MEElectronics is not a very familiar brand in India but that may change now, thanks to mediahome.in who have brought these affordable good sounding range of headphones to the Indian market. Reviewed here is the MEElectronic M9 which is an entry level pair of In-Ear headphones that promise to offer a pleasing sound quality at affordable price.
Features , Design and Fitting
The MEElectronic M9 is an affordable pair of In-Ears that come in two colors- silver and black. We received the black version which had a simple and ergonomic design. The In-Ears have 9mm drivers with neodymium magnets and the frequency response is rated at 20Hz to 20kHz .The sensitivity is rated at 95db (1mw @1KHz) and impedance is 16 Ohms. The In-Ears are easy to drive and can play loud enough with most portable audio players or multimedia phones. The cable ends with a 45 degree L-shaped connector with a 3.5mm gold plated stereo plug.
The In-ear has a metallic housing painted in black on the outside. It has a symmetrical cable design that also has a shirt clip and a Y-junction slider for tight fit and to reduce the clutter and cable noise while jogging. The cable is 1.4 meters long which is good enough to reach your pants pockets and is of good quality.
The package included a generous list of accessories including things we don't even see with more expensive headphones- four ear tips, one carrying pouch and a wire organizer.
Among the four tips, I felt that the bi-flange tips gave me the best fit and prolonged use was comfortable. The build quality, though not stellar, is good enough to withstand daily usage. Noise isolation was also sufficient in crowded areas.
I tested the MEE M9 with the Cowon D2+, iPod Touch 4G portable media players and using the M-Audio Audio Interface hooked up to a PC. The first thing I noticed was the warm sound signature that all the audio sources played with. The In-Ears sounded a bit restrained in the beginning, so I burned them in for a good 100 hours which loosened them up a little bit. Post the burn-in period, the overall sound quality was much better than I expected for a pair of In-Ears in this price range. The bass sounded warmer and bigger while mids were clear with the upper midrange dominating this frequency range. The highs were bright with decent extension. Soundstage though not spectacular was good. Overall, the M9 has sound quality which is exciting and its frequency response is commendable for its price. For a sub Rs. 1.5k In-ears, we can totally recommend this for your next upgrade to use with your mobile phones or MP3 players if you are on a budget.
For serious listeners though, the bass sounded a bit over-emphasized and the recessed lower mids made vocals and guitars sound a bit thin. Due to this, listening to acoustic music or Jazz vocals did not sound as good as we expected. The highs were also not silky smooth and the upper high-end frequencies lacked refinement. Pushing the volume beyond 80 percent on the iPod made the overall sound lack transparency and definition too. The M9's overall sound quality is rich and exciting but if you are looking for neutral or well-refined sound, look elsewhere (although, we doubt there are many options in this price range). So to conclude, the M9 offers very good sound quality, comfortable fit, good ergonomics and a rich set of accessories for its price.
The MEE M9 is available at mediahome.in for Rs.1,250 and is a good option if you are not willing to spend too much for an In-Ear headphones upgrade. It offers rich and exciting sound for its price.