I bought some ultimate ears ue350’s recently thinking they would be good value from the reviews I had read online.
Sure they were good… but that was it… they were good only.
Within a month of having them they sort of sounded less punchy and more flatter. I was disheartened to discover one day also that one of the phones was a lot duller than the other for unknown reasons. This pushed me in a search again for another headphone to replace it.
I then started to dig around online at my usual sites and found the same recommendations but I just couldn’t justify the cost of paying in excess of $100 for a headphone unless it super impressed me.
I had to rethink it all as my application was for riding on my bike. The wind noise and buffeting causes tinnitus so I my solution should be able to be heard above that and also perform well in all situations otherwise.
My usual site headphone.com had a few but nothing that stuck out to me.
That is when I started digging around audiophile forums finding people raving about the Meelec M9’s.
They were saying amazing sound, amazing price, hard to beat and such other accolades.
I jumped to ebay to find that they had an ebay store and I bought a pair without a blink.
The price of $20 was ridiculously cheap if all the reviews where true.
About 8 days later they arrived as they were sent international and I was impressed with the packing.
The whole deal looked professional.
They were silver metal buds with anti-tangle cording with a clip and an angled jack.
I plugged them in to find a world of sound that only my Musical Fidelity amp, mega sub and satellite speakers can deliver in the open lounge room.
I was more than impressed.
I am listening baseline with no amp on a simple and old crappy Sansa e280 which with headphones like these sounded stupendous.
There is a respectable level of detail across all genre’s… I love electronica so its got to sound good or it really does sound super bad.
I likened their depth to the Koss Porta Pro’s but better… fatter rounded bass… wow.
I ride a motorbike occasionally and use ear plugs to stop the damage from wind buffeting my ear drum. On the bike I could hear them well such that I have a life soundtrack where ever I ride which is much better than wind deafness.
If you are thinking headphones for any application and are partial towards in ear…
roll with these… you will not regret it.
They literally blew my mind.
update : I am now eyeing the MEElectronics A161P Balanced Armature In-Ear Headphones as I cannot fathom that something could sound even better than these M9’s.
If any MEElectronics staff are reading this… I would gladly love to review a pair if you are interested in sending some over. Contact me using the contact form at the top of the page.
Thanks for reading.