soundMAGIC being a Chinese company though its products got high marks in reviews and are often recommended as inexpensive quality IEMs. Their PL30, priced at less than $30, feature a bass dial like the much pricier Sennheiser IE8, and their PL50 are among the least expensive balanced armature driver IEMs. Both of these have a big fan base and helped to build the reputation of Soundmagic as a manufacturer of good sounding gear for a fair price.
Those are history or legen...wait for it...dary (kidding)
(First of all before I start this thread I m really sorry for the upload images as some of them were taken with my friends iPhone3g and some with my iphone 4s thanks to apple for improving HDR in 4s...)
so the E10M is specially for iPod , iPhone and ipad as preference by the letter 'M' which says the IEM is built in mic. But we may as well get a standard IEM E10 (without the letter 'M') that will work with any mp3/ audio player via 3.5mm.
now let’s look over the phone specs-
-Driver: Dynamic, 10mm Neodymium
-Frequency range: 15 Hz – 22 kHz
-Impedance: 16 Ohm
-Sensitivity: 100dB at 1kHz/mW
-Cable length: 1.2m
-Plug: Gold-plated, straight 3.5mm
-Silicone tips (single flange S/M/L, double flange M), shirt clip, carrying pouch.
Accessories and Build
The E10 come with a rather large synthetic leather pouch with drawstrings. Personally I’m more a fan of hard cases for IEM storage, but next to the phones that pouch should hold a small-to-medium sized MP3 player as well.
The included silicone ear tips are of the generic thin variety. I couldn’t get a proper fit and seal with any of them so I tried them with meelectronics M11+ that did work for me but I think inorder to get best isolation u need to consider comply flanges though i havent tried them yet.
The included shirt clip should cut down a bit on cable noise and might provide a safer fit.
Isolation with various silicone tips is about average, despite the E10 being vented both in front of the driver and at its back.
Technically, the E10 perform nicely as well. Despite their low impedance and reasonable sensitivity they are well balanced – they go loud enough with any low-powered player, and they virtually don’t hiss, even with ‘hot’ sources. Since I already said that they go loud enough with portables so u may as well don’t need amping , but if u do then just in case I tried it with my Fiio E11 there wasn’t much difference to speak but then I hear very little hiss on left side unnoticeable generally but it did produce.
For a 45$ IEM , the sound is unexpected good which is what I liked of E10. So here we go, I tried it with my iphone 4s ( which runs cirrus logic audio chip) on the Sonic junky EQ app. Since m a bass head I wundnt say it is a bass heavy IEM.
Bass on the E10 is well defined and sounds quite punchy. It’s not an overly forward bass, but certainly delivers more quantity than what goes for ‘neutral’ – maybe something along the lines of the Panasonic HJE900’s bass delivery. It can hit very deep and doesn’t distract with a flabby midbass hump. With some tracks it can sound a tiny bit loose, but in general it is well controlled. It should work well with most kinds of music, no matter if one listens to a folk singer’s laments or some filthy dubstep tunes.
Their midrange doesn’t strike me as either recessed or forward, but in some tracks it appears that there’s a slight bump in the upper midrange. Resolution and clarity is generally fine, but at lower listening levels some complex musical passages (orchestral pieces, metal, etc) can sound a slight bit smeared together. For the price however, they compare very favorably to even higher priced IEMs – and turning up the volume a notch makes them sound clearer, as is often the case with dynamic driver phones.
the E10’s treble might be described as a tiny bit recessed, giving them a slightly ‘warm’ overall sound character, in combination with their bass and midrange presentation. I dunno what to say here as I always disliked treble so treble of E10 is quite likeable in general but me ( lol ) .
There is no scientific reasons to things like burnin but me. The E10’s bass and sounstage varies after 3 hours of burnin to this time which I guess I have to do some more time and will post later.
Hence, yeah burnin did increase bass.
It’s getting harder to justify buying high priced IEMs when quality gear like the Brainwavz M2 or the Soundmagic E10 are available for less than 50 bucks. Of course many high end IEMs might sound generally better, more refined in some aspects, or might have better build quality – but the law of diminishing returns is hitting harder and harder while inexpensive phones are getting better and better. I couldn’t imagine ever hearing such big sound out of such low priced things some three or four years ago.
Edited by jared basshead - 7/18/12 at 2:31am