SoundMAGIC E10, E30 and PL50 Earphones (Playback 58)
9 July 2012
Excerpt: SoundMAGIC has been generating quite a buzz in the budget-priced earphone stakes recently, so I decided to check out three different models to see what all the fuss is about: the E10 ($35), the E-30 ($40), and the PL50 ($55). While some brands tend to stick with a single design approach for all their earphones, the various SoundMAGIC models offer a little something for everyone.
Excerpt: We check out a pair of Soundmagic E10 earphones , which you can currently pick up for less than £30… There’s a sad fact about the explosion of smartphones in the last few years which has led to more people than ever before having access to music on the move, and that is that more people than ever are exposed to the completely substandard headphones that the vast majority of companies include with their handsets.
Conclusion: It’s amazing what sound one can get nowadays for a price less than a dinner for two costs. It’s getting harder to justify buying high priced IEMs when quality gear like the Brainwavz M2 or the Soundmagic E10 are available for less than 50 bucks. Of course many high end IEMs might sound generally better, more refined in some aspects, or might have better build quality – but the law of diminishing returns is hitting harder and harder while inexpensive phones are getting...
Pros: Natural, dynamic, non-fatiguing sound quality, Great stereo imaging, Great price/value ratio
Cons: Housing diameter might be a bit big for smaller ears, Included silicone tips are not the greatest, Design could be a bit more subtle and minimalist
Conclusion: To test the SoundMAGIC E10 headphones, I took them out with me to a variety of locations to test the durability and sound quality of the E10s. Firstly, the sound. As I was walking through town I began to put the headphones in and connect them up to my iPhone. I pressed play and received the biggest shock of my life as Aces of Spades by Motorhead came on full blast after forgetting my volume was up as high as it could go!
Summary: These brilliant earbuds pack an awesome punch, excellent balance from treble to bass and loads of detail. A stylish and durable makes the E10s feel much more expensive than they actually are. UPDATE: The E10s now have a little weave in the cable as SoundMagic has been tweaking these budget belters.