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MEE M6 in-Ear Headphones

Laldinfela Pachuau 2011-01-13
78 Good
Price: Rs 1,990

Full Review

Earphones come in different shapes and sizes and the MEE M6 is a pair of In-Ear phones with Over-the-Ear design that resembles stage monitor earphones. The MEE M6 is an upgrade over the M9 that we reviewed earlier.

Features and Specs
The M6 does not offer many different features from the more affordable M9 except for the design and build. It uses the same 9mm neodymium drivers found in the M9 and its impedance is rated at 16 Ohms while the frequency response and sensitivity are rated at 20Hz - 20kHz and 98dB respectively. These ratings are exactly similar to M9’s except for the sensitivity which is rated at 95dB for the M9.The higher sensitivity of the M6 is more desirable as this technically means the headphones require lesser power to drive than lower sensitive ones.

The cable is 1.4 meters long and it has a dark transparent coating and it ends with an L-shape gold plated 3.5 mm stereo plug. Both the cables are covered with around 2-inch long memory wires at the base where they are connected to the earphones. The memory wires securely hold the earphones around the ear.

There are two versions of M6, the standard M6 and the M6P which has a built-in mic to make it function as a headset when used with iPhone or Blackberry smartphones.  Our review unit was the standard M6 version without the microphone, so this model works with the iPod, Mp3 players and any audio device with a 3.5mm jack. The package contains 4 sets of eartips (small, medium, large and triple-flange) but no foam tips which usually offer excellent seal and fit. Apart from these, the bundle also includes one air-plane adapter, one carrying bag and one wire organizer. The product comes with one year warranty.

Design, Fitting and Ergonomics

Thanks to the memory wires, the In-Ears fit securely around the ear. The build quality is also good enough to withstand daily usage which is more superior to the cheaper M9. The cable is also is of good quality and is slightly stiffer than the M9’s.

Though the memory wire holds the earphones securely around the ear, fitting and positioning the earphone in the ear-canal to get the optimized sound requires a few attempts and it is not as simple as the standard In-Ear headphones. However, for active usage where you don’t need to constantly put the headphones on and off, the M6 will fit the bill. Cable-sound while jogging or walking aka microphonics is also almost non-existent, thanks to the shirt-clip attached to the cable. There is also a Y-junction slider to tighten the cable for secure fitting.


Noise isolation is not great but good enough to not warrant cranking up the volume to more than 80 percent on our iPod Touch and Cowon D2+ even in busy traffic. The medium size single flange was our favorite among the four eartips that came in the package as we got a proper seal and best sound.

Sound Quality
The MEE M6 does not require an amp to shine and it worked just fine with all the PMP and MP3 players we tried it out with. With the iPod Touch 4G and Cowon D2+, the M6 showed many a vast improvement over the M9 especially in terms of details and soundstage. With the M6, the bass is more defined and tighter, the mids are stronger without being overwhelming and the highs have more extension than the M9. The overall sound signature is inclined towards warm and exciting sound rather than sounding neutral.

Bass: The bass is deep and punchy. It had more authority and definition than what I heard with the M9. One good thing about the bass was that it never sounded overwhelming or muddy. Hip Hop and Trance fans would love this.

Mids: The mids on the M6 is more refined than they were on the M9 again. Guitars, snare drums etc. sounded clear and crisp and vocals also showed improvement over the M9. However, one minor complaint or rather a problem I found with both the MEE M9 and M6 is the mid-range which sound slightly hollow and lacking full-body sound. Guitar strumming, snare drums, vocals etc. could have sounded a bit crispier, more forward and fuller.

Highs: The high frequencies show good range and extension. They are well-refined which is again an improvement over the M9. They are neither particularly bright nor sibilant but they make their presence felt. They have much better extension than what I heard with our two year old Philips SHE9800. On a negative note though, there are times when the high-end notes sounded screechy or sibilant which was unpleasant. At this price though, the highs are well-refined and the best we’ve heard (under Rs.2k).

Soundstage: The soundstage is good and instruments separation is much more realistic than it was on the M9.

Product Sourced from Mediahome.in

Bottom Line

The MEE M6 offers a warm, detailed and an overall good sound quality at Rs.1,990. Its over-the-ear design and good build quality make it suited for an active lifestyle as well.

 

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