- Aug 13, 2022
Welcome to Cuckoo Studio's review. I am Anzol. You will be watching this review from the perspective of a mixing engineer.
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We received the SIMGOT EA 500 in-ear monitors that were sent to us. Let's take a look at its performance together.
The packaging of the EA500 is simple and sleek, with the official frequency response curve printed on the back.
After opening the package, the EA 500 appears prominently in front of us, with a mirror-plated design and a single alloy casting body weighing 10g. The materials are very solid and the replaceable cable design gives users more freedom for DIY.
But what's even more interesting is that the EA500 supports replacing the nozzles by yourself. This design can achieve two types of tuning, and it's also very convenient for cleaning after long-term use.
Let's take a look at its sound performance.
EA500's frequency response remains relatively flat from 400-4000Hz. There is a maximum 4dB gain in the 300-500Hz range, and there is also a maximum 4dB gain above 4kHz. The high-frequency peak at 13000Hz may not be noticed by some listeners due to differences in human ears. For me, it feels there is more high frequency. They are iems with a slight preference for low and high frequency gain. The difference between the black nozzles and the red nozzles are mainly concentrated in the middle and high frequencies, and there will be some subtle brightness differences between them, which can be chosen according to your own preference.
At 86dB normal sound pressure level, the distortion of EA500 is lower than normal environmental noise and will not be noticed in music listening scenarios. When the sound pressure level is increased to 96dB and 104dB, the distortion of EA500 is not as perfect as some expensive IEMs, but the small amount of distortion is not something to worry about too much. The distortion between left and right ears is also basically consistent.
Let's enter the Cuckoo Studio mixing space.
The gain of the low and mid frequencies slightly increases the bass, drums, and fundamental parts of vocal and instrumental sounds, but the magnitude is not very large. The gain of the mid and high frequencies increases the volume of breathing in vocals and high-frequency percussion instruments, and the spatial sensation above becomes more open. It's good for some songs with normal loudness, but for people like me who are sensitive to high frequencies, it may have too much high frequency feeling for loud dance music.
There is no noticeable imbalance problem in sound level difference, indicating that the quality control of EA500 is excellent. The symmetric frequency response of left and right ears brings a very solid center imaging.
At normal sound pressure level, the distortion does not cause any sound contamination or compression feeling. EA500 are very clean IEMs.
Although the high-frequency peak and low-frequency gain can cover up some of the fullness in the mid-frequency range,after calibration, a very satisfying sound playback result can be achieved.
Overall, EA500 is solid in materials, has restrained tuning, and provides the option of changing nozzles. With a not-so-high price point, it can be a great choice for users who want a high price-to-quality ratio.
This is Cuckoo Studio review. Please stay tuned. I will continue to explore the secret of headphones with you.