MEElectronics HT-21 headphones review: Balanced sound for a bargain

You may be fooled by their featherweight design, but the MEElectronics HT-21s earn our recommendation for their ample soundstage, subtle aesthetic, and portable convenience.


If you're upgrading your headphones and don't want to spend a lot, the MEElectronics HT-21 over ear headphones are a competent balance of comfort and quality. Best of all, they'll only set you back $50.

Visually, the HT-21s don't stand out from other brands that favor loud colors and trendy prints. Instead, they're simply designed with an all-black exterior and black faux-leather earpads to withstand the test of time without making a fashion statement.

The thick plastic lining the silver metal headband also gives the HT-21s extra durability, and they're comfortable to wear for several hours thanks to the pleather-lined headband.

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Other features we also like include a 4-foot rubber cable that extends from the left earpad so you can easily fold them up and wrap the cord for storage. You also get a unique 3.5mm hybrid plug that sits at a 45-degree angle, giving you the sturdiness of an L-plug with the universal fit of a straight one.

The HT-21s aren't great for noise isolation despite their closed-back design, but for $40 we can't complain. The sound signature has a natural sense that you'll definitely notice if you're still using the stock earbuds that came with your music player, but don't expect monstrous bass out of them; these present a slightly brighter soundstage that exposes more mid and treble levels.

On the other hand, if bass is your main priority, we recommend these headphones' competitors in the same price range: the Sennheiser PX 100-IIi or the Koss PortaPros.

Check out our full review of the MEElectronics HT-21 portable headphones.

About the author

Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.


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