Summary: This is a review for those non-audiophiles out there. Just someone who likes their music. I listen to pop, electric, trance, techno, jazz, and classical (well, synth classical, soundtracks for movies, games, anime...)
My unamped iPod touch 2G. No Equalizer app.
I have been using the JVC Marshmellows for a long time (since they are pretty good for throwing around. I mean, I am mildly abusive to my iems, I bring them with me everywhere.
The SoundMagic E30 come in one of the best packaging jobs I've ever seen. This is before I'm even able to see the packaging mind you. The E30 came securely wrapped with a brown cardboard box wrapped tightly around the actual package with either end having a label telling the user to fax a picture to SoundMagic if it had been tampered with or opened.
Pros: Pros: Sound is phenomenal for the price, packaging is great.
Cons: Cons: Build quality is lacking, comfort is an issue, slight microphonics
Summary: After few weeks of researching decided to buy these earphones, because everyone stated them to be balanced and not faiguing. And I was not dissapointed by my pick.
Sound is very qualitative and balanced, soundstage and imaging are also good, instruments have distance between them. Isolation is not the best but acceptable for me. Very comfortable and well built, but maybe not the best looking earphone.
Bass is not very fast but rather punchy.
Summary: Okay so even though i'm not an audiophile in the sense that I don't necessarily look for the most neutral, flat IEMs, I do want to enjoy the music I listen to (mainly rock/ classic rock) the best I can and have spent many hundreds of dollars over the last 3 years trying out different IEMs ranging from shures to etys UEs etc.
I never cared much for earphones that cost over a 100-150 because i never really manage to stick with a pair so I probably havent yet tried the...
Pros: amazing sound, cheap as sh*t, comfortable like all Soundmagics
Cons: Design and build quality questionable- feels plasticy and cheap, poor isolation
Summary: These are realy great IEMs, one of the best sq(balanced with plenty of bass).
greatest thing of these is comfort- same as pl50, so perfect. i can't notice that im wearing them.
Sq is like Xears TD4, Pl50 and e10, so near top tier.
i only wish that materials used would like pl50, not pl30 type.
Summary: These are best headphones under 40 USD. Try no further just buy these and you won't regret. They have balanced sound and yet not boring soundstage. Musicality is not traded off for accuracy and Accuracy is not traded off for musicality. Perfect mix of musicality and accuracy. Bass is good overall and plenty by audiophile standards but does not affect the remaining spectrum of sound. Treble perfectly balanced.
Pros: Value for Money, Dynamic sound stage, good for many genres
Summary: I don't normally go in for writing reviews but was so impressed with these that I thought I'd make an exception. Having lived for years with standard headphones that were supplied with the numerous audio devices purchased, thought I'd treat myself having read favourable reviews. Now I'm no audiophile but these bring the listening experience to a whole new level.
Summary: Bought these to replace a pair of PL30, they do look and feel more substantial and generally a more quality product, however they do not now include any foam earbuds just lots of pairs of silicon ones, I have quite small ears and can not get a decent fit with any of the supplied pairs.
Summary: These are great value headphones. I have a pair of expensive Shures and I'd rather have the E30's and £100 in my pocket.
The over the ear thing is a bit messy at first but you soon get used to it. I've listened to rock and some classical and they get the highs, lows and depth very well indeed for such a moderately priced item.
I've used Sony's at around the same price and there's no comparison - the E30's are far superior. Would recommend.