

Sound:
"They not only have excellent dynamic range and frequency response, they manage to produce simulated Dolby 5.1 sound that is hard to distinguish from real surround sound."
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"But the sound for movies and dialogue is hard to match with any type of system from Dolby at home to any theatre."
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"The padding is a tough polyester, which sounds uncomfortable, but really isn't at all."
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"The sound quality is unmatched by any brand remaining to challenge."
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"The Sony was my primary wireless until I purchased the Pioneer a few weeks ago, and performs admirably still (I'll be moving it into the guest room), but it wasn't the best sound quality."
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"The sound is great and the range has never been an issue in the 22x22 room I have used them in."
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"The sound is great and plenty loud without disturbing anyone else in the house."
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"Both my wife and I are hard of hearing but we love the surround sound."
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"The sound is amazing, the range is great and most importantly my Mom now gets some peace & quiet when watches his Hockey Night In Canada."
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"i like to watch tv after my wife goes to sleep but i didn't want to compromise sound quality."
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Surround

Surround:
"They not only have excellent dynamic range and frequency response, they manage to produce simulated Dolby 5.1 sound that is hard to distinguish from real surround sound."
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"I feel terribly guilty.... At times, I'm thinking my loud speakers are on..... and CRANKIN.... or that people gotta be hearing this..... alotta weird brain things... hard to explain, the surround, the whole deal is real and it will bend reality and perception.... YOU really gotta experience them... Do me a favor and take your cheap-A$$ to the checkout and PURCHASE THEM."
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"Both my wife and I are hard of hearing but we love the surround sound."
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"These are amazing and you get the full effect of surround in a wireless and comfortable headset."
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"It's amazing how great the surround sound experience is with headphones!"
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"For our AppleTV there is a digital optical input with 5.1 surround on the transmitter which sounds fantastic on the headphones."
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"I love the surround sound effect you get with these phones."
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Transmitter

Transmitter:
"The base for the transmitter is ridiculous."
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"Line of sight to transmitter is irritating, but better than another interference-generating 2.4Ghz device in the house."
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"First the negatives:I have the transmitter connected to my Denon 889 Denon AVR-889 700-Watt 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver through the VCR2 Toslink digital out."
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"It's annoying as I am only 8-10 feet from the transmitter with no obstructions in the way."
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"It would be nice to be able to adjust it either in the headphone or in the transmitter."
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"For our AppleTV there is a digital optical input with 5.1 surround on the transmitter which sounds fantastic on the headphones."
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"For our PlayStation, there are L R RCA analogue inputs on the transmitter that sound pretty good on the headphones."
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"The transmitter is easy to set up."
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"One transmitter drives two headphones without ANY problems since it just pushes out infrared beams."
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Video

Video:
"But the sound for movies and dialogue is hard to match with any type of system from Dolby at home to any theatre."
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"However, my roommates don't appreciate me blasting movies and time sharing the TV is a bit cumbersome."
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"The Pioneer isn't uncomfortable and I easily watch full length movies without irritation."
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"For most viewers of TV movies, this won't be a problem and that's the position you'd probably be sitting in anyway."
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"Music is amazing, TV is richer, movies rock, and videos games are a completely different experience."
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"I have watched a movies over 2 hours comfortably but wouldn't want to go much longer without taking a break."
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"That added step is for the PS3.I have only used this for movies and games both sound great."
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Volume

Volume:
"This a is problem when adjusting the volume."
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"The pain is bearable as opposed to the alternative (I'd much rather be able to hear what I'm watching than struggling to hear what I'm watching, due to thin walls and my upstairs neighbor constantly complaining regardless of me constantly turning volume down for loud parts and back up for quiet parts and still struggling to hear when I use speakers).However, I would not buy them again, I'd try to find something that doesn't hurt to wear."
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"***DOWNSIDE DETAILS***:No separate volume control over the individual channels(front, rear, etc.)"
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"The AA's are a huge advantage in that they represent substantially more charge volume (don't have to recharge nearly as much), and AA's are ubiquitous you can find them easily."
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"Very good quality and volume."
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"and likes being able to control the volume if necessary."
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"Maybe they can get a good amount of volume out, but they will be noisy at the same time."
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"Recommendations advice: Use the headphone volume knob as your sole source of amplification."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"You will be a little surprised that your corded phones sound better than you're used to.. but not as good as the wireless."
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"Since I have no headphones as nice as the wireless ones included in the set, I'm not sure if high end headphones plugged into a Dolby Headphones processing jack would be as effective as these headphones."
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"These are amazing and you get the full effect of surround in a wireless and comfortable headset."
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"I'd highly recommend these to anyone looking for the absolute best in Dolby wireless headphones."
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"These headphones are hands down the best wireless phones on the market *IF* you are going to stay in one room with them."
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"The infrared wireless system is great to prevent interference."
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"I've used about 4 sets of wireless headphones and these are the best so far."
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