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Soundmagic E10

90% Positive Reviews
Rated #33 in Universal Fit

Posted

Pros: Good looking build, Better overall sound stage, Great bang for the buck

Cons: not so analytical and accurate

First of all, I'd like to thank 'H20Fidelity' who recommended this IEM to me. I was not sure whether to go for this brand as i did not hear of it before. but thought of givin' them a try. Got it under 40USD. I had Sennheiser Precision 300-II before these and I liked them. The intention to purchase an IEM that was like Senn Precision 300-II was to have a pair of headphones that are just fun to listen to.

I did not expect analytical sound from these. So first time i listened to them, i said 'wow', this is exactly what i wanted. and now after 3 months of purchase i just love the way E10 sound lively and can handle wide range of music with ease. These are definitely better than my now lost Senns. I listen mostly to Pop, Rock, Soft Rock, Bollywood and some instrumental. E10 never disappointed me. They are very engaging and ideal to listen music on the go. Bass is plenty (not by Bass head standards), Mid bass not so profound, Treble is slightly on the laid back side but clear. Vocals are clear but not very lively. Bass has a nice punch in it, which is more than sufficient for me. Because i liked these, i went ahead and bought Soundmagic E30 as well. E30 and E10 have similar soundstage. E30 has slightly less profound bass and more balanced treble. Both are fun to listen to. I'll be writing separate and short review on E 30 as well. But for people who want headphones for just fun listening and engaging soundstage, E10 is the way to go. Having said that, i do not want to say E30 are boring. E30 are also good and precision wise slightly better than E10 but E10 are more fun to listen to than E30 for sure.

I'd highly recommend them to anybody who is on tighter budget.

Posted

Pros: large soundstage; engaging sound; price

Cons: stiff cable

SoundMAGIC E10

 

Soundmagic is building up quite a reputation for budget-fi products.  Their latest entry into the fray is the E10.  It is a barrel styled dynamic driver offering at just $35.  Is it a giant killer?  How good can a $35 phone be?  Let’s find out…

 

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Soundmagic seems to have phased out the hard case they used to include and instead offer a pleather pouch with drawstring.  While I know many prefer hard cases, I really like nice pouches for toting in a jacket or jean pocket.  This pouch is very nice but a little larger than necessary, so I plan on using it with my new custom Merlins when they finally arrive.  Also included is a nice selection of various tips.  For most IEM’s I’ve found larges to give me the best seal but with both the new E10 and my old PL30, the mediums work best to give me a deeper fit and better bass response.  I’ve yet to try any different tips.  The cable is the standard SM offering.  It is pretty stiff and rubbery feeling and tangles fairly easily but at this price and with the kind of sound quality the E10 offers, I’m not complaining.

 

Bass is nothing short of spectacular for its class.  It’s the perfect blend of mid bass punch and sub bass rumble.  Kicks sound off with authority and bass guitars thump their driving beats.  The bass is tight and extended, if a bit on the soft side with respectable speed and nice decay; which works really well with the overall sound signature.  I find it just right for my preferences.

 

The midrange is pushed forward of neutral.  Bass does not bleed into the midrange, leaving you with a nice and clean vocal.  Distortion guitars have nice forward bite (nowhere as good as the GR07 or FXT90 but good in their own right).  Pianos sound very good and are placed forward in the mix.

 

Treble has very nice sparkle but does take a slight backseat to the bass and midrange.   However it isn’t what I’d call recessed or laid back.  I’d say its presence is somewhere between the Atrio MG7 and GR07, leaning much closer to the Atrios.  Perhaps slightly relaxed with sparkle is good descriptor for the treble.

 

Soundstage is pretty wide and depth is good.  Dynamics are very good and the E10 sounds great for low level listening as well as ‘rocking out’ levels.  Instrument realism isn’t on the level of my favorite JVC offerings but it is no slouch considering its class bracket.  Clarity is great for such an inexpensive, bass oriented phone.

 

The E10 just sounds great with any recordings I throw at it, from classic rock, metal, pop and country.  It has a fun, punchy and clear sound that is certainly better than anything at $35 has a right to be!  I cannot recommend the E10 enough.  This one is a keeper.

 

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Tip recommendations:

Meelectronics extra long single flange.  They come in Meelec's M11+ 10 pack but if you contact Meelec, they will sell them in 4 packs.

See link for a picuture: http://www.meelec.com/MEElectronics_Original_Eartips_for_M11_Earphones_p/tipset10-m11-bk-mee.htm

I get a deeper fit and better seal, resulting in better sub bass response while maintaining maximum clarity.

Posted

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I purchased these earphones specifically for my pocket rig, I was looking for something that could be used every day and my buying requirements were simple. First they needed to cost less than £30, and second they needed to sound as good as the stock set from Sony which, as stock earphones go, sound pretty impressive. I was reluctant to pay more than £30 as they were going to be used solely for my pocket rig and would therefore take quite a battering.

I had never tried Sound Magic earphones before and the E10's had only just been released so there were no reviews to guide my decision. Despite being a little over my budget I decided to take a chance and I purchased them from HiFiHeadphones for £34.99 they arrived the next day well packed and with a free Chupa Chups!

Inside the box were three sets of single flange black eartips; small, medium and large, one set of double flange eartips, a nice black draw-string pouch and the earphones. The colour scheme also factored into my decision to purchase these earphones. I really like the red cable and aluminium housing, they look great and I can find them easily in low light, which saves me using starglow paint.

In the image below you can see how well made these earphones are, the aluminium casings are machined and finished to a very high standard. The body of the driver casing measures just 12 mm excluding the eartip stem, and they are 10 mm wide. Inside the earpiece there is an interwoven grille to protect the membrane and located on the outside are two airflow ports. The cable is good quality, almost impossible to tangle and transmits very little noise.

 

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I decided to test the E10's with a track called Magic Sunset Street from the album Housego Remixes by Yoshinori Sunahara using a flat equaliser. The first thing that hit me was how detailed the E10's are. The best way I can describe the sound quality is like this. Imagine you are going to a night club, as you approach the building you can hear the dampened bass resonating through the walls but nothing more (my iPod stock earbuds), then as you enter the building and walk down the corridor the bass becomes much more tighter and you can hear the mids and treble clearly (the Sony stock earbuds), finally at the end of the corridor you reach the door to the club, you open it and... boom, the bass hits you, thump thump thump thump, very tight and controlled, everything is clear and detailed, you feel as though you are in the music.


From what I have heard so far, straight out the box, I would have to say these earphones are excellent value for money and they have far surpassed my expectations. Based on my buying requirements alone; a good sounding budget set of earphones costing less than £30, I would give them 10/10 for sound quality and 10/10 for design and build quality. For a more technical description of the sound quality and photos of the packaging please read ClieOS review here, and visit Sound Magic using the link on the right.


 

Posted

Pros: Great sound quality, build quality, plenty of ear fit options included

Cons: A bit fatiguing on long listening sessions

If you bear in mind how these are typically going to be used and the price point they are at, these are really good. The bass is a bit big and bouncy and the overall clarity is not as good as some other in ear headphones. However like I said these are typically going to be used on the commute in a noisy background environment rather than critical listening, thus the lack of clarity is not really an issue. They appear to be well build but I have only has them for a week so I will have to wait and see how well they stand up to daily abuse.

 

They come with a wide selection of tips to suit all sizes. They also come with a great little carry case so you don't end up with a ball of wire in the bottom of your bag.

 

All in all really excellent for the price.

Posted

Pros: Good sound/ nice design/ accesories

Cons: Isolation

Hello, I own these headphones for over a month now after changing them over my panasonic hje rpe 140.

first of all, they have really good sound quality. They have beaten my panasonic hje rpe 140 like nothing and they even vere better than sennheiser hd 205 which are 2 times more expensive. They have awesome bass and really good mids, however highs are just better than normal to me. Fitting was a problem only at the start (later i found better eartips) and there is no need to be worried about thick headphones "barrels" because they fit really good anyway. But even though they fit good isolation is only normal and really could be better. However, if you are high-volume listener then there's no problems here too. I really liked the assortment of accesesories (especially bag for headphones). Overall these headphones are really "bang for a buck " and get the value of 9 from me.

Posted

Pros: Great Soundstage, Attractive Appearance, Great Sound, Good Packaging and "Goodies".

Cons: Some Design Gripes, Static Interference, SLIGHT Driver Flex.

I have been on a noble quest to find the best budget IEM for many years now. I realized that in the under $15 category many of these IEMs have crippling issues such as bad build quality or terrible comfort even if they may sound good. I decided to spend just a touch more on a pair of IEMs that everyone on the internet seemed to really enjoy. I was glad I did. The Soundmagic E10 has now become the IEM I use on a daily basis. I am very glad I picked them up. At only $35 you'd be crazy not to. 

 

First things first, let's talk about sound quality. Before I tested them, I burned them in for around 10-ish hours to hopefully settle the drivers. The sound at a glance at first seemed to be a tad treble heavy and I noticed some sibilance in some of my music. After the burn-in though, the E10s had calmed down a bit and weren't as fatiguing to listen to. I then realized how brilliant the soundstage was. I like to compare it to my ATH-M50s, which have a decent soundstage for a closed back headphone. The E10's soundstage isn't quite as good, but they are very close. This is by far the best soundstage I've heard out of a sub-$80 IEM. The sound can be described as dynamic, but they retain good detail and mid-range. The bass is tight and punchy and very rarely does it become too over-baring. The mid-range could maybe be more prevalent, but then again I do prefer a flat EQ (these are just a tad U shaped). The treble was clear and concise without being obnoxious and sibilant. On a few albums of mine such as Dream Theater's Black Clouds and Silver Linings, (a very treble heavy album) the treble would become just a shade fatiguing. I do wish they would be a tad more detailed and that the instrumental separation was more distinct. Overall though, I couldn't be happier with the sound of these IEMs considering they costed just $35. 

 

Now on to build quality. I was pleasantly surprised at the packaging of these 'buds. They were tightly packed into a dense foam mold. They also came with a sweet little carrying case that protects them quite nicely. The range of tips included was definitely generous; there were about three different sizes of small opening and large opening tips, along with a pair of double flange tips ( I use the medium size small opening tips). The finish on the IEMs themselves was perfect. The red and black color scheme is extremely appealing. The cable is also red and is made out of a sort of bizarre grippy plastic. The cable finish isn't smooth. Instead it's sort of bumpy. The cable is also more rigid then what I'm used to. It seems to hold a very general shape of the way it is bent after awhile. I don't really mind the rigidity and I actually like the odd finish on the cable. I don't really like the sort of memory that the cable has though. Another sort of bizarre thing I noticed about these headphones is that they seem to pick up some static interference. When I am around clothes or a blanket that is charged with static, the sound of the IEM crackles and cuts out in a very odd and consistent way. This is something I have never noticed in a pair of IEMs. Maybe it's the metal housing? The right monitor is subject to driver flex, which really bummed me out. I hate to hear that tell tale crack and pop of the driver when I first insert a pair of IEMs in my ears. I then realized that the driver flex is inconsistent and seems to happen more at times than others. Rarely though, it will bombard my right ear, but most of the time I notice nothing. This is obviously an isolated manufacturing error that is unique to my pair so I wouldn't even worry about it if you plan on buying some. The plug is gold plated and straight. To be honest I do prefer a right angle, but no big deal. 

 

If you are looking for an IEM that sounds great, is comfortable, is built well, and is good looking, then search no longer. You will struggle to find an IEM under $50 that sounds as good as these or is as fun to listen to. So what are you waiting for? Go grab a pair and enjoy a hearty helping of sonic excellence. 

Posted

Pros: Price, overall sound, sturdy cable, build quality.

Cons: Cable is a bit stiff. Fitting could be a bit better.

Because i am wearing helmet when biking and longboarding i cant use my trusted Sennheiser PX100 on those kind of activity i went in ear.

i didnt´t want to spend much, max 100 euros, because i do my serious listening mainly in my home and to be honest, didn´t think that

you can have proper sound from inear monitors, unless you spend big bucks for it.

Well let me tell you: i was wrong.

 

Sound of these little fellows are very pleasant indeed. Lots of bass and it goes low, but by a lot, i dont mean that they are over hyped. It just is there, when needed.

There are little bump on upper mids, so some songs gould get a bit boxy, but its very minor bump, so you can live with it easily. And what is most important to me:

Vocal range is not harsh! So overall sound is much better that i could expect to get for 100€, but best part was, that these costs only 27€ No brainer!

Nowdays they go everywhere, that im going. So im using them alot. And they are still as good as new. So build quality is exelent.

Cord is a bit stiff wich is good thing, but could get dangled easily, so i bought this thing called wishbone and that take care of that broblem.

Posted

Pros: Engaging bass without being tiresome, ok fit

Cons: unsure on build quality, not as much detail as some others in <£30 price range

Having been used to JVC HA-FX51Cs, which lasted quite well for me (I go through IEMs every year or two either through loss/breakage), these feel a little plasticy and aren't _quite_ as solidly held in my ear but don't come out any easier than most others (but minor difference point). I worry about the points where the cable enters the ; and that unflexible cable really does want to stay how it was in the box it came in! I've not noticed microphonics except when I'm wearing them without music and the cable rubs occasionally. They are slightly more effort to roll/coil up and stick in a pocket but the tie-clip (or shirt-clip) attached is sort of handy.

 

The highs and bass when listening to music are more noticable and I think I do like the overall sound better than my FX51s for music, although perhaps less definition in some areas (IMO).

 

I mostly use these for listening to spoken-word podcasts with the occasional bit of electro/dubstep/rock on my phone/laptop, and the FX51s were very natural sounding and avoided overdoing the bass, more natural feel; I definitely notice the stronger bass with these E10s but it doesn't get tiring (yet) by overdoing it. My main objective therefore is to avoid tiring high/low pitched sounds being too sharp for the speech (many many hours more listening time than music).

 

I got the red colour set, like the design. I have quite small ears and the standard small ones provided are fine. They block out the noise to a level I like - seem quite high output relative to some others, can still easily hear important stuff externally if I'm leaving it at a comfortable relaxed volume level while it cuts out enough of the minor background noises on my work commute (London underground, bus, trains)

Posted

Pros: Sound stage, low price but good sound!

Cons: Build quality

Before I start, I'd like to let you know that this is my first review on head-fi and that I am not actually an audiophile, so this review is from a 'normal consumer' perspective.
Thereby I am Dutch, so there could be some grammar flaws throughout this review, excuse me for that.


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This was my first pair of 'better' headphones than the normal stock headphones delivered with my HTC One X. 

When unpacked I was already enthusiastic about the number of tips that came with the 'phones.
As a beginner I immediately put them on and started listening.. and I was blown away! The sound was so detailed and wide, it was like I was listening to completely new music. (believe me, I wasn't)
I enjoyed them a lot and I couldn't listen to normal stock 'phones anymore, that was just awful.

But then the casing came apart, just as mentioned in the top review. I got them replaced through warranty services from the retailer where I bought those and I was happy again (they even shipped them for free to another country, as I was having holiday in Germany). 

But then also with the new pair the casing came loose, at both sides this time.. so I felt pretty disappointment.. of course it can happen once, but not thrice.

Conclusion:
Although the sound is very good for such cheap headphones, they really lack durability. The casing came of three times and I decided to buy some other pair (sennheiser CX250), I have to say I liked the E10's way more, but I would not recommend it at this point due to a faulty build of the casing.

(now planning on buying the Shure SE215's) 


 

Posted

Pros: sound for value

Cons: Durablity

Let me start off by saying these are great headphones. I have compared them to headphones 100$ higher and find them to be much better. This is a bit biased do to my preferences but i found them slightly better then the sony xb500. Everything is great about these from the moment you put them on. The soundstaging is really impressive for 30$ iems and the bass has reasonable punch and quality. The treble is a bit lacking however. The midrange is average. To me, this is pretty good for some cheap iem's.

 

I listened generally to edm with these. I will say one problem i have with these is that you always want more. It really starts to bug you, but after burn in it's almost like they start to get worse. Idk about other people but after burn in it felt like the bass had degraded in sound quality. None the less taking into consideration these are 30$ the soundquality you are getting is well above other iems.

 

But thats it, thats where the positives end (of course thats a huge positive) after only 6 months, the casing came apart and i had to super glue the headphones together 2 times. after 1 week of doing this the cable connecting to the left driver stoped working, and to make matters worse, scince these came from china i couldent use my warranty without paying 40$ shipping.

 

Conclusion i wouldent really recommend these, however maybe i just had a bad pair. The problem was that the cable is awful always tangles and eventually became the demise of my pair. It isn't the worst idea to try these i mean the sound quality is quite amazing for what you paying for. but overal i'd say it's not worth it.

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