Call it the Avicii Effect: in 2014 more and more home stereo equipment is being manufactured with dance music in mind. April's launch of the Spaced360 portable wireless speaker was accompanied by tie-ins with DJs and shout-outs from MixMag - something that certainly set it apart from Bang And Olufsen.
Now Pioneer have launched a premium line of headphones targeted at clubbers.
To be fair, the company have previous form in this area, having manufactured the equipment for DJ booths for years. Both the over-ear SE-MX9 and the over-ear SE-MX7, then, are designed to "deliver the same bass impact as can be heard and felt on the dance floor".
And while the pedantic might suggest that would surely depend what dancefloor you happened to be on – a couple of jumbo jets strapped to your ears would struggle to match the state-of-the-art soundsystem in the Berghain club in Berlin, for example – we found the bass on the SE-MX9s, powered by twin high-performance 50mm drivers, to be genuinely impressive for headphones in this price bracket.
Add in a build modelled on the famous HDJ-2000 headphones still used today by DJs all around the world, plus the smart copper colourway and we're sold. Your move, Beats by Dre.
SE-MX9 retail at £249, SE-MX7 at £169; www.pioneer.eu