SoundMAGIC E80Cs are the next step up the ladder from the Award-winning SoundMagic E10Cs, so they have quite an act to better.
So how do they compare to their illustrious stablemate and where do they fit in the incredibly competitive $100 earphone market?
SoundMAGIC E80C TL:DR Review
- Clear and open sound
- Good build
- Minimal cable noise during movement
- The treble is over-bright and harsh
- The foam ear tips tear easily
- The buttons are difficult to press on the remote
- Design & Build - 7/107/10
- Comfort - 7/107/10
- Sound - 6/106/10
The build is good, and the sound is very open, but a bit harsh for my ears.
However the biggest problem is their little brothers the E10Cs – almost as good for much less cash
Design & Build
The body of these E80C earbuds are made from hardened aluminum. This material proves its worth for this affordable product. The aluminum material makes it possible for you to use this earphone every day for hours at a time without wear and tear.
The item has an in-ear design. The cable length is 3.9ft and follows an L style connector type. This makes it easier for you to carry the device in your pockets, hands or arms.
There are three colors available to select from. The gold, gunmetal and red have polished finishes which makes them stand out and look expensive.
All three colors have the same additional design feature of the in-line microphone and remote control which support all smartphones.
The smartphones compatible with this earbud are Apple, Windows, Samsung, HTC and most other popular brands.
If you’re using these earphones for hours on end, you obviously want the earpieces to sit comfortably in your ears. SoundMAGIC makes it possible for anyone to feel comfortable through the materials used to make the ear tips.
There is a total of six pairs of ear tips, three made with silicone (small, medium and large) and a further three comply™ made with memory foam (again small medium and large)
There is a variation on the shape too, so the shapes and the sizes make it possible for anyone to find a perfect fit. All the earpieces are soft so they don’t cause irritation to your inner ears but I got the best fit with the comply tips.
Some people have complained about the fit of these, but you need to squeeze them then push them in, then they form an excellent seal, while still comfortable.
The cable can become annoying if you are running or moving quickly, but there is a clip, which works pretty well in keeping the cable out of the way..
The sound is one of the most important features for earbuds. The sound specifications include:
- Transducer: Dynamic 10mm neodymium
- Frequency range: 15-22kHz
- Impedance: 64Ohms
- Sensitivity: 102dB
You get a full spectrum of sounds with these earphones. You have the best audio sounds throughout the entire music spectrum such as bass midrange and treble.
There is a natural balance and clear highs when listening to music. All musical notes are delivered in high detail and seem crystal clear. Vocals in sounds or videos are transmitted clearly almost as if the performance were live.
The aluminum housing reduces any vibrations which can arise from the volumes and tones of songs. With little to no vibrations, you can hear everything well without distortion.
The perfect ear tips for you will provide noise isolation and deliver the ultimate sound experience. These earbuds get it right.
The noise isolation is not only perfect for when you listen to music or any other audio but when you make phone calls too. Background noise won’t interfere in the projection of your voice or the ability to hear the caller clearly.
Overall you get a sound experience that is not too overpowering; however, it still makes an impact at any volume you listen to music. No sounds go unnoticed with this earbud.
The SoundMagic E80Cs are a decent enough pair of earphones but don’t quite reach the same heights as the best at this price.
They have an open and clear sound, that I found a bit harsh, but many others will like. They also come with a wide array of tips to make sure the fit and comfort is good.
The universal remote also ensures they are easy to live with, so there is a lot to like about the E80s.
So while these SoundMagics may not be our top pick at this price, they are definitely worth considering.