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XTZ EarPhone 12 Sport

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Pros: Great sound with DSP processing on, good sound with it off. Split chord length and an in-line microphone

Cons: App only available on iOS devices, music has to be stored locally (no iTunes Match)

Background

I've had the JCV Victor FX500 / FX1000 earphones for several years now, and been very happy with the sound. The plug is now hanging on by a thread and I wanted something new before it breaks. After a bit of research I found out that XTZ, a company from my own country, had developed an earphone with DSP correction for the iPhone. There are two versions of these earphones, the EarPhone 12, which is just the phones, and EarPhone 12 Sports, which has an in-line mic, ear hooks and a clothes clip. The one thing I had been missing with the JCVs was a mic so I chose the Sports.

 

Design

The housing, though it looks like metal, is made of durable plastic, something I think is good since it keeps the weight down. They are quite big for in-ear phones but fit comfortably nonetheless, and the ear hooks attach and detach easily. The combination of the gunmetal gray housing and the black and red narrow but flat tangle free wire is cool and sporty. There are magnets in the back of the earphones that makes them attach like a necklace while not in use, something I found pretty useful.

 

The Sound

The sound out of the box was pretty damn good for an earphone in this price range, but when I installed the XTZ Player and turned on the Dirac DSP correction, Just WOW. The soundstage opened way up, the clarity in the bass and highs improved greatly, and it just put a smile on my face. There are 6 different corrections, the standard, 3 bass boost modes, a Bright mode and one for when you use ComplyFoam buds. The bass boost is very well done and doesn't detract from the detail in the sound, and is perfect to use when listening to older rock or other music that can be a bit thin. I haven't seen much use of the Bright option, since I like the level and clarity of the highs a lot, but for some recordings it is appropriate.

 

Compared to JVC

Without the corrections on the JVC phones does sound a bit better, as they should, being almost 3 times as expensive, but once the DSP is on the XTZ:s even surpasses them. They isolate much better, and the cable means they tangle less. The sound is a bit more linear, and the bass is great on both but even better on the XTZ.

 

I recommend these earphones wholeheartedly, and I can see myself replacing the JVCs with them full time.

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XTZ EarPhone 12 Sport
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With Earphone Sports we give you the sports version of our high-end earphone so you can enjoy the highest level of sound quality even during active sports! The Sports version comes with an in-line microphone, a mounting clip, ear hooks and new foam plugs that adjusts to the ear. Just like the regular EarPhone 12 this version comes with our DSP system built into the XTZ iPhone app. A problem and its solution The limited mechanical space in an earphone makes it difficult to create a perfectly balanced sound over the whole frequency response. The solution of the problem is advanced DSP technology. First frequency response is measured in a dummy head, then it is carefully corrected with DSP technology. This combination leads to a perfect result without compromise. DSP technology from Dirac Research Dirac Research owns the markets most advanced technology in digital sound processing (DSP) and consequently it´s used by several luxury brands like BMW, Bentley, Rolls Royce etc . The advanced algorithm optimizes both, frequency response (amplitude) and also impulse response (time domain). Applying Dirac’s DSP optimization, the result is an impressively balanced and flawless sound, which can’t be described better than stunning, breathtaking. Quiet and relaxing We also paid a lot of attention to efficiently reduce influence of background noise. We obtained a very high attenuation of the noise floor, caused by rumors in the listening ambiance, which contributes to a much cleaner and dynamic sound. Unique features Also wearing comfort has a high relevance, when it comes to earphones. To avoid damaging the cable we decided for a strip-shape cable, which benefits from a kind of “built-in” stiffness. The XTZ EarPhone-12 comes with built-in magnets on their backside, this way, when you have to interrupt listening, you can just “put them together”, and wear them around your neck, just like a collar. Also the classical cable tangle is decreased in this way! DSP player app for iOS The XTZ player by Dirac for the EarPhone-12 is a state of the art DSP player app for iOS. With it you can listen on all your music in your iTunes library with the added benefit of DSP correction of your EarPhone-12. This transforms the ear phone from very good to excellent! Also A normal earphone EarPhone 12 works as any other “classic” earphone: just connect them to any source, they’ll do their job! Application for Earphone-12 The application can be found on app store and is free. The application is only avalible to use for XTZ Earphones. Included: - DSP player app for iOS (iphone/ipad) - 6.3mm adapter gold plated - Flight adapter gold plated - Three cushions ( S/M/L ) Info : -DSP HD sound from Dirac Research -Necklace function -Flat tangle-free cable -Quick fit (Left and Right have same shape) -L shaped plug 90 degree -Bass adjustment -Plug 3.5mm -Cord Length 65/125 cm -Impedance 16ohm -Frequency Response 18 - 22kHz -Sensitivity (at 1 KHz) 93dB -Driver Unit 2 x 8.6mm -Magnet: Neodymium -Driver : Treated PET -Weight : 13g

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MicrophoneYes
Cord Length65/125
Impedance16
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