SoundMAGIC E11C Earphones Review Wired Metal Body

Friday, December 08, 2023

Elevating the earphone experience, the SoundMAGIC E11C emerges as a refined evolution from the predecessor - the E10 model. Crafted with precision in full aluminum and a silver-plated wiring, the E11C earphones boast a robust build and enhanced audio performance. Noteworthy is their compatibility with both Apple and Android smartphones, featuring intuitive controls for seamless communication.

SoundMAGIC E11C earphones house an updated driver, delivering a mature and sophisticated sound image with smoother high-frequency detailing and textured low-frequency extension. Meticulously crafted from aluminum, they undergo a unique hand painting process, resulting in an elegant appearance. The silver-plated copper cable not only enhances signal transmission but also incorporates a special shielding wire structure to eliminate interference.

Powered by 10mm dynamic drivers, the 
SoundMAGIC E11C produces a balanced sound signature with extended transparent detail and warm. The bass is textured and recessed. Internally, you find single 10mm dynamic drivers with moderate resistance (42 ohm impedance) and 112dB sensitivity, making them easy to drive from a phone. For better performance, it is recommended to use a headphone amp. With a cable length of 1.2 meters and a gold-plated straight stereo 3.5mm connection, the aluminum-bodied earphones provides reassurances of the quality.

Integrated within the cable, there is an inline 3-button remote with microphone for controlling play/pause, volume, tracks and calls. The inline remote has a small barrel shape design (4cm long) and lightweight so, it doesn't drag down the earphones when wearing them.Inline the cable. Just like the earbuds, the inline feels well made and somewhat water resistant, thanks to the sealed button design.The only drawback with the button design is that the buttons aren't raised and require a hard press actuation, which takes away from the tactile experience.

There is also a rubber cinch for cable management and barrel shaped y-splitter located 37cm down the cable. The inline remote is located 17cm down the cable so, it is closer to the earpiece, dangling at neck level. 

Speaking of weight, the SoundMAGIC E11C weigh only 16 grams. The in-ear fit is comfortable and relatively secure, although not as deep as long nozzle in-ears. That said, the fit is adequate for a secure fit and good listening experience.

SoundMAGIC stands behind the E11C with a 1-year warranty. In essence, the SoundMAGIC E11C earphones combine craftsmanship, sophisticated design, and audio prowess. With a focus on comfort, premium materials, and a balanced sound signature, they offer a distinctive listening experience. The bullet style design is great for a discreet look but does come with some trade off such as shallow insertion and decreased bass.

Selling points

  • Good sound quality
  • Bullet style
  • Angled 3.5mm jack
  • Strain relief reinforcements
  • Comfortable fit
  • Passive ambient sound - suitable for running
  • Low profile
  • Metal mesh tips
  • Available in two colorways (gunmetal and black)
  • 10mm dynamic drivers
  • Balanced sound
  • Well made
  • Premium look and feel
  • No battery life to worry about
  • Crafted from aluminum
  • Lightweight
  • Silver-plated copper cable
  • 3-button remote with mic for calls
  • Wired connection
  • 1-year warranty

Potential deal breakers

  • Low passive noise isolation
  • Fiddly inline remote
  • Not as bassy due to the bullet style
  • No detachable 2-pin or MMCX connection
  • Limited remote functionality on some phones such as Google Pixel 3a/4a and Sony Xperia devices.
  • No wireless connectivity
  • No foam tips included
  • Prominent branding on earbuds

Inside the box, you get a hardshell zip case with clamshell opening and silicone eartips - one set of double flange tips and 3 sets of bowl shaped tips. The silicone eartips are comfortable to wear, thanks to the thin inner bore design, which is good for long listening sessions but not ideal for passive isolation and bass - a set of foam tips would be best for this. 

The hardshell case outershell is made of water resistant fabric with internal soft fabric liner and two mesh pockets.The zip itself has a standard coil teeth design; hence it isn't water resistant. You can buy the SoundMAGIC E11C from amazon. If you prefer earcup style, check out the SoundMAGIC P23BT and SoundMAGIC P60BT

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