Simgot EN700 Pro - Reviews
Pros: Evenly toned, gentle V-shaped sound signature, responsive bass, resolving treble/midrange, good case, good cable, sturdy build quality, attractive colorways, instrumental separation
Cons: Large shells are uncomfortable to wear for a long time depending on the ear
Simgot EN700 Pro Review: The Complete Package
Simgot has long been a favorite brand of mine. After reviewing several of their older IEMs, I realized that Simgot’s engineers were genuinely talented, with a knack for developing well-designed IEMs. Today I am reviewing the EN700 Pro, the final and most robust entry in Simgot’s EN700 lineup. Does it live up to the impressive legacy set by its predecessors?

You can find the EN700 Pro for sale here, on Amazon, for $149.99.

About My Preferences: Heads up, I’m a person! As such, these words are my opinion, and they are tinged by my personal preferences. While I try to mitigate this as much as possible during my review process, I’d be lying if I said my biases are completely erased. So for you, my readers, keep this in mind:

  • My ideal sound signature would be one with competent sub-bass, a textured mid-bass, a slightly warm midrange, and an extended treble.
  • I have mild treble sensitivity.
Source: The EN700 Pro was tested in the following configurations:

  • LG V40-> earphones
  • Hidizs AP100 3.5mm out -> FiiO A5 3.5mm out -> earphones
  • HiFiMAN SuperMini -> earphones
All music was served as MP3 @320Kbps or as FLAC.

Tech Specs
  • Transducer unit: N50 high magnetic composite moving-coil driver
  • Diaphragm: Polymer composite titanium-plated diaphragm
  • Frequency response: 15Hz-40kHz
  • Sensitivity: ≥101dB(at 1000Hz)
  • Impedance: 16Ω
  • Distortion:<1% 101dB(20μpa)
  • Channel imbalance: <1.5dB(at 1000Hz)
  • Rated power: 10mW
Sound Signature
Sonic Overview:
The EN700 Pro has a gently V-shaped sound signature with well-extended treble, a subtly warm lower-midrange, and a competent bass. It has a fairly even tone.

Sonic Breakdown:
Treble: Songs used: In One Ear, Midnight City, Outlands, Satisfy, Little One, Show Me How To Live (Live at the Quart Festival)

The EN700 Pro’s lower-treble gently slopes up into the upper-treble. There’s no unwieldy spikes or valleys that interrupt the flow of the upper register, gifting the overall sound signature with an airy and even sub-tone. The EN700 Pro is likewise able to capture a wide variety of treble-bound details such as the breathing of the lead vocalist within In One Ear, the ethereal background effects of Little One, and the subtle blending of whistles from the live rendition of Show Me How To Live. String instrumentation, such as that in Outlands, sounds phenomenal through the EN700 Pro’s treble as it blends seamlessly with the upper-midrange, producing a very coherent staging of such difficult-to-present sonics.

The EN700 Pro does not suffer from any sort of sibilance or sharpness. Simgot’s restraint in tuning this IEM shows, as the synths of Midnight City, instrumentation that is easy to overblow and lose detail on, remained very salient and distinct throughout the entire rendition of the song. Likewise, the poorly-mastered duration of Satisfy did not produce any harshness or sibilance.

Midrange: Songs used: Flagpole Sitta, Jacked Up, I Am The Highway, Dreams, Too Close, Little Black Submarines

Flagpole Sitta is a dryly mastered song that usually benefits from warm presentations. The EN700 Pro’s subtle warmth puts Flagpole Sitta’s presentation near (what I would subjectively consider to be) perfect tonality. Guitars retain their quick and light crunch while drums are appropriately weighty.

Jacked Up also benefits from the EN700’s even and precise presentation. The two sets of pianos playing their way through the rear of the stage are resolved with excellent separation. The guitar and bass play into well-toned melody, making the most of the midrange’s even and well-bodied midrange.

Across all my test songs, the EN700 Pro showed that it believes firmly in gender equality, privileging neither male nor female vocals above the other. This is not a common trait in V-shaped IEMs so I’m sure many will appreciate this sonic feature.

Bass: Songs used: Moth, Gold Dust, In For The Kill (Skream Remix), War Pigs (Celldweller Remix)

The EN700 Pro’s bass is the final evolution of Simgot’s journey through the land of sound signatures. The EN700 was a bass-light IEM, the EN700 Bass had a heavier lower-end, and the EN700 Pro has a lower-register that is somewhat reminiscent of a scaled-back EN700 Bass low end. The EN700 Pro was capable of resolving the challenging sonorous bass line of In For The Kill, not audibly flattening out for the song’s duration, a testament to the sub-50Hz reach that its bass has.

The bass of the EN700 Pro is particularly adept at staging bass guitars. Moth’s bass lines were clearly and airily displayed behind the rest of the instrumentation. Gold Dust’s drop was clear and dynamic, with a reasonable level of impact, but not a lot of rumble. War Pigs was similarly punchy but did not have the rumble that bassier IEMs tend to.

Packaging / Unboxing





Build
Construction Quality

The EN700 Pro’s shells are essentially identical to the EN700 Bass’s. The shell’s major components are built out of a semi-matte aluminum. On the face of the shells lies a reflective gunmetal grate, underneath which is a thin fuzzy layer of insulation.


The EN700 Pro’s nozzles are well-sized. They are of average length and have well-defined lips that prevent the EN700 Pro’s eartips from slipping off. Below the lip lies a fine metal mesh acting as the nozzle’s debris filter. It appears to be firmly affixed to the inside of the nozzle.


The major physical deviation of the EN700 Pro from the EN700 Bass is the inclusion of removable cables. The EN700 Pro employs the 2-pin standard, and to great effect. You will find its 2-pin plug along the top of the IEM’s shells. The EN700 Pro firmly grasped onto each 2-pin cable I tested with it. So unless you are plugging and unplugging cables at an excessive rate, I do not foresee the EN700 Pro’s plugs becoming too loose.






A braided 2-pin cable is included with the EN700 Pro. It makes use of a four-core chain geometry and is very sturdy. It is terminated with a 3.5mm TRS jack. The jack is housed in a metal/plastic combo unit that is appended with a good amount of high-quality strain relief. At the other end of the cable lies the 2-pin connectors. They too are sturdy and sit alongside non-conforming plastic earguides. One may also want to note that the EN700 Pro’s cable is silver-plated, a marked upgrade over the EN700/Bass’s standard copper cable.

Comfort
I found the EN700 Pro to be comfortable enough. While the shells themselves are actually quite ergonomic, my ear’s unique anatomical features make it such that I have to diligently re-adjust the EN700 Pros about once every hour or so to ensure I do not experience any discomfort. This, however, was not the case for several of my friends who I asked to test the EN700 Pro in my stead to make sure that it was indeed just a “me problem”.

Accessories
Inside the box you’ll find:


  • 1x Semi-hard carrying case
  • 6x Pairs of silicone eartips
  • 1x IEM cleaning brush
The accessories included with the EN700 Pro are essentially the same as those that come with the EN700 and EN700 Bass. The package itself is competent and plentiful for the price range, especially when considering the case. It has the Simgot brand and logo tastefully burned into its faux-leather, precise stitching, and a spacious-enough interior.

Comparisons
1: Simgot EN700 Bass ($110)

The EN700 Bass has a warmer midrange and larger bass presence. This means that it also has a more recessed midrange, though the two still have comparable levels of detail resolution. The delineation between the two in absolute performance is pretty much negligible, with the decision between which one is preferable coming down to primarily personal taste, with the desire for a removable cable perhaps coming in as a secondary motive.

2: Whizzer KYLIN A-HE03 ($150)

The HE03 is much more V-shaped than the EN700 Pro — the latter of which generally shows much more restraint than the former. The HE-03 goes all in on its bass, cranking it up and letting it run free. This impedes on the HE-03’s lower-midrange, a trait that is not present with the EN700 Pro. That said, listeners of EDM, Hip-Hop, and other bass-centric genres may find that the trading of total fidelity for a more drop-friendly accentuation of the lower register is totally worth it. And you know what, that’s totally ok.

3: TFZ Queen ($130)

This is an interesting comparison. The TFZ Queen is not an IEM that I often break out of the drawer, so I had to spend some extra time re-learning its quirks and behaviors before engaging in this comparison. The Queen has a more emphasized treble and a thicker midrange. I found the EN700 Pro to be quite a bit smoother than the Queen, something that plays well to my personal preferences. The EN700 Pro’s bass is less present than the Queen’s, though the Queen is able to match the EN700 Pro’s lower-register quality overall. Again, those who love bass will likely be more pleased with the Queen as it delivers a much more thorough bass expression.

The Queen was better at isolating in my ear and proved to be more comfortable during a long listening session.

Summary
The EN700 Pro straddles the sonic middle ground between the original EN700 and the EN700 Bass. As such it is nearly a paragon of evenness — its tone is as natural as one can get from a V-shaped IEM. You won’t have trouble resolving the majority of details or soundstaging with the EN700 Pro. With its excellent build quality, reasonable comfort, and competent accessory package, I can easily recommend the EN700 Pro, so long as you aren’t too offended by its moderate levels of bass.

As always, happy listening!
Pros: Warm and smooth signature while maintaining very good clarity; price
Cons: Cable over ear 'memory' section; lack of nuance
Simgot EN700 Pro
msrp $149.99
disclaimer: Simgot provided the EN700 Pro free of charge


Aesthetics

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The housing shape is rounded and free from sharp edges. Fit is easy and very comfortable. Housing plates are plastic, designed to look like a metal grill. The effect is either stately or tacky bling, whichever really depends on my mood. Supplied tips are plentiful and pretty decent, but I preferred JVC Spiral Dots for their larger aperture, allowing maximum treble response and shallow fit. The leather like case is a good one, with a magnetic flap, that is a style reminiscent of some of JVC’s nicer cases.

As of late, many Chinese manufacturers are offering stock cables that have a somewhat custom appearance and the EN700 Pro is a fine example. The stock cable is above and beyond what many American counterparts offer. The plug is more robust with a look more common to custom boutique cable makers. The Y-split and slider are a little beefier as well, if a little less sleek than I prefer. The 4 core cable is finished with an aesthetically pleasing twist. Overall the cable is supple and memory free, below the over the ear section. However… this is where it all goes south for me. The Simgot cable is designed for over the ear wear only, and while it doesn’t contain a stiff wire, the preformed ‘memory’ section has excessive curl that makes every attempt possible to pull the housings out of my ears. After a few days of annoyance, I spent a good hour slowly cutting it away, tiny piece by tiny piece, ensuring not to damage the cable itself. The end result is far superior fit. The cable is supple enough it will stay over the ear without the aggravating memory section.

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Enough with the boring stuff, let’s get to the fun stuff.


Sound


I would put the EN700 Pro in the warm and smooth category. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have ample sparkle; it has more than Final’s E1000, which is possibly the brightest in the E series. The EN700 Pro also has a healthy bass boost but it’s not just all about that bass either. It’s comfortable fitting and comfortable sounding. At lower volumes, it’s great for background listening and with the flush fitting housings, it makes a relaxing bedtime listening companion. But even at louder volumes, it’s not an IEM that forces you to take notice (although it can hit pretty hard) and It won’t throw details in your face. In fact, the EN700 Pro isn’t much about nuance, layering and imaging. It’s more about an organic, blended single 10mm dynamic musical experience. You can listen fatigue free all day.


Comparisons

All comparisons were done from the following chain:
iPhone > USB3 camera connection kit > Grace SDAC > Cavalli Liquid Carbon X


vs Brainwavz B400

The quad armature B400 is noticeably leaner upon switching from the EN700 Pro, while still sounding a little on the warm side itself. The B400 bass doesn’t reach as deep, nor does it have as much rumble as the EN700 Pro.

Both present a rich and full male vocal but the EN700 pull them closer to the listener for a more intimate performance. With female vocals, the B400 gives a little more energy and more emphasis on overtones, whereas female voices on EN700 Pro are smoother and fuller with slightly less bite. The B400 can occasionally accentuate sibilance, whereas there’s virtually none to be had with the Simgot.

The B400 presents rock guitars with more forward attack and the EN700 Pro blunts and smooths them out a bit. The B400 also sounds a little brighter, a little airier but it’s by no means an airy IEM. Overall the B400 sounds a bit more balanced across the frequency response but suffers from balanced armature timbre. The EN700 Pro sounds bigger in scape, more natural in tone and more realistic in timbre.

I was a little surprised by this comparison. I expected the B400 to fit my preferences better with its more balanced frequency response and much better layered image; however, the EN700, while less nuanced and detailed, just sounded much bigger, much more effortless and simply more realistic.

vs Noble X

The dual balanced armature Noble X also sounds on the warm and smooth side. It’s bass can sound quite powerful for a dual armature. Compared to the EN700 Pro, The Noble X hits nearly as hard but doesn’t plumb the depths like Simgot. Texture and rumble is more palpable on the EN700 Pro. The low end of the Noble X hangs in surprisingly well though.

The midrange of the Noble X has this bit of ethereal haze. While it lacks transparency and clarity, it gives its midrange a musical and quite engaging appeal. Male vocals on the Noble X sound a bit fuller and more intimate. Comparatively and surprisingly, the EN700 sounds noticeably clearer and more transparent, if a bit further in distance. With female vocals, the Noble X again sounds a bit fuller and a bit more blunted, less energetic. While the EN700 sounds more distant/less intimate it does inject a little more energy in female voices. Treble presence is similar between the two with the EN700 Pro having a slight edge on clarity and resolution.

This was another comparison that surprised me. I’m not the biggest fan of dual armatures in general, as I tend to find something lacking, and I expected the EN700 Pro to walk away a clearly superior IEM. However the Noble X, like it often does, reminds me just how good an IEM it is. What it gives up in technical prowess, it gains in musical engagement. Frankly, these two have a lot of similarities and strike me as brothers from another driver mother.

vs Alpha & Delta D6 (micropore tape modded)

The micropore tape modded D6 is a tiny bit warmer and more balanced than the mid-centric stock signature. D6 bass is on the lean and fast side; it reaches fairly deep but at much reduced SPL compared to the EN700 Pro. The D6 is reminiscent of armature type speed next to the boosted rumble and slower decay of the EN700 Pro. Bass rumble and texturing is much more overt on the EN700 Pro.

Both male and female vocals are more forward on the D6; midrange weight is lighter and overall more aggressive in presentation. While the D6 is more forward through the midrange, it sounds less clear and transparent. It’s really fascinating how Simgot can keep the midrange so clear sounding with its often prodigious bass presence.

Suprisingly the D6 sounds less bright, as some of it’s treble presence is masked by it’s mid-forardness. The EN700 Pro sounds more sparkly and resolving up top, even though its far from a bright signature. Overall the D6 sounds much smaller in scape; certainly more in-head but makes up for its comparatively small presentation with an aggressive, yet musically engaging midrange. In contrast, the EN700 Pro sounds obviously grander in scale in all directions- height, width and depth.

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Conclusion

The Simgot EN700 Pro wasn’t an IEM that surprised and wowed me in everyday listening. But every time I directly compared it to another IEM, I certainly came away both surprised and impressed. I wouldn’t recommend tuning this to someone looking for a highly detailed, multi-layered and technical monster with pin point imaging… however, if you’re a bass lover- craving deep sub bass rumble without sacrificing clarity, a dynamic driver lover- craving natural timbre and smooth sound or just a lover of a larger and more dynamic soundscape, the EN700 Pro should definitely be near the top of your list. For me, I found it most enjoyable on the go. I used the EN700 Pro many times with the Radsone EarStudio ES100 for really engrossing exercise rig. In fact, the EN700 Pro is nearly the perfect signature for walking/running around town, where outdoor noise is quite high. I would really enjoy the EN700 Pro as a true wireless IEM; so much so, I’m looking to pair it with the soon to be released Fostex TM2 for hopefully an unbeatable true wireless exercise rig experience.
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Pros: Excellent build quality, great case, great sound stage, very cohesive and natural sound
Cons: Not as detailed as some, loses a little control at high volumes, forward upper-mid/lower treble may not be for everyone.
disclaimer: A big thanks to Simgot for sending the EN700 Pro for review. If you have an interest in Simgot products, please check their website, Facebook page, or Amazon Store.

Unboxing / Packaging:


Packaging on the Simgot EN700 Pro is very familiar having recently reviewed the EM2 (sibling). Details are listed on the reverse of the slip-cover but are tough to photo well as they are black on black and rather subtle. For that reason, I have included the sticker which is much easier to see if not as pretty. Under the slip-cover is a black pressboard box with the Simgot Emblem on front again in subdued gloss black on flat black as well as the name of the Family contained. Having now seen several, the EM and the EN have different monikers. Lifting the cover off the box reveals a foam tray with earpihttps://audiofool.reviews/wp-admin/post.php?post=2780&action=editeces at top and a leather carrying case below again very reminiscent of the EM2 . The Tips are hiding inside the leather case, while the cable and warranty cards are beneath the foam tray containing the earpieces. I'm a fan of Simgot's packaging especially considering the price points of these. Other manufacturers charge more and offer less in this department.

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Accessories:

The EN700 Pro comes with a well made leather case with Simgot logo on the front, slogan on the rear, and magnetic closure. Inside the case are two cards that each contain a set of silicone eartips in three sizes. Card 1 contains the standard tips while card 2 has bass enhancing tips. a brush for cleaning the eartips is also hiding in the bottom of the leather case. Tip selection is going to be important as it does change the signature and it is unfortunate that the case is not large enough to store both the tip cards and the iem when travelling. Those wanting to take both sets of tips can drop a spare pair in the bottom of the case, or carry the cards separately.

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Build/Fit:

I should also point out that due to the positioning of the single vent on the inside of the shell, that I found it possible to block that vent and change the signature as a result. If you suddenly have a bit darker signature than you wished, make sure you aren't obstructing the vent.

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Internals:

The beating heart of the EN700 Pro is a newly developed 10mm dynamic driver using a titanium coated polymer diaphragm. The same driver is shared with the EM series but is tuned a bit differently depending on model. Nominal impedance is 16Ω with a sensitivity of 101dB/mW (at 1khz) which on paper makes the EN700 Pro easy enough to drive to use with a phone or tablet. I did find that the driver does better with a bit more power as it sounds a bit thin when used directly from my Moto M3 when compared to the same track on the Opus#1S or the xDSD.


Cable:

The provided cable is an 8 core braid from the jack to the splitter and a twist above. The jack is the straight variety with a gold and black housing that nicely complements the earpieces. A proper strain relief is present and even features the Simgot name in red. A velcro closure is provided to minimize tangles in storage as well. The splitter is hard-rubber in black with the chin slider immediately above it in the same gold tone as the jack. The slider moves easily but stays in place well during exercise. Simgot lists the outer coating on the cable as 400D Dupont Kevlar so it should stand up to a fair amount of beating and banging before a problem is encountered. The cable terminates with .78mm bi-pin connectors and while the connectors are standard, the angle most certainly is not so using the cable with other iems or finding a replacement cable may be a bit more involved than usual for the EN700 Pro.

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Tips:

Two cards of tips are provided each containing small, medium, and large tips. The first card is the balanced tips, while the 2nd card is low frequency enhancing. Both styles are single-flanged silicone tips but lengths differ between styles with the bass enhancing tips being taller while the matching neutral tips are wider but not as tall. They are indeed enough different to change the signature and it would be nice if Simgot offered the ability to buy extra pairs of your preferred size and type. For my listening, I used the neutral/high frequency tips as I found the Bass tips to augment the bass bloat and make the EN700 Pro a bit muddier by comparison.




Sound:



Bass:
Sub-bass depth is good on the Pro with audible roll-off beginning in the lower 40Hz range. From there, the mid-bass rises slightly but doesn't ever get very far ahead of everything else. I was a bit surprised here as usually the titanium plated dynamics I have tried have excellent attack with a touch slower decay. Here, Simgot seems to have intentionally moved away from that and gone with a bit less speed in favor of a fuller more natural sound. At times this trade off makes the Pro a very listenable signature, at others it means bass can get a little loose. I found this to be especially true when volume levels are pushed higher. At low levels, the Pro generally remains well composed but as the volume climbs it can get a bit muddled on the low end. There is some mid-bass bleed that provides a bit of warmth while not obstructing too much of the mids in the process. (Here tip 1 is your best bet to minimize this bleed/bloat). Transition between bass and midrange is clean as expected with a single DD and will please those frustrated with poor transitions on the recent hybrids.

Mids:

While the Pro is a bit of a V shape, the mids are pleasantly not as recessed as the FR chart might lead you to believe. Lower mids follow from the mid-bass and have good texture and detail despite the mild bleed. If anything the extra thickness present gives male vocals a bit more weight. As the mids climb toward the treble they move a bit forward and do push female vocals out ahead of their lower voiced counterparts. I found the mids somewhere between the Scoop of things like the Topaz, and the Full-on assault of things like the NiceHCK M6 without winding up boring like the b400 sometimes comes across. Overall, very engaging and lifelike without feeling forced.

Treble:

The forward push of the upper-mids continues into the lower treble which helps lift female vocals to the front without sounding unnatural or uneven. The Biggest difference in the treble on the EN700 Pro vs much of its competition is the coherency offered by a single driver. Too many of the hybrids sound like a 2nd driver was slapped in to handle the highs with little thought given to phase or timbre matching the other drivers. The EN700Pro has a very organic, natural tone that is a nice departure from the hybrid clan. the treble plateaus before starting to roll-off above the 7.5kHz mark. Strings are well rendered which is a tough task for any in-ear. Cymbals are portrayed realistically without any metallic click to them. Overall, the En700 Pro has more air and sparkle at the top end than expected. Based on the graph I would have expected a bit more limited air at the top but the EN700Pro manages to fool the ear with a tuning that sounds open and yet never strident. Its a good balance.


Soundstage / Imaging:


Here we have to split the two in the section title as they are not alike. Soundstage is fantastic with good depth, width,and height and produces a very 3-dimensional sound. The EN700Pro is easily class leading in soundstage when considering its price point in the equation. Imaging on the other hand, while good, is not at the same level. Here I think some of the hybrids make up some ground as the transients are a bit better on things like the M6. This isnt a knock on the EN700pro as it performs well and seating the orchestra is easy to do while listening, it is simply to say that it doesn't quite reach the level of imaging and separation that the stage size would suggest. Layering is good, but here again some of the multi-driver hybrids have a distinct advantage. That said, I don't think the EN700Pro loses to those hybrids by the degree one might expect when comparing driver numbers. I'd say the layering on the EN700Pro probably represents 85-90% of what I hear using something like the Brainwavz B400 or the Kinboofi Mk4.

Comparisons:


EN700 original:

Construction has changed very little between the two models as shells are nearly identical if not exactly the same. Cables are listed as copper on the original and silver-plated copper on the Pro. Sound wise, we went from the 700 which was sub-bass light and some found it mid-bass light to the EN700 Bass which pushed more bass but at the expense of detail and some clarity of mids. The Pro is a shallower V than the original EN700 with better low end and more detail. Honestly, I think the Pro is what the EN700 Bass could have been as it resolves most of the detractions of the original while maintaining the things it did well.

BQEYZ KB100:
The KB100 is one of my favorite budget models at present with a signature like an improved Tin Audio T2. Shells are similar although the level of fit and polish is higher on the EN700Pro by comparison and I found the comfort a bit better as a result of the rounded edges. Sound-wise, extension on the EN700 pro is better at both ends which is quite a feat considering it is a single dynamic going up against a hybrid. Sub-bass has a physical presence, and detail level is a grade above the KB100.</p>

Brainwavz B400:
Build wise, these two have nohting in common. 3d printed vs machined shell, mmcx vs bi-pin, quad BA vs single dynamic. Sound wise, they are more like than not as both have similar tonality although the extension is better on both ends on the EN700Pro, while the detail level on the B400 is better. The EN700Pro puts a bit more emphasis on the upper-mids and lower treble which gives vocals a bit more presence while the b400 concentrates on letting nothing get out in front of everything else. While both have better than average imaging and layering, the b400 wins on this count as the quad driver simply out-muscles the single. Overall, if you love the b400, but wish it wasn't quite as boring as it can be at times, the EN700pro comes off as a slightly less refined option with more energy and life where it counts.</p>

NiceHCK M6:
Shells are of similar construction and share similar quality builds. The cable on the EN700Pro is better than that of the M6 as is the case and tip selection. Sound-wise, the M6 is a deeper V than the EN700Pro, but both do well with mid detail so both seem shallower than they actually plot. The M6 has a deeper bass response when compared to the EN700Pro, but its treble is far more uneven in comparison and it needs after-market filters to do its best work. The EN700Pro is much less forced and more organic sounding by comparison. Detail favors the M6 as does imaging but the EN700Pro wins for stage size.


Thoughts / Conclusion:


Having had the opportunity to try several models in the EN700 line, I would like to applaud Simgot for listening to user feedback and continuing to improve the product. I think the Pro represents the best of the breed so far, and is a significant departure from the original and the mk2. While the EN700pro may not pack the level of detail of some of its competitors, it has an ease to the sound and a coherency that many of those same competitors cannot muster. I found the technicals to be much the same story, attack and decay are not as fast as some of the hybrids, FR is not as flat as some, extension is good but not class leading, but sound is more organic and tonality far more realistic than many of those more technically proficient models. Perhaps the best way to say it is, The EN700Pro is not an analyst's earphone, it is a music lover's earphone. For those that want to find a quiet corner, put in their earphones, turn on their favorite album, and drift away, the EN700Pro is a good choice. The EN700Pro won't be the choice for those who want to really "rock out" as bass loses a bit of control above about 85dB. Simgot should be proud of what they have achieved thus far as the EN700 has gone from "OK" to "very good" with this latest generation.

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Pros: Airy, clean upper end
Good accessories package
Comfortable metal shell
Cons: Bass can be muddy and bloated

Introduction

The Simgot EN700 Pro is a single dynamic driver IEM that has an interesting design that is a lot better looking in person than in photos. I had not had a chance to listen to any other Simgot IEM in the past, so this was my first opportunity to do so, and I’d like to thank, and also provide the disclaimer than this IEM was provided to me by Alan of Simgot for reviewing.

The EN700 Pro comes packaged with a nice array of accessories: A series of tips, a carrying case, and a thin, braided black cable. The cable is lightweight and works well enough. It does sometimes tangle but for the most part, I found it very usable. It has preformed soft hooks, and 2-pin connection.

The EN700 Pro itself is a very nice metal shell, that is very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. It’s lightweight and ergonomic. The detail on the faceplate, also metal, is very nice and is much more attractive in-person.

How does it sound?

The Simgot has a gentle V-shaped sound signature, meaning there is a slight dip in the mids and accentuated bass and treble. I found the general sound signature to be lean and clean in the upper end, but a tad bloaty in the lower end, and this varies with volume.




The Fletcher-Munson curve is really apparent on this IEM, more so than others I’ve tried. At lower level listening, this IEM sounds very lean and airy, but as you raise the volume up, the bass becomes more impactful and the midbass becomes more prominent. While it does generate some fast rumble, it also does muddy up the lower mids as well, which is something I am not a huge fan of myself.

The mids on this unit were slightly recessed and vocals, again, felt a little thin. That’s not to say they were bad, but just thinner sounding. I feel like where this IEM excels the most is the upper mids and treble, where it has a good cohesion as it moves up and has a good sense of air and detail. I never found this IEM to be sibilant and I threw my sibilance tests at it with an array of music from Norah Jones, Cocteau Twins, and Alvvays without any trouble.

The EN700 Pro does have an average-width soundstage and does sometimes feel a little congested during more hectic moments with more things going on in the scene.

Comparisons



Moondrop Kanas Pro
The Moondrop Kanas Pro follows a Harman Target curve for the most part and is rather smooth, just like this model is. The EN700 Pro has much more bass feels to it than the KP, and more air. The KP’s mids are more balanced and even, despite being a tad recessed. Detail-wise, I feel like they’re comparable with a slight nod to the EN700 Pro. Where the EN700 Pro fails is the occasional muddiness at higher volumes, where the KP improves with volume, the EN700 Pro starts to fall apart.

BGVP DMG
The DMG does share similarities to the EN700 Pro in that they are both v-shaped with coherent mids. The DMG treble is much more-harsh than the EN700 Pro, but I found the DMG bass to be cleaner and less muddy.

Etymotics ER3SR
The Etymotics ER3SR is essentially the same IEM as the ER4SR but manufactured in China instead of the USA and with slightly lower tolerances. It follows the diffuse-field target which is more balanced and mid-forward than the EN700 Pro. The ER3SR does not have anywhere near the same bass performance as the EN700 Pro but doesn’t exhibit muddiness either. Small microdetails are more apparent on the ER3SR and coherency is unquestionably better. The upper end extension however gets the EN700 Pro a slight nod with more air and space.


Overall

The EN700 Pro is a generally decent IEM. I found the upper mids and treble to be coherent and with good air. I did not like the bass performance on it as I found it a little too muddy due to the boosted bass and lower-mids dip, and slower bass decay. The whole package does come with a nice set of accessories and a very comfortable and well crafted shell design.

This price in the market is very full of competition and the EN700 Pro sort of carves itself a spot somewhere in the middle of it all.
Pros: Excellent build quality, nice overall balanced sound, fit (well for me anyway)
Cons: Could be a bit more revealing, better layering, could of supplied more tips incase of loss as tips define tuning.
Hi all, this is my review/opinion of Simgot EN700 pro.
Firstly I want to say I don't Consider myself an audiophile in any way, just someone who loves music and wants to hear it the best he can for his own budget.
Secondly this is my opinion only, there is for me when it comes to evaluation in this hobby no exact right or wrong, just our own perception and preferences of which we may or may not agree.
And thirdly i would like to thank Simgot for asking me to give my opinion on the EN700 Pro.

Me
Before I start giving my opinion I just want to say that my profession Is working with wire, cable, and connectors, my previous role was a prototype builder of electro/mechanics for military and other fields, from small sub assemblies to larger scale. The present company I work for supply cable and looms to various sources including Naim audio. Also i have made my own iem and earphone cables all though only a few to date as time and commitments permit (just started really), and some of my cables are being used by head fi users of which I am obviously one, so I feel I know a little about quality and cable.

Packaging.
The Simgot come in a nice but pretty standard boxed packaging and on opening the first impression Is wow these look very cool, secondly the case which is just as wow and looks very good quality leather and well made. Both these two first impressions are indicators of what's to come and usually for me is a good sign.
Also contained are two cardboard holders of tips, cable, warranty, and mini spec/welcome pamphlet.

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Build.. The case
As I said the case is just wow and it reminds me of the cases made by Campfire. What can I say it's just a really nice quality leather case and definitely one of the best cases I have received with a pair of iems. I also love the light tan colour too and my little shanling mo case I chose has almost identical colour and quality leather as well, lovely touch.

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Build... The iems.
The iems are cnc machined from one piece of aviation grade series 7 aluminum and extremely light (more later on weight), they are very smoothly sculptured with no obvious rough or sharp edges and they look simply fabulously made. I have seen a few iems around this price with far less precision and finish and feel a lot of other manufacturers could learn a thing or two from Simgot here, and take away some good points from its design. Every single person I have shown these to love the aesthetic and retro look and the pair that Simgot sent me, the black with the gold/bronze trim, look very nice and way above there price point.They also come in other colours too including red and blue but I'm glad Simgot sent me the black as much more my style and taste.
Under the hood is a 10 mm polymer composite titanium plated diaphragm with n50 strong magnetic loop.All this build spec and obvious visual quality lead me to believe that Simgot have put a lot of thought into the design and build of this iem.

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Build
.... The cable
The cable itself is made from 6n single crystal copper and silver braided 400D Dupont Kevlar with standard 0.78 2 pin, and the build quality is top notch, again quite often when I have bought an iem in this price bracket I'm a bit disappointed in the cable, cheap rough edged plastic components with obviously very cheap wires being touted as nirvana.This is a well made cable, strong yet supple and very aesthetically pleasing to the eye with its slightly shiny black tight but flexible weave. Of course its not going to match an ALO sxc 8 or is it kryptonite litz hand wrapped in unicorn hair but cost to build/spec is very high here and very impressive. This brings me onto the mouldable ear hooks, I usually hate any type of ear hook mouldable or otherwise as they are usually just too big for me (I have quite small ears), and if mouldable I usually end up just delicately tearing off the silicone but not with these, they are surprisingly stiff but at the same time comfortable and I feel the clear mouldable silicone shrink just adds to the aesthetics too.

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Fit.
The EN700 Pro are probably one of the most comfortable over ear iems I have worn, no sharp edges, totally smooth round shape and super light for there size. Coming back to the cable because of its lightweight construction it feels like wearing nothing and the mouldable ear hooks that I previously mentioned feel better than my usual of just wire around the ear.
I feel there are a few factors going on here, firstly as I mentioned and probably most importantly weight and secondly they have found the right balance. The wire Is never pulling on the iem because it is light and the stiff but moldable ear hooks just sit very comfortably without fatigue or pull. The iem which is also extremely light sits comfortably in the ear and never feels weighty or uncomfortable.
I have at this present time the Kanas pro made from steel plated zinc magnesium alloy, its about the same cost and also looks visually stunning, its similar in length, a bit thicker but the weight makes it ever so slightly uncomfortable in comparison and the cable which is nowhere near as well made is that little bit heavier too. I will also mention the ito1 here as well as this iem all though sonically good was one of the worst fitting iems I have personally worn but we all have different shaped ears so this again can be moot.
I would probably recommend the simgot just on fit and build alone as when I first wore this iem my honest thought was, I hope these sound good as I could wear these comfortably all day, very impressed .... I do have to add again that I have quite small ears and larger ears may not find them so accommodating, as another headfier told me he found them a little loose fitting.

Sound analysis (after approx 100 hours)
Upfront I want to say that i prefer generally a neutralish sound signature and my current favourite iems are my er4xr which I love dearly, also i don't tend to keep lots of iems for the simple reason I hate stuff gathering dust and not being used (real pet hate of mine), and I tend to just pick up my favourites anyway. I will only end up ever keeping if they are good all rounders I.e comfort and audio, nothing worse to me than having an iem that sounds good but you need to take them out after 5 minutes because uncomfortable…..and yes before any of you think it, er4xr never bother me with their deep insertion.
I do believe though that this price bracket is extremely competitive, and because I feel that there are a couple of iems out there that may be punching slightly higher technically of which other comparisons have already stated, plus the fact I never keep much, I will only be focusing on the Simgot en700 pro..... but as you read on you will see for my own reasons I actually really like this iem above a few of them.

Tuning is supplied by the two different types of tips provided.

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The only clear difference between the two types seems to be bore size with the eartip1 being more wider than eartip 2. I decided to start with eartip 1 as I thought this would be more my preference from the description of signature on the tip holders.

Set 1.. Clean clear and pretty balanced is the way i hear set 1, maybe a tad mid and treble focused but really not by much and although I feel by a small margin its not the most technical iem in its price range i can't actually fault it. Sub bass hits hard when needed with a nice rumble when present, lower mids never seem to muddy things up at all, mids and vocals seem to sit in the right place and sound perfectly clean and natural with nice timbre, which for my taste is important as for me vocals should always be the star of the show, never recessed or never too forward and most importantly natural. Upper mids and highs have nice sparkle and again never come across overly done or fatiguing. Separation is good with a nice bit of air and the stage is just out of head maybe a little wider than deep. I don't think layering is exceptional but it certainly isn't one dimensional either .

Set 2… Straight away with set 2 i could hear the overall signature had warmed up a bit and become more relaxed and as the cardboard holder had indicated enhanced the bass a little, although this was not as much as a dramatic difference here as I was expecting from set 1. Upper mids and treble also seem a little more relaxed and not so present as with set 1, layering, stage detail, all sounded pretty much on the same level as previous with set 1 to my ears.

Out of the two different sets I actually found myself a bit torn between the two as I preffered the lows on set 1 but i also liked the way set 2 seemed to come across more fleshed out with upper mids and treble feeling ever so slightly less present. If I had to choose one overall then it would be set 1 as it was just more balanced, although I do think set 2 would probably suit those who require a more relaxed listen.

Overall package.
My first real public evaluation of an iem is the Simgot en700 pro and it was a really positive experience as I couldn't really see any major flaws at all. Build is second to none at this price range and above with its quality aviation grade aluminium shell, 6n silver copper kevlar cable and of course the fantastic case. Fit also for me was one of the best I have tried which was refreshing but I do have small ears. There are I feel sonically technically slightly better out there, and I can't speak for all but the few I tried namely the it01 and kanas pro have slightly better detail retrieval and layering but were uncomfortable compared and honestly in my opinion not as well built from the iem to the cable. Also both had slight elements in their sound that for me and my tastes I noticed a little. I found the IT01 a tad dry sounding and also the kanas pro a little too relaxed as well but we are talking margins here where as the EN700 Pro never gave me any moments like this.

END CONCLUSIONS .
I didn't know what to expect when Simgot offered me to give an opinion on the EN700 Pro and it was a bit daunting to say the least, coupled with the fact I'm dyslexic and this is my first ever review, then well my friend's will tell you I nearly didn't do it... But glad I did.

The EN700 Pro is genuinely a great budget all round iem that never from build to sonics gave me that mmmmm feeling that can often happen in this hobby, and as a result I have decided to keep and use them with my shanling mo as my daily work rig.


Thanks to all for reading and once again thanks to Simgot.



Transducer unit:
N50 high magnetic composite moving-coil driver

Diaphragm :
Polymer composite titanium-plated diaphragm

Frequency response:
15Hz-40kHz

Sensitivity:
≥101dB(at 1000Hz)

Impedance :
16Ω

Distortion :
<1% 101dB(20μpa);

Channel imbalance:
<1.5dB(at 1000Hz)

Rated power:
10mW

Cable :
Hybrid 8 cores of single-crystal copper and silver-plated wires
KEV G
KEV G
Nice review fella, straight to the point, a no nonsense review.
Layman1
Layman1
Great review - no waffle, very well done and easy to read! Congratulations on front page of Head-Fi :D
majo123
majo123
Pros: Affordable.
Excellent sound.
Good bass reach.
Good note to the sound.
Unique look.
Love the case!
Cons: Some may not like the look.
somewhat finicky cable.
Not really much else.
Simgot EN700 Pro-A really nice "budget" IEM.


Having previously reviewed the Simgot EM5, and liked it, Simgot contacted me regarding the EN700 Pro. While it has been out a while, there are not a whole lot of reviews surrounding it, other than HeadPie’s excellent review. All that was asked was an honest review, and I would have it no other way, and with one of the more intriguing looks about it, I dug in.

The unit was played on my Shanling M1 for well over 100 hours, as this is my protocol. Again, many can pose what the critter sounds like new. But it will be new only once, so in my opinion most want to know what it will sound like hours down the road. Most items do not change much (if at all), but I do this, so you can make an informed purchase.


Suffice to say, that the EN700 Pro impressed me with its overall sound qualities. From a deep reaching bass (lacking a bit of control) to solid mids, to treble, which added to the overall quality; the EN700 Pro is a good critter. Well worth a look at this price point.




Unboxing:

In what I have come to appreciate as typical Simgot fashion, the box is fairly large (too marge in my mind), with the current iteration of what is inside embossed on the front. Specs are listed on the back. Sliding the cover off, you are met with a tasteful textured box of two pieces (a top and a bottom) with the Simgot logo (dragon) embossed into the front. Taking the cover off, you are met with the IEM’s nested into separate holes, with the pleather case below, with the cable inside. Below the IEM, are the instructions and the extra tips, color coded for ease of use (black, red). Red=right, but I switched to give the black/red color of the IEM a little kick. Two sets of three sizes of eartips finish the contents: Eartips 1 provide “powerful mid-high frequency” while Eartips 2 “enhance the bass.” I prefer more bass, so after trying ET1, I switched and those mid-size ET2 tips stayed on the rest of the trial. Tasteful, yes; but wasteful. I would prefer that the box be smaller. On a plus note, the included case (yes, yes, YES!!!) is tastefully done in brown pleather, with the familiar Salute to Art and Science saying on the back. I am happy a case was included, because it seems to be “optional” now with many brands.



Included:

Earphone,Ear-tips,Storage bag,Velcro,Manual,Global Warranty & VIP card,Brush

Specs:

  • Model: EN700 PRO
  • Wearing: Ear-hook
  • Transducer unit: 10mm high magnetic composite moving-coil driver
  • Diaphragm: Polymer composite titanium plated diaphragm
  • Frequency response:15Hz --40kHz
  • Sensitivity:≥101dB (at 1000Hz)
  • Impedance:16Ω
  • Distortion: <1% 101dB(20μpa)
  • Channel imbalance: <1.5dB(at 1000Hz)
  • Rated power: 10mW
  • Cable: Hybrid 8 cores of single-crystal copper and silver-plated wires
  • Craft: One piece CNC aluminum and stainless powder forming


Gear used/compared:


All prices in USD, unless noted otherwise
Kinera iDun (same price range, $139)
BGVP DMG ($139)

Thebit Opus #2
Macbook Pro/iFi xCAN
Shanling M5
Shanling M3s
Aune M1s

Songs used:

Too bloody many to list all, but you want songs, so there you go:

Coldplay-All I Can think About Is You
Coldplay-A Message
Coldplay-White Shadows
Dona Onete-Sonos de Adolescente
Los Lonely Boys- Heaven (en Espanol)
twenty one pilots-Trees
twenty one pilots-Car Radio
twenty one pilots-Heathens
Damian Marley-Everybody Wants To Be Somebody
Damian Marley-So A Child May Follow
Damian Marley-The Struggle Discontinues
Ziggy Marley-Lighthouse
Ziggy Marely-See Dem Fake Leaders
Mark Knopfler-Laughs And Jokes And Drinks And Smokes
Santana w/ Mana- Corazon Espinado

The new twenty one pilots album, Trench



Fit-n-Finish:

Made from CNC Aluiminum, the overall fit and finish is good. Fitting for this price point, and with the “filter-look” on the back, you get a lower profile. Reinforced “eyelets” at the 2-in connectors give a functional reinforcement/look to the overall appeal. Extra plastic wrapped from that end provide a good memory bend, while being comfortable as well. No complaints here. Tightly wound two-wire dangle from there all the way to the cable splitter, which includes a nice cinch. Below that tightly wound four-wire cable proceeds to a reinforced 3.5mm straight jack. Thicker than others, it is a nicely done critter, which gives good support when you need to insert/take out the jack.

Tasteful is a word I used above and will use that as the overall appeal with the EN700 Pro. Nicely done.



How doeth it sound, eh?

Well, it sounds pretty decent. With a bit of rumble (through the xCAN on XBass+), the bass reaches good depth, but not as forceful as say the Campfire Audio Atlas (not much does…). Don’t expect depth to deepen as you go up the scale, either. That lack of depth continues. There isn’t any bleed from the bass into the mids either. Since I am not the best judge of treble as well, I will simply note (here) that the treble does not offend me when the volume increases, like some I have heard recently. I can discern a lack of clarity up top, which might “tame” the upper end a bit. So those who value treble clarity, might want to listen beforehand. It is still quite decent, but don’t go looking for crystal clear treble from the EN700 Pro. That said, I do not believe that is the forte of the Pro. No, it is meant for EDM, or Pop, or Rock. This would be a good choice for Classic Rock, or Hip Hop. There is a definite energy about its sound, just not the top end of that energy.

I especially enjoyed the synergy with the Aune M1s pairing. I really like the M1s to start with, and paired to the Pro, this was an eminently portable set up, which could work well against some more expensive offerings. With the clarity provided from the Aune, those minor miscreant misgivings in the upper end could be forgiven. You would be having such a good time, that you need not worry.

Currently paired through the Shanling M3s/iFi xCAN, I listen to another good option. With the XBass+ and 3D+ switches on, the missing depth of that rumble can clearly be heard now. And that warmer Shanling sound is somewhat tamed, making for very pleasant offering. Richness of sound replaces that lost offering from above, while a decently wide sound stage (enhanced yes by the 3D+ from the iFi) give a slight out of head experience.

I can find nothing of note, which really offends the palette with regard to the EN700 Pro. It is a competent offering at this price.


With adequate separation, and very good isolation, you will not be bothered on your commute, and that is essentially what most want…not to be bothered. Instrumentation is very good to go along with the separation. Add in good layering and you get the impression that there may be more up the sleeves of the Simgot engineers than they let on. Providing a well-rounded sound may be the best attribute of the EN700 Pro, but with that attitude necessary to keep up with EDM and Hip Hop. Versatile, would be an apt descriptor.



Comparisons:

Simgot EN700 Pro ($119-sale) vs Kinera iDun ($139):

The Kinera iDun is a favorite of mine as this price point. Packing a gorgeous wood finish, and supple cable, the sound had better match that look. Fortunately, it does. A bit clearer of sound, and with better detail retrieval (slightly) the iDun is quite a find at this price. It does fall behind the Simgot in the bass department, but it has an intoxicating sound, which is hard to beat here. If there had to be a description associated with each, it would be this: The EN700 Pro is the one you would take on your commute, because it has a certain energy to it, which fits commuting. The iDun is the one with which you would settle in for a winters evening of listening to your favorites, while the weather boils away outside. Did I mention that we are in the midst of Blizzard Bruce, right now?...


Simgot EN700 Pro ($119-sale) vs BGVP DMG ($139):

A current favorite on the scene, the DMG falls a bit behind the DM6 in the hype department and I think it is unwarranted. With changeable filters, the DMG brings affordability to the current fad (phase?) of IEM’s, which can use different filters. Personally, I cannot tell much difference here, but that is for obvious reasons. Younger, more acute ears may certainly hear a difference. As for the sound? The Simgot has better clarity and detail retrieval, to me. The DMG has a warmer sound, which can be changed by the filters (I used the bass filter), which can tailor to a more high-frequency sound if warranted, so that may be a wash. The DMG provides a richer sound as a result of that warm nature. If you prefer EDM, Hip Hop, Dance and that more bass, then the Simgot wins. If you favor rock, blues, mellow sounds and want a rich, warmer, full sound the DMG may be your flavor.



Le Grande Finale:

So, what does the Simgot offering present that others do not? Well, it has a fairly unique look, while also being understated with the right color combination. If one wants garish, look elsewhere. I must say that the one red, one black looks right and proper, and is understated. Not a bad way to work. Choose a different color and it may stand out more than some like.

The fit is also quite good and comfortable for the long haul. The cable is not stiff and add to the overall comfort by not being a burden (too heavy, too stiff…). And they provided a case. A nice one at that. I cannot tell you how much that pleases me. Many (MOST!!!) of the offerings of late don’t provide a case, which rather annoys me. It really does. Note to Chi-Fi manufacturers: PLEASE include a case!!! For, it is right and proper to do so.

If you are looking for a very competent mid-fi model that would count as affordable; like EDM, Dance, etc. then the EN700 Pro might fit the bill. It is a tasteful, decent offering from Simgot, which has much going for it.

Pros: Nicely textured bass, Wide sound stage, Good layering
Cons: Slightly recessed mids and treble
The Company

Simgot was first established in 2015 and their first product was Simgot EN700 which was the predecessor of Simgot EN700 Pro, later they released the Simgot EN700 Bass which doesn’t have removable cable and as the name suggests, it is focused on the bass frequency. Their website states that “SIMGOT,means “Simple and elegant”.We trust only finest product and perfect service, only the fusion of old-school rules and fashion creativity. Don’t give in to conservative and troubles, we will redefine your senses. Stop step around and start set out. Salute to art and science”. I believe their statement because their product speaks for them (Spoiler).

The Simgot EN700 Pro


The Gorgeous Simgot EN700 Pro

The Simgot EN700 Pro is Hi-Res Certified and the papers of the certification can be seen in their website, the 700 Pro is equipped with polymer composite titanium plated diaphragm N50 strong magnetic loop and has a frequency response raging from 15 Hz to 40 kHz. The 700 Pro also comes with a 6N single-crystal copper and silver-plated braided wires with standard 0.78 mm 2 pin connector, the hybrid cable is done exquisitely but based on my experience both copper and silver oxidized after months of use.

Package

Pardon us for not having pictures of the package since our unit was a demo unit bought from a friend, the EN700 Pro comes with a black elegant box, after removing the sleeve a more elegant box will surprise the user, the box contain the two earpieces that comes with 4 color way, red, blue, blue and red, and black in my case I’ve got the blue one. Premium leather carrying pouch and the hybrid cable can also be seen inside the box, my favorite part of the package is the two types of ear tips, one for better upper frequencies (Red) and one for better lower frequencies (Blue). Overall the EN700’s package is the best under sub 8000 PHP ($160).

Fit and Comfort

I will describe the fit and comfort to be mediocre, the fit is good, it sits perfectly to my ear and the comfort is good as well, but as we combine the fit and comfort in IEMs, the isolation comes in and this is where the EN700 Pro falls down a little. The profile of the EN700 Pro looks sexy and feels sexy as well but as I use it during commutes the jeepney’s engine noise can be still audible but still far better than using my buds for commute.

Sound

Bass


Note: The sound impression are done with the red tips equipped because the blue tips boosts the lower frequencies resulting to a bit overpowering bass.


Deep sub bass! It is well extended, excellent texture and quality and good quantity. Madman of Sean Rowe sounds superb with the EN700 Pro, the rumble sounds natural and deep, his vocals lowest signature is very audible with nice texture. The mid bass takes a little step forward without having that annoying bass bleed, the attack is tight yet punchy, it is unbelievably fast and accurate, the texture is on the average side since it is a bit smooth. Lastly, the bass never sounded boomy since it is quick, bass decay is impressive as well, it is fast thus it can handle rock and metal tracks without being congested.

Mids

‌The mids is laid back yet retaining good clarity and is layered well, the lower mids sounds warm and lush giving good advantage when handling male vocals, Ed Sheeran’s Wake me up sounds relaxing, it may not be placed forward but the quality of mids is far from being muddy. Upper mids is a bit forward as compared to the lower mids, but still a bit laid back as compared to the bass, it lacks sweetness and crisp but has ample body, Halie Loren’s Wild Birds is enjoyable as there are no noticeable peaks also sibilant is absent in the EN700 Pro. Mids has good amount of body and clarity, but lacks details and sweetness, I’d say that the mids is just average since I’m a mid centric guy that loves transparency in mids that has pristine clarity and forward layering.

Treble

‌Treble section is airy and laid back, it decays fairly good and has average sparkle and extension. I’d say that it is a bit relaxed and far from being aggressive, Asphyxia of Co Shu Nie never sounded fatiguing nor peaky and piercing the highs may not please treble heads but for treble sensitive users the treble is great because it has is airy and open as it retains good definition and details.

Sound Stage and Resolution


Simgot EN700 Pro with its premium box

The sound stage is very wide for an IEM, the Asphyxia and Unravelnever sounded flat nor congested, the layering and imaging is accurate delivering complex tracks with ease. The layering is good, bass is a bit upfront followed by the female vocalist and string instruments, then the male vocalist last is the treble that took the farthest seat among the three categories. Details are very good even the BA being absent from this IEM, I A/B the ZST and the EN700 pro and was quite amazed that during my first 24 bit track Everything’s Not Lost of Coldplay, the constant drum roll at 40+ seconds is very audible in the 700 pro while it is very faint in the ZSTs, I know that the price difference is humongous but it is for the sake of hearing the missing part of tracks on budget set up and how does.
Sound Signature and Synergy

Again, I used my Ibasso DX90 as DAP during the review which is known to be flat/analytical to a bit warm the Simgot EN700 Pro is leaning to L shaped to slightly warm and smooth sound signature, it is warm but never sounded dark for me as the mids retain the clarity and transparency while the treble is recessed but not that rolled off. Using Neutral to bright source will give the upper mids to treble more crisp and sparkle as the lower frequencies retains its warmth and body.
Comparison

Magaosi K5 V2

The sub bass of K5 has less depth and approaches it in a smoother manner while the quantity almost being the same, the sub bass goes to EN700 Pro due to better texture and quality. The mid bass of K5 is fast and has good texture but the quantity and punch goes to the EN700 Pro the mid bass goes again to the EN700 Pro. Lower mids are tackled better by the K5 as it is layered more forward, not too lush and has better clarity, the body goes to EN700 though. The upper mids is a lot better in K5, it is forward and has ample crisp without losing body it is less smoother than the EN700 Pro making it more revealing as compared to the smooth, warm and laid back mids of EN700, the mids definitely goes to EN700 Pro. The highs are also more forwad in K5 and has better body and extension, it is not that airy and detailed though as compared to the EN700 Pro, K5 is a bit better for my preference. The details are better in the K5 (5 BAs man) but the layering and sound stage is more likable in the EN700 Pro.

Conclusion



The EN700 Pro is an underrated bass beast under 8000 PHP ($160) considering that is not even the bass variant, it is possesses an L-shaped to warm and smooth sound signature that is made for long hours of listening. The bass part has good quantity, punch, depth and extension that never sounds excessive nor clouded the mids. The mids is laid back and has good amount of body but may be a bit lush for those who love transparency nonetheless details and clarity are not that compromised. Lastly the highs which is a bit more recessed than the mids is relaxed, has good definition and airiness that will please non treble head users. It also has an overall quick paced sound, wide sound stage and good detail retrieval.​
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Pros: Balanced Tuning, Clear Sounding, Wide Soundstage, Controlled Yet Authoritative DD Bass
Cons: Can Get a Little Bright, Stage Lacks Depth
Acknowledgement:
I would like to thank Andrew from www.MusicTeck.com for sending me the Simgot EN700 PRO for review.

Introduction:
Simgot is an IEM manufacturer from China that caught the attention of many audiophiles due to their IEM's faceplate design resembling the HiFiMan's HE1000 headphone. Their first IEM from Simgot to hit the market was EN700, followed by a Bass version called the EN700 BASS. But it wasn't until Simgot came out with the PRO version, that the community stopped and looked as they had come with a pretty nicely tuned IEM that would satisfy the audiophiles.

Build, Fit, Cable and Accessories:
700Pro is made of aluminium with good build and finish. The quality of finish is actually very nice. The inner side of the shell is curved and smooth that makes the fit very comfortable. The size of shells are somewhere between medium and large and so may not fit securely if your ears are super small. But it shouldn't be of any concern for most users. The nozzle is neither too long nor short, which makes the IEM sit securely in the ears. In terms of isolation, it can depend on the tips. But overall, do not expect Shure or Westone level of isolation.

The included cable seems fine when worn as it is light and flexible. While it doesn't exhibit cable memory, it does tend to tangle. The IEM comes with an adequate set of accessories that in my books is sufficient. Not too many nor too less. My favourite accessory though is the included leather flip case. While it does not offer protection like a Pelican case, this case is compact and practical and does a decent job of protecting. There are 2 sets of ear-tips; Bass and Mid-Treble that come in 3 sizes; S, M and L. I prefer the bass tips as the other ear-tips makes the 700Pro further bright.

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Sound:
700Pro's signature is fairly balanced, with a slightly enhanced bass and upper-mids/treble. It is meticulously tuned such that the signature doesn’t drift to a 'V' shaped tuning. But for the same reason, its tone is not neutral, nor can it be categorized into a single bucket. It has some warmth originating from the bass and some brightness coming from the lower treble. The warmth and brightness cancel each other on some cases. But one most tracks, one is dominant over the other. For example, the Dark Knight Rises album is a slightly warm/dark album and when listening to this album, the 700 Pro displays a warm and smooth persona. On the other hand, I have some music albums that are energetic in the upper-mids and lower treble, where the 700Pro starts to show its brightness.

The presentation and placement of the instruments is a touch forward than neutral. This results in a very engaging presentation, but also lets the IEM get aggressive once in a while. The soundstage is quite wide, ensuring more than adequate space for instrument separation and imaging. But where the stage lacks is in its depth. I personally would have preferred to sacrifice a touch of width for some depth, as it can provide a more 3-D stage and allow for better layering of instruments. So EN700Pro’s stage in general is a flat wide screen. The resolution and imaging is decent and befitting the price tag. Aided with a clear mid-range, the IEM displays a very clear musical image with sufficient air and space.

Laying the foundation to its sound, is a stupendous bass tuning, that is slightly north of neutral. It’s a tastefully tuned bass for those looking for a low end that walks a fine line between power and technicality. The entire bass range is enhanced and is linear, only slightly sloping downwards from the sub-bass into the mids, which works really well as it maintains a nice balance within the bass region. The result is a palpable sub-bass power that helps with dynamics and rumbles, complemented with adequate warmth from the mid-bass and upper-bass. The warmth continues into the lower mid-range but in a controlled manner, so as to retain the warmth and body for the instruments. But the warmth is equally counter-acted by the slightly prominent upper mids, which takes a proud role to establish clarity in the presentation.

Bridging either sides of the mid-ranges, is the center-midrange, that is slightly forward and displaying good presence. It picks up the color of warmth of brightness depending on the type of instrument and vocal. For example, the male vocals and instruments whose frequencies predominantly lie in the lower mid-range (jazz, electric guitar) are warm with a touch of clarity. While the female vocals and instruments like piano, acoustic guitar are bright with a bit of body. The forwardness of the center midrange ensures density and weight of the instrument and vocal images. Overall it’s a well done midrange, for those preferring a full bodied and yet a clear sounding mid-range. It may not suit the audience preferring something warmer and natural, nor would it suit someone who prefer a dry and reference type mid-range.

The treble extension again is decent and you get what you pay for. So what it lacks in the upper treble extension, it compensates it with controlled prominence in the lower and middle treble that render good air and sparkle. But the IEM shouldn’t be taken as sparkly, or an exciting IEM. It is more of a clear sounding treble focussed on clarity and articulation. The IEM is forgiving for the most part, but poor recordings are not going to be smoothed out. In fact, the EN700Pro falls on the slightly serious side of things due to its signature and the presentation style. As a result, it works great for classical, rock, jazz and acoustic instruments based genres. But it is not an IEM I would pick for listening to EDM, Pop or Electronic music. It is not that it doesn’t play well with those genres. In fact, because of its balanced tuning, it works well with all the genres without being partial. But because of the lack of the fun factor, it doesn’t do justice.

What is described above is the general characteristic of the IEM. With the included Bass and Mid/Treble ear tips, its signature can be modified to a small extent. But it mostly it remains the same IEM. With the Bass tips, the 700 gains a touch more power in the bass and a bit of warmth fills the upper bass and lower midrange. With the Mids/Treble, the bass is more close to neutral, and the mids/treble region get some prominence as a result. The perceived clarity is increased and the tone shifts to the bright side further. This works great for classical music. But for Rock or Jazz, the Bass tips worked better.

Power Requirement and Hiss:
When it comes to power requirement, the IEM is not power hungry. Even your everyday smartphone should be sufficient to not just push the 700Pro to sufficiently loud levels, but also makes it sound good. With a good DAP, the IEM scales better. But investing a couple of hundreds of dollars on a DAP for a $150 IEM is not a sound financial decision. But if you have a nice source, the IEM does scale well. LPG is a good device to test for hiss, as some of the hyper-sensitive multi-BA IEMs pick up the noise floor of LPG’s class-A amp. The EN700Pro however remains silent on the LPG even on high gain.

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Comparison:
EN700Pro vs Sennheiser IE80:

Both are very differently tuned iems. The 700Pro goes for a balanced tuning with a touch of brightness in the upper midrange and sounds neutral-bright. The IE80 on the other hand has a U shaped tuning that is bass heavy. IE80 has a more natural stage with good width and depth. 700Pro's stage is just as wide but is not as deep as IE80's stage. Overall IE80 presents a more 3-D stage in which it images its instruments, where as 700Pro only does a flat, wide stage. IE80 is a bit more relaxed in its presentation, relative to the more forward and engaging presentation of the 700Pro.

IE80's bass is considerably more in quantity than 700Pro's bass. With an elevated bass, it reaches the subbass more effortlessly although its bass enhancement is in the midbass region. So Ie80's bass sounds more powerful, thick and warm. 700Pro's bass is more taut and has better balance throughout the bass region. The elevated and bloated bass combined with the recessed mids make for a very veiled mids that lack transparency on the IE80. 700Pro's midrange is more forward and transparent. The vocals also have better articulation on the 700Pro in line with its elevated upper-mids. The treble once again is more clear and more articulated on the 700Pro. IE80's treble is smoother and not as detailed as the 700Pro. IE80 is one of the most forgiving IEMs I have tried. 700Pro has a bit of an aggressive character and s less forgiving.

For a relaxed listening, I'd pick the IE80, but for serious listening or critical listening, I'd pick the 700Pro. Not that the 700Pro is analytical. But it presents a truer image of music in direct comparison to the IE80. IE80 is also something I could use for gaming and action movies. But for drama movies, I'd pick the 700Pro for the better vocal presentation.

Conclusion:
Simgot seems to have produced a solid IEM and is heading in the right direction. The EN700 PRO not only impresses you with its strengths like its bass, wide soundstage and clear sound, but it also goes for a tuning, that has the qualities to effortlessly impress an audiophile. The balanced tuning works well with a wide variety of genres, and sounds quite nicely even out of your smartphone, that it won't send you on a goose chase into upgrading cables and DAPs. I highly recommend the EN700 PEO if you are in the market for a $150clear sounding IEM with a balanced tuning.

Purchase Link: https://shop.musicteck.com/collections/simgot/products/simgot-en700-pro-in-ear-headphone
Pros: Good build quality
Good case
Excellent cable
Mature yet fun engaging sound
Great for female vocals
Warmish but natural sounding timbre
Cohesive sound
Great customer service
Cons: Could do with better strain relief at the jack & cable ends
Some comfort issues
Lacking micro details
At times, lacking low-end control
EDIT: 6 months later, I still stand by what I wrote here. One update though is that the strain reliefs on the left side broke at the housing. The plastic was somewhat brittle it seems. Luckily simgot's customer service was amazing - super quick, super friendly. They sent me a replacement cable in black and I have no complaints with that one.

I have not written a full review in a while because I have been quite busy and honestly did not buy any new stuff that got me overly excited. I still mainly use my Philips Fidelio L2; when I needed in-ears, I opted for either the FAD heaven II or Crescendo DS-11, both rather neutral/mid-focused BA's that are accurate and reliable, though they often fail to really... move me.

I thought a dynamic driver might solve this so I got the Trinity Phantom Master 4 in pre-order; these caused quite a stir on this forum - and not entirely a positive one. I have to agree with most people here on the messy highs and overall lack of focus on that model. I traded up for the MASTER model which I liked better (short write-up) but were not perfect either; sometimes they amazed me, sometimes... far from it, no matter what tuning filter I used. I was not quite content, but figured I had spent enough money by now... and then I dropped them into a canal. Oh the joys of living in Venice.

All that is to say that I have been through a fair amount of IEMS both higher priced and lower priced than these Simgot's and none of them really hit the sweet spot. By the reviews online, it sounded like these simgots provided a fun yet balanced sound signature, were comfortable, and sturdy; in short, just what I need. Mostly, I have to agree with these reviews, though not entirely.

Looks, build, and comfort
For photo's and unboxing I refer to the other reviews on this forum. For me personally, I find my red and blue set quite good-looking, though not in a sleek way; more in the way that an old-school chevy can be beautiful: it isn't subtle, but it works. The carrying case is actually a pretty nice one. To proof that I cannot be trusted with nice things I therefore promptly lost it a few weeks in. Luckily I still had two trinity cases laying around still.

The metal housings are soft and feel very sturdy. The excellent braided cable snaps in place very snugly - so snug in fact that it required some force, but I prefer that over constantly fearing the housings will fall off *cough* looking at you MMCX *cough*. The only thing I wished for would be better strain relief at the plug since the plastic tubing now is quite stiff causing the cable to still bend sharply, just above the strain relief now rather than at the plug itself, which forms a possible point of failure in the long-term. An L-shaped plug would have been good too as I find that these last much longer usually, but that's more of a personal preference.

Comfort is decent. I have pretty small ears (small conchas to be more precise), so after about two hours it does get uncomfortable where they touch the antihelix, and somehow they make my ears feel pretty warm. Other than that, they stay in my ears well enough that I do not mind doing exercise with them despite the weight. The supplied silicone tips fit well too. Comply tips (not included) provide a tad bit more isolation, but not much and they make popping them in a bit more of a hassle, so I stuck with the silicone. In general, the earphones are very susceptible to tip rolling -- anything with a somewhat longer and wider bore helps bring out the top-end. The fitted tips do this just fine. Isolation then is not the best, certainly not compared to BA, but better than I was expecting and certainly enough for most users.

Sound
Overall impression is that these are simple but enjoyable, especially with the more neutral tips. No fancy tricks, no massive soundstage, no overbearing details, just good sound with a fun tuning. Bass is a bit on the heavy side and lacks the speed of BAs, but not overbearing. At low volumes or when I am outside, this extra bit of thump is actually quite welcome, and since that is mostly how I use these, I find it to be right for me. Male vocals especially can be a bit far back in the mix - certainly when compared to, say, the Heaven II. Female vocals really shine on these though, and the highs provide quite some sparkle and detail without being sibilant. Extension is not above average though. In short, it has a slight U-shape that is easy on the ears, though technically it is not the best performer at this price point. Pleasant and musical without pretense of being anything more than that.

All songs below are either FLAC or high-quality MP3 (VBR or 320kb/s), played through a HiFi ME DIY Sabre 2 DAC from MusicBee with the WASAPI driver installed.

(Indie-)pop
Cycling through some songs, I found myself enjoying Florence and the machine with these. On Dog Days, the opening cords lack detail, but once Florence starts singing, the smoothness of her voice more than makes up for that. With the claps and high-hat starting in, they shimmer without being obtrusive - perhaps a bit dry if I am being nit-picky. The kick-drum then provide a lot of energy, as the song intended. The backing vocals and all the subtle instrumentation in the back stay, well, in the back. It could do with some more layering, but honestly, the focus these headphones provide is quite pleasant.

Acoustic/singer-songwriter
The Weepies' World Spins Madly On is not a technically very demanding song, so no problems there and the timbre here is just right. The cello sounds warm, the guitar quite airy, and the voices blend into one; beautiful sweet-yet-melancholy. The next song, City Wide Rodeo, once more proofs how excellent female vocals are rendered. Switching to Fink, these earphones again complement the warm acoustic style, but when his songs draw to their crescendo, they struggle to keep up with the frantic pace and lose focus.

Rock & metal
The grandiose but cold mix of post-rock and doom metal on Kauan's Sorni Nai album sounds, if anything, too smooth. It is a record I know intimately, and I felt myself longing for the gritty details as well as for a tighter bass. That does not mean the Simgot's did a bad job: the wide soundstage is reproduced well and the ethereal ponderings are contrasted nicely with the heavier metal outbursts. Throwing some more conventional metal at it in the form of Slipknot's All Hope Is Gone reveals again a slightly sloppy bass, but they convey the very intimately recorded song with an appropriate immediacy (fun experiment: listen to that song and compare it to, say, Iron Maiden's fear of the dark side by side if you want to see how sound/recording preferences have changed). Switching to the grunge rock of Seether I miss some weight in the guitars, but that is to some extent in the recording, because when I switch from Disclaimer II to Karma and Effect, this largely disappears, though Shaun Morgan’s voice here too is drowning a bit compared to the more mid-focussed alternatives; the trinity's actually had similar problems.

Electronic
The electronic drums of Jain - Heads Up are always a good test for bass, and the Simgots prove to be a bit... flabby for lack of a better word, though they have excellent extension and do not bleed much. The decay times simply cannot measure up to their BA counterparts. Moreover, the song does not sound congested, and the toe-tapping potential is very high, especially when the album moves on to the groovy baseline of Mr Johnson. Straight up techno in the form of Infected Mushroom's Vicious Delicious proofs an exceptionally good match, with the bass tightening up somewhat and the high-end sparkle bringing everything to twisting and maddening life.

Rap
On to rap then. Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. album is not an easy one to play. The vocals are a bit too far in the background on some tracks, but not all that often. Again, these Simgot's are nothing if not entertaining, so I found myself turning up the volume, but that made the bass a bit overpowering by comparison. When I did the same the other day walking around the city I did not find this to be so problematic though, feeling the strange mixture of relaxation and unease that Kendrick can provide so well. Run the Jewels's 3rd album ups the sense of immediacy and the simgot's very cohesive sound pairs excellently.

Classical
Erbarme dich from Bach’s St-Mathew’s passion (I own Gardiner’s 1989 period practice performance) sounds lovely with good soundstage for an IEM if a bit hushed, the following choral is much the same, though the depth of the soundstage was lacking – i.e. especially voices sounded like they were coming from the sides rather than the front. The 1st movement of the Brandenburger Concerto (same series I think?) suffers a bit from the same, but honestly IEMs are just not ideal for classical music. Layering really stands out here though, as it should, and it is overall a pretty decent performance.The micro details in Arvo Pärt’s delicate Spiegel im Spiegel are smoothed over a bit, but the piece gets enough space to breath to be its entrancing self – as long as I do not compare it straight after to my Philips Fidelio L2 that is.

Conclusion
This IEM feels well thought out, with attention to detail, a mostly very good build, pretty good comfort, and a clever tuning that will no doubt be liked by many. For critical listening, it lacks the technical prowess of some similarly priced competitors, but it is a very enjoyable and easy pear of headphones that has natural sounding timbre with a slight U sound. Especially if you listen to a lot of female vocals, these are a good match and they pair well with singer/songwriter and acoustic music too. Electronic beats and kick drums especially can feel a bit out of control, though in the case of the former, some people prefer that.

All in all, a solid performer. I like them especially for on-the-go use, and that is what I bought them for mostly anyway. Are they brilliant? No. Are they worth their money? If you like a musical pair of IEMs that is fun yet mature sounding and do not mind sacrificing a bit of male vocals, micro details and bass control then certainly. I for one enjoy them so far.
Pros: Balanced tone, great accessory package, first class cable, great with all music genres
Cons: Isolation could be better, cable L & R not easy to read
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Simgot EN700 Pro


EN700 Pro
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A Little Technical Stuff:

· Transducer unit 
N50 high magnetic composite moving-coil driver
· Diaphragm 
Polymer composite titanium-plated diaphragm
· Frequency response
15Hz-40kHz
· Sensitivity 
≥101dB(at 1000Hz)
· Impedance 
16Ω
· Distortion 
<1% 101dB(20μpa)
· Channel imbalance 
<1.5dB(at 1000Hz)
· Rated power 
10mW
· Cable 
Hybrid 8 cores of single-crystal copper and silver-plated wires

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Simgot EN700 Pro
-MRSP: Universal fit $150

“SIMGOT, means "Simple and elegant". “We trust only finest product and perfect service, only the fusion of old-school rules and fashion creativity”.

I want to thank Sabrina from Simgot as she contacted me and asked if I was interested in doing a review of their product and obviously I said yes. She provided me with the EN700 Pro in exchange for my review. Links to the Simgot website are above as well as their Facebook page and links to Musicteck who is a Simgot distributor in the USA.

“Budget” level IEM’s can be difficult to review after having a focus on so many TOTL options. Limiting yourself to only the TOTL gear makes you realize that you could quite possibly be ignoring some very good options that are fairly priced and more palatable for the masses. It is very important to understand that what is a budget IEM to one man may not be to another. Memories of when I first started down this rabbit hole of a hobby, cause me to flash back to the intense amount of buyer’s remorse I had when I purchased the Klipsch S4 for something like $70, this upgrading me from stock ear buds. However, since it was a “upgrade” purchase by price point and in sound quality I settled in with my purchase and grew to appreciate the Klipsch.

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At this point, I am having a senior moment and can’t recall exactly when I moved on to my next remorseful purchase but I do remember it was the Rock-It Sounds R-50 based on a Knowles TWFK driver. The R-50 caused me to break the $100 mark and also made me question what the hell am I doing? The R-50 was priced at $120 and from that point forward the price has grown astronomically to a point where I have plunked down between 2K-3K without wincing near as much as I did with the $100 something purchases, go figure. The Simgot EN700 Pro brings me back to an IEM that is priced at $149 and I can attest that the sound quality as well as the overall quality of today’s $100 something IEM’s has really surpassed the similarly priced products of old, at least that is the case of the EN700 Pro. It is so refreshing to know companies like Simgot have broken into the game with a focus on quality as well as price.

I was grateful when I was asked to review the EN700 Pro because I have seen so many positive comments regarding the Simgot line and it has been a long time since hearing a IEM at this price point. This is the third iteration in the EN700 line. The original EN700, EN700 Bass and finally the EN700 Pro. I have not reviewed any of the other options but after reading thread comments it appears that the tuning is similar between the Bass and Pro, with one of the major non-sound related differences being an upgraded, detachable cable, but having never heard the others I can’t truly attest to any differences in sound. On the back of the included carry case the quote “Salute to Art and Science” is emblazoned. It appears to be the Simgot slogan or maybe a mission statement of sorts. The level of thought, detail and attention that went into this IEM from it’s packaging, accessories, build quality, handsome looks, and balanced, fun sound make this an incredibly worthy buy. Honestly, I wish that all companies touting TOTL would make such an all-inclusive, classy package.

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As I pen my reviews I make it a point to listen to the gear I am reviewing. I have a genre diverse playlist that I utilize for evaluating head gear and I will say that when listening to the EN700 Pro that I have yet to find one genre that does not sound great. I would say that is a testament to how well balanced the tone from these is. We will discuss the intricacies of it’s sound later in the review but it is certainly noteworthy that each genre is represented well with the EN700 Pro.

When you begin to listen to an IEM, for evaluation or enjoyment, the first thing to generally strike you is any glaring faults you may hear. If there aren’t any obvious imperfections in the sound quality you settle in to listen to the nuances in which the product excels. Let me say that I was trying hard to find any glaring faults and there just weren’t any glaring weaknesses in the quality of the sound. It is just a pleasant listening experience.

A Little Marketing Hype:

Final chapter of EN700 SERIES
With its acoustic design and unique appearance, EN700 PRO delivers a great performance in auditory and visual.

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WHAT’S IN THE BOX:

Earphone, eartips, faux leather storage case, information manual, global warranty & VIP card, brush

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Review Setup:

My review was written utilizing four sources, Opus #2 and LG V30(quad DAC) and Shanling M2s and Shanling M3s. I utilized the stock cable SE(3.5mm connection) and Eartip 1.

SIMGOT supplies two different types of eartips with the EN700 PRO, labeled Eartip 1 and Eartip 2. Both 1 and 2 are comprised of 3 sets total, 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large. They are silicone tips and are placed in cardboard trays (credit card size) with the explanation of what effect you can expect from each tip, see the photo below. My EN700 Pro monitors are black and my eartips color coordinate with the monitor color with clear caps and black stems. For example, the EN700 Pro is also available in blue and red monitors, blue being the left monitor and red being the right. The eartips on that version color coordinate with ear monitor and use a clear cap with either a red or blue stem. This may not be a big deal to some folks but I thought it was a cool touch.

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Where the 1 and 2 tips differ is in the diameter of the opening with Eartip 1 having the larger opening of the two and larger cap width. Eartip 1 with it’s wider bore will increase the higher frequencies and create a more balanced signature. Eartip 2, with its narrower bore opening, is designed create a bassier signature. I have a weird size earhole and I could not receive a seal with Eartip 2 because it’s cap size is narrower so my entire review is written using Eartip 1. I found that there was adequate bass when using Eartip 1. Isolation is average and is fine for a morning walk but I am not sure I would use them for flights or noisy environments.

Build and Quality:

The EN700 Pro is made from a single piece of Series 7 aviation aluminum resulting in an entirely metal body. Looking closely at the EN700 Pro revealed zero imperfections and with the only seam being where the faceplate is attached. I found the EN700 Pro to be a handsome design with a golden color outlining the black grill work face plate (vented looking). It is kind of egg shaped in design and those familiar with the EN700 Bass will not see any difference in the shape of this IEM. Being all metal in design does not mean they are the lightest IEM I have had in my ears but they never felt heavy or uncomfortable in my ears. I must applaud Simgot for placing a lip around the nozzle so that the eartips stay on the monitor when removing them from your ear. The nozzle itself is really a perfect length and in the opening of the nozzle is a screen to trap the dreaded earwax. The connectors were without fault and were slightly recessed into the housing, no problem using any after-market cables if you so choose.

One very positive accessory note I would like to touch on the is the included cable. Great job Simgot. I have a few after-market cables in my possession but with the stock cable being so good I never felt the need to use of any of them for extended listening sessions. The cable is a 2-pin removable type, which is my favorite type of connection as opposed to MMCX.

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The cable is a top 6N single-crystal copper and silver-plated braided variety. The braid was tight and the 400D Dupont Kevlar fiber did not create any microphonics. The ergonomics of this cable are really incredible. Very soft, pliable and not easily tangled. Another positive design attribute is the fact that there is no memory wire, it is more of a heat shrink tubing that goes around the ear. The only negative I have found with regards to the cable is the clear plastic 2-pin connector housings. They are marked L & R but it is without any color, bumps or marking to identify and it is very difficult to see clear on clear.

I tested the EN700 Pro with my Ares II cable but only found a slight elevation the bass and was equally as happy, if not more so, just staying with the stock cable. I found it to deliver the most balanced and transparent sound out of my cables. If you do not have aftermarket cables feel confident that you do not need to purchase any with theEN700 Pro, which makes it value pricing that much more appealing.

Let’s dive into the sound….

I completed roughly 100 hours of physical burn-in and many hours more while in ear. I didn’t really notice a massive change, if any it would be in the lower regions. There may have been a slight bit more of an awakening in the bass. It could be attributed to brain burn-in as well, YMMV.

The overall sound and tone of the EN700 Pro is just a little south of neutral, causing a slightly warmish tone. I would not classify this as an overly, warm IEM. It is fairly balanced across the spectrum but the dynamic bass give a nice warmth. I was a little surprised at how much volume it took to drive the EN700 Pro. From all of my sources I found myself pushing up the volume to maximize my enjoyment of the music. It is just a little more difficult than average to drive.

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Presentation

This is a fun, musical yet detailed, not analytical or micro-detailed IEM. The DD bass is very evident in the sub bass rumble and the mid bass also has a smooth, bloat free, fantastic color to it. Overall, it is smooth, but the sound is very natural with clarity and smooth tone to compliment the signature.

The separation is about average with good transparency and average layering. These are not negatives just not necessarily strong points. The soundstage has an average width, with a bit more depth and an average height. Sometimes a stage of this type can create congestion, but the EN700 Pro is not a congested sounding IEM. I wish the stage was a bit wider to help to create some more air and allow the listener to hear pinpoint accuracy of where each instrument is placed. The stage sounds and instruments sound closer together. This is not to say they are muddy, or incoherent, only close.

Simgot has done a great job in creating an IEM to use with all genres of music. I did not find one genre that was not completely enjoyable while listening with the EN700 Pro.

Bass

As I have briefly touched upon the bass has a nice sub depth rumble and the mid bass is clear and not negatively interfering with the clarity of the mids, there is only a slight bleed, very slight, and I do not find myself thinking bloat. Keep in mind it is a dynamic driver and this IEM shows off the positive characteristics of a DD, not to the level of say a Dita Dream, which is my high watermark for bass, but again it is not a fair comparison based on the disparity in price between the two. To my ears, the bass is just part of the overall sound, not one of the strongest points, but also not it’s weakest. Recently, I find myself migrating more towards a DD bass, as it checks a lot of boxes for me. The EN700 Pro bass is not the fastest and the rumble sometimes lingers a touch too long. I find the lower bass and mid bass to be the strongest aspect of the bass as opposed to it’s sub bass. I do feel if the speed of the DD was faster it would eliminate any appearance of thickness. It overall provides the warmth and natural, smooth notes that are so easy to enjoy for long periods. For example, when listening to Stanley Clarke’s Silly Putty, the bass lines are clear, resolving and had an average amount of texturing. The overall tone of the bass really is smooth and cohesive with the signature of the IEM.

Mids

When describing the mids the first two thoughts I have are tone and balance. The tone of instruments throughout the mid-range is very natural. When listening to Hiromi the piano notes leave her fingers and are delivered to the listener in a natural tone that does not appear to have coloration. Both male and female vocals sound strong and clear with a fantastic tone, with male vocals delivering the best performance. There is a lushness to the overall mid frequencies that adds emotion and grabs the listener. I would not call the mids recessed, however it is clearly the treble that reveal the crispness and details to the overall signature, not the mids. I feel the treble is slightly in front of the mids in the signature but that is not to say the mids are recessed. Great tone, smooth and lush best describes the Simgot mids.

Treble

The treble adds the details and crispness to the EN700 Pro. It is the finishing touch, that creates the overall balance that I have been referencing throughout the review. It is a crisp and accurate treble, for the most part. When hearing cymbals crash and other musical notes on the upper end of the scale they sound distinct and accurate. The notes linger just long enough, not giving the illusion of being slow as I noted with the bass. The treble extends well with a shimmer and sparkle that rounds out the complete signature. That said, I have never detected any harsh or sibilant tones in any of my music while listening to these. I have music that I use to test for stridency and when I listen to those files with the EN700 Pro the harshness is not exacerbated. The treble extension is very good and I fight the urge to say, as I have through the entire review, for the money. Again, in my experience, it is not often that you find such a jack of all trades at this price point.

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Shanling M2s – expanded balanced sound, punchy bass with a little less sub-bass rumble, but the mid-bass stays tight and punchy, upper mids are a little more revealing, and lower treble has more sparkle and crunch.

Shanling M3s - well balanced sound, kicks up the bass punch a notch. Details shine with very clean mids through-out mid ranges, but primarily in the upper sections treble. A favorite pairing.

Opus #2 – sublime pairing, balanced sound, tight punchy bass with a great sub-bass rumble, overall neutral through the mids with great transparency.

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In Closing

Fair price, balance across the frequencies, smooth tone, great accessories and a high-quality cable are what you can expect from the Simgot EN700 Pro. The build quality is exemplary and I think it is handsome to look at or better yet to have others see in your ears. At this price point I am struggling to find fault with the EN700 Pro. Yes, there are things it could do a bit better and yes it isn’t the analytical detail king, but that is not the idea behind this IEM. It is very engaging and smooth which make for quality time with you and your music files. I think you will find the listen to be engaging and never fatiguing. The great thing about this price point is that the EN700 Pro can reach the masses. I feel that if someone was trying to upgrade the current earbuds that they would quickly be spoiled by the overall package that is the EN700 Pro. Having many TOTL offerings in my stable I never once felt I had to struggle to give these ear time. To me it is a testament that in this third and final offering in the EN700 line that SImgot achieved what they were hoping to achieve.

Attachments

Pros: Great cable, excellent fit, good sound, nice tips.
Cons: Can lose control at high volumes.
Simgot EN700 Pro Review
- Expatinjapan





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Unboxing









Simgot
Moving coil in-ear-headphone

Product Model
EN700 PRO

Color
Red&blue, red&black, red, blue, gray, black

Wearing
Ear-hook

Packing list
Earphone、Eartips、Storage bag、Velcro、Manual、Global Warranty & VIP card、Brush




































Specifications & parameters
-Transducer unit 
N50 high magnetic composite moving-coil driver
-Diaphragm 
Polymer composite titanium-plated diaphragm
-Frequency response
15Hz-40kHz
-Sensitivity 
≥101dB(at 1000Hz)
-Impedance 
16Ω
-Distortion 
<1% 101dB(20μpa)
-Channel imbalance 
<1.5dB(at 1000Hz)
-Rated power 
10mW
-Cable 
Hybrid 8 cores of single-crystal copper and silver-plated wires.




Sound
The Simgot EN700 Pro moves away from its earlier predecessors with less emphasis on the bass and moving more towards a linear sound signature.
Thats not to say it is devoid of bass, but that it is not this earphones main defining feature.

The EN700 Pro has overall more control than the earlier models.
The vocals and music are fairly even with the vocals not being terribly overpowering.
They have a good deep bass, more centered around the mid bass area.
Mids are ever present, and although they do add a sense of body to the music there is no mid hump so to speak, but there is added upper mids.
They certainly have more treble than the earlier bass versions.

They improve over the earlier EN700 bass in sound stage, instrument separation and imaging. Perhaps the improvement in the overall tuning and also the upgraded cable playing a part.

Its not a technical earphone, but has enough clarity and details to please.
I found the EN700 Pro to have the most control at lower to mid volumes.
The Simgot EN700 Pro can have an emphasis on either the bass or the highs depending on which tips are used.
I liked the Tips 1 which had a more even presentation.
Use Tip 2 If you are after more bass and bit of v shape.




In comparison the earlier Simgot EN700 Bass model was from a L to V shaped, a full sound with deep. deep bass comapred to the EN700 Pro.
I think in some ways EN700 Bass has more control or perhaps any minor faults might have been masked by its warmish and smooth signature.

EN700 Bass review here:
https://headpie.blogspot.jp/2017/06/simgot-en700-bass-review-expatinjapan.html and on head-fi

The earlier EN700 review seems similar to the EN700 Pro:
`I have found the EN700 to be fairly clear and even overall. The main focus seems to be the mids and vocals, then the treble, and lastly the bass. It appears quite neutral.
It is a $100 earphone and performs as such, but with that there is a pleasing aspect to it.
Bass: The bass is there, but is fairly narrowly presented. On occasion deep, but not in your face heavy.
Mids: Are clear and add a musicality to the presentation. Crisp, smooth and lush. Not overly warm.
Treble: Has a good clarity. Adds a lightness and airiness to the presentation. No sibilance or harshness to the treble.
Vocals: They come across as natural and are nicely matched to the music. Prominent, but neither too far forward nor recessed.
Sound stage: The sound stage is medium, but the separation of instruments makes up for this.
If I were to describe what I am hearing, the bass is in the middle of my head, the mids and treble reach the outside rim of my head and ears.
Instrument separation: This is done quite cleverly. The EN700 houses a large 10mm driver and it performs quite satisfactory. Quite musical, a bit of bleed in here and there but overall very enjoyable and laid back with decent details.`





Price

The Simgot EN700 Pro comes in at around US$150.
The better tuning and improved cable playing a part in the increased price compared to the earlier US$100 models.






Overall
The Simgot EN700 Pro is a move to the side and upwards from earlier models.
The initial EN700 although having great sound suffered from fit problems due to its overly bulbuous shell shape.

The EN700 Bass came back with improvements in overall sonics and also a better shaped shell piece for a more comfortable fit.
The EN700 Pro comes in with a detachable two pin supple SPC cable, and improved sonics overall of the three, although some might prefer the EN700 Bass signature.
Fit is excellent and the cable is very ergonomic and not all stiff.
The Simgot Pro EN700 is a fairly linear earphone, but can also be tuned via the supplied sets of tips to give more emphasis to the bass or treble, but not excessively so.

Build and form of the earphones is great, the supplied cable is excellent.
The sound should satisfy most people looking for a mature, laid back, natural and even-ish sound signature earphone in the sub $200 range.

Simgot continue to grow and develop.



Thank you to Simgot for sending the Simgot EN700 Pro to Head pie for review
Pros: Coherent, balanced, easy to listen to, build
Cons: Average isolation
Firstly I would like to thank Simgot for sending me this sample to review, they received over 100hrs of burn-in before reviewing.

*disclaimer: This sample was provided for the purpose of writing a review, no incentive was given to write a favourable review. All opinions expressed are my own subjective findings.

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Tech Specs:

  • Sensitivity: 101dB / mW
  • Impedance: 16Ω
  • Frequency response range: 15-40000Hz
  • Wearing: In-ear
  • Headset Type: Wired
  • Microphone: No
  • Plug diameter: 3.5mm
  • Headphone Plug Type: Straight Type
  • Cable length: 1.35m
  • MSRP: $149
Packaging, Build Quality and Accessories:
The EN700 Pro comes in similar packaging as the EN700 Bass, a very nice black box with an outer sleeve that has info and specs. Slide this off and you have a 2 part box that is made of thick card and feels quite premium for the price. Lift off the lid and you are presented with the IEM’s held in a foam inlay, with the case below which holds the accessories. The cable is below the top section of hard foam, all in all excellent packaging and one that feels more premium than the price would suggest.

Build quality is superb, the housings are metal and smooth with no sharp edges, the 2-pin connectors are tight and the cable is one of the nicest stock cables I have used. There is excellent strain relief on all parts and a cable cinch, overall the build quality is superb and they are definitely built to last.

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Accessory wise you get a nice little hard carry case which is perfect for storing the IEM’s in, along with 2 sets of single flange tips. The core on the tips is different with one adding a little extra bass, and one favouring detail and neutrality. This is a nice little way of tuning the sound, along with the replaceable cable of course. Also included is a small cleaning tool and a Velcro cable wrap. Overall a full set of accessories and I found the stock tips to be fine for getting a good seal and fit.

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Comfort, Isolation, Driver flex and Cable noise:

The EN700 Pro is super ergonomic, with a relatively shallow insertion depth and curved housing; it is easy to get a secure fit that stays put. The included tips work very well, however you can also experiment with other tips should you wish. The cable is soft and flexible not pulling them out of place, if I had one complaint; the rubber moulds of the ear guides are a little too long.

Isolation is not this IEM’s strong point, they isolate enough for general out and about use, but would not be the best for noisy commutes. They are vented and let in a moderate amount of outside noise.

Driver flex has never been an issue with these, neither has cable noise.

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Sound:

Split into the usual categories, for this review I used the neutral tips, the bass tips add a couple of extra dB’s of bass that some will like.

Lows: The lows on the EN700 Pro are of superb quality at this price, they have excellent energy and extension without any added bloat. The lows have a softer more delicate approach rather than going all out with the dynamic punch, however there is still enough punch to make them engaging. The kick has excellent body to it, and they never sound flat or boring. What I really like is the way the lows add the right amount of body to the sound without taking away detail or masking the midrange. The lows are very articulate and dynamic, and very well balanced in quantity.

Mids: The midrange is largely clean and clear, there is a slight emphasis towards the upper mids but male vocals still sound excellent on these. Female vocals have a sharper edge to them over male vocals, and sound a little leaner with better detail retrieval. The transition from lows to mids is soft and has a smoother quality to it, making them very coherent and far from analytical. The softer transition means they have an effortlessly smooth sound, but one that is still very tonally correct. Layering and separation in the midrange is excellent, with plenty of air between instruments but never sounding detached.

Highs: The highs are well presented but not in your face or fatiguing, they have very good air and spatial cues are easy to pick out up top. The highs are never dominating however they are well balanced with the rest of the sound. They are well balanced and offer up a good level of detail, as well as extending well. Here again the tonality comes into play and cymbals never sound splashy or metallic, they sound quite natural.

The soundstage is open and spacious with good width; instrument separation is also excellent with air between instruments.

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Vs EN700 Bass:


The EN700 Bass has an even smoother sound, with a little more warmth down low, the EN700 Pro just sound crisper and more detailed throughout with a very similar sound that focuses on correct tonality and timbre.
Overall the EN700 Pro is a more refined and better balanced sounding IEM over the EN700 Bass, but the EN700 Bass is still an excellent IEM.

Conclusion: The EN700 Pro really shows what Simgot are capable of, a coherent, smooth yet balanced IEM for $150. It’s a tonally correct IEM with no glaring flaws, it may not have the last word in micro detail retrieval, but there is nothing that stops it being an excellent IEM for the price. I am a huge fan of the Simgot sound, and the EN700 Pro is such an easy recommendation. If you want bright sparkly treble, you might want to look elsewhere, the same if you want big boosted bass. But if you want a well balanced, natural and effortless sounding IEM, you won't find better at this price point.

Sound Perfection Rating: 9.5/10 (Such an easy to listen to, detailed and natural sounding IEM for $150)
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Pros: Natural yet detailed sound, Large soundstage, Great build, Excellent removable cable
Cons: Average isolation, Large housings, Some bass bloat
Introduction –

The $100 iem market is saturated with offerings, all carrying different flavours of sounds within varying form factors. However, a few models stand above the rest, either through exceptional technical ability enabling responsive eQ or tonal refinement, the latter being notably lacking. And among them, the EN700 Bass was one of my favourites. It was an impeccably built and natural sounding earphone that demonstrated maturity well beyond its asking price.

However, like anything, that model wasn’t faultless with notable issues such as a lack of removable cable and some technical ability preventing wider recommendation. The new EN700 Pro seeks to append the complications of models prior, sitting at the apex of Simgot’s EN700 line of earphones. That said, though the Pro brings new features and the same refined tonality within a similarly solid form, it also carries a slightly higher $150 USD asking price. Let’s see how the Pro performs and determine whether Simgot’s newest in-ear justifies its increased cost.



Accessories –

The EN700 Pro has a more prestigious unboxing that still draws numerous parallels with the original with its identical accessory suit. The Pro comes with the same lovely magnetic leather case and 6pairs of silicone tips; 3 pairs of balanced tips and 3 pairs of bass boost tips.



The tips are very comfortable and well-moulded, they do make very noticeable alterations to the sound that I’ve outlined in the sound section. Simgot also include a cleaning tool in addition to an international warranty card that is a very notable addition among Chi-fi iems.



Design –

The EN700 Pro is identical to the Bass in design, finish and materials. That’s not at all a negative, the EN700 Bass was a comfortable, attractive and very solid earphone. Simgot have slightly updated the colour choices available, buyers now have the option to purchase a blue/red pair to better differentiate between sides and the red hue is slightly darker than the bright red of the original. Otherwise, the experience is very much the same besides some added features.



The similarities begin at the Pro’s large but smoothly sculpted housings that find a comfortable and mostly low-profile fit. The Pro retains the aluminium build of the original with the same stainless steel faceplates that really draw the eye. While they feel absolutely sturdy in the hand, I do find the sharper edges on the outer face to form a small hotspot after a few hours of listening. This will vary with every listener and the Pro is otherwise a very comfy earphone to wear.



The nozzles are short, integrated into the housings and small in diameter, fitting the majority of tips. As such, the Pro has a shallow fit depth which, combined with their vented design, creates average noise isolation that is barely sufficient for commute. In return, their ergonomic shaping and over-ear fit really benefit fit stability and the earphones stay put exceptionally well even during activity.



The cable is the largest differentiator of the Pro from the Bass, it’s now removable, utilizing a non-recessed 0.78mm 2-pin connector and consists of silver plated copper as opposed to copper on the original models. The cable has nice elbowed connectors and pre-moulded earguides that feel a little more comfortable than those on the Bass. In addition, the cable is very pliable and supple, easily coiling for storage and routing through clothing.



It’s loose 8-wire braid and smooth texture also resists tangles exceptionally well and microphonic noise is a non-issue despite the cable being interwoven with stiff but tension resistant kevlar fibres. Furthermore, the cable is continuous through the y-split and the jack has a little protrusion that enables it to function with thinner phone cases. Strain relief is also nice if not outstanding, this is easily one of the best cables I’ve come across from a build and ergonomic standpoint.



Sound –

When perusing Simgot’s promotional material, I was confused about the exact differences between the Bass and Pro. After a brief exchange, Simgot pushed the new 8-core silver plated cable as the biggest acoustic upgrade (the Bass used a copper unit). The actual driver and housings are unchanged though Simgot intimated towards some subtle tuning of their N50 driver. Cable believer or not, the Pro is an evolution over the original with very real sonic upgrades that put it more in line with more expensive in-ears than the Bass and those around its price. As usual, I put the Pro through 200hrs of burn-in, I didn’t notice any huge changes, perhaps they sound slightly smoother though I have no objective measurements. Please see Simgot’s webpage here for the full specifications.



Tonality –

The EN700 Pro retains much of the character of the original, as a warm and natural sounding in-ear with a mildly V-shaped tone. However, the Pro is noticeably more balanced throughout, its high-end presence has been invigorated by that silver cable and the earphones sound both cleaner and clearer through a slightly more restrained mid-bass presentation. The Pro is also a nicely balanced in-ear when compared to competing models, it isn’t as mid recessed as either the Pinnacle P1 or 1More Quad Driver while retaining a lot of engagement and long-term listenability. Its smoother upper midrange and treble won’t satiate those seeking absolute engagement, but the Pro’s natural tone and warm bass create a very inviting signature that is easy to enjoy.



The 2 sets of included tips also serve to alter their tonality with the firmer type 2 tips providing enhanced bass and the softer, larger bore type 1 tips providing a more balanced listen. The bass tips unsurprisingly increase mid-bass quantity and indirectly increase lower-midrange body without overly affecting the rest of the sound. That said, I found the best experience with the high frequency focussed tips; they are more balanced, mid-bass bloat is cleaned up and the earphones sound more defined throughout while retaining a nicely warm and natural presentation. Thus, the bass tips better suit noisier environments while the type 2 tips provide more balance during home listening. I will be using the balanced tips for the sake of review.



Bass –

Like the EN700 Bass, the low end on the pro is full and organic at the cost of speed and definition. Sub-bass take more of a backseat to the Pro’s fuller mid-bass response creating a presentation that is warm and easy going. Sub-bass extension is good, rumble is well present but a little loose and lows are tight enough to service faster songs. However, the focus of the Pro really lies higher up within the mid-bass and, to a lesser extent, upper bass. Bloat is evident, but this bump grants bass notes with a tastefully warm and full presentation and the Pro still sounds more linear than the similarly mid-bass focussed Pinnacle P1 and the slightly muddier Quad Driver. Moreover, their slightly more reserved sub and upper bass responses imbue their sound with less muddiness and midrange spill than is usually associated with this level of emphasis. They aren’t quite as delineated as the cooler P1 but the Pro does sound smoother than the 1More Quad Driver within its bass/midrange transition.

And on a technical level, the Pro is noticeably improved over its predecessor but still fails to resolve outstanding levels of bass detail. They are still a nicely textured earphone but lack a little control and definition within the lowest registers. They are definitely an improvement over the Bass and the balanced tips do a lot to mitigate the mid-bass bloat of the bass boost tips, but the fundamental presentation of the Pro persists. For instance, when listening to Vance Joy’s “Lay It On Me”, the bass line was full and nicely textured though competing models like the Quad Driver and Pinnacle had appreciably clearer bass details in addition to a little more separation between bass notes. So like the Bass before it, the low-end on the Pro isn’t its most standout quality, complementing the rest of the sound through its organic tone as opposed to visceral weight or agility



Midrange –

The EN700 Pro has a balanced midrange with a slight rise in the upper mids that grants female vocals with some additional clarity. And despite their low-end warmth, the midrange of the Pro is clean with great clarity; this is a tonally excellent presentation that is very easy to enjoy. This starts with slightly recessed lower midrange that avoids the scooped sound of the P1 and the full-bodied warmth of the Quad Driver. Male vocals are clear and naturally voiced with excellent resolution, while instruments such as piano sound nicely uncoloured. Furthermore, their slightly more organic tone grants acoustic guitars with a pleasant but not overbearing sense of body. The Pro’s upper midrange compounds upon this presentation with slightly enhanced clarity and a more neutral body. Female vocals sound delicate and immediate if a little raspy while instruments sound crisp. Though not at the forefront of the Pro’s presentation, vocal lovers will find a delightfully organic presentation that mid-forward earphones cannot achieve by virtue of their more restrained bass presentation.

Once again, on a technical level, the Pro doesn’t excel but provides great ability that complements its excellent tone. On account of their linearity, background detail retrieval is excellent, the more you listen, the more you notice. Foreground detail retrieval is also good and instruments have very accurate timbre though the Pro doesn’t bring nuances to the fore quite like the P1 and Quad Driver. Upper midrange resolution also isn’t quite as high as either of these models, preferring a slightly smoother response, though the Pro’s tone is more inviting than either. In addition, vocal layering is clear and they strike a surprising balance between clarity and natural voicing, organic warmth and transparency. So despite not being the most absolutely resolving earphone out there, the Pro is still a very mature sounding earphone and certainly one of the most enjoyable to listen to around this price.



High –

The Pro has a small bump in the lower treble that coincides with their upper midrange lift, creating a coherent and well-integrated sound. This contrasts greatly to the Quad Driver whose treble response sounds almost disjoint and the spiked treble response of the P1 that makes it sound overly aggressive. The EN700 Pro lacks the unevenness of both of these earphones with the same realistic tone of its predecessor augmented by notably enhanced technicality. Treble is mostly linear and natural with accurate body to cymbals and strings. As such, notes are well textured and details are more realistic if not as hyper clear as the Pinnacle. Strings are especially well portrayed, smooth with perfect body. The EN700 Pro still errs on the natural as opposed to engaging side though they have surprising sparkle due to a lift higher up in their treble response. Their most notable shortcomings stem from extension and air, both of which are good but not outstanding.

Otherwise, treble frequencies are clear but not artificially so and high-frequency resolution is very nice. They do sound a little more dampened than the P1 and the Quad Driver is a little more detailed, but texturing is better on the Pro as is general accuracy. Treble notes are defined but a little confined due to their lesser extension. The Quad-Driver actually sounds even more congested due to some integration issues though the P1 holds a notable lead in terms of treble separation that really aids their reproduction of complex tracks. The EN700 Pro still has plenty of space and it is by far, the cleanest earphone with the darkest background, though foreground detailing and clarity don’t match class leaders.



Soundstage, Imaging and Separation –



On account of its more resolving tone and open form factor, the Pro has a terrific soundstage that is among the best I’ve heard, not just around Simgot’s asking price. This starts with sensational space, depth is fantastic, creating especially extended vocals, and width easily reaches beyond the periphery of the head. The EN700 Pro really takes advantage of the space within each track to deliver a delineated yet coherent presentation that serves to heighten immersion and engagement. Imaging is also very commendable though not quite as class leading as their sense of space; vocals are well centred and instruments accurately placed. That said, the 1More Quad Driver1More Quad Driver is more holographic and the P1 impresses with superior transience. Still, the Pro is nicely separated on account of its linear tone and space, and it is one of the most coherent in-ears I’ve heard around this price.



Cables –

So given this very tangible upgrade, many are probably curious about the cable itself. Now removable, the Simgot SPC cable pairs with any 0.78mm 2-pin earphone though those with recessed connectors may be a bit loose. The cable is one of the better units I’ve come across and a bargain relative to other upgrade cables on the market. Its performance doesn’t match the excellent Effect Audio EROS II nor the ARES II or Oriveti Affinity, but it does compare very nicely to units that cost almost as much as the EN700 Pro itself. The cable has a slightly brighter tone built atop a cleaner bass response. Extension is just okay but midrange and treble excel with greater resolution and clarity. This also serves to create a more open soundscape without imaging becoming even remotely disjoint. The Simgot cable thus finds great synergy with warmer, darker earphones such as the Noble Django and EN700 Pro users definitely should not feel the need to upgrade this cable.



Drivability –



The Pro is quite sensitive at 101dB with a lower 16ohm impedance, easily reaching dangerously high volumes from portable sources. And, being a single dynamic driver earphone, it isn’t overly affected by output impedance, sounding tonally consistent among sources. That said, I found the Pro to scale very well, thriving off of a powerful, slightly more aggressive source. My Shozy Alien+ provided my most preferred pairing, it’s a very powerful source with a natural but very detailed sound. From the Shozy, the Pro’s bass tightened up noticeably and details were more present. Midrange resolution slightly increased as did soundstage space when compared to my HTC 10 or iPod Touch. That said, the Pro still sounds excellent from a smartphone since it focusses more on tonality than technicality. As a result, the Pro is a great choice for those lacking a dedicated source but those that have access to one will find some nice benefits.



Comparisons –

EN700 Bass ($100): The new Pro is not a huge leap up but a very tasteful refinement of the original with a similar calibre of change as the 1More, Meeaudio Pinnacle and Hifiman earphones despite the smaller price jump. The Pro is slightly more balanced throughout, bass is more linear and defined with a little less mid-bass hump. Mids are less full-bodied and more neutral but still natural and warm. Resolution of layering and background details is appreciably improved. Female vocals sound a little clearer and male vocals are less warmed than before. Treble receives the biggest changes, the Pro is brighter but noticeably more resolving. Detailing is improved by a fair margin and highs are both more crisp and clean. The Pro has a noticeably larger soundstage, especially depth though width is slightly improved too and, in culmination with their generally higher resolution, separation is also a few steps up. Imaging is also more accurate than the slower, darker EN700 Bass. When listening to both side by side, you can definitely feel the daunting presence of diminishing returns but Simgot have provided a nice extension of their natural house sound while appending the lack of technical performance that afflicted the original.

Rose Hybrid 7 MKII ($125): The Rose is more V-shaped earphone with a much larger sub-bass response and a slightly cooler mid/upper-bass response. It too is a very organic earphone, it’s a little muddy on account of its great sub-bass emphasis but also surprisingly defined due to a cleaner mid-bass response. The Pro sounds more integrated where the Rose has a dip between bass and mids to help alleviate spill. As such, the Pro also has the more linear, natural midrange. The Hybrid 7 is admirably clear, with greater clarity than the Pro, but it’s also thinner and a little less natural. That said, the Rose has an advantage on resolution throughout, it layers better and each nuance is presented with greater definition. This character extends towards its more aggressive high-end response. The Rose has great clarity and immediacy to its treble that the Pro lacks. Neither are exceptionally well extended, perhaps the Simgot extends a little further though the Rose has greater resolution beneath. In return, the Simgot retrieves more detail, and though it is smoother in its presentation, it is also more refined. That said, due to its smoother upper treble, the Rose avoids too much sibilance and fatigue despite its clear treble response. The Rose stages well but the Pro is still a step above in size. Imaging also goes to the Simgot though the Rose separates quite a bit better.

Pinnacle P1 ($200): The Pinnacle is similarly balanced to the Pro overall though its V-shaped tuning goes further in either direction. The Pro is more linear within its bass, the P1 has less sub-bass and upper-bass with a larger mid-bass focus. As such, the P1 sounds cleaner, it is also noticeably faster and more defined within the low-end at the cost of extension and linearity. Lower mids are similar, the P1 is more recessed and a little uneven with thinner body. The Pro is more balanced and on the warmer side though it is undoubtedly the more accurate, natural performer. Upper mids will be a matter of taste, both have enhanced clarity though the P1 pushes this a step further with more aggressive detailing and greater immediacy to foreground elements. The Pro is smoother but clearly isn’t as nuanced as the Pinnacle. Treble tells a similar story, the P1 is quite aggressive on account of a lower treble spike where the Pro has just a little bump to lower and upper treble. That said, the P1 is still surprisingly refined and more extended, it is a little more detailed but also has a tendency to sound thin. The Pro isn’t as technical as the P1 overall, but tonally, it is a lot more linear and natural. The P1 has a wide stage but the Pro is wider yet with a lot more depth, the P1 separates better due to its more sculpted tone while the Pro is more integrated.

1More Quad Driver ($200): Both are V-shaped earphones, the Quad Driver more so. The 1More sits in between the Simgot and Pinnacle in terms of linearity, mainly due to an uneven treble response. Bass is better extended on the 1More and its focus lies lower down creating greater slam and impact while retaining a slightly more transparent bass tone. That said, it has a rise towards the lower midrange, creating a noticeably thicker midrange than the Pro. Mids are a bit more recessed on the 1More and generally more laid-back, male vocals in particular. Upper mids are appreciably cleaner, vocals have great definition but lack the clarity of the more lurid EN700 Pro. Despite this, the 1More actually has a slight resolution advantage with greater layering and space. Treble is where these earphones depart, the 1More is again, a little more laid-back but also a little peaky. It is more detailed and more aggressive in its presentation as opposed to the EN700 Pro, the Quad Driver also has a middle treble bump that grants it with extra sparkle. Both are similarly extended, the 1More has more air though the Pro is cleaner and more refined. Staging is interesting, the 1More has a nicely rounded stage though one that is smaller in dimension than the Simgot. Perhaps the Quad Driver’s most notable trait is its very holographic imaging, it isn’t necessarily more accurate than the Simgot but it does sound very multi-dimensional with great speed.

Oriveti New Primacy ($300): The New Primacy is immediately a lot more balanced than the EN700 Pro. Bass is similarly extended with greater deep-bass presence. Mid-bass is far more restrained, creating a much cleaner, more defined response but also one that lacks the organic warmth of the Simgot. This feeds into a midrange that is smoother and more accurately bodied than the Pro. The New Primacy is more even throughout, lower mids are noticeably more forward and it can even be considered slightly mid-forward as opposed to the V-shaped Pro. However, the Oriveti balances its forwardness with a very dark background and great smoothness and extension to vocals; it sounds just as natural and almost as clear as the EN700 Pro, with an extra layer of refinement and resolution on top. The New Primacy is also appreciably more detailed with a similar mid/high transition. Highs are a bit more reserved on the Oriveti as opposed to the slightly enhanced Simgot though it is more linear and a bit more resolving, especially of higher details. The soundstage is where the Oriveti falters, it’s not an intimate earphone but the Simgot is a lot larger in every axis. Separation is similar on both, the Pro is more spacious, the Primacy is cleaner and both image very well. The Oriveti is an excellent iem even within its higher price class, it represents the next step up in balance and linearity from the Simgot, but also lacks the same level of engagement, demonstrating the importance of personal preference.



Verdict –

The EN700 Pro isn’t a complete overhaul, but a very commendable upgrade that well addresses the shortcomings of those before it. And when compared to other manufacturer’s with similar line-ups, such as Meeaudio with the P1/P2 and 1More with their Triple/Quad, Simgot have a more incremental price increase of just $50 as opposed to $100. This puts the Pro in a very competitive position since it is very much comparable with these higher priced models in terms of sonic performance. Because the Pro has a truly delicious tonality that ticks all the boxes; it’s just as instantly gratifying as the Bass, natural, linear and balanced without sacrificing character and engagement, but holds up far better under longer-term critical listening.



Furthermore, the addition of a removable cable better justifies the Pro as a long-term investment and the cable itself is truly excellent, finding great synergy with the Pro’s natural tones. Of course, audio is subjective and the Pro won’t suit everyone, but it’s a damn well considered V-shaped tone. Still, those looking for the most outright resolving earphone should look more towards a model from Rose or Meeaudio while those favouring a more traditional fit and laid-back midrange will enjoy the Quad Driver from 1More.

Verdict – 9/10, The Pro is among the best-built earphones on the market with a striking aesthetic design. And most importantly, the Pro is a sonic treat, its tone is mature and refined, striking a commendable balance between tonality and technicality. If you can live with mediocre isolation and slightly sloppy bass, the Pro offers truly sensational value whether you like to listen at home or on the go.

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https://everydaylisteningblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/simgot-en700-pro-review-natural-talent/
Pros: Metal shell and high quality detachable two-pin cable, Highly enjoyable sound signature that "pops" when listening to them, Forgiving and fun sound signature that works with any portable source or music genre
Cons: IMHO not a sound upgrade from the EN700 Bass (but is a design/cable upgrade), Cable jack sits flush with source (impairs ability to use some cases with source), No stock microphone/remote option (aftermarket cable upgrade is an option), forward upper mid-range will not work for everyone.
At the time this review was written, the Simgot EN700 PRO was listed for sale on Musictek’s website and also on Amazon. Here are links to their listing of the product:


https://shop.musicteck.com/products/simgot-en700-pro-in-ear-headphone


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076MJLV9W


Introduction
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I had the pleasure of reviewing the simot EN700 Bass a few months ago. It was a solid performer well-worthy of its asking price. Although I enjoyed the EN700 Bass quite a bit, I didn’t care much at all for the inaugural edition of the EN700. From cable design to tuning, the EN700 Bass was an improvement over the original in just about every way possible. Here is a link to the review:


https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/si...river-earphone-red.22212/reviews#review-18744


Upon finishing the EN700 bass review, I received an email from Simgot stating that an improved version was in the works. Color me interested! Although I’m not a fan of multiple variants of the same earphone, any improvement over the EN700 bass would be icing on an already great cake. The new version was reported to have tweaks in design and tuning. The name of the new product is the EN700 Pro. It’s the earphone we will be going over today. Let’s take a look and listen to the EN700 Pro.


Disclaimer

I was given a free sample of the EN700 Pro in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I am in no way affiliated with Simgot. I would like to take this time to personally thank the folks at Simgot for giving me the opportunity to experience and review the product.


REVIEW
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The EN700 Pro comes in an all black sleeved box. This time around Simgot sports the Hi-Res logo on the box.


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The Simgot EN700 PRO has a few different color variations. I received the red/blue pair. With this set of earphones a corresponding color coordinated set of frosted color tips comes in the package (red/red tip, and blue/blue tip). Due to the fact that the pair I received are pre-production, the channels I had were reversed. Looking at the website, and based on what I’ve heard from Simgot, they’ve fixed the issue so red represents the right channel and blue represents the left channel.


Specifications and Accessories
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Specifications:
Model: EN700 PRO
Wearing: Ear-hook
Transducer unit: 10mm high magnetic composite moving-coil driver
Diaphragm: Polymer composite titanium plated diaphragm
Frequency response:15Hz --40kHz
Sensitivity:≥101dB (at 1000Hz)
Impedance:16Ω
Distortion: <1% 101dB(20μpa)
Channel imbalance: <1.5dB(at 1000Hz)
Rated power: 10mW
Cable: Hybrid 8 cores of single-crystal copper and silver-plated wires
Color: red, blue, black, gray, red&blue, red&black
Craft: One piece CNC aluminum and stainless powder forming
Warranty:1 year


Accessories:
Earphone X1
Ear-tips (6 pairs)
Storage bag X1
Manual
Global Warranty & VIP card
Brush X1


Housings
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The housings are the same shape and material as Simgot’s previous EN700 offerings. They’re over-ear fitting metal housings that are egg shaped and feature an exterior reminiscent of a miniature Hifiman HE1000. I really like the look and build quality of this housing. If something isn’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Simgot has stuck to a shell that works well in terms of appearance, quality and style.

Nozzles are relatively standard in terms of width and length. I didn’t feel the need to do any tip rolling because the stock tips are ideal both in terms of fit and style.


Cable, Y-Split, Cable Jack, Strain Reliefs
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The cable this time around is a big improvement from previous models. Simgot’s two pin cable is fantastic. An eight core braided cable runs from the cable jack to the Y-Split, then splits into two four strand braids that lead to each housing.


The EN700 PRO has angled two-pin jacks that help make the fit ideal. The shrink wrap style of memory wire is flexible and operates as both an aide to make an ideal fit, it also operates as a strain relief. EN700 PRO’s Y-Split is a frosted rubber/plastic composite that seems sturdy. A copper colored metal chin/neck slider sits flush with the Y-split when not in use (and works great when used).


One gripe I have about the cable, the EN700 PRO cable is a straight style cable with a rather large metal jacketed housing that sits flat and flush at the base of the jack. Because of this, I wasn’t able to use the device with some of my phones or DAPs that had cases (I had to take the cases off to use them). Long story short, the jack has to sit flush with whatever device you plug them into.


Functionality
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The EN700 PRO is a plug and play device geared for music enjoyment. It doesn’t come with a microphone/remote cable. However, the fact that this is a two-pin universal connection, there is opportunity for owners to use an aftermarket cable with this option.


Ergonomics, Fit and Microphonics, Isolation
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If you’re a fan of over-ear fit, you’ll like what Simgot has done here. The fit is pretty much identical to the EN700 Bass. The well thought-out housing design, angled two-pin jack, shrink wrap memory wire and chin/neck slider gives the EN700 PRO a “PRO” fit. I was able to wear these earphones for hours with ease. These fit like a universal stage monitor. Matter of fact, these will make a great stage monitor for those who like the tuning.


Isolation is average for a universal dynamic driver earphone. Although a majority of outside noise is blocked, it doesn’t provide the seal of a custom molded or sealed balanced armature earphone.


Sound Review

I did my demo with my usual gear. I used an LG-V20 and iPhone 6 for smartphone use, and either my Fiio X7, Aune M1S or iBasso DX80 DAP/Bushmaster D14 DAC/Amp for high fidelity portable use. For desktop use, I used my Toshiba Satellite Laptop in combination with a ifi micro iDSD playing at 32/192 kHz, or Aune S6/S7 combo. I tested them with several other sources as well. I used Google Music in its highest download quality (320 KBPS), and also streamed FLAC via Tidal streaming service. I also used purchased and downloaded tracks in MP3, FLAC, WAV and DSD. I make sure that any gear I test has sufficient playtime before writing a review.


I used my usual same songs for testing gear:
“Limit to your love” by James Blake (bass speed, punch, response)
“Doin’ it Right” by Daft Punk (sub bass)
“Get lucky” by Daft Punk (bass to midrange transition resolution, male vocals)
“Madness” by Muse (soundstage, separation)
“Some nights” by Fun (soundstage and male vocals)
“The soundmaker” by Rodrigo y Gabriela (texture and imaging)
“Bassically” by Tei Shi (bass to midrange resolution, female vocals)
“Skinny Love” performed by Birdie (female vocals, acoustic playback)
“One” by Ed Sheeran (male vocals, acoustic playback)
“Outlands” from the Tron Legacy Soundtrack (symphonic presentation, imaging)
“Sultans of swing” by Dire Straits (detail, separation, balance)
“And Justic for All” by Metallica (driver distortion, treble response, rock playback)
“Ten thousand fists” by Disturbed (driver distortion, treble response, rock playback)


Note: Other tracks were used, but the listed songs were primarily used to assess and break down the gear’s response.


Source Selection

At 16 Ohm and 101dB of sensitivity, the EN700 PRO will sound great with a smartphone. I was able to enjoy the EN700 PRO with my V20 and Iphone 6, but to my ears I noticed a more defined and enjoyable sound with a little added amplification. A portable amplifier will give these earphones a little kick in the pants in terms of definition. Not for the sake of more volume, but in terms of improving resolution.


NOTE: Remember, you only get one set of ears. Crank the music too high for too long, you’ll be trading in your earphones for hearing aides! Take care of your hearing! Turn it down from time to time, and give your ears a break every now and then.


The tuning of these earphones is pretty forgiving. I didn’t notice a significant difference in sound quality when switching back and forth from DSD to streaming music from Google.


My suggestion, use the EN700 pro with a dedicated higher powered DAP, or a DAP stacked with an amplifier. That, or purchase a nice aftermarket cable with mic/remote and use them with your phone. You really can’t go wrong with these. If you like the tuning, they won’t discriminate most sources.


Sound Signature
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I would describe the EN700 as decently balanced sound with a Hi-Fi kick in the pants. Take neutral and give it a slightly forward bass response and upper mid-range/lower treble boost. The EN700 pro has a in-your-face presentation that works with all music genres. If you’ve heard the EN700 Bass, I would say that my listening sessions and measurements leads me to conclude that the PRO version is a EN700 Bass with a few design/color tweaks. If you like the sound of the EN700 Bass but wish they had a detachable cable option, the PRO is the answer. If you like the original EN700 but wish there was a touch more bass (and bass extension), the PRO is your answer.


The EN700 PRO is a jack of all trades in terms of music genre enjoyability. The earphone has a nice bass extension that works well with modern genres. The Midrange presence isn’t the most natural, but has enough presence to not say it’s lacking or “sucked out.” Upper mids and lower treble jump out at you a bit, and beyond that you don’t get an incredible sense up upper frequency extension. It’s there but takes a step back from the bass and upper midrange boost.


Resolution is excellent for an in ear monitor in this price range. While it won’t go head to head with summit-fi gear the likes of the Campfire Vega ($1299 on their website), it will go toe to toe with just about anything in its price range. If you are in the market for a $150 earphone, this is a top option for those looking for an earphone geared for enjoyment of all genres of music.


Bass

The EN700 PRO has a very enjoyable and balanced bass presentation. To my ears it sounds a half step forward, but is very evenly tuned. Sub bass is there with a nice rumble, but is also carries good tone. During Daft Punk’s “Doin it Right” the lowest of low bass notes had nice deep and accurate sound. I could hear and feel the bass digging deep in the track. Mid-bass was prominent, but didn’t intrude on any other ranges. The EN700 bass sounds big without making a mess of the rest of the tuning.


The EN700 pro packs what I would consider to be an in-ear subwoofer type of bass. If you can dig that, cool. If not, the original EN700 might be more up your alley (more on this in a bit).


It’s not the tightest and leanest bass you’ll hear, but it’s by no means sloppy either. It does a lot right, and only those who want airy and lean sound will find fault in them. What I can appreciate about the EN700 PRO bass response is that to my ears, it’s geared for one thing, music enjoyment.


Midrange

Midrange is a mixed bag. Male vocals aren’t overly weighted and take a small step back from the robust bass and upper mid-range boost. Simply put, lower midrange was a touch dry in comparison to the other ranges. Even still, there was good detail and resolution. I don’t consider this a deal breaker because it works with the rest of the tuning, making room for the upper mids to really pop.


Upper mid-range gets a little aggressive, making female vocals and upper mid-range sounds jump out of the track. This boost gives the EN700 PRO a nice sense of midrange dynamics. While I prefer to have this jump take place a bit lower on the frequency range, for these earphone it works well.


Although forward, the upper mid-range/lower treble area doesn’t carry the same resolving nature as other top of the line earphones (but does an excellent job considering its price range). There's a splashiness to the pronunciations of the letter S, SH, CH etc. It’s not “bad” but doesn’t pack a incredibly honest rendering of natural tone to my ears. On a positive note, the slightly splashy nature of these earphones at this range makes tracks with considerable sibilance that much easier to listen to, as it renders it in a way that isn’t piercing or strident.


Treble

Treble is adequate and present but doesn’t capture my attention (this is a good thing). To my ears the treble of the EN700 PRO hits a sweet spot in the sense that it does just enough to not be heard as rolled off, but at the same time doesn’t do enough to interfere with the listener’s experience. The forward lower treble registers pop, but after this the treble presence follows suit with the lower mid-range tuning. It’s there, but it’s not stealing the show. Cymbal crashes are rendered as a smooth shimmer. They can be heard with decent clarity but they won’t jump out of the track. Best word I can describe the treble (primarily upper treble frequencies) is pleasantly adequate. It compliments the rest of the tuning and again, it’s geared primarily for music enjoyment.


Soundstage and Imaging

The resolving and extended bass performance, nice resolution through most frequency ranges and aggressive upper mid-range gives me a sense of a better than most soundstage for an in-ear monitor. The variance between lower and upper midrange sounds skews my sense of imaging a bit. Even still, there is a better than average sense of instrument placement for an in-ear monitor.


Comparisons
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EN700 (original version) ($75 to $100 USD on many sites)

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a fan of the original version of this earphone. The good news is that the next two earphones (EN700 and EN700 PRO) made the improvements needed for me to be able to recommend them.


Comparing the two, the EN700 PRO sounds much better to my ears, primarily because of improvements in bass response. Going back and forth between the two, the original sounds very dry, and the bass response is much flatter and more sterile sounding. The original tuning was lean and accurate bass that didn’t match up well with the upper midrange/lower treble boost. Upper mid-range was perceptually more present because there were no other frequencies that could match it and level out the sound.


Putting on the PRO version, the entire earphone comes to life thanks to the added depth of the lower frequency tuning. The beefier sound is easier on the ears and far more enjoyable to my ears (YMMV).


In terms of build, both housings have relatively the same housing. However, the EN700 PRO takes things up a notch by adding the detachable cable, shrink wrap memory wire (the original had a long bendable memory wire that hindered the fit for me) and chin slider, all of which improve the fit of the product significantly. Accessories is a draw.


Summarized, Simgot took notes and made the adjustments needed for me to say that the EN700 PRO has improved their product significantly from the original. To me, the original wouldn’t get my hard earned dollars. The PRO version is worth the increase in price and would get my cash if I were in the market for and earphone like this. They raised the bar and did good enough of a job to justify a new release in their EN700 line.



EN700 Bass ($110 on Amazon)

I’ll be short with this one. To my ears and measurements, the EN700 is basically the same sounding earphone as the PRO, but with an improved detachable cable and variance in colors between channels. I DO NOT think EN700 Bass owners should run out and buy the EN700 PRO because of the fact they are tuned so similarly.


The fit of both of these earphones is very similar. The PRO version gets an advantage with their detachable cable and chin/neck slider. The Bass version cable is prone to tangling (but can be avoided with care usage and responsible and careful cord winding/unwinding.


The EN700 PRO is a detachable cable version of the EN700 Bass, with added designated color options. EN700 PRO is a sexier pic, but EN700 Bass owners shouldn’t think they’re getting an upgrade in sound quality with this earphone.


Conclusion

The EN700 line has another “latest and greatest” earphone. The company has once again made tweaks based on community feedback. The detachable cable is premium and a big improvement from the past models. The tuning is a big improvement from the original, and more of a sidegrade from the Bass version IMHO.


The frustrating thing is that many of these companies are re-releasing products that slightly improve from the original. I sometimes wish these manufacturers would take the time to get it right the first time and save the customer some money and not leave them feeling like they need to run out for the latest and greatest every six months. Then again, the same thing could be said of smartphones, laptops, cars, televisions etc…


If you own the original (or no Simgot earphones) I strongly suggest you at least try to the PRO (or Bass version) to experience the improvements in just about all aspects. If you own the EN700 Bass version, you pretty much have an attached cable version of this earphone. Where Simgot goes from here is unknown. However, I am a fan of the Bass and PRO versions. The PRO is the best of the bunch with the new colors and premium detachable cable.


When rating a product I have to take all criteria into consideration (including price). The EN700 PRO gets 4.5 stars for design and build (minus half star for cable jack issue), 4.5 stars for fit and ergonomics, 4 stars for sound quality, and 4 stars for accessories. They are a solid performer with an awesome design and look. Their sound rivals anything in their price range. Whether or not this sounds like the earphone for you, it comes down to a matter of preference. If it sounds like something you might like, it’s definitely something to consider trying or buying.

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Thanks for reading and happy listening!


Hisoundfi
Pros: balanced sound signature, all metal build, beautiful design, premium removable cable, leather case, price.
Cons: probably sounds cliché, but at this price point - none.


The product was provided to me free of charge for the review purpose in exchange for my honest opinion. The review was originally posted on my blog, and now I would like to share it with my readers on head-fi.

Manufacturer website: Simgot, available from MusicTeck and on Amazon.


Intro.

Entering a very crowded market, only a year after its introduction, Simgot already stepped it up from their original EN700 to EN700 Bass and now with the latest EN700 Pro release which I found to be impressive for a newcomer. Actually, I have a little confession to make. Awhile back someone sent me EN700 Bass version which I liked but never got a chance to review due to an overwhelming queue of samples. When I received EN700 Pro directly from Simgot, I was afraid it will meet the same faith, but I ended up liking it so much that I decided it's time for a full review which I would like to share with you today. So here it goes!

Unboxing.

Many will agree that it's hard to judge a product based on the packaging alone, and I had a few disappointments in the past where the product didn't live up to its expectations. But as they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression, that's why I still consider packaging presentation of the product to be important. In case of EN700 Pro, Simgot didn't disappoint with a clean "shadow" image of iems on the outside sleeve, and a cool company emblem/symbol on the cover of a sturdy gift-box underneath.

With a cover off, you will get an up-close look at EN700 Pro shells, sitting like a jewelry in a secure foam cutout, and a nice leather case below it. Underneath the foam, you will find a premium hybrid cable, and inside the case you will find a cleaning brush and 2 sets of eartips. Simgot refers to its name as being "simple and elegant", and that's exactly how unboxing of EN700 Pro felt.

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Accessories.

Don't expect a lot of accessories, but the one included were of high quality and without any unnecessary fillers. As already mentioned, you get a removable premium cable (more about it in the next section), 2 sets of S/M/L eartips with matching color stems, a cleaning brush, and a nice looking brown leather case. The case is probably made of pleather material, but it didn't feel cheap, actually a very nice compact case with a company logo on a flip cover.

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Eartips.

Eartips were organized inside of 2 credit-card size holders with cutouts for a neat storage. Both sets of eartips had a semi-transparent silicone cap and inner stems which had matching colors to go along with IEMs. In my case, I had Red (right side) and Black (left side) shells, and eartips had the matching red/black stems. Of course, it doesn't matter if you match the colors, it's all visual details which don't affect the sound performance. But I think it was a nice idea, showing how much attention Simgot pays to every detail. But there is more to this.

When you look closer into eartips cardboard holder, you will read that each set has its own characteristics and labeled as Type 1 or Type 2. Upon further examination, I found Type 1 to have a wider cap, wider bore opening, and a shorter stem vs Type 2 with a narrower cap, narrower bore opening, and a taller stem. From my personal experience of tip-rolling, these eartips will affect the sound due to a difference in seal (based on the cap size), and the shape of the bore opening which controls the sound flow coming out of the nozzle.

According to the description, Type 1 should be more balanced and revealing while Type 2 should have enhanced bass. Unfortunately, Type 2 eartips had a narrower cap which didn't form a good seal with my wide earcanal opening, so I wasn't able to test their enhanced bass sound performance. All the listening was done using large Type 1 eartips.

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Cable.

Making cable removable wasn't as much of a surprise, but rather a logical step for Pro version. I'm sure Simgot received a lot of feedback from their customers requesting removable cable which enhances the reliability of the product (you replace the cable if it breaks, instead of throwing away IEMs), and the ability to cable-roll, taking the advantage of other aftermarket wires.

So, while a removable cable with a common 0.78mm 2pin connectors wasn't a surprise to me, including a premium 8 conductor 6N purity single-crystal copper and silver-plated tightly braided hybrid cable - was a bonus! 8 conductor hybrid cables have been very popular lately (4 copper and 4 spc wires), but a typical quality budget cable with a similar wire config goes for at least half the EN700 Pro price.

I found cable to be very flexible, with a nice tight braiding, and no microphonics or memory effect. Straight 3.5mm gold plated headphone plug had a neat aluminum housing and a decent strain relief. Y-splitter is a plastic/rubbery mold, while chin-slider is metal and matches headphone plug aluminum finish/color. There was no memory wire, but instead a pre-shaped flexible earhook heatshrink tube.

The 2pin connector housing is almost transparent and slightly angled for a better wire fit over the ear. The only problem here is that L/R marking on the connector housing is nearly impossible to see. Wish the letters were a little more raised, or maybe have a bump-dot on the left side to distinguish one from the other.

While switching between a few of my aftermarket cables, here is what I found.

Stock vs Ares II (Cu) cable: very similar sound except Ares II adds a little more bass impact and more body to lower mids. As a result, the original cable makes Pro sound more transparent and more balanced, while Ares II copper cable makes it sound warmer and closer to EN700 Bass sound.

Stock vs ALO Ref8 cable: Ref8 has a wider soundstage, which is quite noticeable. In terms of a sound, overall signature becomes more balanced with a brighter tonality and more overall transparency. The balanced part of a sound comes from slightly reduced mid-bass impact, also making bass tighter and more controlled. On the other side of the spectrum, treble becomes crisper, airy, with more sparkle.

That's a beauty of removable cable, giving you the power to fine-tune sound of EN700 Pro even further. Is it necessary to upgrade the cable? It will depend on your sound preference, and the will to spend as much or twice as much on the cable as IEM itself.

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Design.

When the original EN700 was released, some referred to it as a mini HE1000 because its egg-shaped faceplate grill reminded many of HiFiMAN full size cans. The transformation of EN700 into EN700 Bass and now into the new EN700 Pro didn’t change the exterior design that much, just added more colors and a removable cable. The shells are still carved out of a single piece aviation quality aluminum using advanced 5-axes CNC engraving and milling machine. The shell finish is anodized and comes in various color combinations such as red/blue, red/black, all red, blue, gray, and black.

The shells are not super light since this is an aluminum material, they do have a little bit of heft with 6g each, and I love the feel of cold metal to the touch, but they are still lightweight enough and feel very comfortable in your ears. I gotta give Simgot credit for a very ergonomic design with an excellent fit. The nozzle has a perfect length and angle, with a lip at the tip to keep eartips from sliding off. A screen guard covers the nozzle to keep earwax away from the dynamic driver. There is an air vent at the base of the nozzle at the top of the shell, and you can also find a bold R/L marking, though when you have shells in different colors you don’t even need that.

The faceplate looks like a grill, but it’s only for decoration. EN700 models are NOT open back iems, and have a decent isolation and hardly any sound leakage. The 2-pin connector socket integrates nicely, and when cable is attached – it looks identically flushed with a shell like in EN700 Bass. As a matter of fact, EN700 Bass design already looked like it had a detachable cable, while Pro makes it a reality.

Inside, there is a single dynamic driver with a polymer composite titanium-plated diaphragm and N50 super magnetic circuit. I know, it sounds like a lot of marketing buzz words, but in reality, it all adds up to a rather impressive sound tuning I will talk about in the next section of my review.

I’m a fan of tastefully done all metal shells, and found Pro design to hit all the checkmarks in my book. Not just a comfortable design, but also a comfortable attachment of the over-ear wire to keep these IEMs secure in my ears.

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The fit.

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Sound Analysis.

I did put EN700 Pro through about 100hrs of burn in, and found it to have a balanced fuller body sound signature with a slight tilt toward low end lift and a neutral-warmish natural tonality. It has a surprisingly good retrieval of details, not on a micro-detail level since we are not talking about bright revealing sound sig, but a resolving natural sound with plenty of clarity considering how smooth the sound is.

Low end has a very good extension down to a rumbling sub-bass and some mid-bass lift. The bass has an average attack and decay, not too fast or too slow, very typical of a dynamic driver performance. It's not necessary the tightest or the most articulate performance and has a little bit of spillage into lower mids, but it's very nicely emphasized without being overwhelming or muddying the sound. Overall, the bass is smooth and punchy, and under a reasonable control. I noticed that quality of bass remained quite similar across different sources.

Lower mids are a little north of neutral, adding to a fuller body of the sound without making it veiled or muddy. Upper mids are clear and detailed, as mentioned before, not too revealing or micro-detailed, but with a natural organic tonality, great with both male and female vocals. Mids are balanced relative to lows and treble, and overall smooth and detailed.

Treble is clear and well defined, but not as crunchy or airy. It's tuned more toward the smoother side, very well controlled. It has just enough definition to give the sound decent clarity and details, but very conservative when it comes to airiness and extension.

The layering and separation is average, which is typical of neutral-warmish tonality, and sound is relatively transparent, scaling up with better sources. I mean, vocals and instruments are easy to distinguish, though I hear less air between layers, but it never gets congested or veiled.

Soundstage has above the average width, with more depth than width creating a bit more space in front of you, extended a few rows ahead, further. As a result, to my ears the positioning of the instruments and vocals is grouped closer, but you can still easily pin-point everything.

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Pair up.

Considering lower sensitivity of 101dB, I was already expecting EN700 Pro to require my sources to be pushed a little harder.

Cowon Plenue 2 and R - expanded balanced sound, excellent retrieval of details, tight punchy bass, nice sub-bass rumble, neutral lower mids, detailed upper mids, crunchy treble.

Cayin N3 - wide soundstage, excellent sub-bass rumble, tight punchy articulate bass, neutral lower mids, layered transparent upper mids with excellent retrieval of details, crisp well-defined treble.

Shanling M2s - expanded balanced sound, punchy bass with a little less sub-bass rumble, but mid-bass is still tight and punchy, upper mids are a little more revealing, and lower treble has more sparkle and crunch.

Shanling M3s - expanded balanced sound, tight punchy bass with a nice sub-bass extension and well controlled sub-bass rumble, a little more than M2s but not as much as N3. Neutral lower mids, clear revealing transparent upper mids, and well defined crisp treble.

theBit Opus#1 - expanded balanced sound, tight punchy bass with a great sub-bass rumble, neutral lower mids, clear detailed upper mids, though a little less transparent in comparison to N3 or M3s. Crisp bright treble, not as harsh but a touch brighter.

FiiO X5iii - expanded soundstage, nice punchy bass, but a little less sub-bass rumble and mid-bass is not as tight. Lower mids are a little north of neutral, and upper mids are detailed but smoother and more organic. Treble is crisp and well defined.

Galaxy Note 4 (phone) - expanded soundstage, nice sub-bass rumble, punchy mid-bass, neutral lower mids, clear detailed upper mids, a little smoother and not as transparent but with good level of detail retrieval. Treble is well defined, just a little smoother.

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Comparison.

I think the main comparison everybody will be curious about is EN700 Bass vs EN700 Pro.

These have a very similar soundstage expansion, with above average width and more depth. Pro sounds a little more open which creates a perception of more width and depth when compared to Bass version.

Overall tonality and signature has changed. Bass version having a stronger mid-bass impact with a slower decay that spills more into lower mids, making sound a little more congested and more L-shaped in comparison. Pro version bass is tighter and has more control. In lower mids, Bass version is thicker and warmer, while Pro version is more neutral in both quantity and tonality. Upper mids are clear and detailed in both version, though Pro has upper mids more transparent and better defined. With treble, also you can hear a noticeable difference where Pro version has more clarity, better definition, more crunch and airiness.

Overall, true to its name, Bass version will appeal more to a crowd who wants L-shaped tuned iem with thicker detailed mids, natural tonality, and doesn't care as much about treble sparkle. While Pro version has a more neutral tuning due to a better controlled and more balanced bass and more revealing treble. Of course, the icing on the cake is a removable cable which can fine-tune the sound even further with Pro version.

Here is how it stacks up against a few other IEMs.

EN700Pro vs P1 - P1 is harder to drive, has the same soundstage width, Pro has deeper sub-bass, tighter mid-bass and overall more controlled bass with a faster punch. Lower mids are similar, neutral, upper mids are more revealing in P1, while Pro is revealing but more natural, while P1 has a lot crisper, harsher treble; Pro treble sounds more natural and smoother in comparison.

EN700Pro vs CKR10 - very similar soundstage and overall tonality, both have a deep sub-bass rumble, punchy mid-bass, though Pro is a little softer in comparison, neutral lower mids (Pro is a little more neutral, while CKR10 has a little more body), and detailed upper mids. CKR10 upper mids are more forward and little brighter. Both have a crisp well defined natural treble.

EN700Pro vs New Primacy - very similar soundstage width, and neutral signature. Both have a very similar bass, though Pro has a deeper sub-bass rumble. Primacy lower mids are a little fuller with more body, while Pro is more neutral. Also, Primacy upper mids are more organic, smoother while Pro is a little more revealing and a touch thinner. Pro has a crisper treble with more sparkle, while Primacy treble is also well defined, but not as crisp and with less airiness.

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Conclusion.

I have to say, Simgot really did their homework. Everything from a striking design of the shells, to all metal build quality, from a very ergonomic shape with a comfortable fit to a removable 8-core cable, and from a generous selection of two types of eartips to a good looking leather case. But it's not only about the looks, the design, and the accessories, but also about the sound tuning which is balanced, smooth, natural, and yet still detailed, and pairs up great with many sources. Lately, I have been reviewing a lot of high end flagships, and it's easy to get spoiled by their luxury, making it difficult to switch to "budget" IEMs afterwards. With EN700 Pro I found this switch to be still very enjoyable. Simgot definitely raised the bar with their latest release!
Pros: Interesting, comfortable design - Balanced, refined sound - Flawless integration of the 2-pin removable cable
Cons: Cosmetic issues; right ear piece only
Greetings Head-fi!

Today we're checking out the new EN700 from Simgot.

Simgot is not yet a well-established brand being founded only in June of 2015, but in their two short years on the market have made quite a name for themselves with their EN700 lineup of earphones. The original EN700 turned heads with a unique design that seemed to take design inspiration from high end planar magnetic headphones, evident by it's slatted grills- and egg-shaped housings. Once they got into the hands of customers, feedback showed they sounded about as good as they looked. The EN700 was followed by a revised version called the EN700 Bass which, as you would expect, filled out the low end. Now we have the EN700 Pro. The Pro builds upon it's predecessors with the addition of slickly implemented removable .78 2-pin cables but retains the same basic design and features.

I've spent nearly a month with the EN700 Pro, it's use being intermingled with more expensive and well-regarded products like the Campfire Audio Polaris and FLC 8S. I have come away mighty impressed with what Simgot has accomplished with their sub 200 USD, single dynamic offering. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Disclaimer:

A huge thanks to Sabrina from Simgot for sending over the EN700 Pro free of charge in exchange for a fair and impartial review. The thoughts within are my own and are not representative of Simgot or any other entity. There is no financial incentive for writing this.

At the time of writing the EN700 Pro could be picked up for 149.00 USD:

www.simgot.com/en

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0761VY1YP

Source:

For at home use the EN700 Pro was powered by a TEAC HA-501 desktop amp or straight out of my Asus FX53V laptop. For portable use it was paired with an LG G5, HiFi E.T. MA8, HifiMan MegaMini, or Shanling M1, all of which brought it up to listening volume without any effort. The EN700 Pro can be driven comfortably by pretty much anything. I recommend running them amped if the option is available, as they scale nicely with more and cleaner power.

Personal Preferences:

I listen primarily to various EDM sub-genres (liquid drum and bass, breakbeat, drumstep, etc.), hip hop, and classic rock. While I enjoy a variety of signatures in my headphones I generally lean towards slightly warm with elevated treble and sub-bass, an even and natural mid-range response, with reduced mid-bass. The HiFiMan RE800, Brainwavz B400, TinAudio T2, and thinksound On2 offer examples of signatures I enjoy.

Specifications:
  • Sensitivity: 101dB / mW
  • Impedance: 16Ω
  • Frequency response range: 15-40000Hz
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Packaging and Accessories:

The EN700 Pro's monolith-like packaging with it's matte black on gloss black color scheme certainly stands out. If I saw it alongside more standard packaging in a store, I would want to take a closer to see what this mysterious box was all about. The exterior sleeve shows a number of aspects of the earphone like the ear pieces, jack, and y-split, along with the all-important specifications on the back. Also proudly on display is a legitimate 'Hi-Res Audio' sticker showing official certification by the JAS and JEITA.

Sliding off the sheath reveals a nicely textured and expensive feeling box printed with the word Suzaku, and a stylized image of the bird itself above. To put it simply, it looks cool. I wonder if the Suzaku was inspiration for the iconic Pontiac Firebird decal? Lifting the lid whose inside is lined with foam for extra protection, reveals the earpieces and a gorgeous, well-constructed faux-leather carrying case. All in you get;

  • EN700 Pro earphones
  • High quality 6N single-crystal copper and silver-plated, braided cable
    Carrying case
  • 3 pairs of wide bore silicone tips (s/m/l)
  • 3 pairs of small bore silicone tips (s/m/l)
  • Cleaning brush
  • Velcro cable tie
  • Warranty card
  • Manual
The number of accessories provided is adequate for the price, tied together with a neat and tidy presentation. It's a very nice unboxing experience.

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Build, Comfort, and Isolation:

To my eyes and fingers, the EN700 Pro is both wonderful to look at and fantastic to hold. Even though the right (red) ear piece has a couple little niggles that wormed their way though quality checks, they're minor visual blemishes that do not detract from the great build and design, unless you're actively hunting for something to complain about. What are those minor issues? There is some glue visible, some of the fabric behind the grill was feathering out of place, and the grill itself isn't quite seated correctly. Keeping these items in the back of your mind, the EN700 Pro is otherwise immaculately built with very low tolerances between individual parts that make up each ear piece. This is quite evident where the cable plugs in. If you didn't already know the cables were removable, you'd be hard pressed to tell just by looking at the EN700 Pro given the feature is integrated to naturally into the design.

The cable is also quite good. The 8 strands are very tightly braided and feel quite durable, even above the y-split where I find cables in this price range tend to thin out a bit too much for comfort. Not the case here. The straight jack is metal with a classy black accent and well-relieved to protect the cable. The y-split is absent of any relief, but at least you've got a very effective chin cinch which I'm glad is present. I found microphonics (cable noise) louder and more obnoxious than preferred, which the cinch helps to greatly alleviate. I also noticed some mild memory retention for small kinks and bends, similar to the performance of the cable on the TinAudio T2.

Comfort is a standout too, not something I was expecting due to the odd, ovular design. The EN700 Pro is one of those earphones you can confidently pop into your ear and get a stable fitment and good seal near instantly, pending you selected the right tips. The housings are well-rounded and the nozzle long enough to provide a secure, medium depth insertion. Combined with the preformed and effectively shaped ear guides, it all comes together to provide you with a positive wearing experience. Simgot's design is a nice go-between for barrel-shaped iems which tend to droop and tug at your ears, and low profile Shure-styled designs that completely fill your outer ear.

While the EN700 Pro doesn't highly isolate you from the outside world, it's not terrible either. I found them fine for walking around the city as cars and voices were dulled enough for me to enjoy my music without the need to crank the volume to compensate. I also noticed that despite the slatted design, wind noise was kept to a comfortable minimum, something that can easily hinder an earphone's usability when worn outside.

Keeping in mind the mild QC issues of my pair, I found the EN700 pro very well constructed with a night quality, though slightly noisy cable. Comfort and fit are above average and isolate is acceptable, not spectacular.

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Sound:

Tips: The included tips work really well with the EN700 Pro. While I did try my usual third party options (Sony Hybrids, UE600 tips, etc.) I didn't feel it necessary to stick with them and did all my testing with the stock wide bore mediums(Eartip I). The large stock small bore tips (Eartip II) also sounded and fit very well, but I preferred the more balanced and slightly less bassy presentation of the wide bore set.

The EN700 Pro provides you with a very engaging signature that is fairly even through the treble, mid-range, and bass. I didn't find any notable emphasis, except possibly in the lower treble, though this could be softened with the Eartip II selecting which shifts emphasis to the mid-bass region. The slight warmth inserted into it's sound gives them a very natural and smooth presentation. It feels almost like a direct upgrade from TinAudio T2, adding in some extra detail and refinement, and grunt to sub-bass regions, all while fleshing out the sound stage even further while maintaining a similar tonal quality. It makes for a great listen.

The EN700 Pro's treble is crisp and accurate with great speed and a natural presence. Extension is impressive without becoming strident or inducing sibilance. Cymbals hit with authority and lack any sense of tizziness or failed control, and are presented with an adequate rate of decay. Chimes sparkle and shimmer realistically and it's all heard with a spacious airiness.

Heading into the mid-range, which I found set back just a touch compared to the treble, the EN700 Pro has a very clear presentation. Male and female vocals are equally represented and tonally accurate. The mid-range here has a very satisfying heft and thickness to it that makes lush and textured performances especially emotional and engaging.

The EN700 Pro's low end is well-rounded too, with a solid mid- and sub-bass balance. The bass here is really only present when called upon. This can lead to moments where the bass presence feels lacking, and at other times big and brash. It tends to vary quite a bit from track to track which I suppose can be though of as both a positive and a negative. Those who want an earphone that plays more true to the recording should be satisfied with what the Pro puts up.

All of this plays within a large and dynamic sound stage that is deep and wide with a solid sense of height as I noticed when using them for gaming. Imaging is precise with clean and detailed transitions between channels. Sound is issued in a very layered presentation with clear separation between instruments and effects. Out of similarly price earphones I have on hand, only the B400 is superior in these regards.

Overall the EN700 Pro makes for a great listen. Their signature is balanced and detailed with impressive clarity and technical performance. I appreciate the even presentation between bass, mid-range and treble and that the low end is capable of some serious heavy lifting if required.

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Select Comparisons:

Tin Audio T2: I consider the T2 a budget version of the EN700 Pro, but with a less bassy, more neutral signature. They share a lot of positive qualities, such as above average layering, imaging, and separation, a great cable, fantastic build quality, great fit and comfort, and their general tone and presentation. The EN700 Pro just does the audio portion of it all that much better, most notably in terms of extension. Treble reaches higher, and sub-bass digs lower and with a more visceral presentation.

Echobox Finder X1: The Finder and EN700 Pro are very different takes on a single dynamic. The Finder is much, much smaller with a more traditional, barrel-shaped iem fit permitting cable up or down wear. It's cable is fixed unlike that on the EN700 Pro. While the EN700 Pro is nicely built, the Finder is spectacular with my only qualm being levied at the delicate filters.

In terms of sound, the Finder has some large treble peaks that tend to define it's signature. It lacks the treble control of the EN700 Pro with cymbals coming across quite splashy in comparison. It also places a larger emphasis on sub-bass and reduced mid-bass giving a less balanced sound. While it's presentation is somewhat thin compared to the EN700 Pro in the upper regions, their mid-ranges are comparably thick and prominent. Bass control is excellent all around with both offering up a punchy, visceral feel. The EN700 Pro does a better job pulling micro-details and with imaging accuracy, but I find the Echobox's presentation more open and spacious, possibly due to their slightly thinner presentation. Overall the Finder comes across more v-shaped due to the emphasis placed on the extremities of their sound, and it's treble can occasionally be too aggressive and unforgiving.

Brainwavz B400: The EN700 Pro and B400 couldn't be much more different; CNC machined aluminum housings with a single dynamic and removable 2-pin cables vs. 3D printed acrylic housings with quad balanced armatures and removable MMCX cables. Despite these differences, I found the two tonally similar, though with some significant differences. The B400 lacks the end-to-end extension of the EN700 Pro with noticeably rolled off bass and treble and a more forward mid-range. The EN700 Pro places more emphasis on treble and sub-bass in comparison giving it a more vibrant, engaging sound.

Where the B400 stands up is in terms of imaging, layering, and separation. The EN700 Pro is no slouch in these qualities, but doesn't do as good a job at separating and layering instruments as the B400, nor with moving sound with the same nuance and details. This comes as no surprise to me as I found the B400 to bat well above it's price point in these qualities. The B400 also improves upon the EN700 Pro in terms of detail retrieval while at the same time being a smoother, more refined listen.

Final Thoughts:

The EN700 Pro is a very well-rounded earphone. It's design is mature and interesting with great thought put into the flawless implementation of it's removable cables. It's sound is vibrant and balanced with no real quirks, like a notable treble spike over over-boosted mid-bass. Even the packaging is high quality with great accessories. The faux-leather carrying case gives the EN700 Pro a premium feel and the included tips provide a subtle but noticeable, and accurately advised change to the sound signature.

Despite being a new company with only a few variants of the same earphone under their belt, Simgot knows how to make a refined and mature product. Heck, they even back it up with a one year warranty to provide their customers with that extra bit of piece of mind. If in the market for an earphone around 150 USD and want something with a versatile signature and quality build, the EN700 Pro is well worth a look.

Thanks for reading and thank you once again to Sabrina at Simgot for the review opportunity.

- B9Scrambler

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Some Test Tunes:

Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (Album)
Hail Mary Mallon – Are You Going to Eat That? (Album)
King Crimson – Lark’s Tongues in Aspic (Album)
King Crimson – Starless and Bible Black (Track)
Supertramp – Crime of the Century (Album)
Infected Mushroom – Legend of the Black Shawarma (Album)
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (Album)
Massive Attack – Mezzanine (Album)
Fleetwood Mac – Rumors (Album)
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels (Album)
The Prodigy – The Day is My Enemy (Album)
Tobacco – F****d Up Friends (Album)
Felt – Felt 2 (A Tribute to Lisa Bonet) (Album)
Michael Jackson – Thriller (Album)
The Crystal Method – Grace (feat. LeAnn Rimes) (Track)
Jidenna – Long Live the Chief (Track)
Skrillex – Ragga Bomb (Track)
Big Grams – Run for Your Life (Track)
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (Track)
Aesop Rock – Fishtales (Track)

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Pros: Value, Build Quality, Sound Quality, Clarity, Balance, Comfort, Fit
Cons: Slightly mid-forward (I don't see this as a con, but some might)

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INTRODUCTION

I've stuck to a couple of rules since I first started reviewing and getting samples sent to me. The first was not to openly solicit review samples (it helps keep me at a distance from the manufacturer, so I'm less likely to show overly positive bias). The second rule works similarly – treat any sample as borrowed (unless I buy it – and I do buy the things I want to keep). Both rules have served me well so far.

What has been really nice is when a new company contacts me out of the blue, and asks if I'd like to review something. That was the case with Simgot Audio. I was contacted by Sabrina, and she asked if I'd be willing to take one of their new IEMs for a spin. It was the EN700 Pro, and I have to admit I was curious about the models I'd seen others reviewing – were they really as good as everyone was saying? I remember seeing the quite funky design and thinking to myself – could they actually be that comfortable? I'll try and answer some of these questions in the following review. Welcome to the Simgot Audio EN700 Pro – now lets take it for a spin.


ABOUT SIMGOT AUDIO

Simgot Audio is a Chinese earphone company first formed in 2015. Sabrina tells me that the company specialises in the design and manufacture of audio devices, and at present that seems to mainly encompass their EN700 series – standard, bass and pro versions.

In their own words : “Simgot is committed to provide music lovers with the most cost-effective and prestigious Hi-Fi headset products. Adhering to the best innovation, Simgot shows full respect for intellectual property and design, taking art designs, refined technology, superior listening comfort, impeccable service and product innovation as requirements and standards.”

They can be found at Facebook HERE, or their product range viewed at their website HERE. My time so far with Sabrina has been excellent - and they have been more than willing to answer my questions regarding their technology.


DISCLAIMER

The Simgot EN700 Pro that I’m reviewing today was provided to me gratis as a review sample. I have made it clear to Simgot that I still regard any product they send me as their sole property and available for return any time at their request. But I thank them for the ability to continue use of the EN700 Pro for follow up comparisons. I do not make any financial gain from this review – it is has been written simply as my way of providing feedback both to the Head-Fi community and also Simgot themselves.

I have now had the EN700 Pro a little over 5 weeks. The retail price at time of review is USD 149.99, and will soon be available via Amazon, or purchased direct from their website.

PREAMBLE - 'ABOUT ME'. (or a base-line for interpreting my thoughts and bias)

I'm a 50 year old music lover. I don't say audiophile – I just love my music. Over the last couple of years, I have slowly changed from cheaper listening set-ups to my current set-up. I vary my listening from portables (mostly now from the FiiO X5iii, X7ii and iPhone SE) to my desk-top's set-up (PC > USB > iFi iDSD). My main full sized headphones at the time of writing are the Sennheiser HD800S, Sennheiser HD600 & HD630VB, MS Pro and AKG K553. Most of my portable listening is done with IEMs, and lately it has mainly been with the Jays q-Jays, Alclair Curve2, 64 Audio U10 and LZ Big Dipper. A full list of the gear I have owned (past and present – although needs updating) is listed in my Head-Fi profile.

I have very eclectic music tastes listening to a variety from classical/opera and jazz, to grunge and general rock. I listen to a lot of blues, jazz, folk music, classic rock, indie and alternative rock. I am particularly fond of female vocals. I generally tend toward cans that are relatively neutral/balanced, but I do have a fondness for clarity, and suspect I might have slight ‘treble-head’ preferences. I am not treble sensitive (at all), and in the past have really enjoyed headphones like the K701, SR325i, and of course the T1 and DT880. I have a specific sensitivity to the 2-3 kHz frequency area (most humans do) but my sensitivity is particularly strong, and I tend to like a relatively flat mid-range with slight elevation in the upper-mids around this area.


I have extensively tested myself (ABX) and I find aac256 or higher to be completely transparent. I do use exclusively red-book 16/44.1 if space is not an issue. All of my music is legally purchased (mostly CD – the rest FLAC purchased on-line). I tend to be sceptical about audiophile ‘claims’, don’t generally believe in burn-in, have never heard a difference with different cables (unless impedance related etc), and would rather test myself blind on perceived differences. I am not a ‘golden eared listener’. I suffer from mild tinnitus, and at 50, my hearing is less than perfect (it only extends to around 14 kHz nowadays). My usual listening level is around 65-75 dB.

For the purposes of this review - I used the Simgot EN700 Pro straight from the headphone-out socket of most of my portables. I did not generally further amp them (I did test them with my E17K, A5 and IMS HVA), as IMO they do not benefit greatly from additional amplification (YMMV and it may depend on your source). In the time I have spent with the EN700 Pro, I have noticed no change to the overall sonic presentation (break-in), although I know that Simgot recommends it. Time spent now with the EN700 Pro would be easily 30+ hours.

This is a purely subjective review - my gear, my ears, and my experience. Please take it all with a grain of salt - especially if it does not match your own experience.


THE REVIEW

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES
The EN700 Pro in a rectangular retail box consisting of a printed outer sleeve over a box and lid. The retail sleeve is approx 130 x 200 x 47mm, charcoal grey, and has a graphic (in black) of the Simgot EN700 Pro on the front cover (along with Sony Hi-Res logo), and specifications + exploded diagram of the EN700 Pro on the rear.

Outer boxInner box
The inner box has a textured black outer surface, and simply the words “Suzaku” and a graphic of the Suzaku or Vermilion bird on the top cover. Opening this reveals the EN700 Pro nestled safely in a foam holder, and also the included carry case. Underneath the top tray are further cut-outs, and this houses the included tip selection and manual.


The accessories include:
  • 3 pairs of silicone tips (S/M/L) – bass enhanced
  • 3 pairs of silicone tips (S/M/L) – mid/high enhanced
  • Leather storage case (large)
  • Cleaning tool (mine has been misplaced)
  • Maintenance and warranty manual.
  • 1 x 3.5 mm single ended two pin earphone cable
  • Simgot EN700 Pro IEMs
Full package contentsTuning tips
The storage case is 75 x 85 x 30mm (so reasonably big but still pocket-able). It is semi-rigid and consists of leather outer over a fabric lined inner. It is a rounded rectangular shape with a lift up flap, secured via a magnetic internal plate. It is engraved on the rear with the words “salute to art and science”. It gives reasonable protection for everyday use. The entire package is reasonable for this price point, although personally I'd also like to see at least some foam tips included

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
(From Simgot's packaging / website)
ModelSimgot EN700 Pro
Approx price$150 USD
TypeSingle Dynamic Driver IEM
Driver - Dynamic10mm polymer composite titanium plated diaphragm
Freq Range15Hz – 40 kHz
Impedance16Ω
Sensitivity101 dB (at 1 kHz)
Cable1.35, replaceable 2 pin (0.78)
Jack3.5mm gold plated straight
Weight33g with default cable and tips
Casing materialAluminium alloy and stainless steel

FREQUENCY GRAPH
The graph below is generated using the Vibro Veritas coupler and ARTA software. Ken Ball (ALO/Campfire) graciously provided me with measurement data which I have used to recalibrate my Veritas so that it mimics an IEC 711 measurement standard (Ken uses two separate BK ear simulators, we measured the same set of IEMs, and I built my calibration curve from shared data). I do not claim that this data is 100% accurate, but it is very consistent, and is as close as I can get to the IEC 711 standard on my budget.

I do not claim that the measurements are in any way more accurate than anyone else's, but they have been proven to be consistent and I think they should be enough to give a reasonable idea of response - especially if you've followed any of my other reviews. When measuring I always use crystal foam tips (so medium bore opening) - and the reason I use them is for very consistent seal and placement depth in the coupler. I use the same amp (E11K) for all my measurements - and output is under 1 ohm.

Any graphs are provided merely as a point of discussion, and later in the review I've included comparisons to other IEMs for similar reference.



My sonic impressions of the Simgot EN700 Pro – written well before I measured:
  • Bass performs well (sub and mid-bass), reaches low but is not over-emphasised. There is audible sub-bass rumble, so bass extension appears to be pretty good.
  • Lower mid-range does not sound recessed at all, and male vocals are well represented.
  • Upper mid-range is emphasised, and it is a definite colouration, but one I appreciate. Female vocals have a wonderful sense of euphony, and the bump gives very good clarity without losing overall tonality
  • Lower treble extension is good – but there appears to be some roll-off above about 7 kHz. Cymbal fundamentals are pretty good – but the decay is ever so slightly truncated (hardly noticeable in most tracks). It does contribute to a clean and clear sound though, and one that is thoroughly enjoyable.
  • Overall a well balanced earphone with an upper mid-emphasis
  • Channel matching is excellent

BUILD

External side of the shellInternal side of the shell
The first time I saw the Simgot shape I can remember thinking to myself that it just kind of looked weird. Its not until you get them in your hand that you realise how good the design is. The EN700 Pro has an eliptical body which has a flat patterned external face and very smooth and rounded internal face. The body measures approx 22mm across and 16mm in height, with a depth of approx 12-13mm. According to Sabrina, the body is a mix of aluminium alloy and stainless steel. It is two piece, but the join is so well managed, it is practically seamless.

From the frontFrom the rear
The external face is flat with an attractive vertical ridged pattern and the word Simgot on each side (vertically on the cable exit). The internal face is beautifully finished with no sharp edges and is extremely comfortable. There is a single port adjacent to the nozzle and L/R markings (very clear) on each side.

The nozzle protrudes on a slight angle up from the main body (so it is forward when worn properly). It is 6-7mm in length, has a diameter of 5mm, is mesh covered for protection, and has a generous lip.


Y-split and cinch3.5mm jack
At the top of each IEM is a 2 pin 0.78mm socket which sits flush with the EN700 Pro's body. The cable fits snugly and the connection is very sturdy. The cable is made up of 8 strands of 6N single-crystal copper with silver plating, and then coated with a flexible polymer coating. From the IEM to the Y-split, there are two twisted pairs, and below the Y split is a twisted quad. From the two pin male connector, there is a preformed wire loop which is flexible and quite comfortable, and also sits nicely (similar to FiiO's new F9). Because of the sturdiness and design, there is no need for strain relief. Simgot have also tested the cable (which is Kevlar fibre reinforced) to 400D on the Du Pont strain scale.

The y-split is a solid clear hardened rubber, and there is a well designed cinch above it. The Jack is 3.5mm, gold plated, straight, and features enough length to allow fitting to my iPhone SE with case intact. This would be one of the nicer cables I've come across aesthetically. Its lightweight, quite flexible, and only mildly microphonic (this disappears when using the cinch and some basic cable management). The cable is 1.3m in length although some of this is taken up by the preformed ear loops.

One minor point to note is that the cable wire (in my photos) is showing signs of greening (oxidation). It's just aesthetic – and Simgot have already recognised it as a fault, and corrected it for the retail releases. I will try to update the photos when the new cable arrives.


2 pin 0.78mm connectorsnicely braided cable
Internally the EN700 Pro utilises a 10mm polymer composite titanium plated diaphragm. This is coupled with an N50 ultra strong neodymium magnetic coil for precision. The EN700 Pro is certified high resolution (a frequency range from 15-40 kHz)

Probably the only thing I haven't mentioned yet (which I find quite endearing) is the red/blue shells. Normally the red would the right ear-piece (red = right) and blue would be left. With the EN700 Pro this is reversed.

As far as my impression of overall build and design goes – I can't really fault anything they have done.


FIT / COMFORT / ISOLATION

I'll start with the easy one (isolation), and we can then look at fit and comfort. Isolation is dependent on tip selection, and if you get a good seal, it is actually pretty good (about average for a vented dynamic IMO), but will not ultimately reach the high isolation of sealed BA IEMs. It would still be reasonably good for a busy street, or some forms of public transport though – although wouldn't be my personal choice for long haul flights.

Now we get to fit and comfort – and these thoughts are more subjective. As I said above, the EN700 Pro has an ergonomic body shape, with a good length of slightly angled nozzle, and for me personally they are extremely easy to fit – but the nozzle does give a relatively shallow in-ear fitting. They are designed for over-ear use. Anyone used to ergonomic over-ear designs should have no issues. They are extremely comfortable for everyday use.


Brilliant lip design means most tips fit easilyAnd the comfort is superrb
With the nice lip on the nozzle, I had no problem at all fitting practically any tip, and I have to also give Simgot kudos for the included tips. Normally I can't wear default single flange silicone tips – my wonky ear canals won't maintain a seal with a shallow fitting IEM. Simgot includes two types of tips – a thinner “mid/high” single flange and a more rigid “bass enhanced” tip. The “mid/high” tips wouldn't seal, so practically all the bass was gone. The “bass enhanced” tips sealed really well though.

I tried and had varying success with my usual go-tos, including large Comply, stretched Shure Olives, Spiral-dots, Sony Isolation, Ostry tuning tips and Spinfits. The beauty of the design is that practically everything worked, In the end though I actually stuck with the default tips giving the best mix of seal, clarity, and comfort.

The Simgot EN700 Pro sits nicely flush with my outer ear, and are comfortable to lie down with. I've slept with them often, and have no discomfort on waking. So the overall build and comfort is brilliant – how do they sound?


SOUND QUALITY

The following is what I hear from the Simgot EN700 Pro. YMMV – and probably will – as my tastes are likely different to yours (read the preamble I gave earlier for a baseline). Most of the testing at this point (unless otherwise stated) was done with my FiiO X7ii (single ended), no EQ, and default “bass” tips. I used the X7ii simply because it gives me a very transparent window to the music with low impedance, and more than enough power. There was no DSP engaged.

For the record – on most tracks, the volume level on the X7ii (AM3A amplifier module) was around 40-45/120 (on low gain) which was giving me an average SPL around 65-75 dB. Tracks used were across a variety of genres – and can be viewed in this list http://www.head-fi.org/a/brookos-test-tracks.


Relativities
  • Sub-bass – has really good extension and even at my low listening levels is audible, but there is no overly boosted emphasis and it sits extremely well within the overall frequency mix. There is some really good rumble to give presence which stops short of overshadowing vocals. I'm detecting no bleed into lower mid-range (masking of frequencies).
  • Mid-bass – pretty linear compared to sub-bass and slightly elevated (small mid-bass hump) compared to lower mid-range. It sounds quite natural but with good impact.
  • Lower mid-range – slightly recessed compared to bass and upper mid-range, but does not sound overly distant, and male vocal fundamentals have good strength.
  • Upper mid-range – elevated compared to lower mid-range, and there is a rise from 1 kHz to the main peak at 3 kHz. The result is a clean and clear vocal range, with extremely good overall cohesion and some real euphony for female vocals to sound sweet and elevated. This is probably the most coloured part of the entire frequency range – but especially for female vocal lovers, it is a colouration I really like.
  • Lower treble is sustained through to 7 kHz and then rolls off a little before picking up again in the upper treble. There is very good overall detail and clarity – but without too much etch or grain which some other IEMs overdo by trying too hard. Overall this area does not over-emphasise simply because the bass is so nicely balanced.

Resolution / Detail / Clarity
  • Really excellent overall clarity, and this was apparent on every track I tested. The dynamic driver Simgot is using is a really good one – and detail is brilliantly present without being too peaky or over-done.
  • Cymbal hits have very good clarity and overall presence, and really nice decay which doesn't seem to truncate at all, and its actually really nice to have such realism in a $150 IEM.
  • Overall I feel as though I'm hearing everything in the recording – and this is especially nice at my lower listening levels.
Sound-stage, Imaging
  • Directional queues are extremely good – very precise, and presentation of stage with the binaural track “Tundra” is definitely beyond the periphery of my head space – so really good sense of width and depth.
  • I've been using Netrebko and Garanca's rendition Lakme's “Flower Duet” to test staging depth lately. Its a live performance, and I've seen the video (it was after seeing it a few years ago that I immediately bought the album “the Opera Gala”). Toward the end of the track they retire to the rear of the stage and continue singing. The EN700 Pro captures it beautifully with a nicely spherically presented sound-stage – no issues with L/R dominance with this track. When the applause started at the end it was all around me too – enough to give me goose bumps. Brilliant!
  • Amanda Marshall's “Let it Rain” was my next track and it was again brilliant (very 3D like experience - the way the track was miked). There was the slightest hint of sibilance with Amanda's vocal – but again, its the way it is recorded – so not unexpected. What was good was that the sibilance wasn't enhanced, but the detail still shone through clearly.
Strengths
  • Overall tonal balance and clarity – while retaining a very smooth sonic presentation
  • very good sense of stage and imaging
  • Detailed at low listening levels
  • Reference sound with slight colouration or forwardness in upper mid-range area. Transition between lower and upper mid-range is extremely good.
Weaknesses
  • I'm really struggling to find one. This signature really does tick all my boxes. If anything – maybe a few dB off the first upper mid-range peak at 3 kHz, but that is really nitpicking.
AMPLIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

The Simgot EN700 Pro doesn’t need amplification for overall volume – and because its impedance isn't spectacularly low, any source with an output impedance of less than 2 ohms should pair OK. All of my sources are pretty low OI and I had no issues with tonality changes. I don't tend to notice hiss (older ears) – so no real issues for me with the EN700 Pro. However, I sweet talked my wife (she has practically perfect hearing still and can hear our cat walking on carpet), to test the X7ii and EN700 pro from the SE output. Even at close to max output there was no noticeable hiss – (no music playing of course!)


With my iPhone SE around 30% volume is more than enough with most tracks, and the new FiiOs are generally at around 45-50/120. I have tried the EN700 Pro with the E17K and also with my A5, but none of them seemed to be adding anything to my listening set-up other than some extra bulk.

RESPONSE TO EQ?

Why would you want to? I suppose that isn't a valid answer, so I played around with the X7ii's EQ dropping the 2-4 kHz sliders by 3 and 4 dB respectively. The change was actually pretty good, so I spent 10 minutes nulling, then later increasing, the bass. Each time the EN70 Pro reacted beautifully – further growing my respect for this IEM.

COMPARISON WITH OTHER IEMS

These comparisons were all done with the X7ii, (no EQ or DSP) – and volume matched using a calibrated SPL meter and fixed 1kHz test tone first. Choosing the comparisons, I wanted to firstly compare the EN700 Pro to a couple of the best performers in the sub $200 bracket (the MEE P1 and LZ-A4) and then look at other comparisons in higher brackets and see how it fared. So I ended up also comparing with the $250 Alclair Curve, and Rhapsodio's older ~$550 RTi1 single dynamic. Hopefully this gives enough insight to anyone interested in this IEM. Here are my very subjective personal thoughts:

Simgot EN700 Pro (~USD 150) vs MEE P1 (~USD 200)

Simgot EN700 and MEE P1Frequency comparisons
Starting as usual with build quality – both IEMs are extremely well made with permanent materials, smoothed edges, and good quality replaceable cables. Both are extremely comfortable to wear. The P1 does come with the extra cable, but it also requires amplification from weaker sources, as it is quite difficult to drive for an IEM. Isolation on both is very similar.

Sonically, these are two similar sounding IEMs, with slightly different flavours. The EN700 does sound cleaner and clearer (the slightly lower bass and bump at 6-7 kHz), and also a little thinner. The P1 sounds fuller, but also more distant (vocals), and has a bit of very top end splashiness which the EN700 Pro avoids quite nicely.

For the last 12 months, the P1 has been firmly on my list as one of the benchmarks in the sub $200 bracket. Its definitely found its match with the EN700 Pro. For my preferences the 700 Pro has better overall tonality, clarity, and is cheaper to boot.


Simgot EN700 Pro (~USD 150) vs LZ-A4 (~USD 200)

Simgot EN700 and LZ-A4Frequency comparisons
Overall build quality is once again excellent on both, and neither skimp on materials. Where the EN700 Pro has the LZ-A4 beat though is in ergonomics – it is simply very, very comfortable. With the right tips the LZ-A4 can be comfortable in its own right – but its not quite in the same ball park. Both have removable cables, but the Simgot cable is aesthetically a little nicer. The big advantage the LZ-A4 has or course is the tunable filters, and this can't be underestimated , as they really are implemented well.

Sonically the two (I used black/grey on the LZ-A4) are again very similar – probably more so than the P1. Both have an excellent and natural bass response, both are also extremely clear and clean (vivid is a word that springs to mind). The EN700 Pro is a little more forward in the upper mid-range, and overall is the brighter of the two earphones – but not excessively so. I love both earphones, and here the real choice is between the tuning capability of theLZ-A4 and the greater comfort, and default tonality of the EN700Pro at a considerably lower price. For my preference (if I had to choose) it would be the Simgot, but I would be happy with either. Both are brilliant.


Simgot EN700 Pro (~USD 150) vs Alclair Curve (~USD 250)

Simgot EN700 and Alclair CurveFrequency comparisons
The Curve has been my one constant over the last two years. Its the IEM I will never sell, and for me is an unsung hero somewhat on the Head-Fi wilderness. It is a dual BA IEM with an extremely close to reference tuning.

Build quality is fantastic on both IEMs, and despite the EN700 Pro having a metal shell vs the polycarbonate compound on the Curve, both are great examples of how well an IEM can be made. Comfort and fit are also great on both, but in this case, the Curve slips slightly ahead with its slightly more ergonomic shape.

Sonically these two have similarities, but where the Curve is quite flat, the EN700 Pro is more v shaped with far more prominent mid-range and lower treble. Because of this, the EN700 Pro is a lot more vivid, and vibrant, with bass that has more impact, and a far greater sense of euphony with female vocals. But it is also undoubtedly more coloured, and this one again comes down to preference.

The EN700 Pro would never replace the Curve – it is simply a different earphone, but it makes a nice compliment at a very affordable price. It's also not embarrassed at all in this comparison.


Simgot EN700 Pro (~USD 150) vs Rhapsodio RT1i (~USD 550)

Simgot EN700 and Rhapsodio RT1iFrequency comparisons
I chose this comparison simply because it pitted two very good single dynamic driver earphones against each other, regardless of price.

Build material choice is good on both, although for overall finish I thing the EN700 Pro actually looks a little better. The cable on the RTi1 is definitely a little more premium. Fit and comfort is extremely good on both.

Sonically I am reminded again for the P1 comparison. The RT1i is a more V shaped monitor with a definite upper-mid/lower treble peak centered at 5-6 kHz. The RT1i delivers a fun sound which I still very much enjoy, but there is some heat which comes with some definite sizzle (personally I prefer it EQ'd down a little), and vocals have a little more distance. The added bass make the RTi1 a little fuller, but also thicker and not as clean and clear. The EN700 Pro has less bass emphasis, but it seems more in line with the vocal presence, and the lack of the big peak makes a more coherent signature overall. For me – this is an easy one. The EN700P Pro gives a more vivid but also more balanced tonality for almost a quarter of the price.


VALUE

This is the big one for the Simgot EN700 Pro – it just represents incredible value. If I was auditioning this earphone without knowing the price, I'd honestly be expecting cost to be something in the $250-$300 range. When I first looked around and found it at $200, I told Sabrina then that it represented incredible value for what it delivered in tonality, build and overall package. When she told me it was intended for the RRP to be just $150 I was floored. If I had a wall of fame – this would easily go onto it.

SIMGOT EN700 PRO – SUMMARY

I've had an incredible amount of fun with these monitors, and would have had the review out a couple of weeks ago – but waited until the cable issues had been addressed. The good news is that it's given me the chance to put further time on them, and if anything my impression of them has strengthened (if that's possible).

The EN700 Pro combines excellent overall design with a good choice of permanent materials to deliver an IEM which not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but should also stand the test of time. Combine that with a good quality cable, extremely good fit and overall comfort, and you have half of a winning formula.

The second half of the formula is of course the tonality and sonic performance, and here once more the EN700 Pro continues to shine. What you get is a nice balance between bass, mids and highs, with a subtle bump in the upper-mids for a nicely coloured and euphonic monitor. Bass has good impact and extension, and this is equally matched at the other end with a detailed but non-fatiguing upper end.

The RRP at USD 150 belies the overall performance and I can thoroughly recommend these – especially for female vocal lovers. Are they 100% perfect – no. But they are pretty darn close, and at $150 I can't really give them anything but a perfect score.

I just want to close with thanking Sabrina for arranging the review sample. Simgot – I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!


Brooko
Brooko
Would need to know your personal preferences. Feel free to PM me - we can discuss
HUGO SILVA
HUGO SILVA
@Brooko
In your opinion, for POP music with female vocals like Demi Lovato, Rita Ora, Dua Lipa, Simgot EN700 Pro for $ 115 or B400 for $ 170, what would be the best sound at the best price? Thank you very much.
Brooko
Brooko
Personally I’d prefer the Simgot - it’s a little more dynamic with modern pop music.
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