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MEElectronics M9 Review

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MEElectronics M9 Review

First impressions: these look okay but not as nice as the M2, nothing bad but noting special either. It’s nice you get the little case with them, all ear phones should come with a little case I think, top marks for giving a case even though it’s so cheap a product. Away to burn they go.

Oooh, that’s not good on pulling them out of the socket they have been in for a few days the sheath on the hp jack came off. It did slide back on but still not the best sign of build quality ever.





In the ears, oh well these are a big step up on the M2. Still rather bassy but they feel so much clearer everywhere. I’m really pleasantly surprised, these are more balanced and smooth, much more so than I was expecting after the last several days with the M2. I really can’t help but think it a shame these don’t look more pretty which I know doesn’t matter but still these look really bland and non descript. I do like this case though.


Amped / unamped: If I’m honest the icon did help bring out the mids and the highs which makes these more balanced but who’s really going to be amping these with us$100 amp? With the Fiio E5 there was really no appreciable difference unless you wanted to bass boost but these really in no way need it.



Lows: The bass on these is pretty good, surprisingly good in fact. What’s even more impressive is it seems to be able to stay where it should and not creep up into the mids. It’s also surprisingly deep, and seems to be able to hold a low note without running out of air. No doubt about it the bass on this is its best asset, it’s got great depth without becoming too domineering in the middle and upper bass frequencies. I know I’m not a bass junkie but this is reasonably pleasant to hear. Smooth and fairly well controlled. It does have a certain amount of punch too but don’t expect super quick punchy bass here, this if far more about smoothness and depth which how I happen to prefer bass to be. I would however be happier if there was much less of it. It may be decent bass but it is abundant to the point I want to turn the volume down. Think CX300 quantity.



Mids: I am a fan of mids and they are reasonably nice on here. Not great but really fairly good. They sound smooth and natural, gently warmed a little so you do lose some air in the vocal sound but they still sound rich and liquid. They are certainly behind the bass, by some distance but not a vast amount. As with many things I’d rather have the mids a bit forward but I can’t view this as any sort of failing as the vocals always remain distinct. I have noticed in a couple of tracks some slight harshness when played at volume but if I’m honest I felt I was going out of my way to push them. On the whole the mids, like the bass, is nice, smooth and rich.



Highs: The highs here are really relatively abundant and are reasonably well done, good and borderline very good for this price point. Everything sounds right even if it does get a little carried away with itself and over exuberant. No harshness really. Hmm okay so they can get a little harsh at volume and they do get a little lost when things get complex but at this price, duh. In other news the sky is blue and rain is wet. While I can’t say I love the treble here I must admit it’s pretty decent.



Soundstage: Like a lot of dynamic driver based IEM’s the soundstage is not bad, nothing special here but better than average. They give a nice out of the head sound and nice instrument separation.



Comfort: They are fine, really pretty good actually. They are very light and apart from the fact they really want to be worn down so every time you move you can feel them you would easily forget you had them in. I’m just no great fan of wearing IEM’s down.




Fit: Absolutely fine here, shove them in and bingo I get a seal, no fiddling about so long as I wear them down. The shape of these means they don’t really work being worn over the ear which I greatly prefer.


Microphonics: Well it’s not a big problem but no over ear fit is just asking for it really. They have however thoughtfully included a slider thingy which largely solves it as an issue.


Isolation: They are fairly good here, again think CX300 level. Enough to be fine for bus or walking but not something id be happy with for using on the tube or plane without having to turn them up.


Cable: The cable isn’t bad really, it’s got a nice rubbery texture but it does look a bit cheap. The jack looks and feels rather cheap too but nothing terribly so given it is a cheap product.



Value: I’ve got to say they are pretty good value. They are to my ears better than the venerable old Sennhieser CX300 but they aren’t a vast leap up from them. If it was just an M9 - CX300 comparison and where ever you are these cost roughly the same (in the US the M9 should work out much cheaper but in the UK not so much) them these win hands down, they don’t beat them by much in each sound but they do beat them all categories with the exception of that jack. The problem is the Alpha Brainwavez are better still, unless you’re after rather a lot of bass. The case really does help these look like possibly the best value package out there I know of in this sort of range, yes it’s a small thing but I think the inclusion of that case really makes these look like good value as nothing kills IEM’s like wrapping them round your DAP or stuffing them in your pocket.


Conclusion: These are a lot better than I was expecting but I cannot say i loved them. For me they had too much bass, now for me that was a failing but it’s very much a preference call. If you want a lot of bass and i mean CX300 levels then its really rather good, like an improved CX300. What I really do like it that something at this price comes with that little case. Its a great little case there, nothing special but exactly what you need and I really do wonder just why the rest of the range doesn’t come with one? Really, just why not? I would vastly rather have the little case than the aircraft adapter thingy that rarely, if ever, will be used by anyone. Also I’m not entirely sure why these came with a cable tie thingy too. I’m sure some would appreciate it but major points for the little case, that case is what you have over the Alphas and makes you the better bundle.

If you want something with abundant bass but doesn’t utterly spill all over the place then these should be a contender in your short list, they beat the CX300 but they are really a bit too bassy for me. However if you like a lot of bass these are worth looking at.
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No over ear fit = no go for me. Thanks again for your honest and neutral reviews!
post #3 of 9
Hmm..

So I've been listening to the whole MEElectronics range for a week or two now, and there's just no way around it: there are significant differences in SQ inbetween different units of the same model. I am totally with you on the M6 and R1, but totally not on the M11 and M9. My M11 is not in the same league as my M6 and my M9 (my most recent one) is not at all bassy. It actually sounds like a toned-down M6 sq-wise but more spacious and airy-sounding. That said, I've had 3 pairs of the M9 and they all sounded different (and all died in one way or another).

Also, My R1 is microphonic as hell. Really confused about this one .

Oh and that little case you like - it came with the old M6, too .
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I find the M9 to be a 'lil less bassier, drier, and harsher than my M6.

I figure it's the different housings and fit, but sometimes I wonder why they sound so different at times.
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Originally Posted by Thrashingshrimp View Post
I find the M9 to be a 'lil less bassier, drier, and harsher than my M6.

I figure it's the different housings and fit, but sometimes I wonder why they sound so different at times.
Yes, that's approximately what my M9 sounds like. Definitely nowhere near the CX300 in terms of bass.

Also, my M11 is seriously lacking in soundstage (but not in headstage) compared to the M9, M6, and even the SX-31, which seems to conflict with mark's and clieos's reviews, but seems inline with the initial impressions posted by jant71 in Maodi's M11/R1 thread.
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quick bump to the thread because I have a quick question. When you guys were burning in this phone. Was there wild swing in sound and statics noise? I just got those and is burning them in and it goes from bass heavy to bass super heavy to RE0 type bass light then the high disappear. For a while the left one had a static noise that I wasn't sure was a bad soldier job or what, but after a quick readjust it's gone and I couldn't get it to go back to static. It's settled down a bit, but the first hour was wild. Did anybody else experience this?
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Originally Posted by playingwithfire View Post
quick bump to the thread because I have a quick question. When you guys were burning in this phone. Was there wild swing in sound and statics noise? I just got those and is burning them in and it goes from bass heavy to bass super heavy to RE0 type bass light then the high disappear. For a while the left one had a static noise that I wasn't sure was a bad soldier job or what, but after a quick readjust it's gone and I couldn't get it to go back to static. It's settled down a bit, but the first hour was wild. Did anybody else experience this?
No I did not get that, you may have a defective unit. Wait a few more hours and try it again.
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no there wasnt wild fluctuations, my best guess would be you not having a good fit. no seal giving you no bass.
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Nice review, thanks.

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