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In-Ear item created by Cinder, Feb 14, 2017
Pros - Build, looks, improvement over the previous model
Cons - Supplied tips are too thin
Simgot EN700 Bass Review
Simgot EN700 pictured here with the Opus#3 dap.
Simgot EN700 Bass review
I previously reviewed the earlier edition of the EN700 earphone on Head pie: http://headpie.blogspot.jp/2016/08/simgotsuzuka-en700-earphone-review.html
and have found the EN700 Bass version to be an all over improvement from its earlier sibling in design, fit/housing, cable and overall sound quality.
A beautiful leather carry case.
One gets two sets of tips which allow the user to customize the sonic experience more to their personal tastes and to approach a synergy with their dap of choice.
The inner box within the card board sleeve is firm, black and beautiful.
The Simgot EN700 bass veers away from its predecessor in many ways.
A more superior design means a better fit for the user.
An improved cable that is beautiful to look at and more ergonomic.
A nice touch of detail. having a plastic covering on the jack.
Those who own or have demoed the original EN700 can clearly see the changes in the housing - it being smaller, less bulbous and more comfortable,
extra fine detailing and a rubber support for the improved braided cable.
Product Name: SIMGOT EN700 In Ear Earphone
Headphone sensitivity: 101 ±3 dB/mW
Frequency range: 15-25000Hz
Degree of distortion: <1% 101dB (20μpa)
Sound track difference: <1.5dB (at 1000Hz)
Power Rating: 10mW
Conductor: 25 * 0.05mm silver-plated oxygen-free copper wire antibacterial TPU
Cable Length: 1.2m ±0.05m
Whether with mic: No mic
Earphone plug type: Line type
Vibrating membrane: polymer composite diaphragm
Drive unit: 10mm ultra high magnetic composite dynamic unit.
Simgot EN700 pictured here with the Opus#3 dap.
As usual I got a few hours on the earphones before I embarked on my review.
With the Simgot EN700 bass I first used the same set up as I did for the EN700 review. The Opus#1, CEntrance Hifi-Skyn and Shozy Alien Gold.
I volume matched with the Dr.Meter MS20 SPL meter.
Headphone switcher with ALO Audio SXC8 mini to mini cables for testing.
Later I listened with he iBasso DX200, Opus#3, Opus#1, Cozoy REI and straight out from my ipod touch 6G.
Whilst mentally comparing the Simgot EN700 bass to other earphones I was mindful that it is a US$100 earphone. Its specialized stylish design can make one think more of upmarket/higher priced models. And while its easy to sum up an earphone in this price region as `good performance for the price` etc, that can be a lazy approach, even If at times it most certainly is true in some cases.
The Simgot EN700 Bass is one of these earphones, its design, packaging and over all look scream `I`m a special kind of something`.
These days the market for lower priced earphones is heating up, some are making whole collections out of the sub $100 market.
Simgot EN700 pictured here with the Opus#3 dap.
Before commencing with the review of latest model lets revisit the Head pie review of the earlier version, the Simgot EN700:
`I have found the EN700 to be fairly clear and even overall. The main focus seems to be the mids and vocals, then the treble, and lastly the bass. It appears quite neutral.
It is a $100 earphone and performs as such, but with that there is a pleasing aspect to it.
Bass: The bass is there, but is fairly narrowly presented. On occasion deep, but not in your face heavy.
Mids: Are clear and add a musicality to the presentation. Crisp, smooth and lush. Not overly warm.
Treble: Has a good clarity. Adds a lightness and airiness to the presentation. No sibilance or harshness to the treble.
Vocals: They come across as natural and are nicely matched to the music. Prominent, but neither too far forward nor recessed.
Sound stage: The sound stage is medium, but the separation of instruments makes up for this.
If I were to describe what I am hearing, the bass is in the middle of my head, the mids and treble reach the outside rim of my head and ears.
Instrument separation: This is done quite cleverly. The EN700 houses a large 10mm driver and it performs quite satisfactory. Quite musical, a bit of bleed in here and there but overall very enjoyable and laid back with decent details.`
So there we have the summary from the earlier version the EN700.
How does it compare to the more recent model Simgot EN700 bass?
Well as mentioned earlier the build most certainly is superior in terms of fit, design and the cable.
The Simgot EN700 Bass edition comes with two sets of tips the 1 and 2 versions.
Ear tip set 1 has a larger bore and as expected has less bass and more highs.
Simgot `Powerful mid-high frequency. High resolution and penetration. Crystal clear sound`.
Ear tip set 2 has a smaller bore and you get more bass and a slightly larger sound stage.
Simgot `Enhanced bass and superior listening comfort. Outstanding attenuation of ambient sibilance. Neutral and bass-driven sound`.
Choose which sound sig you like.
The bass as expected is more present, but not entirely thumping in your face, it is refined enough to please the bass hungry without overflowing into warm sludge.
On the Tip set 1. (Large bore).
The result is a clear and neutral sound.
Quite pleasant and non offensive.
Bass hits normally as the track intended.
Sound stage is small to medium.
Separation is effective between instruments.
The vocals seem a bit recessed at times or even with the music and certainly not forward.
Overall a laid back sound with no real emphasis on lows, mids or highs.
A fairly balanced sound.
On the Tips set 2.
The Tip set 2 is meant to give more improved bass, and it certainly is, yet comes across as an L shape.
I think the bass could be more boosted and think it may be more due the thinness of the tips than the earphones themselves.
Quite warm and airy at the same time, vocals are more forward and the highs are present but less so than on Tip set 1.
Again the sound stage is of the lower medium, and separation again is again quite good.
The earphones potential is let down by the thinness of the tips I think.
JVC Spiral tips
As expected the sound is clear and veers toward the neutral side of things.
It has quite pleasing and effective instrument separation.
There is still a hint of a V shape, but the slight merge of the lows and the mids gives it a L or VvV shape.
There could be a better control at times, and clarity can suffer with more busier tracks- but overall the control with the JVC tips is vastly greater.
Nice full sound with the thicker tips. The Bass hits harder when it needs to.
The sound stage improves also from medium to medium plus.
There is a distinct improvement over the stock tips and elevates the EN700 bass into a decent earphone for $100 and something I could quite happily listen to.
Simgot EN700 pictured here with the Opus#3 dap.
At US$100 on Amazon the Simgot (or Suzuka) EN700 Bass earphone falls into the budget zone for earphones.
Affordably priced and a step up from the original EN700 in terms of shell design and shape.
Fantastic stylish cable.
The Simgot EN700 Bass is a decent choice for the budding audiophile.
The Simgot EN700 is most certainly affordable, although I still have memories of buying my first $100 pair of earbuds and thinking to myself `what am I doing?`. Ah earlier innocent days.
The packaging is very beautiful.
The earphones themselves are a big step up in design from the earlier model, the EN700. The housing is smaller and the fit more natural and easier.
The cable is a nice braided affair and covered in a type of material, yet still pliable. The earlier version was more a medium type plastic or rubber coating which didn`t yield so well.
I read that a version with a detachable MMCX cable will be released in the future.
A nice double set of tips (small and large bore), with S.M and L for each helps the user to get a decent seal and a comfortable fit.
The Simgot EN700 scales up quite well when matched with a +$500 dap, clarity, sound stage and detail is improved.
I found using the JVC Spiral Tips vastly improved the Simgot EN700 Bass, tighter, fuller, wider and better separation and clarity overall.
The Simgot EN700 Bass an excellent, comfortable and stylish looking $100 earphone that can be improved with a simple bit of tip rolling.
Thank you to Simgot for sending Head pie the Simgot EN700 Bass for review
Pros - Eye-catching and professionally packaged IEM
Value For Money with good tip choice
Cons - Non-detachable cable
Cardboard tips holder prone to degrade
I didn't get the chance actually to listen to the original EN700 release from Chinese newcomers, SIMGOT.
I believe it was out last year and it is a fetching design and brought a bit of a stir though it also had its detractors with some critique on how it could be improved.
The most important feedback I believe was the lack of bass, both in terms of reach and physicality leading more reviews to praise it for its mid-centric bias but leaving them wanting just a bit more on the low-end.
This seemed to be compounded by the comment or two on the uneven treble response on the original version. Otherwise, a lot of people thought the EN700 had good potential in the budget range with some eye-catching aesthetics and accessories.
The second one I could pick out was the rubbery materials used on the cable which didn't seem to be a huge negative but more of a missed opportunity to be addressed any further revision.
Well back comes SIMGOT a year later with the $109.99 EN700 BASS edition and no surprises what the new title might actually to allude to in terms of revisions on this product line.
What Is The Pitch?
The EN700 BASS is basically the EN700 new and improved and for just $10 more than the original. The word BASS is the key pitch here with the EN700 BASS being pushed as much more impactful and fuller sounding than before particularly on the low end as well as smoothing out a few of the treble peculiarities of the original.
The second pitch is the new cable. It is still non-detachable, in fact as I am told, SIMGOT will release a version of the EN700 BASS with a detachable cable int he near future though expect to pay a little more for that one. The current iteration of the cable is actually quite fetching in aesthetics and is much better all round for general everyday use than the rubbery original.
The final pitch is the build itself. SIMGOT have done a tiny bit of tweaking to the form factor of the EN700 BASS with an upgraded memory hooking system that should result in a better seal and less chit chat about seal issues than before.
The EN700 BASS is a single dynamic driver IEM built from a fairly lightweight aluminum alloy in a two-piece design though the top plate is comprised of 4 layers packed tightly together to be able to produce that distinctive design.
The design is like what would happen if you blended a Fidue A91 with a Hifiman HE1000 then shrunk it all down to size. It is probably one of the most eye-catching and unique universal IEM designs I have seen to date.
The back side is all A91 with a shallow teardrop/semi-oval shell and a short straight nozzle and a discreet bass port just below the stem. The front side is all Hifiman with a distinctive lateral grill pattern that gives an impression of an open headphone design but it is, in actual, fact, quite closed.
The finish of the EN700 BASS will largely depend on the color choice you go with. SIMGOT have launched no less than 4 different color schemes in a matte finish with the blue version yet to have an official artsy name. The other three are called thin-ink, coal-black, and bright red which roughly translates to titanium, black, red and of course, blue.
All the colors though have the same rose gold accent on the outer rim of the top plate which matches nicely with the cable connection joint and complements the more rustic colors of the cable. My personal preference is either the black or titanium which seems to blend a little better with the accented paint job than the red or blue.
The EN700 BASS has a non-detachable OFC braided wire with 400D DuPont KEVLAR fiber measuring around 1.2m in length and terminated with a straight 3.5mm gold-plated stereo jack. This is actually a pretty cool looking braided design. It is not the normal looser weave, instead, it is tight and more rounded in its finish with an aluminum y-split tube that seems to keep everything closely packed.
From the y-split tube, the cable splits into left and right so it is slightly thinner but more malleable for working round the ear. The memory hooks have also changed from the original EN700 with a more transparent clear color compared to the previous darker black materials.
The memory hooks are more guides than anything hugely memory retentive so whilst you can't do a huge amount in terms of shaping them they do a decent job of keeping the unit in your ear. They are also low profile enough for glasses to be worn without significant discomfort.
The cable is very soft and easy to work with by the way and almost zero microphonics and dead quiet even with movement. It is not totally memory free, there are a few kinks here and there but overall it works itself out within the course of 10 to 15 minutes.
SIMGOT have supplied two different types of tip packages with the EN700 BASS called Eartips I and Eartips 2. Both 1 and 2 comprise of 3 sets of small, medium and large single bore silicone tips attractively arranged in a cardboard tip tray.
Where they differ is in the diameter of the opening with Eartip 1 having the large opening of the two. The larger the opening the more porous the design is for bass so Eartip II, with its thinner bore opening, is designed specifically to enhance the bass signature of the EN700 BASS. Eartip 1 with that wider bore will reduce the bass output in favor of the higher frequencies (mids and treble).
Beyond that, I have no clue where to put the little cardboard trays as they fit rather nicely in the supplied leather case holder but once you put the IEM in there is no room really for anything else. Also, being cardboard the trays will likely fray and fall apart rather easily. My suggestion is to grab a tiny plastic bag and dump them in there and place at the bottom of the case should you wish to tip change on the go.
Comfort & Seal
This is purely anecdotal but I honestly had no issues with the fitting of the EN700 BASS. The nozzle is reasonable in length so tips will play a role and normally silicone tips provide an average seal for me but on this occasion, the supplied tips did much better locking them in fairly tight with above average seal. You will get a bit of background noise for sure with that bass port preventing a rock-solid seal but otherwise no issues once the music started playing.
Those with smaller ears do watch out for potential pressure against the upper concha of your outer ear which is where I suspect contact would be most likely. Also, the cable does point inwards ever so slightly and the metal cable joint does come across the most forward part of the Helix which can irritate some after prolonged use.
Accessories & Packaging
The rest of the package is quite good at this point with special praise for the rather fetching branded brown leather case. It matches the tones of the EN700 BASS cable and chassis finish quite well and there is plenty of room for it and a bag of tips for listening on the go.
Not sure about the meme at the back "A salute to art & science" but I get where they are coming from. The front contains the SIMGOT branding and the flap is magnetically sealed to keep it all fairly low profile.
Aside from the leather case and the two sets of tips you also get the following:
Velcro binder with logo
Global Warranty & VIP card
Small cleaning Brush
All of these comes in a rather attractive and professional manufactured retail box consisting of a white printed sleeve over a very fetching but understated black box that contains the IEM and accessories in a simple but attractive layout. Nothing overly complicated about this packaging and that is why I like it.
Whether you use tip 1 or tip 2 with the EN700 BASS the core response is a v-shaped presentation with a 'warm to neutral' presentation and a fairly well tuned and energetic upper mids to lower treble signature. Tip 1 will go slightly more neutral with a bit more upper mid to treble energy and tip 2 will bring in more warmth and body, particularly on the low-end.
As such the v-shape will add a fairly spacious sounding quality to the EN700 BASS soundstage though imaging and instrumental positioning are on a bit more on the vague side but nothing sub-par at this price point.
Tonality & presentation 'Eartip I'
These are the wider opening tips and they sound a bit cleaner and better balanced for me than the tip 2 selection which came across as overly mid-bass dominant and lacking in a top end articulation for rock but better for some EDM.
Tonally it's still a relatively warm to neutral signature but this time the mids are a bit more spacious sounding and the bass is not quite as boosted and full sounding. It does not lack impact, by the way, the bass response is still north of neutral but it is not the dominant range with the ear tip 1.
Treble is more forward sounding on tip 1, with more sparkle and energy compared to the more laid back sound of tip 2. Note quality is on the thinner side but it cleaner attack works better for me for percussion and synth work which needs more perceptible clarity and focus.
Tonality & presentation 'Eartip II'
Tonally the EN700 BASS gets a little warmer with a significant low-end boost with these smaller opening tips.
Boosting is more around the 80-100HZ marker with a dip into the lower mids. It rolls off a touch once you drop below 50-80Hz also so whilst there is decent extension the EN700 BASS is more about quantity and impact with tips 2 than sub-bass rumble and power.
Thankfully, the EN700 BASS doesn’t suffer from an overly boosted upper bass bloat so lower mid-range clarity instrumental clarity is not bad whilst never sounding particularly thin or lacking in weight.
Timbre using tip 2 is more on the euphoric side with a richer presentation throughout including vocals which are fuller sounding than tip 1. Tip 2 will appeal to those who like a smoother sounding more natural quality to their mids and vocal performance.
Treble on tip 2 is laid back, not quite as energetic as tips 1 with a softer attack and less articulation. It is not as perceptibly forward or clean sounding so those looking for more percussive presence and sparkling synth attacks might look to tip 1. Those who like a more forgiving top end with more body will enjoy tip 2.
Tuning notes on both Tips
One thing to note on both tips. Sibilance is at a minimum. The upper mid to lower treble on the EN700 BASS has a fairly nice level of energy without ever sounding harsh or peaky. Switching from tips 1 or 2 is really just about how much presence you want in this area as neither will spoil that excellent tuning.
The EN700 BASS is rated at 16 ohms and 101dB so it is fairly easy on the voltage for reasonable volume but it is not an overly sensitive IEM in general. Testing across the DAPs I found the volume levels to be fairly wide ranging from fairly quiet to reasonably loud, much more so than some BA equivalents.
Note this is nothing scientific and our comfortable listening levels may differ from person to person but not by a big amount to render these figures irrelevant.
FiiO/ALO Audio Pairings
The EN700 BASS performed with more aplomb when used with better quality amps. On DAPs such as the N3, it sounded musical with decent impact but the dynamics and clarity jumped in quality once switched to the line out with amps such as the FiiO A5 and even better with ALO Audio's RX and V5 amps.
On all 3 noise control was excellent, better than I expected. Voltage control was also not too bad with shorter wiggle room on the A5 as expected given its power. The RX aggressive gain was a little muted also and there was plenty of room for volume control on the V5 in low gain.
With the A5 the bass tightened up a little with the greater weight of the three and a little more sub-bass power. The V5 pulled the EN700 BASS back a touch compared to the A5 but produced a sweet cleaner mid-range and vocal performance. The RX was perhaps the best all-rounder with the EN700 BASS with a clean, dynamic and punchy presentation.
iBasso's two mid-range portable amps, the D14 and PB3, produced different results with the EN700 BASS. The PB3 in particular opened up the midrange more than the A5 with a smooth delivery. The EN700 BASS's low-end was a bit linear, perhaps not so weighted but much better definition and dynamics than the N3, X1 2nd gen, and the AP60 DAPs on their own.
The D14/EN700 BASS pairing for me did not sound as spacious in the mids as the PB3 and exhibited a bit of a brighter more energetic treble response though at times this veered into some unwanted glare. If I had to choose between the two I would pick the PB3 as the ideal pairing from iBasso's range of mid-fi amps.
AAW Nebula One
The Nebula One has a 16 ohm and 100dB SPL rating so it is relatively easy to drive and remains fairly distortion free on decent portable amps (DAP/DAC or analog).
It is relatively similar in terms of efficiency to the EN700 BASS so similar sources and voltage settings should see both being driven fairly satisfactorily. Both show similar levels of low noise and fairly hiss free on DAPs and good noise control on portable IEM amps.
Tonally both IEMs have the same bias to a fattened low-end though I find the EN700 BASS to have better quantity and a slightly warmer approach and the Nebula One to be marginally pacier sounding. Mids and treble on the EN700 BASS have a bit more body and smoother sounding than the Nebula One.
Treble on the Nebula One can sound a little brittle in comparison particularly in the lower treble response. As such I find the EN700 BASS a bit more forgiving and natural sounding with percussion and synth work. The same also for vocals with the EN700 BASS, particularly with tip 1 sounding the more natural of the two with better body and less sibilance.
The CL750 is an impressively inefficient single DD driver IEM rated at just 89dB and 150 ohms. Call it the baby brother of the CL1 if you will but it still requires pretty much similar levels of voltage and power tweaking to sound good. This is the poster child for budget audiophile ratings in an IEM and “Made For iPod” it most definitely is not.
In fact so glaringly inefficient there is actually a warning sticker on the front of the box in case you might have missed the implications of such a spec. The silver label simply reads “For Use With Amplifiers”.
By contrast, the EN700 BASS will happily run off most sources at just 16 ohms and 101dB. It has average efficiency for a dynamic IEM though so it will sound better with better quality amps but it has nowhere near the amping requirements of the CL750. On the flipside noise is not an issue with the CL750 but the tonal pairing is, unlike the EN700 BASS which is fairly forgiving on most sources.
The fact that both have dipped mids is rather moot because tonally both couldn't be further apart. The CL750 is wonderfully detailed at this price point with a fantastic imaging capability delivering a very nice level of spatial cues awareness that the EN700 BASS can only dream off. The CL750 low-end is warm but not as full-sounding as the EN700 BASS and it doesn't have the same level of sub-bass quantity with a quicker roll-off.
And yet, the CL750 is much brighter, peaky at times, and far more sibilant than the EN700 BASS. It can make for an uncomfortable experience if poorly matched. Fundamentals lack a bit of power so instrumental notes are thinner sounding and lack authority on the CL750.
Vocals on the CL750 are more energetic sounding with plenty of space to work but have a very sharp attack, particularly on higher pitched female vocals. The EN700 BASS vocal performance is sibilant free, a bit more natural and fuller sounding. Certainly a lot more forgiving than the CL750.
This is an acquired taste no doubt. The CL750 is a detail freak at this price point but it comes at a cost where matching and treble tolerance are at their most demanding. The EN700 BASS doesn't paint such an interesting and challenging presentation but it will happily run off most sources and in a much more forgiving manner.
The EN700 BASS is an eye-catching and professionally packaged IEM that stands out from the crowd at this price point. Which is a good thing because the budget marker of $100 finds some very competitive alternative options which for me runs the EN700 BASS very close in terms of tonal quality.
The unique selling point of the varied tips in terms of bore diameter is a good addition and provides some nice options for tweaking the sound. Both have their own unique qualities with tip 2 giving you a big hike in mid-bass quantity and decent sub-bass presence compared to the more balanced and open sounding tip 1 which prefers to show off the top-end a bit more.
Add to that the rather fetching leather case and excellent quality cable I actually enjoyed what the EN700 BASS had to offer. It is not often you get something memorable in the budget range. All too often I remember some for the wrong reasons but the EN700 BASS does give you fairly safe but musical presentation with a unique sense of styling.
Transducer unit N50 high magnetic composite moving-coil driver
Diaphragm Polymer composite titanium diaphragm
Frequency response 15Hz-40kHz
Sensitivity ≥101dB（at 1000Hz）
Distortion <1% 101dB（20μpa）
Channel imbalance <1.5dB（at 1000Hz）
Rated power 10mW
Cable OFC braided wire with 400D DuPont KEVLAR fiber
That's a pretty thorough review. Nicely done.
Pros - Well balanced and natural, Wide soundstage, Fabulous cable, Effective tuning, Great case
Cons - Cable non-removable, Sight bass bloat, Average isolation
Simgot doesn’t have the rich heritage of decade-old Western audio giants like Bowers and Wilkins, Grado and Shure, but their fresh outlook on audio does net them with a certain level of creative freedom. And though their first earphone, the EN700, didn’t grant them with a glorious entrance onto the audio scene like other Chinese manufacturers Dunu and Oriveti, Simgot’s huge aspirations are only matched by their stunning rate of development; demonstrated by their upcoming EN700 Pro along with a set full-wireless earphones. And sitting in the middle is the EN700 Bass, an evolution of the EN700 that has proved to be one of my favourite earphones around the $100 USD price class. Keep reading to see how the EN700 Bass compares to some of the most competitive earphones around this price and whether it’s natural tones will work for you.
About Me, Background, Gear of choice, Preferences and Biases –
I generally prefer a u-shaped sound that is close to neutral. I like a lot of detail and clarity but can appreciate a smooth, laid back sound. I’m not particularly treble sensitive so I may be more forgiving of brightness over darkness. I will note if I use a different eartip/pad/cover during the review and describe the sound changes.
I would like to thank Simgot very much for getting in contact and providing me with the EN700 Bass for review. There is no monetary incentive for a positive review and despite receiving the earphones free of cost, I will be as objective as possible in my analysis.
The EN700 Bass has a nice unboxing, the larger box and high-quality print convey a greater sense of quality than models like the Magaosi K3 Pro for instance. The outer box slides off to reveal a textured hard box.
Inside lies the earphones within foam along with the very nice leather carrying case just below. Within the case are 6 pairs of tips within cardboard holders that enable the user to adjust the sound of the earphones; 3 pairs that boost low frequencies and 3 pairs of high frequency orientated tips.
All tips are of nice quality and provide a really great way to alter the sound, illuminating the astonishing effects tip rolling can produce on other earphones, not just the EN700 Bass. The included case is also of great quality with a hard design coated in convincing PU Leather. It comfortably fits the earphones and magnetically closes, one of my favourite oem cases.
The EN700 Bass is a very intriguing looking earphone that instantly reminded me of open-back planar magnetic headphones like the Hifiman HE1000, just shrunken down. And in person, the earphones definitely impress with their design and build, they are certainly far less awkward than online renders would suggest. Ergonomically, the earphones are also quite sound despite their more unorthodox design. In terms of configuration, the earphones are available in black, blue, grey and red, all of which have their own charm. I opted for the burgundy model for visual impact within my photos though in person, they are rather a bright red. While I would prefer a darker red model, the black and grey models will please buyers looking for a more discrete earphone.
From first impression, the EN700’s impressed me far more than I was expecting, their fully aluminium housings delighting with their cold touch. The earphones are absolutely solid without creak or any obvious points of weakness. The outer faces are stunning with a burgundy fabric peeking out from behind the grey grill outlined in gold accent. A small seam runs around the outer face though the housings are well joined without palpable seam. They are coated in a silky matte finish that feels great in the hand and ear and the nozzles are also well-angled and integrated into the metal housings, preventing cracking and stress as is prevalent with some plastic earphones.
The EN700 Bass is not a small earphone, but they do manage their size well through their proportions. The EN700 Bass doesn’t contact much of the ear with a very flush inner face and the shorter nozzles produce quite a shallow fit. Despite this, I never struggled to find a good seal and stability was faultless during general commute due to their over-ear design. I still wouldn’t take them for a run, they don’t quite lock into the ear like the Magaosi K3 Pro though they don’t protrude nearly as much from the ear as the TFZ King. In addition to their ergonomic styling, their shallow fit avoids the sense of pressure exerted by deeper fitting earphones, further increasing comfort. I did notice some hot spots forming around the fronts of my ears after extended usage (3-4hrs); they aren’t as faultless as the Oriveti Basics but they aren’t an awkward or uncomfortable earphone either, quite the opposite.
As a consequence of their shallow fit, the earphones do have rather average noise isolation losing almost all low-end presence when outside of home, even with considerable volume increase. They are fine for commute but struggle on public transport. From online renders, it would appear as if the earphones are semi-open with the outer grills providing some venting to the drivers in addition to a small port on the inner face. Regardless, earphones like the TFZ King and Oriveti Basic are better suited towards travel.
The EN700 Bass lacks a removable cable like the Magaosi K3 Pro and Oriveti Basic though the included unit is of superb quality. While I can’t comment on the acoustic properties of the cable, ergonomically, it’s rather outstanding. It’s an 8-core cable with a tight braid and smooth texture, the transparent sheathing reveals the OFC copper weaving underneath. The cable is super supple and compliant, easily coiling for storage. Memory is almost non-existent and tangles resistance is very good. In addition, the anodised y-split and straight 3.5mm plug are both of great quality, enhancing the feel of the earphones; I commend Simgot for using such a quality cable rather than opting for a generic unit like so many other manufacturers. The cable on the EN700 Bass makes them much easier to handle than the springy TFZ King and the rubbery K3 Pro and the molded plastic ear guides are far more desirable than memory wire.
My only qualm is that the cable leaves the earphones horizontally rather than having a slight incline to route over the ear. I suspect this is the main reason why the earphones lack the stability of the Basics and K3 Pro’s and it seems to be a purely aesthetic design decision.
The EN700 bass doen’t have the groundbreaking hybrid driver setup of earphones like the 1More Triple Driver and Magaosi/Audbos K3 Pro but rather utilise the tried and true dynamic driver. And I honestly have no issue with that, because the EN700 Bass has no issue keeping up with similarly-priced armature and micro driver models. And what technical ability they lack in comparison to the best $100 hybrids, they more than make up for with their natural tuning that represents far more maturity than one would expect from such a new company.
As always, I gave the EN700 Bass around 200 hours of burn-in before review but didn’t notice any substantial changes from initial impressions, perhaps the midrange has become a little more linear, but I wouldn’t say that burn-in is essential at all with these earphones.
The EN700 Bass produces quite a balanced sound that can be appreciably altered via the two sets of included ear tips. As with the filters on the K3 Pro, the tips mostly just alter the tonality of the earphones while quality remains almost identical. With the high-frequency focused tips installed, the EN700 Bass produces a balanced, slightly brighter sound with a punchy low-end and prominent but not fatiguing high-end. The bass tips essentially just increase low-frequency presence without touching the other frequencies too much. They unsurprisingly provide a warmer sound, notably enhancing mid-bass presence and adding a little body to male vocals, the earphones simply sound lusher with the bass tips. The Earphones are actually quite balanced with the bass tips, they are u-shaped with nice vocal presence and avoid being overly treble forward while retaining some sparkle and air up top. The high-frequency tips are aptly named, because I would not consider the earphones to be balanced when equipped with those tips, rather they slightly bias high-frequencies. If you’re coming from something like the Hifiman RE-400, the high-frequency tips may be to your liking though for a lot of listeners, myself included, the bass tips will likely provide a more pleasing listen. All comments will be with the bass tips installed unless otherwise noted.
I’ve been on a roll recently with the K3 Pro and Fiio F5, and the EN700 Bass maintains my streak with another impressive soundstage performance. In fact, I do prefer them in this regard to the K3 Pro as they are better rounded and image better as a result. Space is very good though they still retain an ovular presentation that places emphasis on width. They are just as wide as the K3 Pro and depth is much improved; they do have a moderate amount of forward projection with track that call for it. Centre image is a little hazy, they don’t have the solid centre of the K3 Pro but also lack the blank spaces. When listening to “Playing to lose” by Lemaitre, the EN700 Bass provided great vocal width with nice layering and an intimate but not congested sense of depth. Imaging was also really nice, both vocals and instruments were easily located. Separation is another forte of the EN700 Bass, they never struggled with congestion during my testing due to their spacious presentation and clear sound. They performed similar to the Oriveti Basic and were overall more consistent than the K3 Pro. If soundstage performance is important to you, the EN700 Bass is a good place to start.
The En700 Bass is quite sensitive at 101dB, less so than the TFZ King but also appreciably more so than K3 Pro. They have a lower impedance of 16ohms and, utilizing a single dynamic driver, did sound very consistent across my various sources. They aren’t difficult to drive at all and will be well served by most modern smartphones and iPods, even my iPod Nano 7G drove the EN700 Bass quite well with minimal compression and plenty of volume. Listening to my HTC 10 with Poweramp Alpha, my volume levels were as follows:
K3 Pro – 11/50
EN700 Bass – 8/50
TFZ King – 6/50
Through my HTC 10 and Oppo HA-2, the EN700 Bass achieved a considerably expanded soundstage with the Oppo producing some extra detail and resolution, especially within the high-end. That being said, users should not that amplification is a necessity with the EN700 Bass though they do scale with better sources, notable with their soundstage.
Simgot made sure to emphasise that the “bass” moniker added to the new EN700 doesn’t insinuate that the earphones are bass-head targetted earphones, rather that they have addressed the analytical tone of their previous earphones. And taking a quick listen, it was good to see that Simgot haven’t over compensated. Bass is characterised by mid-bass punch and impact over sub-bass slam with a slightly uneven tuning that provides an interesting yet mostly enjoyable character; they are actually tuned very similarly to the K3 Pro in terms of bass along with the same strengths and weaknesses. In terms of quality, bass might be my least favourite aspect of the earphone though they are hardly a subpar performer in comparison to similarly priced models. Sub-bass extension is okay but not exemplary, and the TFZ King and Oriveti Basic both provide considerably more slam to the very lowest notes. When listening to Simply Red’s “Holding Back the Years”, the mellow bass tones possessed some rumble and texture but sub-bass notes had a softer tone similar to the K3 Pro. Mid-bass has a moderate boost with the bass tips, producing a sound that is on the lusher side of neutral but retains enough balance for genre versatility. Some bloat is evident, producing texture loss; the K3 Pro’s had slightly more texture to bass notes and were more consistent between tracks while the TFZ King and Oriveti Basic sounded more defined and textured yet. The EN700 Bass also has a slightly slower bass response, they don’t become overwhelmed due to their mostly tasteful tuning though finer texture and bass detail during rapidly transitioning bass tones are frequently lost. Furthermore, though similar in tuning, switching to the K3 Pro’s immediately revealed a faster, tighter bass response.
Still, these comments are in comparison to some of the absolute finest earphones around $100 and when compared to earphones like the Shure SE215, the EN700 Bass holds just as much advantage as those earphones over the EN700 Bass. The EN700 Bass immediately boasts more sub-bass slam and extension than the SE215 while lacking the thicker tone of the Shure’s that can muddy bass notes and bleed into the midrange. The EN700 Bass retains a lusher character but avoids any spill and midrange detail loss. There’s really nothing wrong with the EN700’s bass performance and one can easily find enjoyment in their tuning. So I do feel that the bass tuning and performance of the EN700 Bass is good, they just lag behind class leaders at this price.
The midrange on the EN700 Bass does a lot to redeem their bass performance; they have a very natural and balanced response that really surprised me. Both the upper and lower midrange are well balanced, mids are slightly brighter though I never found lower midrange instruments or vocals to sound recessed or distant. In relation to bass and treble, vocals are given nice presence, neither sounding as recessed as the K3 Pro or Oriveti Basic nor as aggressive and forward as the TFZ King. Mids are also given a really nice sense of body that grants vocals with a great sense of realism and the EN700 Bass avoids sound raspy like the K3 Pro and occasionally King. The EN700 Bass actually reminds me more of the very smooth, refined Oriveti Basic though with more balance and presence making for a very rewarding midrange presentation. Listening to IU’s “Palette” and vocals were very well rendered with plenty of clarity and great layering; often Asian tracks can sound overly thin due to their style of mastering though the EN700 Bass provided a pleasingly restrained reproduction. And despite sounding natural and balanced, the EN700 Bass still retains its own character, they aren’t “flat” like the Hifiman RE-600, they just don’t sound artificially boosted. Resolution is also very good, and though the King and K3 Pro both hold a slight advantage in that department, detailing is on a similar level to those earphones. Background and even some micro-detail is well resolved though neither are brought to the fore quite as much as the King. That being said, they are clearly rawer and more detailed than the Basic who’s smoother, more laid-back character glosses over these finer intricacies. Ultimately, the EN700 Bass provides a very tasteful balance between clarity and realism, resolution and smoothness. They aren’t quite awe inspiring like the King and even the K3 Pro, but they are ever more realistic without losing engagement.
Treble is similarly very well done with great extension and a natural tone. Similar to their midrange, high-notes also have quite realistic body when compared to the thinner King and K3 Pro, they also sound more linear and extended than the Basic which had a bit of roll-off at the very top. The EN700 Bass excels with instruments such as trumpets that sound lush and realistic whereas a lot of treble boosted earphones around this price compromise on that natural sense of detail and realism in pursuit of clarity and resolution. That being said, the EN700 Bass is not lacking in resolution at all, treble is clear and clean with pleasing linearity and no obvious peaks or dips. I find Jazz a good indicator of treble performance as the mastering is very revealing of overly boosted or uneven earphones and the EN700 Bass unsurprisingly provided an impressive reproduction. Listening to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” revealed crisp guitar strums and smooth strings free of grain. By comparison, the King sounded a little over-forward and aggressive in the highs while the K3 Pro sounded uneven, losing a lot of background detail. The EN700 Bass rather excels with background detail without aggressively shoving it the listener’s face. They are a great choice for non-fatiguing listening sessions without compromising too much on clarity, resolution and air, something that I can’t say about a lot of earphones these days.
The EN700 Bass is just as impressive as the exemplary K3 Pro and King even without being as technically proficient as either. As has been said time and again, tuning remains just as important as driver quality or setup and the Simgot have maximised the potential of their affordable dynamic with a mature sound that is delightfully natural. And balanced isn’t to be taken as neutral, they certainly are not, but each frequency is given its own space and room to shine.
Simgot are working hard on their new models but that’s not to discredit the EN700 Bass as those earphones are targetted at different users and price points. As is, Simgot has a really great competitor at this price though there are a few caveats buyers must consider. Perhaps the most important factor to consider is longevity, and though the cable on the EN700 Bass is sublime, being non-removable does make the earphones significantly more vulnerable to failure down the road. Not all competitors possess this feature, but I know it is one that a lot of buyers value. So if you are tough on your earphones and value portable usage and durability, perhaps something like the Oriveti Basic will be a better match. But if you are looking for pure sound quality and a comfortable fit at home, the EN700 Bass will be sure to impress with a sound that is immediately more mature and refined than its competition.
Verdict – 8/10, The build is fantastic and the accessories are splendid. The ergonomics are reliable if not ideal and the ability to alter the level of bass will provide another layer of enjoyment to these earphones for those with varied genre tastes. The EN700 Bass is one of the most natural earphones around this price.
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Pros - Awesome build and design, Very nice over the ear fit, Cable and sound are improved from original version, Really enjoyable sound signature, Fatigue free upper frequency response, Premium materials used inside and out, Excellent price to performance ratio, Nice leather case included, Nice silicone stock tip selection, Will appeal to those who want a robust bass performance without going overboard on bass
Cons - Cable is prone to tangling, No under the ear fit, Not for those who prefer lean bass, No foam tips included in the accessories, Some may find the mid-range to be too relaxed
At the time this review was written, the Simgot EN700 Bass edition was listed for sale on Amazon and Penon Audio’s website. Here are links for more information and purchase:
Hang out on Head-Fi long enough and you’ll come across an earphone that catches your attention. As someone who likes to review products, I’m always on the lookout for the next best thing from up and coming manufacturers.
About a year ago, a new company came along that introduced a rather unique and premium looking earphone. The company was named Simgot, and the product was the EN700. A few reviewers got their hands on them and wrote fairly positive reviews.
Fast forward to a couple months ago, I was checking my Facebook notifications and received a friend request from someone I didn’t recognize. Before accepting the request I asked who they were. It turns out it was a representative of the Simgot company, and they were wondering if I was interested in reviewing their new EN700 Bass version. I gladly accepted.
Speaking with this individual (I can’t say their name because honestly, I don’t know it, the name is written in Chinese) they stated that they were previously part of a earphone company named Ostry. If you aren’t familiar with Ostry, you should be. Their heralded KC06 and KC06A are two EXCELLENT sounding earphones that I still often times recommend. Long story short, Simgot is in a way starting from where Ostry left off. Just like the KC06 had the bassier and more HiFi KC06A, Simgot has taken the EN700 and now offers the beefed up EN700 Bass. Let’s go over them with a comprehensive review.
I was given a free sample of the EN700 Bass in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I am in no way affiliated with Simgot. I would like to take this time to personally thank the Simgot representatives for an opportunity to experience and review the product.
The EN700 Bass comes in a medium size black box with a white cardboard outer sleeve that is nearly identical to the original EN700 box at first glimpse. The front of the white sleeve features a nice picture of the earphones.
The back of the sleeve shows schematics of the earphone’s internals as well as specifications.
Removing the sleeve and top of the black box, I’m greeted with a glimpse of the EN700 Bass set in a foam cutout, with a leather pouch on the bottom. Inside this box contains the EN700 Bass accessories (tips). The package feels premium and matches or exceeds the EN700 Bass asking price.
Specifications and Accessories
Wearing: In-ear style
Headset Type: Wired
With or without Mic: Without Mic
Plug diameter: 3.5mm
Headphone plug type: straight plug
1X EN700BASS earphone
6X Pairs silicone eartips
1X Earphone bag
1X Velcro Cable
Holding them in my hands, the build quality is great. EN700 Bass has sandblasted all metal housings. They have a little bit of heft to them, but it’s more of a “solid feel” kind of thing rather than being a weighted hindrance.
Between the craftsmanship, ergonomics, style and design, the EN700 Bass is honestly one of the best housing designs I’ve come across. It has been said before, but I can’t help it think of their design as being a miniature version of the HE1000 series. The grills have gold highlighted parallel lines that mimics the looks of the Hifiman flagship headphone.
Nozzles of the EN700 bass are of average length and width. Tip rolling is fun and easy to do. I was able to find several aftermarket tips that worked great with these nozzles. Even so, the stock tips are pretty much all you need. They provide a consistent seal and fit comfortably.
NOTE: The EN700 Bass comes in different housing color variations. Options are Titanium, Red, Blue, and Black. I received the “Titanium” version, but to my eyes it looks more like a gunmetal finish. Regardless of what you want to call it, it looks very high end and stylish. Build, design, and style are all top notch. Kudos to Simgot in this regard.
Cable, Y-Split, Cable Jack, Strain Reliefs
Simgot has improved from the EN700 with its cable design. The most noticeable thing being the change to an eight strand braided cable. This cable has a brown/gold tint to it, is very flexible and has virtually no spring or memory. The Y-split is a metal jacketed piece that splits the cable from eight strands to two four strand braids which lead to each channel. The cable ends in a straight style gold plated 3.5mm jack with plenty of strain relief. One thing to note, this new cable is very susceptible to tangles if you don’t wrap them. Try stuffing them in your pocket without taking the time to carefully wrap them and I can almost guarantee that you’ll have some knots to tend to.
A clear shrink wrap wire attaches to the housings about three to four inches from each housing. Unlike the more bendable memory wire of times past, the shrink wrap helps promote a more consistent, even and comfortable fit for my ears.
NOTE: During the review process Simgot contacted me to say that they plan on releasing a detachable cable version of the EN700 Bass. When/if a pair arrives I will make sure to share impressions of the product.
My pair of EN700 Bass didn’t come with a microphone or remote. It is strictly a plug and play earphone. Plug in, press play, turn the volume up and enjoy, then repeat when desired.
NOTE: When the detachable cable version is released, upgrading the cable will be a simple process that opens the door for upgrades to more premium models, or getting something with a mic/remote.
Ergonomics, Fit and Microphonics, Isolation
If you prefer an over the ear fit the EN700 Bass will most likely get your approval. The EN700 Bass cannot be worn cable down. Simgot carries over the same housing shape, and improves on the fit by using a cable that provides a much better and more consistent fit. The biggest improvement is the implementation of shrink wrap wire rather than the previous memory wire.
The housings are somewhat large but the shape is designed to fill the concha of almost every listener’s ears. An angled rubber/plastic strain relief is angled from the housing and connects to the shrink wrap wire which loops over each ear. Although the weight of the cable helps keep things in place, there is no chin/neck slider to help snug things securely. Had this earphone come with such feature I would probably give the EN700 Bass a perfect score in terms of over-ear fit. Even still, this isn’t a dealbreaker for me. I was able to use the EN700 bass for my morning run without having fit/comfort/cable issues. Despite being an over the ear design, the EN700 Bass does have some noticeable microphonics when music isn’t playing. With music playing (even at low volumes) cable noise is pretty much irrelevant. Isolation is average for a universal in-ear monitor. These earphones block out some, but not all external noise.
I did my demo with my usual gear. I used an LG-V10 for smartphone use, and either my Fiio X7, Aune M1S, or iBasso DX80 DAP/Bushmaster D14 DAC/Amp for high fidelity portable use. For desktop use, I used my Toshiba Satellite Laptop in combination with a ifi micro iDSD playing at 32/192 kHz. I tested them with several other sources as well. I used Google Music in its highest download quality (320 KBPS), and also streamed FLAC via Tidal streaming service. I also used purchased and downloaded tracks in MP3, FLAC, WAV and DSD. I make sure that any gear I test has sufficient playtime before writing a review.
I used my usual same songs for testing gear:
“Limit to your love” by James Blake (bass speed, punch, response)
“Doin’ it Right” by Daft Punk (sub bass)
“Get lucky” by Daft Punk (bass to midrange transition resolution, male vocals)
“Madness” by Muse (soundstage, separation)
“Some nights” by Fun (soundstage and male vocals)
“The soundmaker” by Rodrigo y Gabriela (texture and imaging)
“Bassically” by Tei Shi (bass to midrange resolution, female vocals)
“Skinny Love” performed by Birdie (female vocals, acoustic playback)
“One” by Ed Sheeran (male vocals, acoustic playback)
“Outlands” from the Tron Legacy Soundtrack (symphonic presentation, imaging)
“Sultans of swing” by Dire Straits (detail, separation, balance)
“And Justic for All” by Metallica (driver distortion, treble response, rock playback)
“Ten thousand fists” by Disturbed (driver distortion, treble response, rock playback)
Note: Other tracks were used, but the listed songs were primarily used to assess and break down the gear’s response.
Coming in at 16 Ohms the EN700 Bass is incredibly easy to drive and doesn’t need anything beyond the average smartphone to sound excellent. However, using the right high powered DAP will yield increased definition and command of each frequency range.
You can use these earphones with just about any source your have, but they do have a sweet spot. The EN700 Bass’ lower frequency forward tuning seemed to match well with a leaner or more linear sounding source. Although they rocked with my LG V20 in HiFi mode, I experienced an even higher increase in fidelity when using them with my Fiio X7/AM3 combo. Although the boosted lower frequencies don’t necessarily need taming, these earphones seem to match best for me with uncolored portable DAPs and high bitrate music files.
While in one breath I could say that the EN700 Bass is a bass enhanced version of the original, that would only be a half truth. The added bass completely changes my impression of them as compared to the original version (for the better). The EN700 Bass is HiFi in a really, really good way.
This earphone falls somewhere between an L and V signature. One of the first earphones that came to mind when listening to them was the TTPOD T1E. After comparing the two (which I will elaborate on later in the comparisons section) I can confirm that the two have some similarities in sound shape. Those who know me understand my appreciation for the T1E. Well, Simgot has managed to take the T1E sound and improve upon it. I will elaborate more on this in the comparisons section.
Although my recent preferences have leaned towards neutral and airy, the EN700 Bass has rekindled my appreciation for the L signature earphone. When an in-ear monitor’s bass performance is as impressive as the EN700 Bass (and also putting into consideration the relatively natural and fatigue free neighboring mids and highs) this sets up to be an almost addictive earphone tuning that keeps me coming back for more. When I’m leaving the house and want to take an earphone with me (and also considering comfort and fit) the tuning of the EN700 Bass are one of the first things to come to mind.
The EN700 Bass is the star of the show. This is thanks to their solid performance and balance in relation to the rest of the tuning. There are equal amounts of punch and rumble. Although the bass of these earphones is somewhat forward, it’s by no means excessive. These are not “basshead” earphones, so don’t let the word “bass” in their title lead you to believe this is the case.
The special sauce in this recipe for the EN700 bass is their ability to be responsive while maintaining some great extension and tone. From sub-bass to mid-bass there’s nothing missing. The EN700 Bass is dynamic and sounds good with all genres. The EN700 has the type of bass that can be subtle and polite at times, and rock the block when needed. No matter what I listened to with the EN700 Bass, the lower frequency performance was pretty superb. Although I consider the bass to be very responsive, the bold and big nature of it does have a slower attack and decay as compared to more linear “armature-ish” designs. I consider this a welcomed aspect for these earphones. This is a bass response that I enjoy thoroughly.
Mid-range on a whole takes a small step down from bass frequencies, but still balances out decently with the rest of the overall sound. There’s a somewhat airy presence in comparison to other in-ear monitors with similar tunings. Resolution is very good, albeit not elite.
Lower midrange is a bit subdued and male vocals have a natural yet relaxed feel. Nothing in the lower mid-range seems overly rich or bloated. Mid-bass does have a little resonance that can overshadow the relaxed tuning in this range, but is nowhere near what I would consider the dreaded “mid-bass bleed.” This relaxed and somewhat smooth sense carries through the ranges of most male and some female vocals.
Upper mid-range is another case. There is a lift at upper mid-range/lower treble frequencies and vocals finish with decent amount of bite. Thanks to the lifted bass presence this range balances out and prevents me from saying that the EN700 Bass is shouty. After this upper mid-range boost, things taper off. This forward frequency range also prevents me from saying that these earphones are dark sounding. The ratios and balance between upper mids and bass create some really nice synergy that works off of each other well. Simply put, these earphones are fun to listen to.
This earphone does a good job at keeping sibilant and harsh frequencies in recordings subdued and still maintaining a nice amount of sparkle. Sibilant ranges seemed slightly recessed to my ears. Pronunciations of the letters S and T are pretty relaxed and never harsh to my ears. Cymbal crashes are easily heard, but a little bit south of what I would consider neutral or natural sounding.
Resolution is good and inline with the rest of the earphone’s tuning. It’s on the better side of average, but not elite. With extremely complex music passages the treble tuning can lose a bit of clarity but never gets to the point of saying things are distorted.
To be completely honest, the treble tuning of this earphone sets up for people to be able to enjoy them at louder volumes. I caught myself turning these up a few extra clicks on the volume dial on several occasions.
Soundstage and Imaging
The impressive bass extension of the EN700 Bass gives them impressive depth. Add this to the somewhat airy midrange, we have a better than average soundstage. The slightly uneven lower to upper mid-range tuning in combination with the bold bass response prevents me from saying that these have a great sense of instrument placement.
TTPOD T1E ($30 to $50 USD on many sites, Discontinued)
I had to do this comparison because in all honesty, they measure and sound somewhat similar. I was sad to see the T1E be discontinued after their long tenured success. Their HiFi tuning and impressive bass response makes them one of the best budget in-ear monitors I’ve had the pleasure of using.
Comparing the two, there are more similarities than differences. In terms of sound shape they measure VERY similar, with the EN700 Bass being slightly more sensitive. The T1E isolates a little better. Bass is a little more extended with the T1E, but they are equally responsive. The EN700 Bass has a more airy and open presentation, and midrange sounds a bit more natural to my ears. Treble on the Simgot model is superior in terms of resolution and separation.
The EN700 Bass has a far superior design and build quality. Their metal housing trumps the plastic housing of the T1E, and their over the ear fit is more comfortable. EN700 Bass also gets a decisive advantage in terms of accessories. Their leather pouch is far better than the drawstring bag of the T1E.
Long story short, the EN700 Bass is a slightly more refined version of the same tuning. If you loved the sound of the T1E and want the next best thing, the EN700 Bass is the earphone for you. The added refinement in sound signature and huge leap in build and accessories easily justifies the leap in price as well.
Simgot EN700 (original) ($90 to $120 USD on many sites)
The original EN700 was shipped to me along with the Bass version to compare the two. They have the same shells with a slightly different finish. They are essentially a bass reduced version of the earphone I am covering today. However, the variance in bass tuning creates a very different impression.
Comparing the two, I will first make a confession that I personally am not a fan of the original EN700 tuning. They are a balanced and relatively even tuning, but with a upper mid-range and lower treble spike that makes most tracks sound shouty and aggressive to my ears and prevents me from enjoying many of the track I’m listening to with them.
Bass on both earphones is very responsive and perform well, with the Bass version being more forward. The Bass version has a slightly more forward lower mid-range in relation to the upper mids, and is more relaxed at lower treble frequencies. Overall, the EN700 Bass is a more even and also more HiFi tuning than the original. Those who didn’t care for the original EN700 for the same reasons, the Bass version is a huge upgrade in my opinion.
I give a slight advantage to the new Bass version for design and fit. The new cable is easier to use, and the shrink wrap is much easier to use than the long memory wire of the original EN700. Accessories are virtually identical.
The EN700 Bass is in my opinion a huge step in the right direction from Simgot, and big improvement from the original version. They are somewhere between an L and V sound shape. The bass response from this earphone is fabulously well-rounded and forward enough to be highly enjoyable, and without going overboard. The forward upper mid-range balances out nicely with bass frequencies and gives me an impression that is somewhere between HiFi and natural. Simgot has smoothed out much of the harsh frequencies and made an earphone that works well with every genre. Not only have they improved in terms of sound quality from the original, they’ve also improved the fit by adding a nice braided cable and shrink wrap wire that makes getting a secure and consistent fit easier than the memory wire version offered previously (FYI, they also have a detachable cable version coming soon).
I’m not going to say that these earphones are something that a certain demographic of preferences should avoid, because I think most people will appreciate what Simgot has done here. I like the fit and sound of these things quite a bit, and don’t see you regretting your purchase if what I described sounds like something that you might like.
When reviewing an item I often times question if an earphone justifies its asking price. With the EN700 Bass you could have doubled the current asking price and I would still say they do. They won’t challenge much of the summit-fi market, but I could see them rivaling many/most/all of the products in their respective price point (depending on listening and fit preferences).
When rating a product I have to take all criteria into account (including price). The EN700 Bass gets four stars for design and build (minus a half star for no cable down fit and no chin/neck slider), four and a half stars for fit, four and half stars for accessories, and four and half stars for sound. These are a solid product that fits and sounds great, especially for their price.
Thanks for reading and happy listening!
Pros - Natural sound, great looks and build
Cons - non detachable cable
Firstly I would like to thank Simgot for the sample, I always try to write honest reviews, these have received over 50hrs of burn-in. Some slight differences were noted.
Audio Opus #2 > EN700 Bass
Headphone sensitivity: 101dB/mW
Frequency range: 15-400000Hz
Distortion: <1% 101dB
Power Rating: 10mW
Conductor: oxygen-free copper wire, with Kevlar fibres.
Connector: 3.5mm Jack
Cable Length: 1.2m
Packaging, Build quality and Accessories:
The EN700 Bass come in a very attractive box, there is a white outer sleeve with a picture of the IEM’s, the model name and on the back you have information and specs. Slide this off and you are greeted with a thick, textured box that has a magnetic opening flap, open the flap and you get the IEM’s neatly in a foam intray. Underneath the foam you will find the accessories, overall a very neat and attractive unboxing experience that feels very premium for the price.
The build quality is really impressive, the cable is braided and uses Kevlar fibres to help strengthen it, the jack, y-split and housing all have good strain relief and the housings are a mix of metal and plastic. The overall build feels rugged and should put up with daily use very well.
Accessories are good; you get a very nice leather looking carry case, multiple single flange tips (2 different types for 2 different sound signatures). Overall a good amount of accessories and everything needed to ensure you get a good fit and also a choice of sound signature.
Comfort, Isolation and Cable noise:
The comfort is excellent, the smooth metal inner surface of the housing causes no issues, and the nozzle is at the perfect angle for these to sit relatively flush in your ears. The housing is big, and feels slightly heavy but I have not had any comfort issues (and I have small ears). They come with a small section of formed plastic as memory wire, but it does not include any actual wire, so that is a big plus in my opinion, it helps the cable stay behind the ear without discomfort.
Isolation is fairly average on these, as the housing is vented front and rear. They won’t block out crazy amounts like fully sealed units, but I found them ideal for general use and they allow you to stay fairly aware of your surroundings.
Cable noise is not an issue with these at all.
Tip type 1 for a crystal clear sound:
I find the EN700 Bass to be fairly balanced with these tips, the bass is still very present and really hits with authority when called for, but it does not drown out the lower mids. It also extends effortlessly with a very articulate and natural tone, luckily it can keep up with faster music too.
Onto the mids you get a very clear and crisp portrayal of vocals and guitars, slightly tilted towards the upper mids with only a tiny bit of sibilance. I really like the neutral sound of the mids, they don’t suffer from warming down low, yet don’t suffer from harshness up top either.
The highs are well extended and up front and present, you can clearly separate cymbal crashes and taps, there is plenty of detail and sparkle up top without being overly bright. I really like the presentation of the highs with these tips, as they are perfectly placed but again the tonality is spot on, without any metallic hint or grain.
Type 2 for enhanced bass:
The lows now become fuller, they don’t exactly gain more punch but the overall body is increased. These become a bit more fun and the bass becomes a little more up front. Still there is very little impact on the mids from the warm and articulate lows. Bass guitar tones really shine on these, and kick drums have body to back up the kick.
The mid are still detailed and clear, but with a little added warmth that makes them sound a bit easier to listen to, a little more lush. Still very very good detail in the mids, and they are far from being recessed or overshadowed.
The highs are toned down a little, but still retain that excellent tonality and space that is great about these. The highs do not lose their presence or sparkle, they still extend effortlessly.
The soundstage is a strong point of these, everything is very well placed within the wider than average space, with excellent air between all instruments.
Conclusion: Now this is how you release your first (technically 2nd) IEM. The EN700 Bass has so many redeeming qualities, it is well built, looks great and sounds great. What really stands out in my opinion is the timbre of these, they offer a very detailed and real sound. Every instrument sounds real, there is no grain or artificialness to the sound, and the soundstage is convincing rather than overly wide.
Whether you prefer the slightly cooler sound of the Type 1 tips that give you a little more controlled low end that allows you to focus more on the mids and highs, or you prefer the Type 2 tips that add a little more low end warmth and bloom, these IEM’s are sure to impress.
This review is proving to be quite difficult to sum up, because they do so much right and for a company’s first effort they really do sound excellent.
Sound Perfection Rating: 9/10 (Natural and fun with a tuneable sound)
Pros - Comfortable fit, sturdy build quality, aesthetics, good sound quality overall, jack-of-all-trades
Cons - Non-removable cable, treble might be too rolled off for some
Thanks to Simgot for reaching out to me and providing this review unit for my honest opinions.
Build Quality, Comfort & Features
The EN700 Bass’ look is quite unique to me, at least based on my limited knowledge of the in-ear monitor world. It reminds me of the Hifiman HE-1000 in a way, with a grill design on the shells themselves. Unlike the Hifiman headphone however, the Simgot IEMs are very much closed off and not prone to leaking sound either way as isolation is quite good on these. Do I like how it looks? Certainly, although I did go for the “safe” option of the black version out of their four available offerings. I absolutely must commend the packaging, and the small case it comes with to hold the IEMs.
Interestingly, Simgot provides two sets of eartips (small-medium-large) with the EN700 Bass. Option one gives you more emphasis on midrange clarity, achieved with having bigger holes apparently. Option two gives emphasis to bass.
Comfort gets a solid A rating, and due to the shape of the shell – you can listen to these in bed with no qualms. The non-detachable cable feels near indestructible and is positioned in an around-the-ear curl by default with a wrapping of clear plastic. This pretty much means you can only use this in that manner, which makes sense as the shell isn’t really shaped to be a “stick-it-in” form factor. It does retain some memory though, and is quite annoying to untangle due to how small the knots can get due to the weighty metal, but it isn’t too big a deal.
I know many can comfortably wear expensive IEMs in public, but I don’t think that I would be able to unless it was quite sturdy – and with detachable cables. While the EN700 Bass does not possess the latter, it definitely fits into the former category and is at a price point where I would have no issue taking these outside.
I’ll admit that when I first stuck these in my ear, I wondered why they had “bass” in their name. Sure there was bass, but it wasn’t so heightened that I felt that it should be emphasized in the marketing like it is. However, a little Googling clued me into the fact that this is just a version of Simgot’s EN700 IEM – except with more bass. So, straight off the bat I was glad that I got the bass version instead of the original. In fact, I’m told that Simgot is a company that highly values community feedback, so the very existence of this IEM is a result of people simply asking for a version with more bass. I also heard rumours that another community-feedback driven change is being made, a version with a detachable cable – but I have no evidence of such so time will tell.
The soundstage of the EN700 Bass is quite good, with an ample “wide” feeling between the drivers. Imaging seems to be on point as well, with no awkward panning when listening to binaural recordings. Maybe this point is my inexperience with IEMs compared to full-sized headphones and earbuds, but there’s a definite “closed-off” feeling with the EN700 Bass that makes me wonder just how the sound would be if the grill aesthetics were actually vents. This isn’t criticism, just a personal observation.
Back to the bass. Yeah, I wouldn’t say (especially with the bass-emphasizing tip option) that the Simgot IEM is especially lacking in bass. However, it’s very rounded and smoothed in presentation, quite a bit more than what I’m used to. What I mean by this is that the bass is not especially textured or focused – it’s just a presence that moves at a decent pace along with genres both fast and slow. Bass guitars, largely, sound as they should – but if a certain effect is used on the instrument (such as distortion) or if the attack is simply too fast, the Simgot IEM smooths out this characteristic a bit to make it fit into its own ability. Sub-bass extension is also not especially far-reaching, which is another trait that made me wonder just how anemic I would have found the original EN700 by comparison. Whatever the answer to that question is, I did find the bass capabilities of the EN700 Bass to be really good for casual listening, on-the-go listening and a good pairing for most genres of music.
The midrange reminded me a bit of the Mee Audio Pinnacle P1 IEM that I’ve reviewed in the past. It’s quite detailed but a little recessed and thin in presentation. Lower midrange is a region that I personally dislike any dips in, and the Simgot EN700 Bass thankfully did not do so. Despite this, the crunch of distorted guitars and the bass notes of acoustic guitars lack a certain quality that makes them highly accurate from a tonality standpoint – but this is a critique that I have to really dive to make because the midrange otherwise is really impressive. Vocal harmonies usually ring out clearly and separation is really good – with both male and female vocals feeling well represented in the tuning. I will admit though that, with certain genres, it may seem like the IEMs are gelling better with the instrumental than the vocals themselves – something that I also noticed with the Pinnacle P1. I just feel that certain hectic recordings bring out the instruments more than the vocals, which take a backseat despite still being quite audible.
The treble of the EN700 Bass is what I would call “comfortably extended,” with no peaks or grating sibilance to it. That being said, I do wonder a bit about this because I know that the high-end IEMs that I have tried before have been tuned to have far more “air” than the EN700 Bass – which I feel dips in this region considerably. I feel the climb between the midrange and the treble is quite linear to a certain point, and then it dips before coming back up. Do I feel that it’s too rolled off and stifling? No, but it is definitely noticeable if you listen to orchestral music or some other genres. The thing about this is that I’m a little sensitive to the climb between the mid-to-upper treble, and this IEM does not set off any alarm bells during my listening at all – and I know that would be too recessed for fans of hyper-detailed and airy IEMs.
Overall, the Simgot EN700 Bass is a very comfortable listen that has impressive traits for its relatively low price point. It has a unique aesthetic that I find personally quite admirable and it has a solid construction despite not possessing a detachable cable. This is very much a jack-of-all trades IEM in the $100-$150 price point that is for the “set-and-forget” times we spend at home - or for use outdoors. Its identity seems to be a friendly sound signature that will not offend the general listener, and I really can’t fault them for that because it does not possess any deal-breaking problems at all.
This is a safe choice for an all-rounder at its price point.
Pros - Solid build, Great for all genres, Neutral, Except
Cons - Cons - Fixed/nondetachable cable, Fit might vary
The Simgot EN700 is a newcomer in the audio/audiophile scene.
At only 109$, it's a very good product for its value.
You surely need to check it out if you want a great all rounder IEM.
Note: I apologize in advance for my bad grammar, English is not my native language
Product Name: SIMGOT EN700 In Ear Earphone
Headphone sensitivity: 101 3 dB/mW
Frequency range: 15-25000Hz
Degree of distortion: <1% 101dB (20μpa)
Sound track difference: <1.5dB (at 1000Hz)
Power Rating: 10mW
Housing: Housing: Aluminum and stainless steel.
Conductor: 25 * 0.05mm silver-plated oxygen-free copper wire antibacterial TPU
Cable Length: 1.2m 0.05m
Whether with mic: No mic
Earphone plug type: Line type
Vibrating membrane: polymer composite diaphragm
Drive unit: 10mm ultra high magnetic composite dynamic unit
iPad mini 3
Aune X7/X1 Combo
Below are some photos of the SIMGOT EN700
IEM Close up
Close up 1
Close up 2
The EN700 Blue
The EN700's build is exceptionally good for its price. The overall quality just feels so premium when you have it on your hand. The build also feels very solid and sturdy despite its price.
The cable is also very high quality, its just a shame that they are not detachable. Hopefully soon enough SIMGOT will come up with a new version with a detachable cable version.
The EN700's design has this retro feel to it. The metal grills and the round shape makes it look sorta steam punky in a nice way.
In my opinion, I find the design to be very elegant and very unique. It looks really beautiful. Although not everyone may agree with me on this, but you need to see it for yourself personally to appreciate the design of the EN700.
The fit may be a hit or miss to some people. Personally, the fit is excellent for me. Its one of the few universal IEM's besides the Pinnacle P1 and SE846 to fit me perfectly. It isolates pretty decently even at low volumes.
The size/design and ergonomics of the IEM though may not fit some people that well. But in my opinion it would pretty much fit decently for most people.
The EN700 is a very musical and balanced IEM. It handles pretty much any genre you give it. It's also one of the few IEM's that has two sets of eartips which dramatically changes/improves the sound signature of the IEM.
Its sound signature is pretty much on the neutral side, especially when using the eartip B. It has very punchy bass and just extends so well in every frequency. The eartip A will actually made it sound anemic, I don't know why but it also somehow made it sibilant and reduced the soundstage.
The Eartip selection and changes is pretty impressive considering that the IEM is only 109$.You won't even see this option in most high tier IEM's.
Another amazing trait of the EN700 is that it sounds really good in most AMP/DAPS. Surely a much higher end DAP or AMP would improve its sound, but probably due to it being so easy to drive, it just sounds as good in a 100$ dap as it is in a 1000$ dap in my opinion.
The EN700 is very detailed and clear. I am very impressed to what it can bring, it's pretty much in the top of the game at its price range when it comes to detail and treble extension.
The Treble is very comparable to a SE846 or a HD600/650
I'm pretty sure the EN700 is pretty neutral when the equipped with the eartip B. But somehow there is very slight hint of boosted mids which makes it very musical.
Probably my favorite part of the EN700 is its bass, when I first heard about the EN700, I though it would have bloated and overly pronounced bass, since it had BASS on its product name.
Oh boy I was wrong. The EN700's bass is so punchy and tight, probably the best at its price range and even beating some at higher price ranges.
The EN700 has decent soundstage. Its not the widest but its very good. Its very comparable to a Beyerdynamic T1, Just the right amount.
The imaging and seperation though is probably the most impressive part of the EN700.
Probably on the same level as high end customs. It just had this 3D feeling to it, even better than some full sized headphones. I could really locate and tell where and which the instruments are. Really amazing.
Like I said before, the EN700 is very easy to drive. It also sounds really good even just out of your phone. And what's more impressive is that it probably just sounds as good coming out from your phone as it is coming out from a high end DAP. This is just a testament to how good and easy to drive/pair these IEMS.
The EN700 has very minimal cons. I just see no reason why you should not buy it. For the price you're paying, you are getting a premium IEM with a very rich and musical sound.
Pros - attractive design, premium build quality and construction, presentation, customer service, safe tuning oriented towards both consumers and audiophiles
Cons - lower midrange balance, polite treble extension
The EN700 Bass was graciously provided to me by Sabrina at SIMGOT for review purposes; I am not affiliated with SIMGOT in any way. The EN700 Bass can be purchased from Amazon.com, and you can visit Simgot's website here.
The first thing that stood out to me when handling the EN700 Bass was the luxurious, yet simplistic unboxing experience. There's not much depth to the box contents, but everything is laid out very neatly, and organized in such a way that it just feels good to unwrap. The outer sleeve of the box is matte with a luster applied to the graphic of the earphones and text. Small details, such as cutouts to allow removal of the outer sleeve look great and feel even better to use. The inner box is black and uniquely textured, revealing the beautiful IEMs and the rich brown leather case.
The IEMs are snugly fit into the card stock cutout, wrapped underneath with a SIMGOT branded cable tie and 3.5mm protector. The case includes two sets of tips (total 6 pairs) -- S/M/L of a wide-bore set (treble and mid), and a S/M/L set of narrow-bores (bass). This is really good to see manufacturers include, as they understand the nuances and slight tuning capabilities that the bore of the tip can make. A set of foams may have been nice to include as well, but that is not the case here. There is also a cleaning brush which is a nice accessory to have, especially with the grooves in the grille of the faceplate.
The earphones themselves are entirely metal and cold to the touch, while remaining quite lightweight. Even prior to feeling them, I thought they were one of the most visually pleasing IEM designs I've ever seen, if not the most. Finding that they were CNC aluminum was a very pleasant surprise -- not only does it look premium, but it also feels premium. The anodization is done very well and colored consistently to the point that it could be mistaken for plastic on some colors -- while the cold metal surface confirms otherwise.
The cable is also unique at its price point, a brown 8-core braided uniformly and finely throughout. The color combinations are mature and stylish, and Simgot has definitely done a fantastic job in designing and executing the EN700B. The impressive and attractive design paired with it's premium unboxing experience leave a very good initial impression, which I find simply exceptional for an IEM in the low $100 range. I cannot get enough of the appearance of this IEM. It looks absolutely gorgeous, and I am a huge fan of the design.
The build quality feels very solid for the EN700b. As previously stated, the body is entirely aluminum, while the grille is accented by stainless steel. Unfortunately, the cable attachment is fixed. The cable does have sufficient strain relief, and is followed by a medium length ear guide. The guides are not made of memory wire and are not reconfigurable! They will generally always return to the initial gradually-curved bent form, which seems comfortable enough. Detachable cables would surely be appreciated at this price, and would make it an even stronger contestant in the ever-growing $100 price range. I have no other qualms with the build quality and do not suspect it would fail anytime soon, but user-replaceable cables grants an appreciated peace of mind to the user.
COMFORT & FIT
As for the comfort of the EN700B, this one is a tossup. The shape is somewhat generic like an egg, and will be a hit-or-miss (as comfort generally is). For my personal experience, the EN700 bass shell is neither comfortable nor uncomfortable. I can definitely feel it in my ears, as the fit is relatively shallow and the body of the shell is often pressed against my ear. I have generally small ears -- earphones like the Aurisonics ASG-line, and the iBasso IT03, prove to be too large for my ears and end up rubbing my ear sore. However, the Campfire Audio line fits me perfectly without issues (feel free to ask for what I've tried and fits and what doesn't). In summation, the fit is not unbearable, but not notably great either.
The overall tonality of the EN700 bass is a v-shape, with a clear emphasis on midbass and upper mids. Though it does not perform exceedingly or extravagantly in any one category, it has fair technicalities and a fairly safe / common tuning that attempts to appeal to both consumers and audiophiles. I found that the EN700 bass sounded best with the deepest insertion possible using the smallest wide-bored tips. A shallower insertion with larger tips sounded as if the midbass was bleeding into the lower midrange and sometimes pushing mids out of the way.
The bass of the EN700 bass is clearly present, given its name. Midbass is given a hefty boost, sounding punchy and full of air. While subbass doesn't reach too deep or rumble at an equal level, it is there. It does not have the meaty rumble to accompany it, that you may find on higher end IEMs. There doesn't appear to be much bleed into the lower mids, though occasional confusion has occurred. The midbass punch will work quite fine for electronic music.
As expected of a v-shaped IEMs, the midrange is not the forefront of the show. Vocals are laid back in the lower midrange, while upper mids come back with quite a bit of emphasis. This tends to work very well for female vocals, giving the voices a nice crisp 'bite' at the edge. Electric guitars will have a solid crunch, though they may be quite a bit thinner in body. This upper midrange tuning comes across as clear and detailed, which is surprisingly welcome to this price range. However, in the EN700 bass's case, it also occasionally sounds raw and unrefined -- as if this vocal range demands, screams, for your attention. An additional byproduct of obvious upper mid emphasis is that male vocals tend to sound on the thinner side: curiously not distant, but overshadowed. When combined with the midbass hump, it can sound as if there is a small valley in the lower midrange.
Lower treble continues the carried momentum of the upper midrange -- thankfully, it does not sound overly potent or harsh, though it does near the boundaries as to what some may call bright. Extension definitely feels just slightly above average in comparison to other budget options (namely the Chinese options). Because of this, the overall treble presentation is characterized a bit of brightness and sense of detail, with fair but not outstanding sparkle. Keep in mind, I have yet to hear anything at this price range that truly sparkles and creates a sense of air like some of the more expensive balanced armature options. Not many lower-priced IEMs have the fantastic treble extension that one would hope for.
The overall sound quality of the EN700b can be described as above average. "Above average" sound in the highly competitive $100 price bracket might not cut it depending on what you're looking for in an IEM. However, if you're looking to make an impression with a great looking earphone with beautiful design and decent well-rounded sound, I can't think of anything better than the Simgot EN700b's. If you're looking for a specifically tuned, ideal sound bang-for-your-buck, you may be better off looking at other options. While I don't believe any IEMs I've tried are perfect in this price bracket, there are some out there that do certain aspects better.
SIMGOT is definitely on the right track to making a great product, as the presentation, design, and materials of their product is no doubt one of, if not the best I've seen thus far at this price. However, on the inside, sound leaves a bit to be desired in each category.
On a side note, speaking to their customer service was also an absolute pleasure, as they have a very honest viewpoint on critique and feedback in reviews. They are very personable and easy to speak to, and I'm entirely positive that they will back their product and stand by it. I have no doubt in my mind that when they create a more sonically memorable IEM with their design skillsets, it will and should make waves.
Accessories & Packaging: 5 / 5
Build Quality & Design: 4.6 / 5 (beautiful design, comfort hit or miss)
Sound Impressions: 3.5 / 5
Value for money: 4 / 5
Overall: 3.75 / 5
Pros - Impressive tonal balance, lots of detail retrieval, metal construction, excellent cable, good eartips, great case, extended bass, good earhooks
Cons - Jack lacks appropriate stress relief, too large for petite ears
Simgot EN700 Bass Review: Now That's How You Iterate Your Flagship! When I reviewed the original Simgot EN700 I was less than impressed. The mediocre fit combined with the incredibly average performance for the price left me with a very “we’re new at this” kind of taste in my mouth. Thankfully, the engineers at Simgot did not sit by idly and have been working hard at improving their flagship. The culmination of their efforts now lies before us: The EN700 Bass. Even the name is a testament to the original EN700’s biggest failure: its lack of bass. However, does the new revision fix the originals flaws, or has the pendulum of change swung too far?
You can find the EN700 Bass for sale here, on Penon Audio, for $110. Find the official Simgot website here: http://www.simgot.com/en.
Disclaimer: This unit was provided to me free of charge for review purposes. I am not affiliated with Penon Audio or Simgot beyond this review. These words reflect my true, unaltered, opinion about the product.
Preference and Bias: Before reading a review, it is worth mentioning that there is no way for a reviewer to objectively pass judgment on the enjoy-ability of a product: such a thing is inherently subjective. Therefore, I find it necessary for you to read and understand what I take a natural liking to and how that might affect my rating of a product.
My ideal sound signature would be an extended sub-bass with a leveled, but textured, mid-bass. The mids should be slightly less pronounced than the treble, but still ahead of the bass. I prefer a more bright upper range.
Source: The EN700 Bass was powered like so:
Nexus 6P -> earphones
Hidizs AP100 3.5mm out -> FiiO A5 3.5mm out -> earphones
HiFiMAN SuperMini -> earphones
PC optical out -> HiFiMe SPDIF 9018 Sabre DAC 3.5mm out -> earphones
All music was served as MP3 @320Kbps or as FLAC.
The EN700 Bass played nice with all my sources, and didn’t change too much when used on cold or warm sources. As such, I did most of my testing on my most linear setup, the AP100 -> FiiO A5.
I will be referring to the EN700 Bass and EN700 interchangeably. If I am referencing the original EN700, I’ll specify as such.
Sound Signature Initial Impressions:
The first thing I thought after sitting down with these IEMs is “now this is a hype train I can get behind!”. However, I’ve been resting the urge to do so, as I do not want to start something that will spiral out of control, much like the hype train behind the original EN700. The EN700 Bass is very well balanced in terms of emphasis. The treble extends well, and is matched with the upper-mids, inching ever so slightly in front of them. The lower mids are matched to the upper-mids with a slight de-emphasis on the lower frequencies of the group, while the mid and sub-bass are matched to each-other very well, sitting right behind the lower-mids.
Treble: Songs used: In One Ear, Midnight City, Outlands, Satisfy
The treble has been re-balanced on the EN700 Bass. Gone is the slightly-grating upper frequency of the OG EN700. In its stead I am greeted with a well-balanced, naturally toned, well extended treble.
This change is especially evident in Nero’s single, Satisfy. This song is pretty sibilant on a lot of setups, and was slightly so on the OG EN700. There is no hint of sibilance now, and you can hear everything quite well without perforating your eardrums.
High-hats and cymbals resolve very well on the EN700 Bass. Attack and decay feel natural and well-toned. Inter-treble separation (separation between various elements that all live within the treble) is well above average, which is surprising, as the EN700 Bass isn’t a treble-cannon. General treble separation (the separation between the treble and other parts of sound) is quite good as well. There’s no bleed into the upper mids.
Mids: Songs used: Flagpole Sitta, Jacked Up, I Am The Highway, Dreams
The EN700’s mids have been re-tuned as well. The lower-mids have been buffed a bit, making them feel more full overall. There’s no real warmth to the sound, but that doesn’t stop the music from having a complete and inviting feel to it.
The guitars of Flagpole Sitta and Jacked Up sounded really good. The upper mids are, in my opinion where this IEM really shines. You hear so much detail, and the timbre is almost perfect. In the $110 range, I’m not sure I could find an IEM with more micro-detail retrieval in my current collection.
Vocals have been boosted a bit, but subtly so, such that the vocals do not end up “separated” from the rest of the sound while still remaining clear. Articulation is above average. Combine that with the great soundstage of the new EN700 and you have a recipe for a really immersive experience. Chris Cornell’s vocals in I Am The Highway had a really good timbre to them. Similarly, the vocals from Jacked Up and Dreams were in peak form when being played through the EN700 Bass.
Bass: Songs used: Moth, Gold Dust, In For The Kill (Skream Remix), Leave Me
The biggest complaint from many users of the original EN700 was its lack of fullness (i.e, lack of bass). Thankfully, this has been completely resolved. I was worried that Simgot would give into the Pendulum Effect and make the bass too strong on their new IEM, ruining the great foundation that they had lain down with the original EN700. Now the bass is present and dynamic, getting out of the way when it isn’t needed, and kicking into gear when it is.
Acoustic songs that use bass guitars sound quite good on the new EN700 as the bass guitars are well defined, quick, and intelligible. While it’s not as in-your-face as the Rose Cappuccino Mk. II, the EN700 bass does a good job making appropriate, and more importantly, accurate, emphasis on the bass.
The EN700 Bass is a viable IEM for mixed-genre music libraries that include both rock/acoustic songs and electronic songs. While listening to Gold Dust I got a good sense of impact and rumble from the EN700 Bass. It’s not at bass-cannon levels, but it is satisfying enough that I would definitely consider using the it as a daily driver.
Sub-bass manipulation on the EN700 is above-average. It extends decently far down towards the 40Hz range, but simply doesn’t have the “I’m listening to this song through a real sub-woofer” feeling to it, and that’s alright. The EN700 Bass, despite its name, isn’t intended for bass-heads. This is evident while listening to In For The Kill. While the song wasn’t bad sounding per say, it just didn’t have that special feeling in it that you can get from a warmer IEM.
Packaging / Unboxing The EN700 Bass’s packaging is simply, elegant, and functional. It is identical in structure and content to the original EN700’s, and that’s not a bad thing in my books.
Build Construction Quality
The EN700 Bass’s construction is quite good. As an engineer myself, I tend to notice some of the ways that the Simgot team put effort into perfecting those tiny details, and there’s a couple instances where the engineering truly shines. While there are certainly flaws, they aren’t catastrophic.
Let’s start with the driver housing. The EN700 uses lightweight brushed-aluminum with a semi-matte finish. The housing itself is externally composed of four plates: the bottom plate which has the nozzle, the face-plate, the grill, and the grill’s buffer. Each of these are made from metal, though the grill appears to be a zinc-based alloy (speculation based on texture and hardness). Underneath the grill is a colored fabric, slightly reminiscent of 1960’s utility carpet in texture.
The cable is non-detachable and is secured via a hard plastic bend. On this bend is printed either ‘L’ or ‘R’ depending on the side you are looking at. The cool part about this (if you are into structural and materials engineering) is that Simgot used the plastic sheath of the ear-hook as the stress relief for the cable-to-housing connection. The ear-hook travels about 3/4 of the way into the plastic bend where it is then glued into place. This should really add durability to the joint.
The cable itself is like no cable I’ve seen before. It is a 4-core copper cable that utilizes a chain-link pattern. The cores themselves are covered in plastic and are very thin. The chain-link pattern is pretty great though, structurally and visually. The cable is pretty resistant to pulling forces, but might have a hard time dealing with twisting forces above the Y-split, so do your best to limit its exposure. There are little-to-no microphonics thanks to this design, and the cable will coil easily.
The cable terminates in a 3.5mm jack housed in the same brushed aluminum as the driver housings. Extending from the jack is a translucent piece of plastic which is supposed to act as stress relief. The only problem with that is the cable is so articulate that it can be pulled at dangerous angles well before the plastic gives and begins to take on some of that stress. Reworking this plastic is crucial in extending the life of this cable. While I doubt this will seriously harm the life-expectancy of the EN700 Bass, I think it’s worth being aware about.
The EN700 Bass is comfortable, but not nearly as much as, say, the Heir 4Ai S or Rose Aurora. The housings are light, but they are a little north of normal in terms of size. Insertion depth is generally pretty deep, and I didn’t have to use any other tips than the ones that came with the EN700 Bass to find a good seal.
Simgot stocked the EN700 Bass with nearly identical accessories as the original EN700. Inside the box you’ll find:
1x leather carrying case
1x cleaning brush
6x pairs of extra silicone eartips
1x 3.5mm jack cover
I really liked the selection of eartips, not because of how many there were, but because of how well they fit in my ears. It’s not often I don’t have to resort to Comply eartips, so when I don’t I’m grateful. While some foam eartips would be nice, in this case, I don’t think they are needed.
The case is quite good, and is among my favorites in terms of design. The material appears to be real leather, but even if it isn’t I’m not that mad. It’s quite nice, and the bronze-colored finish and stitching give it a real classy look. Emblazoned on the front you’ll find the Simgot logo, and on the back you’ll find the phrase “Salute to Art and Science”. Tasteful.
Summary The Simgot EN700 is the perfect example of how manufacturers should iterate their IEMs. Simgot managed to improve on their physical design, make three appealing color choices, and settle many of the major complaints brought to the table about the original EN700’s sound signature. Needless to say, the synthesis of these components has made the EN700 Bass one of my favorite ~$100 IEMS.
This review was originally featured on Resonance Reviews.