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New $60 Meelectronic M-Duo sound worse than $5 Panasonic RP-HJE120 - why?

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I just got my $60 Meelectronic M-Duo in the mail and tried a few songs on them. Compared to my old $5 Panasonic RP-HJE120, the sound is not very rich compared to the Panasonics. The The highs and lows are a lot clearer with the Panasonic. There is also a "hiss" during quieter songs with the M-Duos that I don't notice with the Panasonics. Is this just a matter of letting the Meelectronics burn in? I'm fairly new to the headphone scene so I'd like some advice, thanks.

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May I ask what source/player you're using?

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I tried the headphones with both my Nexus 4 and my PC.
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I found that the M-duo's require a bit of power to sound nice - my HTC one makes it sound really thin. And for the hissing, it might be that the M-duo's are more sensitive than the panasonics.

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I found that the M-duo's require a bit of power to sound nice

What, they need to be loud?

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I have the RP-HJE270-K pair, these cheap phones are amazing. Panasonic can put out some quality. This is why I am afraid to buy more expensive models.

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Originally Posted by slntdth93 View Post
 

I found that the M-duo's require a bit of power to sound nice - my HTC one makes it sound really thin. And for the hissing, it might be that the M-duo's are more sensitive than the panasonics.

Would it be possible to provide more power to it somehow whilst using it with my phone?

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Would it be possible to provide more power to it somehow whilst using it with my phone?

 

I recommend getting a DAC/AMP that is compatible with your phone (I think Fiio has a few that are relatively affordable)...  That might be your issue here.  The Panasonic isn't as sensitive as the MEElectronics model the MEE is about 5% more efficient with power to be exact.  I think it might actually be the player you are using that is outputting something improper, which is shown by the hissing you are hearing.  The hissing on softer songs isn't the headphones, rather it's the phone outputting noise. 

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