Sound magic E10C

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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.

Stream­line de­sign

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”

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