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NICEHCK EP10 In-Ear Earphone Dynamic Drive Metal Earphone HIFI Bass DJ Subwoofer Sports Headset Monitor Earbud Microphone

NiceHCK EP10

Rating:
4.25/5,
  • Specification:

    1. Product Name: Original NICEHCK EP10 In-ear Earphone
    2. Brand: NICEHCK
    3. Model: EP10
    4. Earphone type: In-ear
    5. Impedance: 32Ω
    6. Earphone sensitivity: 95 ±3 dB/mW
    7. Frequency range: 20-40000Hz
    8. Interface: 3.5mm Gilded
    9. Plug Type: Line type
    10.Cable Length: 1.2m±3cm
    11.Color: Black, Silver
    12.Whether with mic: Optional
    13.Driver unit: Single 10mm Dynamic driver unit (Diaphragm material is PET and PEN mixed)

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Recent Reviews

  1. cqtek
    Metal Power
    Written by cqtek
    Published Dec 11, 2018 at 1:37 PM
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Clean and wide balanced V sound.
    - Very enjoyable mids.
    - Elegant and particular design.
    - Level of construction and finishes. Sensation of robustness.
    Cons - Weight.
    - Slightly short nozzles.
    Presentation and personal preferences

    I've been an electronic technical engineer for 20 years. I studied that career because my great passion was Hi-Fi. But for more than 15 years I have been working as a programmer of production control systems based on artificial vision.

    The sound profile I like could be represented as ¬. I like bass (the sub bass above all), forward voices and soft trebles, but that provide a lot of clarity, separation and detail. I like the natural sound, full of air and nuances, as well as enjoying a great stage and three-dimensional recreation. I prefer the warm profile to V-profiles or mid-centric. And I run away from brilliant profiles.

    Disclaimer

    The AliExpress NiceHCK store, represented by Jim, offered me this IEM model with a big discount, in exchange for writing an honest review. I want to make it clear that all my opinions written in this review have not been conditioned by this fact, nor will I ever write anything that I do not really think or feel here. I will only write about my personal opinion in relation to the revised product.

    Purchase link:

    https://es.aliexpress.com/store/product/NICEHCK-EP10-In-Ear-Earphone-Dynamic-Drive-Metal-Earphone-HIFI-Bass-DJ-Subwoofer-Sports-Headset-Monitor/1825606_32953684155.html

    Link to the Store:

    https://es.aliexpress.com/store/1825606

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    Specifications:
    • Driver Type: 11mm PET Dynamic Driver
    • Frequency response: 20-40000Hz
    • Sensitivity: 95dB/mW
    • Impedance: 32 Ω
    • Jack connector: 3.5mm
    • Cable length: 1.2m
    Packaging

    The EP10 comes in the classic white NiceHCK cardboard box, with the brand name on the front and a drawing of the shape of the IEMS. On the back are specifications in several languages, including English. Inside you will find the classic zippered case from the shop. Once opened, the capsules of the IEMs can be found protected inside Zip bags. There are also two other Zip bags, one as 3 pairs of red core silicone eartips sizes S-M-L, and the other with two pairs of bi-flange silicone eartips of the same size but in different colors, blue and white, both translucent.

    The content and the presentation continue in this line of offering the minimum and indispensable.

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    Construction and design

    The design starts from an already known base and ends up in something almost different, with that shape of metallic almond with a polished surface. The back part reminds an earbud, but in the other half appears the nozzles in asymmetric arrangement to facilitate the adjustment against the shell of our ears.

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    I find its design very elegant, somewhat adventurous in the sense that the form may not fit all ears, but certainly totally distinctive and particular. No doubt everyone who has it will not be able to confuse it with another lEM that possesses.

    The only negative point of its design is that the nozzles are very short and this can make adjustment even more difficult.

    The metal used is heavy in the hand, but personally, once put not notice them so.

    The cable is also very similar to that used in earbuds, copper 4-core. The plug is straight and metallic, with the mark engraved in white. In the splitter, also metallic, is engraved the name of the model. It also has a pin for adjusting the cables under the chin. For the black capsule model, the cable is brown..

    As the adjustment is downwards it facilitates the microphony, although to an acceptable degree, since the braided cable improves this aspect.

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    Adjustment and ergonomics

    As I say, by its design the adjustment could become critical. Luckily for me it has not been like that. But it is true that to adjust them I need a few seconds to be able to fit them completely. As the nozzles are short, the insertion is superficial. Once fitted I don't notice their weight or move and the seal I get, using my homemade hybrid eartips, is pretty good, achieving a good isolation.

    Sound

    To evaluate the sound, I used eartips of size L, with an inner diameter of 4.5mm that are quite low, filled with foam. What I try to get with them is a large outside diameter to facilitate surface adjustment and that the nozzles are as close as possible to the outside.

    Profile

    In V but soft, without having the mids so far away, is even more, I would say that the central part is emphasized almost more than the rest of segments.

    Bass

    Once the proper eartips are found, the bass have a fairly adequate presence. They are not excessive or fall very deep, although they have a good hit at 40Hz. Underneath its power is no longer very significant. Above, up to 100Hz, they maintain the level, beyond which their gain softens.

    The bass are not thick or too focused, nor do they stand out in speed. In any way I find them dull but neither would they be IEMs to enjoy electronic music over others that I own.

    Concluding I could say that this segment is quite balanced, without large peaks, does not have excessive body and has a warm character..

    Mids

    The first thing I notice is the warmth in the lower mids and fuller sound in this area due to the slow decrease in the gain of the bass, this is something I certainly appreciate. Male voices gain in body and nuances, their presence becomes wider, far from being isolated and sounding thin. There is no veil in the mids, nor is there any feeling of mud in the voices.

    The tonality of the mids, in my opinion, is neutral but slightly warm. There is an enhancement in the midrange, a characteristic that conditions the overall sound of the IEMs. Thus, female voices enjoy a certain enhancement.

    Mids are clean and wide, with good separation, very pleasant and musical, without being analytic or blatantly detailed.

    Wheezing is quite controlled, without reaching unpleasant or excessive levels..

    Treble

    In my opinion, treble provides more clarity and air than brightness, resulting in a controlled treble sound that is not trimmed. The detail and precision is good without highlighting. The sound is neither piercing nor sharp. The result of this segment brings to the sound the neutrality, the musicality, the cleanliness and the relaxation that it possesses.

    Scene, soundstage

    A quite remarkable feature of these IEMs is the width of their sound, along with their cleanliness. Both qualities are perceived almost instantly, without the need to listen to many songs. The scene is perceived with that width, although not with the same depth or three-dimensionality.

    The separation is good due to the cleanliness of the sound, its neutrality and the air it contains.

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    Comparisons

    KZ ED16 (15€)

    Due to their price range and their relatively recent nature, ED16 were first on the list to be compared with EP10. Previously I must say that I sealed the front holes of the ED16, in order to get more bass.

    ED16 are more sensitive. But really the sound signature differs more than I expected. In comparison the ED16 are warmer, darker, with more present bass and fuller and congested mids. The voices sound somewhat distant and veiled in comparison, almost muddy and sometimes more nasal. The level of detail is below the EP10, the ED16 sound blunt in comparison. It is true that the EP10 media are brighter but that brightness is never harmful, it also provides a level of detail and clarity that ED16 do not have. In some recordings the sound of ED16 is unnatural compared to EP10.

    The scene and image of the ED16 is well below the EP10. The sound of the ED16 is quite focused and although it enjoys good separation, it lacks the air and width of the EP10.

    I have enough KZ, but I've been denying their sound for a long time. Although I can not deny that until now the ED16 seemed to me quite well, compared to my other KZ. But after comparing them I see that my preference is clearly towards the EP10 and I would only choose the ED16 if I want more bass presence and an over-ear fit.

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    Artiste DC1 (33€)


    A priori and from memory the EP10 have reminded me of the DC1. And in a certain way I see in them more similarities than differences. The EP10 are a little warmer and a little more V shaped. They have wider bass and extend more in both directions. Thus, male voices are not as well focused as in DC1, where they are actually very well recreated, defined and closer. Female voices, however, have a bit more body and presence in EP10.

    The presence of lower treble seems more sharp in EP10s while DC1s are more extended and thinner. In general, the sound of DC1 is more precise, somewhat more analytical versus solidity and more sound in EP10. The EP10 sound wider and fuller again, generating a more complete sensation in the image and filling the gaps left by the DC1, without losing clarity or detail, giving a sensation of sound somewhat more massive than the sharp DC1.

    In short, the sound in the EP10 is bigger, with better scene and image, while the DC1 sound cooler, less visceral, more delicate and precise.

    In terms of construction the EP10 are considerably more solid than the DC1, both in cable, plug and capsules. The DC1 only gain in ergonomics and lightness.

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    Conclusion

    The EP10 are IEMs with earbuds soul, both in design and almost in sound. They stand out for their elegant and polished design, as well as for their pleasant sound profile, where balance, maturity, width and cleanliness are their main characteristics. These virtues make they a very versatile IEMs that can be used for many musical genres. All this for a really contained price for everything they offer. It's a very round product that is only tarnished by the size of its nozzles, a characteristic that can cause certain adjustment problems and subsequent sound perception.

    I don't want to finish without writing how much I like the sound of these IEMs. The more I compare them with other models, the more I realize their value and the overall quality they offer for so little money.

    Sources used during the analysis

    - FX-Audio DAC-X6 (OpAmp Burson Audio V5i-D)

    - F.Audio S1
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  2. Wiljen
    NiceHCK EP10 - the Earbud/In Ear Hybrid
    Written by Wiljen
    Published Nov 27, 2018
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Nice sound signature, great build quality for price.
    Cons - Non-detachable cable, fit is finicky and requires some tip rolling.
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    I bought the NiceHCK EP10 sight unseen as the 11.11 lucky bag special. It is a new model and information about it appeared on NiceHCK's ali store about a week after I purchased it.

    Unboxing / Packaging:

    The EP10 comes packaged in the standard NiceHCK budget style white press-board box with the logo and model name on the front and the pertinent information in both English and Chinese on the reverse. Inside the box is the standard NiceHCK soft case with the earphones and tips inside it. 3 sets of silicone tips are included.

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    Build/Fit:

    The earpieces of the EP10 look similar to apple buds in shape but are considerably heavier and beautifully polished. They are available in silver(chrome) or black. They do not feel heavy when worn, but they definitely have more heft than expected when you first un-box and look at them. If you imagine an earbud design that someone sealed and added a nozzle to the front of and chrome plating the entire earpiece, you have the basic design of the EP10. L and R are clearly marked on the inner surface of the earpieces. Venting is provided by a single pinhole vent adjacent to the nozzle and 4 pinholes at the rear of the earpiece immediately above the cable extension. Nozzles are short with a large lip to keep tips from slipping and insertion is very shallow as a result making them very tip dependent. Getting a good seal required a size larger tip than normal (I used XL spiral dots) to get the seal I needed with these. One place where the fit and polish is not up to par is the end of the nozzles themselves where tool-marks are present and fairly obvious. (See picture at right).

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    Internals:

    When looking at the lucky bag, it listed the drivers as being a 10mm dynamic with a PET/PEN diaphragm. Nicehck is quick to point out this construction is similar to that of the Dita Twins although no one is claiming it is the same driver or the same sound signature. The EP10 has an impedance of 32Ω with a sensitivity of 95dB. It is easily driven by a phone or low powered source but does benefit from some amping by creating a bit fuller sound.

    Cable:

    A short strain relief starts the transition from chrome housing to cable. The cable itself is s 2 strand twisted pair from the earpieces to the splitter which is rectangular with a matching chin slider. Both are done in the same chrome-like finish as the the earpieces and EP10 is emblazoned on the splitter in white. Below the splitter a 4 strand braid runs to the jack which is a standard 3.5 TRS plug of the straight variety. Again a short strain relief is followed by a chrome plated cover. Overall the cable is quiet and just stiff enough to prevent tangling.

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    Sound:

    All sound notes were taken using XL Spiral Dot tips as the largest of the supplied tips were still a bit finicky for me.

    Bass:

    Sub-bass is very good with great thump and good control. Roll-off is not pronounced until below 35Hz. Mid-bass is well proportioned and not in front of the rest of the signature. There is some mild bass bleed in the transition range that gives a nice warmth but does not interfere significantly with the clarity of the mids.

    Mids:

    Lower mids show the previously mentioned bleed but are well textured with good detail and are not recessed behind the mid-bass. Upper mids climb slightly and bring vocals forward in the mix while not pushing them forward enough to overshadow any other instrument. Vocals have good weight and fullness without getting murky or thick.

    Treble:

    Lower treble is mildly forward in a follow-on from the upper mids but remains polite and doesn't show a tendency toward stridency. This is not to say that the EP10 can't be harsh, it just takes a track that is recorded that way to produce it. I was impressed as usually polite treble struggles to produce accurate results with sibilant source materials. The treble falls off as you move further up the scale but retains enough energy to give some air and sparkle. Cymbals are well rendered as well which is always a tough task for in-ears.

    Soundstage / Imaging:

    Soundstage is well proportioned but not expansive in any dimension. I found width to be slightly greater than depth but not to the extent of some of the competitors at this price point that have oval shaped stages. Stage does seem to be somewhat volume dependent as it seems to be a bit larger at low volumes than when pushed harder. Imaging is very good and when combined with above average layering, instrument separation is better than expected at the price point.



    Thoughts / Conclusion:

    The looks, feel, and sound of the EP10 do not match the price point in any way. Sound quality is very good with the mildest of V signatures and just enough warmth to add some body to the signature. Heft is better than expected and build quality is well better than one should expect for the price point. Knowing that the current retail is $16 or slightly more if one wants a microphone on the cable, these represent great value. The fit was a bit fiddly and I hope NiceHCK will use this driver in a different style of shell as the earbud style is not the best for active users where they tend to bounce around.
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    2. Wiljen
      AK70mk2 and Opus #1s primarily for portables and in-ears.
      Wiljen, Dec 5, 2018 at 12:21 PM
    3. Nymphonomaniac
      Strange, what hit me with these is the soundstage....wich I find immense....but the fit was hard. like...I need to push them as far as in can in my ear with big eartips so it do not fall....because nozzle is way to small! What mean ''well proportioned soundstage''?
      Nymphonomaniac, Dec 7, 2018 at 6:33 PM
    4. Wiljen
      They do have a large soundstage and it isnt notably wider than it is deep as we see all too often.
      Wiljen, Dec 7, 2018 at 6:46 PM
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