- Driver: 9mm Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Impedance: 32 ohms
- Sensitivity: 98 dB
In the Box
- Munitio Nines
- Carrying Pouch
- Silicone “Hollow-Point” Tips (S/M/L)
Nines was the name given to these headphones by Munitio, by the banner images of it so far, you can probably conclude that the 9mm driver isn’t the only reason for this name. The Nines are designed to look like casings. They are offered in three distinct colors: gold, silver, and matte black. All three are attractive; you’ll be sure to find a color that’ll suite you. The design of the Nines is not only distinctive, it’s very flashy. Both of these cause the IEMs to attract attention. They do look great though.
Instead of packing a propellant or charge, the Nines pack inside of them a 9mm driver that shoots sound straight into your ear. The sound is a bass-focused signature with a warm, lush tilt to the midrange. The signature is definitely targeted towards the general consumer and away from audiophiles.
The low end finds itself with a strong focus on the lower-bass which creates quite a bit of weight to the low-end as a whole. This causes the bass to have a boomy sound behind each of its impacts which hit strong. At times, the boomyness is a little too strong and loses control. The sub-bass has a solid texturing but can recreate many of the sub-textures that are in region. The upper bass finds itself lost and a little overrun by the booms.
The midrange is one that is much smoother and non-fatiguing overall. The word lush comes to mind when I hear the vocals. The lower vocals are very emotional and strong with an inviting lushness to them. There is a hint of sweetness to the vocals, but no where near enough. The air behind the voice is lost. Despite the smooth sound, detailing is ample. The clarity is as well; both can technically use some improvement.
When we hit the upper end we find that Munitio did everything they can to reduce microphonics. The treble doesn’t extend as high as they should. Regardless though, they are nicely detailed in a soft inoffensive manner. The lower treble has excellent extension and detailing overall. It lacks a little bit of presence however. The treble, as a whole remains in the back.
Included with the Nines is a nice carrying pouch. The pouch follows a similar design scheme as the Nines looking very rugged, military like. There are two pockets inside the pouch which allow you to carry all the accessories and headphones while they are not in use.
The housings of the Nines are casted out of a single piece of copper alloy. They feel very strong and firm and definitely will protect the driver inside. The housing material itself is probably the best part of the build. There are strain reliefs coming out of each housing, however, they are very tiny and don’t look like they’ll be of much use.
The cable on the Nines has a multi-layered setup. Like the cable that comes with V-Moda headphones, which are well-regarded in terms of build, these have a fabric exterior with a Kevlar-reenforced interior to ensure the cable is strong. The cable does have a small tendency to get tangled above the Y-split. Otherwise, it’s a very well-designed cable that should last.
Terminating the cable on the other end is the headphone jack. The jack itself actually feels very firm and strong. It has a very good thickness to it and a strain relief coming out of it that isn’t small like the one on the housings. It’s got ample length and good flexibility. The jack, however, is a straight jack; an angled one would be preferred.
To ensure a proper fit, Munitio employs the use of two things, one is standard on all IEMs while the other is not. The first is the use of silicone tips. These tips, which they call “Hollow-Points”, have a unique turbine shape inside. On the outside, they look like any other standard tip.
Additionally, Munitio also includes a set of earhooks to ensure stability. The earhooks are designed to hook around the ear and keep the IEMs stable when worn down. They are especially useful when using the Nines in an active setting. Overall, the IEMs fit great and comfortably.
The Munitio Nines retail for about 170 bucks, but can be found through other outlets around 150. At this price, there are IEMs that will offer a better audio experience at a lower price. The sound signature is a standard bass-focused one that’s rendered very nicely though. The build quality is up there and comfort is top notch. If you’re the type that wants to stick two bullets inside your ears, the design will work perfectly for you. A remote and mic is included as well for iDevices.
The Nines have a design that stands out from everything else I’ve seen. They just about emulate the shape of a bullet, unseen by any other company. The design is what will get you to take a listen. The bass-heavy sound will not suite everyone, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. So if you’re looking for big-bass with a flashy design, the Nines may just be what you’re looking for.
I’d like to thank Nick for the product sample.