MEElectronics HT-21 Travel (Black) review: MEElectronics HT-21 Travel (Black)

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0

Average User Rating

4.5 stars 8 user reviews
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The Good The MEElectronics HT-21 over-ear headphones harmoniously blend comfort, durability, and balanced sound for a bargain price.

The Bad Noise isolation is nearly nonexistent despite their closed-backed design.

The Bottom Line 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.

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MEElectronics hits the mark with the HT-21, the company's first pair of supra-aural (on-ear) headphones. Priced at just $40, they fall into the same budget portable category as the Koss PortaPro and the Sennheiser PX 100-IIi sets, but deliver a balanced sound signature with less attention to bass despite their closed design. You can spend more for other pairs that block ambient noise, or offer extras like a remote control on the wire, but you won't find a better combination of price and performance than the MEElectronics HT-21 headphones.

Design and features
MEElectronics made few adjustments to the quintessential over-ear headphone model with the HT-21s. While some modern brands favor loud colors and trendy prints, the all-black plastic and black faux-leather earpads give these headphones a timeless look without the fashion statement.

The silver metal headband is wrapped in thick plastic all the way around for extra durability, and the top section is cushioned with the same pleather that lines the dual earpads. The portion that connects the earpad to the headband also forms a wider angle than most competitive models, so the headphones feel loose on your temples--we don't mind the extra material, but some of you might prefer a headband that hugs your skull more tightly.

The HT-21's dual earcups swivel in one direction and fold up easily into the headband for mobile storage in the soft carrying case, and we prefer their pleather material around the cups as it retains the comfort of the real thing without the sweaty ears that marred long-term use of the Marshall Majors. We listened to the HT-21 headphones for 8 hours a day during a week of testing and experienced zero ear fatigue attributed to the high comfort level along with the balanced sound architecture.

Two distinct features set the HT-21 headphones apart from the competition: MEElectronics continues the trend of attaching the cable to only one side of the earcups to cut down on tangled wires, and the 4-foot rubber cable terminates in a unique 45-degree, 3.5mm hybrid-plug that combines the sturdiness of the L-plug with the universal fit of the straight plug.

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Where to Buy

MEElectronics HT-21 Travel (Black)

Part Number: HT21BK

MSRP: $39.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features gold-plated plug
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm