What’s crackin’ fam? In today’s review, we take a look at the Simgot EN700 Pro, a very stylish single dynamic driver earphone. This gorgeous IEM has a warm, detailed sound and is really nicely built. According to its website, Simgot means “Simple and Elegant”. Having seen the EN700 Pro in person I totally get it.
Simgot has a very interesting anti-forgery system to combat the rampant authenticity issues that exist in the Chinese audio market. The system consists of a unique 12-bit security code that’s added to the packaging which you can then use to test the legitimacy of your purchased earphones via their website. Cool right? Alright then, let’s dive in.
Official Simgot website: http://www.simgot.com/en
This sample was provided for the purpose of an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.
Simgot EN700 Pro Review
- Great build quality
- Nice included accessories
- Detachable cable
- Balanced and organic sound
- Aggressive ear guides may compromise fit
Package and Accessories
The EN700 comes in a sleeved cardboard box. On the outside is the dark grey sleeve which has a silhouette of the IEM’s on the front. The inside box is black and textured with a company emblem embossed on the front. The emblem is an image of a Suzaku which is (according to Wikipedia): “the bird guardian of the South and one of the Four Symbols of Chinese constellations”.
Removing the lid reveals the in-ear monitors seated in a foam insert. Below the foam is a beautiful faux leather carrying case. The case is magnetically sealed, has the brand logo on the front and has an inscription on the back that says: “Salute to Art and Science”. So here’s a list of what you get in the package:
- Simgot EN700 Pro earphones
- Faux leather carrying case
- 3 pairs of wide-bore silicone eartips
- 3 pairs of narrow-bore silicone eartips
- Cleaning brush
- Detachable 2-pin cable
- Warranty card
- User manual
The unboxing experience feels very classy and so far, everything feels very well thought out and premium.
Build Quality and Design
The egg-shaped faceplates with horizontal lines and glossy finish certainly make for a visually interesting housing. A raised, truncated oval shape covering the 2-pin sockets adds another visual feature, along with a thin, gold border. The end result is a very classy looking and robust earpiece that looks even more impressive when seen in person.
On the inner side, the shells have a very smooth matte finish. Towards the rear is an L or R marking, denoting the left and right earpieces respectively. There is a small vent near the bass of the nozzle to provide some air for the dynamic driver.
The nozzles have a well-defined ridge so eartips don’t slip off unintentionally and there is also the common protective mesh covering the nozzle opening.
Comfort and Noise Isolation
Looking at pictures of this IEM, I expected the fit to be pretty dodgy but it turns out the EN700 Pro actually fits in the ears really well (assuming the cable doesn’t cause issues – see the section below). The inner shells are extremely smooth and the housings are lightweight.
They’re also thinner than they look in pictures so they sit flush with the ears and do not protrude out at all. This would be a good earphone for lying down or sleeping. Sound isolation is average and noise leak is reasonably low.
The included cable is a braided 6N with a Dupont Kevlar shroud. It’s nicely constructed and strong but still pliable. At the top are the transparent plastic 2-pin connectors. Followed by pre-formed ear guides. There’s a tasteful metal, gold-coloured chin slider above the rubberized Y-split. The cable terminates in a short, metal 3.5 mm plug.
Overall the quality of the cable and its aesthetics are very good but I did have one serious issue with it. The pre-formed ear guides are very aggressively twisted and regardless of which eartips I used the ear guides would pull the earphones out of place and break the seal.
It became so frustrating that I had to switch to another cable in order to get a proper fit. Once I did this, the earphones fit like a glove. Your mileage may vary but if you do have any issues with the fit I’d suggest you try a different cable.
Gear used for testing includes the Shanling M5s and FiiO M6 as portable sources. For desktop use, I plugged into the FiiO K3 which is connected to my PC via USB. Extra amplification is not necessary as the earphones are easy to drive. They worked well with every source I tried, from smartphone to desktop amplifier.
The Simgot EN700 Pro has a mild V-shaped signature that is infused with a dash of warmth. It has a smooth, engaging character that manages to be quite detailed and resolving. The overall tonality is fairly even with no particular frequency taking precedence over the others.
Forming the basis of the EN700’s inherent warmth is its extremely linear bass. I would describe it as being just a little forward but in line with the rest of the spectrum. Sub-bass notes can give a deep rumble while maintaining a good tone and accurate timbre.
The mid-bass is punchy with a nice texture. Attack speed is moderate, a bit on the slower side but far from being loose or woolly. To my ears, it finds a really nice balance between accuracy and fun.
The midrange maintains the even character in the lower and core registers and gets a slight boost in the upper midrange. As a result of this tuning, male vocals are a little suppressed while female vocals are more vibrant and clear.
There are sufficient body and thickness in the midrange to make it sound natural and organic plus that upper mids boost adds clarity and a welcome touch of brightness.
The EN700 Pro’s treble has a round solidity that blends perfectly with the balanced character or this IEM. It doesn’t carry a whole lot of air of sparkle but rather has a safe and non-fatiguing nature that avoids any harshness.
It’s well controlled and despite being a little subdued it’s still detailed and clear as it doesn’t need to be aggressive to maintain balance with the mature bass tuning.
The soundstage created by the EN700 is outstanding for something in its price bracket. Expansive yet stable, the EN700 has exceptional width and a good sense of depth too. Positioning is strong, giving you a solid sense of instrument placement. Vocals are well in front of the listener but still maintain good density and realism.
Alpha & Delta KS3
The EN700 has a little more bass, most notably sub-bass and its lower end is punchier in general. The KS3 has better bass definition and a little extra texture plus it is a little faster. The EN700’s lower mids are more forward making the sound thicker and warmer.
There’s more crunch in the EN700’s upper midrange making percussion snappier and working to balance the extra thickness in the lower mids. Male vocals are more neutral on the KS3 while the EN700 has more body but less articulation, although female vocals are vibrant.
Treble on both IEMs is reasonably close but the EN700 has a hint more sparkle. While the EN700 has a bit more treble presence, its enhanced sub-bass and lower midrange counterbalance it so it ends up sounding similar in quantity to the KS3. Soundstage area on both IEMs is close to the same but the Simgot sounds more expansive.
The IT01s (review here) has a punchier mid-bass and sub-bass that rolls off faster below 50Hz. It has a faster and more agile bass compared to the Simgot. The EN700 Pro’s tonality is slightly warmer and thicker.
The IT01s has more clarity in the midrange, making male vocals, in particular, more articulated, while the Simgot gives preference to female vocals. Treble has more energy and sparkle on the IT01s giving it more detail retrieval. These two IEMs have an expansive soundstage but the IT01s has superior instrument separation and layering.
The MS02 has more of an enhanced bass with an emphasis on the sub-bass. The EN700 Pro’s bass has better control and less resonance. In the midrange, the MS02 is quite recessed and sounds more hollow compared to the Simgot.
There is a really large peak at 6kHz on the MS02 that gives the upper midrange a hollowness compared to the earthy EN700 Pro. Above 7kHz the two IEMs share a very similar treble response but the MS02 produces more airiness up top.
The EN700 Pro has a larger soundstage with better layering and instrument separation. There is less stability in the MS02’s stage and imaging is less precise.
To be honest, I’m surprised there wasn’t more hype surrounding the Simgot EN700 Pro around the time of its release. Why? First of all, the build quality is fantastic and it comes with a solid accessory set.
Secondly, this thing has a great sound. It has a balanced signature that is fairly even from the bass up to the treble, plus it has good tonality and an above average soundstage. It makes me wonder if some people weren’t getting the full experience because of a less than ideal fit caused by the overly aggressive ear guides. Or maybe that’s unique to me and my large ears, I don’t know.
Regardless, I really enjoy the EN700 Pro. When Simgot first contacted me to ask if I was interested in testing it, I really did not expect that it would be this good. But it is and I highly recommend it.
- Frequency range:15-400000Hz
- Drive unit: N50 High Magnetic Composite Moving-Coil Dynamic Driver