Here is how I hear EA EVO10 cable paired up with different IEMs in comparison to other cables (noted below). In this test I was using LPGT as a neutral reference source, volume matched, and playing the selection of my usual test tracks, such as Agnes Obel “The curse”, Sandro Cavazza “So much better” (Avicii remix), C-Bool “Never go away”, Ed Sheeran “Shape of you”, Counting Crows “Big yellow taxi”, Galantis “Hunter”, Alan Walker “Darkside”, Iggy Azalea “Black widow”, Indila “Boite en argent”, Robin Schultz “Oh child”, Dua Lipa “Love again”, David Elias “Vision of her”, and Michael Jackson “Dirty Diana”.
Please keep in mind, I’m describing the sound of IEM paired with a specific cable, driven from LPGT source. I don’t want to imply that cable will have a drastic EQ-like effect on the sound of IEM. Based on what I’m hearing, cable can finetune the sound, but if you find the original signature of IEM to be not your cup of tea, no cable alone will change that.
stock SPC (EA) vs EVO10 – For anybody familiar with Ely, the first thing you notice are the vocals and how natural and detailed they sound. Going from stock to EVO10 brings mids/vocals more forward, giving them more focus and even some enhancement in retrieval of details. Along with that, I hear more sub-bass weight and smoother lower treble. While lower treble sound change could be the result of mids being more forward, in case of the bass and the enhancement in sub-bass extension and weight, it most likely is related to the new cable and probably change in the impedance.
Empire Ears Odin
stock 1960 2wire vs EVO10 – The more mid-forward nature of EVO10 stayed consistent in this pair up, bringing mids/vocals even more forward in their presentation. Actually, I hear with stock cable the vocals being farther away, with imaging/placement being more out of my head, while with EVO10 I’m closer to the stage, closer to the artist, and mids/vocals are also lifted in quantity. But as a result of that, I felt that mid-bass punch lost a bit of a power, though it gained a deeper and more textured sub-bass rumble. If you already find Odin mids too forward for your taste, this might not be the best pair up for you. Otherwise, those who love more mid-forward performance will enjoy it.
Empire Ears Legend X
stock Ares II vs EVO10 – Based on hearing other EVO10 pair ups I already knew what to expect here, and it was right on the money. As you can guess, the mids were lifted higher, coming up from behind the bass with a higher quantity and more focus. Surprisingly, the signature still remained L-shaped, bass was still dominating here because EVO10 not only lifts the mids/vocals, but also sub-bass, giving it more weight and texture, keeping that bass slam hard and elevated. But now, mids are also more forward, and I’m hearing treble being a touch smoother as a result of that.
64 Audio Trio
stock SPC vs EVO10 – Trio is a V-shaped fun tuned IEM with more emphasis on bass slam and lower treble sparkle, while mids are pushed back, recessed, thinner and brighter. Adding EVO10 into the mix changes its deeper V-shaped signature to a more U-shaped sig since mids/vocals came up in quantity, sound only mildly recessed, and now gained more focus. The bass remains strong, or I should say, even stronger due to enhanced layer of sub-bass rumble. Treble is still a bit piercing and a little over-energetic for my personal taste, but it remained close to its original tuning.
Consistent with my cable testing philosophy, I used the same IEM (UM Mest MKII) and the same source (LPGT), and only changed one variable at a time to note the sound difference I hear while keeping volume matched. Keep in mind, I’m describing how UM Mest MKII sound compares between EVO10 and other cables, including the comparison to MKII own new stock PWA copper cable.
MKII stock PWA Copper vs EVO10 – mids are noticeably more forward in presentation, pushing MKII sound sig from mildly U-shaped to W-shaped. The mids are the most noticeable change here, then you notice more sub-bass texture, even more elevated than before. Also, with mids being more forward, the lower treble sounds a little smoother now, more natural, still with plenty of energy, just not as much in your face.
Eletech Socrates vs EVO10 – these have a lot of similarities since they both bring mids a little more forward, and in case of MKII they pushed the sound sig from U-shaped to W-shaped. But there is also a difference, especially in mids where Socrates gives the tonality more warmth which also translates into a little smoother lower treble. Another change was related to bass where EVO10 elevated sub-bass and gave even more weight to bass notes, while Socrates elevated mid-bass, giving a stronger punch to the bass. Thus, you can hear some trade-off in bass enhancement between these two cables.
PlusSound Tri-Copper vs EVO10 – Tri-Copper in this pair up sticks to U-shaped sound signature where I hear a more elevated bass and treble in MKII. In comparison, the EVO10 brings mids more forward, and adds more weight to the sub-bass, while Tri-Copper elevates both sub-/mid-bass. Also, EVO10 gives treble a more natural tonality while Tri-Copper actually elevated lower treble peak.
EA Cleopatra vs EVO10 – both cables bring out mids more forward, but while EVO10 turns MKII into W-shaped sound sig, Cleo pushed mids and treble more forward while the bass quantity was slightly attenuated down. In this pair up, MKII bass still has a great quality, very good extension and precise punch, but it is attenuated down, making the new sound sig with Cleo close to J-shaped. Thus, I preferred EVO10 in this pair up.
The slogan of this new cable is “evoke your EVO style… evoke your inner self.” But it can also evoke some people’s belief in cables. I am still sticking to my original preaching that cable is not an EQ, and it will not magically change the tuning of your IEM if you are not happy with it. But I do hear EVO10 to refine the sound with a distinct characteristic of enhancing the mids by lifting them up to bring more focus to the vocals. In many cases with IEMs that have V-shaped or U-shaped signature, EVO10 pushed the mids to change the signature toward a more balanced presentation.
Also, in many pair ups I noticed EVO10 to improve the sub-bass extension and to lift sub-bass rumble while also adding more texture to it. It didn’t enhance the slam of the bass but added more weight to it. Plus, as a result of lifting the mids up, the lower treble in many cases started to sound more natural, especially in those IEMs where you have lower treble peaks. To my ears, these are refinement level sound changes, perhaps, associated with a specific metal wire material, stranding geometry, and changes in wire impedance that will affect overall conductivity and resistivity of the cable.
But what surprised me the most, as I already mentioned in the Intro, was the new design featuring wire material I often associate with EA higher end flagship cables, though more affordable in pricing. The new cable hardware is just a cherry on top, from its new square shape connectors and headphone plug, to a very unique Y-Split with a transparent window to reveal wire cores and interchangeable E-Face faceplate covers. EVO10, as well as EVO1, are both cool additions to EA line up of cables, and will also make a great addition to enhance and personalize your IEMs.