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MEElectronics A151P Balanced Armature In-Ear Headphone with Inline Microphone and Remote (2nd Generation)
- Precise micro balanced armature drivers deliver clear and accurate sound
- Comfortable over-the-ear design with angled nozzles for all-day listening
- In-ear fit blocks outside noise
- Inline microphone and controls for phone calls and music playback
- Includes protective carrying case and 5 sets of ear tips; 1-Year manufacturer’s warranty
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About MEE audio
For more than five years, MEE headphones and earphones have won acclaim from casual listeners and audiophiles alike. Specializing in sports, wireless, and high fidelity headphones, MEE is committed to providing the best user experience, performance, and value with every product, delivering Music Enjoyment for Everyone.
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The A151P Balanced Armature In-Ear Headphones with Inline Microphone (2nd Generation)
The MEElectronics A151P uses balanced armature drivers to produce clean, accurate sound, making it easy to hear the finest nuances in your music. The 2nd-generation A151P builds on the award-winning sound of its predecessor, providing outstanding audio fidelity at an unbeatable price.
What's in the box:
- A151P balanced armature headset
- 5 pairs of eartips
- Carrying case
With an ergonomic over-the-ear design and 5 sets of soft silicone eartips, the compact and lightweight A151P provides a secure and comfortable fit for all ears.
The True Expression of Music with Balanced Armature Drivers
Updated Knowles SR-31843 BA Drivers
The 2nd-generation A151P delivers improved treble extension, detail resolution, and handling of spatial cues while maintaining the excellent clarity that made the original A151 a hit with critical listeners around the world.
Form and Function
Black housings with chrome accents are complimented by a lightweight and flexible twisted cable, making microphonics (noise from the cable rubbing against clothes and other objects) a thing of the past.
Noise-Isolating In-Ear Design
The snug in-ear fit blocks outside noise and prevents others from hearing your music, reducing interruptions and protecting your hearing by allowing you to listen at lower volumes.
The A151P incorporates a high-quality inline microphone and remote, letting you take calls and control music playback with compatible phones and tablets.
The MEE audio (formerly MEElectronics) A151 uses balanced armature drivers to produce clean, accurate sound, making it easy to hear the finest nuances in your music. The 2nd-generation A151 builds on the award-winning sound of its predecessor, providing outstanding audio fidelity at an unbeatable price.
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Tight, controlled bass
Very good isolation, much better than my previous SoundMagic PL-30s
Detailed highs, not a lot of sparkle, no sibilance,
it's not fatiguing -> treble is not super bright, it's well-presented and doesn't extend uncomfortably high
Soundstage is good -> Well-separated, accurate, though it's not HUGE
Cable is braided
Little to no cable noise -> microphonics is very low if worn around the ear
Includes nice amount of silicone tips, 5 in all
Bass-light: not for you if you like hip-hop, rap, heavy metal, bass-heavy stuff.
Nit-pick: I'm not really a fan of the mirror finish, since I believe it might attract curious wild-life some day. Though, it just might save my life if I get stranded on a desert island and need to signal a passing air vehicle. Hmmmmmm...
Overall I am pretty happy with my purchase. I'd give these a 4.5/5 "officially". I've had them about two weeks and they've held up well so far. If anything happens quality-wise, I'll be sure to update my review accordingly.
Sidenote: To get the highest quality sound out of any in-ear headphone, a good seal between the ear and the tip of the headphone is crucial. Without a good seal, you might as well stuff standard iPod earbuds in your ear canal. Keep this in mind if this is your first set of IEMs.
UPDATE: March 24, 2012: Through normal use, they are still holding up well. I have been having problems with the stock silicone tips, though. They are ok, but they never could stay in my ears for more than 10-15 minutes without needing re-positioning or readjusting. I recently bought some Comply T-100 foam tips. They make the A151 sound THAT much better. The Comply tips sit well and feel comfortable hours at a time. The bass presence is increased (due to a better, more consistent seal), and also has a bit more impact. The IEM is fantastic without the foam tips, but the tips are a worthwhile investment, and also make for a more "custom" fit than the stock silicone tips.
ADDENDUM: December 5, 2012
It's been nearly a year since I've bought these IEMs. I've gotten to know them quite well. They've held up really nicely over the past year. I've dropped them a few times, but they are just as good as the day I bought them. As I've used them, I can say that I have to modify what I originally felt about the treble. The A151 is analytical. There's nothing really 'fun' about the sound. It can have a tendency to really make bad source material rather difficult to listen to. Finally, I can say that the treble might be a bit much. My brother uses them sometimes, and he says they can be fatiguing. I've noticed this ever so slightly, so if you're extremely sensitive, keep this in mind. Lastly, after my Comply tips became a shredded mush, I had to revert back to the silicone tips. I found the bass to be rather lightweight. It's there, and it's tight, but only the really low bass is completely present. There is some presence in the mid bass, and it's still tight and controlled, but perhaps less than it can be (presence-wise). I use a homemade bass-boost Cmoy to remedy this, but keep that in mind. These are my second or third high-quality (relatively) IEM, so I really don't have much to compare it to.
Don't get me wrong, I love these IEMs. They're with me almost everywhere. My official rating used to be 4.5, but I feel like after really getting to know them, and listening to them stock for the better part of 3 months, they are more of a 4. The bass is kind of light, and the treble is just slightly too harsh. I don't mean they are shrieking banshees, but it's enough that if you look for it, you'll find that harshness. I feel like the comply tips really rounded them out, but bone stock, they're are still great IEMs with a few caveats.
Thank you, Mike for the response. I'm glad I was on the right path, and truly appreciate MEElectonics' dedication to customer care and service!
I have upgraded my rating to five stars. I tend to rate products within the context of their price and hence, relate a rating to my perceived value. To me that's only fair; if a product is designed within the stricture of a certain price point and that design is successfully implemented, then that is a win/win for all concerned. To rate this or any other product against a "cost no object" product would, to me, be unfair.
[EDIT -- Why deduct a star?]
OK, I did omit my my reasoning for awarding four stars instead of a full five. It's a good question, given that I defended these IEMs and was enthusiastic.
The reason is simple, those PERHAPS simplistic: there is no volume control. Even my 9P (or was it 11P?) phones had volume control. At $50 USD, I would expect the same. Now, shame on me for not doing thorough research prior to ordering, so maybe that one star reduction isn't really fair. After all, every contact point in an audio transmission path can only detract from signal purity unless we are dealing with absolute top shell engineering and components. At $50, we're not in that league. So maybe I'm off centre here, but I would like MEE to offer some insight into this omission.
I purchased these as a replacement for other relatively inexpensive IEMs (Sony & JVC) that were OK to nice, but eventually failed. Previously I had had some very inexpensive MEEs that, for the money (I think I paid about $12 for two pair with iPhone control,) were high value if not high fidelity.
I had never had a balanced armature design before, so I went for these. My preference for music reproduction is accuracy and neutrality -- I would rather have an honest reproduction of the source material (and amplification chain) than any artificial enhancement. If the source material (recording, mastering, pressing, file, etc.,) is sub-par, I would rather know that my transducer reveals that, not masks it.
I can say with confidence that the MEElectronics A151 fits that bill at this price point. It may seem a tad bit restrained and unexciting, and that =MAY= be the character of the IEMs themselves. But ... I don't know for sure. When I play well recorded, mastered and encoded music, everything seems natural and right. Are they bass monsters? NO! But then, the music isn't either. If you really want artificial, boosted, bloated bass, then stay away. Go buy a 15" sub in a vibrating cheap, carpeted enclosure, power it with a cheap-arse car "sub amp", stick it in your tin-box Mits Lancer and have fun. That's just not music.
But if you want some buds that get you close to the music without spending well over $100, these will fill the bill. My main phones are Beyer Dynamic DT-1350. They're well under the most you can spend for a high quality headphone, and I waited patiently until Amazon had them priced a shade under $200. Again, they are not bass monsters, but to my ears they are ACCURATE -- neutral, revealing, non-fatiguing. They only fault I have found is that they need better DAC and amplification than I have provided for them. I apologize, dear phones -- better is on the horizon, just be patient.
But almost as important with regard to the A151s is MEE's customer service. It seemed that my pair developed some high frequency distortion. I did several tests that seemed to confirm it was the phones, not my iPhone, iPod Touch or any other device. So I contacted MEElectronics, and within a few minutes secured an RMA number. Once they received my pair, I soon received a replacement (or did they repair? I'm not sure -- it doesn't matter) pair and all is well. My problem may actually have been an issue with seating the connector, especially with my IPhone 4S, which is ensconced in a Mophie case -- the connection can be tight. No matter, MEEelectronics took care of me, and it was really courteous, with EXCELLENT communication, not to mention speedy return shipping.
Finally, for those who state the bass is lacking, again ... check your source material. Try these out with sample clips of Holly Cole's Temptation albums. I'm not sure about the Amazon previews, but the iTunes preview clips will show that the bass performance of the A151 is NOT in the toilette. If you need/want more, so be it. But these definitely are not somehow doing injustice to good and proper recordings.