MEElectronics M9P Headphones Review
Unparalleled performance for the price
The MEElectronics M9P 2nd Gen. in-ear headphones (MSRP $39.99, online as low as $19.72) are a newer, revised edition of the company's popular portable product, the M9P. They're cheap as chips and they sound great, making them one of the best values in headphones. What more do you need?
Featuring a flat, tangle-resistant cable and an in-line mic/remote, MEElectronics bills these in-ears as a convenient audio solution for mobile devices like tablets and phones. Thanks to multiple color options, the M9P in-ears aim to stand in as both fashion accessory and premium audio provider.
If you like huge bass emphasis, you can't go wrong with these. They're free of distortion, durable, portable, convenient, and provide a healthy soundscape that leans on the low end. If you're looking for something a little more prepossessing, albeit pricier, the AKG K323 XS may be a better choice.
A great combination of convenience and style
Unlike on-ear and over-ear headphones, in-ear headphones often champion innocuity, standing in as a fashionable accessory without dominating your dome. Thus the M9P's aesthetic highlights include the design of the cable and remote as much as the 'buds themselves.
Our test sample is the gunmetal color, but the M9P in-ears are also available in red, silver, and pearl varieties. Discreet silver bands and sturdy, reinforced flex points on the earbuds transition smoothly to a flat cable in the same color. The cable splits at an adjustable point that's emblazoned with "M9P," white lettering on firm black rubber. Likewise, the gold-plated jack is reinforced by semi-flexible rubber.
These in-ears are quite comfortable, even over longer periods of time. The angled tips and multiple sleeve sizes make it easy for most people to find a good fit. The hard plastic caps can irritate your outer ears if you push them in too far, and getting used to the way they sit can be annoying for a time. In the long term, however, the M9P in-ears are comfortable enough, even if they lack the ear-coddling plushiness of other models.
There's plenty by way of utility elements, too. Listeners on the go will relish this product's single button in-line microphone/remote combo, which features a highly nuanced volume slider and a button to play/pause music playback or answer calls. The M9P should work with all Android and iOS mobile devices, although full remote functionality may not account for all third-party apps. A shirt clip, zip-up carry case, and five pairs of silicone tips in different sizes add further to the convenience factor.
A bit bass heavy, but great overall
Once you find a good fit and get to listening, the first thing you'll notice is that the M9P in-ears tread quite heavily in bass territory. Whether it's a thundering timpani, an upright bass, or Skrillex with a case of butterfingers, sub-bass and bass sounds plow through the mix without fail. Unlike many other consumer-facing, bass heavy headphones, however, the M9P in-ears don't stop there.
While treated with a bit more delicacy, middle, high-mid, and bright, treble frequencies are emphasized generously, too. The result is a multi-faceted, sweeping soundscape that punches well above this product's price tag. Just keep in mind—especially if you're looking for a flatter mix—that these in-ears give ample prevalence to bass frequencies compared to everything else.
Because they're of the in-ear variety, the M9P headphones have plenty of natural advantages in terms of keeping sound in and keeping noise out. Though they aren't specifically poised for noise canceling, a good fit will see everything from honking automobiles to ringing office phones dampened by at least 25% of the original volume, and more if you're actually listening to music.
The M9P in-ears also produce clean, distortion-free audio. Time in the lab revealed a healthy lack of distorted elements like clipped high notes and compressed bass tones. In fact, even the deepest bass elements were notably less distorted compared to most of the headphones we test, which is a very impressive result. This kind of distortion-free performance usually costs much more than MEElectronics is asking for.
An absolute steal at twice this price
The 2nd Generation M9P in-ears are simply a terrific value for consumers. Between the sturdy design, generous soundscape, and distortion-free playback, it's pretty hard to believe you can find these online for as little as $20.
If you're looking for something a little subtler, AKG has some $60 in-ears that offer a less bottom-heavy soundscape. If you're all about that bass, however, the 2nd Gen. M9P in-ears are an outstanding choice.
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