The Meze 11 Neo is a practical and go everywhere gadget, yet, on closer look, one discovers its...

Meze 11 Neo

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  • The Meze 11 Neo is a practical and go everywhere gadget, yet, on closer look, one discovers its hidden complexity. As you get closer, new facets are unveiled, the subtle curves arching at different angles, and the precision of crafting.

    Add to that the Meze signature sound.

    Comes in two finishes: Gun Metal & Iridium.

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  1. Bansaku
    A Timeless entry into the World of High-Rez Audio!
    Written by Bansaku
    Published Feb 5, 2017
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Gorgeous design, rugged cable, natural and balanced sound
    Cons - Cable microphonics
     
     
    Intro
     
        Meze Headphones is a company with a simple philosophy;  Motivation, Values, People. With a passion for art and music, achieved through patience and dedication, Meze design timeless masterpieces. Ignoring current trends that come and go with the seasons, influenced by none, they create headphones as if for themselves. Consisting of passionate specialists, with backgrounds in sound engineering, design, crafting, and music, the team has stood by their company’s values since the beginning.
     
        Since the release of their 99 Classics a little over a year before the writing of this review, Meze has been no stranger here at Head-Fi. Simply put, the 99 Classics have shot to super stardom in the over-ears category, currently holding the #8 spot with good reason. Meze gave us something we didn’t even know we wanted; A gorgeous headphone with a fun yet timeless audiophile sound at a very affordable price!
     
        The 11 Neo represents Meze’s entry level IEM. Completely redesigned from the ground up, these are not an updated or redesigned version of their earlier release, the 11 Deco. Forgoing wood in favour of a rugged metal housing yet featuring the same timeless design and Meze sound signature of their more expensive cousins, Meze’s aim was to provide a practical, more affordable, go everywhere headphone to compliment their Classics line. 
     
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    Disclaimer
     
        As part of the 12 Classics review tour, the 11 Neo was provided to me by Meze in exchange for my honest opinion and review. It matters not how I obtained my pair, this review will be both honest and objective, free of hype and/or bias.
     
    About Me
        
        37 years old, I grew up in a family consisting of musicians, broadcaster/sound engineers, and amateur DJs, I always had a deep appreciation and understanding of both music and sound. I was further educated in this self interest after taking courses in both electronics and sound (Electro-Acousto aka The Path to Golden Ears). While I believe a listener’s preference in sound is subjective, the science behind it is not. I am not swayed by buzzwords, hype, trends, brand recognition, or big numbers on charts; I am the nemesis of the commissioned salesperson. Opinionated as I am, my words are not only objective but honest. I view all criticism as constructive, as long as it is sincere. 
     
     
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    Specifications
     
    1. Transducer size: 8mm
    2. Transducer Type: Titanium coated mylar
    3. Frequency response: 16Hz - 24KHz
    4. Impedance: 16Ohm
    5. Sensitivity: 101dB (+/- 3dB)
    6. THD: < 0.5%
    7. Noise attenuation: Up to 26dB
    8. Plug Type: 3.5mm gold plated
    9. Cable: 7N OFC 1.2M
     
    Accessories
     
    1. Leatherette carry case
    2. 4 pairs of silicone tips (S, M, L, Double flange)
    3. Genuine Comply premium ear tips
    4. Cable clip
    5. For more information and nice eye candy, head over to the 11 Neo website.
    6. To read up on general discussion and impressions, check out the official thread here.
     
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    Design & Ergonomics 
     
        Available in both Gunmetal and Iridium (mine are the latter), the 11 Neo is one sexy IEM! With their curvy aluminium casings accentuated by seamless lines, the 11 Neo are reminiscent of a well designed classic automobile. Every angle, every curve seem to be carefully thought out to add both (stunning) form and functionality!  The body as well as the rear cap are beveled inwards, allowing for easy grip and proper insertion/seal. It really is difficult to gauge the size of the 11 Neo from pictures alone, but these are not a large IEM!
     
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        The gorgeous non-removable cable is thick, and very well reinforced! To give you a frame of reference, as thick as the Sennheiser Momentum! Despite the cable’s girth, it is very pliable that both hangs incredibly straight yet retains an invisible memory that allows for one to easily loop up for storage within the case; It’s almost as if some sort of dark magic is involved! Rarely do I see a cable that falls so straight yet has no issues wanting to be wound up!  Every entry point has a generous amount of reinforcement for strain relief. Whether is was dangling my iPod or ripping out the buds by the cable, never did I get a sense that a was putting too much stress for the connections to handle. Cable microphonic noise is not too bad, especially considering the thickness of the cable, although it is noticeable. This can easily be remedied with the included cable clip. When attached, virtually all microphonic noise is grounded and greatly reduced.
     
        The in-line control talk module works as it should with no issue. The placement for me is at the correct position that easily allows me to reach blind and find the unit, as well I found the button itself to have a great tactile feel and quick response. The mic also works equally well with calls over wifi as well as Siri voice commands being easily audible and recognizable. The strain relieve on the module as well as the Y-split are of exceptional quality, allowing for easy movement and bending yet remain sturdy and rugged enough that much like the connections at the plug and buds, I foresee no issues with splits or breaks!
     
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        While one might automatically assume that given the 11 Neo’s metal housings and thick cable that the IEMs would be above average in weight, and you would be wrong! I was quite pleasantly surprised at how light weight and comfortable the 11 Neo were when placed in my ears! Regardless of whether or not I was using the cable clip, I did not get a sense of pulling or weightiness with the cable itself, and the buds sat perfectly in my ears without needing adjustment.
        
    First Impressions
     
        Like most headphones I always like to start with a blank slate; No in depth reading of reviews, looking over FR curves, or reader’s impressions. I like to come across things in a more organic, natural manor, so needless to say I was going in blind. Judging by the packaging alone, things were already starting to look positive for the 11 Neo. As with Meze’s Classics line, the presentation of of the box and packaging of the product makes one feel as if they are receiving a premium product, a tactic that not only is appreciated but mirrors my own philosophy; First impressions matter! The 11 Neo along with the carry case containing the accessories were nicely nestled in foam, and to add a bit of personality make up the shape of the Meze logo! Nice, and well done!
     
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        I didn’t marvel too long, and didn’t even bother to change the stock tip, I just wanted to hear! My initial reaction upon pressing play on my iPod? Wow, not bad, not bad at all! The 11 Neo got a respectable nod. Honestly, I was expecting something with a little more pizzaz, instead I was greeted with a very balance, almost neutral sound! Random track after track, no matter what the genre, the 11 Neo remained controlled and consistent, and before I realized 2 hours had passed!  “ Well, so far so good! “ I chuckled to myself. Already I started to notice the effects of burn-in, and as it was late decided to run pink noise until I got home from work the next day.
        
        The next day I decided to switch things up and spend some time using the 11 Neo with my iFi stack and play some lossless/High-Rez audio. First up was 24/96 “ Spanish Harlem “ by Rebecca Pidgeon (the usual) and oh boy was I not expecting what I heard; Sonic greatness! “ Had the 20 hours of burn-in open the 11 Neo up? “ I thought to myself so I tried a few tracks with piss poor dynamic range (in comparison) and they sounded like poop. So I tried a few tracks with “acceptable” DR and things sounded pretty good. Finally I went back to HD audio and once again blown away with what I was hearing! I soon realized that the 11 Neo are in the same category as the Sennheiser HD 598; Garbage in garbage out! While the 11 Neo handles modern music admirably, the ‘High-Rez Sound’ logo presented on the back of the box actually means something!
     
        I currently own IEMs ranging from $80-$200 CND as well have owned several BA and multi-BA IEMs in the recent past, and a common factor I find is that most will colour the sound too much with their “house sound”, meaning that modern music and High-rez audio all sound the same. In other words they don’t scale well. While this is great for the masses who really couldn’t care less about bits and compression as it makes all music sound good. For an audiophile, this is unacceptable. I want to hear the flaws in the recordings, and the 11 Neo allow me to do that! Needless to say, my first impressions have been nothing but positive.
        
    Sound - The Basics
     
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    Bass - Slightly above neutral, the bass hits with authority and extends deep! There is a slight bow to the bass response, but in no way would it be considered to have a “mid-bass hump”. Sub-bass is nicely weighted with the perfect amount of rumble to be satisfying with modern music yet not offend audiophiles. Upper-bass has excellent slam and punch, and despite it’s elevation extending down into the lower-mids in no way does it bleed into nor overpower the rest of the spectrum. While being a touch loose, overall bass is tight with a fast elasticity quality to it. 
     
    Mid Range - Meze smooth! Need I say more? Ok ok, if I must! Those familiar with the Classics line will feel at home with the 11 Neo; The whole midrange is liquid! While the lower mids are elevated, it is done so to add just the right amount of body to vocals. Upper-mids are ruler flat, giving a more natural presentation to instruments and effects while maintaining clarity for vocals. Texture comes across as being organic possessing great texture and resolve. As the midrange makes up the bulk of music, the 11 Neo never fails to impress with how natural and effortless they render this section of the frequency response.
     
    Treble - Detailed yet laid back, despite the slight boost in the lower region. Normally, to my ears, any boost in the lower treble results in harshness and peakiness, especially in regards to sibilance. Not so with the 11 Neo! Even with artists known for sibilance, the 11 Neo kept things under control while still adding some excitement to instruments and effects. Overall the lower treble is crisp and clean, with just the right amount of sparkle. Upper treble is gently rolled off. There is a good sense of air and in no way would call the upper treble recessed, but this region definitely takes a back seat to the rest of the spectrum, let alone lower treble.
     
    Soundstage -  The 11 Neo’s soundstage is pretty large especially considering their size though not entirely even. Width is definitely smaller than height and depth, though not by too much. I would consider the 11 Neo’s soundstage to be big, rather than spacious. Instrument separation is excellent for their class, though while never sounding congested there was a shortfall in overall “black space” between the sounds. In other words, there could be improvements in overall focus. 
     
    Sound - Summary
     
        The 11 Neo offer a very balanced yet exciting sound. I really can not find any overwhelming fault with the overall sound and presentation. It matters not what genre I throw at them, the 11 Neo perform admirably across the board. I will say though that in my testing I did find because of their balanced sound, some genres performed better than others. Rap, dance, pop, and electronica were well rendered, especially in the vocals and effects regions, but some may find the 11 Neo to be somewhat lacking in bass for their taste, despite their ability to reach deep. For me it’s not an issue; Quality over quantity. Classical, jazz, and rock are definitely better suited for the 11 Neo. 
     
        Thus far one might think that Meze has released a giant killer. In a sense they have. Given their low price point they do offer a great smooth, detailed, and no-fatiguing sound experience. However, they are what they are; An entry level headphone. Don’t expect to throw away your IE80s by any means, the 11 Neo are not in the same echelon (though I will note that IMO their construction and design are on par). So what level of sound does the 11 Neo offer? In terms of overall resolve they are in the same category as my Grado SR60i and Polk Nu Voe, and at the same time blow away my Monster Lady Gaga Heat Beats, all three headphones costing nearly double that of the 11 Neo! Not too bad at all!
     
    Amping
     
        Being 16 Ohms with a sensitivity of 101 dB, the 11 Neo are able to be driver by most sources and achieve a defining volume. While adding an amp in the mix is always a benefit, I found the 11 Neo to be just as enjoyable using my iPod as my iFi stack. These are meant to be on-the-go IEMs so plug them in to whatever you have, push play, and enjoy!
     
    Burn-in
     
        40 hours is what is recommended by Meze, and I highly encourage anyone to give the 11 Neo at least that amount of time before any critical reviews. Bass becomes more controlled, less loose and bloomy, and treble detail definitely comes up a few notches. Overall, after burn-in the sound becomes less ridged and and more natural and balanced..
     
    Value
     
        Stylish, rugged, and great sound, at $59 US one simply can not go wrong with the 11 Neo! In my humble opinion, their timeless design and solid construction warrant a much higher price tag, let alone their competent and scalable sound. I am not sure how Meze managed to release such quality products at the price point they do! While their competitors use cheap plastic and equally cheap cables, Meze gives them the hand and used high quality natural materials with one of the sturdiest cables I have seen on an IEM in this price range, and include genuine Comply ear-tips! Even the standard silicone tips are of higher quality than many IEMs I have purchased costing upwards of 2X the 11 Neo’s price!  Being an affordable $59, whether you are a headphone junkie or simply needing a new pair of IEM, the 11 Neo are a bargain!
     
    Conclusion
     
        The 11 Neo’s rugged yet timeless design, balanced sound, and $59 price tag easily give them the upper hand over the competition. Once again Meze has a real winner on it’s hands! Meze never intended the 11 Neo to be a giant killer and compete with flagship models from such established companies such as Sennheiser or Shure, rather offer an affordable, gorgeous IEM that is both a good starting point for those wanting to experience High-Rez audio, or simply needing a great sounding IEM solid and sturdy enough that they can take on the go anywhere. It is clear that the great folks at Meze really care about quality products, and with their recent release of well multiple received headphones is determined to carve out it’s legacy within the headphone community. Kudos to you guys, and keep up the great work!
     
     
     
     
     
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    1. kokakolia
      Hey...I just read this review and it reminded me a lot of the Marshall Major I own. Any experience with those? They're priced about the same as the Meze 11 Neo. 
       
      Also, for someone who doesn't buy into buzzwords, you say "High-Rez audio" a lot. 
       
      With all things considered, this is a great review! 
      kokakolia, Feb 7, 2017
    2. Bansaku
      @kokakolia Thanks! As for the Marshal Majors (the originals, I believe there is a Mk II), my only experience I have had with them was an in-store listen along with the B&W P5 at a BestBuy, which isn't an ideal place to demo. I actually thought they were pretty decent sounding for the price, and IIRC, the bass didn't extend as low (moderate roll-off) the mids were more U-shaped extending into the lower treble, which sounded like it had a larger than usual 3 KHz notch dug out (which to my ears the 11 Neo doesn't) that extended a little into the range that would cause accentuation of the sibilance, say 5-6 KHz. The funny thing is, again IIRC, that could describe the P5. :p
      And yes, touché! I did mention High-Rez audio a lot, a term I normally don't like using and instead prefer to simply call it what it is; Music with high dynamic range that hasn't been butchered by massive amounts of compression in regards to both loudness and/or file codecs. But that is quite a mouthful. Just trying to make things more digestible for the sake of the readers, considering Meze did print it on the box. 
      Bansaku, Feb 8, 2017
    3. MezeTeam
      Thank you for your kind words, @Bansaku! Kind words and nice impressions. 
      MezeTeam, Feb 13, 2017
  2. mgunin
    Meze 11: Neutrality without boredom
    Written by mgunin
    Published Jan 24, 2017
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Build quality, neutral sound signature, value for money
    Cons - Microphonic cable
    Meze is a Romanian company which became widely known on a portable audio market after releasing its wooden 99 Classics model. These headphones became a hit due to a semi-portable form factor, comfort, attractive fashionable design and very enjoyable sound excellent for its price point.

    Still, they did not stop and, trying to reinforce success, released two budget dynamic in-ear monitors: Meze 11 and 12. The first one (which is around USD 60) was sent to me for an honest and unbiased review, and I want to thank Meze for this.

    I should first note that my experience with IEM is a bit limited by now, so the nuances I mention should be taken with a grain of salt. It would be great for you to read other reviews as well should you consider getting a pair for yourself.

    35 y.o, an avid music lover since 18-20. Mainly listening to jazz, soul, funk, and also love disco, reggae, afrobeat, new wave, some trip hop and electronica and a bit of classical (hard rock and metal genres are a bit out of my music world, so I may not be the best adviser). Also love to hear vinyl should I have a chance, but mainly use digital lossless files for convenience and portability.

    I prefer not too bright, fatigue-free sound without too much harshess (maybe a bit dark, but not veiled and without losing much in resolution). Sony MA900 is my favourite open-back model for home use, but IEMs became my most used way of listening both in office and on the go (which happens on a daily basis). That is why fit, convenience and ease of use along with reasonable isolation do mean a lot to me along with the sound quality.

    Now, let’s talk about Meze 11 in a bit more details.

    Package and built quality

    A cardboard box with the harp-like illustration give a pleasant first impression. Inside you’ll find the earphones themselves, as well as carrying case and a set of tips (a variety of silicons and a pair of Comply foams). While the selection is pretty standard for the price, there’s nothing wrong or really missing. Silicone tips are of a high quality, and the case is well-made and sturdy enough not to worry while carrying IEMs inside it in your pocket or at the bottom of a backpack. In my opinion, the case could be made just slightly larger so earphones would fit into it more easily, but that’s nothing more than a matter of taste.

    What really impressed me is the build quality and design of Meze 11 which is a pleasure to look at and feel in your hands. Metal splitter, jack and iOS/Android mic and remote all have the same size and style, and the whole set really looks terrific. I’m not the first to assume they are built at a much higher quality than their price point (and surpass some more expensive models).

    Cable, fit and isolation

    Cable feel very durable, while at the same time it is flexible and doesn’t feel heavy. It’s also not prone to tangling at all. The only downside is a significant level of microphonics, however, wearing Meze 11 over the ear or using shirt clip eliminates the cable noise.

    Having quite an average ear size, it was not a problem at all to fit them using medium stock tips (and, by the way, the drivers themselves are quite lightweight). Isolation is fine for a dynamic driver model. Outside noise is mostly blocked when the music is turned on, but for public transport or other noisy environments you may need to experiment with the tip rolling more carefully. I’m personally not a fan of “total” isolation while walking around the city, so in this case it is more that sufficient.

    Sound

    I tried Meze 11 with Nexus 5 smartphone, Hidizs AP100 MM2 (MuguelMod) DAP and iMac-based home system using HRT microStreamer + Meier Corda ROCK.

    These IEMs are easy to drive and play well enough from all of them, however, their sound quality grows significantly as you move to a better source. Overall, their potential is quite high.

    Tonality of Meze 11 is more or less neutral, not bassy or V-shaped. Their sound is linear, but not boring or dull.

    Dynamic bass is solid and lively, but not emphasized. Its level is enough where it exists in the actual record, however, it’s not even remotely close to a basshead level (so those who prefer some “ear massage” might want to look elsewhere). Still, I can say that with a solid-state amplifier like Meier ROCK they do punch really well on funk or hip-hop recordings.

    Midrange is just slightly warm (and even “tubey”), it feels pleasant and expressive but without oversweetening effect. Resolution is very decent for a dynamic model. Vocals to me do not seem forward or recessed, everything’s just in its own place.

    Treble is a bit more tricky since it does not feel rolled back (as it often happens in some earphones to achieve a “comfortable” sound). Some listeners may not be used to such a signature. Personally, I did not feel any discomfort or fatigueness, maybe because both my DAP and amplifier are slightly dark-sounding. Still, I think treble-sensitive people should try hearing these earphones before making a purchase decision.

    Comparison with other dynamic models

    Shozy Zero

    Zero is something like an antipode to Meze, with a much significant accent of lows and slightly rolled off highs. Overall, Shozy is darker. To my ears, both models are quite close technically (and priced similarly, by the way), so it’s more or less a matter of tuning preference. It also depends on the DAP synergy (for Zero, a brighter source might be preferable). Fit and isolation are similar, while Meze’s build quality seems more solid for long-term use, although Shozy’s woodies are also made very well (their main weak side, in my opinion, is a tangling cable).

    Fostex TE-05

    This is a more V-shaped model with mids (and not highs, like in Zero) slightly rolled back. Bass level is higher than Meze 11’s. Build quality is similarly good, but drivers of Fostex are larger in size (so wearing them under your winter hat is less convenient). TE-05 has detachable cables, but their MMCX jack is slightly different from the standard, so it does not make much sense if you plan to use third-party cable. And, the price is higher (around USD 90-100 in various online stores), and I’m not really sure if the difference is justified since the budget segment nowadays is so crowded.

    Overall, all three models are of a similar class, and the choice depends mostly on your sound tastes and the music source (be it DAP or smartphone) that you plan to use.

    Conclusion

    I am definitely happy with Meze 11 and its excellent value for money. It will hardly suprise owners of expensive BA or hybrids earphones with its resolution, but as a daily driver which is durable, easily driven and universal you can hardly go wrong with it. Meze is also a good choice just to try either the IEM form factor (due to its lightness and good seal) or the neutral tuning without overemphasized bass.
    1. Cinder
      Erm, I'm not sure I would call this IEM neutral-sounding. 
      Cinder, Jan 24, 2017
    2. mgunin
      @Cinder I guess we all perceive differently, but I did not feel either recessed mids or bass boost with my sources. Maybe that's because of other models I own are more bass-centric.
      mgunin, Jan 25, 2017
    3. Bansaku
      Great review!
       
      @Cinder I would, and do! :p
      Bansaku, Jan 25, 2017
  3. alonbl
    Meze 11 Neo Review: Entry-level audiophile in-ear headphones
    Written by alonbl
    Published Dec 27, 2016
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Well made, Natural and balanced sound,Light, Lots of ear-tips, Inexpensive
    Cons - Inline remote, Neutral representation doesn't suit everyone
    About
     
    Meze is an audio company from Romania which established in 2009 by Antonio Meze. The company mission is exactly what audiophile seek for: “…raise the bars in terms of audio quality and design for headphones in general. We want you to feel the music you like, we want to give you the chance to enjoy that special song, just as the original artist intended it to sound…”
    You can understand what that statement mean when you look at their product line – wooden over-ear headphones with 3 color versions and in-ear headphones with two made from aluminum and one made out of wood. Today we will review the in-ear headphones called 11 NEO.
     
    Specs
     
    1.     Frequency response: 16Hz - 24KHz
    2.     Impedance: 16Ohm
    3.     Sensitivity: 101dB (+/- 3db)
    4.     Total harmonic distortion: < 0.5%
    5.     Noise attenuation: up to 26dB
    6.     Titanium coated 8mm mylar driver
    7.     3.5mm gold-plated jack plug
    8.     7N OFC cable, length: 1.2m
     
    Box
     
    The box looks simple but feels strong enough to withstand drops and keep the headphones safe when shipping. Inside there is a foam which hold the headphones and case in place. Inside the case there are 5 different size ear-tips which include the famous COMPLY foam tips that are known for their great noise isolation.
     
    Build
     
    Outside the 11 NEO doesn’t look so different than other earphones. They aren’t as exciting as their bigger brother the 99 Classics, but don’t let it fool you, they are very well made. The headphone body is one piece aluminum with nice curve and feel.
     
    The cable feels strong and tangle proof but unfortunately is prone to microphonics. In order to avoid this, just use the included shirt clip and you are set to go. Another small issue is that the left and right symbols are on the cable and are very hard to read, so just remember that the right side is where the inline remote.
     
    Remote
     
    The inline remote includes a microphone and one button that controls all functions - answer calls, play, pause, forward and back. I would like it more if the button was bigger. Calls sounded clean and clear, no complains here.
     
    Comfort
     
    Thanks to the wide selection of ear-tips it’s easy to find the right one for you. I liked the COMPLY because they are comfortable for long use and isolate outside noise pretty darn good.
     
    Because the headphones have a curved body I found that it was much easier to put them on and off. It was different as night and day in compression to the Echobox Audio Finder X1.
     
    Music
     
    The 11 NEO has very natural sound signature, not the wideset I ever heard but still descent. They sound very balanced and linear – real nice surprise for a 59$ headphones. The bass has very good tight texture which goes very nicely with a variety of genres. The mids feel moderately-forward with excellent clarity. The treble is detailed and accurate but not harsh.
     
    When I listened to classic and rock I noticed that the 11 NEO has a nice airy presentation. The instruments sounded great with good separation. Electro music was less impressive because it lacked that low bass and high pronounced treble.
     
    I feel like the COMPLY’s emphasize the bass a bit. It was nice in heavy bass songs but less in songs with a singer and more instruments.
     
    Conclusion
     
    If you had told me that these headphones cost 59$, I wouldn’t believe you. I sincerely can’t remember any in-ear headphones in the 50$– 100$ range that can provide such balanced and natural sound like the 11 NEO. Don’t forget the aluminum body, 5 ear-tips, case and the COMPLY’s that cost alone between 15 to 30 dollars.
     
    There is no doubt that people who look for extreme bass and treble won’t care for the 11 NEO. These headphones are for people who look for more refined, balanced sound. These people would consider the 11 NEO as a real bargain for sure, an entry-level audiophile earphone even.
     
    If you are in the market for an inexpensive in-ear headphones that provide a clear balanced sound experience the 11 NEO must be in your short list.
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  4. B9Scrambler
    Meze 11 Neo: Aluminum Ace
    Written by B9Scrambler
    Published Dec 2, 2016
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Design - Build and Material Quality - Their More Expensive Sibiling
    Cons - Cable Noise
    Greetings Head-fi!
     
    Today we are going to be checking out Meze's entry level product, the 11 Neo. Morpheus would be so proud.
     
    While they've been around for a while now Meze really found their stride with the 99 Classics, a headphone that has since their release in 2015 thundered on to become quite the beloved product. This year we see the release of their new in-ear models, the 11 Neo and their upgraded, wood-infused counterpart, the 12 Classics.
     
    As an all-aluminum offering and the only wood-free product in Meze's lineup, you might be quick to disregard the 11 Neo as a simple budget offering. I'm here to tell you that underestimating this little guy is not a wise move. It offers up most of the performance and features of their more expensive sibling at a more budget friendly price.
     
    Disclaimer:
     
    I would like to thank @MezeTeam for sending the 11 Neo along with the 12 Classics as part of their Head-fi 12 Classics review tour. I am not receiving any financial compensation for this review and all comments and views within are my honest opinions. They are not representative of Meze or any other entity.
     
    The 11 Neo can be purchased from Meze at the cost of 59.99 USD and is available in two colors;
     
    Gunmetal - https://mezeheadphones.com/collections/all/products/meze-11-neo-gun-metal-earphones
     
    Iridium - https://mezeheadphones.com/collections/all/products/meze-11-neo-iridium-earphones
     
    A Little About Me:
     
    Over the last couple years I decided to dive head first into the world of portable audio. After reading pretty much the entirety of IjokerI's multi-earphone review thread and being greatly inspired, I took a chance and started writing my own reviews. Fast forward a couple years and I've had the opportunity to write about some great products for wonderful companies like RHA, Havi, FiiO, NarMoo, Brainwavz, and Meze. I don't do it for money or free stuff, but because I enjoy it. If my reviews can help guide someone to an earphone that makes them happy, I'll consider that a job well done.
     
    The gear I use for testing is pretty basic composing of an XDuoo X3 (with Rockbox update) HTC One M8 cellphone, Topping NX1 portable amplifier, and my aging Asus G73 gaming laptop paired with a Plantronics Rig USB amp. I listen primarily to various EDM sub-genres (liquid drum and bass, breakbeat, drumstep, etc.), hip hop, and classic rock. When it comes to signature preference I tend to lean towards aggressive and energetic, but I try not to limit myself to one signature only. I also tend to listen at lower than average volumes.
     


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    Packaging and Accessories:
     
    If you've checked out any review of the 12 Classics, the 11 Neo's unboxing experience will be familiar. If not, know that it is quite pleasant and appropriate considering the cost of entry. The cardboard selected for the exterior packaging is much thicker and more durable than the flimsy stuff used by most of the competition. There are some direct nods to Meze's trident logo which are pretty cool, such as the way the earphones are oriented in the image on the front of the package and again inside in the way the earphones themselves are stored. I personally prefer the black theme the 11 Neo has going on as it contrasts nicely with the Iridium colour choice and looks a little classier than the 12 Classics' white theme.
     
    Meze didn't clutter the box with marketing speak, instead using the space to show off the earphones, features, and accessories. The frequency graph and blown up image of the 11 Neo's constituent parts are nice touches.
     
    The included accessories are everything you need to ensure a good listening experience. You are provided the same silicone tips provided with a trillion other earphones in s/m/l, and a set of dual flange as well. Meze also includes a set of genuine Comply T500 Isolation tips. I didn't think they would suit the 11 Neo since they're not a bright earphone, but they paired surprisingly well and helped combat microphonics (cable noise). The shirt clip helped with that too.
     
    Overall the 11 Neo's unboxing experience is pleasant. The presentation is very clean and straightforward, and the included accessories pair well with the Neo and their sound signature. Great job Meze.
     

     
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    Build, Design, Comfort, and Isolation:
     
    Based on my experience with the 99 Classics, I had high hopes for the 11 Neo. Meze didn't disappoint. While the 12 Classics have the edge in the looks department, the 11 Neo nail fit and finish and are one of the most well put together pair of earphones I've come across.
     
    The all-aluminum housings are finished in a beautiful matte silver, or Iridium as the color choice denotes. While you can see the seams where the three component parts of the housing connect, there are no unsightly gaps or rough edges. The Meze logo printed on the rear of the housing is also very crisp with well-defined details.
     
    Meze selected a quality cable for the 11 Neo, one that is shared with the 12 Classics. It's thick and has a hefty, dense sheath that is reasonably flexible. Memory of bends or kinks isn't a worry. It would be near perfect if it wasn't for the overly invasive microphonics (cable noise) that nearly ruin the experience. Luckily, wearing the cable over-ear negates the issue more or less completely. I want to point out and give great thanks to Meze for getting strain relief right. At all major intersections the relief is present and effective; jack, y-split, in-line controller, and leading into the earpieces. See, everyone who is not Meze; effective strain relief isn't difficult to implement.
     
    The 11 Neo are very comfortable and I can only see someone having issues if they need extremely slim nozzles like those found on the Shure SE215, Fidue A31s, or Klipsche S3. The front nozzle section is smooth and curves naturally into the rest of the housing, completely free of sharp edges or awkward angles. The curves continue along the body of the housing making gripping them easy and natural as they conform to the shape of your fingers. Finally, we get to what is oddly my favorite part of the 11 Neo, just as it was on the 12 Classics; the rear dimple containing the Meze logo. For whatever reason I find it immensely satisfying to set the tip of my finger on there. It's also useful for inserting them into your ear. Meze did their homework and nailed ergonomics.
     
    Isolation is solid, and better than I was expecting given there are two vents in each earpiece; one right behind the nozzle and another in front of the strain relief. At the overly low volumes I listen they were unable to fully snuff out the whirling dervish that is my work computer and it's horribly noisy fans; not so much of an issue at more average listening volumes. It was also enough for walking around in the real world, letting in just enough external stimuli to remain fairly safe.
     
    Overall the 11 Neo are an attractive, comfortable earphone made from quality materials. Fit and finish is flawless too. While not a deal killer, the cable noise is unacceptably intrusive.
     

     
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    Sound:
     
    Tips: I'm a big fan of tips rolling and feel it is integral to getting the most out of your earphone in terms of both comfort and sound. The stock tips Meze provides are about as generic as they get, but they work. I have no complaints about them whatsoever. They're comfortable, they don't feel cheap and flimsy, and they pair well with the 11 Neo's sound signature. That said, I use KZ's new star tips. They give me a more consistent seal in my left ear, and the wider bore brings the treble forward a touch.
     
    Amping: I honestly didn't spend much time with them attached to my NX1 or Rig USB amp. The 11 Neo paired beautifully with my HTC One M8 and XDuoo X3 so the need just wasn't there.
     
    The 11 Neo is a lovely sounding earphone with a signature that should cater to a pretty wide audience. They aren't quite as balanced or technically competent as their walnut stablemates, the 12 Classics, but they're no less appealing.
     
    Their 8mm, titanium-coated dynamic drivers are characterized by a warm and silky smooth signature. These are easily one of the most chill earphones I've had the pleasure of listening to. Their sound is well-weighted, tilting ever so slightly towards a thicker more meaty presentation. I chalk this up to a somewhat confined soundstage and some extra mid-bass. Despite this, their mid-range is stunning. If a fan of progressive rock, the 11 Neo will make for a great companion. Treble is tight, well-controlled, and well-extended, but dialed back a bit in favor of the sweet mid-range and tight, punchy low end.
     
    Despite the somewhat compressed soundstage, imaging remains excellent. Sounds swirl and twist around you with confidence avoiding any 'dead-zones'. If a fan of highly detailed earphones, the 11 Neo might not cut it for you. Like the 12 Classics, I felt it was merely adequate doing only what was needed to maintain an inoffensive yet highly musical presentation.
     
    The 11 Neo snuggles up to your ear canal and whispers sweet, soothing tunes to you. They breed familiar and immediately pleasing experiences that make them a very easy recommendation.
     
    Select Comparisons:
     
    KZ ATR (under 10 USD): The ATR is easily one of my favorite budget earphones and offers buyers an experience far beyond what their ridiculously low price tag would lead you to expect. For under 10 USD you get a well-balanced signature with solid detail.
     
    The 11 Neo feels like a direct upgrade in most aspects. They're both quite warm with a mild mid-bass focus, relaxed yet well-extended treble, and a delicious mid-range. The 11 Neo falls short on overall airyness and soundstage size, but their layering, instrument placement, and stereo imaging are clearly a step ahead.
     
    The 11 Neo is, as you would expect, the better built of the two. Aluminum vs. plastic housings and excellent vs. good strain relief. Their cables are similar, though KZ's offering is slimmer, more flexible, and a touch grippy which can be annoying at times.
     
    The ATR features an over-ear design quite reminiscent of the ATH-IM50, which isn't for everyone. Even with their extremely thick nozzles they're one of the most comfortable earphones I've used, though I feel most would prefer the more traditional barrel-shaped design of the 11 Neo.
     
    If looking to upgrade from the ATR while maintaining the same general signature, the 11 Neo would be an excellent option. The 12 Classics would be an even better choice however, as their signatures are even more in line with each other.
     
    Meze 12 Classics (79.99 USD): How do the 11 Neo hold up against their more mature sibling? Quite well, to the point I feel the 11 Neo offers better value and is the model to get if you don't absolutely need the sexy walnut wood housings and are willing to sacrifice what would to most listeners would be a negligible level of technical competence.
     
    The 12 Classics and 11 Neo share sound signatures, design, and for the most part, materials. The 12 Classics have slightly more emphasized treble and mids. The 11 Neo are a wee bit warmer, smoother, and slower, sacrificing some detail for listening ease. That said, unless listening to them back to back, your average listener probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
     
    Build quality and ergonomics are identical minus the 11 Neo swapping out the walnut for more aluminum. To me, that by default means the Neo will be the more durable and longer lasting of the two.
     
    Accutone Gemini HD w/ blue filters (129.00 USD): The Accutone Gemini HD offers up a shockingly similar experience to the 11 Neo, just with greater technical competence. A larger soundstage all-around and a lot more detail, but with the same uber-smooth, inoffensive presentation and accurate imaging.
     
    Comfort on the 11 Neo is definitely better. They're lighter and lack the somewhat sharp frontal housing edges the Gemini HD suffers from. Build quality is excellent on both with the 11 Neo coming out ahead due to the less-than-premium feeling inline mic Accutone uses. The Gemini's cable is also on the thin side and strain relief is almost entirely absent, but it is very flexible and well-controlled. Even when worn cable down, cable noise isn't really a "thing" which is a huge plus compared to the 11 Neo.
     
    If you really enjoy the 11 Neo's signature and presentation but feel the need to upgrade to something that's more technically competent, the Gemini HD would be a good place to start.
     

     
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    Final Thoughts:
     
    The 11 Neo are a beautiful looking and sounding earphone with a sound signature that does nothing but please. Ergonomics and comfort are top notch, and the cable is stellar pending you can deal with the microphonics. The in-line mic is a practical addition for use with a phone, and the material quality top-to-bottom is outstanding.
     
    While I can't deny that the 12 Classics are the more appealing of Meze's new earphones, the 11 Neo offers up nearly the same experience for 20 USD less. Why do you have to make choosing between the two so difficult, Meze?
     
    Thanks for reading!
     
    - B9Scrambler
     
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    Test Songs:
     
    Aesop Rock - Saturn Missles
    BT - The Antikythera Mechanism
    Daft Punk - Touch
    Gramatik - Bluestep (Album Version)
    Incubus - 2nd/3rd/4th Movements of the Odyssey
    Infected Mushroom - Converting Vegetarians
    Infected Mushroom - Deeply Disturbed
    Jessie J - Bang Bang
    Kiesza - Hideaway
    King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black
    Run The Jewels - Oh My Darling (Don't Cry)
    Skindred - Death to all Spies
    Supertramp - Rudy
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    1. Bansaku
      Great review! Really happy with my pair.
      Bansaku, Dec 9, 2016
    2. B9Scrambler
      Thanks! Glad to hear you're happy with them. They're a very good earphone :)
      B9Scrambler, Dec 10, 2016
  5. ryanjsoo
    Meze 11 Neo Review – Like A Hot Beverage On A Cold Day
    Written by ryanjsoo
    Published Nov 22, 2016
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Balanced, Detailed, Very clean, punchy bass, Build Quality and Cable
    Cons - Microphonic, Mediocre isolation, Some comfort issues, Treble somewhat recessed
    Introduction –

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    Meze return with another earphone that promises an impressive price/performance ratio along with a stunning design. Whilst not as cutting edge as the Meze 12 Classics, the 11 Neo is still a new in-ear earphone that holds an important place in the under-$100 price range. With impeccable build quality that matches that of it’s higher priced sibling, the 11 Neo seeks to take a place in the smooth/natural under $100 earphones. But does the 11 Neo succeed or does it’s modest price shine through it’s sonic performance? Let’s find out.

     

    Disclaimer –

    I would like to thank Meze very much for sending me the 11 Neo for review. These are not a personal purchase and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. I will be as objective as possible during my evaluation of the 11 Neo.

    Since the packaging, accessories and design are so similar, the majority of these sections will be taken from my Meze 12 Classics review.

     

    Accessories –

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    The unboxing experience identical to that of the 12 Classics, that is to say, simple and well presenting. This time, Meze have used a darker colour scheme with a premium looking black colour scheme.

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    As before, the front face showcases the earphones and model number whilst the rear displays the specifications, an image outlining the internals of the earphones and a small frequency response graph. They also have the Hi-res audio approval stamp and a little logo denoting the inclusion of authentic Comply ear tips.

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    Sliding off the top reveals the earphones in a foam inlet and the carry case just beneath. The cable is coiled just beneath the foam insert, Meze use a small reusable Velcro strap to fix the cable as opposed to a cable tie which is nice. The case contains the ear tips and shirt clip.

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    It’s a very practical carrying case of your typical zipper style hard case but it’s one of the most compact solutions I’ve seen. They snugly fit the earphones coiled around 4 fingers with an elastic pocket that comfortably holds the shirt clip and an additional pair of ear tips.

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    The stock silicone tips themselves are decent but I had a hard time finding a comfortable fit among the various sizes (S,M,L and Double Flange). They’re well moulded but the hard reinforcement coming off the stem at the front is quite hard on the ear and the very rounded shape of the tips don’t sit particularly well. Luckily Meze provide a set of Comply T series foam ear tips with every in-ear which gave me a great fit.

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    Since I do prefer a slightly brighter sound, I prefer to use silicone tips at home so for the sake of this review I will be using Sony Hybrids, I would suggest that most buyers who prefer silicone tips pick up a set, they work for most earphones and provide greater comfort and seal than most stock tips. I also have the Spinfit CP100’s a try but the flexible stems made the earphones unstable in the ear, I wouldn’t recommend using them with any of the Meze earphones.

     

    Design –

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    The design is essentially identical to the 12 Classics from the housings to the cable. They employ the same fluted housings which carry similar pros and cons as before. However, instead of that eye-catching walnut wood/gunmetal hybrid, the 11 Neo instead carries a more subdued look, consisting entirely of Gunmetal aluminium.

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    They look and feel just as premium, though it’s strange that they still have seams in the same places even though the entire body is the same material. Regardless, the fit and finish is superb as before, the 11 Neo are undoubtedly a fantastic looking earphone that supersedes its $100 price tag. One thing I forgot to mention in my 12 Classics review was the amount of wind noise these earphones produce. Due to the shape of the rear, the housings are very susceptible to wind noise, which in addition to the prevalent microphonics, makes them much more suited towards in-door earphone. For comments on comfort and cabling, I will quote my 12 Classics review below since they are identical:

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    The indented rear makes insertion simple whilst the subtly curved housings make removal from the ears similarly effortless. Despite being fully sealed, there’s also no driver flex which will aid longevity. The Meze logo adorns the outer face, it feels laser etched not painted.

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    The use of a metal sound tube is also great for strength and rigidity, the metal mesh protector is similarly well finished, there are no glue marks or other indication of poor workmanship.

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    Visuals and feel aside, the housings are moderately sized for an in ear, they’re neither small nor large but easily dwarf the Shozy Zero and Klipsch X10. Due to the tapered design and relatively shallow insertion, the aluminium back did also produce a hot spot at the back of my outer ear after listening for about 2 hours. It’s noticeable but not excruciating, they still lack the long term comfort of smaller earphones such as those aforementioned. Fit stability is good for a cable down earphone, whilst I doubt they would stay put during a run, they sat perfectly fine during my morning walks and any kind of commute during the day.

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    Isolation is strangely not great, they actually isolate less than the semi-vented Shozy Zero despite being sealed, I can only attribute this to the shallow fitment of the earphones since the housings are so solid. During my time with the 11 Neo, I have found a more comfortable wearing method; basically, I use a larger tip than usual for a shallower fit, it sticks out more from the ear to the point that the rears of the earphones are beyond my ear. This does alleviate the hotspot I was getting but does, of course, negatively affect wind noise, isolation and fit stability, they were clearly not designed to be worn like this.

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    Moving down to the cable, I really like the smooth, ever so slightly rubbery texture of the cable. It’s not removable like the SE215 but few are around this price and the 12 Classics cable is a lot better than those usually installed on such earphones anyway. It’s pretty thick for an earphone cable yet remains very pliable if not super supple with a slightly springy quality. Combined with the smooth texture, the cable does resist tangles very well. Meze also build in a nice single button remote with integrated mic.

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    The mic sounds fine, at least as good as that on my HTC 10, coming through nice and clear. The single button remote functions on both Android and IOS, allowing users to play/pause and skip tracks. The button is easily discerned and has a nice click.

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    The jack and y-split are outstanding with a matching gunmetal aluminium finish and flexible strain reliefs on all terminations that are good but not the best I’ve seen. The earphones have a gold plated straight 3.5mm plug that’s tapered like the housings to aid traction on removal. I would have preferred a right angle plug seeing as this is an earphone designed for smartphone use but at least the plug is of great quality.

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    Microphonics are somewhat concerning however and cable does transmit above average amounts of noise, but still less than the Klipsch X10’s and ie800’s. Meze do include a shirt clip but I would still like a chin slider at the y-split.

     

    Sound –

    I don’t feel that the Meze 11 Neo is necessarily a downgrade from the 12 Classics as numbering hierarchy would suggest. Rather, to my ears, the 11 Neo is instead a nice alternative with similar sound quality but a more balanced sound signature. Now, this isn’t at all uncommon, plenty of people prefer the Shure SE415 to the SE535 for example and at the end of the day, sound remains a very subjective topic. In that regard, Meze’s earphones line-up really offer the best of both worlds; if you want a super punchy, dynamic and spacious sound, the Meze 12 Classics is a great buy. But if you want a very balanced, smooth and just slightly warm sound signature, then that is what the Meze 11 Neo will deliver. As with the 12 Classics, I took a brief listen out of the box and burnt them in, the 11 Neo’s have over 100 hours on them as of this review. Again, I’m not certain that this has affected the earphones physically or whether it has simply given my brain time to adjust to the sound, but the 11 Neo now sounds more open and balanced in general. In all fairness, I was listening to the Sony MDR-1A and Denon MM-400 before receiving these earphones, both headphones that are quite thick, warm and spacious sounding, making the 11 Neo and 12 Classics sound more unnatural and thin in comparison.

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    The balanced sound signature of the 11 Neo’s really flatters every genre, it’s definitely one of the best-tuned earphones I’ve tested in this price range. Bass is ever so slightly accentuated, sub-bass is full and mid-bass has a little more slam than neutral, upper bass is pretty neutral for the most part. Heading into further up the frequency spectrum, the midrange has perfect presence, in line with the bass, the 11 Neo is perhaps slightly mid forward even. The midrange is pretty even overall, like the 12 Classics, the upper midrange is slightly more present granting a little extra clarity to the presentation. Treble is also quite similar to the 12 Classics, lower treble is the most prominent then it gently slopes down from there. On a whole, treble is on the more relaxed side of neutral but not recessed. It is, however, more relaxed than the 12 Classics, an already relaxed sounding earphone.

    The soundstage is not as spacious as the Meze 12 Classics due to the more forward midrange, but the 11 Neo still offers one of the more spacious presentations around this price. Width is very good and depth is above average too, it’s more of an oval presentation. Despite this, imaging is very accurate, more so than the 12 Classics even. Separation is also good, they sound perhaps less separated than the more spacious 12 Classics but complex passages don’t sound congested or overbearing. Whilst space and imaging are impressive overall, separation in particular does lag behind more expensive earphones, but is well performing at this price.

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    In terms of driveability, the 11 Neo are identical to the 12 Classics which made comparisons a breeze. With an impedance of 32ohms and a Sensitivity rating of 101 dB, the 12 Classics are very easy to drive but not the loudest earphone around. They’re pretty much identical to the Sennheiser ie800’s in terms of sensitivity which makes them similarly if not slightly less sensitive than the average earphone. They’re also similarly resistant to hiss, I didn’t notice any noise at all on my Oppo HA-2 even when listening on high-gain nor was there any background hiss when listening through my HTC 10, very good. The sound does seem to be slightly source dependent as they sounded slightly thinner through my HTC 10, but otherwise almost they were almost identical. Most portable sources will have no issues driving the Meze 12 Classics to sufficient volumes. They saw little benefit running through my Oppo HA-2 as opposed to my HTC 10 and amping is not required but will produce very small improvements to the sound, namely the midrange becomes more natural.

     

    Bass –

    The bass response is punchy and articulate but natural. Sub-bass extension is very good but still not the best I’ve heard around this price, the 12 Classics have quite a bit more extension for instance. Sub-bass still has fullness and impact, it about neutral in quantity, rolling off at the lowest notes; I would say it’s similar if not a hair deeper than the Shozy Zero. The mid-bass response is the most accentuated of the entire bass response, but in the grand scheme of things, it remains quite balanced. This allows the bass to sound super punchy and tight without any tubbiness or bloat. Upper bass is similarly slightly boosted, providing a little warmth to the lower midrange, the entire bass response is textured with plenty of definition. I have no real complaints with the bass response, it’s a nice defined and well-rounded low end. The 11 Neo isn’t as vivid as the 12 Classics, but bass is more organic and natural in return. That being said, I would still point fans of more contemporary music towards the 12 Classics.

     

    Mids –

    With a subtle focus, the midrange on the Meze 11 Neo’s really excels. Lower mids are spot on, just very slightly warmer and full-bodied than neutral, but very, very well-tuned on a whole. Male vocals have nice presence without being overly forward. There’s no muddiness of congestion and bass spill is minimal to non-existent depending on the track. Intelligibility is also great making video and movie usage ideal. Upper mids are similarly linear but slightly more forward as with the 12 Classics. This grants the 11 Neo with plenty of clarity but there is enough body to the upper midrange to avoid that overbearing sense of brightness; a lot of other cheaper earphones that pursue this sound tend to sound almost harsh. This is also helped by the 11 Neo’s spacious soundstage which grants instruments with plenty of separation. Detailing is also a standout in this price range, the midrange resolves a similar amount to the 12 Classics and Shozy Zero but also a lot more than the Klispch X10. All in all, the midrange is very impressive and one of the standout performers in this price range.

     

    Highs –  

    The high end of the 11 Neo’s is quite tame, sitting behind the midrange and bass response. There’s slight emphasis on the lower and middle treble (relative to the rest of the treble) but less than the 12 Classics. Overall quantity is below neutral, there’s still plenty of treble to retain detail and engagement but higher treble notes can sound quite distant and at times truncated; the clashing of cymbals aren’t quite as atmospheric as I would like and tend to suffer from that wood stick phenomenon. So treble is definitely more laid back, I would say it complements the rest of the sound rather than driving it like some rawer, more detail orientated earphones such as the RE-400. For those looking for a revealing, hyper detailed earphone, I would point you towards one of the leaner balanced armature earphones around $100-150. The 11 Neo trades such crispness for a softer sense of detail, smoothness and a more natural tone. At the end of the day, the 11 Neo is still a $100 earphone, it is not perfect, but a lot of listeners will enjoy its sound. The treble response is more resolving than other earphones around this price, the Shozy Zero for example has a slightly more recessed treble response, but also has a darker midrange that draws more attention to the high end whilst the Klipsch x10 simply rolls off, resolving less detail in the lower notes and failing to even reproduce higher notes.

     

    Verdict –

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    The 11 Neo’s are, to me, an even more impressive offering than the 12 Classics. With a modest asking price of $80 AUD (even lower than the ~$100 12 Classics), the 11 Neo’s sit right in the sweet spot for those looking to upgrade from their stock or cheaper earphones but don’t want to go all out on a $300-400 monitor. The 11 Neo is ultimately a very balanced, versatile earphone whose hints of added warmth and relaxed high end will surely please both audiophiles and general listeners; boot up some jazz and the 11 Neo’s respond well with real weight behind each pluck of the bass, intimate vocals and a soothing high end that softens off sibilance and the brassiness of trumpets. Play some rock and the 11 Neo’s deliver plenty of kick along with raw, full-bodied vocals and crisp, if not atmospheric highs that hit but don’t shimmer. Finally, switching to some pop streaming from the top charts on Spotify, and the Neo’s similarly flatter these lower bitrate files; bass hits hard enough without dominating the sound whilst details pop with just enough clarity. They do still lack the vibrancy of the 12 Classics, but the 11 Neo’s natural sound is often just as rewarding and sometimes more so.

    Accessories – 8.5/10, Nice unboxing with a reusable Velcro strap to keep the cable neat. The included carrying case is compact and protective with a pocket for additional accessories. The stock silicone ear tips are uncomfortable for me but others seem to be having more luck, the included Comply tips work wonders for ergonomics.

    Design – 8.5/10, Visually stunning and functionally brilliant, the earphones are easy to handle and have a stable fit in the ear. Comfort is as subjective as always but I would guess that a lot of listeners would have some form of contact with the sharply angled rear of the earphones forming a hotspot in the outer ear over long listening sessions. The build is fantastic, the cable is great and the inclusion of a remote with mic is extra practical for smartphone listeners. The cable is quite microphonic but the included shirt clip mostly alleviates this issue.

    Bass – 7.25/10, Sub-bass is well extended, bass is articulate, clean and defined. No bloat or muddiness, slight mid and upper bass emphasis.

    Mids – 7.75/10, Very linear tuning, full-bodied but clear. Upper mids have nice clarity and detailing is spot on. Balanced but very slighlty forward.

    Treble – 7/10, Very polite, smooth but might be too recessed for some listeners. Rolls off at the top, upper treble sounds slightly truncated. Perfect body, isn’t raspy nor thick.

    Soundstage, Imaging and Separation – 7.75/10, Simimlar to the 12 Classics overall, slightly less spacious and separated in exchange for more precise imaging. A great performer in this price range.

    Verdict – 8.5/10, The Meze 11 Neo are a more balanced alternative to the similarly accomplished Shozy Zero and 12 Classics but are also a slightly more engaging alternative to the Hifiman RE-400. Whilst all these earphones have their own strengths and weaknesses, the 11 Neo is probably the more versatile of the bunch with class-leading build quality and a slightly warm sound that thrives in the ambient noise of daily commute.


    Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed my review please have a look at my blog for guides and more articles like this:


    https://everydaylisteningblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/meze-11-neo-review-like-a-hot-beverage-on-a-cold-day/

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    1. Bansaku
      Great review! Currently burning in my pair, but I agree whole heartedly with your impressions. In a way, I kind of prefer them to the 12 Classics... sometimes... :p
      Bansaku, Nov 22, 2016
    2. ryanjsoo
      Thanks Bansaku. Honestly, my pair of 12 Classics might be defective in some way since my impressions seemed to be varying from many others... 
      ryanjsoo, Nov 22, 2016
    3. ahmonge
      A lot of useful information, a truly valuable review. Thanks!
      ahmonge, Feb 6, 2017
  6. musicday
    Great sounding IEM and a real value for money.
    Written by musicday
    Published Nov 14, 2016
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Great built,look more expensive then the real price,detailed sound.
    Cons - Microphonic cable, wish i could see more tips included in the package.
    Again I would like to say a big Thank You to the Meze Team Romania for including me on the review list of their new products. After I reviewed the Meze wall nut wood 12 Classics IEM I was surprised how much they offer for the price and now is the turn of the aluminium brother, Meze 11 Neo that pretty much offer same design, same titanium coated 8 mm mylar driver. We will get to the specifications in a minute.
    I would like to mention that at the time of writing this review the Meze 11 Neo sell on amazon.uk for the price of £49. When the 12 Classics is only £20 more, then I definitely recommend the more expensive ones that offer a more refined sound.
     
    Specifications :
    Frequency response: 16Hz - 24KHz
    Impedance: 16Ohm
    Sensitivity: 101dB (+/- 3db)
    Total harmonic distortion: < 0.5%
    Noise attenuation: up to 26dB
    Titanium coated 8mm mylar driver
    3.5mm gold-plated jack plug
    7N OFC cable : 1.2m
     
    Good to see that the same cable with microphone and play/pause button been kept even at this lower price.
     
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    Similar package like 12 Classics , different colour for the 11 Neo but then again they do not look like £49 IEMs at all. Here is where the Meze team did the magic, again.
     
     
     
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    Box and accessories: There is not much here to talk about as the 11 Neo and 12 Classics use the same box, and accessories. Good to see the Comply tips  T-500 still included and the small  round carry pouch.
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     Build quality : Yes I know that I will repeat myself but I would like to see the removable cable included on the future Meze IEM's. I cannot really ask for that at this price point but one may have some spare cables at home that wants to use. The build quality is fantastic on the 11 Neo aluminium being used here and the iridium colour is something modern and trendy. I like it personally, we don't stare at the IEMs but we have to like the colour build and fit right?
     
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    Sound quality and impressions:
    This it was not difficult at all especially when I wanted to compare the 11 Neo to the 12 Classics side by side. I prefer the sound of the wood used on the12 Classics to the less detailed 11 Neo. They do sound good out of the Tera Player and S6 Edge+ especially with good recordings and just like the 12 Classics are very much tips depending.
    Sound, fit, comfort , noise isolation is all down to the right tips used. So do not judge them straight out of the package .They need at least 48 hours of burn in to shine.
    Meze didn't mention at all about having the same copper- clad aluminium voice coil, so I guess in the 11 Neo just a normal titanium coated 8 mm mylar driver was used. I don't know exactly what effect that has on the sound quality but I prefer 12 Classics.
    The bass is nice and tight ,soundstage seems to be slightly smaller ,but this is a detailed IEM with crisp clear treble. It does work well with pretty much any music genre, rap,jazz, pop but with classical music I find them slightly more suited because  of the clear treble and highs.
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    Conclusion and final words: You cannot go wrong with either 11 Neo or 12 Classics IEMs from Meze. Both are really well built ,great packaging and the feel when you seem them for the first time it will not help you to guess the low price they retail for. While I like them both I would recommend to get the 12 Classics if your budget is not very limited , as this IEM in my opinion offers 10% better sound vs 11 Neo.
    This is one of few companies that really deliver big value at low price. Thank you Meze and I look forward to your future products.
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  7. jinxy245
    Smooth Operator at a fantastic price
    Written by jinxy245
    Published Nov 13, 2016
    4.0/5,
    Pros - musical, smooth sound signature; beautiful; well built; great value
    Cons - bass may be too far north of neutral for some, microphonic cable
           Let me start by sincerely thanking Meze for organizing this tour. I have (gratefully) been selected to participate in this Headphone Tour, during which I am able to listen to and keep the 11 Neo. The only requirement is to post the review which you see here. Having the opportunity to sample equipment in the comfort of my own home, with my own source and music, is an absolute joy for which I am truly grateful. The Meze 11 Neo’s MSRP is $59 (USD) and can be found here: https://mezeheadphones.com/collections/all/products/meze-11-neo-iridium-earphones
     
     
    Build Quality Comfort and Accessories
     
     
           Let’s put the first thing first. My pet peeve: Manufacturers, can we PLEASE make it easy to distinguish right from left? The Meze are symmetrical earphones, and there is no angle to the nozzle. While listening to the Meze 12 Classics (Meze’s step up offering, for $20 more) for review, I figured out that the mic is to the right by listening for the breath in the right channel of Zep’s “Going to California” long before I noticed the markings on the strain relief just below the driver housing. They aren’t colored, just raised and rather small (which is necessary given the gauge of wire used, but still). I think all manufacturers need to approach this in a more user friendly way.
     
           Beyond that, I’d say Meze did very well. The real metal housings look awesome, (my sample was the Iridium color, which I find reminiscent of Apple’s Rose Gold) and I found them to be very ergonomic…easy to grip and the end of the barrel is concave making it easy to insert in the ear. Comfort was never an issue. Nothing rubs against my ears, and once a good seal was made, I never experienced any discomfort during long listening sessions. The cable appears to be of high quality and feels very robust; however the cable is VERY microphonic in my experience. Wearing them cable up didn’t work well, either. The cable may be durable, but it is too stiff, so it wouldn’t stay wrapped around my ear. Wearing the cable in that manner also put the microphone next to the angle of my jaw, which isn’t ideal for conversations and made it awkward to use the control. I found that using the included shirt clip mostly mitigated the problem, so it wasn’t a big deal for me in the long run. The clip was a royal PITA to put on, but once attached was in no danger of falling off. Meze included a good amount of accessories for this price; 5 different pairs of tips (silicone S, M, L, bi-flange, and genuine Comply), a semi rigid clamshell case (zippered & a good size to fit in your pocket) and a Velcro cable tie, as well as the aforementioned shirt clip. 
     
           Before I offer my listening impressions, I’ll start with a little about myself. I’m pushing 50 and have less than perfect hearing. I’ve been a music lover for as long as I can remember, and I learned to listen a little more critically during the few years I sold audio equipment (and the more I listen, the more I learn). My fascination/infatuation with headphones began about 4 years ago, and has only gotten stronger. The majority of my listening was done listening to FLAC, WAV & various MP3s with my Shanling M3, Fiio x3 (1st gen.), Samsung Galaxy S7, or through my HP all in one PC and Audioquest Dragonfly1.2. My tastes are fairly eclectic, but my listening centered on classic rock, folk, jazz, classical and various genres of EDM. I did burn them in for 36 hours prior to critical listening; however I did not hear any notable difference throughout my evaluation.
     
     
    Sound
     
     
           While not as efficient as BA drivers, I found that I could achieve good volume with any source I tried. With my Samsung Galaxy S7, the volume isn’t graded by numbers. The volume tended to edge toward the red “unsafe” listening mark when listening to some tracks, yet the Meze never sounded strained. I found the Neo to be more forgiving of lower quality recordings, likely due to the more relaxed sound signature, and scaling up to better sources did help with detail retrieval, but it wasn’t a night and day difference. I achieved a good seal and great performance with the stock silicone tips, so I did all my listening with them. Whether because of the shallow insertion, or the vented enclosure, isolation was average, muting outside noise but not totally blocking it out. I found they performed well while traveling, but personally they wouldn’t be my 1st choice, since I tended to bump the volume a bit too much to compensate in louder environments.
     
           I found the tonal balance to be very smooth. Breaking the sound into the usual categories, I’ll work from the bottom up. Sub bass is solid, but not overly accentuated. Listening to Lorde singing ‘Royals’, I can discern the lowest notes clearly, but the mid bass has a little less punch and doesn’t grab my attention as much. I didn’t find any aspect of the bass to be sloppy at all. Listening to ‘Defense’ by Sarah Jaffe, if found it easy to distinguish between the electric bass and the lower octave synth notes. In ‘I Said’ (Michael Woods Remix) by deadmau5 the bass was powerful and energetic without becoming a sloppy blurry mess. My personal preference usually leans toward a weighty sub bass & more linear mid bass, and I think the 11 Neo’s presentation delivered in spades.
     
           Moving on to the mids, there is detail and articulation, but it is more subdued without sounding veiled. When listening to hotter recordings, sibilance was minimal, smoothed out by the more relaxed presentation. Even though there may be a perceived lack of crispness, tonally male & female vocals both sounded natural. Starting with ‘The Sound of Silence’, as reinterpreted by Disturbed, David Draiman’s voice still sounded thick rich and gravelly, which is how it is supposed to sound. The punctuations on the letter “S” in this song can accent sibilance on many earphones, but that effect was lessened here. In order to totally discredit my musical taste, I’ll confess to enjoying several of American Idol’s Alumni. In particular, the voice of Crystal Bowersox mesmerized me from the 1st time I heard it and still does to this day. Her first release, Farmer’s Daughter, is a fine example of a recording where the vocals can be a bit too energetic on many headphones. Hearing ‘Speak Now’ on the 12 Neo, her voice wasn’t harsh, and had just the right amount of detail. Another highlight was listening to Miley Cyrus (am I discredited yet?) sing ‘Two More Lonely People’ which is a song that is reminiscent of 70’s disco. On this track the Meze accented the rich tone of her voice and the bass never intruded on the mids.
     
           Treble had a touch less shimmer for me than I’m used to but was no less enjoyable. Strings and cymbals sounded slightly further back in the mix avoiding any hint of shrillness. The cowbell played throughout the Stone’s ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ may not have sounded quite as bright as on other headphones, but it rang true and clear, and the strings on Snarky Puppy’s ‘Sintra’ were thicker than I’m used to, but very clear. Another example, ‘Funky Lover’ by Neon Grandma (a funk band released in ’98) has plenty of complex cymbal work throughout and sounded brilliant on the 11 Neo. The Neo is mellower, and may be a touch less resolving than the step up Meze 12 Classic, but there is still plenty to enjoy here.
     
           While not outstanding, the soundstage was fairly wide with a good amount of depth, and a little bit less height. Listening to Jeff Beck Live+, I felt as if I was about 3th row center in a fairly large venue. I never felt the soundstage to be overly constricted or flat, even on older recordings like the Fats Domino’s ‘Blueberry hill’. The soundstage may not be dramatically large and impressive but it never drew attention to itself at all unless I was listening for it.
     
     
    Quick Comparison
     
     
           Since I was fortunate enough to be chosen for the Meze 12 Classic tour as well, I thought it would be useful to do a comparison to the 11 Neo’s more expensive sibling (retailing for $20 more). The build quality, isolation, comfort and accessories are all but identical between the two pairs (Same mic, remote, cable, and 3.5mm connectors). Whether you like the dark walnut barrel of the 12 Classic or the smooth metal appearance of the 11 Neo, the overall quality is undeniable.
     
           While sonically comparing both, there is enough of a similarity to begin to define a house sound, yet enough differences to distinguish each of them. I found the Classic to be a bit crisper overall, with a slight mid-bass emphasis, well-defined mids and slightly more energetic treble. This is not like comparing a Sennheiser HD 650 to a Beyerdynamic T70, because they have more in common than not. ‘I Said’ (deadmau5) had a little less oomph in the sub bass, and a touch more in the mid bass on the 12 Classic. Voices on the Classic were crisp without being strident; the sibilance noted in Disturbed’s ‘The Sound of Silence’ was evident and a little more pronounced. Listening to Tina’s cello in ‘First Embrace’ by Peter Kater and Tina Guo, I found the Neo to have a shade more richness in the cello; the Classics revealed a touch more bite. As much as I thought I would gravitate toward the Neo, I can honestly say I enjoy the Classic equally. If you have über-revealing sources, the Neo might be the perfect fit. If your sources are the dark and rich, the Classic could be the ticket. It really boils down to a matter of preference, and I am thrilled that I have them both.
     
     
    Conclusion
     
     
           My thanks again go to the Meze team. I am very pleased to have been introduced to the Meze brand and to the 11 Neo. The 11 Neo are a smooth, musical, engaging earphone that perform well with any type of music you throw at them. Solid Build, beautiful appearance and quality accessories are the icing on the cake. If I hadn’t been familiar with Meze, and you handed me a pair and let me listen for a while, I’d have no problem believing these were easily twice the price. At $59, I’d call these a steal. Well done, Meze. Well done indeed.
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  8. Army-Firedawg
    Outstanding price/quality iem for lovers of wonderfully musical iems.
    Written by Army-Firedawg
    Published Nov 11, 2016
    4.5/5,
    Pros - wonderful warm tonality, great appearance, strong price/quality ratio
    Cons - Slight distortion in treble/upper treble range (symbols), notable fall off from mid bass downwards
        This year I feel that I’ve been truly blessed with an abundance of opportunities and humbling experiences. From marrying the woman of my dreams, to finally achieving my dreams of earning a position with the Concord Fire Department. God has truly blessed my family. I say all that to say this. I was honored earlier this year by being allowed to take part in a review of their 99 Classic model headphones and truly fell in love with them, and now I find myself being allowed to not only review one of their famed iems, the 11 Neo, but also their 12 Classic’s as well (to be reviewed at a later date). When a company allows me to take part in sampling not just one product they offer but multiple I truly feel humbled and truly honored. I’ve been reviewing products for a little over a year and have sampled a many of items; some making it to review, while others wanted just an opinion for their prototype. And each time I feel humbled by the level of trust given to me. My personal goal as a reviewer is to first and foremost convey, to the best of my ability, my true and honest opinion of a product (which has unfortunately led to a couple of lost acquaintances but my word is all I have in life) so that my readers (or viewers) can hopefully get an idea into the product they will be purchasing. Secondly, I wish to create a partnership and friendship amongst the companies I review products with and build trust so that not only can I continue to review other products, but I wish gain their trust and confidence that I will take care of the products sent to me. And lastly, I wish to someday hopefully in what small influence I can have, be able to say I contributed to the furthering of this absolutely amazing hobby we have hear in the audio world.
    And thus far, from what I’ve gathered, Meze and their crew has listened to their audience about potential shortcomings in their products and has made appropriate corrections within months (i.e. larger ear pads), which says a great deal.Alright, now with all the pleasantries and my blabbering aside, please allow me to discuss my findings I’ve had with this very price approachable, Meze Headphones 11 Neo’s.
     
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        I'm a 25 year old firefighter currently for the U.S. Army North Carolina National Guard. I was formerly a civilian firefighter in Kentucky with the Millard Fire Department before I enlisted and moved to my current location in Charlotte, North Carolina. My current goal is to begin my career again in the civilian fire service, and yes, I am the cliché of wanting to do that since as far as I can remember.
        My interests/hobbies are power lifting, fishing and relaxing to audio products and reviewing them to help other decide on what products would work for them. On that note over the years I've really came to an understanding of what it is I like and look for in audio products.
        What I look for is a relaxing, warm and sensual sound that just drifts me away in the emotional experience of the music being performed. Yes, accuracy is still important but I will happily sacrifice some of that if I'm presented with a clean, warm sound that can wisp me away into an experience that makes me yearn for more.
        My ideal signature are that of respectably forward mids and upper bass range with the bass being controlled but with some slight decay. I like my treble to have nice extension and detail reveal with a smooth roll off up top as to not become harsh in the least. Examples of products that have given me chills and keep giving me the yearning for more feels are the (in no particular order) Bowers & Wilkins P7, Oppo PM-1/2, Empire Ears Hermes VI,  Audeze LCD-XC, Meze Headphones 99 Classics.
     
    - Amp.
    -Audio-Technica AT-PHA100
    -Source
        -LG V20
    -Luxury & Precision L3
        -HP 15634 Laptop
     
        I am by no means sponsored by this company or any of its affiliates. They were kind enough to send me a product for an arranged amount of time in exchange for my honest opinion. I am making no monetary compensation for this review.
        The following is my take on the product being reviewed. It is to be taken 'with a grain of salt” per say and as I always tell people, it is YOUR opinion that matters. So regardless of my take or view on said product, I highly recommend you listen to it yourself and gauge your own opinion.


    The Opening Experience
     
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        Or what I like to call the “handshake.” From my view point, this is the closest a company can get to introducing themselves to their customers. I refer to it as a “handshake” because that’s the most applicable way of greeting someone and gauging their character (blame it on my southern roots or whatever have you). It also says a lot about how a person views the interaction. Will my outstretched hand be met with a firm handshake that bestows pride and competence? Or will I receive just a hand that’s been extended only as a courtesy that has no merit at all to it because the individual is too distracted by a phone (or other distractant) or because of no interest at all?
    Thankfully, the Meze 11 Neo’s are most closely related to the reflection of pride and competence. To be honest and upfront, at a MSRP of only $60 I wasn’t expecting the moon or even much more than basic plastic cut outs. But Meze delivers their product in a manner I rarely find outside of $100-150 products.
    The box itself is a nice cardboard that isn’t too bogged down with boasting jargon. The front bestows a picture of the 11 Neo’s in a manner representing the Trident (at least I believe that’s what it is) trademark. The back shows the making of the iem (which never did anything for me personally), a frequency graph (which is always a welcomed addon), the normal specification, and their name and company motto. Very simplistic, just how I like it.
    Upon opening the package (again, I wasn’t expecting much more than plastic) I was presented the 11 neo in a precision cut foam container that held the iems in Meze’s trident design. This simple thing rather impressed me. That small and likely quick thing to do spoke wonders, to me, about the pride they show in their company which reflects in the products presentation.
    Now, under the iems you’re given a respectable semi-hard round case to carry and protect the 11 Neo’s in. Then finally, inside said case is a very nice assortment of tips as well as a pack of Comply memory foam.
    To sum, if I haven’t shown my point, I was rather impressed with the “handshake” that felt both full of pride and company competence.

    Construction
     
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        Cool, I was given a very nice “handshake” great. But was I given a product that I will only be able to use for a short time? Or, do I have a well made gem that feels I would have it for years to come? With proper care, I’m going to sway my vote towards the later.
    The driver housing is encompassed in aluminum, which in and of itself is extremely durable, and of course each is sporting the trident logo.
    The cable is made respectable. Nothing about it shouts out one way or another to me in terms of durability, it does look good though. Moving down, on the right side you’ve your single button universal mic that’s also encased in aluminum. Lastly, towards the bottom of the cable you’ve an aluminum splitter (not the share headphones kind), again with the Meze logo, and aluminum aux jack.
    So overall the cable does some very nice aesthetics and with respect to the $60 price not a bad construct either. One drawback I will say is that there does possess some microphonics. It’s not terrible by any stretch of the word, but it present nonetheless.

    Comfort

        Hmm, ok, so I’ve been given a great introduction to the product and it’s even built well. But can I wear it for long periods??!?!?! Of course this section is going to be quite subjective but as a general idea I’ll say absolutely. Now, I didn’t use the tips that were supplied with the unit for I used my personal Comply memory foam tips (which the 11 Neo does come with 1 pair). The 11 Neo’s aren’t heavy in the slightest and even after a short period of time they kinda just drift away and I forget they are even in my ear. This is rather unfortunate because the warm and soft tonality of them (which will be discussed further in the next section) makes them perfect to sleep with. What makes it unfortunate is that they protrude out too far and put too much pressure on the ear which is not comfortable in the very least.
    Short section but iems are kinda hard to discuss. As to the 11 Neo, they’re wonderful with everything except for sleeping in. Oh, about forgot, but the isolation factor (with the Comply tips) is alright; nothing really exceptional.

    Sound

        Alright, we’re finally putting Meze’s 11 Neo in our ears, how do they sound? For those who’re familiar with Meze’s house sound, will find themselves right at home. The 11 Neo’s present a very nice and warm sound that’s great for relaxing and just enjoying the music. The soundstage is rather close but not suffocating and the imaging is there but don’t expect to be drifted away in the a visual performance. These are very musical earphones that are the perfect summer day on a beach kinda slow. But allow me to delve more into the individual aspects of the sound so that I may explain my findings of the sound better shall I?

    Treble

        The treble on the 11 Neo’s are smooth, soft and clean. They don’t have nor show too high of extension and in fact they peak quite early but this, though initially sounding unappealing, blends very well into the overall sound signature the 11 Neo possesses. There’s no harshness at all when listening to these, even after an entire cd of fast paced violin of high keyed pianos, my ears never got fatigues. Now, when listening to symbols (I’m unsure at what frequency that is) I do hear some distortion that seems like the drivers are overworking themselves in that particular range and they just get tired.

    Mids

        I swear, I think those of you who follow my reviews (rather on here or YouTube) are sick of hearing why I like mids so much but my goodness do I. What other range can you hear the artist's soul and feelings they’re trying to portray in their music? And wow does Meze and their team know how to make some beautiful mids (for what I like).
    Now, being respectful to the very VERY low price point these are being asked for ($60), the mids are very lifelike and appealing to listen to. You can (and I have) very easily listen to either music or talk shows or even youtube videos for hours and be amused by the level of realism (with respect to price) that the 11 Neo bestows.
    Stepping into the price no question for a moment, though these are really smooth to listen to there is a few things that could be improved on. For example when the artists is snapping their fingers or entertainer is talking there is a “flesh to bone” aspect that isn’t that present in the 11 Neo that I wish was. It’s something that really ties in real life and audio product.

    Bass

        The heartbeat of the product. The bass is what controls the pace of the product (for the most part). As relating to the 11 Neo’s, the bass is slow, smooth, and exaggerated with longer decay. Like in the treble section, this is something that looks horrible on paper because the standard everyone looks for and THINKS they must have is a flat response with lightning quick responses. Now there’s nothing wrong with those looking for products like that but I’d recommend you look elsewhere. Because the way the Meze has tuned the signature of the 11 Neo is beautiful and I honestly wouldn’t (or rather couldn’t without raising the price) change anything about it.
    Right quick before I end this section I do want to disclose an advisory against those who like listening to metal or bass heavy music. Though the 11 Neo is a great all rounder it really doesn’t have that great of a bass hit. It has a pretty steep drop off from the upper-mid bass range down.

    Conclusion

        To conclude the Meze Headphones 11 Neo, they live up to, no they’ve greatly exceeded my expectations of what I expect from a very inexpensive and consumer friendly priced product. These are a great all rounder for those who enjoy a far more musical product vs a sonically accurate one. The presentation is very smooth and relaxing and is built soundly enough so that as long as one takes care of it, should last for many years to come.

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    Also, make sure to check out my unboxing and review videos. They’re pretty awesome AND you getta put a face to the Army-Firedawg name. If this review helped you out at all please hit that thumbs up button for it really helps me out a lot. Till next time my friends, stay safe.
    1. Bansaku
      Great review, as always!
      Bansaku, Nov 18, 2016
    2. MezeTeam
      Is the pouch black or gold? 
      MezeTeam, Nov 21, 2016
    3. Army-Firedawg
      @Bansaku I appreciate that man thanks.
       
      @MezeTeam It's black, i took this without changing my cameras filter and got this result by accident and I really liked the look of it. Kinda like it's a divine presence in the pouch. 
      Army-Firedawg, Nov 26, 2016
  9. mark2410
    Meze 11 Neo Earphone Quick Review by mark2410
    Written by mark2410
    Published Oct 31, 2016
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Highly rich flavour. Greatly pleasing bass. Creamy rich vocals.
    Cons - Can be too thick and creamy. Dry and breathy it just cant do.
    Meze 11 Neo Earphone Quick Review by mark2410
     
    Thanks To Meze for the sample.
     
    Full review here http://www.head-fi.org/t/824405/meze-11-neo-earphone-review-by-mark2410
     
    Brief:  Meze goes warm.
     
    Price:  £49 or €59
     
    Specifications:  Frequency response: 16Hz - 24KHz, Impedance: 16Ohm, Sensitivity: 101dB (+/- 3db), Total harmonic distortion: < 0.5%, Noise attenuation: up to 26dB, Titanium coated 8mm mylar driver, 3.5mm gold-plated jack plug, 7N OFC cable, length: 1.2m
     
    Accessories:  A shirt clip, 5 pairs of tips and a pleasant little case.  A pretty reasonable bundle.
     
    Build Quality:  Very good.  Meze seemed to have leapt into making things like that of on an old hand at this sort of thing.  Despite the 11 Neo being vastly cheaper than the 99’s these seem to be as nicely constructed.  The buds are all metal and impeccably put together.  Everything thing feels good.
     
    Isolation:  So so.  As dynamics go they aren’t super bad or anything but these aren’t high isolators.  They were fine ta go walk about outside with but even at on a bus, hmm yeah I wasn’t loving them.  So Tube commuters or for a long flight id look elsewhere.  Though if you have music running you may well not notice traffic so do pay attention with your eyes.
     
    Comfort/Fit:  Great.  Zero issues on either aspect, in and done.  Happy to wear all day.
     
    Aesthetics:  The look very good.  Rather subtle but their metal nature means they look great to me, not obvious perhaps but I liked them lots visually.
     
    Sound:  Heavy, warm and rich.  So in a completely different turn from the 99’s these are all warm and sumptuous.  The bass is warmly rich, rather largely scaled and very rolling, pleasing on the ear.  They are very weighty with a strong follow through.  Everything on them is so easy on the ear, warm and rich, smooth, oh so smooth a presentation.  Everything on them sounded so pleasing and enjoyable.  Never hurried, dry or open they don’t really suit stuff that needs to be so, they also really can’t convince you of a breathy presentation.  They make everything warm.  As such slow, more bassy, smooth vocal tracks with a relatively light treble work best.  The treble is moderately detailed but its softened and slightly meted presentation means that treble heavy stuff, well it gets warmed up considerably.  If these were a drink they would a creamy mug of hot chocolate with some marshmallows floating, slowly melting on the surface.  While it is lovely and is perfect for certain things, like of a snug winters evening but if you want something to jolt you awake with its clarity and lightness, this is not it.
     
    Value:  Rather good.  The audio is super creamy, sumptuous and they are excellently put together.  Well worth their price tag.
     
    Pro’s:  Highly rich flavour.  Greatly pleasing bass.  Creamy rich vocals.
     
    Con’s:  Can be too thick and creamy.  Dry and breathy it just cant do.
  10. ExpatinJapan
    The Meze Neo 11 is a great sounding and well priced earphone
    Written by ExpatinJapan
    Published Oct 12, 2016
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Excellent build, beautiful airy and detailed sound, fairly neutral... but not dull flat
    Cons - no neck slider, learning the buttons can be tricky

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    Meze have released several products with their most famous so far being the Meze 99 Classic headphone, a beautiful combination of design and technology with many fans, reviewers included.
     
    This new entry into the Meze line up is a light weight, easy fitting, sweet and airy earphone that will please many listeners not just for the price but for the sound.​
     
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    Frequency response: 16Hz - 24KHz
    Impedance: 16Ohm
    Sensitivity: 101dB (+/- 3db)
    Total harmonic distortion: < 0.5%
    Noise attenuation: up to 26dB
    Titanium coated 8mm mylar driver
    3.5mm gold-plated jack plug
    7N OFC cable, length: 1.2m
     
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    Meze put a lot of time into their products and the Neo 11 is no different. A well thought out solid and comfortable design.
     
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    Nice gold plated jack with decent cable support.​
     
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    Nice rounded edges for a painless insertion and comfort over long periods of listening time
     
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    A supple, strong and tangle free cable.​
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    Value
     
    At US$60 on Amazon they are to beat in terms of price and sound quality.
    Anyone who has tried the Meze 99 Classic headphone knows that Meze puts out a decent product.
     
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    Fit
     
    Whether over ear or hanging down the Meze Neo 11 fits a treat. very light and comfortable. I myself preferred the hanging down style, this is probably the intended design as it fits with the mic.
     
    Nicely sloped rounded edges away from the tips and nozzles makes insertion easy and pain free as well as a decent array of tips to select from.
     
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    Sound
     
    I used various Daps and dacs to give the Meze Neo 11 a good working over. Priced at around US$60 I refrained for the gentle approach, I thought an item from Meze would probably be able to withstand the abuse.
     
    As usual I got over 100 hours on the earphones because those who care about burn in care about such things, and for those who don`t ....well it doesn`t matter anyway to them whether its 1 hour or hours....so everyone is happy.
     
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    I started with the CEntrance DACPortable and just shuffled some songs as per usual.
    Morcheeba - Gain1. Dynamic, good body, medium instrument separation.
    The Pixies (Surfer rosa album) - `Cactus`. Gain 2. A bit flat, not so dynamic, a quiet recording?
    Radiohead - Paranoid Android. Gain 1. Perfect, accurate, good body, nice smooth treble, fast response, vocals balanced with the music.
    Bic Runga. Sub bass has a slow decay.
    Black eyed peas. Tight and clean.
    Mazzy Star - A bit dark and murky in the lower end.
    Red hot chili peppers - Coherent, fun, still that low end. 
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    ipod touch 6G - Good clean match, no dark low end.
     
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    Opus#1 DAP.
    Similar experience to the ipod touch 6G at times.
    Nice pairing, good body, dynamic, medium to wide soundstage, good decay.
    Good height, nice timbre and non-fatiguing.

    Trying out my go to tips for fit; 
    The JVC Spiral tips added a bit of low end body to the music. Smooth. detailed. Wide sound stage. It strangely takes off some of the top end sparkle, but not all. Adds more mids. A bit flat.
    Back to stock tips: wider sound stage, more height and more treble.
    Ortofon tips.These seem to provide a good balance between the the JVC and stock tips. Nice treble, height and width with nice body.
    I will even drag out the Spinfits for all the fans: Good reach and airiness, nice vocals, bit artificial sound.
    Ortofon for the win, with the stock tips a close second.

    Stock: small bore, Ortofon: medium bore, JVC Spiral tips: Large bore.
     

    The Neo 11 prefers perhaps a flat, neutral or slightly lighter DAP to sound at its best.
    That is where is comes into its own, nice and smooth, resolving, organic, decent medium soundstage with a delightful airiness overall to complement the highs.

    It isnt a flat reference earphone, but remains quite even over all. Bass can be increased with the complys If that is ones wish, mids are slightly recessed but not overly, enough treble without being sibilant.

    A fairly accurate earphone with a sound beyond their price. two pies up!
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    Overall
     
    The Meze Neo 11 is well designed and constructed earphone.
    Proving once again you can have quality design and sound at an affordable price.
     
    At times I thought the Neo 11 was like a lighter and brighter Shozy Zero, which is priced the same. Why not have both I kept thinking as they would be a good coupling for the budget shopper.
     
    It is very user friendly in terms of fit and sound signature.
     
    It is quite wonderful what they have done for such a low price. Elegant design and sound.
     
    Smooth, organic, non fatiguing, decent detail, medium sound stage, good instrument separation, medium height and width, bass could decay a bit faster for my tastes, luscious but not over bearing mids and detailed highs.
     
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    Thank you again to Meze for sending Head pie and King Rudi the Meze Neo 11 for review​
    -expatinjapan​











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    1. Bansaku
      Nice review!
      Bansaku, Oct 28, 2016

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