Simgot has surprised me. A Chinese brand whom I initially thought was just another throwaway name has shown some real ambition. They have bold plans going forward and go to town with marketing, getting out to shows and making sure every reviewer under the sun has a sample of their earphones. This is the second product I have reviewed from the brand and it will allow me to be very lazy. Last time round we had the EN700 and this new one I have is the EN700 Bass. The similarities go beyond names as they are constructed identically, only being turned differently and the newer bass version having a better, braided cable. It is also slightly more expensive with a price tag of $109.99.
I don’t like to do it but for the bulk of this review, I am just going to make a link to my article on the EN700. My opinions haven’t changed from what I had to say there regarding the package and physical product.
As already mentioned they have opted to go for a different cable. I am not sure why as I didn’t mind the old cable and my feelings are as neutral to this new one. It seems like all the details like the jack are the same but instead, we have no sheath, clearly seeing the plat of wires. If my counting is correct it is a 6 wire braid that after the y-split turns into 3. That’s more than normal and does leave it feeling tough. It is also made of oxygen free copper!
Expecting that you have now read the EN700 review, you will know that I enjoyed the sound and that it came across as a balanced and mild mannered earphone. While I did say many times in that review that the bass was reduced, I was still unsure how I felt when Simgot’s next model was simply called the same with “Bass” added. If you know me I would never normally like or even bother with a self-confessed bass model. When you tag something with bass I feel like it becomes irrelevant how the original sounded, now I just imagined an earphone with a shed load of low frequency boosting. Surprisingly that is far from the case and shows that Simgot’s tuning remains mature, even if their naming scheme is a little questionable.
You may have noticed there are two types of tips included with the Simgot earphones. With my first pair, both sets had the same writing but they have addressed that here and we actually get to read the intended purpose of both tips.
“SET 1: Powerful mid-high frequency. High resolution and penetration. Crystal clear sound.
SET 2: Enhanced bass and superior listening comfort. Outstanding attenuation of ambient sibilance. Neutral and bass-driven sound.”
I could describe the sound with both tips separately but these sort of sonic changes are not simply reserved for this earphone, all earphones have a change in sound to a small degree when rolling tips and the case is the same here. That being said I do think Simgot done a good job describing the difference, with SET 2 extra bass being the most obvious difference. Funnily enough, I ended up settling with a pair of MandarinEs tips.
While upon listening to this earphone for the first time “Bass” was certainly not the first thing that sprung to mind, it does manage to justify its name a little with a V shaped sound that does have a bass emphasis. It shows off some warmth and decent enough exposure below 100Hz although I would say it gets scarce in presence below 50Hz. I guess you could say it has some of the qualities of a bassy earphone such as slightly elongated decay, strong focus and a thumping punch but I think it does a good job of not overextending into the negative qualities. It is seamless with the lower mids, which are only slightly reserved in direct comparison and there is no hump or bloats in the midrange that cast any vagueness or shadow on the rest of the sound. I think the most negative trait is to do find it to perhaps become too slow for certain tracks, with notes blurring at the edges.
In fact from the mids up there is plenty of liveliness, the upper mids and beginning of the treble display this the most obvious. I still think there is a nice naturalness within the midrange, not to the level of Periodic’s Beryllium but compared to the excessive upper midrange of the Dunu DK-3001, we get a much more wholesome middle area. It doesn’t behold any grain from the acceleration as we go on upwards and beyond a slight metallic twinge to the treble, there is nothing too abrasive in all this space. The treble seems to extend well and I do notice high hats don’t hide at all. I do find there is always a lot going on, plenty of layers make up the sound and it easily leaves you getting stuck in with your music.
I don’t know what happened with the soundstage between the two EN700s but I found it a weak spot on the first time around and now am actually blown away by the sheer size and space we have on offer for just over a hundred bucks. These are expansive and layered, even showing an impressive element of depth to the sound. Within this space I would hardly call it accurate or articulate, instrument separation is still a weaker area due to the long decaying bass and fairly thick midrange, meaning instruments do overlap at times.
While they stuck to the same formula in making the EN700 Bass, the sound is an obvious departure, going for something more fun and exciting, with plenty of sauce at the top and bottom. The best thing about it is that for $10 more than the OG version, you have the perfect compliment in sound. I said in the EN700 review you should look elsewhere for bass and now you have that sound, while still remaining excellent in the external areas. For their price, they really do hit the criteria in all areas and between the two models, Simgot has you catered for!