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Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 IEMs & Hi-Fi Earplugs

Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 IEMs & Hi-Fi Earplugs

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Built-In Power Amplifier & Ambient Sound Control

The debut product from California-based Santa Cruz Audio, the SC1000 delivers some of the best noise cancellation available in IEMs today. It turned heads at the LA Audio Show and the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest with its built-in high-performance power amplifier and high-fidelity stereo microphones. The latter give you total ambient sound control by effectively mixing ambient sounds in with your music. This allows you to completely silence the ambient sounds (great for those noisy commutes) or precisely tune their levels to your preferences using the slider on the amplifier/battery unit (in case you need to hear those around you). You can even use the SC1000 as a set of concert earplugs. The single dynamic moving-coil driver delivers an audiophile sound quality, the machined aluminum housing is complete with a windscreen, and the heavy-duty Mogami cable can be positioned either over or under the ear.

Note: At checkout, choose between black and nickel color options. Unlike other IEMs, Santa Cruz Audio recommends not inserting the SC1000 all the way in the ear canal. A good seal with the ear canal opening significantly reduces ambient sound and allows for deep bass response.

Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 IEMs & Hi-Fi Earplugs
Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 IEMs & Hi-Fi Earplugs
Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 IEMs & Hi-Fi Earplugs


  • Santa Cruz Audio
  • Built-in high-performance power amplifier
  • Built-in high-fidelity stereo microphones for ambient sound control
  • Frequency Response (-3dB): 10 Hz to 16 KHz
  • High isolation for ambient sound blocking
  • Single dynamic moving-coil speaker
  • Machined metal microphone housing with windscreen
  • Adjustable heavy-duty Mogami cable
  • Over- and under-ear cable positioning
  • Flexible ear tab
  • Soft silicone ear tips
  • Left/right channel indicator
  • Critical parts machined from aluminum (anodized or nickel plated)
  • Single AAA alkaline battery provides 7-week battery life
  • On/off switch with LED indicator
  • Can be used as high-fidelity adjustable earplugs


  • 3 sets of extra ear tips in different sizes
  • Clothing clip
  • Audio input cable
  • User guide
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • Carrying case


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is June 19, 2018 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.

Recent Activity

I bought these in the recent drop, I am not a headphone or sound-quality expert and relatively new to higher end headphones. I was initially very dissapointed and almost returned them after a week, but I have warmed up to them a lot since. They seem to have gotten a lot better with use. Personal observations: Good: • Clarity is wonderful, instrument separation is excellent. • I use these mostly on Bart (really), with a good seal they isolate quite well and I enjoy them more than my Bose QC25 because they are so clear, the Bose are still better noise cancellers but the sound.... • I never use the slider to let outside noise in. • Batteries last a long time (don't ask for time-measurement please). • My ears do not get tired after using these for a few hours. Bad: • Bass is lacking, I need to use equalization to get bass. • The cable is quite stiff and can be annoying. • I find myself fiddling and re-seating often to get that "perfect seal". My "goto set" these days are a pair of Audeze iSine 10, reasonably priced for what you get, and the separation/stage in these is better and to me sounds more like a live event. The SC1000s sound closer to the head but not really more intimate. My usage: When using the SC1000 they are almost always plugged into an iPhone with Apple's lightning converter using Onkyo HF Player with lossless with 16/24 bit up to 96KHz. I sometimes use them with my iFi Nano or directlywith my MacBook Pro - they seem to nicer with the latter combinations. I'm not sure the quality is helped using the Apple lightning dongle... When I use the iSine 10 I am splitting equally using the supplied iPhone enhanced cable and an iFi Nano BL (which I like better but it is less portable), usually using Onkyo HF Player with lossless with 16/24 bit up to 96KHz and about a quarter of my listening time using iTunes AAC. Would I buy them again? Yes most likely.