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Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 IEMs & Hi-Fi Earplugs

Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 IEMs & Hi-Fi Earplugs

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How good is the sound quality and what is that box ? is it a boost for the sound ?
stefanosk
OK so we're a little biased but we believe the SC1000 is as good as good as any IEM on the market and probably better. The response is very flat except for a slight rise the low frequencies. Some IEMs have much higher boost in the bass but we were going for accuracy (use your bass boost if you want more). The internal amplifiers are significantly better than most portable players (iPods, iPhones, etc.) so there's no need for any external DAC/amp. The sensitivity (loudness) is roughly equivalent to most BA IEMs. Inside the box is a AAA battery, a high-quality sliding volume control for the ambient sound control, and a circuit board for the amplifiers and battery management. It is roughly the size and weight of a Bic lighter. Our website has a lot more information. https://santacruzaudio.com

It really turns me off seeing $585 down to $119, but amazon have them for $145 all the time. Why is this done?
asdf_420
The regular price on our Amazon store and our website is $585. We are currently running a holiday sale and the price will go back up when this is over.
Hello, does the signal from the mics pass through the amp? Could they be utilized for the purpose of recording? Could be quite the opportunity missed if the option to catch a binaural recording is absent from what seems like all the necessary pieces...intriguing design concept regardless but that feature would certainly hem it right up imho...
elbojones
No, the microphone signals are only summed with the incoming audio. They cannot be accessed externally.
SantaCruzAudio
I thought that might be the case, but in my (admittedly uninformed of your development and marketing) opinion, if it’s possible to implement in a subsequent design it may expand the scope of your market significantly....as long as it’s advertised as appropriate for use as hearing protection, why not allow your customer to also record the concert they’re protecting their ears from with a system that could reproduce said program just as they experienced it? The spatialization effect is especially pronounced in binaural recordings when one’s own physiology is accounted for, as I’m sure you’re well aware. Bonus points for MS^3/FOA hardware and yet another built-in market among the AR/VR set..! If you were to prototype such a system I’d be happy to battle test it for you! 😉
This has to be one of the most confusing in-ear models I've ever seen -- am I interpreting the pictures correctly that the earphone cable is hardwired on both ends? Both the earphone end AND into that little bulky amplifier? Or do the earphones terminate in a standard 3.5mm plug that can be plugged into other headphone jacks?
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Extra conductors in the cables? There is no microphone. Why are they not detachable from the amp though? This is confusing.
My_Name_Is_Jeff
Each earpiece has a built-in hi-fidelity microphone. These provide stereo listening to sounds around you. The level is adjustable with a sliding volume control on the side of the amplifier from +5dB down to -35dB. This provides two benefits. You can listen and talk to people without removing an earpiece and when listening to loud music, you can adjust the level and retain the same clarity as your normal hearing. If you are using the SC1000 on a phone call, the microphone on the phone is used. This works quite well even in loud environments. The earpiece drivers, microphones, and amplifiers are all part of an integrated system and cannot be separated. The integrated power amplifiers also provided a huge advantage over other portable headphones.
I also wish that there was more feedback from those who have purchased the SC1000. The only information that I can add is that in addition to the 18 sold through Massdrop, we have sold a large number through our website and at audio shows (at a much higher price) and we have had no returns. Customers appear to be extremely satisfied.
Look up reviews. They say enough about these Frankinstein IEMs. No thanks.
someone who bought them can say something aobut them?
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'Great summary. Thanks!
using them exclusively with my iFi Nano BL now and my Bart rides are wonderful - when i get that seal, and there are some tricks that help get that seal: wet the rubbers a little or use a tiny bit of vaso or similar before inserting
I was hoping for some feedback on these things by now.
Would these be a suitable option for shooting range use? I like to play music while shooting skeet.
DogFort
Invest in a pair of custom IEMs or Etymotic deep insertion Inears.
Are there any warranty included with these?
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Alright sound good 😄
Now that sounds like a company that stands by it's products..and perhaps more importantly, its customers! 👍🏼👌🏼
I have a question to the seller. So does this earphone lacks subbass?
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And how sibilant is it? My concern is that quite some reference-style IEM tend to be sibilant.
bungo
The high end is very smooth all the way out to 16KHz and beyond with none of the big spikes and dips that are common in most IEMs. There is a frequency response plot on the website: https://santacruzaudio.com/pages/features
How long is the cable between the earbuds and the big heavy box. To me it looks like it's quite short, so there will basically be a big, heavy box swinging around, pulling the earphones out of my ears and making the whole thing very uncomfortable. I suppose it could be clipped to my cloths to stop it swinging, but it really doesn't have a good look.
What does '7-week battery life' mean? Is that continuous usage, or 15 minutes a day? Is that 100% volume, or only 25%? Is that with some things turned off or everything on? I think much more clarity is required on this spec.
How much does it weigh?
As has already been asked, what is the warranty on this item? How does it work for international buyers. Just saying 'we make the customers happy' doesn't really answer this question.
msolok
Hi msolok. The cable length from the earpieces to the amplifier is 18 inches. If worn around the neck as recommended in the user guide, you don't even know the amplifier is there. This also gives the easiest access to the ambient sound control. Alternatively, we do supply a unique clothing clip that allows you to wear the amplifier clipped to you shirt. The amplifier is pretty light, weighing roughly the same as 2 AAA batteries.
The battery life as you have noted is a very complex subject. As the SC1000 uses a class-D power amplifier, the power used depends on the content of the music as well as the volume. The 7 week life assumes a moderate listening level for 3 hours a day. The extreme use case would be closer to 2 weeks life.
We will repair or replace the product if damage is from normal use, for the original owner for life. If you are unhappy with the product we will refund your purchase price if it is within 30 days.
Why the extremely limited frequency response? 16KHz limit will effectively destroy the airiness of recorded content. color me unimpressed with a bullet.
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Manufacturer spec is meaningless. Third party measurements actually give you an idea how the headphone would perform. Don't know if there are any for this one.
Right? I’d bet a pair of these IEM’s he’s either misinformed or one of those guys that can ‘hear’ the difference between components varying only in price...or maybe he’s a freak. A lucky, enviable freak with a mutation I wish was mine. I’d trade it for my ability to see UV radiation...
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You are correct. Santa Cruz Audio is currently out of sync with Massdrop. I will notify them and get this corrected. When we first offered this product, it was designed to outperform anything available at that time (2016). I believe that we accomplished this and we set our price based on other top tier products. Since that time, our competitors have lowered there prices and we have been forced to reduce our list price as well. The current Massdrop price is very close to our cost and represents and extremely good deal. I'm sorry if this has caused confusion.
SantaCruzAudio
I appreciate you clarifying the pricing discrepancy on the product! It looks like a great set with unique features certainly..gives them a unique value proposition in my mind that could justify the price as long as the sound is cohesive and the dynamics tight. I'll be watching this drop for sure. Thank you for the quick and efficient response and explanation!
Hi guys. This is Fred from Santa Cruz Audio. The key features that make this product out-perform others are the fit (great seal without pushing anything into your ear canal), sound quality (acoustic design and integrated amplifier), and of course the ambient sound control. We received extremely positive response from audiophiles at the RMAF and LAAS audio shows and several made purchases on the spot. Please let me know if you need more information. There are also a lot of design details on our website: https://santacruzaudio.com
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Passive isolation? Ok, the description sure makes it seem to be active with mics. How much? What’s the NRR of the isolation? The IEMs I use most are NRR 26 (yes, actually tested and certified as much as NRR is). Thanks
To what price point? I'm more so asking rhetorically because of the differing MSRP information that has been made available. Almost virtually all products are made to deliver X performance at Y pricing. Is this product designed to compete at the level of other IEMs in its going price range? Or was it spec'ed to be competitive around the $500 range? Or should this be competitive all the way up to the MSRP ($1,150) listed in the link found here? https://www.pcmag.com/review/345698/santa-cruz-audio-sc1000d MSRP is but one spec that can be factored into researching a consumer item, and certainly far from the most important single spec, but your info on it needs to be updated to be accurate and readily available.
How good is it?
Brandon123
$795 good? No idea. $499.99 good? Possibly. $479.99 good? Only marginally more possible.