SoundMAGIC Vento P55 Headphone,£59.99 delivered at SoundMagic
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SoundMAGIC Vento P55 Headphone,£59.99 delivered at SoundMagic

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Found 30th Nov
Was looking at getting the Sennheiser HD 579 from the Amazon/Argos deal that is knocking about, But I will never get away with open back in bed at night with the misses trying to go to sleep next to me.
Have no idea what these are like in the real world, But other than at hifiHeadphones were they are 59 quid plus £4 p&p there well over 100 quid everywhere else.

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I was buying SoundMagic when they were unknown in the West; sound quality was out of this world, after having a £20 pair (at the time and in Yuan), for a play, I threw away a £120 pair from a world famous brand.
Others reported fragile build quality, but mine are still going 8 years later, so I think it comes down to how you treat your gear.
If I hadnt recently invested in a pair of Xiaomi headphones, these would definitely be on my Christmas list.

Gentle_Giant1 h, 55 m ago

I was buying SoundMagic when they were unknown in the West; sound quality …I was buying SoundMagic when they were unknown in the West; sound quality was out of this world, after having a £20 pair (at the time and in Yuan), for a play, I threw away a £120 pair from a world famous brand.Others reported fragile build quality, but mine are still going 8 years later, so I think it comes down to how you treat your gear.If I hadnt recently invested in a pair of Xiaomi headphones, these would definitely be on my Christmas list.


I picked up the E10's when they first came out as guys on hifi forums were raving about them, for the price they're by far the best on the market. I've heard these are really good, sound isolation isn't amazing but they tick every other box and more, for this price they're insane, they retailed around £190 not too long ago, I've snapped a pair up so I appreciate the post!

Got them and a paif of s20 thank you

Got a pair of E10S ages ago and swear by them, superb. I'm a bit of a headphone impulse buyer and was going to go for these at this insane price, BUT! The WHF & Trusted reviews have put me off, especially the TR saying they are harsh at mid range. That would really make them a poor choice for me. I really wanted these but need convincing??? Heat for the price tho.....

tebbo6526 m ago

Got a pair of E10S ages ago and swear by them, superb. I'm a bit of a …Got a pair of E10S ages ago and swear by them, superb. I'm a bit of a headphone impulse buyer and was going to go for these at this insane price, BUT! The WHF & Trusted reviews have put me off, especially the TR saying they are harsh at mid range. That would really make them a poor choice for me. I really wanted these but need convincing??? Heat for the price tho.....



The problem with HiFi magazines these days is that most gear is so good they have to nit-pick; the ONLY time they will actually give a bad review is to a small outfit like SoundMagic, who dont spend advertising money with them.

I havent read that review, but how long did they give them to burn in?? I remember the P50's I had took about 20 hours to sound good, and maybe 100 hours before they sounded as good as the demo pair I had tried.

SoundMagic started life making knock-off's of famous brand headphones/earphones, but their knock-offs sounded better than the real thing, and they ended up with an OEM contract to make genuine versions.

Gentle_Giant10 m ago

The problem with HiFi magazines these days is that most gear is so good …The problem with HiFi magazines these days is that most gear is so good they have to nit-pick; the ONLY time they will actually give a bad review is to a small outfit like SoundMagic, who dont spend advertising money with them.I havent read that review, but how long did they give them to burn in?? I remember the P50's I had took about 20 hours to sound good, and maybe 100 hours before they sounded as good as the demo pair I had tried.SoundMagic started life making knock-off's of famous brand headphones/earphones, but their knock-offs sounded better than the real thing, and they ended up with an OEM contract to make genuine versions.


I'm certainly not doubting Sound Magic as a quality product. And to blow your HiFi mag review theory out of the water, WHF & TS both gave the E10s's fantastic reviews so the "small outfit" bit doesn't stack up!
What I was asking for, was an opinion from an actual purchaser who has used them and allowed them to settle.

tebbo651 h, 13 m ago

I'm certainly not doubting Sound Magic as a quality product. And to blow …I'm certainly not doubting Sound Magic as a quality product. And to blow your HiFi mag review theory out of the water, WHF & TS both gave the E10s's fantastic reviews so the "small outfit" bit doesn't stack up!What I was asking for, was an opinion from an actual purchaser who has used them and allowed them to settle.



I suggest you go read a few back issues of either mag; they DONT give much, if anything, negative in their reviews for ANYTHING by a major manufacturer; it is usually piddling little things like the control button being 1mm left of where they want it to be; anything even mildly critical of sound quality is either for no names, or when sound quality is AWFUL.

I came across this myself back in the 90's, a raving review for an over-priced CD player neglected to mention that on any decent, revealing speakers, you could hear nasty artefacts in the upper registers caused by the cheap ,n nasty DAC they had fitted; and even today they praise the LP12 to the roof, whereas my experiences were that even modestly priced TT could and did sound better.

My then £350 Manticore with RB300 and Ortophon MC20 sounded so much better than my step fathers RP3 that he went out and spent £1000 on a LP12/Basik, and when that didnt make enough difference, another £1000 on an arm/cart upgrade, and when THAT didnt make enough difference, another £1000 on the upgrade kit.

He was infuriated when my modest set up still sounded better, and then spent god knows how much on speakers and pre/power amps, easily in excess of £5000. All of this stuff got rave reviews, whereas my kit, from relatively small outfits got "good for the price", bass heavy", too much top end" etc reviews.

it is lucky for him that I had to sell the Manticore (I hate the CSA), or he would be bankrupt by now.

So, my point is to get opinions of actual users!!!

Reviews are funny things. I own a set of £300 Blue Mo-Fi's which I got cheap because the person selling them did not know what they were (estate sale). They sound astonishing but What Hi Fi only gave them 2 stars out of 5. This surprised me as to me they sounded a lot better than the cans they had given 5 stars to which I also owned. I take reviews on board when I read them but it is a good idea to read a lot of them rather than just one or two to get a better overall opinion.

tebbo651st Dec

So, my point is to get opinions of actual users!!!


User reviews can be very subjective, so independent reviews are better I feel.

Another review here: hifiheadphones.co.uk/rev…ew/

"Music genres good for and why:
TheSoundMAGIC Vento P55 excels at dance music, funk and Hip Hop, while its strong midrange suits genres such as classical and jazz particularly well."

SoundMagic were good value but increasingly less so. The price of becoming more mainstream. I wouldn't pay this price for this model, Sony makes better at this price level. Comparison to an open back Senn 500x series is irrelevant.
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