Impedance: 26Ω±15%(@1kHz) Sensitivity: 119dB/Vrms(@1kHz) Frequency Response Range: 8Hz-40kHz Effective Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz Earphone connector: 0.78mm QDC
In the Box
Simgot EM6L IEMs
Detachable 0.78mm 2-pin SPC cable
Zipper carrying case
3x pairs of silicone eartips
The Simgot EM6L boasts glossy black resin shells paired with polished black aluminium faceplates adorned with subtle gold logos. This minimalist yet sophisticated design looks premium, defying its entry-level pricing.
I couldn’t spot any vents on the shells, but surprisingly, there’s no noticeable ‘cabin pressure’ or discomfort during extended wear. The nozzle diameter, slightly wider than the average, reminiscent of the Zero Red, securely holds ear tips in place even without a lip. The EM6L feels comfortable in my ears, making it ideal for extended listening sessions.
Included with the EM6L is a high-quality silver-plated copper (SPC) cable. This cable not only feels premium but also offers minimal microphonics, and it’s equipped with metal components, including a convenient chin slider. However, it’s worth noting that the angled plastic 2-pin connector housings, while a thoughtful design feature, might pose some fit challenges for certain users. In my case, I had to switch to a different cable to ensure a secure fit.
The EM6L boasts a mild V-shaped sound signature with a notable emphasis on the sub-bass. This tuning, while safe and inoffensive, stands out for its expansive soundstage that extends both wide and deep.
The sound exhibits an airy and ethereal quality, particularly in the upper frequencies. While this contributes to the sense of spaciousness, it may be perceived as lacking a touch of density and forwardness. This makes it an excellent choice for casual and relaxed listening sessions, but those seeking maximum engagement might yearn for a bit more directness.
In terms of resolution and detail retrieval, the EM6L performs slightly below average for its price range. Additionally, the imaging, while focusing on tonality, doesn’t deliver the utmost precision.
The Simgot EM6L IEM puts a distinct emphasis on sub-bass performance, providing a rich foundation. The sub-bass notes take centre stage, giving kick drums a pronounced depth and resonance, resulting in a thicker, darker sonic profile.
The mid-bass takes a back seat and is outweighed by the sub-bass, leaving it and the lower mids somewhat lacking in fullness. Importantly, this emphasis on the sub-bass doesn’t overshadow the clarity and articulation in the midrange and treble frequencies, although it imbues both with warmth.
The midrange has a fairly neutral tone and rounded notes, giving the sound an airy quality. When it comes to vocals, they come through clearly, although male voices lack power. Female vocals, on the other hand, aren’t shouty but lack density. There are times, especially in certain recordings, when the sub-bass notes can take a bit too much of the spotlight, dimming the vibrancy of female vocals. It’s a minor quibble in an otherwise good performance.
The softness in the mids ensures a spacious presentation but they’re slightly recessed with reduced transparency. While the mids can effectively convey emotion, they’re not especially dense or upfront.
The treble presentation on the EM6L is characterized by its inoffensive and gently softened nature. While it offers a sense of airiness, there is a noticeable diffusion in its delivery, resulting in a slight lack of density and precision. This tonal characteristic, though providing ample breathing room, doesn’t make it the most detailed or precise treble.
This softness in bite and precision extends its influence on percussion attacks and transients. These elements, crucial for conveying the dynamic impact and energy of the music, are somewhat restrained due to the treble’s subdued nature. But one thing’s for sure – it ensures a smooth treble that’s free of sibilance or sharpness.
The Simgot EA500 (review here) features a single 10mm dynamic driver. It has full metal shells compared to the hybrid resin and metal mix of the EM6L.
In terms of overall tonality, the EA500 sounds more dynamic and vibrant while the EM6L is easygoing and relaxed. The bass is tighter, faster and more evenly spread between the sub-bass and mid-bass.
The mids are more vibrant and brighter and have greater clarity on the EA500. The EM6L’s sound is darker and warmer albeit still spacious. However, the EA500’s brighter, crisper treble reveals more details and creates clearer imaging.
The 7Hz Legato (review here) takes a vastly different approach in its tuning compared to the EM6L. It’s rich, dense and upfront. It has a lot more bass presence, arguably crossing into basshead quality. Vocals are more intimate and have greater density. The treble takes a backseat in relation to the bass and mids but has a similar airy quality to the EM6L’s highs.
Legato’s stage position is forward, much closer to the listener. In contrast, EM6L’s stage is pushed back, expanding its soundstage but placing you further back from the music. I find the Legato a lot more engaging but those who want something closer to neutral may prefer the EM6L.
In summation, the Simgot EM6L IEM is a good option for casual listening sessions, providing a relaxed and easygoing sound. However, it falls short in terms of delivering heightened engagement and technical prowess. The lack of pronounced dynamics might leave some enthusiasts desiring more vitality in their sound.
Despite these critiques, I think that the EM6L still presents reasonable value given its price point. Many listeners will undoubtedly find enjoyment in its balanced tonality and comfortable sound signature. While it may not be a groundbreaking contender in the high-end audio realm, it holds its own as a solid choice for those seeking an accessible and pleasing sound signature.