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Meelec M9 sucks?

post #1 of 20
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I recently purchased the Meelec M9s from NewEgg from their "ShellShocker" deal.  It's the model with the built in microphone (M9P version).  I had high expectations, reading the glowing reviews on Head-Fi.  When I received it, initial impressions were that it was cheap.  The box was cheap, the earphone case looked cheap, the earphones themselves weren't too bad, but the microphone definitely looked and velt very flimsy and cheap.  This is fine and all, I don't expect much from a $10 headphone.  When I used the supplied tips, I couldn't get a good seal, so switched to the grey double flanges included.  Now I could get a perfect seal.  Plugged it into my iPod and started playing music.  Boy was I surprised.  The sound absolutely sucked.  The bass was overly boomy, uncontrolled, and overpowering, and the treble was sharp, and slightly irritating.  The mids sound like they were being shoved into my ear, and my ears actually started to hurt after awhile of listening (at medium volume).  I expected much more, these are trash compared to my PL30s.  I also saw in reviews about the huge soundstage, but I hear nothing except in my face.  It almost seems as if I got too good of a seal and these were designed to be used with a bad seal?  Or perhaps they are fakes, but I doubt NewEgg would sell fakes.

post #2 of 20

Had the same problems my self.

Have u tried the single flange eartips? Those were a big improvement compared with the dual flange ones.

 

 

post #3 of 20
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Just tried the single flange.  Even more tinny/sharp sounding, but bass is more controlled. 

post #4 of 20

The M9/M6 aren't great at louder volumes. Try listening at lower volume. Technically (and played quietly), they're quite literally unbeatable at $10. But not everyone is going to like the sound signature. Compared to the pacified sound signature of the pl30, the bass is going to be much stronger and a little boomy. The treble can be a little harsh (a peak at ~7-8kHz) and the mids are a little recessed. I've found that with earphone, it's all about sound signature, technical ability be damned. People tend to prefer inferior earphones with a more personally pleasing sound signature. If the pl30 sound is what you like, stick with it when you upgrade. You'll be happier, regardless of what other say. wink.gif

post #5 of 20

I'm kind of surprised - I have the opposite opinion.  I thought the PL30 were terrible, and gave them away.  I found them to be veiled hiss monsters with crap build quality.  The M9, however, I've always thought to be decent cheap iem's.  I listen to them at work.

 

I'm obviously not comparing them to my 4 driver customs, but I find it funny to read such a disparate opinion in relation to the PL30.

post #6 of 20

Make an effort to burn them in at higher volumes, but once you start actually listening to them, you have to stay quiet, like below casual levels quiet.  The driver used in them simply does not have that much linear excursion to work with.  Quiet, awesome earphones.  Loud sound like the cheap junk.  It's simply the limit of budget hardware.  If you understand it and accept what it offers, it's a great product.  If you don't understand or are unwilling to use them within their means, you will be moderately disappointed. 

post #7 of 20

Burn-in for about 20 hours will help smoothen out the sound (you should burn-in any dynamic driver IEM/HP anyway). Try Sony Hybrid tip, much better than the stock tips. 

post #8 of 20

I actually prefer the M9 over the Monster turbines. I must not be listening loud enough to sound bad. I do listen to music pretty loud and the M9's sound just fine.

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by mbarry View Post

I recently purchased the Meelec M9s from NewEgg from their "ShellShocker" deal.  It's the model with the built in microphone (M9P version).  I had high expectations, reading the glowing reviews on Head-Fi.  When I received it, initial impressions were that it was cheap.  The box was cheap, the earphone case looked cheap, the earphones themselves weren't too bad, but the microphone definitely looked and velt very flimsy and cheap.  This is fine and all, I don't expect much from a $10 headphone.  When I used the supplied tips, I couldn't get a good seal, so switched to the grey double flanges included.  Now I could get a perfect seal.  Plugged it into my iPod and started playing music.  Boy was I surprised.  The sound absolutely sucked.  The bass was overly boomy, uncontrolled, and overpowering, and the treble was sharp, and slightly irritating.  The mids sound like they were being shoved into my ear, and my ears actually started to hurt after awhile of listening (at medium volume).  I expected much more, these are trash compared to my PL30s.  I also saw in reviews about the huge soundstage, but I hear nothing except in my face.  It almost seems as if I got too good of a seal and these were designed to be used with a bad seal?  Or perhaps they are fakes, but I doubt NewEgg would sell fakes.


IMO I wouldn't really call the M9's trash compared to the PL30's but I too prefer the PL30's over the M9's.. After about 30 - 60 minutes of listening with the M9's I have the same problem as you with my ears starting to hurt and I have to take them out.. With my PL30's I can listen for hours without my ears hurting plus I really enjoy their sound and also they're super comfortable.. If I had to choose between the two I'd take the PL30 since I prefer their more balanced sound compared to the M9's which I find is a little too recessed in the mids for my liking and a little too harsh in the highs for my tastes..

post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by mbarry View Post

I recently purchased the Meelec M9s from NewEgg from their "ShellShocker" deal.  It's the model with the built in microphone (M9P version).  I had high expectations, reading the glowing reviews on Head-Fi.  When I received it, initial impressions were that it was cheap.  The box was cheap, the earphone case looked cheap, the earphones themselves weren't too bad, but the microphone definitely looked and velt very flimsy and cheap.  This is fine and all, I don't expect much from a $10 headphone.  When I used the supplied tips, I couldn't get a good seal, so switched to the grey double flanges included.  Now I could get a perfect seal.  Plugged it into my iPod and started playing music.  Boy was I surprised.  The sound absolutely sucked.  The bass was overly boomy, uncontrolled, and overpowering, and the treble was sharp, and slightly irritating.  The mids sound like they were being shoved into my ear, and my ears actually started to hurt after awhile of listening (at medium volume).  I expected much more, these are trash compared to my PL30s.  I also saw in reviews about the huge soundstage, but I hear nothing except in my face.  It almost seems as if I got too good of a seal and these were designed to be used with a bad seal?  Or perhaps they are fakes, but I doubt NewEgg would sell fakes.


your post made me join the forum lol. i received my pair today as well from the shellshocker deal. at first i was not happy with them because of the harsh highs and lack of mids but the more i listen to them the more i like them. in regards to the sound stage i used this to test them and i thought they passed with flying colors 

Virtual Barber Shop (Audio...use headphones ...

i also own a pair of BBD tours and i think i like the M9P better but i will need a few more days with them to be sure.

 

post #11 of 20

I think it's a bit ridiculous to compare the M9s to PL30s considering you bought these for less than $10 as compared to the latter which retail for upwards of $20.

For any dynamic driver IEM to shine, I think it is important to allow the drivers to settle in by burn in. I'd suggest you burn them in for 50-75 hours and then try them out. My guess is your ears need better tips for you to appreciate the sound better. And the harshness should definitely go away once the drivers have settled.

 

Just my two cents.

post #12 of 20

Curiously, I think just the opposite: I consider my now gone PL30 to be trash compared with M9. I found PL30 lacking in the voices and quite uncomfortable. Considering they were more expensive (almost twice the price) compared with my M9... that explains why I have actually TWO pairs of M9 and gave my PL30 to a friend (who doesn't like them, either).

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by DervishD View Post

Curiously, I think just the opposite: I consider my now gone PL30 to be trash compared with M9. I found PL30 lacking in the voices and quite uncomfortable. Considering they were more expensive (almost twice the price) compared with my M9... that explains why I have actually TWO pairs of M9 and gave my PL30 to a friend (who doesn't like them, either).


You can always send the PL30's my way if neither of you guy's like them much.. :) Actually I paid less for my PL30's shipped than what I did for my on sale M9's shipped from Meelec.. I guess our opposite opinions on both IEM's just goes to show that everyone's taste is different in what they like and dislike when it comes to IEM's.

 

To knivesout... I've given my M9's way more than 50 -75 hours of burn in with both white and pink noise and with music listening and they are still harsh to me personally and are just too recessed in the mids and vocals for my tastes.. I've tried different tips like the sony hybrids and some foam tips and I didn't really see much of a difference.. I haven't tried the gray balanced tips though that Meelec seems to send with some IEM's now as I've had my M9's for a while so they might be better..

post #14 of 20

Hi!
 

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Originally Posted by DervishD View Post

Curiously, I think just the opposite: I consider my now gone PL30 to be trash compared with M9. I found PL30 lacking in the voices and quite uncomfortable. Considering they were more expensive (almost twice the price) compared with my M9... that explains why I have actually TWO pairs of M9 and gave my PL30 to a friend (who doesn't like them, either).


You can always send the PL30's my way if neither of you guy's like them much.. :) Actually I paid less for my PL30's shipped than what I did for my on sale M9's shipped from Meelec.. I guess our opposite opinions on both IEM's just goes to show that everyone's taste is different in what they like and dislike when it comes to IEM's.

 

I'll tell my friend if he wants to get rid of his PL30 ;)

 

As for having different tastes in IEM, that's for sure. Even when you agree in general lines with other people, there is still points of difference. That's good, because then you buy even more IEMs biggrin.gif

 

post #15 of 20
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I guess it's just different tastes.  I have been using the PL50s a lot and those apparently have an emphasis on mids, so going from that to the 9 which has recessed mids probably did it.  Did notice after awhile of burn in, or just me getting more used to the signature, that the highs aren't as sharp, although I still miss the mids.  I don't think I listen to them at that loud of a volume, about halfway on an iPod.

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