There are a lot of contenders in the earphone market. The prices range from $10 up into the $200s or more for those simple little speakers folks plug into their ears for a few hours at a time, listening to a variety of forms and genres of music. Some folks can’t tell the difference between the low-end ones and the high-end ones, and prefer affordability over demonstrable sound quality. After all, if you can hear something, the earphones are working well, right? Clearly, we audiophiles know there is a difference. However, we, too, fancy ourselves frugal, so we’ll find the highest-quality audio devices we can afford. Enter the MEElectronics M9 earphones, a $20 set of earphones which sound like $80 earphones.
- Driver: 9mm drivers with neodymium magnets
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20KHz
- Sensitivity: 95 dB (1mW @ 1KHz)
- Impedance: 16 ohms
- Connector: 3.5mm gold plated, 45 degree connector
- Cable: Designer 1.4m cord (4.6 ft) with attached shirt clip
- Accessories: 4 sets of eartips (small/medium/large/double-flange), 1 carrying pouch, 1 wire organizer
- Compatible Accessories: Comply T-400 eartips (link when available)
- Dimension: 1.0 in. H x 0.5 in. W x 0.5 in. L
- Ship Weight: 0.5 lb
Packaging and Appearance
The MEElectronics M9 earphones come in a plastic, formed box which show the headphones, 3.5 mm jack, and replacement ear tips in various sizes. “Awesome sound, incredible value,” says the package. It clearly indicates for those less technically inclined that it’s compatible with MP3 players, iPods, and iPhones.
In addition to the earphones on a 4.6 ft cable and tips, there’s a little zipper pouch perfect for carrying it all.
The cord is wrapped nicely in a silver and black twisted sheathing, with plastic coating to seal it. The jack is slightly bent for easier routing of the cable from the playback device. A shirt clip is on the cord, too — I found this very useful in my usage. The tips are black, and the base of earphones is silver with a tiny hole in the rear for airflow.