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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Signature Acoustics C-12 Ver 2

Hi Audiophiles, I haven't seen anybody mentioning the Made in India Signature Acoustics C-12 Version 1 or 2. Is it because people feel it as substandard and made in India ? I so wished to write a review and here it goes.

Intro: I had lot of time trying out different budget level headsets 5 years back and somehow i came to know about this Indian company Signature acoustics and its maiden product C-12. The initial reviews were very good and made me try it out. Brought it for Rs 3000/- back then and was so happy for the next 2 years till the hard wires started splicing. Fast forward to 2017, i accidentally stumbled upon the same company selling out C-12 version 2 and that too for Rs 999/- introductory offer. Didn't even think twice, brought it, burned-in for 2 full days.

Model: Elements C-12 Version2.0
Impedance: 22Ω±15%
Sensitivity: 94±3dB &1KHz; 1mW; IEC318
Frequency response: 20~20KHz
Distortion: Max: 3% & 1KHz
Rated Input Power: 3mW
Maximum Input Power: 5mW
Level difference average: ≤3dB & 1KHz

Directivity Omni-directional
Impedance: Max: 2.2KΩ
Sensitivity: -42±4dB & 1KHz; 2.2KΩ 3V ,0dB=1V/Pa
Decreasing voltage: -3dB &VS=4.5V,RL=2.2KΩ
Current consumption: 200uA-350uA
S/N ratio Min: 58dB & 1kHz

Source: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (exynos) Hi-Res unlocked. Poweramp Alpha built - 704 (best out there)
File Source: ALAC, FLAC & 320Kbps Mp3's (all from trusted single source)

Sound Quality: Its not a V-shaped sound signature neither flat. I will say L-shaped (like the output of an old monster Nokia N91). It has got a nice good fit and it's light weight. The supplied silicon tips are really good and they are supplying a memory foam tip as gratitude which though degrade the sound a little but extremely comfortable.

Bass: Oh boy, these are Bass heavy headphones, it goes deep into the sub bass extension with elan. Its not overpowering either with very less leaking into lower mids. Since it is made out of wood, the overall sound signature is different from metal and plastic ones out there. Its very welcoming and natural.

Mids: It is quite natural and flat with no unnecessary spikes. It's not sublime or detailed as some of the higher end headsets out there. The resolution is good and instruments like guitar sounds good. It's nothing great here, but not bad either. Have used so many headset in this price range which fared much worse.

Highs: Now the biggest drawback or biggest gain for us the customers. The treble range tends to roll of around 8k to 12k region. A lot after 12k range and i don't think anything is there after 16k. The good part of this gentle rolling off is we can use it hours on end without feeling fatigue. No sibilance, harshness or unwanted spikes. Sleep will find us automatically and i use it to get nice good fast sleep. Bad part is, for critical listening & demanding people who wants brilliance & lot of details will find it boring.

Stage & Imaging: The mid range has nice good depth and instrument separation is really good. Can clearly hear 2 different instrument on 2 different sides as kept on a stage. Its smooth also. Since highs lack brilliance, separation and imaging is not perfect, but nothing to complain either.

Modification: Since the S7 DAC is super flat, we can play around the Equalizer a little bit. 31Hz = +3db, 62Hz = +1.5db 1Khz to 2Khz (where most THD happens) = -1 to -1.5db, 8Khz = +2db, 16KHZ = +4db (for compensating the roll off)

Conclusion: For the introductory price of Rs 999/- nothing comes close and i even say it's better than soundmagic E10 & ES18 overall (highly overrated these are IMHO). Sennheiser CX series also not a match overall. I will try Byron soon and get a conclusion. But this is a perfect headset (tuned for prolonged hours of listening) for an average listener.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ducati Hyperstrada - First Love

Rightly named Hyperstrada ! It's real hyper in character. This is my short and subtle review along with the riding experience and impression of a rare Ducati.
Hmm, It looks weird, but appealing, it looks subtle in some part, but right amount of aggression altogether. It has top spec parts, but no silly graphics. Now comes the single sided swing arm, functionally designed bits and parts etc etc. I will simply keep on bragging about it. It gets all the eyes on road both wrong & right ones ! But hey, RED DUCATI ! Switching the engine on sounds similar to any other v-twin. But hey, if u want a clearer description, i will say it's more like a roar than a purr ! Nothing special like an in-line 4 for some, but this is more of a wild aggression. Now the engine is near to a liter, 939cc to be precise. 110 BHP & 98NM of torque, hmm sounds average only untill u hear that its all peaking at 9000 rpm & 7500 rpm respectively. What impress more is 80% torque is produced way down and it will take you by surprise. It will pull like a locomotive, need to be very careful with the throttle. 3 rider modes are there (Sports, touring & urban). Sports mode comes with super sharp throttle response and i was more than happy with touring mode. It lacks engine braking and its so free revving at higher rev ranges. Now comes the brakes. It comes up with nothing short of the best bit, Brembo M4 monoblock. ABS is standard. KYB and Sachs does the suspension duties pretty well. Light weight at around 180 kgs. Now if you ask me to say some cons, i will point at its seating position. It's real tiring. Getting the sweet spot is very difficult and it aches all the other time. But it's a real life time experience in it, a motorcycle from a company known for engineering prowess and design language.
Come, hop down to #wickedride for this surreal experience and rest assured, you will leave it back to us with a wide wild grin on face !