Pioneer Monitor 10

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Pioneer Monitor 10, photo by DAC
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Pioneer Monitor 10, photo by DAC

Pioneer Monitor 10 - Overview

The Pioneer Monitor 10 is not to be confused with the more recent Pioneer Monitor 10R or the in-between model Pioneer Monitor 10ii.

The Monitor 10 is a closed can, that isolates very well. It has plastic cups, metal headband, a metal piece that holds the cups, but the piece that connects headband and cup holders is plastic. It's adjustable using a screw on each side. There is leather on the outside of the cups, and the headband is also leather. The pads are made of vinyl leather imitation.

General Description of the Sound

Superb soundstage and detail. Quite flat response. This is based on opinions from several owners, it is hard to be too conclusive with vintage gear since it might age differently and we do not know about possible variations between production runs. There have been some reports of it being bassy, whereas others have instead found it bright. It could also be differences based on preferences, or by different gear.

My pair lacks the deepest bass at lower volumes. Low-bass instruments then go missing. DAC 10:33, 27 July 2009 (EDT)

Pricing & Other Data of Interest

Pioneer Monitor 10 Box
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Pioneer Monitor 10 Box

The pads are made of pleather, and if worn out, can't easily be replaced with new pads. However, it's not terribly difficult to glue some new lambskin leather on the old pads, making them (probably) better than new. The pads are glued and can easily be taken off.

So far, I have found no modifications of the cups that doesn't kill the sound. The sound can instead be tweaked by altering the pads, by for instance using springier foam.


Technical specifications:

Pioneer Monitor 10 driver, photo by DAC
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Pioneer Monitor 10 driver, photo by DAC
Pioneer Monitor 10 mount, photo by DAC
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Pioneer Monitor 10 mount, photo by DAC
Pioneer Monitor 10 operating instructions, scan by Mr vils
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Pioneer Monitor 10 operating instructions, scan by Mr vils


Matching impedance: 4-16 ohm.

Frequency response: 20Hz - 20khz

Sound pressure level: 100db/mw

Speaker: 57 mm mylar cone

Weight: 0,530kg


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