MEE Audio Pinnacle P1 - $199 Dynamic Driver Flagship *Reviews 2nd Post*
Jan 14, 2016 at 8:52 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 3,265

shotgunshane

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MEE Audio's new flagship is now available on their website for $199: http://www.meeaudio.com/pinnacle
 
Website highlights:
 
Pinnacle is more than a name - it is a statement that identifies the P1 in-ear headphones as the result of two years of design, engineering, and refinement, the flagship of our critically acclaimed product line, and our highest-performing headphone ever. 
 
Top-tier audio performance was the primary goal of Pinnacle development from day one. To achieve our target frequency response, clarity, and resolution, the P1 utilizes an advanced high-impedance moving coil transducer and patented acoustic diffuser.
 
The Pinnacle P1 was engineered to deliver engaging, dynamic audio with great clarity and crisp detailing. The tuning target was developed by combining our past in-ear earphone experience with feedback from fans and critics to create a sound that is rich and musical, yet remains accurate to the source and makes audible the finest nuances in your music. The bass is impactful but never overwhelms the rest of the audio spectrum, so you won’t have to strain to hear the details. Add the natural soundstage and excellent handling of spatial cues and the result is an unparalleled concert-in-your-head experience*.
 
The Pinnacle P1 utilizes a proprietary 10mm moving coil driver with 50Ω impedance to improve performance at the extremes of the frequency range. The dynamic driver delivers a full-bodied bass note and slightly warm tonal character while retaining high levels of resolution and refinement. A copper-clad aluminum voice coil is used reduce the driver’s moving mass, allowing for faster, more controlled driver movement and raising high frequency performance and resolution. 
 
A proprietary sound chamber and damping scheme provide the best balance of treble extension and smooth-in-the-ear response. The P1’s patented acoustic diffuser takes advantage of the directional nature of treble (high frequency) sound waves, forcing select frequencies to resonate before reaching the ear to ensure coherency and smoothness. This effectively improves the detailing and high-frequency extension of the P1 without adding harshness, resulting in treble that is extended and energetic, but also smooth for a more realistic sound with improved detail resolution and handling of spatial cues.
 
The earpieces are die-cast from a zinc alloy – a world’s first for in-ear earphones – and hand-polished to provide a look and feel worthy of a flagship. Zinc alloy is more rigid and has better impact resistance than aluminum, yet offers significant weight savings compared to stainless steel, resulting in a less bulky feel in the ear. 
 
 
  1. High-fidelity in-ear headphones utilize an advanced moving coil transducer and 
    acoustic diffuser tuned to recreate music tracks with maximum clarity and resolution
  2. Balanced frequency response with superb handling of spatial cues 
    for the ultimate concert-in-your-head experience
  3. Built to last with zinc alloy housings and interchangeable, replaceable cables
  4. Unique ergonomic design can be worn two different ways and fits all ears comfortably
  5. Includes protective carrying case, 3 sets of Comply™ memory foam eartips, 
    6 sets of silicone eartips, and extra cable with mic and remote for phones/tablet
 
driver type    moving coil (dynamic) with copper-clad aluminum voice coil
driver size    10 mm
frequency response    20 Hz to 20 kHz
impedance    50 Ohms at 1 kHz
sensitivity    96±3 dB (1mW at 1 kHz)
 

 
 
Who is buying first?

 
Jan 14, 2016 at 9:50 PM Post #2 of 3,265

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Reviews, Impressions, Rants and Raves:
 
@shotgunshane : https://cymbacavum.com/2016/04/18/standing-tall-the-pinnacle-p1/
 
@gnarlsagan : http://www.head-fi.org/t/794787/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-new-199-dynamic-driver-flagship/525#post_12417301
 
@cleg : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/15513
 
@ngoshawk : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/15583
 
@Hisoundfi : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/15741
 
@twister6 : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/15087
 
@BloodyPenguin : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/15225
 
@soundstige : http://www.head-fi.org/t/794787/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-199-dynamic-driver-flagship-reviews-2nd-post/15#post_12293997
 
@Luckbad : http://www.head-fi.org/t/794787/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-199-dynamic-driver-flagship-reviews-2nd-post/75#post_12315821

@Paulpark222 : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/16106
 
@FSTOP  : http://www.head-fi.org/t/794787/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-199-dynamic-driver-flagship-reviews-2nd-post/1455#post_12645125

@Jackpot77 : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/16357

@HiFiChris : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/16389

@glassmonkey : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/16445
 
@Midgetguy : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/16647
 
@Brooko : http://www.head-fi.org/products/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-high-fidelity-audiophile-in-ear-headphones-with-detachable-cables/reviews/16704
 
@Rin1990 : http://www.head-fi.org/t/794787/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-199-dynamic-driver-flagship-reviews-2nd-post/2040#post_12920749
and: http://www.head-fi.org/t/794787/mee-audio-pinnacle-p1-199-dynamic-driver-flagship-reviews-2nd-post/2055#post_12925516
 
Jan 15, 2016 at 12:25 AM Post #3 of 3,265

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Very interested. I've always been pleasantly surprised by Meelec's price/performance ratio, but I've only ever listened to their IEMs and headphones below $50. I wonder if they can tackle the mid-range bracket...
 
Jan 15, 2016 at 12:38 AM Post #4 of 3,265

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I was impressed with their single armature a161p that was their previous flagship a couple of years ago. It was $99 when it first released. Hopefully this one surpasses that will better extension at both ends and a bit more body.
 
Jan 15, 2016 at 6:52 PM Post #5 of 3,265

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Very handsome looking phone. Dynamic driver and promise of a great soundstage have me interested for sure. 
 
Jan 19, 2016 at 4:33 AM Post #9 of 3,265

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Yeah, for this year these are the only iems aside from the possible vsonic gr07's upgrades that I'm interested in, but I also kinda wanted to wait for someone else's impressions as mee have been going for more general consumers' and sports oriented stuff for the past couple of years
 
Jan 25, 2016 at 8:43 AM Post #10 of 3,265

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add 1 to the list of those waiting for the initial reviews....finding hard not to just go ahead and buy these. I've found the early adopter deal on the 2nd gen a151p was one of the better audio decisions I've made. I find them to be my hands down best value award....was hoping these were just a elevated version of those. But since its only been a couple of weeks since my last iem purchase and it was a big disappointment, I'm trying to hold off on these....ughhh.
 
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Jan 25, 2016 at 9:02 AM Post #13 of 3,265
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Great review mate.
 
mee a151 was my first true good iem.This will be on my radar for sure.Although u have compared this to dn 2000j but i will ask again.
 
Would this be a substitute considering i mostly listen to classical,progressive rock and occasionally rap?

 
For me it's not just a substitute but a replacement :wink:  DN2kJ gets a bit harsh in the upper mids/treble and looses some body in lower mids. P1 is quite amazing, and with Comply tips gets warmer and smoother and... more forgiving :wink:
 
Jan 25, 2016 at 9:48 AM Post #14 of 3,265

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Well I bit, should have a summary review up in a week or so.
 
Jan 25, 2016 at 10:27 AM Post #15 of 3,265

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I wonder how they compare to my E100? Seriously, after spending only $12 for my all time favorite headphone I've become so CHEAP when it comes to trying other headphones. $400 DAP?
No problem! But $200 for some headphones? Gross! :p
 
It's like, I don't doubt this sounds good but does it sound $200 good? I dunno...
 
I do like that it's dynamic. If there's something the likes of the E100 and MDR-EX1000 have shown to me is that this, dare I say fad, with all this multi-BA IEM's (especially the high-end ones that have 80 drivers per ear /s) is that dynamic can sound just as good if not BETTER than BA.
 

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