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: 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.
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: 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: 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'm by far not the biggest audiophile around but I am sensible and look around before making a purchase. After reading some other reviews here I purchased these earphones and I'm glad I did. Comfort is great, the earphones wrap around your ear and sit comfortably without one popping out every so often. The clip is an added bonus too. Again I reiterate the point that I'm not the biggest audiophile but I feel these earphones are the best I've used to listen to music.
Summary: I've tried lots of different in ear headphones (Denon, Sennheiser, Sony etc) and the Sound Magic are the best. Have to make sure you use the correct buds though for your ears. They make a huge difference. Not given 5 stars as there is a cheaper model (PL30) that I had before these and I haven't noticed the difference for the price. Would go for the PL30 again next time.
The best thing you will ever buy in many lifetimes!!
ms m j ayers, Amazon
9 July 2014
Summary: I cannot recommend these highly enough! The sound quality on these is like nothing I have ever come across before. Even better, I have had these for 2.5 years now (roughly - I think) and I wind 'em around my player (have been through 3 players in this time) and shove them in my pocket and use them for daily running and even doing cleaning jobs and they are still going strong. Super, wonderful, great, fabulous. Buy them! NOW! Read my other reviews...