Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 IEMs & Hi-Fi Earplugs
Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 IEMs & Hi-Fi Earplugs
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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 ... Read More

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Supergirl
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Apr 16, 2019
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I just received this and it seems to be a very comfortable sealant. The sound is much clearer than my Samsung phone. The sound that comes out of it sounds like my sennheiser ie800s. It is very clear and the bass is quite balanced. My has a big crack in it and Fred from Santa Cruz audio is sending a replacement as I write this. Now I hear different things than my grado 10 iem. It is clear and bass is perfect! I could hardly hear my friend talk when I turn it off and awhile turning it down, I could hear again. For $90, it is a steal!
Apr 16, 2019
MaestroZen
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Apr 13, 2019
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I cannot find any information of this company and this product in chinese. If it is a good product, it should have been reported already.

Apr 13, 2019
Kramit
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Apr 13, 2019
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I am curious about this product. The reviews kind of seem all over the place. Zero reviews on Amazon sort of worry me, but with the price point there, I understand. The Amplifier: I read the reasoning that it is hardwired to the IEMs themselves. However, I feel that could have simply been resolved by using a 3-4 pole 2.5mm jacks, or even a proprietary connection. This would have been better for issues or accidents with the product. Say the amp dies, or one of the drivers fail, get ripped off, cable issues what have you. Then customers could have simply gotten a replacement part, rather then having to get a whole new set. Which at the Drop price, maybe, full price. No.
  • Question wise, what kind of power levels are we talking to drive the headphones from the amp. What kind of impedence levels does both the system, and the IEMs themself have.
  • Is it just an amp inside the system or does it have a built in DAC (I am already assuming this answer, but would like a solid one)
  • Were they designed to sit on the edge of the ear for any other reason then comfort? That doesnt seem like a very secure fit to me unless you are getting a pretty solid amount of pressure from the tip.
I would be using these on my LG V35 which already contains an amp/dac combo (a quite good one, especially for the size) I wonder how these would sound having their own amp and whatnot if I were to turn the amp off on my phone. I use headphones 10 hours a day, 4-5 days depending on my work schedule. Currently my EDC is my MassDrop x NuForce EDCs. I am having a hard time finding if these would be an upgrade or just roughly a 1.5x the price side step.
Apr 13, 2019
SantaCruzAudio
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Santa Cruz Audio
Apr 13, 2019
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The impedance of the audio input is 150 ohms. This greatly reduces the power required from the audio player and eliminates the main problem with portable players (including phones). There is a tech note on this on our website. There is no digital input. Only analog audio. The earpieces were designed to seal against the opening of the ear canal without protruding in. This is significantly more comfortable than having something pushed into the canal. The flexible tab on the back pushes against the back of the concha to maintain the seal and hold the earpiece in place. Use these with your phone as you would any other headphones.
Apr 13, 2019
boseho
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Apr 2, 2019
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Where do I ship for a flawed product? My doesn't seem to work at all. I tried dozen new batteries. And also, I want to know if I can choose to get a refund or getting fixed is the only option.
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Apr 2, 2019
SantaCruzAudio
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Santa Cruz Audio
Apr 5, 2019
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Please contact us directly at: info@santacruzaudio.com so we can send a replacement.
Apr 5, 2019
SantaCruzAudio
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Santa Cruz Audio
Apr 13, 2019
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We received boseho's unit and figured out what the problem was. He was using a Duracell Quantum battery which has a very short positive terminal compared to most other AAA cells (0.8 vs 1.2 mm). The battery was held just short of making contact and the amplifier never came on. A small piece of foil tape added to the tip solves the problem. If anyone would like to try an upgraded battery the best choice is the Energizer Ultimate Lithium. This battery has long life and a higher voltage (1.8 vs 1.6 volts) which provides a higher undistorted output.
Apr 13, 2019
zKA1RONz
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Mar 29, 2019
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worthless. when the amp is turned off, the sound is very cheap. when the amp is on, whitebnoisebis pretty big. if the ambient sound is on, the background noise gets in like 0.3second later. the sound seems quite bulky. treble is messed up together and bass is dirty never buy this thing. using samsung bundle earphone would be much better
Mar 29, 2019
CoupeDeBoulder
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Mar 24, 2019
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Just received mine. First the amp needs to be on at all times and the ear seal is extremely important. But because the seal is four the outer ear canal (not inserted deep into the ear like other iems), they are very comfortable. The sound quality is quit good once you use the correct tip for a good seal. The sound is closer to an on ear then iem. I've only used them for a short time but wanted to get some information out there. I'm relatively small, 5" 7" but used the largest pair of tips where I'd normally use medium. And again the seal is very important from my experience. Again, sound very good. I have tin 2, Nobel universal, and ibasso iems and these hold up quit well. I haven't used the ambient sound setting so can't say about that yet. Cord is on the stiff side. They have good bass and treble once a good seal is attained. Surprisingly, a lot more pleased than I thought after initial try without amp on and using medium tips. Again good seal and amp on is required, but worth the effort.
Mar 24, 2019
Armored_Soul
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Mar 21, 2019
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How likely will these ship before the end of March?
Mar 21, 2019
scw000000
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Mar 20, 2019
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Just received the headphone and I'm really confused about the amp... Is it supposed to have background noise even I'm in a quiet room and turning the ambient sound control to minimal? I'm pretty sure that the amp is designed to be turned on because it sounds horrible without amp. But what's the point listening to the headphone with background noise in a quiet place? I'm pretty it's not coming from my PC because I also test it on my IPOD, and the issue still exists. (Though when using with IPOD with amp turned off, it sounds much better on PC, I still don't know how I supposed to work with the amp.)
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Mar 20, 2019
scw000000
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Mar 22, 2019
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I don't have alcohol or any electronic cleaner at hand so I have to buy it online... But according to the retailer it's not supposed to happen? I'll give you update once I got it.
Mar 22, 2019
Solmus
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Mar 23, 2019
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I have cleaned mine, just as you've said... and I am still getting the noise. I want to love these, because they sound beautiful... except for the noise, which completely nullifies all of the good points. I live in Australia, so I'd rather not have to send them back. If anyone has a working solution, please let me know.
Mar 23, 2019
Bullets
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Mar 17, 2019
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THE DROP; It has a single speaker? How cute. It's nice that it's supposedly Made in the USA (per another reviewer), so that's a plus if it actually is. I'm sure that they are a quality set of plugs that will last a long time, so at 90 bucks for general purpose n/c ear plugs it's not a bad deal since their asking price is a laughable $585 bones??? That's quite a price for a "debut product" from a company I never heard of before. PC mag noted that originally the MSRP on these was a staggering $1,150.00. And that was back in in June of 2016 for this same set. So in my own professional audio assessment, this is more of a MASS DUMP, than a MASS DROP product, which explains the base asking price of 90 pesos for us Massdrop.com peasants. THE TECH; According to other reviews, it's got a single 10mm coil driver, and it's amp pushes thru a flat frequency with crystal clear highs, yet bass is absent. The compartment that drives the drivers/amp/nc components houses a single AAA battery, really? In today's plug and go society? And SCA wants you to lug this around with no hope of of any remote control buttons for playback, track navigation, or ability of accepting phone calls seems like a major oversight. If your willing to spend over a thousand bucks on an audio product, you're probably looking for an immersive experience and don't want to field calls while listening, but given the included cable's 3.5mm termination, it seems likely most users will connect the SC1000 to connect it to a phone and will realize that inconvienence. THE DEAL; I'll pass on this one. This is an out moded, out dated offering, and the audio quality is more general purpose than audiophile grade tech, and anyone who invested in these over the current 90 peso asking price is feeling the burn by SCA. Made in Murica or not! The SCA SC1000 is really a slap in the face that should wake up a lot of audiophile consumers when it comes to company's taking advantage of consumers by hocking it's branding as representative of Hi-Res when it's really not. If SCA wants to compete on the top rankings with giant's like Bose, Klipsch, Harmon Kardon, JBL, Pioneer, and others, they better up their game and their offerings to us Massdrop peasants, or we will break you.
Mar 17, 2019
graftdesign
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Mar 20, 2019
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Bullets...How do you know this is an outmoded, general purpose (non-audiophile) product? Did you buy a set or otherwise hear them somewhere? I did my homework and studied the graphs and specs very carefully before making my purchase and from what I can tell, this IS an audiophile product compared to many other offerings. My thinking is that going from $585 (originally $1,150) to $90 is representative of a "great deal" considering there's an amp with it as well. Since they did debut at the LA high fi show and also Rocky Mountain, that suggests to me this is more than a general purpose product. Having said that, I will give my impressions once the product arrives and after some critical listening. But really, for $90, it's a no brainer in my mind and I for one am very much looking forward to it.
Mar 20, 2019
derbagger22
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Mar 16, 2019
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Again? When will they sell out their dozens in supply?
Mar 16, 2019
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