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Beautiful tone and detailing,
This review is from: SoundMAGIC E10 Earphones - Black/Red (Electronics)
Over the years I've had trouble with headphones and earphones. I'm a musician, music producer and music fanatic so I'm extremely critical about sounds coming into my ears. I've had various pairs of earphones and headphones in the past such as the Beyerdynamic DT 990's, DT 150's, some wesc's, a bunch of cheap skullcandy and JVC earphones, Koss portapro headphones (the list goes on so I'll stop here). The DT 990's have the best tone and detailing and are very durable (lasting me 4 years and still going strong) they also have a rather flat response, meaning nothing in the frequency spectrum will be over exaggerated and will sound true to audio, but its size and design means I can only wear it at home which is a problem. Now I researched alot on a pair of mid range earphones for when I go travelling with my ipod and laptop, originally I was going to go for a pair of Klipsch earphones which were around £90 but then I saw complaints about the durability and build quality of the Klipsch's which put me right off and by chance I came across the e10's, I later saw on various magazines they were highly praised earphones and even won various awards (I believe it won best budget earphones in What hifi) and bought them a week after finding them.
When they arrived I instantly noticed the build quality of the E10's; obviously they are not the most interesting of earphones aesthetically but the metal casing for the buds looks and feels high quality and durable. The cable was good, it's tangle resistant and looks unique and feels durable enough but I guess I was hoping it to be thicker. I could even notice that they put alot of care and attention into manufacturing and assembling these earphones seeing how consistent and tidy the overall product is (which is rare for something of this price) which is really reassuring since I would be using these on average for 8 hours a day.
Now the most surprising thing for these earphones is the sound. Obviously it's not studio quality but the tone is nice and warm, the response is relatively flat and really clear with extremely crisp highs, beautiful mids and a punchy responsive bass with nothing of the sort being exaggerated or harsh on the ears in any particular way. They honestly sound as good as my £450 Hi-Fi set-up and are not too far off my £150 Beyerdynamic headphones (as the E10's bass in comparison to these are not as spread out and flat). I have had these for a few months now and honestly I could mistake these for another typical £110 pair of earphones, it is an utter joy to have these things in my ears and the sound is magical. Maybe, the wire could be thicker (personal preference) and the wire guard used on the jack could use flexible rubber instead of rigid plastic. But honestly,these headphones are in a world of it's own and will make you love music more. So if you are looking for earphones at this price or to even £130 I would encourage you to give these a go.