MEE X7 plus
Soundtrack to your life
Cord cutting done right!
Soundtrack to your life
Cord cutting done right!
Before I begin this review, I would like to thank Mike from Mee audio who made this review possible.
The MEE X7 plus is a review unit provided in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. These thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and I reserve the right to change my opinion as time goes on.
I want to take this opportunity to thank MEE Audio for giving me a chance to check out the X7 Plus, their top offering from their lineup of bluetooth in ear headphones.
MEE Audio is a brand that is well known at head-fi, and deservedly so. They provide a range of products at affordable prices, from bluetooth tv adapters to headphones to custom offerings for iems. Their brand is practically synonymous with bang for buck and I have been following them for quite some time now. (M9 anyone?).
Needless to say they have undergone a transformation since then, and not only in name. As an amateur musician, their foray into the professional arena of music is something that resonates with me, especially with their wildly popular stage in ear monitors and custom in ear tips. But I digress.
Here is a bit about them from their own website:
WHO WE ARE
MEE is home to a group of audio enthusiasts who enjoy hearing music at its absolute best. We spread our passion by crafting innovative high-performance audio gear in order to let music inspire everyone as it inspires us. Where others see a pair of headphones, we see the final step in experiencing music as it was meant to be. This is why we obsess over every detail of how our products look, feel, and sound, bringing you the ultimate listening experience.
WHAT WE DO
Since 2005 we have been committed to crafting headphones and earphones with exceptional audio quality and design, winning acclaim from casual listeners and audiophiles around the world. Specializing in sports, wireless, and high fidelity headphones, MEE is committed to providing the best user experience, performance, and value with every product.
We are MEE, and we deliver Music Enjoyment for Everyone.
Like many people, I tend to listen to music from my phone (iPhone 8 plus). However, most phone companies these days seem to think that headphone jacks are redundant and have been taking steps to eradicate them. And so now we are in the age of wireless headphones, or they would hope.
We must get with the times I suppose but that does not mean we are relegated to overpriced junk offered by the phone manufacturers *cough*airpods*coughs*
More than ever before, people are buying into the idea of using wireless headphones and this is abundantly clear while out and about. A cursory search on any popular on-line retailer will show a plethora of options spanning the entire price spectrum.
Enter the MEE audio X7 Plus - In this era of bluetooth headphones, does it have what it takes to stand out? Is it worth your hard earned dollars/yen/crayons? Read on to find out.
Before I get into the nitty gritty of things, I want to provide a little background information in the hopes that it can help put my views in perspective and provide some context for the content of this review.
Music has always been a huge part of my life, whether it was performing music on stage with my band or more recently, involving myself in this masochistic wonderful hobby of ours. I have always enjoyed listening to music but I haven’t always paid attention to the quality of headphones because I was perfectly content with included cellphone earphones or cheap earbuds from department stores. Ignorance is bliss right? This however all changed when I came across head-fi one day, and that’s when things started to go downhill (for my wallet that is). It is all too easy to underestimate how large an impact a good pair of headphones can have in the enjoyment of your favorite songs.
After getting my first pair of good headphones, I had felt as if an entirely new world has opened up to me musically and I found myself rediscovering music that I have listened to for many years.
When it comes to musical taste, I can’t say that I have any specific genre that is my absolute favorite, as I like a little bit of everything. But if I had to be specify, I would say that I love mainstream and Pop music and I consider myself to be an average joe in that regard. That is the approach I will be taking in reviewing gear, for people like me who aren’t all that technical and are not audiophiles in the classical sense.
I mostly stream music from the Internet using services such as Spotify and Youtube and like millions of other people, my laptop and cellphone serves as my main media players.
What's in the Box
- X7 Plus stereo Bluetooth earphones
- Micro-USB charging cable
- 3 sets of ear tips
- Carrying case
- User manual
driver size 6 mm
frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
impedance 16 Ohms at 1K
sensitivity 100±3 dB (1mW at 1KHZ)
battery type 2x built-in rechargeable Li-Poly battery
music playback time 7.5 hours
talk time 8 hours
standby time 300 hours
charging time 2 hours
charging connector micro-USB
Bluetooth version 4.1
Bluetooth profiles supported A2DP, HSP, HFP, AVRCP
audio codecs supported SBC, aptX®, AAC
operating range 30 ft (10 m)
frequency response 100 Hz to 8 kHz
ear coupling intraaural (in-ear)
cable length 12 inches (31 cm)
weight 0.5oz (14g)
water resistance technology Liquipel Watersafe™ nano-coating
Build quality, Design and Accessories
The headphones come packaged in a stylish box that presents the headphone shells front and center.
The headphones themselves feel nice to the touch and feel quite premium in the hands with it’s sleek curves and design. It feels sturdy and feels like it can take a beating, and some splashes to boot! It is water resistant and has been designed with that in mind.
I think they could have done more in terms of accessories that come in the box. Competing headphones come with a variety of tips and such, but I would like to think that they put the money and resources towards what matters the most - the sound.
It should be noted that the X7 plus nozzle is wider than standard sizes so tip rolling can be a challenge in some cases. Having said that, I had no trouble finding tips that gave me the perfect seal for my ears so YMMV.
The ergonomic shape ensures a comfortable listening experience for long listening sessions, at least that has been the case for me. I would often wear the X7 plus for my long commutes, straight to the gym, then to the shower…..without taking the X7 plus out. (I am antisocial like that lol). The convenience factor cannot be overemphasized. And my ears didn’t feel sore after these long marathon sessions either!
This little beauty accompanies me everywhere, and it’s not only because of how easily they seem to slip into my ears (and stay there).
What’s it like to use?
The X7 plus is stupidly easy to operate. Once you pair it to a device, it’s a matter of turning the X7 plus on and having it pair instantly with your phone.
The bluetooth range has been superb with a strong and steady connection and I have yet to drop connections. In addition, the battery life is fantastic, I easily get 7 hours of music listening time, which is close to the official 7.5 hours spec.
The microphone is alright and competent enough for phone calls, although it would not be my first choice in this regard. In a pinch it does the job.
The ease of use and consistency in performance is the second bit that has the X7 plus in my pocket on a daily basis, the first bit being the ergonomics.
What does it sound like?
The third reason why the X7 plus has found a permanent spot in my daily life is because of how it sounds! It is a headphone after all, not just a fashion piece
When it comes to sonic performance, the X7 plus takes a more even keel approach with a tasty bump in lower registers. It sports a relatively balanced sound with enough detail and dynamics to keep you engaged whether you are out and about, or pushing through the last set at the gym.
It has a slight bass emphasis, demonstrating both quality mid bass and sub bass that integrates nicely into the sound without bleeding into the midrange. The midrange is superbly detailed, full sounding and engaging. When using the X7 Plus during my workouts I would sometimes pause in middle of my workout to listen closely to the music because the X7 Plus sounds so damn good. The X7 Plus is a fantastic sounding iem, not just for a bluetooth iem but overall.
This will not come across as a shock to anyone but the X7 plus really shines when it comes to pop music and top 40 songs. And I will admit that my tastes in music tend to lie in that area so the X7 plus has been an enjoyable listen for me in that regard.
How does it compare?
Brainwavz BLU-200 vs MEE X7 Plus
The X7 Plus comes in an elaborate packaging with a decidedly more premium experience versus the simpler packaging of the BLU-200. You really feel like you got your money’s worth with the X7 Plus when unboxing it.
The X7P has a more attractive, durable and comfortable design when compared to the BLU200. The X7 Plus employs a more ergonomic design that sits flush in the ear, which I found to be comfortable for longer listening sessions.
I must say that the BLU-200 comes ahead when considering the included accessories. The X7 Plus comes with a set of silicon tips, an extra cable management clip and a charging cable. The BLU-200 carrying case is simply perfect, with an eye catching design that is sure to provide plenty of protection. It has ample room to store the iem and accessories, whereas the MEE case feels more cramped.
While Both are equally easy to use on a daily basis, the longer battery life on the X7 Plus means that its useful both in and out of gym, as its the one I always reach for when leaving the house. With the BLU-200 that is not the case because I have to charge it more frequently thanks to the shorter battery life, so its not really ideal for taking out with me while out and about.
They both pair easily and function very similarly. The X7 Plus has a better built remote with a more raised profile for the buttons, making tactile navigation much easier. I also found the the X7 Plus to possess a larger reception range compared to the bLU-200, allowing me to venture further away from my paired device.
Sonically speaking, the X7 Plus has a more even sound compared to the BLU-200, even sounding better than many wired iems in the <$100 category. The X7 Plus sports an increased resolution along with a balanced sound that flies in the face of many of its competitor's consumer oriented tuning.
BASS 4 LYFE
Compared to the bass heavy tuning of the BLU-200, the X7 Plus has a slight bass emphasis, demonstrating both quality mid bass and sub bass that integrates nicely into the sound without bleeding into the midrange. The midrange is superbly detailed, full sounding and engaging. When using the X7 Plus during my workouts I would sometimes pause in middle of my workout to listen closely to the music because the X7 Plus sounds so damn good. The X7 Plus is a fantastic sounding iem, not just for a bluetooth iem but overall. And what's more it can even be used in the shower, so no need to remove them in the bathroom, just jump in!
The X7 plus was one of the main reasons that I was able to have a relatively painless transition to using phones without headphone jacks.
The X7 plus feels stellar, sounds sublime and sounds heavenly. It has battery life that will not disappoint and it doesn't take long to top up a charge. It is also priced lower than many other offerings with similar specifications, meaning it won't break the bank and will sound better at the same time!
I liked it so much, I purchased two units for my family members.