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.
New $60 Meelectronic M-Duo sound worse than $5 Panasonic RP-HJE120 - why?
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Would it be possible to provide more power to it somehow whilst using it with my phone?
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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.