Simgot EN700 Pro Review – Natural Talent

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Introduction –

The $100 iem market is saturated with offerings, all carrying different flavours of sounds within varying form factors. However, a few models stand above the rest, either through exceptional technical ability enabling responsive eQ or tonal refinement, the latter being notably lacking. And among them, the EN700 Bass was one of my favourites. It was an impeccably built and natural sounding earphone that demonstrated maturity well beyond its asking price.

However, like anything, that model wasn’t faultless with notable issues such as a lack of removable cable and some technical ability preventing wider recommendation. The new EN700 Pro seeks to append the complications of models prior, sitting at the apex of Simgot’s EN700 line of earphones. That said, though the Pro brings new features and the same refined tonality within a similarly solid form, it also carries a slightly higher $150 USD asking price. Let’s see how the Pro performs and determine whether Simgot’s newest in-ear justifies its increased cost.

 

 

Accessories –

The EN700 Pro has a more prestigious unboxing that still draws numerous parallels with the original with its identical accessory suit. The Pro comes with the same lovely magnetic leather case and 6pairs of silicone tips; 3 pairs of balanced tips and 3 pairs of bass boost tips.

The tips are very comfortable and well-moulded, they do make very noticeable alterations to the sound that I’ve outlined in the sound section. Simgot also include a cleaning tool in addition to an international warranty card that is a very notable addition among Chi-fi iems.

 

Design –

The EN700 Pro is identical to the Bass in design, finish and materials. That’s not at all a negative, the EN700 Bass was a comfortable, attractive and very solid earphone. Simgot have slightly updated the colour choices available, buyers now have the option to purchase a blue/red pair to better differentiate between sides and the red hue is slightly darker than the bright red of the original. Otherwise, the experience is very much the same besides some added features.

The similarities begin at the Pro’s large but smoothly sculpted housings that find a comfortable and mostly low-profile fit. The Pro retains the aluminium build of the original with the same stainless steel faceplates that really draw the eye. While they feel absolutely sturdy in the hand, I do find the sharper edges on the outer face to form a small hotspot after a few hours of listening. This will vary with every listener and the Pro is otherwise a very comfy earphone to wear.

The nozzles are short, integrated into the housings and small in diameter, fitting the majority of tips. As such, the Pro has a shallow fit depth which, combined with their vented design, creates average noise isolation that is barely sufficient for commute. In return, their ergonomic shaping and over-ear fit really benefit fit stability and the earphones stay put exceptionally well even during activity.

The cable is the largest differentiator of the Pro from the Bass, it’s now removable, utilizing a non-recessed 0.78mm 2-pin connector and consists of silver plated copper as opposed to copper on the original models. The cable has nice elbowed connectors and pre-moulded earguides that feel a little more comfortable than those on the Bass. In addition, the cable is very pliable and supple, easily coiling for storage and routing through clothing.

It’s loose 8-wire braid and smooth texture also resists tangles exceptionally well and microphonic noise is a non-issue despite the cable being interwoven with stiff but tension resistant kevlar fibres. Furthermore, the cable is continuous through the y-split and the jack has a little protrusion that enables it to function with thinner phone cases. Strain relief is also nice if not outstanding, this is easily one of the best cables I’ve come across from a build and ergonomic standpoint.

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11 Comments

  1. AJ on

    Everyone seems to love these. I am still doubting between them and the Pinnacle P1 and P2, or possibly the new oriveti basic. I enjoy slightly warm sounding IEMs and after some BA adventures I’m missing the musicality of my old dynamics, but the sony MH1C is just not cutting it any longer.

    My considerations:
    – The simgot sound signature sounds perfect, but I’m afraid I’ll miss the isolation
    – The P1 seems great, but a bit bright and somewhat expensive, whereas the V-shape of the P2 seems a bit too much for my taste, especially with the spiky treble.
    – The oriveti basic seems nice and warm without skimping on the mids, but I’m afraid I’ll miss the detailed sound I’ve grown used to.

    So… Am I missing a silver bullet? Or is the isolation of this simgot not so bad in practice?

    Sorry for the rambling 0:)

    • Ryan Soo on

      No worries AJ!

      The isolation is about average for a vented dynamic, but the Pinnacle and Oriveti earphones will both isolate quite a bit more. The Basic has a treble hump that emphasizes detail prominence so it actually sounds quite crisp despite smoothing off above that. It lacks the organic warmth of the Simgot due to a focus on sub-bass over mid-bass however.

      The P2 is a nice choice, it’s not that V-shaped, in fact, it’s more balanced than the EN700 Pro to my ear though the treble is a bit uneven. I wouldn’t recommend the P1, it’s more on the bright than warm side and sub-bass is lacking.

      I want to throw in another option around this price, it’s not a dynamic earphone and it doesn’t have the greatest build, but the Klipsch X10/11/12 is a nice option that isolates brilliantly and features a warm but clear sound. It’s very atypical for a BA earphone, perhaps it will fit the bill?

      Otherwise, the Simgot isolates pretty decently with foam tips and MandarinEs, depends exactly how much isolation you require. The sound won’t disappoint if warmth and musicality are what you’re looking for.

      • AJ on

        Thanks so much for thinking along! The klipsch sound signature is indeed in the right ballpark, but considering how I break everything – especially cables – the fact that theirs are non-detachable is bit of deal breaker.

        I’m going to see which ones are easiest to get here in Switzerland. Seems like I can’t really go wrong with either one of the P2, basic, or EN700. Besides, I’m in no rush because my FAD heaven II is still more or less functional and I have my full size cans too for when I don’t need the portability.

      • AJ on

        Hey, I’m back. Just wanted to say that I ordered these at penon and they just arrived yesterday (much faster than expected). Pretty happy with them so far! Isolation is actually pretty decent.

        It’s crazy how large the influence of tip rolling is on these though. Wide boars really help the mid-bass breath a bit, even if the lower mids are reduced a bit too. Wide boar fomies work quite okay actually, but take away quite a bit of shimmer in the highs which is a pity. I’ll play around with them some more, but definitely a good pair of headphones!

  2. Juan Luis on

    Could you consider the EN700Pro an update of Oriveti Basic?

    • Ryan Soo on

      Hi Juan,

      It really depends what you’re looking for. In terms of build and ergonomics, the Basic is just as solid but easily more comfortable and isolating. As far as sound goes, the EN700 Pro is better overall on a technical level, but the Basic has a cleaner, smoother sound. The Pro is warmer and more V-shaped with greater treble presence, it also has a larger stage. I hope that helps!

      Cheers,
      Ryan.

  3. Yannick Khong on

    I’m curious how they compare to the Lyra 😀

    • Ryan Soo on

      I only have the Lyra II but hope I comparison to that model helps. The Lyra II has noticeably more sub-bass extension and rumble, it is just as bassy but more linear and defined.

      Mids are thicker on the Lyra II, a little higher in resolution and even more natural due to a lack of upper midrange lift, but the EN700 Pro sounds a bit clearer.

      Treble tells a similar story, the Pro has a lower/upper treble bump while the Lyra II has a middle treble bump. Both are otherwise quite smooth and laid-back, the Lyra II is more extended and resolving in general.

  4. joseph on

    have you had the luck to try the Dunu Titan 3?

    • Ryan Soo on

      I haven’t tried the Titan 3 but I’ve been told the Fiio F5 is quite similar (though I could be wrong), what did you want to know?

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