Pros Very good sound. Outstanding sound for the price
Secure fit. Will not shake loose
Appears to be well constructed
Insanely good value
Cons They take a little time to put on and take off Not good if your listening is interrupted regularly
Would like a firmer large round eartip.
Summary To know if this review has relevance for you, I'll first tell you how I use them. I use the M6 Earbud exclusively for my 40 minute run with the dog in the morning. I listen on a 5th Gen Nano mostly to standard MP3 pulled off CD with some MP3 VBR downloads. I have a different genre playlist for each day of the week which goes as follows Blues, Folk-Country-Acoustic, pre-1984 rock, post -1984 rock, and World-Trance-Jazz. Regardless of the genre, all of the songs have a steady beat to keep me moving. I also have a "Chill" non-beat playlist (new-age, slow jazz, chamber-classical) for cooling down.
Prior to these I had two consecutive sets of more expensive V-Modas, which I used for the same purpose.
Because I'm running, the music has to compete with wind, traffic, my footsteps (heard internally), and my breathing, not to mention my dog's verbal abuse at the squirrels I won't let him chase. So there is no point in pursuing absolute audio perfection. That said, I do want a full frequency range, definable bass, clear, well-rounded voices, and I want to hear my favorite percussive flourishes. I'm perfectly happy. The V-Modas were pretty bass-heavy so these took some adjustment on my part. But in a stationary comparison between my last pair (which seemed to fix themselves after I bought their replacement. )the M6s delivered significantly more clarity across both the bass and mid range. I added a little more base equalization to the iPod and I'm fine.
Fit was the whole point of getting these since I use them for exercise and I'm happy to say they delivered. Previous units often shook themselves loose during the run. But between the upturned angle of the bud and the memory wire over the ear, these things are locked-in. I can't think of a single activity that would knock these things loose that wouldn't involve major head trauma. I had to dig into the bud selection to get the seal right and I'm still dealing with my footsteps causing a bit of tapping sound in my left ear. That it never happens in my right ear makes me suspect the design flaw lies more with my ear than the device. With no movement or feeling of heat in the ear, I feel like I could wear them all day, but they are always out after forty minutes, so I don't know.
They do take a little more time to put on and takeoff so I wouldn't recommend these for a situation where you have to remove them regularly such as at your works space or anywhere people call or talk to you regularly.
The flat outsides don't stick out very far so they could be good for use while lying your head on a pillow , though I haven't tried that yet. I'll definitely bring them on my next camping trip.
Who cares? OK, my first V-Modas were red anodized with a red metallic-weave cord that I thought were pretty cool. And the clear heads on these are interesting , but really it doesn't matter.
Who cares? Well again I'll admit that the case with for my last V-Modas makes a great travelling case for various USB cords. The ME round case is too small for me to find any other practical use, so far. The important thing is a variety of tips. You get three different sizes of cone shaped tips which I personally haven't warmed up to. I'm using the larger of the two round tips. I'm thinking that finding some the same size but a little less pliable might correct my "tapping" issue.
Time will tell. I'm just two months into their use. I always expect things to last forever but I've learned from personal experience and reading these reviews that it just isn't the case for earbuds. That said, the fairly thick tangle-free cord, decently relived L-Plug (crucial for my use), equally protected y-connection and solid fit give me hope. Plus, unlike my previous units they don't cost much to replace.
If you want something for active use, I can't think of a better choice. Amazon had them for just $20 bucks, and I'd be happy if I paid $60. I have paid that and more with less satisfaction. However; look elsewhere if you have to remove them regularly during a listening session
Pros Transparent sound from transparent earphones!
Memory wire and shirt clip keep everything where it should be
Low low price!
Cons Slight sibilance at high volumes
Pros Very secure fit
Love the transluscent design
Sound good at this price point
Cons There are better sounding earphones out there
Pros Sound good for the price
Cool transparent design
Really good value
Cons Slightly lacking in detail
Summary These are really good gym earphones for a modest price. There's plenty of bass as well as some fairly detailed treble in there, and I think the transparent desgin is really eye-catching. A good buy!
Pros Bang for the Buck, Lot's of accessories, 6 Different tips to allow max chance of perfect fit. Great sounds!
Cons There really is no outstanding cons. I wish MEElectronics may one day figure out how to best provide a tip exchange method. I would love to exchange my 5 other tips for 5 small tips.
Summary Package Includes:
* Zipper Carrying Case ( I use this to hold my iPod Nano + headphone)
* 6 Pairs of Eartips (I hate the double/triple flanges. But love my small single)
* Shirt Clip (This really only comes in handy for me at the gym)
I've always been impressed by the amount of accessories that MEElectronics provides with their headphones and they didn't disappoint this time. But I always like more bang for the buck, so it was really difficult for me to decide between the S6P and the Sport-Fi M6P. They are essentially the same thing, but with different colors and different accessories. Looking back, I wish I brought the S6P since I like the two-tone color more than the M6P's single color plus those two large cases for gym usage is really nice.
Design of the MEEletronics is a bit different from typical IEMs. This particular headphone has the wire hanging off the top ear-lobe with the help of a memory wire. Which is an important point that people must realize before they purchase. I personally have no problem with it since I wear my M16 the same way at the gym to prevent the headphones from falling out. Obviously I sacrifice isolation in M16 when I did that. So I was pretty happy the MEElectronics came out with a sports oriented headphone.
Performance of the MEElectronics M6P was extremely impressive considering the amount of money I paid for it. But to be honest, I have high standards for M6 since I've owned a couple of other MEElectronics headphone. So, I went in expecting to receive more then I paid for and I wasn't wrong. Sounds from the headphone come across as extremely natural, rich and crisp. Clarity is evident from all ranges with no distortion. Bass as usual is a highlight of these headphones. But that doesn't come as a surprise since majority of MEElectronics headphones highlight enhanced bass. One thing to always remember with this headphone, isolation can only be achieved by finding the perfect fit. Without the perfect fit, isolation and sound comes out not as well as one would expect. Thankfully MEElectronics tries to insure perfect fit by providing a wide range of tips.
I used the headphone for everyday use. I take it on a ride through the NYC subway during my commute. Then I use it in the office and at night time it goes with me to the gym. So essentially I get a lot of uses out of the headphone. At every stage of the day, it adapts extremely well to my needs. It helps to drown out the nearby loud commuters and the subway train running on the other track. It might have done its job too well, since I've occasionally missed the conductor's message about train delays. During office hours, it helps to tune out conversations carried by other co-workers and allows me to concentrate on my work. I guess the most impressive use is for the gym. I've tried many pairs of in-ear headphones for the gym and nothing excels like the MEElectronics M6. It stays on tight even when running on the treadmill and doesn't fall off like other earphones. In the past week, I also took it for a 5hr plane ride. I honestly don't expect it to perform like a Bose Noise-Cancelling headphones and it didn't so don't expect to use these to replace your Bose. With that said, the headphone performs fairly well to noise-cancelling headphones. It drowns out a lot of the excess noises and only leaks in some of the airplane noises. Considering I was able to take a small nap through the flight, I found the headphones works very well.
One of the capabilities of the MEEletronics M6P is the inline microphone, remote and volume control. To be honest, i mainly use only the remote and volume control functionality of this headphone. To me it's always been a nice to have but not a necessity when i choose a pair of headphones. But after having and using it on the Sport-Fi M6, it's become a great bonus especially at the gym. In the past, I would always pause the treadmill to fuss with the volume control or suffer through a song I was tired of. Now, its gotten a lot easier to handle. The inline microphones are really not utilized much even though I picked the P version versus the Non-P version specifically for the microphone. It functions exactly as advertised.
In conclusion, the MEEletronics Sport-Fi M6P is a great in-ear headphone that I'm glad I purchased. It's really versatile and fits your everyday needs without having to buy a pair of headphones for regular usage and a pair for the gym. The only big caveat and warning I have for potential buyers is the need to make sure you're ok with the wires hanging from the top of the ear-lobe. Otherwise, I think majority of the people should find this headphone pretty satisfying especially considering the overall bang for the buck value.