MEElectronics M6 Review
These entry-level in-ears from MEElectronics aren't flashy or expensive, but they get the job done.
Meet the M6 (MSRP $49), budget in-ears from MEElectronics. While they don’t have the best audio performance, these resilient little in-ears are actually quite good for running or outdoor exercise, as they have impressive noise attenuation and stay in your ears well.
Comfort Design & Features
As usual for in-ears, the M6s are very portable but not too comfy by design.
Despite the fact that there are no obvious points of discomfort, at the end of the day you’re still jamming bits of plastic and rubber into your ear canal, which was never meant to have anything inserted into it. Consequently, even after finding the correct size sleeve for you, the in-ears may still feel uncomfortable. Over an extended period of time, the fit does not change all that much, even if you are running.
Aside from buying the color you want and having the ability to swap sleeve sizes and types, there isn’t a whole lot one can do to customize their MEElectronics M6s. That’s not inherently a bad thing, just something to note before buying. Perhaps you wanted to use these with a smartphone? Without a mic, these are not the best choice.
Sporting a rather generic 1/8th inch plug, the MEElectronics M6s can be used with just about any MP3 player or smartphone, though again, they do not have a remote or mic, meaning you will not be able to use these as a headset. While it’s very easy to carry the MEElectronics M6s around on their own, for your convenience MEElectronics included a carrying case for users of their headphones to carry around their in-ears and extra sleeves in. While it’s not that thin, it should fit into most large pockets or bags.
Because these are a relatively inexpensive pair of in-ears, there really wasn’t much put into the MEElectronics M6s in the way of maintenance. That’s okay though, because even if these don’t last all that long, they’re pretty easy to replace financially speaking. Still, take care to not yank these out by the cables, and also be wary of the amount of earwax that makes it into the nozzle, as these will cause issues for you that most likely cannot be fixed.
Despite the wildly erratic nature of the higher notes, the frequency response we measured is among some of the better results for sub-$50 headphones we’ve seen.
You may notice that the headphones are a bit louder than you initially expect—especially among the higher notes—but you may or may not mind this so much. Definitely not for dubstep listeners though, as the sirens and glitches will be a lot louder than the rest of your music.
Things aren't looking so good in another area: Distortion. Yikes. The distortion with the MEElectronics M6s is not only fairly high, but just barely audible even at low volumes in the mid-range of frequencies. While this may not be as objectionable if you’re listening to podcasts or the radio, audio nerds will recoil in horror at this measure, though that can be said about a lot of things.
Using the triple-flange sleeves included in the packaging, you can expect the MEElectronics M6s to make the world around you all but disappear. While this is a great thing for joggers and gym rats, we caution you to maintain awareness of your surroundings, lest you end up the subject of a news article when headphones attack.
Sometimes, you just need a set of cheap headphones.
If you’re looking for a set of headphones to take with you exercising, you’re probably going to want a pair that doesn’t cost much, sounds relatively okay, and blocks out a good amount of outside noise. While they definitely don’t score the best, the MEElectronics M6s fit this bill to a T, and should satisfy most people looking to grab a pair of in-ears that they can abuse while they get swole.
Given that they’re relatively inexpensive, it’s not surprising that there are a few performance points that are a bit lacking: the distortion is relatively high, the highest frequency notes are overemphasized, and there are some very mild channel preference errors. Any one of these issues would deter an audiophile, but for most others looking to save some money, it’s acceptable.
Due to the fact that these isolate the user from outside noise very well, they’re ideal for the casual user who doesn’t want to invest a lot of effort into their in-ears, and just need something to use while exercising or commuting. Considering their price point, these are a solid choice if you don’t want to shell out a bunch of money on something you might break soon anyways, so the MEElectronics M6s will probably suit this role well.
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