Simgot EN700 BASS – Simgot brings a very interesting IEM to be the contender of the “Best ~100$ IEM”. Sporting a natural sound and a large soundstage, EN700 Bass makes a great experience to listen to!
Simgot EN 700 Bass is one of the latest well-priced In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) produced by the new Chinese IEM producer Simgot. Being rather new in the industry, Simgot started making name for themselves with the release of their EN 700 IEM which has been described by many to have a natural sound along with a comfortable fit and a solid build quality.
I didn’t know a lot about Simgot before writing this review, but in the short time I spent with them and their products, the company has left a good impression as they seem to be quite friendly. Simgot seems to be very proactive in answering their customer’s questions, and in solving any issues that may arise, as well as offering support and advice to their customers.
Simgot EN 700 Bass is a tweaked version of the original Simgot EN700, the Bass edition sporting a new, more natural sound.
Simgot is just starting to make an appearance in the audiophile community, but they expressed a strong desire to communicate more with their customers and fans. EN700 and EN700 Bass are available for purchase from a multitude of shops, including Amazon, Aliexpress and if I’m not mistaken, there are Massdrop editions of EN700 around as well.
I have absolutely no affiliation with Simgot and I am not receiving any incentive. My review will be honest and objective, the purpose of it is to describe the sound and experience of EN700 Bass. My opinions are mine and I stand by every word I write. The review sample is provided by Simgot for my honest thoughts and feelings and Simgot insisted that I post everything I feel honestly and without sweetening things out.
My name is George Dobrescu and I am the Director of the Seventh Heart Studios game studio. I work as one of the main programmers for the company, and I am the writer for Quantum Magica and Falsetto Memories projects. I spend eight – twelve hours a day working on a computer, writing and sometimes drawing. I also take care of administrative work which means that I require a portable setup so I’ll be testing the portability of iDSD as well.
Music is present all around me for a big part of that time as working with music is always more fun. With all the devices I own, I need great sound, comfort and ease of usage, not to mention that my listening volume ranges from “please stop that, it’s far too loud” to “I can’t even tell that you’re listening to music”.
My collection includes everything from Classical to Metal, from Rap to Pop, from Punk to Cabaret and absolutely everything in between. There are great artists from every type of music, and I’m one to collect their albums, and keep a tidy order for my files.
You can check out more about our games on our pages https://www.facebook.com/seventh.heart.studios/ and https://twitter.com/7heartstudios .
At Seventh Heart Studios, we all love music and this has had an impact on our games as we hold the music close to our hearts and we are committed to only use ogg -q10 as the encoding format for our music since it offers the best disk space to sound quality ratio, OGG -q10 being closest to audibly transparent when compared to FLAC encoding.
When it comes to In-Ear Monitors (IEMs), I have owned a Sennheiser ie800 for a long while and I recently got a FiiO F5, Sennheiser M2 IEBT, and Dunu DK-3001 as well. Sennheiser ie800 has proven to be my longest-lasting companion, but Dunu DK-3001 is becoming more and more important in my daily listening. Both ie800 and DK-3001 make excellent benchmark IEMs and I am always on the lookout for more IEMs, Headphones and devices that would make an excellent benchmark in sonic qualities.
I was browsing the internets during a lonely night after work, when I noticed banners and photos carrying images of an intriguing IEM – an over-the-ear IEM, with an ingenious looking outer plate that reminded me of Audeze headphones. It piqued my curiosity and I started reading more and more about it, being more and more impressed by the overly positive feedback coming from the fans and customers.
Soon after, I started talking with Mr. Andrew Wang, the CEO of Simgot, and I posed many questions about the intricacies of EN700 and their products. I must commend Mr. Wang for finding proper solutions to my lots of quandaries and for his nice attitude during our conversations.
Simgot EN700 Bass arrived after about three weeks from the moment I spoke with Simgot, and this time it arrived through the Romanian postal service. It was a hot and dry day when I went to pick up EN700 Bass package. I was carrying lots of paperwork in my backpack and had quite a busy schedule that day, but I still found time to pick EN700 BASS from the postal service.
The weather in Bucharest can get insanely torrid in this time of the year, but it was not yet quite the 40 C Summer that Bucharest offers during July. Still, the sun felt more like a death-star rather than a warm friend in the sky.
The postal service is a good few minutes of walk from where I live, but I prefer to take a walk there since it is good for the health and I like to admire the iconic historical structures of Bucharest during the walk. The road leading to the postal center also goes near field where kids gather to play sports and I find it refreshing to see youth and energy once more, sometimes thinking to myself that we age way too fast and that sometimes we forget how to be young. The old postal service center is a reminiscent building of what was once a great community, built in Romania by the communist regime. Now it is only a relic, visited from time to time by those in need of a quick and cheap solution, but nothing there can reflect its former glory. The people there are usually nice and don’t cause as many problems as TNT or DHL do, but if you don’t pick a package on time, they send it back to the original sender…
I embarked on a transcendental few minutes of waiting in line with other people as there are too few agents working at the postal service nowadays. It is quaint to see a public postal service, everyone minding his own job, some sending packages, many paying things, and a few just being there to ask questions. The postage agent was very friendly and handed me the package quickly after signing some papers and presenting with the necessary papers.
Simgot has been careful with their packaging and wrapped it in quite a bit of bubble wrap, preparing it for your typical postage shipping conditions.
I went ahead and dealt with the paperwork that was in my backpack, the business being rather urgent. By the time I got home, it was already evening. It was complicated to eat or continue working when something so well-renowned was sitting on my desk, just waiting for me, inviting me to give it a listen, so I put my work to a hold for a few moments, so I could see what the hype was about with EN700 Bass.
After unboxing a rather good-looking package that includes a few rather unique accessories, I placed EN700 Bass in my ears, plugged them in iFi iDSD BL, our benchmark DAC/AMP and pressed play.
When trying them for the first time, I made a little mistake and tried using EN700 BASS with the smallest rubber tips included. It soon became evident that my ears needed the medium tips so I switched them over and started listening.
The sound I heard was intriguing and magical, EN700 BASS being one of the most natural IEMs I heard in their price range. I had to listen to them much more before I could pronounce myself about their sonic abilities.
First things first, let’s get the packaging out of the way:
First time opening Simgot’s package is an experience full of surprises. The design is simple but elegant, the main package being white and reminding of the typical art and packaging Apple products have.
The front of the box presents Simgot EN700 BASS IEMs in their beauty along with the company’s logo, the sides of the box present photos of the cable, while the back of the box includes a photo of EN700’s internal composition along with a few technical details about them in Chinese. It looks like Simgot offers a process of identifying their IEMs for authenticity as well.
After removing the first white cover, you will find a black cardboard box that has a nice texture-pattern over it, which has a bird-like creature engraved along with the name “Suzaku”.
The cardboard box is padded with a fine sponge that protects EN700 Bass, which are seated in hard cardboard cutouts.
One of the most interesting accessories EN700 Bass offers is the leather-like case, which comes in brown color.
The carrying case looks unique and offers a good amount of protection for EN700, being hard on the sides and impossible to bend. The inner part of the case is also padded with a fine material that further protects EN700 Bass during transport.
On the back of the case, there is an interesting logo “Salute to Art and Science”. I like their slogan and find it an interesting way to advertise their products. The packages and papers include something that I appreciate, which is a short table of what is the longest recommended exposure to each kind of loudness.
It is important for companies to remind their customers that listening to music at loud volumes for extended periods of time might lead to hearing problems.
The box also includes tips for EN700 bass, six pairs in total, a global warranty card, a brush for cleaning EN700, EN700’s booklet and EN700 BASS themselves.
All in all, EN700 is packaged well and looks very good for its price range and the unboxing experience is a real pleasure.
What I look in for a IEM
When buying an IEM, there are a few things that a buyer should be looking and seriously consider as sooner or later those will come in foresight:
– Sound quality – This is the most important aspect of an IEM by far, if it sounds good, it’ll bring a lot of fun and pleasure to you
– Ergonomics – the fit and ergonomics of a IEM are very important, the listener wants a comfortable IEM that can stay in place for hours at once and that doesn’t have a microphonic cable.
– Value – Some IEM fans might want to keep the value of their purchase in mind
– Drive-ability – Some might want to drive an IEM directly from a smartphone or from a weaker source, it is important to know how hard or easy to drive is a IEM or Headphone before making a purchase
– Interesting design – Everyone will have a different definition for what an interesting design is, but it is always good to see effort going to the design part of the IEM.
– Portability – An IEM should be portable and possible to wear while walking or doing other activities.
– EMI interference – Any IEM out there should be free of those, but it is good to test against them either way.
15 Hz – 40 kHz
101dB / mW at 1kHz
<1.5dB at 1kHz
N50 Dynamic, Titanium Coated
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