Soundmagic E10 review
Review updated after head-to-head group test in January 2012
We get sent a lot of fairly expensive headphones to review, but while expensive earphones are often excellent, not everyone who's fed up with the free set that came with their MP3 player wants to spend over £50 on an upgrade. In fact there are many quality alternatives for much less than this, of which the E10 earphones are a great example.
While this set is within the budget of most listeners, it looks and sounds as good as many more expensive sets. It comes with a neat travel pouch, and a clip to keep the cable tidy. The metal, bullet-shaped earphones are finished in black and red, with distinctive red cabling. They fitted comfortably, regardless of whether we wrapped the cable round the back of our ears or left it hanging free.
The shells house dynamic drivers, and have a small opening to allow more natural reverberation of the sound and a better sense of space. This particularly lends itself to reproducing rich, vibrant bass tones with plenty of natural character, allowing us to really hear the reverberation of drum skins and bass strings. Despite the slightly open-backed design, the headphones barely leaked any sound – a bonus if you don't want to disturb others.
The treble and mid-range aren't compromised either – the earphones could sound very slightly harsh at high volumes, but were generally clear and well-balanced. There's plenty of volume all round, too; they're among the loudest earphones we've heard in quite some time. These are fantastic earphones for the money, particularly if you add a set of sound-isolating ear foams that would increase their ability to block noise. The E10 set is compatible with the T-400 Comply fitting. They're our Best Buy, not least because they sound almost as good as Shure’s SE215 earphones but cost half the price.
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