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Reviewed on Jan 30, 2018

MEE audio X6 Plus Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.4
Mixed Usage
6.9
Critical Listening
6.4
Commute/Travel
7.5
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
5.3
TV
5.1
Gaming
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Mee Audio X6 Plus are simple, budget wireless in-ears suitable for sports. They do decently well for other use cases but have a short battery life, a mediocre-at-best build quality and poor noise isolation. On the upside, their portable design easily fits into your pocket so you can have them on you at all times.

Test Results
Design 6.9
Sound 6.9
Isolation 6.1
Microphone 5.8
Active Features 3.8
Connectivity 3.1
Pros
  • Portable and stable design.
  • Minimal leakage.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Subpar battery life.
  • Mediocre-at-best build quality.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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6.9

Design

The Mee X6 Plus are decently comfortable wireless in-ears with an ear-hook design. They're sufficiently stable to run with and their lightweight in-ear fit won't make your ears warm during more intense workouts. Unfortunately, they have a fairly bulky control scheme and their build quality feels a little cheap. They do not feel as durable or as premium as the M6 Pro but on the upside, they're a bit more compact than the X7.

Style

The Mee audio X6 Plus look a little like the wireless version of the Mee audio M6 with transparent casings for the earbuds. They have an ear-hook design that gives them a more sporty vibe but unfortunately, they feel cheap, their inline remote is a little bulky, and the hooks are not as rigid as the Q9A or Powerbeats 2 Wireless. The X6 won't be as stable as those headphones but on the upside, their relatively low-profile design will work for most.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.06 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Mee X6 Plus are decently comfortable headphones. They have an ear-hook design and the earbuds are slightly angled to better fit the contours of your ears. However, they still have a fairly typical an in-ear fit so if you do not find in-ears comfortable you will have some of the same issues with these headphones.

7.0 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Mediocre
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The Mee X6 Plus have a bulky but useful in-line remote. It provides the basics; track-skipping, call/music, and volume controls. The control scheme overall is fairly easy-to-use but doesn't have the best button feedback.

9.0 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 1 C

The Mee Audio X6 Plus are breathable headphones. They barely cause any temperature changes to your ears even during long workout sessions, which makes them suitable for sports.

8.8 Portability
L : 2.2 "
W : 2 "
H : 1.1 "
Volume : 5 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The Mee audio X6 Plus, like most wireless in-ears, are very portable. They will easily fit in most pockets and they're small enough to carry on your person at all times. Unfortunately, they do not come with a case or pouch which is a little disappointing.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
6.0 Build Quality

The build quality of the MEE X6 Plus is average-at-best. They're lightweight and durable enough to withstand a couple accidental drops without breaking. However, the audio cable is relatively thin, which won't last as long as some of the rubberized or flat cables from the more premium in-ears. They also do not have a replaceable cable like the M6 Pro edition and their earbuds feel quite a bit cheaper and considerably less sturdy than the X7.

7.5 Stability

The Mee X6 Plus are stable enough for sports use. The ear hooks provide a bit more stable fit than standard in-ear models. However, the hooks are not as rigid as some of the other similarly designed headphones we've tested. This means they may not be sturdy enough to keep the headphones attached to your ears during higher intensity exercises at the gym.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

These headphones come with a USB charging cable.

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6.9

Sound

The Mee audio X6 Plus is a decent sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones. They have a deep and extended bass, capable of producing low thumps and kicks. Their mid-range is also very good, but a tad recessed which could push vocals and lead instrument slightly to the back of the mix. Their treble, however, is only average since it's a bit too bright and could even sound harsh on overly bright tracks. Additionally, the mismatch measured between the L/R drivers could have a negative effect on the stereo balance of the X6. Also, like most other in-ear headphones, they don't have a spacious soundstage and the sound may be perceived to be coming from inside the listener's head as opposed to from a speaker in front.

9.3 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.09 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
13.94 Hz
Low-Bass
:
1.25 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-0.36 dB
High-Bass
:
-0.19 dB

The Mee audio X6 Plus has an excellent bass range performance. Low-frequency extension is at 14Hz, which is excellent. This means that the X6 won't have any problems producing low-end rumble and thumps. Mid-bass and high-bass are virtually flat and within 0.4dB of our target, resulting in a well-balanced reproduction of bass and kick instruments.

8.3 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.31 dB
Low-Mid
:
-1.99 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-2.88 dB
High-Mid
:
0.63 dB

The mid-range of the Mee Audio X6 Plus is very good. The only remark here is the slight recess caused by the wide 5dB dip centered around 600Hz. This pushes the vocals and lead instruments slightly to the back of the mix, and gives more emphasis to bass/kick instruments as well as high frequency sounds such as cymbals and sibilances (S and T sounds).

6.9 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.43 dB
Low-Treble
:
4.74 dB
Mid-Treble
:
1.29 dB
High-Treble
:
-4.82 dB

The Mee Audio X6 Plus has an average sounding treble. Low-treble is over emphasized by about 5dB, adding excess presence and brightness to vocals/leads and higher frequency sounds like cymbals. The peaks in mid-treble could make sibilances (S and T sounds) a bit harsh and piercing on overly bright tracks.

10 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.0 dB

The Mee audio X6 Plus has excellent frequency response consistency. This is, however, dependent on the user being able to achieve a good fit and air-tight seal using a proper sized tip. It should be noted that to reduce the wear and tear on our dummy head, some in-ear headphones have been measured less than five times. This shouldn't affect the test results since in-ears perform very consistently with every re-seat, if proper seal has been achieved.

8.0 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.22
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.83
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.29
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.72
1.7 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
4.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.9
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB
6.9 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
2.532
Weighted THD @ 100
:
13.967

The Mee audio X6 Plus have an average harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of THD produced by the Mee audio X6 Plus is low and within good limits. Especially since the amount of THD produced doesn't seem to be increased by an increase in volume. However, the sharp peaks at 1KHz and above could make the sound at those frequencies a bit harsh and brittle.

6.1

Isolation

The Mee X6 Plus lets a considerable amount of ambient noise seep into your music. They won't be ideal for noisy environments like being on a bus or train. But on the upside, since they don't leak much, you can listen to your audio at higher volumes and mask some of the noise.

5.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-12.38 dB
Bass
:
0.14 dB
Mid
:
-12.7 dB
Treble
:
-25.86 dB
Self-Noise
:
21.19 dB

The isolation of the Mee audio X6 is sub-par. Unlike the BeatsX, Jaybird X2, and X3, which provide passive isolation in the bass range, the X6 Plus does not isolate in the bass range, which covers the rumble of plane engines and buses. However, they achieve a decent 13dB of noise isolation in the mid-range which is mostly important for isolating speech. In the treble range, the X6 reduces outside noise by 26dB, which is also decent. Isolation in the treble range is mostly important for cutting high-frequency sounds like the noise of a fan or S and T sounds in speech.

8.3 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
32.04 dB

The Mee Audio X6 Plus has a very good leakage performance. They do not leak in the bass or mid ranges, meaning very little bass and kick will leak from the X6, and the voice leakage will also be without body and very thin sounding. The significant portion of the leakage is in the treble range, between 3KHz and 6KHz. This region is occupied mostly by S and T sounds (sibilance) and cymbals. So at higher volumes, people around you may hear sibilances and cymbals leaking out of your headphones.

5.8

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The microphone performance of the Mee Audio X6 Plus is sub-par. Speech recorded with this mic will sound relatively thin, but noticeably dark and muffled. However, it should still be decently comprehensible. In noisy environments, they also don't fare well, as they will have difficulty separating speech from background noise in moderately loud environments such as a busy street.

5.7 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
276.97 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.34 dB
HFE
:
2152.7 Hz
Weighted THD
:
3.815
Gain
:
22.89 dB

The mic of the Mee Audio X6 Plus has a sub-par recording quality. The LFE of 277Hz results in a speech that sounds thin and lacking body. The HFE of 2.1KHz means that speech captured with the X6 will lack brightness and air, and will sound muffled. However, since the area between LFE and HFE is captured well, speech recorded should be decently intelligible.

5.9 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
9.64 dB

The microphone of Mee X6 Plus has sub-par noise handling capabilities. In our tests, the X6 achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of only 10dB, meaning they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in environments as loud or louder than a busy street.

3.8

Active Features

The Mee Audio X6 Plus have an average wireless range but a sub-par battery life. They also won't be ideal for watching videos or gaming due to their relatively high latency. They don't have any software support so you can't customize or EQ them like some of the more recent in-ears form other headphones brands like Jaybird (see our recommendations for the best earbuds under $50). 

4.2 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
2.5 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.6 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No

The Mee Audio X6 Plus headphones have a sub-par battery life. They only lasted 2.5 hours and took about 1.6 hours to charge. This may be a deal breaker for some as they can only be used in short bursts and will quickly run out if you have long uninterrupted listening sessions throughout your day.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

The X6 have no compatible app.

3.1

Connectivity

6.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No
0 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
6.9 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
27 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
80 ft

The Mee Audio X6 Plus have an average wireless range of 27ft when the Bluetooth source was obstructed. They reached about 80ft in direct line-of-sight which is decent for a wireless in-ear but won't be ideal for very large office spaces, especially if there are a lot of walls. Unfortunately, they don't support NFC pairing.

3.7 Latency
Default Latency
:
162 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Poor latency performance. The Mee audio X6 are not the best headphones for watching movies or to game with due to their relatively high latency.

In the box

  • MEE Audio X6 Plus Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x3 sizes)
  • USB charging cable
  • Manual

Conclusion

6.4 Mixed Usage

The Mee X6 Plus are slightly better than average for mixed usage but have a really short battery life. They're stable enough for sports and sufficiently compact to have on you at all times and have a decent sound. Unfortunately, the short battery life will be a deal breaker for most, and they don't block as much noise as most in-ears which makes them less suitable to use in noisy environments or for commuting.

6.9 Critical Listening

Average for critical listening. The Mee Audio X6 Plus have a decent audio reproduction with a good balance of bass and midrange but the peaks in the high frequencies will sound a bit piercing, especially with tracks that are already a little bright. They also have closed-back, in-ear buds, which can't create a spacious soundstage. This means they won't be ideal for critical listening but are sufficiently adequate for more casual use.

6.4 Commute/Travel

Average for commuting. The Mee X6 Plus do not block a lot of noise but since they do not leak much you can mask some of the ambient noise by turning the volume up. Also, they easily fit into most pockets and they're fairly easy to use.

7.5 Sports/Fitness

The Mee audio X6 are good headphones for sports. They have a stable ear-hook design, they're breathable, wireless and compact enough to carry around on your person wherever you go. However, they won't be as comfortable for everyone since they have a pretty typical in-ear fit.

6.4 Office

Decent for office use. The Mee Audio X6 Plus barely leak even at high volumes much but won't block the ambient noise of a loud office.

5.3 TV

Average-at-best for home theater use. The Mee X6 Plus have quite a bit of latency which is not ideal for watching videos, they're also not as comfortable to wear for long listening sessions.

5.1 Gaming

Sub-par for gaming. The Mee X6 Plus have a poor microphone performance, lack customization options typical for gaming headsets, and have a bit too much latency.

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