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MEElectronics M6 Review

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MEElectronics M6 Review

First impressions: oh my god, just how pretty do these look??? These may be the prettiest IEM’s I’ve seen, just look at them.

First audio impressions are going from a secondary listening and from memory as I had an issue with them. Mostly I remember thinking what the hell, after spending so long with its siblings these I found hard to believe where the same range, hell these have the same drivers as the M9. These are so much better. God it’s got genuinely good mids and what’s that I hear, treble, sharp crisp treble. God the clarity across the board is just so much better on these so much so I thought the others might all be broken. A replacement set confirmed that no these just are a lot better. Btw if my dealings with MEElectronics are representative of their customer service I can say they really super nice and very helpful.

I really don’t know how and why they sound so much better. I thought maybe it’s the looser seal on these and part of me still thinks this but for the life on me I couldn’t replicate the clarity of these on any of the others. These I genuinely like.



Amped / unamped: The usual small differences, not really worth the bother.

Lows: God these are a breath of fresh air after so much time with its siblings. Good deep low bass but not several tons of it. These feel so much lighter to listen to. I realise that bass junkies after their next fix might rather its siblings but this has easily the best behaved bass in the range. It’s there deep and low but no great hump of it rising toward the midbass range. Oh it’s so well behaved. I know some like that but I don’t and its my review so naa. These spank its siblings.


Mids: Mids are much cleaner on these. I really rather like these. They are borderline what some might call forward but I think they are very evenly balanced in quantity to the highs and lows. Not too dry, not too wet. The only really problem with the mids and I hate to say it but on occasion they do get a little sibilant. Normally that would bother me a lot but its mids are otherwise so pleasant I’m willing to overlook it. I’d much rather these mids than those of its stable mates.



Highs: The highs were possible the first thing I noticed about these most notably because it has them. They are so much cleaner and clearer than even the M11. They are pretty much spot on in the quantity that should be here and they are detailed nicely. What surprises me most in what a leap they are over the M9, how the hell they have the same driver I just cannot fathom. On the (granted way cheaper) M9 the highs would get a bit much on the ears but these are so much better controlled. Their relatively greater abundance never is a problem.


Soundstage: As usual for a dynamic it’s pretty good. I’d place these as better than average but nothing magical.


Comfort: Very very comfortable. They do insist you wear them over the ear so you had better like that or get used to it however it’s what I prefer so fine by me.



Fit: Well boys and girl this was a total pain in the bottom. Yes once I got them sitting right they would stay there but it was the getting there. These are the only things I’ve used with memory wires that have ever posed to be a problem for me but these killed. When I first started playing with these I was spending ages trying to get the position quite right and playing with tips. Even now whenever I put these back on it takes a minute or two to get them just so.


Microphonics: None unless you really really try. Kick ass cable.


Isolation: Its slightly less than its siblings but still enough for normal usage. Fine for on the bus, not for the tube.


Cable: Kicks ass. Simples! (UK residents will get the reference) For those outside the UK



Value: Great, easily the best of its siblings. At prices I could find its us$10 (us$20 RRP) cheaper than the iM-590 but getting dangerously close to their sound quality. I’m really not sure which of the two id take if it was my money, both have their advantages and disadvantages but on just sound alone the iM-590 do just pip them. In the UK the 590 I still don’t see available yet so its competition are Radiopaqs. These with their better cable and cable slider don’t have their microphonic issues and becomes a serious challenger to the Jazz and Classical. Just on sound the M6 looses (so would the 590) but the cable and over the ear nature really go in the M6’s favour. At us$40 they give pretty good sound for very little money.



Conclusion: in the MElectronics range these should be the only one you want to really even think about buying just on sound quality. They supposedly have the same drivers in them as the M9 but I really utterly cannot fathom how the same driver can sound so different but it does. I genuinely thought the others must have been affected by cold or something on their way to me the difference was that stark. God if this had the little black case the M9 had with them they would really start worrying the iM-590’s leg, sounds very nearly as good, has a much better cable and lets you wear over the ear which the 590 never really loved me doing. I already know of one chap who sought these out largely because of their over the ear fit which is rare in this price range. In fact I can’t think of a cheaper proper over the ear IEM. Okay so I just did, the PL-30 but I’ve never heard it.

I had been planning to do a round up post comparing all the MEElectronic IEM’s I’ve heard but I’m not going to bother because these are a clear step above the others. It really is that simple. The M11 when properly amped wasn’t a million miles away but unamped for the same money these just sound better. This is the one they need to advertise and push, it deserves it.

I like these; they are fun, cheap and sound great for the money. Oh and they look just absolutely stunning too.
post #2 of 513
Hah, you beat me to it. My review of the full lineup (except M2) is still only halfway done.

Very nice impressions, and completely in line with my own. The M6 is by far my favourite of the line, followed by the M9, M11, and then R1 (too warm). Not sure where the SX-31 go yet, but they really aren't bad for $10. And damn, yours do look gorgeous. Mine are maroon .
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Hah, you beat me to it. My review of the full lineup (except M2) is still only halfway done.

Very nice impressions, and completely in line with my own. The M6 is by far my favourite of the line, followed by the M9, M11, and then R1 (too warm). Not sure where the SX-31 go yet, but they really aren't bad for $10. And damn, yours do look gorgeous. Mine are maroon .
Maroon? I got black ones

And yes, they really are that awesome.
post #4 of 513
nice review!

have to pick up one of the clear ones now.
post #5 of 513
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oh the maroon ones look good in pics though too
post #6 of 513
Great review and nice pics! I can't wait until mine come...

They look so awesome too...
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Can anyone compare these with the PL-50's?

I've had them for a few months now, and they sound great, but they don't excite me. I think they need a lot of EQ'ing to get the sound out of them I want, but doing so results in an unpleasant sound when I turn the volume up. Maybe I should have been looking at the more 'fun' earphones.
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Can anyone compare these with the PL-50's?

I've had them for a few months now, and they sound great, but they don't excite me. I think they need a lot of EQ'ing to get the sound out of them I want, but doing so results in an unpleasant sound when I turn the volume up. Maybe I should have been looking at the more 'fun' earphones.
the PL-50 is more poised and detailed but it wont have the bass taht many want with it being a BA. this can step up in the bass department in a way the PL-50 cant duo it just not boing able to move as much air as the M6's dynamic driver.

is that what you were eq'ing into the PL-50?
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the PL-50 is more poised and detailed but it wont have the bass taht many want with it being a BA. this can step up in the bass department in a way the PL-50 cant duo it just not boing able to move as much air as the M6's dynamic driver.

is that what you were eq'ing into the PL-50?
The mids of the PL-50 are really good, I don't EQ those. But I have quite high EQ settings for both the lowest and highest frequencies. You could say I use the V-settings.

The problem with this is that the bass get's ''bloated'' (if this is the right term) and the highs can get a bit stingy at over 50% volume. Mind you, I'm not using Rockbox at the moment because I installed the new .28 firmware for the Fuze and the mkamsboot doesn't support this currently.
post #10 of 513
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the M6 may well have the sound your after but you will lose out on its fantastic mids. the M6 mids are good but not as exceptional. the M6 is more even.
post #11 of 513
hrmmm I can see why you had a fitting problem, that might a big issue for some. Great review as always
post #12 of 513
nice review mark
I agree with alot of what you said, I was going to do a direct Klipsch S2 / Meelecs M6 comparison soon. Comparatively to the S2's I found the mids less rich, energetic and full (or perhaps slightly less forward) but far more detailed.

For the record to my own ears I personally found the M6's only fairly average with guitar orientated music, acoustic and rock etc. yet strangely good for metal. However they are a good performer on hip hop and I have to say, extremely capable with breakbeat-derived music..breakbeat hardcore, drum n bass and dubstep (think Kito: YouTube - Kito - LFO (feat. Reija Lee)) sound wonderful but the icing on the cake is techno..without question best phones I've listened to for techno full stop
post #13 of 513
How are they for jogging ? Which are more beautifull clear/black/ maroon ?
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How are they for jogging ? Which are more beautifull clear/black/ maroon ?
not that I pertain to do any form of exercise whatsoever but they certainly stay firmly in my ears, the memory wire is a pain to get right but once correct they hold the IEM's in place firmly, they aren't going anywhere.
As mark said microphonics are good on this cable too
post #15 of 513
okay thanks hope the clear ones are beautifullest :-D style 4ever
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