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EarSonics SM2 v2

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Pros: Bass, sound quality

Cons: build quality

First Im not a pro, please dont quote me if anything is wrong.

 

The sound is one of a kind for BA, bass heavy sound signature. These are some of the bassiest BA you can find, with good instrument separation and soundstage. IMO really good for metal music, vocals are a bit far, v shape frequency responds.

Build quality for the earphone body is just fine, but cable and tips have lots of flaws.

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Pros: Tonal balance, well rounded presentation, smooth but detailed sound

Cons: Build quality, slightly loose bass, nothing really stands out; no available mic cable for Westone style pins, weird sproing sound

I grabbed these as a lightly used demo unit for sale on Amazon. Total steal for $110, but I would've paid $150 for them.

 

I was looking for an upgrade to my SE215, and these are it. The bass is tighter and has better control, the midrange and treble are more detailed, and it doesn't get over-warm like the SE215. I actually prefer it to the SM3 personally; while its a hair behind in detail and the bass isn't quite as satisfyingly tight, it's about 95% the same sound, and doesn't get overly intimate or "weird" sounding like the SM3 did; I swear I spent so much time switching the cables around on my SM3, reading up on polarity, etc. because it just sounded WEIRD! Something about the presentation was just off. Anyhow, the SM2 doesn't do that, and although it might be just a touch behind in terms of detail and bass depth/control, overall I am fine with the sacrifice because it is much easier to listen to and sounds more realistic in general. I am really enjoying them. I find the SM2 to be a nice balance between the UM3X and SM3, although not as detailed as either: it is balanced, neutral, and easy to listen to like the UM3X, though not built nearly as well, and more spacious sounding like the SM3, though it is generally still intimate-sounding

 

Unfortunately the build quality is garbage, just like the SM3. Same uber-cheap dollar-store-toy plastic with shoddy construction; they make a weird "sproing" noise any time something taps them or when I take them in and out. It's really odd because the left side makes a lower/deeper "sproing" than the right side. So sketchy. Really wish they would just source parts from Westone or Shure and be done with it; they already good sound, and I'm sure if they switched to the new Shure-style coaxial connectors and used sturdier materials, they would rise in the market very quickly. But, having climbed their customer service ladder and spoken with someone with "director" in his title, I feel pretty certain this will never happen, because he was nothing but dismissive when I very politely brought the quality of their construction under the microscope. It's a real shame, because the sound is solid for the price.

 

Overall I am happy with them at $110, and would have grudgingly shelled out $150 or so, knowing now how they sound. I'd still prefer Westone build quality, but for $110, given the sound quality, it's acceptable.

EarSonics SM2 v2
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EarSonics SM2 are the universal in-ears you need. Thanks to their ergonomic cushions, they provide instant and easy fit to all kind of ears. Their technology is inherited from our EM series, and allows them to attain an audio quality never reached before with universals. EarSonics' "high fidelity" sound for nomads and musicians.The V2 offers new ergonomic design and replaceable cable. The SM2 is possibly the best stage earphone yet. It is powerful and reference oriented, perfect for stage use, and welcoming to audiophile amps and players. Pair it with a Colorfly C4 Pro audiophile player or a the Amp911 nomade headphone amplifier, and you will be in heaven. In 2011, Earsonics introduced this version, the v2, which features a strong replaceable cable and new, more sturdy housing. The SM2 v2 is designed to withstand the rigours of the stage, and fulfil all the desires of audiophiles.

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