The biggest misconception that people have for headphones is that you have to spend big money to get great sound.
Well, let me clear that up with a confession. I have never spent more than $50 on any pair of headphones in my life and yes you will come across more duds than anything. But ever so often, you will come across a gem that will prove that a low price point doesn’t mean a compromised quality.
Recently, a pair of MEE Audio’s M6 Pro arrived on my desk. Touted to be a professional musician in-ear monitor (IEM), does it really deliver?
Packaging and Accessories
The M6 Pro come in a slim box with a plastic display window at the side that shows off the IEM beautifully and you can’t wait to open it up and get your hands on it.
For $49.99, it comes chockful with accessories, you get
- a protective carrying case,
- 2 headset cables (one with an inline mic),
- 7 sets of eartips (6 silicone, 1 Comply™ foam)
- a gold plated ¼ inch adaptor.
If you were to buy the accessories separately, the total value of which, excluding the adaptor, would cost you $64.99.
Build Quality and Comfort
The first thing you will notice about the M6 Pro is the sleek transparent housing for its drivers, as well as the mic/volume control slider. It invites you to take a closer look and admire the sleek mechanisms that delivers your music.
The second thing you will notice is the unusual position in which the M6 Pro is worn. It employs an over the ear design and is meant to be worn upside down. Once you insert the IEM into your ears, you bend the memory wire cable to fit around your ear.
While that takes some getting used to at first, it also meant that the M6 Pro sits more snugly and is less likely to pop out even when doing sports. In fact, I used it for an hour long workout and only had to slightly push in one of the earbuds once. Just a heads up, when working out, remember to use the silicon eartips instead of the Comply™ foam eartips, otherwise your eartips will disintegrate after a few uses.
The cables are detachable from the drivers and you can switch between two cables. Both cables are smooth and tangle resistant so you never have to worry about constantly unknotting your IEMs. The one without the inline mic has a rubbery finish which allows for resistance to wear and tear, should you use it for sports. The cable with the mic/volume slider is translucent and smoother, which allows for easy cleaning.
The only problem is with the position of the microphone. As of now, the microphone sits rather low in the middle of the chest and doesn’t quite pick up your voice that clearly. But this problem is solved if you wear your M6 pro around the back of your head, then the microphone sits just besides your jaw.
Sound quality (with comply and with Silicon tips)
The M6 Pro is meant to be worn together with the Comply™ foam ear tips. Even if you find a good fit with the silicon ear tips, the sound quality is still slightly compromised. The bass isn’t punchy enough; the brights are a little too sharp, and it just sounds like a slightly better version of your average cheap IEMs. Quite simply nothing to be wowed by.
However, when paired with the Comply™ foam ear tips, The M6 Pro’s sound quality is taken to a whole new level. While the bass is not as powerful as some other IEMs, it is balanced and unmuffled. The brights are also more tempered down. The sound is full and rich, listening to classical pieces like “Pini di Roma, P.141:I pini di villa borghese (The pines of the Villa Borghese)” is quite a delight.
The true quality that shines through with both eartips will be the soundstage that the M6 Pro provides. It delivers both intimate sets and wide soundstages perfectly.
Listening to acoustic lives and hearing that finger slide on the guitar feels real up close and personal. If you close your eyes, it is almost as if you are in a small venue with just the artist and you.
Listening to orchestral pieces is also a fun experience as you can pick up the direction of the different instruments and envision them almost perfectly. But the best showcase of the wide soundstage happened when watching Game of Thrones’s Loot Train Battle.
From hearing the slow rumble of the Dothraki horses, to the impressive dragon calls while it was flying into battle. It was truly an immersive experience that sent shivers of excitement down my spine.
Noise Isolation and Sound leakage
Again, the Comply™ foam ear tips provides a much better seal thus leading to better noise isolation and virtually no sound leakage. But even with the silicon tips, the noise isolation and sound leakage is minimal. With the music playing at ⅓ of the maximum volume, you can barely hear someone call out to you, unless they are right next to you.
- Driver: 10mm dynamic driver
- Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
- Impedance: 16 Ohms @ 1K
- Sensitivity: 100+3 dB (1mW @ 1KHZ)
- Plug: 2X 3.5mm gold plated angled plug
- Cable: 2X 130cm cables (material unspecified)
ConclusionCheck out “MEE Audio M6 Pro” on Amazon
At the uber competitive $49.99, the M6 Pro has offered me everything I want and more. Even the most budget conscious of consumers have to agree that this is a great buy, and that’s not even taking into consideration the lifetime replacement at ½ price that MEE Audio offers.
Despite the slightly less punchy bass and the low hanging microphone, the M6 Pro fast becoming my most go-to pair of headphones for anything, so much so that I’m already wearing out my Comply™ foam ear tips. Fair warning though, once you get the M6 pro, you can never go back. Every other pair of average sounding headphones is going to pale in comparison to what MEE Audio has offered.
- »Wide soundstage
- »Tangle-resistant cables
- »Snug fit due to memory cable
- »Bass is not as punchy
- »Microphone position is too low