CNET First Look
MEElectronics HT-21You may be fooled by their featherweight design, but the MEElectronics HT-21s earn our recommendation for their ample soundstage, subtle aesthetic, and portable convenience.
-Hi! I'm Justin Yu with cnet.com. This is your first look at the MEElectronics HT-21 over ear headphones. So, if you're looking for a new pair of headphones and don't wanna spend a lot, these harmoniously blend comfort, durability, and a balanced soundstage for just under 50 bucks. Visually, the HT-21's don't quite standout for more modern brands that favor loud colors and trendy prints. So, instead, they're simply all black with Black Faux Leather ear pads that are designed to withstand the test of time without making a fashion statement. Thick plastic lining underneath the silver metal headband gives them extra point for durability and they're very comfortable to wear for several hours at a time, thanks to the pleather-lined headband and a wider than average angle. It actually feels pretty loose on your temples when you have them on. On the other hand, some [unk] headband hugs the skull a little more tightly and the looseness also causes sound to leak from your ears, so your neighbors may be able to hear your music. Other features we also like include this 4-foot rubber cable that extends from the left ear pad only so you can easily fold them up and wrap the cord around them for storage. You also get a unique 3.5 mm hybrid plug at the end that sits at a 45-degree angle so you get the sturdiness of an L-plug with the universal fit of a straight one. Like we said, the HT-21's aren't great for noise cancellation, but for $40, the sound really cannot be beat. The signature has a natural sense, so you'll definitely notice if you're still using the stocked earbuds that came with your music player, but just don't expect monstrous base out of them. These present a slightly brighter soundstage that exposes more mid and treble levels, so if base is your main priority, we suggest checking out its competitors at the same price range. Those are the Sennheiser PX 100s or the Koss PortaPros. You can read more comparison features and sound qualifications in our full review on cnet.com, but that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin Yu, these are the MEElectronics HT-21 headphones and that sounds good to me.