In our previous review of SoundMagic E10C we raved about its performance and build quality a lot. Today we got our hands on SoundMagic E10BT the wireless version of the E10C.
SoundMagic E10BT Build Quality:
Just like the SoundMagic E10C these too are packed modestly, no fancy gimmicks just tear the packaging and pull the earbuds out from the box. Good thing that they came charged so I paired them with my Nokia 7 Plus and the process was easy and fast. The lady inside the earbuds told me the different states of the connection. These work on the Bluetooth 4.1 protocol and supports CD-Quality audio.
We get a boatload of eartips including a pair of double-flanged one which never fits me but hey! accessories never hurts. The case provided was the same as the E10C which is a semi-hard case with enough space for earphones and a the charging cable.
- SoundMAGIC E10BT Wireless Earphones in Black
- 3 pairs domed silicone eartips (S/M/L)
- 3 pairs bowl silicone eartips (S/M/L)
- 4 pairs vented silicone eartips (XS/S/M/L)
- 1 pair double flange silicone eartips (M)
- USB Charging cable
- Semi-rigid carry case
The Cable quality is not the same as the E10C’s but for the asking price of Rs. 2,000 it is not bad. The advertisement also states that the earphones are Spill and Sweat proof so it might endure a year and half easily before falling apart. As per the company claims, these can be used in active environments.
But I can not say the same for the Charging that came with the earphones. The “male” ports on charging cable are not gold-plated as well, just plain stainless steel construction. The E10BT’s cable is not OFC and the strain relief is not either that great.
Mic and 3-Button remote:
The housing for the Mic and 3-Button remote is made of plastic and the buttons are covered by a soft touch silicon cover. The buttons are clicky and responsive. There are marking on the volume up and down buttons but there are not indentations for you to know which button you are touching without looking sometimes.
The sound quality through the mic is passable with decent amount of noise reduction and less distortions in noisy environments.
Though the actual battery size is not revealed by the company they do claim that the E10BT allows for 10 to12 hours of continuous playback. The Standby time for the earphones lasts for 200 hours and continuous talk-time for the earphones is between 8 to 10 hours.
SoundMagic E10BT Sound Quality:
Just as the rest of the wired E10 series, these sound almost the same but there are some highlights and some disappointments scattered here and there.
The Sub-Bass frequencies is passable considering these are Bluetooth earbuds and does supports 24Bit audio. Sub-bass frequencies are represented well in songs like A R Rehman’s “Chupke Se” and Eminem’s “Without You”.
Though there is a lack of tightness and lower the frequencies go they tend to loose the impact. I did enjoyed Lamb Of God’s “Laid To Rest” and Pantera’s “Domination” while headbanging along the song.
Same as the Sub-bass the Bass frequencies of Bass drum sometimes lose its impact like in Rage Against The Machine’s “People Of The Sun”. There was no accuracy in the impact and it felt a bit muddy messing the frequencies of Bass Guitar.
The hit and miss nature if these earbuds sometimes was too noticable like in before mentioned song but sometimes the bass frequencies are represented well. Take Megadeth’s “Symphony Of Destruction”, the Guitar center version and you can feel the urgency of the song as it was meant by the band.
Lets start where we left with Megadeth’s “Symphony Of Destruction”, Dave’s vocals were on point and perfect and the fact that it was played through YouTube, these earbuds amazed me. ACDC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” I loved the mids heavy guitar riff and clean vocals of Brian Johnson. The Overdriven guitar Solo by Angus Young was awesome.
Reproduction of female vocals was a bit hard for these earbuds as I played through Adele’s first album. Vocals were OK for but lacked a bit of timbre and same goes for acoustic guitar in Live Albums of Adele and Chris Cornell.
Started with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and I was not impressed at all. Next was Porcupine Tree’s “Trains” and last one was pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” album. All these songs lacked the same thing in their sonic reproduction, the highs were rolled off and there was no decay. This hits on Cymbals were not as accurate as they should be.
Our Verdict for the SoundMagic E10BT:
Though there are a lot of irregularities in the audio reproduction, these do cost less than Rs. 2,000 and on seasonal sale you can get these for as low as Rs, 1,400. For this price these do perform more than what you are paying for. Battery lasts for more than 7 hours of mixed usage and range is around 6 to 8 meters with a single wall in between the earbuds and source.
If you can get these for less than Rs, 1,800 they are totally worth your money, if you can find it somewhere. SoundMagic has impressed me for giving me more for less money. Just making use of every penny I spent on these.