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Review - Simgot EW100P

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The Simgot EW100P have been sent to me by Linsoul in exchange for the publication of this review. They have not made any requests or comments and I will, as always, do my best to be as sincere and unbiased as I can.

The EW100P can be found via Linsoul here: https://www.linsoul.com/products/simgot-ew100p

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Intro…

Very recently I reviewed the Simgot EA500, a set of IEMs that cost just under 80€ and are a good set of IEMs, although I don’t find that they work (for me) with all genres and recordings. Today we have the EW100P, set of IEMs that come in at a quarter of the price, available for under 20€ at the time of writing this review. There are quite a few differences between the two models, apart from the price, so I am not going to focus on comparing them.

As we all know by now, there are lots of very good options in the 20€ bracket, so can the EW100P make space for itself in what seems to be turning into a very crowded but very good value for money sector?


Presentation…

The Simgot EW100P arrive in a very flashy and shiny silver coloured box with a shark on the front and the word "shark" in very bold lettering under which the actual model is shown in smaller text. I am not sure what the shark is all about, as there is no mention of it on the Linsoul site (or the Simgot site), but it does make the box stand out in the crowd of budget IEMs.

On the back of the box, in a similar style to the bigger brother, Simgot show an FR graph of the IEMs, alonsg with more information in Chinese and English.

Sliding out from the silver cover, we get a much more discrete black box, with the Simgot logo on the top, that flips open to reveal the IEMs sitting in a cardboard cutout with a small accessories box to the right.

Under the IEMs we find the cable and a usual manual, while inside the accessories box we get three sets (S,M,L) of white silicone tips.

That is it as far as packaging and presentation, nothing extraordinary but nothing to complain about at this price either.


Build and aesthetics…

The IEMs are rather small and while they are listed as being an aluminum alloy construction, they are actually a semi transparent plastic, except for the copper coloured faceplate that is. The shell is not quite as rounded as some of the other more generic shapes but, as they are so small, I find that they fit easily in my ear, being comfortable and lightweight for long periods of time.

The aesthetics are also pretty basic, with a plain black (semi transparent) shell and the copper plate that features the Simgot logo in black and “Salute to art and science” in small letters. They are certainly not offensive by any means and while they aren’t a fashion statement, they look pretty good in their simplicity.

The included cable is also pretty basic, similar to those found with KZ models but better looking (in my opinion). The clear plastic coating on the outside of the grey covered cores is not really apparent and it isn’t until you pick up the cable that you notice it. The listing says that the shielding of the cable is silver foil and I have to say that I quite like the look.


Sound…

All tracks mentioned are clickable links that allow you to open the reference track in the streaming service of your choice (YouTube, Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify, etc.)

Let's get straight to the point and start off with my usual graph comparing them to my personal preference target as a reference:

Starting off in the extreme lows, there is quite a bit of presence in these ranges without being overpowering. The low note rumbles are present but are not really as tight as I would like. This makes things seem a little slow and out of control when there is a large presence of subbass, such as in “Chameleon”. They are by no means bad in this region and I’m sure that many will find them to work well, especially considering the price, but they can seem a little sloppy on occasions.

This midbass is not too elevated and although it is not the cleanest of midbass, it is quite well defined for such a budget set of IEMs. With my typical “Crazy” test, I do find the guitar to be a little too boomy in this regard but not enough for me to find it fatiguing. Using “Sun Is Shining” to get a feel for how they deal with EDM, they do a pretty decent job. The bass is kept fairly tight and while they are not the most impressive in these ranges, they are certainly not a set that I can complain about in this regard.

The midrange does seem to lack some definition for my liking. It is tuned very similar to so many other sets in this region, yet comes across a little 2 dimensional, without much body to things that are happening in this range. For example, the vocals in “Down To The River to Pray”, seem to be all happening in a similar plane and come across a little dull, without that nice feeling of chorus that other sets can bring in this track.

The upper mids climb later than on the EA500 and I actually prefer this, at least as far as tuning. The negative is the same as with the rest of the midrange, vocals, while forward enough, are not very exciting, seeming to be quite flat. This is something that I don’t find with the lower ranges of the EW100P, it seems to be apparent more in the mids and upper mids/lower treble.

Moving into the treble, extension is not great, adding a little to that sensation of bluntness found with vocals in the mid range. There is a lack of sparkle and air that takes away from the “excitement” of the music. Sibilance is kept in check, actually subdued in my usual “Code Cool” test, while Paul SImon does still exhibit some sibilance in “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes”.

Soundstage is not great, mainly influenced by that sensation of the mids not being very open and while the treble is a little better as far as separation, it is still on the lower side of average in this regard. The same can be said for the image placement, where things are more in a “general” location than specifically placed like on other sets.


Conclusion…

Once again we have a set of IEMs that suffers from a few issues but once we factor in the price, we really can’t complain. Is it my favourite set of IEMs in its price range? No. But it is still a long way from being a terrible set of IEMs.

They are comfortable, seemingly well built, and perform adequately for a large range of music, although they don’t really excel in any of them. I would say that the bass ranges are the most impressive and while the mids are tuned to my liking, there is just some “life” missing from them, which is made even more apparent by the lack of air and sparkle up top.

There is no way I can bring myself to say that these IEMs are not worth their price, they are more than worthy, it is just that we are a little spoilt for choice at this end of the budget and some of the competitors are very good. 


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