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My review of Meelectronics M6, M9 and M11

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Meelectronics, based in California since 2005, have a wide portfolio of different electronic gadgets. Today we will take a look at their earphones, the M6, M9 and M11.


Meelectronics M6



Specs.
Single dynamic driver, 9mm
Frequency range: 20 Hz – 20 KHz
Impedance: 16 Ohm
Sensitivity: 95dB/mW
RRP: $49.99, now on sale for $36.49
Colours: Black, clear and maroon

Build quality and accessories.
Build quality is very good. The housing is made of plastic and the cable is 140cm/55in, with a 90 degree jack. The cable has a so called ”memory wire” built in where it runs over the ears. This means that it has a bit of metal wiring attached to it, which can be bent into the shape you wish, to help them stay put. The cable is quite soft and smooth with a good quality feel to it and it looks very nice in clear, it also has a shirtclip attached.
The included accessories are, four pairs of different sized silicone sleeves (S, M, L and triple flanges), a pouch, airline adapter and a cable manager. All in all a generous amount of accessories.

Comfort and fit.
The M6’s are light and about average size. They are to be worn with the cable running over the ear. The memory wire can be an advantage as well as an disadvantage, unfortunately I’m in the latter group, I find it too fiddly and generally unnecessary for comfort and fit, but that’s just me. Isolation from ambient noise is good and microphonic noise is minimal thanks to the clip.

Sound quality.
Being a dynamic IEM they require time to settle (burn in) to sound their best. Once settled the M6 offer a dynamic sound experience, with a tight and punchy bass that does not over-power the rest of the soundspectrum, the mids are lively, the highs are crisp and the soundstage is wide. The laidback and pleasing warmth is very nice sounding and one can listen to them for hours on end, without any fatigue. The detail in the overall sound is impressive for a dynamic IEM in this price range.
The M6 will make all music styles sound lively and enjoyable, with their dynamic sound nicely wrapped into a large soundstage, they make for a great listening experience that soon will have you tapping along to the music. It can also be noted that they respond well to the use of DSP’s and EQ’s.

To sum up.
The good: excellent and involving/fun sound, build quality, design, price.
The bad: the memory wire (but that may be a good thing for some).

Verdict: for the price they offer a combination of well thought out accessory pack, overall sound quality and glorious looks/design, especially for the clear model, that is very hard to beat. Highly recommended.




Meelectronics M9



Specs.
Single dynamic driver, 9mm
Frequency range: 20 Hz – 20 KHz
Impedance: 16 Ohm
Sensitivity: 95dB/mW
RRP: $24.99, now on sale for $17.49
Colours: Black

Build quality and accessories.
Build quality is very good. The housing is made of aluminium and the cable is 120cm/48in, with a straight jack. The cable has a more rubbery feel to it than the one on the M6, and feels softer and smoother in use.
The included accessories are, four pairs of different sized silicone sleeves (S, M, L and double flanges), a semi-hard zippered case, a airline adapter and a cable manager. All in all a generous amount of accessories.

Comfort and fit.
The M9’s are light and quite small. They can be worn with the cable running over the ear as well as straight down. Isolation from ambient noise is good and microphonic noise is minimal thanks to the clip.

Sound quality.
The M9 use the same driver as the M6, and sound identical when used with same sleeves.
Being a dynamic IEM they require time to settle (burn in) to sound their best. Once settled the M9 offer a dynamic sound experience, with a tight and punchy bass that does not over-power the rest of the soundspectrum, the mids are lively, the highs are crisp and the soundstage is wide. The laidback and pleasing warmth is very nice sounding and one can listen to them for hours on end, without any fatigue. The detail in the overall sound is impressive for a dynamic IEM in this price range.
The M9 will make all music styles sound lively and enjoyable, with their dynamic sound nicely wrapped into a large soundstage, they make for a great listening experience that soon will have you tapping along to the music. It can also be noted that they respond well to the use of DSP’s and EQ’s.

To sum up.
The good: excellent and involving/fun sound, build quality, price.
The bad: the memory wire (but that may be a good thing for some).

Verdict: for the price they offer a good overall sound quality and generous accessory pack as well as a build quality that, I dare say, no other IEM can match. Highly recommended!!




Meelectronics M11



Specs.
Single dynamic driver, 7mm with a tuned bass-reflex system
Frequency range: 20 Hz – 20 KHz
Impedance: 16 Ohm
Sensitivity: 95dB/mW
RRP: $49.99, now on sale for $44.49
Colours: Black, red, silver

Build quality and accessories.
Build quality is very good. The housing is made of aluminium and the cable is 140cm/55in, with a 45 degree jack, and a shirtclip. The cable is not quite as soft and smooth as on the M6, but it is of high quality and looks very nice in clear.
The included accessories are, five pairs of different sized silicone sleeves (S, M, L, double and triple flanges), a pouch, a airline adapter and a cable manager. All in all a generous amount of accessories.

Comfort and fit.
The M11’s are light and small. They can be worn with the cable running over the ear as well as straight down. Isolation from ambient noise is good and microphonic noise is minimal thanks to the clip.

Sound quality.
Being a dynamic IEM they require time to settle (burn in) to sound their best. Once settled the M11 offer a dynamic sound experience, like the M6 and M9, but with added detail and more forward mids. They offer a tight and punchy bass that blends perfectly with the rest of the soundspectrum, the mids are smooth, detailed and forward, the highs are crisp and the soundstage is big. They are not as laidback as the M6 and M9, but they do sound excellent, and they can be listened to for long periods without any fatigue.
The M11 suits all music styles, and will make them sound lively and natural. The dynamic sound with a clear mids focus offer a detail that is normally found only in much more expensive IEM’s. Overall the M11 are highly enjoyable and they have a great combination of detail and energy wrapped into a big soundstage. Just as the M6 and M9 the M11 also respond well to the use of DSP’s and EQ’s.

To sum up.
The good: excellent and involving/fun sound, build quality, design, price.
The bad: very subtle L and R marking is easy to miss.

Verdict: for the price they offer stylish build and sound quality, that can match much more expensive IEM’s. Highly recommended.



Top M6, left M9, right M11
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post #2 of 39
are you sure the M9 and M6 use the same drivers?
post #3 of 39
Thread Starter 
As far as I know they are the same, they sound the same, to my ears, when used with same sleeves, and all specs are the same as well.
post #4 of 39
my ears wernt hearing the same but then i think there may be a prob with the M6 i have. thing is they sound even still quite a bit better than the M9 do to me
post #5 of 39
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Originally Posted by mark2410 View Post
are you sure the M9 and M6 use the same drivers?
Yes, they do sound very similar, though I tend to favor the M6 because of the better seal and fit.
post #6 of 39
Thread Starter 
I would suspect the M6 seal and fit to be better for the majority of users, and that's probably why they are said to sound a tad better.
post #7 of 39
Yes, the hardware is identical in the M9 and M6, but I, too, prefer the M6 for comfort/seal. Makes them sound significantly better to me.
post #8 of 39
The memory wire on the M6 is a killer for me. I like the 9 better because of it and the seal I get is good since I swapped the stock tips out of the box for Mark's biflange eBay tips. Best <$20 phones out there with the exception of my PL11s.

Not to subvert the thread, but I swear my PL11s sound how the NE6/7Ms are described in reviews. The M9s are awesome, but I wonder about QC from reports.
post #9 of 39
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Originally Posted by Judge Buff View Post
The memory wire on the M6 is a killer for me.
you can remove the memory wire with a small knife
post #10 of 39
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Originally Posted by EraserXIV View Post
you can remove the memory wire with a small knife
That'd be the same as buying the cheaper m9 then... assuming the drivers are the same.
post #11 of 39
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Originally Posted by EraserXIV View Post
you can remove the memory wire with a small knife
I know...

I may get around to it, but it's like I told someone earlier in a PM: I get a good seal with the M9 because of the biflange tips I use and I am playing with a new amp and have fullsize cans on the way. Hacking the wire off of them is just not a priority right now.
post #12 of 39
hmm i still am not convinced they are the same drivers
post #13 of 39
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by EraserXIV View Post
you can remove the memory wire with a small knife
Can it be pulled out from under the tube, or does the tube and the memory wire need to be cut off?
post #14 of 39
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Originally Posted by jtsai View Post
That'd be the same as buying the cheaper m9 then... assuming the drivers are the same.
The m6 still gets a better fit because it was built to be worn over the ear. Also, the m9 doesn't come in the sweet clear color

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Originally Posted by mp3 View Post
Can it be pulled out from under the tube, or does the tube and the memory wire need to be cut off?
the tube needs to be cut off.
post #15 of 39
The memory wire is covered with what looks like heatshrink...you'd have to split the heatshrink to get to the wire.
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