Simgot EM2R Review

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The SIMGOT EM2 Roltion (EM2R) is an upgraded version of the original EM2 model and that is what I am reviewing today. The EM2R is a hybrid dual-driver earphone with 1DD+1BA and a detachable 2-pin cable. It utilizes the third-generation carbon nanotube (CNT) diaphragm. It’s priced at $109.

Disclaimer: This sample was provided by SIMGOT for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.

Simgot EM2R Review
Verdict
A crisp and light sound accompanied by authoritative lows makes the EM2R a dynamic and engaging IEM.
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Pros
Clarity and detail retrieval
Open and spacious sound
Satisfying sub-bass extension
Forward vocal presentation
Comfortable for long listening sessions
Cons
Aggressive pre-formed ear hooks on the cable
Slightly lean male vocals/lower mids
Slightly edgy treble
4
Our Score
WHERE TO BUY

Simgot EM2R

Specifications
  • Driver: 1x CNT dynamic driver + 1x Knowles balanced armature driver
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 109dB
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Cable: Detachable 0.78mm 2-pin SPC cable
  • Price: $109

Package and Accessories

I see a lot of packages these days but every now and then one really grabs my attention. The Simgot EM2R has one of those packages. Wrapped in a cardboard sleeve with a beautiful renaissance oriental-styled portrait on the front along with a mix of Chinese and English text, the box has a striking appearance.

The back of the sleeve is black with debossed print in rose gold colour. The text shows the model name in Chinese and English and has a list of specifications below. As for the actual box, it has a textured matte black finish with more debossed rose gold text and a gorgeous glossy black emblem.

The prestigious feel and experience continue as we get into the unboxing. I don’t talk a lot about boxes lately because frankly, a lot of people don’t seem to care. But this one is so nice I thought it deserved a mention. Anyway, here’s what you get in the box:

  • SIMGOT EM2R IEMs
  • Detachable SPC cable
  • 3x pairs of narrow bore silicone eartips
  • 3x pairs of wide bore silicone eartips
  • Faux leather carrying case
  • Extended warranty card
  • Silver brooch with SIMGOT emblem

Design

The shell design seems to be identical to the original EM2. The EM2R houses the third-gen CNT diaphragm. EM2R features clear acrylic shells and an aluminium alloy faceplate.

The shells are lightweight but durable and have metal nozzles with a protective mesh. Overall, the build quality feels excellent and I personally think they look fantastic too.

In terms of comfort, the EM2R can be amazing. I say “can” because I had issues using the stock cable because of its aggressive pre-formed ear hooks. Once I changed to a third-party cable with straight connector housings, the EM2R became extremely comfortable. I could happily wear these all day long.

Simgot EM2R design

Passive noise isolation is good too. With some music playing quietly, I can’t hear a single key press on my keyboard as I’m typing this.

Included with the EM2R is a 4-strand silver-plated copper cable. The straight plug, Y-split and chin slider are all aluminium. The 2-pin connector housings are a mix of clear plastic and metal. When it comes to handling, the cable is supple but is very prone to tangling because of the thinness above the Y-split and the overly aggressive pre-formed ear guides.

EM2R stock cable

Sound

Gear used for testing includes the xDuoo Link2 Bal, Yulong Aurora and Shanling M5s.

EM2R’s sound signature is a light V-shape, with a mostly neutral tone, boosted sub-bass and slightly forward treble. The result is a sound that exudes clarity mixed with elements of fun.

The most notable improvement I hear over the Simgot EN700 Pro (I didn’t hear the EM2) is the treble’s evenness and improved treble timbre. The Simgot EM2R is an efficient IEM and is therefore easy to drive. It will work fine straight out of a phone or dongle DAC.

SIMGOT EM2R frequency response
Bass

Mirroring a popular current trend, EM2R focuses on sub-bass extension with less emphasis on the mid-bass. It’s not as extreme as some of its peers; there’s still ample mid-bass punch to go along with the deep impact of the sub-bass.

EM2R’s bass exhibits good speed paired with satisfying, authoritative impact. Leading edges are well-defined and are delivered with more slam than thump but a natural decay gives bass notes fullness and weight.

EM2R internals
Midrange

The lower mids are a touch lean and could use a hint more body for fullness. As a result, male vocals are slightly thinner but they’re detailed and articulate. The leaner presentation helps create a spacious and open midrange feeling. At the same time, vocal positioning is upfront and engaging.

Listening to Bobby Womack’s “Games”, the vocals miss a bit of power but they’re brimming with clarity. The piano notes are clean and have a natural timbre. The saxophone might be a little short on richness but the stage presentation is spacious and uncluttered.

Treble

Treble notes sound crisp without any softening so I wouldn’t recommend this IEM for treble-sensitive listeners. The EM2R isn’t especially forgiving on inherently sibilant recordings either; I wouldn’t call it sharp but it’s slightly edgy. The treble has sparkle and good extension. There’s ample airiness and the trailing notes of cymbals and hi-hats have a natural, floaty sheen.

Soundstage and Technicalities

EM2R’s stage dimensions are a little larger than average. As a result of the tight bass, neutral mids and crisp treble, the stage is uncluttered and expansive. The overall resolution is about average for something in this price bracket. The sound is dynamic and vibrant with pretty good imaging to boot.

Simgot EM2R Roltion

Verdict

The Simgot EM2R is an IEM with a dynamic, light sound paired with authoritative but balanced bass. It inherits Simgot’s flair for design and attention to detail. If you’re looking for an earphone with both aesthetics and audio quality, this is one you should consider adding to your collection.

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