Headphone Review: MEElectronics M16P

Affordability, superb sound quality, and durability are three qualities a casual listener seeks. The MEElectronics M16P provides all that, and more. With its low price tag, excellent sound and high build quality, many will agree that this product is a good buy.  Read on for the full review:

Specifications

  • Driver: 6.8 mm dynamic drivers
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20KHz
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • Impedance: 16 ohms

In the Box

  • M16P Chrome Headset
  • Silicon tips (single flange: S/M/L; bi-flange: M)
MEElectronics provides the basic necessities.

Design

From the get-go, the chrome color on these look stylish. Chromium-styled headphones are rare to find and they provide a taste of uniqueness that other headphones lack. The M16Ps do catch people’s eyes; my friend noticed these right away. They are also mesmerizing and draw attention to themselves. The cable design gives the illusion that they are clear while the metallic silver shines bright and proud. These headphones also come in black. Users also have the option of having a remote and mic.

The signature threaded wire that is on most of MEElectronic’s product.

MEElectronics shows off their M16s in a stunning fashion. The wire is threaded and covered with a plastic coating. There aren’t a lot of headphone companies that provide this type of wire design. Many of MEElectronics products also have this type of design, which acts as a signature design. Overall, these tiny earphones attract attention with its style. You won’t be embarrassed if you wear these headphones in public.

Design: ★★★★★

Audio

Audio is quite clear and detailed with a very well-bodied, inviting bass. The M16s are ported which allows the driver to move more freely and give more bass. The highs sometimes got distorted though.

Bass

These IEMs have great impact with superb texture that allows you to get the feeling of adrenaline rushing through your veins, especially in music with dubstep. Compared to the impact of the M6s, these are lacking. With the M6s, the bass will blow your brains out. With the M16s, you can feel yourself being cuddled by the bass, similarly with the M6s, the bass can sometimes overtake the mids. The bass is very well bodied. The lows are very welcoming, but it’s still not on par with MEElec’s previous headphones, the M6, where the bass was more prominent. Also, the depth of the bass was lacking.

Bass: ★★★★

Mids

The mids are really clear in most of the wide range of music I listen to: rap, rock, hip hop, dubstep, and electronic. You could hear most, if not all, of the instruments. Sometimes, in bass heavy songs, the mids get washed out. Separation was great with these IEMs. The Mids were also quite dynamic when they needed to be and were enjoyable to listen to. The vocals shine, but sometimes tended to overshadow the highs.

Mids: ★★★★

Highs

There was an ample amount of sparkle which could have been better. The decay on cymbals amazed me; there was a natural beginning and fade in a gentle fashion. The notes are clear and detailed. However, the highs tended to become smeared at times. When the treble wasn’t recessed, the instruments were detailed. Sometimes cymbals became harsh though.

Highs: ★★★★

Noise Isolation

The earphones are small and sit deeply inside the ears. Compared to the isolation of the M6s, I found these to be more lacking. While I was in louder environments like train stations, or buses full of students, the volume of the outside noise overtook the output of the IEMs. Since the M16s are ported, the noise isolation is reduced.

Microphonics

I wore these over the ear most of the time, but there still was a lot of microphonics. I would rather not have the clip since I never use it. However, if you want to run with these earphones or do any physical activity, then the clip will help reduce microphonics. Furthermore, the clip can be useful for drummers because they have to constantly move their body and having the clip can help keep the earphones on.

Clip to help reduce microponics if you do hear it.

The audio quality was vibrant, warm, detailed, and clear. These earphones are higher quality than most that are in the same price range.

Audio: ★★★★

Build

The build quality on these earphones is excellent. Although the M16s are lightweight, small, they are able to take quite a beating from drops, and still keep its guts from spilling out. The M16s are built to be strong with a small form factor. These earphones are quite resilient. The aluminum on these headphones is quite strong, so taking care of these from harm wasn’t a difficult task for me.

The nozzle of the earphones.

There is a strong strain relief for the wire that connects to the nozzles. This can help the headphones last longer.

L shaped headphone jack.

MEElectronics seems to be moving away from their 45 degree angled jacks and towards the L jack ones. I found that their L-shaped headphone jack was much stronger than than their 45 degree ones, so this is a step in the right direction.

The wire is also durable with their threaded design. They do not tangle into knots like the Apple headphones. These wires have yet to peel or tear apart. MEElectronics makes vigorous wires that last for a long time. They are also flexible so putting them in your pocket for storage is easy to do. MEE shows that the threaded design isn’t just for looks, it plays a strong role in build.

Build: ★★★★★

Comfort

MEElectronics always provides an ample amount of silicon tips. These tips do, however, feel a little harder than the ones that came with my M6s.

The four pairs of tips that come with the headphones.

When these headphones first came and I tried them on, it did not seem to stay in my ear. I was frustrated because the M6s, with the tri-flange tips, seemed to stay in my ears perfectly. However after using them for a few days, I was able to adjust myself to the single flange silicon tips. Although improved, the M16s still fall out every once in a while, because of this I decided to wear these over the ear.

Comfort: ★★★★

Value

The headphones will run you $24.99 before shipping on the official MEElectronics website. On Amazon, the headphones cost $19.98 if you choose to shop there. Adding up the sound quality, design, comfort, and the company-consumer relationship, the M16s are an excellent pair of headphones. Compared to some of the Sony headphones, the M16s outmatch them in every way, especially in sound.

Value: ★★★★★

Final Thoughts

MEElectronics has provides headphones with superb build quality, impressive sound quality, and a stylish design; all for an affordable price. Add that with the extraordinary customer support and you have all the more reason to try out this IEM. The MEElectronic M16Ps are no exception in MEElectronics IEM product line; they are clear and detailed headphones that are great for the price.

Thanks to Mike for sending out the product sample.

Overall Score:

† 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.
This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks Mike for the product sample.
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