Saturday, July 30, 2016

Simgot EN700 Codename Suzaku Review

Pros: Solid build, A Lot of details and smooth high, the mid think and laid back at time depending on the source and the bass is great as expected from a dynamic driver.
Cons: Source dependent. Good source an amp will bring out this little gem potential ! Think Chord Mojo!
Disclaimer: I am not a professional reviewer and I am doing this out of love. I hate the over hype review found in most site and often lead me to buying a not so great product. So here I am trying to give you the most real impression based on my personal opinion and taste.

When I was doing my usual windows shopping this little gem caught my attention. And it is not hard to see why later! It just look like a mini Hifiman HE1000!

I decided to get it from http://www.shenzhenaudio.com/simgot-en700-in-ear-dynamic-earphone-24-original.html

I prefer to deal with this site than taobao cause they ship direct to my country anyway.



About Simgot EN700 Code Name: Suzaku

Copper bird (SUZAKU) was originally designed with a heavy sense of history while taking into account the elements and elegant , with reference to the four mythological creatures in the Chinese constellations. They are the Azure Dragon (Chinese: 青龙; pinyin: Qīng Lóng), of the East, the Vermilion Bird (Chinese: 朱雀; pinyin: Zhū Què) of the South, the White Tiger (Chinese: 白虎; pinyin: Baí Hǔ) of the West, and the Black Turtle (Chinese: 玄武; pinyin: Xuán Wū) of the North. Each one of them represents a direction and a season, and each has its own individual characteristics and origins. Symbolically and as part of spiritual and religious belief, they have been culturally important in China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. In the latter countries, they are known under the names, correspondingly: Cheongryong (청룡)/Thanh Long/Seiryū (せいりゅう), Jujak (주작)/Chu Tước/Suzaku (すざく), Baek-ho (백호)/Bạch Hổ/Byakko (びゃっこ), and Hyeonmu (현무)/Huyền Vũ/Genbu (げんぶ).

Simgot EN700 is a masterpiece encompassing a full metal IEM with great looks. But the most important element is the sound itself. Simgot want to create an IEM with HIFI sound.

Maybe if i mention that they are the same guy who made Ostry KC06A then you will feel right at home.

Specification:                                                                                  
Product Name: SIMGOT EN700 In Ear Earphone
Type: In-ear
Brand:  SIMGOT
Model:  EN700
Impedance: 24Ω
Headphone sensitivity: 101 ±3 dB/mW
Frequency range: 15-25000Hz
Degree of distortion: <1 101db="" p="" pa="">Sound track difference: <1 .5db="" 1000hz="" at="" p="">Power Rating: 10mW
Conductor: 25 * 0.05mm silver-plated oxygen-free copper wire antibacterial TPU
Interface: 3.5mm
Cable Length: 1.2m ±0.05m
Color: Silver
Whether with mic: No mic
Earphone plug type: Line type
Vibrating membrane: polymer composite diaphragm
Drive unit: 10mm ultra high magnetic composite dynamic unit


The packaging

The packaging clean ala Apple style.

The front of the packaging spot the design of the unique IEM. You will either love it or hate it. It is made of metal. Beautiful it is.


Behind the box contain the specification of the IEM and an explode view of the IEM.

When you pop open the box, there is another black box where you will see the bird SUZAKU!.



 This is how it looks like when you open the black box. You will be presented with the IEM and a beautiful leather pouch.



This is what you get in total package. You get plenty of tips to play with. It comes with a warranty card /VIP Card and also IEM cleaner to clean the ear wax from the IEM.



The IEM build 

 A close up of the IEM let you admire the beauty of it. Make no mistake it is not very heavy. Despite it looks it is actually very comfortable on your ear. It come with a memory wire which allow you to wear over your ear. Once you have the correct fit you will be smiling :)

 The headphone jack even have the engraving SIMGOT on it. This is call great detail in build!


The sound!


This is the most difficult part. I am not an english native speaking guy so describing something so abstract and analog like sound is not easy. Anyway i will try my best,

The DAP I use for this review is Onkyo DP-X1 and Chord Mojo



This IEM pair well with DP-X1. There is no need to trigger the Variable line out mode as the default have enough juice to power this iem.

Test music is
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean format: DFF Sample Rate: 2.8 Mhz
Spandau Ballet - True format: DSF Sample Rate 2.8 Mhz
Tsai Chin - Bei Wei Wang De Shi Guang Sample Rate:  2.8 Mhz

Overall it sounded neutral at least to my ear. It is not too bright nor warm.

High : It is detail minus the sibilance. I am always treble sensitive at hated sibilance iem. It is smooth.
         
Mid: I feel the mid is smooth but a lil laid back just like beyerdynamic T1,2. It gives you the sitting in front row of a concert type of feel. However if you feed this iem to Chord Mojo it kind of bring the mid forward and it become more musical too. Strange as it may sound but this iem is really source dependent. The reason i use the term a lil laid back because on some tracks i get the forward mid sound. Strange it may sound but this is true.

Bass: This is certainly not a bass head iem. The bass is just right in my opinion and is not muddy. It has no problem extending to sub bass region when required. It is fast and does not has slow decay like the JVC fx850

Soundstage: It has good ambiance and enough depth.

Overall:

At sub USD100 I really think this is a good buy. If you listen to a lot of jazz and old classic chinese female song then this is definitely a good match. I think the strength of this IEM is it is a very capable detail mid centric iem which is smooth and musical. It is not fatiguing to your ear and I can enjoy listening to it for hours. If you manage to pair the right DAP or AMP then you will certainly be rewarded! My favourite pairing is Onkyo  DP-X1 + Mojo + Suzaku!


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