Sound magic E10C
If Soundmagic came up with even better-sounding versions of its multi Award-winning E10s for the same money, we’d have to pinch ourselves to believe it. Fortunately, we don’t have to because the new E10CS sound the same as the E10SS they replace.
That homogeneity may not be what you’d expect of a successor, but we’ve been here before. The Japanese company is not averse to making purely functional improvements for its upgraded models. Once again they’ve managed to squeeze even more into a £40 in-ear headphone.
The C stands for ‘compatibility’ – and unsurprisingly this is where we see advances. The E10CS feature a three-button remote that automatically switches the connections on the jack for compatibility with IOS and Android. Soundmagic claims it is the only company to do this, and not only does it make things easier, the design is more streamlined than ever.
At the risk of repeating ourselves, the words ‘energetic’, ‘expressive’, ‘impressive dynamics’ and ‘even balance’ that we used in the review of the E10S all apply here too. Those observations still stand.
From the pummelling guitar chords that open PJ Harvey’s The Ministry Of Defence, they aren’t afraid to throw their weight and enthusiasm behind the track’s thunderous metal-heavy orchestration. Her vocal basks in the clarity and openness of the Soundmagic’s midrange, and the detailed frequencies bookending it keep the tonal scales level – the bass is as tenacious as the guitar playing, and highs are lucid and crisp.
For ve years, Soundmagic’s E10s in some form or another have been our go-to budget headphones. Although sound quality hasn’t taken a leap forward this time, it’s still remarkable that Soundmagic nds ways to implement improvements without bumping up the price. How could the next version possibly be better? We said that about the last pair…
“Once again Soundmagic has squeezed even more into a £40 pair of in-ear headphones”