How do they sound?

The Elements C-12 provides a welcome alternative to the sometimes shrill and top heavy BA’s in the market today instead offering a smooth bass tuned presentation with a very liquid and warm tonality from top to bottom. The C-12 is engineered for long term low fatigue listening and a slight nod to the consumer market with a fairly responsive mid-bass impact that whilst not the tightest or the boomiest I have come across it does hit pretty hard when required. The mids are perhaps a little mixed with plenty of rich lush tonality on the lower mids and a fairly forward vocal stage but the clarity just gets a shade muted the further up in the range resulting in a relatively tapered and slightly veiled treble top end which lacks a bit of articulation to truly shine. I did say consumer orientated though so its not an overly dark earphone but those craving BA levels of articulation and top end sparkle might be a bit disappointed. The imaging is fairly coherent with good left to right separation and a decent soundstage. I don’t think crossfeed purists will moan too much about the C-12 capability there considering the price point.

The C-12 is relatively easy to drive though I did find they required just a bit more volume un-amped in my standard iPod Classic than some other IEM’s coming in around 60-75% so a small neutral amp will help out in this case. My suggestion for the C-12 for matching would be something like an Ibasso D-Zero or a JDS Labs O2 or paired with a Fostex HP-P1 if amping out of an iGadget. It doesn’t need a ton of power though so if you happen to pop out without an amp don’t fret the C-12 handles most things perfectly fine out of your DAP jack. Just try to avoid warm fuzzy dark amps like the FiiO E11 and think about a little EQ at the top and bottom end just to balance things out.

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Genre wise most are going to buy this for the bass response and the non fatiguing top end. Some dance genres or beats orientated R&B sound just great from the C-12 though those which suit the likes of the ATH M-50 v-shape curve might not fare so well. Just accept you have slightly less to work with at the top-end and you will get along fine with the C-12 for hours and hours.

Final Words

I have to admit I enjoyed the Elements C-12 a lot more than I expected I would. Its quite an endearing little woody IEM with a very relaxed, lush and smooth musical presentation. It does lack a level of articulation and detail that after a while might leaving audiophiles craving for more but bassheads should be relatively satisfied with its bass tuned though in no way overpowering performance. I do look forward to seeing what more is coming out of the Pristine Note production line but for a very first effort I think the C-12 deserves to be ranked up there with the Hisoundaudio’s PO-PO as a very competent budget woody IEM.

Technical Specs

Driver : 8 mm (CCAW)
Impedance : 18 Ohms @ 1 KHz
Frequency : 17 to 20 KHz
Sensitivity : 102 dB
Total length : 1.2 mts (split length 28 cms)
Channel Balance : < 2.5% dB @ 1 KHz

Contact Details

Pro Audio Home
60/1, Parsik Hill, Sector-26
CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai,
Maharastra, PIN-400614,

+91-22-65611833
http://www.proaudiohome.com/Signature-Acoustics-C-12-Elements-Wooden-Earphone

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