Recently the folks over at MEElectronics went through a re-branding and name change so they are now known as MEE Audio. In the past, I have reviewed a couple of their headphones and earbuds and have always thoroughly enjoyed them. Today, I’m going to be taking a quick look at one of their lower priced headsets call the M9B Wireless Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headset.
The design of the MEE Audio M9B headphones are no different than the MEE Audio M9 Classic headphones that I reviewed a while back. At least when it comes to the types of materials used, the cables and the ear-pieces. The MEE Audio M9B comes with the headphones themselves with a 27-inch cable and has four different sized ear-pieces that you can choose from. This is very important for me as I have mentioned in the past reviews, I tend to have smaller ears than most people, so the smaller, and usually the smallest size available, ear-pieces are important for me to have as those will be the ones that I will most likely use.
The MEE Audio M9B’s come with a built-in mic which allows you to use them to take phone calls if you so chose to do that. The mic also comes with volume controls as well as skip track and go back a track controls for when you’re listening to your favorite playlist and want to switch songs or turn it up or down a bit. All of this is within simple reach especially with the entire cable only being 27-inches as stated above.
My complaint here as far as design is concerned is that the built-in mic and control piece is a bit bulky for what the overall product is. To me, this in-line control just needs to be made slightly smaller to kind of flow with the overall product a bit better. While it doesn’t take away from how it operates, it’s a cosmetic thing for me personally. But then again, it could be that since these MEE Audio M9B’s are only $29.99, making the in-line control piece smaller might have added a bit more to the price.
This of course is the most important part of the review, sound quality. I tested these in a couple of different ways. The first being with my mobile device just listening to some of my favorite jams in a couple of different genres of music, and then I even tested them by pairing them with my PlayStation 4 and using them to talk to some friends in a party chat.
We’ll start with when I listened to my favorite music using the MEE Audio M9B’s. This was quite a pleasant experience as far as knowing going in that they are $30 headphones. So right away you know that they aren’t going to have the best sound available on the market today. But I was impressed that they indeed had a really great sound to them. While there wasn’t a ton of bass to them, there was enough to make the M9B’s sound pretty decent in this department. The high’s and low’s were clean and crisp and sounded really good as well. Again, especially knowing the price of the earphones.
What really got me here was that when you have the MEE Audio M9B’s in your ears you’re really not going to hear much of the outside world. This is a really great feature if you are interested in something to take with you while traveling on the bus, subway, metro rail or whatever when there is a lot of noise surrounding you. These will definitely block out all that noise and just keep you focused on the tunes and your social media apps on your favorite mobile device while you’re heading to or from work.
The second part of this sound quality test was just something I wanted to do for the fun of it. As with most Bluetooth headphones/earbuds that you hook up to your PlayStation 4 or XBox One, there are going to be sound issues for those that have to be on the other end listening.
Because there is no dedicated input piece, other than the built-in mic, people that you are talking to have a hard time hearing you or the device picks up a lot of the sounds that surround you. Or another thing is that the built-in mic can rub up against your shirt or whatever and really cause some loud obnoxious sounds that can bother most everyone.
With the MEE Audio M9B’s, this is in a way no different. At least the part of the built-in mic rubbing against a shirt or something. Where these do seem to be a bit better than other similar types of headphones/earbuds that I’ve tried on my PlayStation 4 is that they don’t pick up as much of the surrounding noise which makes for a much better listening experience for those that you are talking to within your chat party.
My final thoughts on the MEE Audio M9B’s are that for $29.99 they are hard to pass up if you’re in the market for something cheap, price wise, to carry around with you to listen to some tunes while you’re commuting, at work, working out at the gym or whatever. They are far from the best on the market but they are indeed very good for what you’re going to pay. They are Bluetooth, wireless, compact, have several ear-piece sizes to choose from and they look decent and of course they sound decent.
MEE Audio has made a lot of great products, some of which we’ve reviewed and some that are just coming out that we’re hoping to review soon if our contact will allow us. We firmly believe in their product mainly because they make great products. So if the low price is what you’re looking at, grab yourself a pair of the MEE Audio M9B’s below via the link and let us know what you think of yours.