SoundMAGIC E80 Review: Noise Isolating in-Ear Headphones

Soundmagic has been in existence for a very long time. It is considered to be among the top brands when it comes to the production of great sound at a great price. They do have a good name for themselves when ranked among most of the budget audiophiles. Sound magic is back again with a bang. They have developed E80c which is of completely new design although it is not that budget breaking.

Despite not being among the sexiest names when it comes to portable audio, they are still regarded as a great earphone at their price. The ethos of the company still offer them a great sounding, very robust headphones that are in a position of taking an excellent beating and keep on ticking.

Currently, the E80c stands top in the in-ear headphone lineup. In this soundmagic e80 review, we will be looking at the product in detail to enable you to understand it more.

Specs

  • 5.3 ounces in weight
  • 80 hour battery life
  • 10 to 22,000 Hz Frequency Response
  • 115ab/mW Power On
  • 110aB/ mW Power Off
  • Dynamic Transducer
  • Noise Cancelling Technology

Features

Design and Comfort

The E80c is much better than most of the ear phone sets. They are made of a curvy design which offers them a completely smaller juvenile style.  Since the color is capable of attracting as many as it turns off, it is always excellent to know that the E80c are made using tough feeling aluminum bullets.  Its cable is of braided style which offers them a brash look.

The cable is not removable hence it is advisable that you take good care of the E80c if you do not want them to stop functioning after a short period. Previously, the firm behind the manufacturer of this earphone was well known for failing after some things.  Being made of aluminum is never enough proof that the earphone is well made.

It is important that you note the E80c does not have the in-line remote. They are considered to be an audiophile placing sound as an important priority over the other features.

Sound Quality

The Soundmagic e80c does have a much higher impedance of around 64 ohms when compared to the other E series.  This means one has to turn the volume quite high depending on how strong the music player is. Even when you have the volume at maximum, the quality of sound is still great. It has a richer bass than the cheaper siblings and supports all the other things from classical music to rock music.

The E50 used to sound a little bit more restrained on the heavy bass music. However, Superman vs. Batman did expose some weaknesses on the soundtrack. The E80c did maintain some palpable depth sense without having to sacrifice the trebles and the mids while playing out on top. The vocals were very clear every time and there was enough detail to be heard in between the breath intakes.

Isolation

You will find the E80c to be very comfortable to use especially when using them for a short period of time. It comes with pretty large buds which seemed to shift somehow although they never broke the seal. It comes with a perfect isolation which manages to block any fair amount of noise from outside leaving you in peace and in a position to enjoy your music.

I will never have any issue recommending this earphone to commuters thanks to their excellent build quality, high quality construction materials and excellent isolation.

Performance

We did test the E80c USING Windows laptop, Android Smartphone and Fiio X1 audio player.  The focus trucks used for review were it’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones’, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye’s and Postmodern Jukebox’s Latin rendition.

It was very clear there was some sort of tonal offset when we did start off with the Ain’t No Mountain High Enough which was directed towards favoring the highs and upper mid range. It has a faint imbalance which is meant to increase the detail levels close to the top range. It functions well and does make a detailed sound which is full of treble and sparkle attack.

The sound will at times sting the ears and we did feel this with some of the tracks gentle beats and towards the end as the pitch increased. Tammi Terrel and Marvin Gaye vocals were sharp and clean and they did exhibit some excessive sparkle at the end.

Pros
  • The sound produced was clean and clear
  • The presentation was direct and open
  • It comes with a universal remote
  • It is of a comfortable Design
  • Very lightweight
Cons
  • Comes with a hard and bright edge
  • Requires more energy and punch

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Should I purchase the E80c?

The SoundMagic E80 is considered to be an affordable piece in reference to the audiophile earphones. What they normally do is switch the emphasis of the bass we hear in headphones/earphones to treble. This helps them in creating well detailed and heavy earphones.

Despite being an interesting idea, it never works on our ears. There are times when that can boost the treble in and become a great challenge to the ears. The 10mm dynamic driver is not capable of taking care of the increased treble presence together with the balanced armature drivers which normally have a stab at the type of audiophile sound.

It is more satisfying to listen to the E80c as they offer a well balanced and easy going sound.

Verdict

We do hope that the soundmagic e80 review has offered you well detailed information and that you are now in a position of making an informed decision.

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