“MEElectronics, 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!” At a first look, these headphones are presented nicely in the sleek black box it comes in. While boxes are nice, the headphones are what matter. Looking at them, you’ll notice they are mostly made of plastic material, which concerned me due to the recently high standard for most new portable audio wear. While the external quality didn’t exactly appeal to me, the sound is what could. Read on for the full review:
- HT-21 Headphones
- Carrying Pouch
- Driver: 40 mm dynamic drivers
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20KHz
- Sensitivity: 114 dB
- Impedance: 32 ohms
- Maximum Power Input: 50 mW
- Connector: 3.5mm stereo gold plated 45° plug
- Cable: Single sided (left ear cup only) 120 cm cable (48 in)
- Warranty: 1 year
These earphones are designed very lightweight in manner, and are just as portable as normal earphones are. The headband is also lightweight, padded, and has ear cups that swivel and fold flat when not being used. The style of the earphones looks pretty generic, and doesn’t really have too much of a signature look to it besides MEE’s branding on each ear cup. While they’re not the greatest looking pair, they are still designed fairly well and the folding mechanics of the headphones let them stand out a bit from others, as well as adds on to its portability.
MEE states that they’re all for audio quality, and want the best for their customers. While the headphones may not give the greatest impression, the sound just might be able to do that!
- TrebleWhen listening to treble heavy music, it was pretty easy to define the quality, since the treble pops out quite a bit. I’d call it a bit above average, but nothing shockingly crisp and clear. The treble is recessed a little bit under the mids, as well as the bass. When listening, high-hats are somewhat noticeable, and high-pitched synths are existant, but a little bit drowned. I was hoping for more of a stronger, crisper treble, as it is a little foggy, but overall it really isn’t too bad.Treble: ★★★½
- MidsIn most songs, the mids sound very good. It can be strong and stand out in many cases, including dance and trance, or even other genres like pop. There is no meshing of sound with the mids, and it sounds completely independent of itself. While it is independent, the bass and trebles do ride under it a little bit, which isn’t entirely a bad thing, but many may prefer treble to be prioritized over mids. The signature of these headphones, that being heavily emphasized mids, allow for the ability to equalize sounds using the device’s built-in equalizer, allowing the listener to choose their preferred sound. Putting the equalizers asize, I feel that the mids are tuned nicely how they naturally are.Mids: ★★★★½
- BassMEE advertises that the HT-21s have “clear sound and deep bass.” I actually feel that they are being pretty honest in this respect. When listening to songs with extremely deep bass, you’ll find that the bass does actually go pretty deep, and you can hear how deep it actually does go. What you can’t feel is the effect of the bass, which doesn’t matter too much as sound goes, but is a part of a music-lover’s listening experience. As far as bass goes, yeah, it’s deep. The only thing I have to complain about is that while it is relatively clear, deep bass, it isn’t exactly punchy enough to my liking. Overall, the bass is good; it digs deep, but doesn’t carry too much of a punch.
Overall, the sound isn’t too bad, and all three aspects of sound come together quite nicely. While the treble and the bass aren’t as powerful as I would have thought, they are still somewhat powerful and make these headphones more enjoyable than your average, boring pair of SkullCandy’s or generic Sony branded headphones. If the sound isn’t tuned how you want during specific songs, there is always the equalizer route, but I feel that for most genres you shouldn’t have too much of a problem enjoying the music.
While the headphones do appear to be extremely flimsy, they are surprisingly strong and durable. I managed to pull the earcups apart about a foot and they didn’t break. If I had went anymore, I still don’t think they would break, but that can be saved for Myth Busters. I think it’s really cool that these earphones fold flat, since it makes it really easy to put them back into the carrying pouch, and further increases its already optimized portability. The cable is also pretty good, and I’d say is a bit better than the quality of that found on iPod Earbuds. The 3.5mm plug is angled a small amount, and is also gold plated, which is a great feature that can make headphones and earphones last very long periods of time without degradation of the plug. Being me, I often forget that I have them plugged into my laptop or iPhone, and have them held around my neck, so I usually end up tugging the cord and jack by accident. I haven’t had any tears, dents or cracks in any part of the headphones, and for such a light and thin pair of headphones, they can handle wear pretty well.
These headphones have a firm fabric covering each ear cup, with some foam under each. Over extended periods of time, they don’t hurt my ears since they’re only tight enough to float on top of your ears for nice listening. Overall, they’re not uncomfortable, but putting them on isn’t like having a cloud placed over your ears. A little more cushioning couldn’t hurt, but that could have taken away from the portability of these headphones.
The MSRP for these headphones are $39.99, which I don’t find too bad, but I feel should be more around $25-$30. The audio quality is pretty good, but for $40 I could probably get better sound quality from a pair of Sennheiser headphones, such as the HD201′s, which go for $10 less than the HT-21′s, priced at $30 MSRP. The difference is, the HD201′s are not anywhere near as portable as the HT-21′s. When you buy the HT-21′s, you’re paying mostly for the portability of the headphones, as well as the pretty good sound quality.
While these earphones aren’t the best sounding earphones you can buy for $40, their portability makes their slightly higher price tag pretty worth while, and its thin structure and good build quality makes them somewhat unique, as it can sometimes to be hard to find both of those features together at once. Overall, this isn’t a bad pair of headphones, and I think they’re great for light and moderate music listeners alike.