MEElectronics, also known as MEE, is a fairly new company being only six years old, but has distinguished themselves by creating quality headphones at an affordable price. MEE has a huge line up of headphones that are able to fit just about every price range. However, all of their series, from C to S, have only used dynamic drivers. In early 2011, MEElectronics introduced a new model, the A151 headphones, which use balanced armature (BA) technology. BAs are better than dynamics because BAs provide better details and high-end response. However, BAs tend to have a more restricted frequency response compared to dynamics. The MEE A151 headphones offer a beautiful design, detailed audio quality, great build quality, good comfort, and a big bang for your buck.
- Driver: Micro balanced armature
- Sensitivity: 111dB
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 18KHz
- Impedance: 27Ohm
- Maximum Power Input: 30mW
- Cable Length: 135cm/53in
In The Box
- MEElectronics A151 headphones
- 5 Sets of Ear Tips
- Clamshell zipper carrying case
The headphones come with a case and 5 sets of ear tips.
The MEE A151s are designed to be worn over the ear like the M6s. However, the design doesn’t look as plain and professional as the M6, instead they look a lot more fun.
The MEE A151 uses an over-the-ear insertion and look very stylish, yet professional.
Each earpiece is composed of black plastic and has silver accents on them. The style looks really nice and clean. I love the design on these since they are fun, yet still hold a level of professionalism to them. The nozzles are angled to provide a little more comfort and conform to your ear a little better. There is only one color choice, unless you think like Henry Ford, then “Any customer can have a car [their headphones] painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”
The MEE A151 feature a beautiful black and silver design with a braided cable.
The cable has a braided, but I think double-helix or twisted is a better description, design to it. It’s thin and feels absolutely amazing. It looks really nice too. It’s flexible and doesn’t get in the way. It is a little bit long for my tastes as I’m only 5 feet tall, but for the average human, it should be fine. I absolutely love the cord and hope that it will find its way onto other MEE models as it feels good, doesn’t make sound, and still is able to stay durable.
The overall design is appealing and can turn heads. It’s glossy and fun. I really like this design by MEE here. Fives all around for the design of the headphones.
Balanced armatures don’t require as much burn-in as dynamics as there are less moving parts; however, they can still improve with burn-in. When I first got the headphones, the bass and treble were fine, however there was a huge spike somewhere between the mids and highs. This spike literally hurt my ears. The spike never really disappeared, but it did get better. The headphones come with 5 sets of ear tips to ensure you get a good seal.
The A151s come with an assortment of tips to ensure a perfect seal. None of them worked for me, but they may work for you.
The bass on these is good, but not great. They do serve a punch, and tend to be accurate in that sense. However, the punch really doesn’t punch as much as I’d like it to in some songs that have a mid-to-light amount of bass. You can hear all the bass clearly; they are a step above neutral. The lows have a little more quantity than the Apple IEMs, but much less impact. You really only hear more of the bass than you feel. I’m one who likes to feel my bass and hear it less. The bass also lacks extension. Even with all that, the bass is still good and non-intrusive. It is an overall joy to listen to if you aren’t a bass-head. Overall, the bass is punchy and accurate, just without the full, knock-out punch.
The mids would probably be my favorite part of the headphones. However, there seems to be a pretty noticeable spike somewhere between the mids and highs. The spike did get a lot smaller with burn-in, it went from earsplitting to just a noticeable hump. The rest of the mids are clear and transparent. They have a great deal of detail to them as well, which makes me love them. The mids were still really well done, even if there’s a hint of harshness in a song or two.
The treble is defined and detailed. The highs are a little recessed compared to the rest of the spectrum. The treble does have some glimmering sparkle though. The treble had plenty of extension, but didn’t have that extra step that created the wow factor. I wouldn’t say the treble is plain, nor is it special. They’re somewhere in between, but leaning towards the special sparkly side. The highs can tend to clash together and get mushy, but this rarely happens though. The details in the treble were really nice to have. They weren’t harsh, but weren’t 100% clear. I found the treble to be good overall; they could use a little more refinement though.
These headphones do advertise some isolation on the box, but this is not what they were designed to do. The A151s seem to provide as much isolation as my Sony MDR-EX38iPs. It’s nothing special, just average at best. They will seal out most noise, but not all. The isolation works well in an open area, but if you get into a crowded place, expect to overhear some conversations.
Noise Isolation: ★★★½
Ah, the braided, double-helix cable design comes into play once again. Not only does it look and feel nice, it has other functions too. The microphonics on these headphones is really nice. There is very little with no sound going through them. With just a little sound, there is none. This is probably about the best microphonics I’ve heard, actually didn’t hear. The braided cable design works wonders for microphonics, no clip needed.
The overall sound of these headphones is balanced, but leaning towards the warmer side of things, except for the harshness in the mid-high range. These MEEs sound nice, not a bad first go for balanced armatures. There is lots room for improvement, but the sound quality is still good overall. The A151s allow you to hear every detail with clarity.
Audio Quality: ★★★★
These headphones are built rugged. The MEE A151 look like they can take a small beating, and still stand strong. Some parts look like they were built tough; others look sub-par for the price you pay though.
Each individual earpiece is composed of plastic. Plastic may sound weak and inferior, but this plastic is actually thick and durable. I can’t really see the casings breaking easily. The nozzle does seem to attract ear wax though. I wish they included a cleaner with the headphones, I ended up having to use the one that came with my Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4s. Each earpiece has a small rubbery-plastic piece coming out of it. It is the strain relief on the cable. It seems very durable, just not flexible.
I can’t really say whether or not the cable is going to survive on the long run, only time can do that. It is extremely flexible though, and the cable does not tangle at all because of the double-helix design. These are both huge pluses for build quality. The only problem I have with the cable is that it is thin. It seems very durable, but thin. More likely than not, it should be able to withstand stress.
The Y-split is probably the most durable-looking thing I’ve ever seen. It just looks like it’s ready for some rough housing. It’s made of flexible thick rubber that seems to be very strong.
The Y-Split on these headphones is rugged. The twisted cable is thin, but flexible and seems strong.
The cable ends at the headphone jack. The headphone jack is the most disappointing part of the build quality. It is straight and thin, but still flexible. The thin rubber does seem durable though. I still would have rather had an angled headphone jack, which I believe should become the norm for headphone jacks. The gold plated connector does help it resist corrosion though, which is a plus.
The headphone jack is thin and straight, but flexible.
The overall build quality of the headphones is great. They should be able to go through some roughness, although I’m not going to test that myself. The headphone jack seems a little less rugged though, otherwise, it has an amazing build to it.
Build Quality: ★★★★½
The shape of these headphones was made to help conform to your ear’s shape. MEE does a decent job at this. The headphones are comfortable to insert. There are no rough edges or anything. After inserting them in, they disappear because the housings of the headphones are light. These headphones are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time without worry.
Comfort Quality: ★★★★★
Value For Money
These headphones do have a lot to offer for the 75 bucks you lay down for them. Even better, Amazon has recently had a few sales on these bringing down the price to around $51†. For that price, the A151s are an absolute steal. They currently sell on Amazon for about 60 dollars. Even at the full 75 dollars though, they are well worth it.
The headphones come with a case to keep them protected and plenty of ear tips (who can’t use more ear tips?). Although it’s light on accessories, it really excels with the audio quality. Though the audio quality is not perfect, it’s still very good for the price. The design is beautiful though, making it worth a little more.
These headphones have a lot to offer for what you pay for, and they are worth the money, but there are better options out there.
Value for Money: ★★★★
The MEE A151 is MEElectronics’ first steps into Balanced Armature technology. The headphones aren’t perfect, but they are still great and well worth the price. The MEElectronics A151 headphones offer listeners an attractive design, great audio quality, rugged build quality, an abundance comfort, and a big bang for their buck. The A151s are a great first step into BAs for MEE; I surely don’t hope it’s their last.
- Design ★★★★★
- Audio Quality ★★★★
- Bass ★★★★
- Mids ★★★★½
- Treble ★★★½
- Noise Isolation ★★★½
- Microphonics ★★★★★
- Build Quality ★★★★½
- Comfort Quality ★★★★★
- Value for Money ★★★★
† All prices are in US currency.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
These headphones were received as a product sample from Mike at MEElectronics. Thank you.