MEElectronics M11P+ Sound-Isolation In-Ear Headphones review: MEElectronics M11P+ Sound-Isolation In-Ear Headphones

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MEElectronics Sound-Isolation Headphones (Black)

(Part #: M11P+BK)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The MEElectronics M11P+ earphones are reasonably priced, and they offer plenty of bass and generally solid audio quality. The design is attractive, durable, and comfortable. A nice array of extras is included in the package, including a mic and call answer button for use with music phones.

The Bad The MEElectronics M11P+ earphones can be too bass-heavy at times; audio isn't the cleanest or the most balanced we've heard.

The Bottom Line The MEElectronics M11P+ earphones offer an ultracompact design, plenty of bass, and a handy integrated mic, making them a good choice for music phone owners with a penchant for dance and hip-hop.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0

MEElectronics started to gain some traction at CES 2010 with its line of affordable and durable in-ear headphones, and the company continued to impress when we reviewed the $40 M6 and the $20 M9 sets. If you've got an eye for patterns, you may guess that the M11P+ earphones are an even cheaper addition to the line. In fact, these earbuds are a step up, clocking in with an MSRP $70. However, we expect them to retail for less, as that has been the case with other earphones from the company. Plus, these don't sound any better than the M6 earphones do, though the inclusion of a mic and call answer button helps justify the increase in price.

As with its lower-priced brethren, the MEElectronics M11P+ earphones have an impressive, seemingly durable design. You can choose from red, black, or silver models, with those colors corresponding to the shiny coating on the earpieces. Descending from the earpieces is a 52-inch cable that is covered in clear plastic, and seems to contain cloth-coated wires within. As a result, the cord has bit of a shine and is also impressively thick and reasonably tangle-resistant. The cable terminates in a gold-plated L-plug that features an ultraflexible, reinforced housing.

We're actually somewhat amazed by the earpieces of the M11P+; they may be the tiniest we've ever come across. Each one is oblong in shape, superslim, and about the size of a vitamin overall. This certainly helped with fit in our case, but those with larger-than-average ears may have issues. That being said, MEElectronics includes a startling array of eartips in a variety of widths, depths, and styles, so most users should be able to find a comfortable configuration. We found the earphones to be comfortable for hours of wear, and they stayed put during activity as well.

In addition to the plethora of eartips, the M11P+ earphones include a few other extras worth noting. Probably the most compelling is the tiny module integrated into the right portion of the Y cable. This contains a mic and call answer button for use with mobile phones, and there's also a shirt clip for adjusting it closer to your mouth. The package also contains a hard-sided carrying case and an airplane adapter.

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