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Universal Fit item created by Brooko, Oct 10, 2017
Pros - Natural yet detailed sound, Large soundstage, Great build, Excellent removable cable
Cons - Average isolation, Large housings, Some bass bloat
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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:
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:
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.
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.
The EN700 Pro comes in an all black sleeved box. This time around Simgot sports the Hi-Res logo on the box.
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
Model: EN700 PRO
Transducer unit: 10mm high magnetic composite moving-coil driver
Diaphragm: Polymer composite titanium plated diaphragm
Frequency response:15Hz --40kHz
Sensitivity:≥101dB (at 1000Hz)
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
Ear-tips (6 pairs)
Storage bag X1
Global Warranty & VIP card
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Thanks for reading and happy listening!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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:
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.
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.
Sensitivity: 101dB / mW
Frequency response range: 15-40000Hz
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
3 pairs of wide bore silicone tips (s/m/l)
3 pairs of small bore silicone tips (s/m/l)
Velcro cable tie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
***** ***** ***** ***** *****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)
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)
Picture are default 1200 x 800 resolution - click to view larger images.
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.
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)
Spoiler: Click here for a summary of my known preferences 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.
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
(From Simgot's packaging / website)
ModelSimgot EN700 Pro
Approx price$199 USD (Penon Audio)
TypeSingle Dynamic Driver IEM
Driver - Dynamic10mm polymer composite titanium plated diaphragm
Freq Range15Hz – 40 kHz
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!