Review & Giveaway: MEE M9P In-Ear Earphones

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MEElectronic’s M9P In-Ear Earphones come in a very nice-looking box, giving them good first insight. From the front of the box, it clearly states that these earphones come manufactured with an inline microphone. You also get a nice small case for carrying your buds around. The shape and appearance of these earphones remind me of the Atomic Bass Earphones, retaining a pill like shape. The default rubber eartips also remind me of those found on the Etymotic Earphones.

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About MEElectronics

“MEElectronics is also known as MEE (M double E), has a goal of providing products with superior sound quality at price points people can afford, providing Musical Enjoyment for Everyone! We started in 2005 with a passion for music and a desire to bring exceptional sound quality to our customers at affordable prices by making MP3 players,however the sound quality of any player is dependent on the earphones used, so we developed our own. In 2010, MEE shifted our focus to earphones that provide durability, style, and exceptional sound quality. Our current lineup of earphones has won acclaim from headphone enthusiasts and reviewers worldwide, but that hasn’t stopped us from continually developing new products; we won’t bring a product to market that doesn’t meet our high standards.” – (MEElectronics.com)

What’s Included

  • M9P Earphones
  • 4 Sets of Eartips
  • 1 Rubber Wire Organizer
  • Circular Carrying Case

Buds, Tips and the Case

Earphone Specifications

  • Driver: 9mm drivers with neodymium magnets
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20KHz
  • Sensitivity: 95 dB (1mW @ 1KHz)
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Connector: 3.5mm gold plated, 45 degree connector
  • Cable: Designer 1.2m cord (4 ft) with attached shirt clip

Appearance

The buds have a nice, smooth texture to them, and don’t have too much of a shine to them, which removes the possibility of fingerprints. The wiring has a nice-looking texture, and is paired well with the rest of them. Although the actual buds may look great, I don’t really like the appearance of the included case. It has no texture, and is flat on both sides, only with the company’s logo stretched across one side of it. Every aspect of the appearance of these earphones are pretty generic, but they’re still a nice pair of buds.

Score: ★★★½

Audio Quality

Treble – Although the treble isn’t the strongest aspect of this pair, they’re still good compared to some $20 pairs of earphones. Listening to some bass heavy songs first, I noticed the synthesizers (Treble) weren’t as high as I was expecting. The sound wasn’t coming through as it did on other earphones, and the bass was overpowering the highs, mainly because the songs I listen to are extremely bass heavy. When listening to pop and other songs with a balanced amount of bass, the trebles sounded pretty good, and definitely a whole lot better than songs with the high amplitudes of bass. Overall, the treble isn’t too bad, but also isn’t the greatest.

Score: ★★★

Mids – The mids in these earphones didn’t seem too substantial at first, but after listening a bit more closely, it’s actually quite good. The mids (vocals) push through the bass, and maintains a good balance, allowing for great clarity. While Apple earbuds sort of “mesh” the sounds together in some sense, these do a better job of separating all of the sounds, which includes the mid and the bass. Overall, it depends on the song, and sometimes the music sounds great, while sometimes the earphones just don’t get the sounds through.

Score: ★★★★

Bass – Ah, the bass. The bass is possibly the best attribute of this set. Whether you listen to pop, dance, or drums and bass, the bass will always rock your ears in great amplitudes. Compared to the Atomic Bass earphones, these come somewhat close in terms of the amount of bass outputted by the earphones. The only complaint I have about the bass is that it sometimes has the tendency to be a bit overpowering, which causes the Treble to go down under. Other times, it just sounds great.

Score: ★★★★½

Overall Audio Score: ★★★½


The Buds

Comfort Quality

These earphones come with 4 different sets of rubber ear tips to put on your buds, and come in 2 different types of tips. One is a double-stacked eartip for extra noise isolation, while the other is just your simple earbud for your average noise isolation. Although they are both different, they feel the same in the ear, and don’t take away from your everyday music listening experiences. Like other earphones, you forget that they’re there, and they don’t leave any uncomfortable sensations over long periods of time. The earbuds are also made of aluminum, leaving them light-weight and ready to go. In my experiences, the comfort is A-OK!

Score: ★★★★★

Build Quality

The build quality of these earphones is pretty good due to the simplistic style of them. You have your average “L” shaped 3.5mm jack, and then you have the rubber connectors where the wire meets the earbuds. What I am always afraid of in earphones is the wires’ tendency to bend back and forth constantly over long periods of time, causing the wires to slowly separate and lose connection, in turn cutting off a connection to the right or left ear bud. The wiring inside the plastic insulation seems to be very substantial, and the plastic insulation itself is very strong even when tugged on, despite the fact that it is thin wire. Therefore, I don’t really see any chance of that happening. The build is a bit above average compared to other earphones within the price range.

Score: ★★★★


Ear Tips, Wire Organizer and Case

Value For Money

These earphones are priced at a mere $20, but are they worth it? The answer to that would be, yes. At $20, you get very good bass, strong mids, but not the highest highs. With the treble set aside, the sound quality is pretty good, and these buds are great compared to other ones, which goes along with not only the quality of the audio, but the build quality as well. While these earphones aren’t the most dazzling compared to some others, I’d rather have better sound and build rather than better looks; a huge reason why you never buy Skullcandies! Not only do you get the buds, but you also get the wire organizer, extra ear tips and small case. For $20, these are definitely one of the right pairs of buds to choose.

Score: ★★★★

Final Thoughts

While every aspect of these earphones aren’t perfect, they are definitely better than your “everyday” pairs of earphones, including some priced within $10-$20 higher (at $40-$50). They are very fairly priced at $20, and you get good sound, great build, as well as some useful accessories, which most earphones do not include nowadays. If you’re looking for a good, cheap pair of buds, these are the right ones to buy. Before you buy SkullCandies, some low-quality pair of gummy earphones, or even other low-priced nonsense, take a minute and think about what you’re doing. Depending on the buds you buy, a $10 difference between 2 sets can make a HUGE difference in quality, believe me!

Overall Score:

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† All prices are in US currency unless stated otherwise.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Overall scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
Thanks for the sample, MEElectronics!


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