Outstanding vocal clarity, Very clean tone, Great separation, Comfortable
Bright background can be polarising, Mediocre noise isolation
The EM3 offers the technical performance missing from the EN700 series and constructs a revealing yet musical image upon a solid technical foundation.
It seems there’s a new ChiFi audio manufacturer every other day and certainly, those that keep up with social media can become overwhelmed within the modern audio scene with the sheer number of releases. Simgot did not have such a graceful start, in fact, their first earphone was not well-received. Despite this, they took constructive feedback and developed the unpopular EN700 into a highly successful line of earphones with the later Bass and Pro.
Recently, they have been hard at work expanding their product line-up with the all-new EM series and even a planar magnetic headphone down the line. The EM3 represents their midrange offering that features a 3 hybrid driver configuration. It adopts a considerably smaller housing than the EN700 earphones in addition to a substantially different tuning, substituting warmth and body with clarity and energy. This earphone is reminiscent of Japanese style tuning with a Chi-Fi twist.
I would like to thank Simgot very much for their quick communication and for providing me with the EM3 for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earphones free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.
The EM3 is well packaged with a sleeve covering a hard box. Inside are the earphones, a beautiful magnetic faux leather carrying case and two cards containing 3 pairs of tips each. The two sets of tips offer different sounds, one being bass orientated, the other more balanced. In addition, Simgot provides a cleaning tool.
As aforementioned, the EM3 strikes as a substantially more compact earphone than its predecessor. Similarly, it adopts a predominately plastic housing with metal accents that retain a fairly premium feel while drastically decreasing weight. They are also shapelier with smooth edges that should permit a comfortable fit with a wider range of ears.
The EM3 is a very slim earphone that doesn’t protrude excessively from the ear. It has a medium fit depth on behalf of long nozzles that are ergonomically angled. Despite producing a strong seal and a stable fit, they produce just average noise isolation, though it is improved over the EN700 earphone, possibly due to venting for the dynamic driver. Still, with an over-ear fit, increased fit depth and lighter housings, the EM3 is considerably more stable in the ear than the EN700 earphones, especially during active use.
Up top is a 2-pin 0.78mm removable cable system. The included unit is of high quality just like the unit included with the EN700 Pro. It has 6N OCC silver-plated copper internals and a kevlar jacket that still manages to remain supple. Though orientation is easily discerned from the shape of the housings Simgot’s choice to colour right blue and left red may can confuse on first use. Otherwise, the keyed connectors are solid and the cable is supple and tangle-resistant. It is well-relieved and has a premium straight, case-friendly 3.5mm plug.