Originally Posted by cehowardNote3
I do have the Matrix in hand with me now. They are quite the headphone. The design is actually quite pleasing aesthetically. The carbon fiber adds a good textured and it isn't sitting behind a plane of plastic. It's soft to the touch and adds a good complexity to the design. The black and dark grey design works very well for it. Build-wise, I feel it could be improved. The hinges around the headband are really quite stiff. They do, however, snap in and out of place very nicely. Like the hinges, the sliding mechanism is stiff as well and does have click to certain spots for the OCD that need everything perfectly even on either end.
These are very lightweight, quite comfortable overall. The pads are a little smaller than I though it'd be and a little thinner. Although it's not enough for me to say it impacts too much, I do know a lot of people may find these not as comfortable, especially my big-eared friends :/ The seal is also a very light one, this helps with clamping force. Isolation is very low with these unfortunately, so if that's what you're looking for, these won't do it. They isolate somewhere between closed and open, more closer towards the open side.
BT functions are all there, which is also a very nice touch. The left housing has volume controls (for the internal amp) and a power button that also doubles as a voice control activator (for iOS devices anyways). On the right side, you have skip and previous buttons as well as a play-pause button between them. The skip and previous buttons have a little "bump" marker on them... This is probably one of the few caveats I don't like about them, I know it's being picky, but from a blind and glove standpoint, it'd work a lot better if the bump were on the play/pause button. APT-X as well as AAC are both supported (the MEE rep I'm working with, these are a review sample like all of my headphones, made sure to make sure I knew about the second one since I do run an iOS device). So it's more universal than the previous MEE offerings in terms of hardware and OS.
Now I know you're all dying to hear sound impressions, so I'll keep it short, I do need to adjust to the sound. From a overall standpoint, I'm quite impressed. The headphones are brighter overall. The bass is very well balanced with a strong, well-defined impact that is actually tight and fast. Bass depth can seem lacking at times unfortuantely, but for most things will do fine. The midrange is extremely clear and presents details in a non-aggressive manner. Dynamics are one main point I'll put across as not being the best. In the treble regions, as I stated, it's bright. The detailing is well done as well as the presence. They can definitely be a bit too edgy/non-linear to some listeners, but overall, quite well performing.
That's my initial impression of them. I know many of you are hoping for a comparison to other BT headphones, you'll have to wait for those unfortunately :/