PENDULUMIC STANCE S1 +

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Hi-Fi i High End słuchawki
Marka :
PENDULUMIC
Artykuł :
1215001
Kraj pochodzenia :
PRC
Przeznaczenie :
Na zewnątrz
Kolor :
Dark grey

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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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Wireless Audio That Doesn’t Sound Wireless.

For discerning ears, it’s all about the sound. This is why we couldn’t build the headphones of our dreams until wireless audio was indistinguishable from wired. Until leaving cords behind didn’t indicate walking away from fidelity. With the latest Bluetooth 4.0, aptX and A2DP, we heard CD-quality audio output. And realised that the time for the best buy in wireless headphones – STANCE S1+ had arrived.

 

Unlimited Wireless Playback, From an Unmatched Power Source.

STANCE S1+ will surely liberate you from the tyranny of cords. Add to that freedom from the misery of recharges, as well as down time. This is all thanks to lnstantOn—the industry’s only AAA-battery backup and power source. It works with the internal battery for up to 30 hours of wireless playback. And it also lets you power up instantly when out of juice. Or listen to audio for days on end, without going near an AC plug. Just pop in a couple of fresh AAAs, and you’ll be instantly up and running again. And again. That’s really something no other wireless headphone can offer. That’s what true freedom is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Ways to Listen. Unlimited Ways to Enjoy.

This isn’t just a high-end, wireless headphone. It’s four headphones in one. There’s Wireless Mode, which puts high-fidelity listening on the move. Amplified Mode, for a sonic experience that’s literally a blast. Wired Mode, for reference-quality mixing, latency-free recording, and battery conservation. And Phone Mode, which hooks you up with sealed listening quality, and a noise-reducing mic. All to made sure STANCE S1+ can adapt to wherever you go, and however you want to listen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Complex Process of Simple Design.

At PENDULUMIC, our design process starts at the end — with the human using our innovations. This is why we tested the ear types and head sizes of over 500 people before designing the natural-feeling ear cups and comfortable frame of STANCE S1+. It’s also why we chose our analog PENDULUMIC Dial™ – after observing how effortless and intiutive it was, as opposed to the electronic buttons used in other products. It’s designed for simplicity. That’s what makes the user experience of STANCE S1+ as familiar and effortless as it can get.


Your Personal Concert Hall. To Go.

 

Imagine: Wireless freedom with wired audio quality. CD-quality sound without a CD. Or cables. Or an AC plug.

Now, STANCE S1+ with aptX® Bluetooth® technology makes all this a reality. Finally, you can cut the cord, but keep the

fidelity. You’ll witness the difference: detailed, full-spectrum sound that truly moves you.

 

Unparalleled Wireless Headphone Technology

   By pumping out wireless audio with the quality of a wired connection, the newest Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX® technology leaves previous versions far behind.

   It has forever changed how we consume audio. And removed the final barrier to cutting the cord.

 

“We’ve wanted to build a wireless headphone like STANCE S1+ for a long time. But the tradeoff in sound quality using the wireless technologies of the day was too much for PENDULUMIC standards.

The moment we heard Bluetooth 4.0, and aptX, we knew the time for STANCE S1+ had arrived.” – Mike Johnson, PENDULUMIC USA

 

 

AutoPair Connects.

So you don’t have to.

We at PENDULUMIC even took on the necessary evil of pairing. Simply because we never understood the reason for having to put a device into pairing mode each time. Isn’t doing it once enough? After answering in the affirmative, we developed AutoPair. By automatically searching for new devices, keeping track of previously-approved devices, and skipping a few unnecessary steps, STANCE S1+ pairs to new sources OR re-connects to known devices with a single press of our easy-access analog knob. Now that’s how you get connected.

 

 

 

We Listened, Too. And Made The Call.

  Got a mobile phone call? No need to change headsets, or miss the music. STANCE S1+ automatically pauses playback, goes into phone mode, and gives you single-button wireless control (or wired, using the   included cable/controller). All this comes with sealed sound clarity, a crystal-clear mic, and a 50-foot range. Afterward, STANCE S1+ automatically picks up where the music left off — without missing a beat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Bluetooth 4.0? aptX? What about A2DP?

Since the wireless world seems to change every 17 minutes or so, here’s the bottom line for any audio-conscious wireless listener: Bluetooth 4.0 with the atpX add-on is the latest, best-sounding technology available for wireless audio playback of aptX (or A2DP) devices. For good reason too. It delivers CD-quality stereo audio, wirelessly. Or, in other words, it makes wireless and wired audio indistinguishable from each other. All while maximising battery life.

This is quite a big leap from previous versions, the earliest of which was compressed for voice recording. Unfortunately, for monetary and technological reasons, outdated Bluetooth versions are still being used in surprisingly-extravagant headphone products you can buy online. And the difference is huge.

Remember: For optimum audio pleasure, it’s critical to look out for Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX in your wireless playback and receiving devices. (Apple users: If your playback unit says A2DP, rest easy—that technology is embedded in Bluetooth 4.0, and optimized by STANCE S1+ for high-quality playback). You can now buy online the best Bluetooth headphones.

 

aptX®

CSR’s aptX technology is an optional add-on to Bluetooth 4.0. Coming to the standard in STANCE S1+, it’s able to significantly reduce audio bit rates while maintaining their integrity, making for effective audio throughput, while simultaneously preserving audio quality. What this translates to is completely straightforward: pure wireless sound that doesn’t compromise on audio quality. And an impressive wireless listening experience that you just can’t get anywhere else.

A2DP

The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) is a Bluetooth profile that facilitates the wireless transmission of stereo audio from an A2DP source. It is embedded into Bluetooth 4.0, so it’s completely supported and optimized by PENDULUMIC STANCE S1+ headphones. Therefore, it makes the most of any A2DP-enabled playback device. The end result is pure, full-spectrum wireless sound quality with clarity and precision that truly moves you.

The Bluetooth logo and word mark are landmarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., the aptX mark and logo are trademark owned by CSR plc, Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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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)

Impedance

32Ω

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)

Weight

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

Measurements

Ear Cup Diameter – 70mm (2.7in)

Materials

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

 

Box Contents

PENDULUMIC™ STANCE S1+ headphone
USB Charging Cable
Audio Cable
Adapters
Headphone Case
User Manual & Guide
*AAA Batteries not included

 


   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.  
     



Limitations

  • 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.

 


Conclusions

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. 



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