SoundMAGIC have made a few waves in the earphone industry over the past few years. There relatively cheap earphones have all been universally well reviewed from critics and users alike.
They have also started a bit of a trend of Chinese imports from lesser known companies that offer spectacular sounding earphones at a budget compared to big brand names such as Sennheiser and Sony.
Today we have the SoundMAGIC E10S a refresh of their most popular E10 which now offers Smartphone functions with an integrated microphone and one button smart remote, plus a PC adapter to allow you to use both the microphone and earphones for VOIP calls.
The RRP of the E10S is £40 and at the moment Amazon are selling them for about that. This is a £5 premium over the none Smartphone model, however Amazon currently sell them for a discounted £24 so it is quite a big price difference.
Build quality of the earphones appears to be good, the cable is a twisted plastic and feels like it should hold, the earphones themselves are metal and feel solid without being too weighty. The plug is not as good it is L shaped with a little switch to maximise Smartphone compatibility. It is obviously great that SoundMAGIC have taken into account compatibility between phones, but the plug itself is large and feels a bit cheap, however during our use we have no issues with it.
There is also no volume control on the remote which is a bit of a disappointment.
The performance of the earphones themselves is outstanding as usual for SoundMAGIC, even a little better than the standard E10 we think. Bass is deep but not overpowering, while the treble and vocals are just right.
Overall these are a superb pair of earphones and well worth the £40 RRP. The one caveat is that they are competing with their older E10 model which is considerably cheaper on Amazon at £24 so unless you need the Smartphone controls we would be inclined to go with the older model. Either way you won't be disappointed.