MEElectronics Sport-Fi M3P In-Ear Headphones Hardware Review

MEElectronics Sport-Fi M3P In-Ear Headphones Hardware Review

Oct 13, 2014

When it says MEElectronics on the package, we mostly expect quality. For sports people, the Sport-Fi M3P Headphones are definitely worth taking a look at.


It’s a relatively demure pair of wired headphones, even with the pink unit MEElectronics sent us to review. it has ample cable (51 inches of it); it sprouts from the L-shaped gold-plated standard 3.55mm audio jack, flowing and delta-ing into the expected two wires that end with earbuds. The cable ends right before the actual earbuds are coated in black rubber, and possess a firm curve that is relatively adjustable; this “memory wire” is stainless steel and affords the unit the ability to conform to natural ear shape. The earbuds themselves are pink, and possess that memory material that expand in the ear.

Along the cable is a black accented piece that has controls and a microphone. In addition to the headphones, the retail packaging also has 4 pairs of earbud tips, a shirt clip and documentation. The headphones also come in black, purple, blue, green and white.

This piece is an unapologetic budget offering aimed at active folks, and as such, the big question is how it works in the wild. The combination of the memory wire featureset and the moldable ends works quite well to create a relaxed fit; jogging, headbanging and such didn’t dislodge it in my experience. The memory wire’ design ensures a disciplined fit that isn’t rigid enough to cause discomfort, and the seal created by the tips followed the same concept.

And the sound? Well, it is quite adequate. It didn’t blow me away in terms of fidelity or clarity, but it is decent enough to enjoy music on, and the bass is pretty good. I liked the unity of the sound output. Phone calls are handled well via the built-in mic, though the audio can be muddy if the mic isn’t held close to mouth.

With sweat resistance added to the mix, the price is what might really set these apart; at $19.99 ($14.99 via some online shopping portals), these headphones mostly outperform their supposed price-point station.

V-MODA XS Headphones Hardware Review

V-MODA XS Headphones Hardware Review

May 12, 2014

In the sound/music accessory department, it is war.

Specific to headphones, there are almost too many options to count, with offerings from different types of vendors within different price ranges; OEMs understand that people are becoming completely dependent on mobile devices for sound output. The 3.55 mm jack rules, and after that, design, functionality and value are big considerations. With V-MODA’s XS Wired Headphones, we get to see whether quality can translate from looks to actual output.

First, the White and Silver review unit V-MODA sent us reflects the laudable design elements. The package itself contains an orange felt-lined hard case, documentation, the headphones and detachable coaxial cable. The entire structure is defined by the cans, which are attached to the greyish band via subtle, jointed metal pieces. The earpieces themselves are solidly constructed, with soft gray cushioning and a stylish plaque bookending the mostly white piece. The cable is kevlar-reinforced, and shares design concepts with the main section. Visually, it leans towards the stunning, and it feels quite well-constructed and sturdy. On the ear, they feel remarkably comfortable, and one quickly sees that V-MODA’s stated desire to make a band that aesthetically aligns closer to the head actually comes to fruition. It boasts military testing, and one walks away believing it. v1

Yes, it’s cute, but headphones are not meant to be housed in museums; they have to do what they are supposed to do well. In testing, it was a relief that the XS actually does it right sound-wise. The on-ear design creates a nice (if not complete noise-canceling) experience. With different types of music and podcasts, the sound is robust, reflecting distinct instrumentation; calls were a bit muffled, but usable.

The little things are what set it apart… the ports on each earpiece, the plastic pieces to seal them when not in use, the angling on the end of the cord, the caribiner on the hard case and such. The combination of style and functionality is underscored by the attention to detail. They are not the cheapest on the market, but they I suspect they’ll be somewhat easy to justify.

The XS Headphones are available on Amazon for $199.

RHA MA-350 Headphones Hardware Review

RHA MA-350 Headphones Hardware Review

Oct 1, 2013

RHA is a British company that is looking to make waves in sound consumption via headphones. Their M350 noise isolating in-ear headphones fill the budget space, and we recently had an opportunity to take a pair for a spin.

In hand, I was quite enamored of the light weight of this set of headphones. I definitely can’t describe them as flimsy; it simply feels that the lightest set of durable materials are used to craft them. They were light enough for me to actually lose them having on my neck (don’t judge me). Since the inner study is made out of machined aluminum encased in fabric, it’s no easy feat being light and tough simultaneously, and the fact the set is very flexible and forgiving is definitely a huge benefit. It boasts machined aluminum as a core component, so the toughness is to be expected.


The subtle black finish gives it a comfortable look, and the accents are thankfully not over done. The coaxial pin is a straight affair; I tend to like angled pieces since I prefer my devices to be in cases, but this one didn’t have much bulk around it, so it was thin enough to sink in completely without impedance. A small plastic piece marks the confluence of left and right wires, and the ear pieces themselves feel solidly crafted, with detachable buds. The buds have a great moldable quality that allows them to adhere in the ear quite well.

Sound-wise, these bad boys hold their own. The fidelity is good, and the ear bud design lends itself to the quality as they do create a pretty good seal that kills noise interference.

There are not any volume controls on the unit, which was somewhat disappointing. Switching the buds with the included silicone pieces presents a challenge, but minus those quibbles, it’s hard not to be pleased with the overall quality of such a decent set of headphones.

As an intro product, these do a good job of making RHA stand out.

The MA-350 Headphones are available from Amazon for (at the time of this review) $39.95.


MEElectronics M9P Headphones Hardware Review

MEElectronics M9P Headphones Hardware Review

Sep 13, 2013

M9P Headphones are off the shelf of MEEleoctronics, and I was looking forward to getting these in to review.

This presentation of these accessories is unusual… in a good way. They are described as flat cable, and the cable on these are indeed flat, which is an interesting testament to the craftmanship involved. The light plastic coating feels tough without being uncomfortably unyielding; the cable itself it black on one side, and tamed red on the other The end pin is angled, which makes it usable with cased hardware, and on the other end, the cable split is capped with tipped, labeled ear pieces. here is also a black remote control on the right line, and a lapel clip further down.m9p1

I liked the handy case as well; it matches the colors of the headphones, and is stamped with company logo and website information. It’s small, pocketable and perfect for storing the headphones and the extra tips the maker was smart enough to include. The officials specs include 97 dBm sensitivity and impedance of 16 ohms.

These are described by the manufactures as being the second iteration of this piece, and to have “engaged bass and superior clarity” with regards to sound output. I like to test headphones with “natural” activities: kids playing in the background, sitting in a motionless car and with different types of music. Dre instrumentals reflected well; it didn’t blow out the bass meter, but it handled itself quite respectably, even with a disgruntled lawn mower roaring in the foreground. I found myself enjoying the bass tweak a good deal, as it was not overcooked. The plastic coating comes into play again outdoors, as it helps the headphones to be impervious to sweat and moisture, and I did not experience them retain the heat. They are not advertised as having a noise canceling feature, but I was suitably enamored of its ability to block out tertiary sounds.

The control buttons worked well, too, though I did not much care for its placement as high up on the right side.

When it’s all said and done, The M9P’s biggest weapon just might be the price. Pound for pound, is feels like a relative steal at its sub-$50 price range, and the projected durability is another plus.

Compelling hardware, inviting price and great pedigree. It usually equates to little risk of disappointment. Such is the case here, no doubt.

The M9P headphones are available at the MEEleectronics and Amazon websites for (at the time of this review) for $39.99.