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Designed for the STUDIO. Built for FREEDOM. Priced for EVERYONE.

No other wireless headphone is equipped to give you all that STANCE S1+ does. Period.

That’s what the freedom of wireless, CD-quality sound is all about.

It’s amplified bliss, or reference-quality wired.

It’s an immersive,over-ear sonic experience. Moreover, it even makes calls.

That’s not all. STANCE S1+ can also deliver up to 30 hours of continuous wireless playback.

Experience the unlimited, built-in battery power of InstantOn. All at a surprisingly affordable price.

And all in a thrilling new kind of concert-hall environment. To go.

The new STANCE S1+ features an enhanced sound profile with deeper bass and new, larger and extra-padded ear cushions for long-term wearing comfort.

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Even the slightest touch puts you in full control of Pendulumic Headphones.
Feel the meticulously crafted analog dial that feels perfect to your touch.
Use that to answer a call, change song or adjust the volume.


Being able to compress all the features of STANCE S1+ down to a light and compact frame is an engineering feat. But putting them together beautifully is an art. From the hand-picked protein leather on the ear cushions and headband, to the robust aluminum alloy composing the sliding-tensioner mechanism, STANCE S1+ looks incredible when new,is built to last, and designed to ‘age’ gracefully.

Bluetooth® version

4.0 with aptX®


Driver diameter

40 mm (1.6in)

Frequency response

10Hz – 22kHz with aptX® enhancement

Sound pressure level (SPL)

121dB (1 kHz / 1 Vrms)



External battery

2 x AAA Batteries (Alkaline recommended)*

Wireless playback duration

up to 30 hours (with external AAA batteries)

Wireless operating range

up to 50 feet (15m)


11oz (310g) (without cables or accessories)


Ear Cup Diameter – 70mm (2.7in)


40-mm (1.6in) neodymium driver
Robust steel headband
Aluminum-steel alloy
High-quality bonded leather
Braided cable


Box Contents

USB Charging Cable
Audio Cable
Headphone Case
User Manual & Guide
*AAA Batteries not included


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Positive Feedback ISSUE 76
november/december 2014



Stance Bluetooth Headphones

as reviewed by Pete Davey


Pendulumic Stance Bluetooth Headphones

I've never really been into headphones or personal listening, I usually enjoy an engaging experience with a normal 2 channel system where the dynamics are also felt as well as heard. That is one of the biggest things one gives up when going to headphones, as the sound is directed right at the ears rather than the body. Yeah—I've seen those "vests" at CES that if you wear it you'll feel the music but, that just seems like a lot of work.

Anyway, I hung out at the personal listening section of the most recent audio show (THE Show Newport Beach) and started getting bored. I did set up an appointment with this company before the show and got close to cancelling, as I can be a commitment-phobe sometimes, but I'm glad I didn't. Once I sat down with these guys it was obviously they were on a huge kick about Bluetooth headphones. See, most of the headphones there are huge and abstract and require separate amplification. I'm not quite there yet; if I'm going to go through that kind of trouble I'll just fire up the regular system. Don't get me wrong, I can certainly see the appeal if one doesn't have the space for a two-channel system but it just seems like a lot of work to lug all of that gear around.

The first thing I noticed was how easy it was to pair these headphones to my iPhone. Once that was online (5 seconds later), I also realized that I had immediate access to all of my music, and wasn't forced to listen to some of the regular audiophile drab that I often hear at shows. I know, some rooms allow personal music but let's admit it, sometimes it can be a little awkward to do that as you're now exposing yourself. Guess that's some of my insecurity going on there, but I do listen to quite a bit of abstract electronica, and I've cleared out rooms before. Anyway, it was really cool to just sit there in a crowd of people and be able to crank these and listen to some Ben Front (Aurora) at full blast. Next thing I notice, my eyes are shut, my feet are tapping, my fingers are hitting the table… I was on a journey.

Pendulumic Stance Bluetooth Headphones

Then, naturally, the song ended and it was like waking from a dream. Wow! Cool! Not only do these headphones sound amazing, they are extremely versatile. One could, if they wanted, connect a wired source as well. You can even bypass the built in amplifier if you wish to use your own. One of my favorite features is the tactile volume knob that sits behind the right ear. Push in and hold and it goes into Bluetooth detection mode, allowing me to traverse between my iMac, iPhone or iPad (which I tend to do quite frequently.)

Another thing I started worrying about was battery life—I mean not only does it have an amplifier; it also has a wireless Bluetooth system. Well, after a few weeks of hard use that fear went away quite fast. For those heavy listeners out there, worry not, they've got you covered—as you can also install two AAA batteries as a backup! I've only had to use that once, as I was being lazy and not paying attention to the battery meter that shows on your iDevice of choosing (yeah, cool bonus there, right next to the Bluetooth icon, shows the battery strength). Recharging the built in lithium ion battery is quite effortless, one simply connects a micro USB cable to the slot and then into either a USB port, or a wall socket with the included adapter and after a few hours, all good to go.

So—a few other important things to discuss… Like, how do they sound?? How do they feel? Well, to start, if one chooses wireless (hard to avoid once you go wireless, it's just amazing) the Bluetooth stack is the latest offering and extremely high fidelity. Sure, it's lossy, but very hard to tell. If you're curious on more information as to how Bluetooth audio works and how it's compressed, I'm sure there is a ton of info available online somewhere. What do I get with these headphones—accurate timbre, speed, tight bass (they're closed back), sensible highs, just about everything you'd want in a versatile headphone like this one. As I write this, I'm listening to Alessandro Cortini's Forse 2 album, which is quite eccentric as he uses a Bucchla synthesizer so this album is full of interesting organic detail.

I recently visited the Pendulumic booth at the most recent show in Denver (RMAF) and the guys immediately recognized me and asked, well? What did you think? Also probably wondering why the hell this review too so long. The first thing that came to mind was, "they changed my life". Hah—the look I got on their faces after I said that, I immediately knew that I had to explain myself in order for them to not hold onto that any longer. Their first response was that they thought that was amazing—but I began to explain. See, I am a huge music lover (ok who isn't) and I have quite a collection of digital and analog music, and I find that I never have the time to listen, due to personal obligations, kids, etc. Plus, just thinking about powering up my system sometimes just makes me warn out as it's filled with all sorts of components that require warm up, etc. So, now, I can just be sitting there on my couch, and when a link comes up that contains music (online) or a thought crosses my mind with something that I just have to listen to, I can! I always have my trusty headphones sitting next to me. I just power them up, pair it with my device (can skip that if it's the same device I used earlier) and start jamming. I do this in bed, too! Grab the iPad, pair it, and start listening to my collection. I've been able to really connect to my music on a whole different level.

Oh, and a bonus? It has a built in microphone just in case you get a call, so you can have your conversation right away. The volume knob also doubles as a controller, depending on how you push it, it can skip to the next song, etc. Brilliant stuff.

So, if you're interested in jumping into headphones but don't want to mess with wires, amplifiers, etc, these are some serious contenders. OH—and I must mention this, they do listen to their fans. When I spoke with them most recently, they showed me some minor tweaks they made, and one of the biggest complaints I had (and didn't tell them) was that they did get a bit fatiguing and made my ears sore. Well, they changed the foam pads! And oh what a difference, I've been using the rev 2 models for about a month now and no more ear fatigue. Also more comfortable if you are wearing glasses.

If you're a music lover and have times where you cannot crank the big system, these are the next best thing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Pete Davey

Pendulumic Stance Bluetooth Headphones

Stance Bluetooth Headphones
Retail: $199



   Wireless or wired headphones? Yes!

Like many musicians (and the rest of modern society) you probably spend a considerable amount of time tied to your mobile devices. Whether for business calls, watching content on YouTube or social media sites during your downtime, recording song ideas or just listening to music, such devices have become essential and valued companions to our daily lives. But what about sound? The onboard speakers are generally pretty dreadful, and the earbuds that come with these devices are usually not much better. Is there a headphone that can give you studio quality sound while also providing the modern mobile-oriented tools and conveniences that you need? That's what Pendulumic has set out to accomplish with their new Stance S1+ headphones. 


What You Need To Know

  • I hadn't heard of Pendulumic before doing this review. The substantial box packaging indicates that the headphones were "Designed in Singapore, Responsibly Produced in China," and not much else. The Stance S1+ has slightly larger ear pads and increased bass compared to the original Stance S1. 

  • The Stance S1+ functions as a wireless Bluetooth headphone, or as a wired headphone with somewhat better fidelity. The look is rather utilitarian; certainly not as flashy as some competitors that put more attention into design and style than sonics. Still, I think they look pretty cool, with a kind of stripped-down Steampunk vibe due to the deep bronze color. 
  • The Stance S1+ has four modes of operation: Reference Wired, Amplified Wired, Wireless and Phone, as selected with a three-position sliding Mode Selection switch on the left ear cup (and of course by whether or not you have a cable attached). Reference Wired mode is always available, even with depleted batteries. Amplified Wired mode uses the built-in amplifier for more volume.




  • The jack for the included cable is located next to the Mode Selection switch on the right ear cup. Also nearby is a small built-in microphone, which is used with Phone mode when using the Stance S1+ wirelessly. The black cloth-covered cable is about 55 inches long and has a iOS style play/pause/answer button and mic inline about half a foot from the headphone end of the cable. You also get a 1/8" to 1/4" and airline style double-plug adapters for the other end of the cable, a mini USB cable for charging the onboard battery, along with a very nice zippered case for everything.  


  • The left ear cup has a three-position power switch, with off positioned in between "on" settings for the built-in and AAA batteries. A pair of multi-color LEDs on the face of the right ear cup indicates when the unit is powered up, when power is low, when the battery is charging or finished charging, and when it's tethered to a Bluetooth device. Pairing to my iPad and iPhone was easy, and the wireless range is quite good. Pendulumic claims the range is extended from the typical 30 feet up to 50 feet, which was confirmed with my own testing. I was able to roam around the various rooms of my house while leaving the iPhone I was tethered to in my office without experiencing dropouts. 
  • There's also a micro USB connector on the bottom of the left ear cup for recharging the internal battery. Charging takes around three hours which is surprisingly fast, especially considering the length of time you get for playback when it is fully charged. 
  • On the right ear cup, another three-position switch selects amongwired operation with or without the amplifier, as well as wireless mode. A multi-purpose knob that Pendulumic calls the "Pendulumic Dial" is also located on this ear cup. It functions as a volume control, but also as a multi-function push switch that is similar in function to the inline switch you'll find on Apple's ear buds. A single push can be used to answer (or disconnect from) a phone call, while pressing and holding it for six seconds causes the current song to repeat. A quick double press advances you to the next song.


  • If you turn the volume up to the maximum, a beep tone notifies you, which is a nice touch. Another nice touch is that the Stance S1+ can sit flat on your desk when you're not wearing them.
  • The Stance S1+ uses Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX®, which is supposed to improve sound quality. Whether or not this is the reason for the improved sound quality compared to most Bluetooth headphones is debatable, but they do sound significantly better than previous generation Bluetooth cans I've tried. 
  • As you'd expect from a Bluetooth headphone, the Stance S1+ has a built-in rechargeable battery, but unusually you can also use a pair of 1.5V AAA batteries. These serve as a back-up to the internal battery and when used together, provide for up to 30 hours of continuous playback. The battery compartment is hidden behind a twist-off panel on the left ear cup.



  • The construction seems solid enough for their intended uses, with a steel self-adjusting headband design, padded leatherette band, and soft memory foam filled ear pads that go "around" your ears rather than sitting and pressing directly on them. You can adjust the side ear cups up or down through four clickable positions, giving you about 3/4" of adjustment range on each side. The ear cups themselves are made from a bronze-colored plastic that looks like metal. The Stance S1+ uses a closed-back design.  


  • The bass is a bit on the soft side in terms of detail and impact. It's not that it's not there, but it's not quite as defined as you'll find in some high-end studio headphones, nor as refined; which is to say that by modern "over-hyped" consumer standards, they're considerably less pushed in the lows.
  • The highs are also slightly subdued, but again, this is minor - especially by Bluetooth headphone standards. The midrange represented well with these headphones. 
  • They're a bit heavier than most mobile consumer headphones, but really not too bad by studio standards. You can reduce the weight by not installing the AAA batteries and carrying them in your bag or pocket instead.  
  • While reasonably comfortable, some users with larger heads or bigger pinnae (outer ears) may wish for larger ear cups and a touch more headband adjustment range. Having said that, they're surprisingly comfortable mobile-friendly headphones. 
  • You don't hear your own voice over the headphones when using the Stance S1+ for phone and Skype calls. Additionally, the onboard microphones aren't likely to win any awards for clarity and sonic excellence, and are really not suitable for high-quality recording purposes. 
  • Isolation is only fair, and not as good as you'll get with the best closed-back studio headphones.



These headphones are really a good value. They're not as expensive as many studio headphones and quite a bit less expensive than some of their consumer-oriented competitors, yet they can work well for tracking (as long as you don't crank the levels too hot or get too close to the mic, which can pick up some modest bleed). They can even work for light mixing duties once you learn their characteristic sound. For on-the-go use, they're great companions. Their impressive battery life means you can use them all day and all night, and they'll still be rockin' when the sun comes up the next morning. The rechargeable battery plus AAA backup is a very cool idea not just because of the extended play time, but because you can keep going indefinitely as long as you have a steady supply of AAA batteries available to toss into the battery compartment. The Bluetooth sound quality is better than any other Bluetooth headphones I've tried, and the wired sound of the Stance S1+ is noticeably better. 

As a right-handed guitarist, I love that the headphone cable attaches to the right ear cup instead of the left. I know it's backwards from the norm, but I find the cable tends to stay out of my way better when it's on that side. Of course the best way to deal with cables is to not have to use any, and it's a joy to be able to go wireless without having to make huge compromises in sound quality. And at the end of the day, that's a really big deal - finally there's a pair of headphones with sound quality that approaches good studio cans, but with the added option of Bluetooth wireless freedom. Add in all the other cool features and these are bound to do well with music fans and musicians alike. 

2016.10.10 20:18

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