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After spending my entire digital life using default earbuds and basic IEMs, I'm dying to know what I'll be getting in the new Meelectronics M21 I "splurged" 20 dollars over amazon earlier.

 

At home, I've got about 5 different pairs of assorted earbuds and IEMs, but all are worth <5 dollars tops.

There's the Apple earbuds that came with my ipod, these basic Samsung IEMs that came with a Galaxy S phone, some Creative and Sony ones as well. They all sound more or less the same; aka, mediocre at best.

 

I once borrowed my friend's old V-moda Vibe for a few minutes, and to me, those sounded amazing.

 

How different are real budget IEMs compared to the default ones I've been listening to my whole life? Is it like night and day? And in what manner?

post #2 of 4

Hi wert, welcome to Head Fi :D Though it seems you are remarkably budget conscious, you should heed the usual warnings about your wallet.

 

Its amusing that you are asking us for opinions before you've received your own pair, and I'm sure you are going to make up your mind pretty quickly. I've found though that budget pairs from companies like MeElec or Brainwavs are fantastic, even in the $20-$30 region. They are easily better than the included earbuds, except in some rare circumstance where the included earbuds are actually quite good, ie: The ones that come with the nicer Sony mp3 players.

 

When I listen to some of my budget in-ears, like the Brainwavz Beta's or the MeeElec CC51P, both of which I got during sales when they were around 20 dollars, are so good that it makes me wonder how to really justify spending literally 10 times the price to get a sound that is technically better, but not in absolute terms more enjoyable.

 

I don't know how the M21's sound, but I'm guessing you will probably be pretty pleased. You could probably pick out all sorts of terms from audiophile language like 'instrument separation' or 'bass authority' or etc etc, but honestly, you'll know when you first put them in your ears and press play. Have fun :D 

 

 

 

post #3 of 4
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so I finally got them in the mail yesterday, and for the reviews, which claimed these earphones to be clear and to have a nice mid-range sound, I can definitely see "clear," but not the "nice mid-range" part. I feel as if the middle is a bit... recessed.

 

Will burning these in boost these earphones' mids?

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Originally Posted by wertyuio View Post

so I finally got them in the mail yesterday, and for the reviews, which claimed these earphones to be clear and to have a nice mid-range sound, I can definitely see "clear," but not the "nice mid-range" part. I feel as if the middle is a bit... recessed.

 

Will burning these in boost these earphones' mids?



Only one way to find out.

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