The Simgot EW200 sound practically perfect, with unprecedented finesse at their low price point.
Simgot is fairly renowned in the world of IEMs. My audiophile journey started with the single dynamic driver Simgot EN700Pro. They really opened my eyes, or rather ears, to the novel experience of what kind of sound a single DD can achieve. They remain a favorite.
Simgot has moved into focus again recently with the release of a few new single DD models – the EA500, EN1000, and EA2000, in the range of USD$80-$300. They entered the budget market with the EW100P. Their next and latest model in the budget section is the EW200.
Given my already unforgettable experience with the EN700Pro, I was really looking forward to experiencing the EW200. And to say the experience was merely impressive would be an understatement.
Unboxing and First Impression
- Driver: Single 10mm dynamic driver with double-sided vapor deposited silicon crystal polymer diaphragm, N52 dual-magnetic-circuit, and dual-cavity design
- Construction: Closed
- Shell: Mirror-finished alloy metal
- Impedance: 16Ω
- Frequency Range: 10-50kHz
- Sensitivity: 126dB@1kHz
- Cable: 2-pin High-purity silver-plated OFC Cable
The packaging is small but attractive.
Simgot does not just mark their models with a model number. They also assign a unique name to each of them (which is seldom used in discussions.) The EW200 are named Maze.
The name, model number, and an actual maze are printed on the box’s top cover. On the back, the vital information is listed in both English and Chinese, along with a sample FR curve.
In the box
- EW200 IEMs
- 2-pin cable
- 3 pairs of narrow-bore semi-transparent white silicone ear tips (S, M, L)
- Soft cloth carrying case
- Warranty, user manual, and other literature
Inside the box, the IEMs sit inside a foam cutout. The carrying pouch is in a cardboard box below, along with some literature, and the cable and the ear tips are in a small box on the side.
The soft cloth carrying pouch carries no branding. It does not offer any actual protection from external impacts, but it is sufficient for carrying the IEMs in my pocket.
The ear tips are generic with narrow long bores, but the material is high quality.
The stock cable is constructed of two strands, with one silver and one golden-colored wire inside each strand. The combination has a touch of luxury around it. The transparent insulation is very soft and pliable. The hardware is relatively cheap plastic though.
This is a well-built, lightweight, and high-quality cable for the price.
The cable is tangle-free.
Simgot has made the EW200 with absolute finesse. The mirror-like finish and the subtle brandings make them all the more gorgeous. The full metal build is sturdy but is on the heavier side.
There are two vents, one on the side and one near the nozzle. The nozzle is of medium length and diameter.
Comfort and isolation
The overall size of the IEMs is relatively small, and they sit inside my ears quite snugly. The fit is comfortable, and I can barely feel their weight. The isolation is good, and I note no pressure build-up in my ears.
Simgot has used a dynamic driver with a new type of ‘Revolutionary SCP (silicon crystal polymer) Diaphragm.’
This DD also has a powerful N52 dual-magnetic circuit and dual cavities, supposedly enhancing the dynamic range and transient response.
The EW200 left me slack-jawed in bewilderment with their incredible sound quality!
This pair of IEMs have a sound that, although following the immensely popular Harman-2016 target frequency response curve, is unlike anything I have heard before. The sound signature is highly revealing, exceptionally dynamic, and wonderfully composed. It won me over almost immediately.
The tonality is largely neutral with a slightly boosted bass but never boring. The tuning is bright yet quite refined. I have yet to experience this sound for USD$100, much less around $40—moreover, the low impedance and the high sensitivity guarantee efficient driveability across all sources.
The bass is controlled yet wonderfully textured and vigorous.
The released FR curve of the EW200 did not prepare me for the magnificently textured and robust bass slams they deliver. And yet somehow, they never really get into your face. Instead, the rumble and slam mark a definitive, justly timed, and very satisfactory presence.
The sub-bass goes really deep and has a wonderful timbre and clearly defined textures. The midbass slams hard but never feels bloated. The notes have proper weight to make them sound natural. Furthermore, every last bit of detail is produced clearly. The amazing dexterity evident in this section is quite magical.
Even in the busiest tracks, I can clearly distinguish between the powerful kickdrum slams and deep basslines. The electronic bass drops generate the correct amount of pressure without masking the rest of the frequency range. The double bass generates a guttural and reverberating response. The energy in this section is transpired properly without any exaggerated focus.
The midrange is portrayed in breathtakingly ultra-HD resolution.
The midrange is exquisite. It stunned me from the very first track. The level of transparency is outstanding. The notes are sharply defined, suitably bodied, but devoid of unnatural spikes – making them surprisingly palpable and refined. This is no lush midrange; the tonality is neutral, yet it is highly engaging overall.
Male vocals sound appropriately throaty and distinctly textured. They do not sound overly full for that extra organic touch but remain sufficiently real. The grittiness in the voice is exposed quite appreciably without being unduly grainy. Despite being sharply defined, the vocals sound pretty analog to my ears.
Female vocals are considerably vibrant. The raw power, the underlying emotions, the rough textures, the silky tune – all of them are brought forward effortlessly. They sound unrestrained, presenting everything they have to offer with no holds barred. Uncomfortable peaks are kept in check as well.
Instruments are recreated with sharp precision. The notes are crisp, crunchy, and three-dimensionally defined. Despite the knife-like edge definition, they never feel thin or wispy. The EW200 play the organic notes of cello and acoustic guitar, the funky electric guitar riff, the elegant tunes from violins and saxophones, and the melodic notes of lute with equal proficiency.
The EW200 have a brilliantly sparkling, well-extended, and awe-inspiring treble response.
The treble has an exhilarating presence. It sounds slightly forward and bright but not overly in your face. Both the lower and upper treble are equally and abundantly energetic. The notes have a tactile presence. Together they create the most ethereal treble response I have ever encountered below USD$100.
Cymbal strikes sound unapologetically clear and thrilling. Hi-hat rolls are prominent in the mix. The notes are well-defined, which, combined with the impressive energy, provides a magical thrill. I really cannot get enough of them.
Soundstage, imaging, and details
The soundstage is well-proportioned and clean, with sharp imaging.
The EW200 stun with an amazingly open and airy presentation. The background is absolutely spotless. The width, height, and depth of the stage are all extended, creating an excellent, well-rounded holographic presentation. The separation is outstanding, and the imaging is very accurate in the headspace.
In my previous experience, Harman-2016 curve-based tuning almost always comes off as boring or uninspiring. The EW200 are a complete departure from that. The sound is exceptionally dynamic, with quite prominent macrodynamics and remarkable microdynamics. The notes are very much tangible, and the details are meticulously recreated.
Vs. Shozy T1 Pro
The T1 pro are a single DD IEM from Shozy priced at around USD$50, with a unique, almost open-back construction. The shell is made of transparent plastic with three big vents on the rear. The driver unit is directly mounted behind the nozzle. The DD has a composite PU/PEEK diaphragm.
The T1 pro have a darker and bassier sound, with a slight peak at the lower treble, making them sound spicy. The upper treble is more rolled off. The bass is considerably bigger than the EW200 but has less prominent textures. The midrange is more recessed and has a smaller body.
The EW200 have a more clean and more three-dimensional presentation. The notes of the EW200 also feel more real. Overall they have a much more refined tuning compared to the T1 Pro.
Vs. NF Audio RA10
The RA10 are a budget single DD IEM from NF Audio, consisting of a 6mm micro dynamic driver with a polymer diaphragm. The tuning is based on the optimized diffusion field and HRTF (Head Correlation Transfer Function). They are priced at around USD$50.
The RA10 majorly lack low-end. The bass extends well but lacks the body to exert a definitive presence. Textures are reproduced fine, though. The midrange is pushed forward, with slightly bigger notes. The Treble has a tiny bit more body and a more forward presence. The soundstage feels rather two-dimensional, with width and height but little depth.
The EW200 have a wondrously delightful low-end with more voluminous slam and rumble. The midrange is slightly pushed back in comparison, but the details, presence, and note definition are similar. Treble has slightly less body but comparable extension and energy. The soundstage is more spacious and three-dimensional.
Overall, they sound more engaging than the RA10’s relatively dry presentation.
Where to Buy
I have never been so incredibly impressed by a pair of IEMs in this price range. The highly revealing tuning is perfectly balanced with a healthy dose of bass. The note weight is not compromised to extract the finest details. The upper midrange might sound a bit shouty to some, but it sounds tastefully energetic to me.
The perfect balance between the macro and micro-details is also surprising for the low price. The open and well-articulated stage, precise imaging, carefully constructed three-dimensional notes, and sheer resolution are unparalleled in this price range. How has Simgot pulled off this unbelievable tuning at an outrageously low price?
And on top of it, the EW200 have the build to match the sound! The mirror-finish solid metal construction looks very premium, and the small size ensures a comfortable fit. They are the best of both worlds, and my love for them will likely never wane.
The Simgot EW200 are an enigma. They are currently my most preferred pair of IEMs below $150. Frankly, none of the IEMs I have heard in this region stand up to the EW200 in terms of resolution, musical engagement, and dynamics. Simgot has created a true benchmark that will likely go unchallenged for quite a while.