NICEHCK EP10 – Review

NICEHCK EP10

NICEHCK EP10

| 11 mm Dynamic Driver |



🎧 We are reviewing the NICEHCK EP10, a super affordable and rugged single driver earphone.

The NICEHCK EP10 features a larger than average 11mm dynamic driver with a PET/PEN diaphragm and a very wide frequency response ranging from 20Hz to 40kHz.

The diameter of the dynamic driver of the EP10 is a bit controversial as different sources inform different sizes, on Aliexpress it is informed as a 10mm DD, at Amazon is said to be a 13.5mm DD while the packaging declares an 11mm DD – as the most “official” source seems the packaging, we are classifying it’s dynamic driver size as 11mm.

The earpieces of the EP10 have a particularly durable construction quality that resembles the materials and/or is inline with the rugged construction of earphones such as the:

The cable of the NICEHCK EP10 has a helix/braided design with a copper color finish and all-metal details such as the cable bifurcation section, mic/remote and 3.5mm jack.

When choosing the EP10, buyers will be able to select within two color options and with or without the inline mic/remote – getting the micless model will cost a bit less.

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NICEHCK EP10 Review

Tests & Scores


W

Weight

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A

Accessories & Packaging

The NICEHCK EP10 unboxing results in a semi-hard case, a 3.5mm jack cap, a cable organizer, 2 pair of double flange eartips and 4 pair of single flange tips.

The packaging is a very small box that, at first sight, might not seem to contain such an amount of accessories.

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B

Bass & Sub Bass

With stock oval-shaped eartips + loose fit/seal

The NICEHCK EP10, when used with the oval-shaped eartips and a loose fit/seal, provides punchy mid-bass and good depth without becoming bloated nor invasive.

Expect bass capable of covering any music genre without shortage but do not think of them as a basshead nor bass-only earphone.

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With biggest eartips + tight fit/seal

It is noteworthy pointing out that according to each user’s ears morphology and the eartip used, the NICEHCK will show an extremely different bass response.

People with narrower ear canals or placing the biggest eartips will provide a tighter fit, which will result in an exponential increment of mid-bass and sub-bass and a much more bass-centered sound signature.

This bass boost generated by the tighter seal/fit reaches up to +10dB over mid-bass and deep sub-bass ranges.

If a crazily deep sub-bass is wanted, wearing the biggest eartips and applying an aggressive EQ can reveal an insane amount of depth.

Through our extreme basshead test, the NICEHCK EP10 handled up to 55% of a FiiO A5 amplifier maximum power. The results exhibited a massive basshead rumble and impact that can surpass many of the top basshead earphones, sitting among the Top 5, way above the KZ ZST PRO, KZ ZSN, right in between the Puma Bulldogs and above the Sony MDR-XB50, Monster Beats iBeats but below the Sony MDR-EX800st and Pioneer SE-CX8 / Pioneer SE-CX9.

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NICEHCK EP10
NICEHCK EP10

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M

Mids & Vocals

With stock oval-shaped eartips + loose fit/seal

The NICEHCK EP10 have clear male vocals that do not sound distant nor excessively laid back.

In addition to this, their lower mids are clean with nearly no mid-bass bleed nor congestion. All the aforementioned is only exhibited with the stock oval-shaped eartips + loose fit/seal.

Furthermore, higher mids offer a very crisp personality with clear female vocals but can show some harshness on the upper end of their midrange.

With an EQ their midrange can be retuned to partially “fix” their harshy peaks.

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With biggest eartips + tight fit/seal

All listeners besides bassheads or bass-intense lovers are recommended to use the NICEHCK EP10 with the smallest eartips (oval-shaped) to avoid the insane increment of bass with the bigger eartips – that would equally increment mid-bass bleed and congestion.

NICEHCK EP10
NICEHCK EP10

H

Highs & Treble

With stock oval-shaped eartips + loose fit/seal

The NICEHCK EP10 highs can resolve some detail for normal listening sessions and provide sufficient brightness for this kind of use.

Nonetheless, opposite to their midrange that showed a very clean and clear sound, their highs are less emphasized due to a noticeable rolled-off response on their upper highs and treble region.

Expect piercing and sibilant peaks that can appear when tracks present strong spikes in these regions.

An EQ provides plenty additional detail that can be squeezed out with a well-customized EQ.

Additionally, their overall highs will sound much brighter than before with also stronger and more frequent fatiguing peaks.

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With biggest eartips + tight fit/seal

Likewise with the midrange, every listener besides bassheads should avoid using any bigger eartip than the smallest ones or their highs will be significantly drowned by their massive bass response.


SL

Sound Leak

The sound leaking out of the NICEHCK EP10 is much lower than on most earphones. Listeners can feel safe cranking up the volume way up without disturbing nearby people.

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SI

Sound Isolation

The sound isolation provided by the NICEHCK EP10 is substantially stronger than on many average earphones.

Partial isolation will be immediate while absolute isolation will be achievable by dialing up the volume of your listening sessions.

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NICEHCK EP10

C

Comfort

The earpieces of the NICEHCK EP10 has very curvy and smooth contours that made them a joy to wear for as long as wanted without having to worry about in-ear pain nor discomfort issues.

The robust materials and very good cable quality add up to their fit and comfort level.

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EQ

Response to Equalization

The response to EQ of the EP10 enabled it to improve their highs and retune part of their mids but the most prominent results could be seen over bass (with the biggest eartips), unleashing a bass monster that if handled by expert extreme bassheads can reach high-class basshead rumble and impact.

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Frequency Response (raw)

NICEHCK EP10 Frequency Response Curve

NICEHCK EP10 frequency response curve with loose seal and smallest eartips
NICEHCK EP10 frequency response curve with loose seal and smallest eartips
NICEHCK EP10 frequency response curve with tight seal and biggest eartips
NICEHCK EP10 frequency response curve with tight seal and biggest eartips

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NICEHCK EP10 Technical Specifications

Specifications

Type Dynamic
Driver Unit 11mm
Sensitivity 95dB/mW
Power Capacity unknown
Impedance 32 ohms
Frequency Response 20-40,000Hz
Diaphragm PET
Magnet unknown
Cord Y-type
Cord Length 1.2m
Plug Stereo mini plug
Weight Approx. 25g
Supplied Accessories 6x Earphone tips; case

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DISCLAIMER
We highly discourage anyone from trying to apply our testings to your own earphones, the risk of damaging or permanently breaking your iems is absolutely probable to happen. With our standardized equalization and amplification tests we push the limits of the earphones to the extreme. If anyway you decide to do so, we cannot be held responsible of the damage done to your equipment. Do it at your own risk.

NICEHCK EP10

8.1

SCORE

8.1/10


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