MEElectronics M11+ Earphones - A Beginner's review
Sunday, September 5, 2010 2:42:42 PM
MEElectronics is an U.S.A. company, which produces various kinds of In-Ear-Monitor and their flagship product being the MEElectronics M9, which was awarded Sonic-Diamond award Tai/ClieOS. MEElectronics was started in 2005 and they are also the makers of various iPod/iPhone cases and power adapters. For more information, access at their site MEElectronics
I got a chance to review one of their IEM, the M11+, which is their latest addition. Let’s see about its performance in short :-)
Specifications of M11+: (Copied from the official website)
Cable length: 1.4m (4.59ft, with attached shirt clip)
Driver size: 7mm with high density neodymium magnets
Frequency response: 20Hz-20 KHz
Impedance: 16 ohms
The MEElectronics M11+ ships in a rectangular plastic box, and the earphones and the case are resting in a tray. The earphones and three tips are visible on the packaging. It comes in three coloured versions: White, Black and Red. The one I got was White.
*Really sorry for the average quality pics :-(
MEElectronics is so kind to provide a bunch of accessories with this IEM. The included accessories are:
10 different sets of ear-tips
Hard clam-shell case
The box looks plain, with the MEElectronics logo on the top and the graphic design on the bottom with various taglines! They changed the box design as the previous ones are having a plain blue background with the product name printed in large. The new design looks cool! And the back side of the box contains short information about the earphones in 8 different languages. A full user manual is available at their website. Since the box is a simple white coloured plastic, it is prone to dust if it was kept outside, (say in a room, cupboard, etc)
After the opening of box, you are greeted with the earphones and its pouch! The earphone’s cable is put into the pouch by default and the zip of the pouch is closed half-way so that the cable won’t get any damages! The case has various ear-tips inside it and a small leaflet about the features of M11+. The case is bigger when compared to SoundMAGIC PL-30 so that you have some space to keep it inside safely.
Build Quality: [/ALIGN]
One word to describe: Superb! The M11+ is built of solid metal housing and the cables are transparent so that you can what is inside ;-) Since this is not the over-the-ear model, you have to wear it straight, as simple as 1-2-3! One glitch here is the embossed logo and the ear mark (R & L) on both side are very small so it’s somewhat difficult to read to some persons (like me, who always wear a spectacles!) And it will also worn out easily due to wear-n-tear.
The plug is a right angled gold-plated one as usual with all IEM’s, which will fit on all 3.5mm jacks.
The real test phase starts ;-)[/I]
Before burning them, I listened to some regional language tracks (which I prefer most) by various composers on my iPod Touch. And I must say that I’m impressed with the amazing sound quality, and I thought that no burn-in is needed for these. :-)
Anyways, a test is a TEST! So, I burned them using pink noise for a period of 60 hours and this time I selected various Tamil, Hindi, English songs(some!). All the old songs are ripped from my old audio-cd’s to 320KBPS MP3 format. The EQ was set to flat while listening. The changes after burning-in are really light. The regular user won’t find any differences as already the sound is top notch!
No issue on the microphonics as the cable is at its best! And regarding isolation, I always prefer the bi-flange tips so as to get a comfortable music quality. The normal tips won’t seal that much as a bi-flange or tri-flange does. So, the bi-flanges are the best companion for any IEM :-)
The bass is excellent, where you can hear the vibrations (the oomph factor!) When I listened to the song “Monalisa” by A.R. Rahman, I was amazed of the bass as the background score of song is having continuous use of rigorous beats! When compared to SoundMAGIC PL-30’s bass, M11+ wins without a doubt, where PL-30 requires an amp like Fiio E3 or E5 to get a proper bass. The soundstage is also good. When I heard some soothing melodies with closing eyes, I lost somewhere in the paradise!
Finally we arrive at the last and important stage! Value for money. The M11+ retails around $64.99 and M11+p retails around $69.99 with $7 shipping to any part of the world, via USPS. The price is justifiable in accordance with the quality it offers. MEElectronics usually offers good discount in short intervals for all their products! So, keep on looking at their site and grab it to join the ‘Mee’ bandwagon! You won’t regret it for sure.
At this price point, the main contenders are:
- MP4Nation Brainwavz M2
- Fischer Audio Eterna
- Hippo VB
- SoundMAGIC PL-50
I leave this to you, what to choose as each one is having different taste!
A WORD OF CAUTION: Always hear at 50%-60% volume while using earphones as continuous use at a high volume may cause severe damage to your ears. For more etiquette's of how to use IEM's, please refer: Basic Guide to IEM's
That said, I'm finishing my review here :-) I'm thankful to all people who helped to do this review. Thanks a lot for the bottom of my heart.
The Test Rig!