Zerstorer_GOhren

500+ Head-Fier
SIMGOT EM6L: Terrific Yet Somehow Insipid
Pros: △ Solid build quality on its overall shell construction while attaining a lightweight mass.
△ Very ergonomic design as it is quite comfy to wear them in long listening session.
△ Good quantity amount of inclusions.
△ Decent quality stock cable.
△ Quite a safe tuning due to its conformity with Harman-style tuning.
△ Tight and clean bass response.
△ Clear and transparent midrange.
△ Somehow it fares well with some females vocals and strings instruments.
△ Smooth and inoffensive treble quality.
△ Competent technical capabilities for its price.
Cons: ▽ Inadequate mid-bass texture due to sub-bass focus tuning that somewhat simply obscured it.
▽A tad hollow and less density sound on most male vocals like baritones and tenors, and also contraltos.
▽ A bit soft definition on percussive attacks.
▽ QDC-type 2-pin connector which might be an issue. (Subjective but given that I have some sets with the same type of connector which are now practically useless due to sudden crack, I'm quite reserved on this one especially for its price point.)
▽ Less vivid and a noticeable recessed midrange presentation.
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"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without."

~~Kong Fuzi/Confucius, Chinese philosopher during Zhou dynasty.


SIMGOT or XINGGE is on the blitzkrieg mode right now since the introduction of SIMGOT EA500 on the international market as if it revolutionise a single dynamic driver which was quite well-tuned one for just in under $100 with superb build quality that really punches above its asking price.

What I have here is SIMGOT's latest model for the entry-level segment and this time it has a different driver set-up unlike their previous releases.This is SIMGOT EM6L, it has a hybrid driver configuration consisting of a single dynamic driver and four balanced armature drivers on each side.

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The dynamic driver is a 8mm polymer diaphragm in a dual cavity set-up that solely handles the low frequency while the midrange and high frequencies will be held by the four (4) custom balanced armature drivers. The drivers were enclosed in a composite shell chassis made of CNC-milled metal alloy that was carefully buff to have that mirror-like finish on its shell chassis and a resin cavity base that was moulded via 3D-printing to ensure better dampening on acoustic resonance. The overall build of its shell chassis will give a solid structure yet ligh enough to be worn for a long listening session. SIMGOT decided to use a QDC-type 2-pin connector as they have their reason particularly for the implementation of an array of drivers on its medium-size shell structure.

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SIMGOT EM6L ensures a better fitting and comfort as they snug well into my lugholes without any issue. It also has a good sealing and noise isolation that is able to block some external noises from the outside surroundings.

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It appears that SIMGOT includes a stock cable on EM6L and it is somehow of a decent quality. It has 2-core silver-plated oxygen-free copper wiring that was coated with a clear insulating material to have a better signal transmission. The termination plug is a 3.5mm SE and it was gold-plated to have a better resistance against heat, wear, tear and corrosion.

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The product packing of SIMGOT EM6L is somehow impressive to give a pleasant unboxing experience of its packaging box and the contents inside are well-organised.

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Here are the following contents inside of its box:


■ Pair of SIMGOT EM6L IEMs

■ Stock cable

■ 3 pairs of white-coloured balanced bore ear tips

■ Oval-shape zippered IEM case

■ Paperwork like instruction manual and warranty certificate.

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With a normal impedance and high sensitivity rating, EM6L is quite an easy to amplify set that some devices like smartphones and tablets which usually have an average power output of under 1Vrms. Putting up a decent power output on this set will deliver a full range and vivid sound.


In terms of its tonality, it appears that EM6L has a U-shaped sound signature that specifically targets that Harman-style target curve. It emphasises more on sub bass and upper-mids which makes it a more ambivalent tuning among the audio community with this kind of tuning.



LOWS/BASS:

This type of target curve is known to favour more on sub-bass presence than the mid-bass to give that clean and tighter bass response but at the expense of less textured, mellow and inadequate slam that affects certain tonal colours of some instruments and vocals and EM6L have these characteristics on its bass response.

I clearly hear a good rumbling and reverberations from sub bass focus instruments like low tone bass guitars, drum machines and synthesisers. Mid-bass has enough texture just to give a punch on some instruments and a decent depth on male vocals although I still hear it as a bit hollow in my opinion just like most of the set that follow this particular target curve. Bass guitars have a hollow and sombre sound while cellos have a bit muffled and less weighty in my liking. Bass kick drums sounds rather soft and hollow in my liking and bass-baritone vocals seem to have lack of depth and less darker tone.


MIDRANGE

I initially noticed a tad recession of its midrange on this set but it is able to deliver a clean and transparent presentation. It sounds a bit lean and lacks depth especially on some vocals especially on most male ones like baritones and tenors and also contraltos but it performs well on mezzo-sopranos and sopranos as they sound crisp, energetic and expressive. Baritones have some vocal characteristics which are a bit too smooth, mellow and velvety in my liking which will somehow get along with lyric baritones than kavalier and dramatic types. Tenors sound a bit mellow, less warmer and bright in which lyric tenor will fare better than spintos, dramatic tenors and heldentenors in which they need a heftier, richer and darker tone. The late Luciano Pavarotti was a spinto/dramatic type of tenor singer but he sounded like a lyric type one on this set (La Donna e Mobile). Both countertenors and mezzo-sopranos have similar characteristics as they have a smooth, graceful and tender sound. Contralto vocals seem to have a lack of richness and lush sound that should sound richer and have a darker tone. Sopranos seems to project a silvery and silky sound that this set is able to render.

On instruments, it's rather quite a mixed bag on this set. while it delivers a good tonal colour on strings and woodwinds, it gives less engaging and lethargic sound on percussives and some brass instruments. Strings like guitars and violins have a crisp, bright and vibrant sound from them and woodwinds like piccolos, concert flute and clarinets have light, bright, soft and graceful sounds. On brasses, trumpets have rounded and softer sound while horns have a tad muffled, soft and mellow sound, and then on trombones, they also have a bit soft sound with less darker timbre. On percussion, snare drums have a bit muffled and dry sound, toms have less resonant and hollow sounding, then kettledrums sound dull and hollow as they don't have enough depth to sound at least more substantial and rumbly. Pianos sounds more balanced and it has an even tone to make them sound more pleasant.


HIGHS/TREBLE:

The treble response to this one is well-balanced and smooth as it has mild emphasis on the upper-mids just to give a sufficient presence on vocals while providing a decent attack notations on both percussive and rhythm instruments. Sibilance is well-controlled while there's not a hint of jarring and harshness although there are some instances that it might sound shrilly due to an energetic presence.

Brilliance treble on this one seems pretty decent as it has a sufficient airiness and enough sparkle on its harmonics. Cymbals have a crisp and glistening sound with some added sizzle while hi-hats, timbre were depicted accurately on this set as they have that distinctive chick sound. Celestas have a velvety and glassy sound, then on glockenspiels, they sound rather shimmering and thin.


SOUNDSTAGE, IMAGING AND OTHER TECHNICALITIES:

On sound/speaker stage presentation, it has an above average overall proportion, naturally wide on its lateral span, a good height reach and depth distance from front to back that it gives me fairly moderate head room within my aural sphere.

On imaging projection, it manifests a typical 2-dimensional stereo presentation where I was able to locate the placement of instruments and vocals within its spatial auditory. Its separation and layering aspects are passable as it has good spacing on each instrument and voices while its tonal and frequency layering are decently arranged although sometimes, it projects two layers rather than three or four.

Cohesive performances of its multi-driver set-up is quite impressive. Its dynamic driver able to deliver a fast transient response while its balanced armature drivers able to deliver a clear and articulate sound with less metallic and tinny sound which is associated with "BA timbre".

Regarding its resolution aspect, It has good micro-dynamics as it is able to retrieve some detail and nuances from an audio track while it has a sufficient texture on its note to give a variable onsets of its instruments' specific frequencies while maintaining an optimal and gradual decay on its macro-dynamics.


PEER COMPARISONS:

KIWI EARS QUARTET


■ Like EM6L, QUARTET also has a hybrid driver configuration, two dynamic drivers and two balanced armature drivers. But the difference between them was that this set was housed in a resin shell structure and also has tuning switches for variations of sound profiles.

■ Due to the implementation of tuning switches, it gives the QUARTET more versatility but it is still leaning towards a warm, U-shaped sound signature. It has boomy bass due to more emphasis on mid-bass, a recessed yet warmer and lusher midrange and smooth but less brighter treble response with a meagre air and meagre sparkle. On technicalities, QUARTET perform quite average to below average on this aspect due to its narrow sound/speaker stage, less refinement on separation and layering and poor micro-dynamics due its blunted definition on detail retrieval.


TANGZU FU DU

■ This is also an IEM with hybrid driver set-up but it has lesser driver quantity as it has only one dynamic driver and two balanced armature drivers. They have a similar shell chassis as it is also made of composite materials but the difference is that the FU DU's interlocking mechanism on its connector uses a proven 2-pin connector.

■ Regarding its tonality, FU DU has a U-shaped sonic signature with a balanced-warmish tuning profile. Compared to EM6L, It has more texture and depth of its mid-bass, an even and consistency on its midrange albeit its a tad depressed on its overall frequency presentation and a smooth and balanced treble response but its lacking a bit of air. On technical aspects, FU DU has average to above average overall proportion of its head room, a bit linear 2-dimensional stereo imaging and fairly decent layering and separation. What makes the FU DU have advantage over EM6L was its more solid macro-dynamics.


As I concluded my review on SIMGOT EM6L, this set offers the best product proposition on its price segment that it will cater a substantial customer due to its quality and sound quality. Speaking of its tonality, to be honest, I don't really adhere on current standard Harman-type of tuning as it doesn't give me that engaging and emotive factor while I'm listening on my preferred library tracks and it appears that SIMGOT EM6L follows this particular target curve which is rather a mixed bag in my humble opinion. For listeners who wants a more Harman-type of tuning, I will definitely encourage them to try this set out as it will surely suits on their preferred tuning and SIMGOT has a develop a good reputation in the audio community.


SIMGOT EM6L is now available on their official store, check the link below.

http://www.simgot.com/en/products/detail/30.html

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For more SIMGOT product reviews, check out the link below.

■ SIMGOT EA500

■ SIMGOT EW100P


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SPECIFICATION:

MODEL: SIMGOT EM6L
IMPEDANCE: 26Ω
SENSITIVITY: 119dB
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 8Hz – 40KHz
CABLE LENGTH: 1.2m
PIN TYPE: QDC-TYPE 2-PIN CONNECTOR (0.75mm)
PLUG TYPE: 3.5mm
DRIVER UNIT(S): 1 DYNAMIC DRIVER + (4) BALANCED ARMATURE DRIVERS


Some Tracks Tested: ( * = 16-bit FLAC, ** = 24-bit FLAC, *'* = MQA, '*' = DSD, *'= .WAV)

Alison Krauss -When You Say Nothing At All *
Jade Wiedlin - Blue Kiss**
Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks **
Mountain - Mississippi Queen *
Queen - Killer Queen **
Guns N' Roses - Patience *'*
Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven '*'
Sergio Mendes- Never Gonna Let You Go '*'
Pearl Jam - Daughter **
Roselia - Hidamari Rhodonite *
Assassin - Fight (To Stop The Tyranny)*
Celtic Frost- Visual Aggression *
New Order - Blue Monday *
The Corrs- What Can I do (unplugged version) *
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Child *
The Madness- Buggy Trousers *
Metallica - Motorbreath **
Mariah Carey- Always Be My Baby *
Destiny's Child - Say My Name *
Malice Mizer- Au Revoir *
Mozart - Lacrimosa *
New York Philharmonic Orchestra - Dvorak- Symphony 9 " From the New World." *
Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold (Sting cover)*
Michael Jackson - Give In To Me *
Exciter - Violence and Force *
Diana Krall - Stop This World **
Debbie Gibson - Foolish Beat *'*
The Sisters of Mercy – Lucretia My Reflection**
Suzanne Vega – Luka **
Lauren Christy – Steep *
Ottoman Mehter - Hucum Marsi *
Diana Damrau - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte*
Type O Negative - Black No.1 *
Felix Ayo - Vivaldi: Presto **
Three Tenors - Nessum Dorma *
Mercyful Fate - Witches' Dance *

P.S.

I am not affiliated to SIMGOT nor receive monetary incentives and financial gains as they provide me a review unit for an exchange of factual and sincere feedback from yours truly.

Once again, I would like to send my gratitude to FIA LAM of SIMGOT for providing this review unit. I truly appreciate her generosity and trust towards me and other reviewers.


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freikx
Should I go with FuDu or EM6L?
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@freikx what's your preferred tuning and sound signature?

Takeanidea

Headphoneus Supremus
Simgot Phoenix EM6L a real performer in the £100 IEM market
Pros: SQ - I can't find anything to criticise here
Fit - Beyond reproach
Comfort - 3D resin - the right temperature for any season, no edges or pressure points
Value - when you add the above, it's difficult to believe the RRP
Cons: 1 Colour design Cheap case Lack of accessories
Simgot EM6L Phoenix

£104 1 DD 4 BA 3D Resin Printed 2 Pin IEM

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In a rush?​


What better companion to share the stress with than an IEM? Pop em in your ears, plug em into your phone. Voíla! Instant music, great distraction. Now, where was I? Thanking Simgot Audio for their kindly review model of just such a thingey; the Simgot EM6L "Phoenix". It is a 1 DD 4 BA Hybrid IEM. To which I mean 1 dynamic driver, for the low end frequencies, and 4 Balanced Armature Drivers for the rest. This is per side, not in total. You get the 5 for £104, at the last time of looking. The driver shells are 3D resin printed, and in the olive shape that is ergonomically suited to the shape of our ears and is much my preference. The connectors are a recessed 78mm 2 pin affair. There has been strengthening protection applied, in decent amounts. The cable supplied is terminated with an unbalanced plug, so users of a balanced connection need to seek after market solutions. In Ear Monitors continue to be attractive; the cables are getting better value than ever, the designs push boundaries, the appetite for a wired connection refuses to be pushed aside by the advent of TWS. The vast array of £100 IEMs out there attests to the fact. I cannot be there in person with every one of them, however I know what good sound tastes like, and my pallete can give you some guidance as to what represents quality out there. Read on and we shall look at whether these are suitable in theory. Then we shall delve into the practical, and take a listen together.

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The scientific stuff​


The EM6L will perform in a smartphone, provided you have the right connection, of course. It has 26 Ohms of resistance and 119 dB of sensitivity, the IEMs sit flush into the your inner earlobes and the eartips supplied are reasonably long. The combination of isolation and reach into the ear canal combine to ensure dangerous volumes can be reached with no need for further amping. Better amping or better sources will achieve better sound; that makes logical sense and hopefully shouldn't need further explanation. Having concluded it goes loud enough; will it sound good enough? Never fear, there's measuring here!

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The H2019 Target has been lovingly, adoringly, stuck to. Depending on the scale we are looking at here, the updated Harman frequency response curve is closely aligned to the tuning of the EM6L. The wavelength looks pretty smooth, with no more than a measles sized bump or 2 towards the higher end of the FR spectrometer. Hoping that this will reassure the average portable audio thrillseeker, let us look and see what other seduction techniques Simgot has employed. There is a blown apart diagram showing you the numerous bits that have been somehow fitted into the design of the phoenix. There are separate cavities for each type of driver to ensure each frequency arrives at a realistic time, and there isn't too much of a mixed mess going on. The next part of the experience is in the unboxing ritual. For that, we turn to YouTube, and my video upload and general chitchat within.



The stuff inside, putting it together, testing it for size and for sound.​


The unboxing experience was a surprise. Nothing was particularly missing, but it wasn't as luxurious as I was expecting, having dealt with the King Wonder, Simgot's Flagship, not too long ago. The case and eartips supplied felt like an adequacy, rather than an ecstasy.

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Gone is the lovely case with the embossed logo, shown here:

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There is a case. But it doesn't have the Wonder feel to it. It is a generic black case with a zip. Here, have a look:

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The Wonder was all about changing the earplug, to change the sound signature of the earphone, so I wasn't expecting lots of different ear plugs. What you get is the standard 3.5 mm unbalanced plug, on a cable that feels pretty good actually. All terminations have been thought about, and protected, and all potential weak spots have been carefully considered.

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Notice the brass colured chin strap, the plastic collar around the Y split, the thicker plastic on the recessed 2 pin terminations and the clear plastic ear hooks.


The setting up is a doddle, thanks to some some useful Gold stencilling for L and R on the inside of the driver shells. The cable was applied snugly and without incident to the driver shells. The drivers were a great fit for me. The eartips applied and sat well into the ear canal entrance but I couldn't, and cannot now, feel them in my ears, as I bring this article to you. The resin material means there is no issue with temperature, the smoothness of the design results in a no pressure point issue. Anyone hwho has had time with IEMs can attest to having issues with getting a comfortable fot, especially over prolonged use. Why companies don't all employ Simgot's current design philosophy is beyond me. I would rather have a comfortable fit than an extra 10 drivers. What is the point of all the drivers if they fall out of your ears constantly?




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Even with glasses on, move along please, no problems here


Having now put them in my ears it is time to take the plunge. The results started to emerge immediately, as I listened to this, on my Samsung Galaxy A52, using USB Audio Player Pro with no EQ applied.

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It's a nice enough track, that was chosen entirely at random, but one which has never really gripped me before. I was at once noticing the linearity, transparency, or sheer elegance of this track as played through the Phoenix. It was an instantaneous reaction. I can honestly say; if I did not know the retail price of these IEMs, I'd have had no ide ahow much they retailed at, but I'd have been guessing way way higher than £100. Remember, this is not using any of the masses of gadgets that I have to further squeeze SQ; it was by plugging them into my smartphone. Context was needed. I plugged a pair of £60 KBear Quinlong IEMs in.

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KBear are now slouches when it comes to a value v performance match up. If you have them, please don't take offence at what I say next. I'm sure I will enjoy using them in the future. I'll just make sure I don't have the Simgot Phoenix anywhere nearby....


The EM6L absolutely, unequivocally, kicked the proverbial stuffing out of the Quinlong. The TKO was achieved in 37 seconds. That is not an approximation. The Quinlog were taken off after I realised that the bass was not as deep and more bloated, the vocals were grainy and the micro detail was lost in a sea of muddiness, at least in comparison with the Phoenix.


In the end​


It comes down to what you want. This is a fantastic IEM for the money. You just need to make sure that an IEM fits your needs. An IEM has cables. Sometimes, cables can get in the way, they can be an annoyance. They get caught in things, they make the drivers fly out of your ears if you're not careful. When running , or working out, a flapping cable can be off putting. You can put it under your gym clothes, but be prepared for an equally uncomfortable experience as the cables attract the sweat that you are producing in copius amounts. I have run many 1000s of miles with wired earphones. Despite the fact that they sound slightly better than wireless equivalents, in almost every circumstance I now go for wireless. It simply means that I have one less thing to worry about. If sweat isn't a factor, I really think IEMs can still present an enticing alternative to a wireless earphone, or headphone. The Phoenix has no sound leakage, excellent isolation, the fit is warm and stays firmly in the sweet spot. The sound quality still has me looking for something to criticise. I have found nothing yet. This is a stunningly good IEM which can brush off the lack of accessories and one dimensional colur scheme with disdain. Because of the sound, the Phoenix rises. Because of the that alone, I'd be a fool not to recommend it.

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kesobie

100+ Head-Fier
Simgot EM6L Review: HYBRID LOVE!
Pros: Sleek, minimalist design
Lightweight
Versatile tuning
One of the smoothest U-Shaped IEMs I’ve tried
Good overall tonal balance
Fun and Energetic
Cons: A little cheap feeling
QDC connector (bias)
Not the most technical-sounding set
Lacks low-end authority
Might be a little shouty

Simgot EM6L Review: HYBRID LOVE!​

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WATCH FULL REVIEW HERE:

PRICE: $109 (PHP. 6,500.00)

PROS:
  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile tuning
  • One of the smoothest U-Shaped IEMs I’ve tried
  • Good overall tonal balance
  • Fun and Energetic

CONS:

  • A little cheap feeling
  • QDC connector (bias)
  • Not the most technical-sounding set
  • Lacks low-end authority
  • Might be a little shouty

WHO THIS SET IS FOR:
  • People who want a fun but still tasetful sound signature
  • People who want a lowkey, minimalist aesthetic and lightweight fit
  • People who like a very smooth frequency response graph
  • People who want an all-rounder sound

WHO THIS SET ISN’T FOR
  • People who want a technical-sounding set
  • Shout-sensitive people
  • People who want a deep, tactile, and dynamic set
  • People who don’t like QDC connectors

RECOMMENDED GENRES:
  • Pop
  • Jazz
  • Classical/Instrumental

SHORT REVIEW:
With Simgot’s reputation for making the most out of its drivers, the EM6L provides an extremely refined sound profile for a hybrid at a very low cost. This comes at the tradeoff of an almost $20 level of build and a QDC connector which I’m not fond of at the price. Some may also find its upper mids to treble presentation too forward, but you can’t find a hybrid this smooth and versatile at this price. RECOMMENDED


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https://www.linsoul.com/products/simgot-em6l?_pos=1&_psq=em6l&_ss=e&_v=1.0

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Have a nice day, and enjoy music!

littlenezt

100+ Head-Fier
One of The Very Good IEMs on The Market Right Now !
Pros: +Comfort
+Technicalities
+Stage
+Separation & Positioning
+Allrounder
Cons: -Fingerprint Magnet
-Might be prone to scratch
SIMGOT EM6L (1DD+4BA)
$110


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Thank you Linsoul for sending the IEM as always don't worry, this review is 100% my own personal opinion.
you can get the SIMGOT EM6L here : https://www.linsoul.com/products/simgot-em6l

Unboxing
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Inside the Box You Get :
  • IEM
  • Pouch
  • Cable
  • Eartips
  • Manual
Build Quality
The faceplate is made from CNC machined metal, that has mirror like finish, it is a finger print magnet and might be susceptible for a scratch on the long term, but it do look beautiful out of the box.
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While the body of EM6L is made from resin.
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Cable quality is OK, nothing to comment about it really.

Fitting
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The EM6L is a very comfortable and light IEM to wear, I have no problem at all with the fitting.

Sound
Tested using iFi ZEN DAC V2, Moondrop Moonriver 2 Ti, FiiO BTR7, Stock Cable, Stock Eartips
Music is mostly from Apple Music (J-POP, J-Rock, Anisong, EDM, RAP, Jazz, Metal)

Tonality in General : Mid-bass Boosted Harman Neutral

Bass : Deep, speedy bass, not the most punchiest one but it has great texture to it.
The bass presentation is very safe for all kinds of genre including metal.

Midrange : it has very good clarity without sounding shouty and sibilant, overall note weight is normal (not thin yet not thick either).
Instrument such as sax, trumpet and violin is presented with good timbre and is very lovely sounding on this set.

Treble : smooth but super extended, and very satisfying decay that lingers naturally.
It has decent layering for its price, the treble presentation is also very safe for people who is sensitive to treble and it never sounds tiring for long listening session.


Technicalities

Stage :
Very good, this is one of IEM that has large soundstage and exact wall placement, the shape is also symmetrical between width and depth.

Separation & Positioning : Also very good, it presents sound in a super separated manner without sounding non cohesive and you can clearly hear the direction of the sound without any problem, and is very good for gaming purposes.

Detail Retrieval : Above average, this IEM presents decent amount of micro details and is better than the single driver IEMs on the competition.

Imaging : Average for the price, it almost sound holographic but not there yet, though it is certainly better than 2D and 2.5D sounding that myself usually likes to describe Imaging with.


Comparation

Moondrop Starfield 2 :
Same price, the SF2 is only 1DD IEM. SF2 has brighter and more forward sound presentation compared to the EM6L, vocal on the SF2 is sounding rather shouty and bit too forward for my liking, technicality wise,EM6L has superior overall technicality.

The SF2 has better accessories, build quality and cable in my opinion.

Hidizs MP145 :Same price if you get it on the super early bird, the MP145 is a single planar unit, tonality wise, the MP145 has a more generous bass boost, thicker midrange and same smooth treble, technicality wise, the stage of EM6L is larger, and separation is superior on the EM6L, but MP145 has better imaging and detail retrieval compared to theEM6L.


Conclusion

Do I recommend the SIMGOT EM6L, the answer is YES, it is very easy to recommend the EM6L if you love mid-bass boosted Harman type of tuning, it has a clean sounding bass, good clarity and lovely airy treble with proper decay.

I can also recommend the EM6L if you want an IEM that has a large stage with a very good separation like in case for gaming.

But as always, do make your decision with your own judgement, myself as a reviewer only helping you guys to have more data to process on the Internet.

Just in case you're Indonesian or understand Bahasa Indonesia, you can watch my video review of the EM6L here


Thanks for reading this far,

-littlenezt.
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regancipher

100+ Head-Fier
Harman 2019-tuned IEM that punches above its weight
Pros: Lightweight design & good ergonomics
Super comfortable
Great unboxing
Smooth & warm sound
Good coherence between drivers
Good technicalities
Natural midrange that brings out male and female vocals
Expansive soundstage
Good VFM
Easy to drive
Cons: QDC connectors :(
Generic carry case
Poor selection of eartips
Bass lacks a bit of definition and can feel a little blurred on complex arrangements (can be mitigated with alternative eartips)
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Model: Simgot EM6L
Price: $109.99 - Linsoul
Review Reference: RC106

Manufacturer Specification:
  • Brand: Simgot
  • Model: EM6L Phoenix
  • Driver: 1DD & 4BA Hybrid Driver
  • IEM Weight: 5g
  • IEM Dimensions: 21.4mm (height) x 17.4mm (width) x 22.5mm (max depth)
  • Shell: High-precision 3D-printed resin
  • Resistance: 26Ω±15%(@1kHz)
  • Sensitivity: 119dB/Vrms(@1kHz)
  • Frequency Response Range: 8Hz-40kHz
  • Effective Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Connector: 0.78mm 2Pin QDC style
Includes:

1 x Pair IEM
1 x Detachable OFC Silver Cable (no mic)
1 x User Manual
1 x Carry Case

YouTube Review:



Introduction

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Having been on a wireless frenzy the last few months, it's been a little while since I tried out an IEM, and even longer since I reviewed one. Simgot hit the IEM market in 2015, developing products from their base in Shenzhen, China. The name stands for 'simple and elegant', and whilst the appearance of the EM6L is certainly both of those things, the arrangement of this IEM is slightly more ambitious - there's an 8mm high polymer diaphragm dual cavity dynamic driver dealing with the bass, and two pairs of balanced armatures handling mids and trebles, brought together in a hybrid configuration by a 3-way crossover. This isn't their first stab at this kind of IEM - they've given the EM6L the moniker 'Phoenix', because it represents the rebirth from the EM5, it's predecessor developed 5 years ago, but this time they've focused the tuning towards the Harman 2019 curve. So for me, a rather mouth-watering prospect from one of the new kids on the block that has taken the IEM market by storm during 2023 so far.

Priced at $110, they're competitive, but sit at the top end of Simgot's price list and are nothing if not ambitious. So how did they fare? Well, the initial positive reviews I'd read on this product weren't wrong - read on for my thoughts on a contender for IEM of the year in its price bracket.....

Unboxing & Accessories

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The Phoenix theme that Simgot have attached to this release hits you immediately from the moment you encounter the enclosure. The box oozes class and is commensurate with the price tag, with a glossy black theme and a striking image on the front, with a frequency response curve and visual representation of the driver arrangement accompanying the key parameters on the back. When you slide out the inner box, you get a first glimpse of the Phoenix logo, which is also printed on the right earphone.

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This symbolism continues - it's also represented on the manual, which lays out the very simple instructions and warranty details. Interestingly, Simgot have an anti-theft scheme where you scratch off a section on the box to reveal a 12-digit code which you then add on their website to be given any aftersales support you may require. In terms of accessories, you get a bag of three sets of tips, a small, unbranded carry case and a 'high purity OFC silver plated' 0.78mm 2-pin cable, which has a 3.5mm jack at one end and QDC connectors on the other. The carry case is a bit of a letdown - I'd have liked to have seen the Phoenix logo on here, but it's perfectly fine from a usability perspective. The cable is a bit better - it's lightweight but well made, looks and wears really well. I'd have liked to have seen more tip options here, too.

Build Quality & Design

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The EM6L shells, according to Simgot, boast a 3D-printed high-precision resin shell and mirror-finished CNC processed faceplate. It's a simple and elegant design that sees the L/R printed on the inside in gold. Both the shell and plate are of reasonable build quality, albeit lightweight, and whilst this is arguably more comfortable in the ears, I always like to see a bit more craftsmanship here - a full CNC shell like the EA500 is more my scene, but nevertheless the EM6L seem well-made.

Each earphone weighs exactly 5g, and measures 21.4mm (height) x 17.4mm (width) x 22.5mm (max depth).

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The aluminium alloy plates have a slight bevel to the edge, and the Phoenix logo on one earphone and the Simgot logo on the other. There's a small tuning hole just underneath, and at the top you've got QDC connectors with a vent alongside them. The plugs on the cable are angled outwards, which allows you to tell which is the Left and which is the Right. QDC connectors are not ideal for a number of reasons, but it's certainly not a deal breaker. The plates are fingerprint magnets - I had to give them more than a few cleans before snapping them.

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The depth of the earphone is around average, and the nozzle is around 5mm in length and 6mm in diameter. There is a lip around the edge of it, but this doesn't detract from the comfort in any way.

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Despite the flat inner side of the earphone, they still sit very snug against your ears without protruding outwards too much or feeling overly invasive. It's one of my most comfortable IEM's for prolonged listening sessions.

Sound Signature & Audio

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The EM6L are a very smooth, well-balanced v-shaped IEM with a warmer tone and thick, natural timbre. Tuned to the Harman 2019 target, they use a 3-way crossover to bring together the drivers. Often, this is easier said than done, but in the case of the EM6L there is a smooth and natural cohesion that seems to get the best out of each set of drivers. They aren't especially technical, but they are a hugely enjoyable listen with great longevity thanks to the boosted bass, lush mids and smooth, understated trebles.

The bass has a fun, boomy nature to it that translates well into all music genres, particularly house and techno. Lower frequencies are dense and layered - kick drums are rich and punchy, if lacking a bit of texture. There's not quite the subwoofer feel I particularly enjoy, but the subbass still has a satisfying rumble. I found the midbass a little muddy until I switched the eartips out for the FiiO HS18, which have a slightly wider bore. From then, everything sounded a little more controlled whilst still fast and chunky.

The midrange is recessed, but not overly so. The EM6L are a seriously smooth, lush sounding experience and the warmer tone benefits male vocals - soprano in particular. Both male and female vocals are forward, female vocals more than male, and whilst both have good texture there's more body to male vocals. Some female vocals can be a little gaspy, but in almost all instances it is a clean and engaging vocal delivery that will have you coming back to the EM6L more often than not.

The trebles are very natural sounding with good control that makes them ideal for long listening sessions. There's absolutely no hint of fatigue or sibilance here, but the subtle peak between 6 to 8k brings enough vibrancy and definition to instruments to satisfy the average user, particularly those who prefer a slightly more laidback, rolled off sound.

Imaging is good for a $100 set. There's reasonable accuracy here, and placement outside the lower frequencies is very straightforward. Staging is quite wide and expansive with very good depth. Driving the EM6L was surprisingly easy enough too - both using my cheapy Ikkolot and plugging directly into my Sony Xperia 1 IV offered similarly enjoyable results with more than adequate volume.

From the perspective of a hybrid, the crossovers are really well done. It is a thoroughly smooth, engaging listening experience with the EM6L.

Summary

The Simgot EM6L is a pleasant surprise, and a release that really signals Simgot's intent to the market.

Other than a few minor quibbles, like the use of QDC connectors and lack of branded case, it is quite difficult to find fault with this release. They're super comfy and the shell is fairly well-made - although I prefer full CNC and more custom-feel fit, the lightweight footprint and straightforward driveability go hand-in-hand with the smooth, lush sound to make the EM6L ideal for marathon listening sessions.

The expansive soundstage, good imaging, fine vocal representation and bouncy bass will particularly satisfy those who like a subbass-centric, more natural v-shape sound. Don't expect a super-analytical experience, but do expect to be entertained - the EM6L are one of the most enjoyable IEM's in 2023 to date.

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Nice review! I found the EM6L to be a bit too bright in the upper midrange, and that the bass was a bit lacking and a bit pillowy. I tried different eartips. Some helped. The thing which really made a difference was switching to the NIceHCK BlackCat zinc copper alloy cable. This cable tamed the upper midrange brightness and boosted the bass and lower midrange by around 1 to 1.5 dB, resulting in a much more balanced sounding IEM which also has killer sub bass. I totally agree with you that the EM6L is a surprisingly nice IEM at its price point.

Kingnubian

New Head-Fier
Simgot EM6L Phoenix a Lush Enchantress
Pros: Lush coherent sound
Organic midrange
controlled bass
Detailed natural and airy treble
Detail retrieval and technicalities
Expansive soundstage
Cons: Bass texture and definition not class leading
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NOTES:

The Simgot EM6L Phoenix is a recent release from this previously “under the radar” company who garnered well deserved interest with their EA500. The EA500 has a sound that defies its asking price of $79 USD. The EM6L though will lighten your pocket by $110 USD, so a step up in price.

The EM6L has a driver setup that includes a single 8mm custom-designed high-polymer diaphragm dual-cavity dynamic driver, partnered with four balanced armature drivers. One pair of BA’s handles the midrange and the last pair the treble, all tuned to the Harmon 2019 Curve according to Simgot. The drivers are managed via a 3-way crossover which on listening seems to be well implemented allowing each driver to operate in the frequency range where their design makes them most appropriate. Notable as well was the smooth transition between drivers.

The Simgot EM6L Phoenix is easy to drive yet due to its resolving capabilities should be paired with a capable source to extract all the performance it is capable of. Tip selection is also crucial and I went with a shallow wide bored tip with deep insertion resulting in a great seal and sound.

SPECS:

1dd+4ba Hybrid
Impedance: 26Ω±15%(@1kHz)
Sensitivity: 119dB/Vrms(@1kHz)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Cable: 2-pin 0.78mm QDC

BUILD, FIT & QUALITY:

The EM6L is a nicely finished IEM done in a very basic style. Not a flashy product by any means, with a simple presentation that has just the Simgot logo on the black faceplate and product marking on the inside shell surface. The quality resin shell is on the small side of medium in size and having a comfortable fit was not an issue.

Quality of manufacture is good with no glaring issues noted. I should point out that I am not a fan of QDC connectors, this is no way detracted from my overall views of the EM6L, just not my favorite thing to see.

The include accessories are sparse but of similar quality to the iem itself. We are here for the sound though so read on.

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BASS:

The EM6L is more sub-bass focused than mid-bass. This is not a “basshead” earphone yet the low end had good power and ample drive when required by the source material.
Bass goes deep and is controlled not being muddy and with good speed. Detail is good as well with the bass texture on “Angel” by Massive Attack coming through with an added thickness, and while not being as detailed in this regard as some others earphones I have recently heard, it is a good showing here. “Circumstance” by Wayman Tisdale highlighted the bass control that was also heard on a number of other tracks regardless of genre. This is a standout characteristic of the EM6L not only in the bass but overall. It was at home with whatever genre of music it was asked to reproduce.

Bass on the EM6L is good. It has great control with enough detail and power to compliment any track in a positive way. Well done.

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MIDRANGE:

The midrange of the Simgot EM6L Phoenix is slightly recessed while being detailed with an admirable balance of macro and micro details. The midrange has an open unrestrained sound, no doubt aided by the pleasing levels of layering and separation heard. Clarity here is notable paired with good note weight and timbre. There is an organic character in the delivery of the midrange that was found to be satisfying, and unusual at this price range.

“No Worries” By the Robert Glasper Trio made me sit up and take notice with how lively and detailed this track sounded on the EM6L. This busy track features some outstanding musicianship and on lesser IEMs can easily sound congested with each instrument becoming indistinct. The EM6L had none of these issues with this great track sounding open and immersive. Each instrument was easily discerned in its own space with a clarity of playback that was very pleasing.

Moving on to vocals, “Barley” by Lizz wright had here husky female vocals sounding great. There is a touch of added warmth to the lower midrange that is well done and tasteful. “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker had her soaring vocals sounding lush. The EM6L is able to relay the emotional delivery quite well and surprisingly so for a $110 iem.

Male vocals get the same treatment. “Tender-Hearted Lover” by John Stoddart had his emotional vocal delivery coming through with conviction. “I Keep Forgetting” by Michael McDonald likewise. “Here I Come” by the iconic Reggae Artist Dennis Brown was also a joy to listen to through the EM6L.

Transients are handled well. Every impact on “Chocolate Chip Trip” by Tool came through with natural impact and decay while maintaining control. The upper midrange is also free of sibilance and glare.

The midrange of the Simgot EM6L punches well above the asking price. It is an open and detailed presentation with splendid technicalities that has a lush element about it with good organics, timbre and a balanced delivery. No harshness or aggressiveness here at all. Very well done.

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TREBLE:

Treble is well extended with a commendable level of detail retrieval and technicalities. Air and sparkle are present in good measure but not sounding overdone by any means.
The tuning here is organic and controlled. Nothing is missing and the listener is sure to hear everything going on in the upper registers. No fatigue nor grain heard here.
The airiness and clarity of the EM6L’s treble is very pleasing. Well done.

IMAGING & SOUNDSTAGE:

The Simgot EM6L Phoenix offers soundstage that is impressively immersive. Width and depth are impressive with height being enough to add the immersive quality.

“Stimela” by Hugh Masekela transported the listener to the venue with a sense of immersion not usually heard in earphones at even much higher cost. Instrument placement was also spot on.

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VERSUS:

-Hisenior T2U-

The T2U is a personal favorite. With a driver compliment of just 2 balanced armature drivers, it is in my opinion the unsung hero of the $100 USD market segment.

Bass goes deeper and has more slam with the EM6L while being faster and slightly more detailed on the T2U.

The midrange of the EM6L is lusher with detail retrieval of the T2U being arguably slightly better. Both offer an organic midrange playback with the EM6L being just that bit livelier. As for note weight the EM6L gets the nod here. As for layering and instrument separation, a slight nod goes to the T2U, but not by much.

Treble is more extended with the EM6L although each offers a clean and organic sound. The added extension of the Simgot EM6L does lend itself to an airier presentation though and all else being equal, gets the nod here.

Soundstage differs on each with the T2U being more intimate while the EM6L is more expansive. Neither sounds restrained or congested.



-Simgot EA500-

The main question is if the EM6L is worth the cost increase over the EA500. I would have to say yes, it is. In a nutshell, the EM6L is a more refined EA500 with all the positives while improving upon and negatives.

In every aspect the EM6L sounds more refined than the already great EA500, even after mods.

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CONCLUSION:

The Simgot EM6L is a wonderful iem. Rarely have I gotten lost in the music with an iem & this was one of those times.

The EM6L does not favour one genre over the other. In this regard it is eminently versatile without the need to play with switches or nozzle filters to accomplish good sound. Can we go back to those times please?

I found the Simgot EM6L Phoenix to often be an immersive experience, enjoying music for the sake of itself and forgetting to be critical. This in my book is high praise indeed. It also offered a better music experience than some much more expensive earphones I’ve had in my ears in the last year plus.

The Simgot EM6L is a must hear if you are shopping in this price range and even above. It has now joined the Hisenior T2U in my ratings as the unsung heroes of the $100 price bracket challenging and often embarrassing other iems that cost much more.

The Simgot EM6L gets a firm recommendation.

ywheng89

100+ Head-Fier
Simgot EM6L's Review
Pros: Smooth and fatigue free listening experience (very versatile and suitable for a wide range of genres)
Balanced and natural tonality (very minor BA timbre)
Cons: Accessories are lacking especially at this price point
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General/Build/Packaging/Comfort
Simgot is a brand that I believe many should be very familiar with by now. The brand has been releasing quite a number of hits namely the EA500, EW100p as well as the EW200 which are favoured by many within the community. I have the EM6L today which is a hybrid from Simgot in 1DD+4BA configuration. The build quality is different from EA500 and EW200 which both are metal shell, EM6L went for 3D printed resin housing and CNC processed faceplate, the pros are, it keeps the weights light and you don’t feel it at all once it is in your ears, some will view this as a cons in a way where it looks cheap.
The unboxing experience is quite consistent across the brand, EM6L is no exception either, very premium looking, but kinda lacking in terms of bundled accessories for the asking price, 3 pairs of eartips, cable, storage case, as well as the IEM itself and that is all. I honestly expected a little more, but that’s just nitpicking. In terms of comfort, very comfortable to wear as I mentioned earlier due to its weight, however, i do find the ear hooks a little annoying as the EM6L can’t stay in my ears due to the stiffness of the ear hooks, hence I removed it and the problem was solved, fits snugly in my ears now.

Equipment and Software used
  • Earmen Tradutto -> Earmen CH-AMP
  • Earmen Collibri
  • iFi Go Link
  • iFi Gryphon
  • Macbook Air M2
  • Apple Music/Tidal/foobar2k

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Foreword
My review is solely based on what I hear via my equipment and I never consider my reviews to be objective in any way rather a subjective approach. Do take into consideration that everyone’s ear anatomy is not the same, so the psychoacoustics perception might be different as well, but i believe it will not stray too far

Sound Impression
EM6L is generally very pleasing to listen to, good tonality, mild v shaped with sub bass focused instead of mid bass. Although sporting 4 BAs, the timbre actually sounds quite natural to my ears, very very minimal BA timbre unless you try very hard to spot it. Let’s take a look at the breakdown below:

Bass
  • Fairly good speed and doesn’t sound bloated or muddy when listening to busy tracks such as Slipknot’s People’s = crap!
  • Texture can be a little bit better
  • Sub bass has good extension which is to be expected since this set is sub bass focused instead of midbass, not bass head kind of rumble but sufficient and has good control
  • Mid bass lacks a little punch but overall it is alright
Mids
  • The mids are slightly recessed but still lush sounding to my ears
  • Vocals are forward but not shouty
  • Male and female vocal has good texture to it and doesn’t sound thin
Treble
  • Treble is very smooth and non offensive
  • It retains enough energy and never once its sibilant nor harsh even when you push the volume up
  • The con is that the resolution is just average the same goes to detail retrieval as well
Soundstage/Imaging
  • Soundstage is slightly out of your head with average width, but good depth and height perception
  • Imaging is good as the instruments can be pinpointed easily even during busy track
Driveability
  • EM6L is very easy to drive, and doesn’t seem to benefit much from amping
  • Most of the entry level/mid range dongles will do just fine
  • Straight out of the 3.5mm from my Macbook Air M2, it sounded just fine
Comparison (Tempotec IM05)
  • Warm sounding overall and mid bass focused, hence mid bass is very punchy and has good impact
  • Treble is smooth but resolution and detail retrieval capability is more or less similar to EM6l
  • Very good and precise imaging, soundstage is average in terms of depth, width and height perception
  • Mids has good body and vocals are not too recessed nor forward in the mix
  • Upper mids are not perceived as shouty as well
  • Noticeable BA timbre but sounds quite natural overall
  • Overall, IM05 is a slightly warmer set compared to EM6l, EM6L has slightly better technicalities compared to IM05

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Final Thoughts
With so much competition in the price bracket of EM6l, does it hold its own? I certainly think so. Although it is not the most technically competent IEM out there, there is also a certain crowd out there who are craving for balanced and fatigue free listening experience, EM6L is certainly for them, bassheads and trebleheads on the other hand should look elsewhere. If you’re one of those who crave for a balanced listening experience, grab this without any hesitation.

*A big thanks to Linsoul for sending this over for the purpose of this review. Thanks for the support and opportunity as always

Head over to their store if you are interested in getting a pair:

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ICYGENIUS

New Head-Fier
Simgot Phoenix EM6L headphones review by ICYGENIUS🎧
Pros: Excellent technicality and musicality
Massive and textured bass
Transparency is at a very good level
The setup is quite smooth and not tedious
A wide and very detailed stereo panorama
With this set, you just float along such a smooth and pleasant current
Cons: Doesn't have
Introduction!
Today in the review we will consider the long-awaited novelty from the company Simgot cost $109 !
The headphones come in a fairly small box with a pleasant and already familiar design and an image of such a flaming phoenix on the front, there is also a Simgot brand logo, the name of this model is EM6L and the hi-res audio logo is here in the corner.

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Well, here there is a graph of the frequency response of this new hybrid model,Simgot tuned these headphones this time around at Harman Target 2019 and trust me they did it very well.
1 dynamic and 4 balanced armature drivers are responsible for the sound here, the sensitivity of the headphones is 119db and they received a 26 ohm impedance.

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Let's take a look at what's included!
And the first thing that meets us here is the inscription phoenix with such a pattern with the outlines of this bird, and the headphones themselves are already neatly arranged here, they are black in color, and this time the case is made of resin and tactilely they are very smooth and pleasant and quite light, and on the front of the right earphone there is such a Phoenix pattern, and on the left is the company logo next to which you can see one small acoustic hole.
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There is also a 2-pin connector on the earphone body for connecting a cable with a qdc connector,keep this in mind,and the name of the EM6L phoenix model is indicated on the inside of the case and there is a marking of the right and left headphones, respectively.
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Ergonomics and convenience.
Well, their nozzle is quite elongated and wide, so there are no problems with the fit of these headphones at all, they sit quite tightly and the sound insulation remains at a good level.
Accessories.
In these two cardboard boxes there are accessories, in this larger one there is an instruction manual for the use and operation of headphones!
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And in this pretty good case, there is such an updated copper cable that is actually quite comfortable, moderately flexible and very light, it has a 3.5mm jack connector and qdc connectors for connecting to headphones already, well, there are no questions about the ears, so everything is fine with landing when using it here,but of course you can change it to any other as long as the cable has a qdc connector.
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And of course there is a set of ear pads exactly 1 bag with quite convenient attachments that you can use without problems.
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How do these headphones sound?
Well, now friends, let's talk about the most important thing, namely the sound of this model!
Low Frequencies :
Yes, this is exactly what I wanted to get, this model has received a noticeable increase in this area compared to other models such as the ea500 / ew200, now the bass in these headphones slaps and hits as it should, it feels like such a concentrated and denser textured blow, with excellent transparency and accurate attenuation, the bass is very assembled, has an accentuated attack and is well controlled, that is, it does not prevent the middle range from opening at all, but on the contrary perfectly complements it with its weight and filling of space thanks to a better and grown-up mass and volume.
Mid Frequencies :
What also pleased me was how em6l did a very good job at revealing the mid-range, they have an insane airiness and transparency with an excellent and detailed space in which the tools are not lost at all, analytics in this area is really surprising, I can literally divide the entire composition into separate layers.
The vocals have excellent weight and space filling, and the drums have well-emphasized transients and leave behind quite long loops from reverberation, the presentation of this area is surprisingly well disclosed from the technical and at the same time quite musical and pleasant side, and in general they have such a transparent and controlled timbre. without unnecessary unpleasant hissing accents when listening to female vocals, and as a result, everything in general sounds pretty smooth and very legible.

High Frequencies :
Well, at high frequencies, the EM6L here has a very good and correct approach to tuning, they, like in the younger models, have excellent technicality that has not been lost anywhere, so the headphones reproduce heavy genres with a bunch of instruments without any problems, they do not lose any details in the overall mix, every cymbal, every percussion will be heard by you, you don't need to strain your ears somehow to make out the track.
I would say so with this set, you just float along such a smooth and pleasant current, there are also no sibilants in this area, if the ea500 could so well light up, then there is complete order.
The tone of the high frequencies is very smooth and slightly warm, therefore, this range does not tire at all when listening for a long time, and the transparency and resolution are at a fairly high level.

Stage and stereo panorama :
The scene and visualization of the Simgot Em6l headphones turned out to be well-designed and optimal and correct in width, and the immersion depth is at an excellent level.
I can easily divide different sounds of instruments, percussion or synthesizer into separate layers, which is not easy, that is, they do not sound in one place, but are noticeably so separated from each other, and you can hear that they are at different distances.

My conclusion on these headphones :
Simgot EM6L compared to other previous models of the company that I listened to turned out to be the most outstanding in my opinion and already more mature with an excellent and more balanced presentation, and this model is now definitely rightfully all genre, since bass lovers will definitely not pass by now, and all other listeners will now definitely be even more we are satisfied with the new more perfect sound.
Link where you can buy them!
https://www.linsoul.com/products/simgot-em6l
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regancipher
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Great review! Also....subscribed, I'm learning Russian so the subtitles on your channel really help :)
ICYGENIUS
ICYGENIUS
@regancipher Thank you friend, I'm glad it was useful to you!

NymPHONOmaniac

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: -Lush and balanced V shape
-smooth and safely tuned
-round chunky bass with vibrant rumble
-full bodied male and female vocal
-rich sound layering
-natural enough timbre for balanced armature
Cons: -poor bass separation
-poor imaging
-poor macro and micro resolution
-lack of treble extension, air and sparkle
-cheap construction
-QDC connector (why?)
-not a technical upgrade from EA500 and EW200
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TONALITY: 8.2/10
TECHNICALITIES: 7.5/10
TIMBRE: 8.2/10
SPATIALITY-IMAGING: 7/10
CONSTRUCTION: 7/10
ACCESSORIES: 7/10
SOUND VALUE: 7.8/10

THE INTRO


Simgot has been around for a long time, their EN700 IEM has been launch in 2016, so this give you an idea how experienced this earphones company from China is.
After a hiatus because of the pandemy, Simgot come back with solid IEMs offering that surprise positively alot of audiophile including me.
Their EA500 single dynamic driver was and still is among best sub-100$ IEM money can get. Since then, it become own SImgot benchmark in term of high sound benefit return as well as excellent cratfmanship.

Today I will review their last offerin, the EM6L.

Priced 110$, the EM6L is an hybrid IEM using 1x8mm DD+ 4 custom BAs. Like their previous release, it's loosely inspire by Harman target 2019.

Let see in this review if more drivers translate into high technical performance, or if Simgot choose another tonal balance approach that worth the interest and hard earned money of consumers.

CONSTRUCTION & ACCESSORIES

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The EM6L construction is a departure from the impressive craftmanship we were use too with IEM like EA500, EN1000, EW200 and EA2000. In that regard, it's quite a step down yet it's pricier.We have another surprising departure in term of standard 2pin connect, it goes QDC here and it's another big drawback.
These feel rather cheap, with a mix of plastic and light alloy alluminium back plate, but these are well made still, i'm biased by next level construction of their other IEMs models here and can't oversee this. But these will not impress anybody craftmanship wise.

The nozzle is long and thick, the IEM shape have slightly angled nozzle and it's ergonomic enough. It's light and comfortable, passive isolation is average but sound leakage is minimal.

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While not plain bad, the cable isn't really impressive in term of quality. It's stated as ''high purity OFC silver plated'' cable. It have 2 strand and few cores it seem. Its very light and soft and look good. Alas it come in 3.5mm single ended only.

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The packaging is super minimalist and come in a small box.
Accessories wise we have the cable, a basic (cheap) carrying case and 3 pairs of silicone eartips.
Nothing impressive here, more eartips and superior carrying case quality would have been appreciated.


THE SOUND IMPRESSIONS


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There you go for another harman tuning inspired balance from Simgot but this time it go warmer and bassier. We can say it's near the opposite of EW200 and EA500 in that regard and share more in common with EW100P tonality.

Yes, the EM6L use 1DD+4BA but don't sound technical nor cold, and this time the mid range is thick, in fact, everything is dense in timbre and layer, even macro dynamic is thick with these.

For lush timbre lover, it will be very welcome, while treble head will be left on their hunger.

Personally, listening to those was a bit of rollercoaster in term of appreciation, I will try to explain why in this review.

The EM6L tonality is bassy and balanced, unlike cold harman tuning we are more into smooth V shape to L shape territory here where sub and mid bass have big boost, sub being dominant and mixing with mid bass boost in a chunky way.

This bass is quite addictive, guilty pleasure way. It offer a big thick slam, with very vibrant and dense rumble that benefit cello more than double bass because it's not a very clean and lean extension.
It's a opaque bass boom, with tactile roundness, it's not the fastest and do warm and boost lower mid range.
Separation isn't very good as a result, but you can perceive the layer and mids stick upon it, not under it due to hybrid configuration.
Kick drum are are warm and dark but round in body, with critical effort it'spossible to perceive it but it's not very textured nor edgy.
We have more boom and slam than well felt mid bass punch loudness, so the dynamic is mellow, not tighit or energic.
While deeply extended, i'm not sure it reach dow to 20hz since i can't hear pure sube bass tone well. It's because of rumble sustain which is compressed, this help extracting electric or synth bass line better than acoustic bass line that benefit high clarity and control.

The mid range doesn't lack lower mids and warmth, it's less thin sounding Simgot of them all but the darker too in term of sharp definition of instrument which feel a bit blurred in edge.
This fundamental can dominate higer harmonic, in the sens lower note of piano are more fowards than middle note which can feel recessed and lacking dynamism. Note can mix togheter in blurry sustain-release and while we have weight, it doesnt drop fast nor hard, it feel damped in attack release mostly.
So these do better with vocal, male vocal are foward and full bodied. Female vocal are a bit leaner, felted and breathy, thick and free of sibilance but they are centered too, not very wide in presence nor very transparent, they are quite colored with lower mids fundamental so not the most precise in articulation but quite lush, warm and musical.
These aren't open mids, nor clean, it come as a whole meaty package so we struggle to separation each sound layers that mix togheter warmly.

The treble is very understated, it's smooth and lean, full not think but it does lack air, openess, snap, brilliance and sparkly.
In other word: it feel rolled of in ultra highs after 10khz.
Cymbals crash are tamed in loudness release and don't extend naturally. Other percussions are softed in edge, velvety, no edgy and some of them can get lost in the mix.
This is a safe treble, darkened and damped in dynamic way.
Clavichord is lacking energy and dont release it's natural resonance and sparkle. Their near zero brilliance to it. Same for the harp.
Acoustic and electric guitar are bodied but lack attack lead bite and precision as well as sparkle and openess, it feel sticken on other instrument.
I mean, it's not plain dull or dark, we have some energy on top, but it's not clean nor refined, some percussions can pop up more than other, wood block hit for ex, as well as upper hard mettalitc cymbals hit.
Nonetheless, I expect way better treble with 4 balanced armature, so this is most likely very cheap BAs in there.

The soundstage is average wide and tall, and crually lack sens of depth and air. It's centered in front of you like a wall of sound with compressed holography.

The imaging is average at best, and when big bass occur it's plain bad. The sound layering can be separate with effort but instrument separation in X axis don't have clean space, nor sharp definition of instrument positionning.



THE COMPARISONS

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VS Simgot EA500 (1DD-70$)

The EA500 is brighter, more W shape, crisper and less bassy.
It sound notably cleaner, airier and more open.
The bass is better separated but thinner, more resonant and less chunky, EM6L offer bigger warmer slam and heavier note weight. It's slower and less transparent than EA500.
Mids are thinner brighter and cleaner, more transparent and detailed, notably more open as well as edgier less blunted in definition. EM6L have notably more lower mids, so male vocal are more bodied and upfront, less just about presence definitio than EA500. Upper mids are a bit smoother, less shouty than EA500 and female vocal and violin are lusher but darker too, more mixed in the macro dynamic which is more opaque as a whole with EM6L.
Trebleis darker, thicker and creamier with EM6L, it's notably less sparkly, airy, snappy and extended than EA500. EA500 have more air and brilliance and acoustic guitar have natural resonance that EM6L lack.
Soundstage is notably more compressed, less wide and tall and notably less deep since there no depth with EM6L.
So imaging is inferior and darker, muddier in macro rendering with EM6L, the soundlayer are glued togheter which make me question alot the ''benefit'' of 4BAs here.

All in all, while the EM6L is logical upgrade of EW100, it's not an upgrade of EA500 in term of technical performance, but for tonality it's smoother, lusher and bassier for those that it can appeal.

VS TEMPOTEC IM05 (1DD+4bas-150$)

This time IM05 is notably brighter, more vivid and spiky. Again its more open, analytical and clean and transparent.
Bass is more boomy and resonant, thinner, just wrong compared to rounder fuller bass of EM6L which is more controlled in sub extension, more vibrant and dense in rumble, more boosted in mid bass too.
Mids are colder, thinner and harsher more prompt to timbral imbalance, both male and female vocal are thinner and more recessed than EM6L too.
Treble is sharper, more open and boosted, its more fowards and unbalanced that darker but leaner treble of EM6L.
Soundstage is about same wide, but taller and deeper with IM05, it's not realistic though.
Imaging is clearer but high pitch instrument are more dominant than EM6L.

All in all, I guess the technical performance is superior with IM05 but badly implemented and bass isn't superior....clarity and imaging and spatiality are superior but not the tonal balance which is way more messy than more sirupy macro dynamic of EM6L.

CONCLUSION

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The EM6L are lush bassy and balanced laid back pleasure to listen too, their not technical but deliver an holographic musicality with tactile, natural and dense timbre.

It's the warmest Harman target IEM i've heard yet from Simgot, so treble head as well as precise imaging seeker will be perhaps underwelmed by the understated technicalities of these.

Yet, we have a cohesive sounding hybrid with very addictive chunky bass and dynamic mids and treble, smoothed way.

These are easy to love at first listen, then when you go into critical listening it's where you might or not be impress.

Recommended for it's smooth and lush tonality!





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PS: I want to thanks Simgot for sending me this review sample. As always, these are my independant minded audio impressions and nothing can interfert with it's integrity.


You can order the EM6L for 110$ directly from official Simgot website here: http://www.simgot.com/en/products/detail/30.html
Tamizhan
GoneToPlaid
GoneToPlaid
The bass does sound a bit muddy with narrow bore eartips. I find that the bass sounds very nice and clean with wide bore eartips such as the Azla SednaEarFitLight eartips.

Redcarmoose

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Amazingly good BA timbre across the mids and treble
A smooth, balanced, even and complete signature
8mm woofer to get the lows, fast and tight
4 BAs to get the middle and high frequencies
A new 2019 Harman tune for SIMGOT
Tri-band delineation of bass, mids and lows
3 sound-tube 3D printed design
A feather-weight 5 grams each
A new experience for SIMGOT 8.5kHz on up
New-added 6kHz to 8kHz presence region
Goes with any style of music and any DAP or amp
Cons: None?
The SIMGOT EM6L Universal IEM
Redcarmoose Labs August 17, 2023

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SIMGOT

SIMGOT has been on a roll recently with the EW200 and the previously loved EA500 (with red filters). And the truth is many normal people (who don’t spend all their time at Head-Fi) are just learning about the EA500. The China mainland actually received the SIMGOT EA500 two months prior, so the heat started there. Truth to be told, the EA500 was and is special……..but could it be improved upon? And that has always been the question, if adding more BAs couldn’t make a better IEM? You see, I view SIMGOT as incredibly responsive to the marketplace. Responsive because SIMGOT seems to be doing exactly what the people ask for? I mean what better way for your company to reach success than to make people happy? Right?

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Graph:
Normally I don’t delve into graphs to this extent, except the graph here in many ways explains the development in tuning ideas for SIMGOT. And…..I will try and walk you through it as I see it? The EA500 was slightly hot. Yet we found a way around it. SIMGOT offered two filters with the black being the SIMGOT curve, reminiscent of the past SIMGOT EN1000 and EA2000. The red filter is a version of the 2016 Harman Target. Now I want to state that all these examples are still only approximations. Meaning the Harman target was the goal, but pretty much never ever are you going to totally reach that goal. Reason being is every IEM is an individual music maker, they have different resonance, and drivers that put out a certain frequency, so the aligning is simply a target direction only.

But SIMGOT got feed-back. The fact that some felt the EA500 lacked bass and was too hot upstairs. So what did they do? They adjusted their production to make people happy.

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(dark blue line)
For starters I want you to focus on the dark blue line……3kHz to 4kHz. That is the EM6L pinna gain. Such ear-gain is actually at the very center of our hearing, meaning it was designed through creation or evolution to maximize hearing your Mother's voice. So the connection is both partially physical, and partially mental, that we are sensitive in this exact area. The other thing that needs to be taken into account is the fact that super small changes to this area of an IEM’s response change dramatically the outcome to our perception of the IEM’s character. Note the green line, the EW100P.

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EW100 (green line)
The EW100P got a crummy 3 star review from me. It was slightly too hot. Now it wasn’t as bright as this above GIF, but the lack of bass and the brightness shelf from 2.5kHz all the way up to 5.5kHz created a form of drama here at Redcarmoose Labs.


https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/simgot-ew100p.26454/reviews#review-30887

In fact (as we speak) SIMGOT has also rectified the EW100P too! Yep, they came out with a new version of the EW100P which is powered by an on-board DSP, which alters the frequency curve to make a complete world of difference. Such qualities are difficult to fully test, meaning I’m not sure if the FR response is simply the DSP amplifier, or the IEM itself as the cables and not detachable. But it doesn't matter, the new EW100 DSP is a roaring success! Also it will get a great score from Redcarmoose Labs.

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The EA500 Bass (light blue line):
To go back to the SIMGOT EA500 I don’t really hear the bass so attenuated? Meaning, sure it may be just like measured, except there are other things going on. You see, bass texture is a funny thing. If we add texture (which the EA500 has) a form of illusion starts to take place. This has been a well known phenomena at Head-Fi so don’t think I’m pulling this out of my backside. What happens is fully detailed bass actually can get mistaken for more bass. Yep, the smaller roundness, the texture, the delineation starts to perform a kind of personality where there seems like adequate bass, when in-fact it’s less bass, just as measured. And it’s perfectly fine to gain hold of this illusion, as we are music listeners, not measuring devices.

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EM6L Treble (dark blue line)
From 5kHz upwards till the end of the high hearing spectrum there is a lot to talk about. I want to start off with the fact that there are a few things going on. One is the fact that more expensive IEMs will showcase this area more. This is a big part of where the money goes into providing an expensive sounding reality on display from top-end performers. As it seems, this section is truly showing where the money is spent, especially as of recent. Now I don’t want to sell the SIMGOT EM6L short or exaggerate what it is, I simply want to convey what we have here. The main thing to note is BAs like Sonion drivers cost more, probably more than the BAs they used. Yes, Sonion drivers can generate (at times) great harmonics, tone and technicalities. They are the most expensive BAs, still they also still generate a slightly metallic BA tone, like all BA drivers do. That’s the ultimate skill here to somehow fold in the frequencies and not have the IEM (in question) be too dark or uneventful, but show treble details for the sake of entertainment purposes. And regardless of the BA manufacturer here, SIMGOT has done a few magic tricks.

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EM6L
Number ONE:

Do you see the 6kHz to 8kHz bump? This the presence region, can go ahead and help delineate details with-out being sibilant. This slight bump is a huge part of us feeling like we are getting all the information needed. In fact this 6kHz to 8Khz is kinda the new tuning thing. If I was to make a list of the new ideas in IEMs for 2023, this bump would be at the top of the list, offered now by a few manufacturers.

Number TWO:
Do you see the added range put forth in the 8.5kHz on up? Such a change is a huge step for SIMGOT, and in and of itself makes the EM6L unique from past SIMGOT efforts (that I've heard). Still though it should be noted this area holds very little force to perception and comes-off more of a style of performance…….the farther away we get from the pinna area.

SIMGOT EM6L
1DD + 4BA Hybrid Driver In-ear Monitor

  • 1DD + 4BA Hybrid Drivers
  • Tuned Towards the H-2019 Target Curve
  • HiFi Earbuds for Gaming
  • 3D-Printed Resin Housing&CNC Processed Faceplate
  • High-Purity OFC Silver-Plated Cable

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Impedance
26Ω±15%(@1kHz)
Sensitivity 119dB/Vrms(@1kHz)
Frequency Response Range 8Hz-40kHz
Effective Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Earphone connector 0.78mm 2-pin

$109.99
https://www.linsoul.com/products/simgot-em6l


Testing:
In my testing I actually found a few set-ups that worked well. Such finds are reminiscent of a well-rounded IEM. Yet I also had better luck with a few systems. Starting with the WM1A and WM1Z I found the 1A having a more forward stance into the mids, which seemed to work. Even using the new ISN CS02 cable with the EM6L and Sony WM1A was a treat, Yet much later, (days later) after days of burn-in, I found the ultimate set-up. Let me try and explain what I have going on. The TA-ZH1ES is one of the most laid-back units you could buy for headphone audio. It was borderline too dark with the EM6L, yet the low-end dexterity was fantastic, it just didn’t have the mids and highs.

https://www.sony-asia.com/electronics/audio-components/ta-zh1es

In comes a GRAPHENE CABLE:
My final testing set-up ended with the Sony WM1A DAP, and ISN G4 cable. While the included cable is really nice and probably fine for most uses, I’m accessing 4.4mm amplification, which is a completely separate amplifier in the WM1A. So later in my music tests, you can realize that this is the set-up I stayed with. And I truly will repeat this later in the review, the fact that the included cable was really fine. I used the ISN CS02 cable and the ISN G4 Graphene cable, finding the included SIMGOT cable to fall right in the middle tone wise. Still we are splitting hairs adding an aftermarket cable. Just realize the EM6L totally has the ability to show you the character of your amplification/DAC or the cable you in-the-end decide to use. Probably any improvement from the Graphene cable was in part the 4.4mm amplifier (which is different from the 3.5mm amplifier) and the Graphene adding midrange and treble separation and thickness……adding 8% of the change?

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Packaging:
The first thing that separated this set-up is the fact that the EM6L and the EW100DSP came in custom boxes. At first this may not be noted as a big deal, but no one ships exactly this way…..no one. IEMs often just get thrown in a shipping bag, or if they do get boxed-up, but not in a form fitting box.

Some may think the included extras with the EM6L are minimal or limited? Though I felt they were adequate for $109.99, and even more elaborate when you see how the box with-in a box, form of interior packaging is done. Call me impressed?

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Build:
At 5 grams each it has to be one of the most comfortable IEMs, simply due to weight. A 4 piece design shows a regular faceplate atop a 3D printed resin hull. Each IEM has printed EM6L and Phoenix with R or L printed on in gold letters. A chrome nozzle sits atop with no lip. There are two air-vents, with one a-top the faceplate and one right next to the qdc 2Pin.

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Cable:
Really it’s the little things that float my boat here…….like the fact that the qdc plugs are angled outwards so you can tell they are right and left. The fact that the actual terminals (the pins) are slightly extend out on the 2Pin, as shown in the photo. Of cable testing the included cable falls directly into the center tone between the ISN CS02 (being darker) and the ISN Graphene G4 being brighter. And really that’s what you want from SIMGOT. It’s not like they are going to include a $99.50 Graphene cable with a $109.99 IEM. And that’s fine……..the included cable has low microphonics and feels wonderful. My choice of switching cables was to 1) access 4.4mm and 2) to try and up-convert the midrange and treble to a slight expansion.....to find clarity and improved entertainment. Truth to be told, the Graphene maybe did an 8% improvement overall. And such changes could still relate to alining the EM6L to my hearing. For your hearing the EM6L could absolutely end-up perfectly balanced and bright enough, as it was perfectly bright enough for me while in use. Still remember as talked about earlier, the tune is really walking that line of having enough playful treble and midrange action to sedate any emotions to grabbing other IEMs you may have. Different from some included cables I encounter, the daily ergonomics were somehow included here, finding the cable holding extra dextrally and maneuverability? It was simply nice……..the metal plug, and chin-cinch……the subtle ear-hooks?

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The BLON x Z JOJO Cable:
The SIMGOT EM6L Cable:
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Music:
This is the fun-part.
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KMFDM
Paradise
Disturb the Peace

44.1 - 24 bit
So the first part of the show shows wicked fast bass here, I mean that’s my job, to organize a blast…..a sonic blast in music sounds……….I mean all of us are out for thrills.......are we not? I mean why else would we be here? Well, maybe to drown-out the outside world…….cars, trains an angry Wife? But here I could have chosen any song on this album, except here there is a specific bass tone going down…..one that is explanatory of what we have purchased. The Dope. The Stuff. It’s here, it really is. This is some form of antique Rolland bass/drum machine, or an emulator of some sort? Whatever it is, it's perfect here. Just fast, round, complete and better than expected. I mean that’s why we are here, to get more than we paid for……….why else would you be reading this? And of course, later I’l get to the mids and treble….because they are special too, but this bass, it’s crazy!

Part of this bass is because of the bass-fast Sony WM1A, part of it is of course the EM6L. This 8mm High Polymer driver kicks….it’s faster than you could imagine, really the bass is perfect once you do a few days of burn-in. Out-of-the-box, no way was this a reality. Though now fast and authoritative, but in place. Really the way the mids and treble are done, they make way for this bass to be heard. There is a large part of my bass experience here today that I can’t put into words……..but rest assured it’s all good. Just way, way different than what the graph shows, because if you totally go by the graph, you would think the bass is the same as EW200, and it’s different. I have never heard the predecessor, the EM5, but I can’t imagine, the bass would be the same? Where the tone follows the 2019 Harman, so nothing is ever too drastic, where other songs on the album don’t (quite) showcase this Roland bass action, they seem to fall into a more careful and calculated bass response? And just that difference is enchanting, and showing a character in and of itself. Where the bass can be poised and in the zone, yet provocative and a thrill?

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Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch
Blade Runner 2049 OST
Mesa
44.1 kHz - 16 bit

OK, OK I’m still on bass, but I will get to the rest. The reason this part is so important is I’ve now gone to a completely different style of recording. Here we are gifted with a large, super-large stage and in comparison........the last song was a direct to mixing board bass/drum machine. So we are moving now from a calculated firm clear style, to this open and diffuse style of bass…….minus the bass rhythm. Here what is important is bass soundscapes, holding a new and different attack and decay. Still the quality of the driver will be needed to actualize this event. Wonderful and really special. First off to the right, then left, then the drop at 00:08. Haha…..seriously if you took the EM6L to a show (and ear-placed-them into someone's ears) and put this song on, then asked how much the IEMs cost that were…..I guarantee that the price would not be $109.99 guessed. Of course I’m not saying it’s everything because it’s not, but very good for the money!

Ok, now we are going to shift gears….same song though rewinding to the start. At 00:00 the piano starts off the mood. It is one of these processed tones yet you can still identify timbre…..real piano timbre. And you know what, it’s perfect. This is a tone that back in 2019 almost every BA IEM stumbled with, and many still do. The metallic timbre and colder texture of BAs. It is one one the reasons why people boycott them and travel over to full-range single DDs. But me, well Hybrids are my favorite way to go. Of all the IEMs I’ve heard, Hybrids seem to open the stage and let each style of driver work its magic. The DD here, the 8mm bass driver does its stuff and inherently knows how to provide bass notes and fall-offs better than bass BAs. Next the 4 BAs in use, separated by the crossover and using three separate sound channels.

Probably the style of separation found is my favorite part? Being of course there are three items in the sound design, the bass, the mids and the highs, except they also sound even, complete......and connected here? This OST is a lot like a gaming soundtrack, which is another angle SIMGOT is using to merchandise the EM6L. I don’t play games anymore, but the spatial aspects and frequency range/demeanor seem like they would be good for games?



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E-Mantra
Daydream (Dense Remix)
Ascending (Compiled by E-Mantra)

44.1 kHz - 24 bit
Finally this music section rounds off with another electronic piece. And there are specific reasons I have shown this song. The fact that yes, the EM6L is well rounded, but that also doesn’t mean it’s not better with certain music than others. Truly the way music is, I’m not sure why I like this song so much with the EM6L? Probably the itemization, maybe the evenness that takes place, where there are a few other IEMs that can make electronic music be too vibrant or too forward. While here once again it’s the separation that’s remarkable. The fact that each band of frequencies has their very own area in playback, but more than that, they are also connected unto themselves as a whole? But the stage here......the stage is one of my favorite aspects of this song. The BAs seem to have fall-off and note weight with this particular song, with most songs, but especially with this song. Of course it could be just the vibrancy of electronic music, that this was recorded straight into the mixing board. The throbbing bass hits at 01:25…….but before that there are all kinds of instruments going on. A Didgeridoo, heck I’ve never seen one in real-life, but they produce a special sound. The fact that this music holds sparkles prior to the bass drop at 01:26, and we can hear them, yet they don’t sound metallic, they simply sound correct? Really it is some kind of string instrument with effects in the beginning, though it almost makes you think it’s keyboards almost? It is exactly like waking-up from a daydream. There is a very specific way the effect is panned to the right and left, and it contains thickness with the EM6L. Now when the bass does come in at 01:26, I’ve heard it stronger and more vibrant, but that's not what the EM6L is about, it’s about being even and complete, at the expense of everything. Yet with a song like this.........that is the magic, as every section, every component has its place in today’s replay. Each instrument has its own identifiable texture. At 02:08 the drums make their entrance. The value here is they are the complete opposite of a thud, holding a firm yet authoritative personality. There is an evenness…….that it’s all you need…….it’s all I need right at the moment?

Really I found one of the best songs for the EM6L. When you start to forget about the IEM you are testing and become side-tracked by the music, isn’t that what this is all about? :)


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Conclusion:
So in the end I put on the included ear-tips. I already had an idea that they would go with the nozzle design. Reason being is that the nozzles don’t have a lip on them, which is slightly different than I’m used to. The included tips are kind-of a medium wide bore, but the fit happens due to the tips grabbing-hold of the nozzle diameter. Such discoveries would have been good to try at the very start of this review. Except it really doesn’t matter, and reinforces a super important component in today's testing. That the EM6L is so well-rounded, you can’t hurt it. At only 5 grams each they weigh almost nothing. Just so you know 4 or 5 grams are about as low weight as IEMs get. So after spending a day listening to the EM6L I decided to do an experiment. I went and returned to the provided cable, put the provided ear-tips on and went and tried them with my desk-top once more. The cables are shaped so that you simply place them so the 2Pins are leaning outwards, no need for any red or blue markers, of course if you want to look they are marked with a R and L. And that’s the thing, the provided cable and ear-tips sound great. Then I grabbed my phone…….and what do you know, they sounded fine again! About 80-90% of all the attributes I already talked about straight from an old Samsung phone. Where am I going with this? Simply that I could have tried them with all the included stuff right at the start, and even used my phone to begin with……but as audiophools we do stuff a different way. What’s it all mean? It simply means that the EM6L doesn’t need to be catered to, nope, you can use it any which way, and still come out ahead. There is no overly bright treble or midrange that needs to be addressed, yet somehow the EM6L also goes along with whatever way you decide to use it. The SIMGOT EM6L provides the midrange and treble detail………..oh, and the bass............that bass! I could even hear a big part of the bass personality from a phone. Really all this Chinese gear is getting better and better. More well rounded, more easy-going at the same time, it's even getting vibrant and provocative. Sure I could spend an evening with the EM6L hooked to a DAP, or if I was out of the house, the EM6L plays nicely with a phone, or even a desktop……….it’s all good. It really is!

From 5 years ago..........I never heard the prior EM5, but it dawned on me why the EM6L is code named the Phoenix. It’s the raising from the ashes of the EM5, a rebirth into today's market.


$109.99
https://www.linsoul.com/products/simgot-em6l

Linsoul website: https://www.linsoul.com/
Linsoul Aliexpress Store: https://ddaudio.aliexpress.com/store/2894006
Linsoul USA Amazon Store link: https://www.amazon.com/s?i=merchant-items&me=A267P2DT104U3C

Disclaimer:
I want to thank Fia Lam from SIMGOT for the EM6L review sample.

Disclaimer:
These are one person's ideas and concepts, your results may vary.

Equipment Used:
Sony WM1Z Walkman DAP MrWalkman Firmware 3.5mm and 4.4mm
Sony WM1A Walkman DAP MrWalkman Firmware 3.5mm and 4.4mm
Sony TA-ZH1ES DAC/AMP Firmware 1.03
Electra Glide Audio Reference Glide-Reference Standard "Fatboy" Power Cord
Sony Walkman Cradle BCR-NWH10
AudioQuest Carbon USB
Shanling UA3 Dongle DAC/Amplifier 3.5mm and 4.4mm
Samsung phone 3.5mm

SIMGOT EW200 Universal IEM (10mm DD)
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SIMGOT EA500 Universal IEM (DD x 1BA)
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EW100P Universal IEM (10mm DD)
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EW100 DSP Universal IEM (10mm DD)
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The SIMGOT (new 2019 Harman) EW100 DSP and SIMGOT EM6L have much in common. Note graph sticker put over old graph.
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Redcarmoose
Redcarmoose
@GoneToPlaid,
Thank-you for that. Yes, the bass-action was actually fast and authoritative, I thought. Really the low end is special here, but also dependent of bass in the music, which I found to be a reality that just added to the charm? Find a song with great low-end and the EM6L has a field day with doing it.
GoneToPlaid
GoneToPlaid
Yesterday I received a pure copper cable for the EM6L which I ordered from Aliexpress. The cable gives the bass a tiny bit more punch by boosting the bass perhaps 1 dB relative to the rest of the frequency response. This is the small tweak I wanted in order to get the bass in balance with the slightly bright upper midrange. The sub bass now sounds like an actual subwoofer.
Redcarmoose
Redcarmoose

baskingshark

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Solid build
Beautiful shells
Well-designed ergonomics/comfort
Relatively easy to drive
Very pleasing tonality
Smooth and non-fatiguing with no sibilance
Good timbre for a BA containing hybrid
Excellent coherency
Cons: Dearth of accessories
Not the most technical or resolving hybrid
Not for diehard bassheads or trebleheads
DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Simgot for furnishing this unit. It can be gotten here (no affiliate links): https://www.linsoul.com/products/simgot-em6l

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Driver configuration: 1 x 8 mm high-polymer diaphragm dual-cavity dynamic driver, 4 x balanced armature drivers
  • Impedance: 26 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 119dB/Vrms
  • Cable: 0.78 mm, 2-pin, 3.5 mm termination. Silver-plated OFC cable
  • Tested at $109.99 USD

ACCESSORIES

Other than the IEM, these are included:
- 3 pairs of silicone ear tips
- cable
- semi-rigid carrying case

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The accessories are honestly disappointing for a $100 set. We usually see a wider array of silicone tips (sometimes with foam tips), in addition to cleaning kits and even modular cables at this price segment. But oh well, I rather have a poorly accessorized IEM with great sound than the other way round, and some manufacturers make up for poor sound by spamming accessories.

The silicone tips are quite usable from a sonic and comfort perspective, but no biggie sourcing for aftermarket tips should it tickle your fancy.


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The include silver-plated OFC cable is pretty well-braided, with just a smattering of microphonics. There's a chin cinch for added grip during usage.

Lastly, we have an ovoid semi-rigid carrying case, which should withstand a drop or compressive forces. It is lined internally with a soft material and some webbing, to protect the contents.

The rest of this review was done with the stock cable and stock tips. No aftermarket accessories were used, so as not to add any confounders to the sound.


BUILD/COMFORT

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The housings are fashioned from 3D-printed resin with CNC machining. There's a nifty polished face-plate with Simgot's logo and a Phoenix on each earpiece.

The earpieces are small and light, with no awkward protrusions. Comfort is top-notch even with marathon listening sessions.

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I'm not a fan of MMCX connectors in general (due to their longevity with frequent cable swaps), and the 2-pin connector here is quite welcome in my book. However, do take note that the EM6L's housing incorporates protruding 2-pin connectors, and as such, some aftermarket 2-pin cables may not fit snuggly.

I didn't find any driver flex on my pair. Isolation is bang average, in view of the vents.


INTERNALS

This IEM is a 1 DD + 4 BA hybrid.

We have an 8 mm high-polymer diaphragm dual-cavity DD that takes care of the bass, and the quad BAs handle the rest of the frequencies. There is no published information on the type or brand of BAs, but as always, tuning and implementation trumps driver type/brand any day.


DRIVABILITY

I tested the Simgot EM6L with the following sources:
- Apple dongle
- Cayin RU7
- Colorfly CDA M1 DAC/AMP dongle
- Creative Sound Blaster X5
- E1DA DAC/AMP dongle
- Hiby R3 Pro Saber 2022 DAP
- Khadas Tone Board -> Schiit Asgard 3 amp
- Khadas Tone Board -> Topping L30 amp
- Questyle M15 DAC/AMP dongle
- Sony Walkman NW A-55 DAP (Walkman One WM1Z Plus v2 Mod)
- Sony Walkman NW A-55 DAP (Walkman One Neutral Mod)
- Sony Walkman NW WM1A DAP (Walkman One WM1Z Plus v2 Mod)
- Smartphone

This IEM is relatively easy to drive, and amplification is not truly required.


SOUND & TECHNICALITIES

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Graph of the Simgot EM6L via IEC711 coupler.

Tonally, the EM6L is a smooth and balanced mild V-shaped set. Most consumers should find the frequency response pleasing, perhaps other than diehard bassheads and trebleheads.

The EM6L is a sub-bass focused IEM. Bass is just north of neutral but not at basshead levels. There's moderate sub-bass extension with some rumble. In terms of quality, we hear a fast bass with minimal mid-bass bleed, though texturing is on the hazier side.

The lower midrange is just slightly depressed, but as the note weight lies on the thicker side with some smoothing of note edges, this area does sound quite lush. With an 8 - 9 dB ear gain, vocals are forwards in the mix, without veering to shoutiness.

The EM6L is a treble-sensitive listener's best friend. This area is as smooth as silk, with an early roll-off. We encounter no sibilance or splashiness, but on the other side of the coin, the treble isn't very airy or sparkly, and trebleheads will find this to be not their cup of tea.

Timbre-wise, in contrast to rival BA containing hybrids, the EM6L sounds quite natural, when acoustic instruments and vocals come out to play. There are surely other BA containing hybrids out there which are way worse in this area, and the EM6L sounds organic, with no metallic traces.

In technicalities, soundstage is average in width, but has decent depth and height. Imaging is quite accurate, in addition to respectable instrument separation. The EM6L isn't the most resolving or micro-detailed hybrid at this price bracket, but this is partially a function of the smoother treble of this IEM.

Coherency is excellent for a hybrid, and is one of the EM6L's strengths. Coherency is an area that many hybrids flounder at, and I'm glad to report that the DDs handling the bass can keep up with the fast BA drivers of the midrange and treble, with not much difference in speed or timbre.


COMPARISONS

Comparisons were made with other hybrids around the $100 USD mark. Planars, single DD and pure BA types were left out of the equation as the different transducers have their pros and cons.

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Tanchjim Kara

The Kara is a warm midcentric IEM with thicker note weight and a more natural timbre than the EM6L. The Kara has a bigger bass, though it isn't as tight. The Kara is darker in the treble than the EM6L.

In terms of technical performance, the Kara has slightly better soundstage and imaging, but instrument separation and micro-details are better on the EM6L.

The Kara is much harder to drive, and requires amplification due to its low sensitivity. In contrast, the EM6L can be driven off weaker sources.


Tangzu Fu Du

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Graph of the Simgot EM6L versus Tangu Fu Du via IEC711 coupler. 8 kHz is a coupler artefact peak.

The Fu Du is a U-shaped set, with slightly less upper mids/lower treble than the EM6L.

I would consider these 2 as sidegrades. They trade blows technically - the Fu Du has a smaller soundstage, but better instrument separation and imaging. Micro-detailing is similar. However, the Fu Du has a more artificial BA timbre than the EM6L.


Hidizs MS3

The MS3 has 3 potential signatures via tuning nozzles, so it is more versatile per se. On the two brighter configurations, the MS3 has a thinner note weight and a more metallic timbre. It is also more fatiguing and sibilant in the treble than the EM6L.

However, the MS3 on these setups is superior in micro-detailing, resolution, soundstage and instrument separation.


CONCLUSIONS

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The $100ish bracket is an extremely tough price point to compete at, with many big boys residing here. How does the EM6L fare in the big scheme of things?

In my opinion, I think this IEM can hold its own, with the EM6L showcasing a very balanced, pleasant and fatigue-free V-shaped soundscape, with thick note weight and a natural timbre (for a hybrid). Coherency is exemplary, and this is one department that quite a lot of CHIFI hybrids fail. Additionally, the EM6L boasts of solid build, elegant aesthetics and comfortable ergonomics; it is also easily driven, with even a weak smartphone being a suitable source for this IEM.

Although the accessories are disappointing, and the EM6L is perhaps not the most technical shark in the ocean, this is an IEM that allows one to relax and enjoy the music for hours on end, what with the good comfort and sibilant-free sonics. Bona fide bassheads and trebleheads may perhaps quibble about the tonality, but most others should find it agreeable. Indeed, the EM6L is one of the more sound investments (no pun intended) for a relaxing hybrid at the $100 range!
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Jaytiss

100+ Head-Fier
IEM of the Year Contender
Pros: Strong female vocals
Timbre is insane
Lush Highs
Base is much improved from the EA500 for me.
The Phoenix is bad ass, so is this iem.
Great value at this price.
Cons: Male vocals lack umpth on some songs.
Could have pushed the phoenix name from a design standpoint.
QDC connectors aren't my favorite
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Simgot, I’ve tried their ea500 but wasn’t a huge fan. But I wanted to try their new version of the simgot em6l. It has an interesting 4 BA + 1 DD driver configuration and I wanted to check out what it is all about. Should you buy it, maybe… Let’s find out why!

First off, I bought this iem with my own money, and I paid full price from Linsoul. (non aff link) I only bought this iem as a fan of the hobby, not to promote anything. There has been a lot of hype around this iem. I’m going to walk you through this iem from front to back and let you know what I think of it.

I am going to share a larger list that I have of songs that I like in this review. 61+ songs Here
This list is my go to test songs for the first go.
Top 10 Tidal list here:
I listen to a wide variety of music. I pick the songs because of various reasons. But I picture myself locked away like Andy Dufresne from Shawshank blasting music and shut off from the world. It’s a blissful image, thus my first song choice.
The Marriage of Figaro -The opera song from Shawshank Redemption, terrible recording but fun and gets me in the mood to listen to music. Simgot nails this song, with female vocals sounding nice and well-rounded. Instruments sound right from a timbre sense as well.
O mio Babino caro -This is a modern less operatic version but a song with great female vocals. Vocals are right here as well, with timbre sounding really lush and strong. This reminds me of the EA500’s fantastic sense of timbre and space that I so like.
Video Rigoletto - “La donna e mobile” Sung by one of the three Tenors, great song for high-performing male vocals. Pavarotti is the greatest classic singer maybe ever. Fight me!
Iron man - The sound at the beginning is hard to make sound great, great drums, and cymbals, and if done right it feels like an old-school band. Simgot doesn’t disappoint, Iron man sound literally perfect. Space and stage is also really good. Male vocals still sound a bit off, but overall good.
I Will Survive (1981 recording), I like her voice, and the old vocals, the drums, and various natural instruments really make this a favorite for me. Drums hit good, this song is strong and nice sounding on the Simgot EM6L.
There is a light That never goes out - Smiths A classic, I just love it. It’s mellow, and I can tell a lot of the tuning if this song is done right. The lush timber on this song really pops and sounds great. I really like it.
Jump I like how the sound effects are in this! This song passes this song, as the initial song sounds buzzing and strong. It’s just great.
Star Child Someone recommended this song to me, and I like how funky it sounds and has nice vocals and a mix of music and things going on.
Dicke Titten Ramstein The beginning is amazing and the bass hits hard. Great song. I love rock and metal. The German language fascinates me. This strong sounds great on this set, everything is strong and the space still amazes me.
Master of Puppets: Very fast song. Helps me determine if the driver can keep up. Sounds a bit plasticky in the timber but overall good and fun.


Shell -
I like this black shell and it feels comfortable. It has the Right and Left clearly marked. They are clearly marked and it feels great in my ear. While not a fancy beautiful shell, it is sleek, and as dark as my soul.
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Case- Nice little case. It’s cute and functional. It feels good in my hands and fits in my pocket. Better yet the iem actually fits in this case without fiddling with things. It’s a strong case for the package, and adds value, especially at this price point.
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Cable- It has a chin slider, and a velcro strap on the bottom. Two great features. I personally hate QDC or Janky two pin as Hobbytalk calls it. But as far as QDC cables go, this is a nice cable and I love the look of it.

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Tip Selection - Average tip selection, but my expectations are low at the price point. I find no fault here, as I used Divinus Velvet tips with mine. I like black and I feel they go with the iem well.

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Quick-Fire Comparisons

In this section, I'll quickly compare the

SIMGOT EM6L VS. Hexa
Overall Tuning: SIMGOT EM6L
Details: SIMGOT EM6L

SIMGOT EM6L VS. Kiwi Ears Quintet
Overall Tuning: SIMGOT EM6L
Details: Kiwi Ears Quintet

SIMGOT EM6L VS. SeeAudio Yume II
Overall Tuning: SIMGOT EM6L
Details: SIMGOT EM6L


Graph: These graphs are brought to you by Paul Wassabbi, he’s a great reviewer and I highly recommend him.
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I think this is a safe graph with no major issues. Note how close this is to the Aria. Now let’s look at it compared to the EA500.
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Note a lot has been improved in the base and some other issues that I had with the ea500, but I find the overall magic of the ea500 is still there and to me this is just a much better set.

Sound - Final Impressions

Overall this is a strong listen, it is technically very nice and solid. At 109 dollars this is an easy recommendation for me, as everything sounds nice on it. With a little eq everything is better at least for me, and we’ll get into that soon. It’s an easy pair to enjoy straight out of the box.

Recommended EQ: I’ve been messing around with Peace APO as I further level up my audio game. I’ve been enjoying my time with it. This is my current eq for the red. The EM6L doesn’t really need eq, but it’s better with it.

Preamp: -7.5 dB
Filter 1: ON PK Fc 35 Hz Gain 0.5 dB Q 1.300
Filter 2: ON PK Fc 62 Hz Gain 0.5 dB Q 1.100
Filter 3: ON PK Fc 290 Hz Gain -0.9 dB Q 1.000
Filter 4: ON PK Fc 720 Hz Gain 2.8 dB Q 1.700
Filter 5: ON PK Fc 1200 Hz Gain -2.2 dB Q 2.000
Filter 6: ON PK Fc 2100 Hz Gain 3.5 dB Q 1.900
Filter 7: ON PK Fc 4000 Hz Gain -4.9 dB Q 1.700
Filter 8: ON PK Fc 6500 Hz Gain -2.1 dB Q 2.000
Filter 9: ON PK Fc 11000 Hz Gain 10.3 dB Q 2.000
Filter 10: ON PK Fc 14000 Hz Gain -8.6 dB Q 2.000




Gifting/who is it for: I think this is a nice hifi iem to gift to someone. It’s black but has some characteristics. The unboxing experience is mint, and is beyond exceptional. The cable is beautiful, the shells are amazing, and it is a strong all-in-one for the price. It dwarfs almost everything I’ve seen and I would highly recommend it as your go-to gifting set to others.

Pairing: I used a Quidelix 5k for mobile, my dongle dac iBasso DC04 for my laptop, and my JDS labs Element III MK2 Boosted for my Desktop PC.

Summary

I’m going to give this iem a strong easy recommendation for someone looking for a technical set with a neutral sound profile. It is just a great choice despite some minor issues that I could see other having a problem with like the QDC connection. This iem could in my opinion either be an end game for many, and an easy recommendation. I will definitely be selling my benchmark 100 dollar iem at this point, as I find this iem to be so strong and quality.

Thanks for reading. Any feedback is welcome.
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o0genesis0o
o0genesis0o
@Jaytiss looking at your EQ profiles remind me: you should make a preference target one day. I'm curious how it looks like. Based on the EQ, it seems like it has some elements of recesses 1k for space of 64 Audio, but the upper treble tuning is more like Monarch II
Jaytiss
Jaytiss
@o0genesis0o Thanks for the comments. I think this is a solid little iem, been listening to it the last few hours and I really enjoy it.
Jaytiss
Jaytiss
I've thought about making a preference target, but I'm still kinda looking at things. Sometimes it is the more flat sound, other times it is a more bassy neutral, not sure exactly where it might be. I find that I'm learning so much about the hobby, that I am afraid that my listening preferences might change. Thanks for the suggestion!
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