The NiceHCK EP10 could be classified as an earbud but could also be called an IEM it's kinda a combination. The EP10 screams value though with it's all metal shell and hefty weight. It has a very premium feel and a good sound to go along with it. Just how good does this thing sound well read on to find out.
They have a warm/neutral sound to them that leans more toward the neutral side. This means they still do a good job of producing details in the high frequencies while not becoming sibilant or piercing. The slightly warmer sound makes them enjoyable for long listening periods.
The bass bleed actually helps in this situation because it adds a nice warmth to the mids. This makes for a great sound signature for male vocals however the female vocals do seem to lack some sparkle but are still very nice. This is due to that slightly warm sound signature. The EP10 does tend to be recessed but still nice for the price. The sound stage is good but not expansive, the EP10 also manages to have nice separation and imaging.
The EP10 does a nice job producing a type of bass I think everyone would like. It has enough sub bass that you can tell it's there but it's not overwhelming. The mid bass is also nice and gives you a punch on songs that need it. The bass bleed into the mids actually helps the EP10 out and gives it character to the sound.
Fit and Quality:
The fit on these is interesting some times I find myself having to jam them into my ears to get them to stay. I wouldn't say it's uncomfortable but it not the best feeling ones I've worn. The build quality however is outstanding, the full metal shell is so premium for something in this price range.
Comparison KZ ZSN vs EP10:
Since the KZ ZSN is currently the top ranking for this price range and the prices are almost exactly the same I figure it would be a good comparison.
The highs on the KZ ZSN are more detailed. The ZSN has more sparkle in the treble region that brings out the details and gives a more fun signature to the song. If your very prone to elevated piercing highs or listen to songs with elevated highs the EP10 is a great choice. Because of the warmer signature you don't loose much detail but you also don't get those bright highs. Personally the highs go to the
The mids on the EP10 have a more natural timbre to them meaning they seem to sound closer to the real tone. However they do lack some details for female vocals and the ZSN is a little less recessed sounding. Personally this is a toss up for me I like a warmer signature so I lean toward the EP 10 but it really depends on what music I'm listening to. If I want to have some fun while listening to music I'll listening to the ZSN. If I want to listen for long periods of time or want a more laid back presentation I'd pick the EP10.
The EP10 is good but just can't compete with the ZSN for me anyway. The bass on the ZSN is more punchy and it has more of it. Because I like bass I will always go for the ZSN. The sub bass on them is just much better and more punchy than they EP10. If your bass shy though the EP10 will be good for you.
The EP10 is an earbud/IEM hybrid that tends to play it safe. It's great if you don't really want a V shaped signature because you don't like too much bass or bright highs. It does nothing offensive and the mids are nice to listen to . The fit however could be a problem for some people since it is an odd design.
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