Simgot is one of the most professional-looking brand coming from China. While I think they need better visuals for their social pages, I also believe their products – and their brand in general – are really high-quality. If you think about LZ, you may notice an awful logo, that doesn’t represent the good sound of their products. Simgot has, instead, a good logo and a good sub-brand (Meeture). Here I have the MT3, a 75$ pair of In Ear Monitors which looks amazing and feels high-quality from the first contact. I want to thank Simgot for providing this sample to review. Here is the link to buy the MT3 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SIMGOT-Monitors-Headphones-Detachable-Earphones/dp/B07JP66SLJ
- Impedance: 18Ω
- Headphone Sensitivity: 101dB
- Frequency Response Range: 15Hz-40kHz
- Power Rating: 10mW
- Distortion Degree: <1% 101 dB
- Channel Balance: <1.5 dB (at 1000Hz)
- Vocalism Principle: 10mm High Magnetic Circuit Coil Dynamic Driver
- Plug Type: 3.5mm Straight Plug
Unboxing and first impressions
Inside a classy white box with the Meeture branding, we find the earbuds, the cable, a carrying pouch, some papers and a good selection of tips. I love the way they put the tips on two different small cardboards, that explain in both English and Chinese the way the sound is changed by that particular one. The wide-bore ones must carry a balanced and brighter sound, while the small-bore ones are for bass enhancement. I’m not a guy that really believes in tips-tuning, but I must say the difference is pretty hearable. I’ll tell later why and how.
The IEMs themselves are made out of plastic, with – I believe – a metal-coated plate on the front, with the Meeture branding on. It feels like plastic, but it’s cold like metal when you touch it. Anyway, the materials are good and the build quality too. I love the design and the transparent shell. If you know the quality of KZ – that’s really bad, especially for ES4 – you will be amazed with this pair of MT3 and the plastic that’s been used; it’s another price range, but you feel like you have what you pay for. The cable is a 2-pin .78 mm: I liked the pre-formed hooks, the plastic reinforcements, the braided black wires, the jack. Everything concerning the build and the feel of these IEMs is great. And the comfort, too.
My sources: FiiO M7 and Dodocool DA106 as DAPs, Focusrite 2i2 as USB interface with a 2012 MacBook Pro, Audirect Whistle as DAC/Amp with a Xiaomi Mi MIX 2. My files: from DSD (Pink Floyd) to 24/16 bit FLACs (Queen, Sinatra, Jacob Collier, John Coltrane, …) to 320 kbps MP3 (Jamie Cullum, Coldplay, …) to 16 bit >10k kbps M4A (Sia).
First, I tried the “balanced” tips (the ones with the open bores). With them, I found the sound amazing, and that’s a good summary of my experience. Joking, I explain better: I used the smallest tips available, and I liked the sound in all its frequencies. I think that these, as monitors, are made for singers. Vocals are the main part of all the experience you get. Male and female ones are so well reproduced, with a warm signature and an emotional vibe. However, instruments are somehow recessed, I believe to let the voice emerge. This was the same experience I got with the Unique Melody Mason V3 at my first try (those had more detail, but less bass than these ones). Even though the sound is not so balanced as they promise, I appreciated the overall signature of the MT3 in this configuration. Then I switched to the “bass enhancing” tips and my experience was really different. Those have a smaller bore; I don’t know how they are supposed to enhance the bass, but I suppose it’s a matter of pressure. Anyway, the sound signature with the bass tips become really V-shaped – I mean, maybe too much – and even though the listening comfort is superior, I don’t like that tuning as much as the first one. The balanced tips provided a more analytical sound, but also more fatiguing. The bass ones are fun to listen to, easier for a long period of listening, but don’t really provide my favourite tuning. The company has been so honest with the description of the sound changing that I’m really impressed. Okay, but I’ve just said I didn’t like the second tuning option. Why? Because mids are so recessed that some voices, when there’s a lot of instruments playing, are barely hearable. The bass is not that quick, but really present in the mid-bass area, giving an overall warm sound that’s always present. However, I didn’t feel the emotion I would have expected with these earphones. The voice reproduction is moving, but what you feel in the end is a sound that’s not so close to you. The stage, in fact, is just mediocre and the imaging doesn’t feel so real. That’s because of some recessed highs (7-8 kHz), I believe.
- Wide bore tips:
- Bass is good and smooth, well-extended in the sub area, but most present in the mids;
- Mids are somehow enhanced, in fact you feel voices over the instruments, which have a good separation;
- Treble is absolutely not bright, nor detailed. It’s relaxed – to say it in a good way. But its tuning could be way better. However, I prefer this one to the TinAudio T2 Pro’s one, that’s harsh and hurting.
- Small bore tips:
- Bass is pretty the same as before, but relating to the mids they now feel fuller;
- Mids are recessed, or maybe they feel recessed because of the more present bass;
- Highs are the same as before, but I consider the same change in how you hear them as the bass: because the mids are recessed, they seem better than before.
If I had to summarise this part, I would say: Wide bore tips are ∧, while small bore tips are ∨. At least, they feel like that.
Other important things to say about the sound: the MT3 need some juice, so I recommend using some kind of Amp. With the DA106 as a DAP, with low volumes you hear a lot of hiss and background noise. It’s enough to use a DAP with a better amplification, if you ask. M7 is just fine.
The overall sound signature, as my final word for the sound, is unusual. I don’t find it bad, because I enjoyed listening to the MT3. It’s just strange. I found myself enjoying these earphones a lot, but it’s difficult to listen to these for a long time without relaxing and doing some pauses, if you choose the balanced eartips. The analytical sound requires some pauses, so this is not the most comfortable listening experience ever – while it could be for the fit you get. You can always enjoy the other fun, V-shaped tuning, for a long time, choosing the other tips.
Meze 12 Classics (80$): different products, same price. I’d choose the Simgot because they are more comfortable in my ears, the sound is less dark, and they have a removable cable. But Meze gives a pair of Comply foam tips, has a classier looking product with metal and wood, and the carrying case is hard and not soft. Both are really good products, while both aren’t reference-sounding: you need to enjoy a V-shaped signature, when darker, when brighter.
BGVP DMG (140$): this is a higher level pair of earphones (with tuning customizations, a lot of eartips, a metal build…). I prefer the DMG over the MT3, because of the detail and the overall sound signature that’s more “traditional”, warm but on a reference side. But they don’t come with a case, for double the price. And I would say that the fit is comparable on the comfort side. Vocals are better on the MT3, but everything else – for my taste – is superior on the DMG. If you are a vocal performer, you may really choose the MT3 over the BGVP IEM – I also am a vocal performer, so I can speak for this need of mine. But the instrument separation is not on the highest side, so I don’t recommend the MT3 for every kind of musician like I do for the DMGs.
Being the entry-level model of a brand is not easy. Simgot produces good higher level (and price) IEMs, so you may have high expectations for the cheaper ones. The MT3 are an interesting choice for the sub-80$ price range, but you have to appreciate a non-ordinary sound signature – that’s not reference at all, but sometimes neither V-shaped. But you get used to it. The tips and the source affect a lot the final sound that you hear, which is a good thing if you search for your particular preference of tuning, but it’s less good if you want – for example – a solid sound in every situation. I recommend these for vocal monitoring. If you search for a reference sound, you may skip this model. I own a lot of different earphones, and I will keep using these for comparisons and monitoring. Overall, it’s a good set, that just needs to “mature”. And it will, I believe, because it’s a dynamic.
- Design and build quality
- Different tips for tuning
- Non-ordinary sound signature
- Instrument separation could be better