I think many listeners expect Bluetooth connectivity to throw a figurative blanket over the sound, forcing everything to become a little more vague, diffuse, and foggy-sounding than it should be. But the Stance S1+ is different—very different—because if anything it sounds even better in Bluetooth mode than it does with hard-wired connections. Finally, we have a Bluetooth headphone that imposes no sonic penalties at all for being a wireless device. I had a chance to let a fellow Hi-Fi+ staffer try the Stance S1+ and when I asked his reactions he simply said, “Oh, I think it’s just magic…” I couldn’t have said it any better myself.
Given its price and sonic capabilities, the Stance S1+ stands as not only the best sounding Bluetooth headphone I’ve heard at its price, but as a musically satisfying starting point for listeners looking for something better in the way of a versatile and convenient headphone that honours the music without breaking the bank.
Watch for an upcoming Hi-Fi+ review of the Stance S1+. Until then, happy listening.