(Last Updated On: August 28, 2019)

Roselle series and Meeture series from Simgot is designed to cater to different needs from the audiophile community.

Thank you, Alan, from Simgot for sending me the EM2 and MT3. The products were provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

Introduction

Simgot has long experience in designing good in-ear monitor (IEM) over the years. Their hard work in designing gained themselves respect from fellow audiophiles, including me. Instead of releasing a bunch of similar models, Simgot is always conservative. They study and design something that real audiophiles need.

Simgot MT3 (Left) and Simgot EM2 (Right)
Simgot MT3 (Left) and Simgot EM2 (Right)

Simgot left a deep impression with their release of EN700 – which is one of the amazing IEMs in the USD$100 price range.

With the excellent performance of the EN700, the addition of these two series is definitely welcome for Simgot fans. We will discover more about these two series in this review!

Simgot EM2

Semi-metallic faceplate design
Semi-metallic faceplate design

Simgot EM2

“The presentation for EM2 at the mids is sweet and smooth. I am pleased with the mids. As compared to other models from other manufacturers, this performance is a gem. The transition from mid-bass to lower mids is smooth. The warmth of the lows is carried forward to the lower mids. This warmth gives a sense of emotion to male vocals.”

Pros:

  • »A small shell that does not stretch your ears.
  • »Detachable design
  • » Excellent accessories within price range of USD $150

Cons:

  • »Early roll-off at highs
  • »Protruded 2-pin design caused difficulties in cable rolling

Simgot MT3

Semi-transparent faceplate design
Semi-transparent faceplate design

Simgot MT3

“The MT3 mids are staged slightly backward. This is a strategic location because it prevents the vocals from being too shouty. Moving forward to the upper mids, the upper mids have more emphasis as compared to the lower mids due to the brighter sound signature. This makes the presentation in the upper mids energetic and dynamic.”

Pros:

  • »The small shell that does not stretch your ears.
  • »Detachable cable design
  • »Supreme build quality as compared to IEMs with a similar design such as KZ

Cons:

  • »No hard case provided in the box
Simgot EM2
Simgot EM2
Simgot MT3
Simgot MT3

Unboxing

The unboxing experience for Simgot EM2 is fantastic. The overall presentation of the IEMs and accessories is grand and classy. I like the choice of a black box, making the overall feeling simplistic and classic. On the other hand, MT3 sits in a smaller packaging. I like the choice of a simple white box, making the overall feeling simplistic and classic.

Opening the box, the semi-metallic faceplate of EM2 catches your attention immediately. The shimmering glossy surface of the IEMs had me bedazzled. Apart from the IEMs themselves, you’ll also find a hard leather case in the first layer in the box. For MT3, opening the box, the semi-transparent faceplate of MT3 makes its first appearance to the users. Similar to EM2, the smoky faceplate catches my attention.

EM2 makes its first presentation when user opens the box
EM2 makes its first presentation when the user opens the box
A close look on EM2 hard leather case
A close look on EM2 hard leather case
MT3 makes its first presentation when user opens the box
MT3 makes its first presentation when the user opens the box
A close look on MT3 soft pouch
A close look on MT3 soft pouch

Removing the first layer, you’ll find the 0.78mm 2-pin to 3.5mm unbalanced cable for both IEMs. The remaining accessories are kept in the hard leather case. For MT3, there is no hard leather case but a soft pouch. Remaining accessories are kept in the pouch.

Opening the case or pouch, you’ll find 6 pairs of ear tips. There are 3 pairs of silicone ear tips for what Simgot refers to as a balanced sound signature and another 3 pairs of silicone ear tips for what Simgot refers to as an open sound signature.

Ear Tips I give powerful mid-high frequency.
Ear Tips I give powerful mid-high frequency.
Ear tips II enhanced bass and superior listening comfort.
Ear tips II enhanced bass and superior listening comfort.

Technical Specifications

Simgot EM2

  • Driver unit: 10mm high magnetic compound dynamic driver & Knowles balanced armature RAF-32873
  • Diaphragm: Polymer compound titanium-plated diaphragm
  • Frequency response: 15Hz-40kHz
  • Sensitivity: ≥101dB(at 1000Hz)
  • Impedance: 15Ω
  • Distortion: <1% 101dB(20μpa)
  • Channel imbalance: <1.5dB(at 1000Hz)
  • Rated power: 10mW
  • Cable: 4 cores of silver-plated copper (SPC) braided cable

Simgot MT3

Build

The faceplate of EM2 is attractive and eye-catching. The semi-metallic design is unique and memorable. I can recognize from afar if someone is wearing this IEM on the street.

Semi-metallic faceplate design
Semi-metallic faceplate design

For MT3, the faceplate of MT3 is pretty common in the market now. Knowledge Zenith (KZ) is using this design heavily. However, when you take a close look at the shell of MT3, you will realize Simgot MT3 is supreme in terms of the build quality.

KZ build quality is always sub-par and I think Simgot redefined this design by spending efforts in improving the build quality.

Semi-transparent faceplate design
Semi-transparent faceplate design

On top of the shell of both models, you will find the 2-pin connector. The 2-pin connector is designed to be different from the 2-pin connector commonly found on IEMs in the market. There is an elongated protection slot that prevents the pin from breaking when removing and installing the cable. This increases the overall strength of the connector. A strong connector boosts user confidence when installing and removing the detachable cable.

2-pin connector with protection slot for EM2
2-pin connector with protection slot for EM2
2-pin connector with protection slot for MT3
2-pin connector with protection slot for MT3

Again for both models, the nozzle is made of aluminum oxide. This is a good choice of material because it can boost the quality and lifetime of the nozzle. The nozzle and connector are the weakest points in any IEM, and we see here that Simgot understands the issue and put additional emphasis in these areas. Well done, Simgot!

Side view of the nozzle of EM2
Side view of the nozzle of EM2
Front view of the nozzle of EM2
Front view of the nozzle of EM2
Side view of the nozzle for MT3
Side view of the nozzle for MT3
Front view of the nozzle for MT3
Front view of the nozzle for MT3

For EM2, the stock cable provided by Simgot is a 0.78mm 2-pin 4 cores of SPC braided cable while for MT3 the stock cable provided is a 0.78mm 2-pin 4 cores OFC braided black cable.

On both of the cables, there are left and right indications on the 0.78mm 2-pin connectors. There are heat-shrinked transparent ear guides that improve the fitting significantly. The Y connector is placed slightly lower on the cable and there is a chin slider included.

0.78mm 2-pin 4 cores of SPC braided cable
0.78mm 2-pin 4 cores of SPC braided cable
0.78mm 2-pin 4 cores OFC braided cable
0.78mm 2-pin 4 cores OFC braided cable

The cable is terminated with a 3.5mm unbalanced right-angled jack for both models. There is a strain relief to increase the durability of the jack. Nicely done on the cable!

3.5mm Jack
3.5mm Jack
The Y-split, jack and 2 pin connector.
The Y-split, jack and 2 pin connector.
3.5mm Jack
3.5mm Jack
2 Pin Connector
2 Pin Connector

Fit and Isolation

Both EM2 and MT3 has a small shell which could potentially increase isolation with the enhanced fit. I have no problem with the fit and isolation as I have relatively large ears. I used both models on my daily commute, and the isolation allows me to immerse myself in the music. Those audiophiles with small ears will benefit from the small shell.

There is a small vent at the inner side of the shell for EM2 and MT3 to mitigate driver flex. Simgot is smart in designing the vent. It is a good choice to implement the vent at the inner side because this minimizes the external noise to enter users’ ear canals.

Driver flex: when the driver bends under the pressure of air against it. This usually occurs when inserting IEM into the ear. The air in the shell creates pressure, which bends the driver.
Vent at the inner side of the shell to mitigate driver flex.
Vent at the inner side of the shell to mitigate driver flex.
Vent at the inner side of the shell to mitigate driver flex.
Vent at the inner side of the shell to mitigate driver flex.

Pairing

For this review, I paired the EM2 and MT3 with Sony NW-WM1A. I used Final Audio Type E ear tips for this review.

I cannot comment on the differences between Simgot’s provided ear tips because they did not fit me well.
Simgot EM2 with Sony NW-WM1A.
Simgot EM2 with Sony NW-WM1A.
Simgot EM2 with Sony NW-WM1A.
Simgot EM2 with Sony NW-WM1A.
Simgot MT3 with Sony NW-WM1A
Simgot MT3 with Sony NW-WM1A
Simgot MT3 with Sony NW-WM1A
Simgot MT3 with Sony NW-WM1A

Sound

Listening to Simgot EM2 is like drinking a cup of warm Roselle Tea – warmth and smoothness flows down your throat comfortably

The sound signature of the EM2 is warm and slightly laid back. This creates a wide soundstage for users to immerse in. The utilization of dynamic drivers creates a good depth – resulting in a three-dimensional soundstage. This is a unique selling point within the $150 price range because a lot of manufacturers failed to re-create such soundstage.

EM2 has a relatively low impedance – 15 ohms. There might be impedance mismatch. According to Rule of Eighths, the output impedance of the source need to be lower than 1.875 ohms to preserve the original sound signature and protect the drivers. EM2 performs well with smartphones, but it benefits from good power output.

Rule of Eighths – Take the headphone’s impedance and divide it by eight; the number you’re left with is the approximate, ideal maximum output impedance that you should look for in an amplifier.
Simgot EM2
Simgot EM2

I cannot believe the performance of this sub-$100 IEM. It is amazing.

The sound signature of MT3 is energetic and dynamic. It could be slightly towards brighter sounding as compared to other models from Simgot.

In term of the soundstage, MT3 has a similar profile as EM2 – good depth, airy and spacious. This is a unique selling point within the $100 price range because a lot of manufacturers failed to re-create such soundstage.

MT3 has a relatively low impedance – 16 ohms. It can be easily driven by most of the smartphones and digital audio players (DAP). This is another selling point, and this can be a magnet to attract beginners to place an order on MT3 because they do not need to worry much on the source.

Lows

The EM2 can produce a good mid-bass. The quality of the mid-bass is premium, but the quantity might not be sufficient for bassheads. The dynamic driver in MT3 is the same as EM2. Hence, it is capable of producing a high-quality bass.

MT3’s lows are very well controlled, resulting in a tight and punchy bass. EM2 has more emphasis in mid-bass while MT3 has more emphasis in sub-bass. As compared to MT3, EM2 experiences mild sub-bass roll-off.

For EM2, the attack and decay speeds of lows are average. It is neither too fast nor slow, giving some warmth to the overall presentation. MT3 has a faster bass as compared to EM2.

The lows for both models are highly dependent on the ear tips. Narrow bore ear tips (Final Audio Type E) give a good sub-bass extension while wide bore ear tips (Symbio ear tips by MandarinEs) provide a more transparent presentation. This could be a good reason why Simgot throws 2 sets of ear tips into the packaging.

Simgot EM2
Simgot EM2
Simgot MT3
Simgot MT3

Mids

The mids are like a teaspoon of sugar, adding a sense of sweetness to the cup of Roselle tea – smooth, sweet but not greasy.

The presentation for EM2 at the mids is sweet and smooth. I am really pleased with the mids. As compared to other models from other manufacturers, this performance is really a gem. The transition from mid-bass to lower mids is smooth. The warmth of the lows is carried forward to the lower mids. This warmth gives a sense of emotion to male vocals.

Moving forward to the upper mids, the upper mids have more emphasis as compared to the lower mids. This makes the presentation in the upper mids energetic and dynamic. The female vocals sound sweet and airy. When Olivia Ong starts singing Fly Me to The Moon, I am instantly sold to this IEM.

For MT3, the presentation at the mids is sweet and smooth. I am really pleased with the mids. The air and space injected by the dynamic driver allow the mids to fully expand and hit on your eardrum like breeze of wind blowing on your face. It is comfortable.

The mids are staged slightly backward. This is a strategic location because it prevents the vocals from being too shouty. Moving forward to the upper mids, the upper mids have more emphasis as compared to the lower mids due to the brighter sound signature. This makes the presentation in the upper mids energetic and dynamic.

Simgot EM2
Simgot EM2
Simgot MT3
Simgot MT3

Highs

The highs of EM2 is shy in terms of presentation. This could be due to the warmth from the lows and mids. The shy highs reduce the transparency of the overall performance. There is an early roll-off in the highs. However, this could be a good selling point too. For those who have low resistance towards sparkling highs, EM2 could be a savior.

Despite being shy and polite, the overall presentation of the highs is still airy and spacious. There is a slight emphasis on the lower highs together with the upper mids. As mentioned in the previous section, this makes female vocals and string instruments sound energetic and dynamic.

Moving to MT3, the highs of MT3 is well extended in terms of presentation as compared to other models from Simgot. This could be due to the slightly brighter sound signature. The well-extended highs improve the transparency of the overall performance. The control of the rolling-off of decay is done precisely – no distortion or noise.

The overall presentation of the highs is still airy and spacious. There is a slight emphasis on the lower highs together with the upper mids. After the lower highs, it extends well to the upper highs and decays smoothly. Every frequency is well taken care of.

Simgot EM2
Simgot EM2
Simgot MT3
Simgot MT3

Conclusion

The Simgot EM2 and MT3 are excellent choices for audiophiles who are looking for an entry-level IEM. The price can be steep as compared to other Chi-Fi brands in the market, such as Tin HiFi and Knowledge-Zenith (KZ). EM2 would be a right choice for warmth-lover while MT3 will be more suitable for those who like something more energetic.

A close comparison between EM2 and MT3
A close comparison between EM2 and MT3
A close comparison between EM2 and MT3
A close comparison between EM2 and MT3
A close comparison between EM2 and MT3
A close comparison between EM2 and MT3

Both EM2 and MT3 can be purchased on Amazon. Both models are having 5 color options for this model: clear, pink, green, purple, and black. There is an on-going promotion now on Amazon.

You will be entitled to a USD$10 off for EM2 and USD$5 off for MT3 if you make an order now. For those who are interested in Simgot’s new release, you can check out Simgot Audiophile Club on Facebook for more information.