February 04, 2017 2 Comments

A lot has been said and debated about the best earphones in the 2000 price category. The wide smorgasbord has only led to more confusion among audio lovers who are looking for a pair of in-ears on a budget. Today, we will compare two of the most popular earphones in India.

It's the  SOUNDMAGIC - E10C from China vs.  the SONY - MDR-XB50AP from Japan


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"If you are looking for in-ears that will let you enjoy music with more depth and detail, then the SoundMAGIC E10C is your earphone.

If an extra bass sound signature is something you love, then you should indubitably pick the Sony MDR-XB50AP"

-Raghav Somani

SoundMAGIC - E10C


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BALANCED AUDIO UNIQUE METAL EARPHONES 
Sony MDR-XB50AP


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SONY'S SIGNATURE EXTRA BASS

 


DESIGN: SOUNDMAGIC E10C VS SONY MDR-EX50AP

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A noticeable upgrade to the older and very popular E10S, the E10C comes with a metal build. The unique 3 button in-line remote too comes in a striking metallic body. The shiny metal build makes for an astoundingly durable body and surprisingly, this does not affect its lightweight feature. These in-ears are comfortable while also being conveniently portable.

The SoundMAGIC E10C is available in 4 different colours- the simple Black, Gold for those who wish to make a style statement, bright Red and a vibrant Violet. A nice thought by SoundMAGIC, the red and blue indicators around the earpices allow for quick indication of left and right.Branding has not been emphasized too much upon, all you have is the model name and brand logo on the back of the earpieces.

ALL METAL BODY AND PLASTIC EARPIECES
The Sony MDR-XB50AP features a design that looks and feels extremely durable. Different from that of the SoundMAGIC E10C, the earpieces are bigger in size. Unlike most conventional earphones in this price range, Sony has put in extra effort to ensure that these headphones do not look ordinary or cheap.

The earpieces feature metallic accent casing, which when paired with the black contrast looks extremely elegant and classy. Sony as always has ensured that its branding is loud and clear and thus, has its logo printed in big letters on each earpiece. The XB50AP is available in 3 colour variants- namely Blue, Black and White. 

USEABILITY: SOUNDMAGIC E10C VS SONY MDR-XB50AP

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A great feature at this price point, the SoundMAGIC E10C sports a super functional microphone and 3 buttons controller that carry a solid action.This means you can stow away your smartphone while answering calls and controlling your music on the go. 

The E10C packs along with it seven pairs of silicone ear-tips of varying sizes, including a double-flanged pair. There's also a small carry case , a shirt clip, and a double-pin adapter to use the headset with a laptop or computer.

The coiled design of the cable makes it tangle free and only aids in making it extremely durable. However, the outer plastic sheath of the cord does lend it a plasticky look causing it to be a small turn off. 

SOUNDMAGIC'S 3 BUTTON CONTROLLER VS SONY'S SINGLE BUTTON REMOTE
The XB50AP comes with four pairs of black silicone ear tips, a cord adjuster, and a small carrying pouch. When it comes to the fit, the XB50AP employs an angular in-ear fit enabling the earphones to snugly fit into your ears.

The in-ears feature a cable that matches the colour of the earphones, while the serrated cable avoids annoying tangles. Thick and well coated, the wire comes across as sturdy. In short, it can take fair amount of wear and tear.

Unlike the SoundMAGIC E10C, the MDR-XB50AP comes with a one-button remote and microphone. Thus, you will not be able to control the volume of your music without fetching you audio device. 

The Sony MDR-XB50AP does a relatively better job at noise attenuation in this price range. But to get the best out of these we would recommend a pair of Noise-isolating Comply Foam Ear tips.

SOUND: SOUNDMAGIC E10C VS SONY MDR--XB50AP

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Here, we come to the E10C's biggest strength: its sonic performance.The impressive three-dimensional soundstage is clearly wide, ensuring that you enjoy a more natural sound experience.  The bass is heavy, without compromising on the mids and highs. It is amazing how the tones are perfectly separated without conflating.
Music from all genres sound great with this pair. Overall, the audio sounds clear and smooth.

A small complaint would be the noise isolation. You will find that theses in-ears do not very effectively attenuate environmental sound. However, this does not depricate the value as this is a smaller issue. Further more, this can be improved with a pair of Comply ear tips.

IMPRESSIVE ACOUSTIC BALANCE VS SONY'S INSANE SIGNATURE BASS

The XB50AP has been clearly targeted towards people who love all that bass. Just like the name suggests, the XB50AP has been tuned to deliver bass that is heavily pumped up.  The lows are heavy, while the highs and mids do get dissapointingly over-powered. 

On tracks with exciting beats such as EMD, Hip Hop, Bollywood, etc, the XB50AP delivers an exaggerated punch. A commendable feature that is not found among extra bass earphones in this range, the Sony XB50AP does not crack or distort even when played at the highest volume.The XB50AP does manage to maintain a decent balance between lows and highs as well but may sound muffled with certain genres.

This is clear if you love your bass and do not mind compromising on clarity, by all means, go for the Sony MDR-XB50AP

Summary


SOUNDMAGIC - E10C

  • Impressive Wide Soundstage & Balanced Sound
  • Strong Metal Build
  • Universally Compatible Three-button Remote & Mic
  • Hard Carrying Case
  • 7 Pairs of Eartips for Comfort
  • Tangle Resistant Cables
SONY MDR-XB50AP

  • Heavy Bass
  • Plastic Built Earpieces
  • Universally Compatible One-button Remote & Mic
  • Carry Pouch
  • 4 Pairs of Eartips
  • Serrated Cables

CONCLUSION

To put in simple terms, the SoundMAGIC E10C has a comparatively balanced sound signature, and comes with a 3-button universal remote, so if you prefer clarity and are looking for convenient smartphone compatibility, then go for these. 

If you are all about that bass and can make do with the one-button microphone and remote and audio clarity, then the Sony MDR-XB50AP is a better option.


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2 Responses

Rishikesh
Rishikesh

August 18, 2017

Hey Hitesh,
Sorry for the late response.
As of now, the best earphones under Rs. 2000 are RHA MA350, Jays A-Jays Five and Soundmagic E10C.
All of these are quite balanced throughout all frequencies. The RHA MA 350 will be clearer though with proper bass as well.
For further inquiries, get in touch with us.
Thank you.

hitesh jetwani
hitesh jetwani

July 13, 2017

Looking for balanced Earphones
Budget 2000
Options
SoundMAGIC e10
Sony xb450
Mee m6p

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