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Reviewed on Dec 19, 2017

MEE audio X7 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The MEE Audio X7 are budget wireless in-ears with a decently comfortable fit but a piercing sound quality that won't be for everyone. They won't be the best headphones for critical listeners, but they're a suitable option for sports and casual use. They're easy-to-use and super portable, they're also stable enough to exercise with. Unfortunately, they do not fare as well in loud environments and noisy commutes.

Test Results
Design 7.3
Sound 6.4
Isolation 6.6
Microphone 6.2
Active Features 5.2
Connectivity 3.3
Pros
  • Portable and stable design.
  • Very low leakage.
Cons
  • Bulkier than most in-ears.
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Overly bright sound quality.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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Summary

  • 6.5 Mixed Usage
  • 6.6 Critical Listening
  • 6.6 Commute/Travel
  • 7.7 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 5.4 TV
  • 5.3 Gaming
Mixed Usage 6.5

The Mee X7 are best-used for sports, but they're versatile and compact enough to use as casual headphones that you can carry with you at all times. They have a decent audio reproduction although they may sound a bit too sharp for some. Unfortunately, they do not block a lot of noise so you may struggle a bit to hear what you're listening to in noisy environments or while commuting.

Critical Listening 6.6

Average for critical listening. They have a decent audio reproduction 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.

Commute/Travel 6.6

Average for commuting. They do not isolate much, which makes them less suitable for noisy environments. However, they're compact and fit into most pockets.

Sports/Fitness 7.7

The Mee audio X7 are good headphones for sports. They have a stable in-ear fit with an ear hook design. They're wireless and small enough to carry around on your person wherever you go. However, they're not comfortable for everyone, and their control scheme could be improved.

Office 6.6

Decent for office use. They don't leak much but won't block the chatter of a loud office unless you listen to audio at high than average volumes.

TV 5.4

Average-at-best for home theater use. The Mee X7 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.

Gaming 5.3

Subpar for gaming. They have a mediocre-at-best mic, lack customisation options and have a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming.

Test Results

Style

The Mee audio X7 are decent-looking wireless in-ears. They have angled earbuds and a simple design that will work for most. Unfortunately, they do not have a lot of color schemes that you can choose from to better suit your tastes and preferences. The earbuds are also a lot larger than typical in-ears and somewhat protrude out of your ears so they won't be ideal for all users. The plastic in their build quality also looks and feels a bit cheap upon closer inspection but shouldn't be very noticeable at a distance.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.07 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Mee X7 are decently comfortable. They have an ear hook design that threads the audio cable securely behind your ears. The earbuds are also angled to better fit the contours of your ears but their size may not be ideal for everyone. They also still have an in-ear fit so if you do not find in-ears comfortable you will have some of the same issues with the X7s.

6.8 Controls
Ease of use : Okay
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 audio X7 have an okay control scheme that provides call/music, track skipping, and volume controls. The buttons are well spaced out but have a mediocre-at-best feedback due to the heavily rubberized coating.

8.0 Stability

The Mee X7 are stable sports headphones. They won't easily fall out of your ears thanks to their lightweight and wireless ear hook design. They're stable enough to run and exercise with and are a good option to take to the gym.

8.4 Portability
L : 2.6 "
W : 2 "
H : 1.4 "
Volume : 7.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The Mee Audio X7 are very portable headphones. Their earbuds are a little larger than typical in-ears, however, they're still compact enough to comfortably fit into most pockets, bags or purse.

5.5 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
6.5 Build Quality

The build quality of the X7 is decent. The earbuds are lightweight and dense enough to handle a couple of drops without damage. The cable is also moderately thick. However, the plastic used throughout the build quality of the X7 feels low grade. The in-line remote has cheap rubber buttons that do not feel durable, and nothing is replaceable on this model so if the earbuds or the cable gets damaged you will most likely need to get a new pair.

8.8 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 1.2 C
Cable
Detachable : No
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

Comes with a USB charging cable.

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8.2 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.43 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
40.0 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-4.16 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-0.69 dB
High-Bass
:
2.4 dB

Very good bass range performance. Low-frequency extension is at 40Hz, which is very good. However, low-bass, which is responsible for low-end thump and rumble is missing by 4dB. Additionally, high-bass is over our target by more than 2dB, adding a slight boominess to the bass.

8.8 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.66 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.61 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-2.29 dB
High-Mid
:
-0.3 dB

Very good mid range performance. The response is quite consistent, but it has a wide 5dB dip centered around 700Hz. This pushes the vocals and lead instruments slightly to the back of the mix.

5.5 Treble
Std. Err.
:
5.47 dB
Low-Treble
:
6.38 dB
Mid-Treble
:
0.16 dB
High-Treble
:
-1.81 dB

Sub-par treble range performance. The 14dB peak around 4.6KHz adds excess emphasis to the brightness of sounds to the point of getting harsh. The rest of the range is decently produced.

9.4 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.12 dB

Excellent frequency response consistency. If the user is able to achieve an air-tight seal with these in-ears, then they should be able to get very a consistent performance each time. It should be noted that in-ears usually perform very consistently and knowing that, we performed only two re-seats for these headphones in order to decrease wear and tear on our dummy head.

1.5 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
4.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.2
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB
8.8 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.17
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.03
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.5
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
1.77
6.3 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
5.281
Weighted THD @ 100
:
44.821

Mediocre harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is quite low, however, the sharp peak around 1KHz could make that frequency region noticeably harsh and brittle.

5.5 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-14.37 dB
Bass
:
-0.06 dB
Mid
:
-15.87 dB
Treble
:
-28.79 dB
Self-Noise
:
20.95 dB

Sub-par isolation. The Mee audio X7, unlike Jaybird X2 and X3, don't isolate in the bass range. However, they achieve more than 15dB of reduction in the mid-range, and about 29dB of reduction in the treble range, both values being good.

9.0 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
27.82 dB

Excellent leakage performance. Like most in-ears, the leakage of the X7 is concentrated in a narrow band in the treble range and is very quite.

6.5 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
285.09 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.23 dB
HFE
:
3417.19 Hz
Weighted THD
:
2.913
Gain
:
39.72 dB

Mediocre recording quality. The dip in high-bass, centered around 150Hz, and the cut-off at 3.4KHz, results in a speech that sounds muffled and thin. Additionally, the region between LFE and HFE is captured inconsistently.

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

Sub-par noise handling. The Mee audio X7 achieves a speech-to-noise ratio of 10dB, meaning its microphone is not good at separating speech from ambient noise.

7.2 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
31 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
85 ft

The Mee X7 have a decent wireless range. They maintained a stable connection up to 30ft when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room. They also have a decent line of sight range which makes them a good wireless option for moderately sized offices, as long as there are not too many obstructing walls between the headphones and the source. Unfortunately, they don't offer NFC and their hold to pair procedure is slightly tedious even if they do provide good auditory feedback when pairing.

4.4 Latency
Default Latency
:
146 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Poor latency performance. The Mee audio X7 will not be the best headphones to watch videos and game since they have a substantial amount of latency that will slightly delay the audio with respect to the image.

5.8 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
7 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.8 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No

The Mee X7 have a mediocre battery life. They last longer than the other Mee in-ears we've tested but it won't be enough for heavy use throughout the day. They also take a bit of time to charge compared to other wireless in-ears and don't have an auto-off timer so they will run out relatively quickly if left connected to your Bluetooth device.

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

No compatible app.

6.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.1
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
In the box

  • MEE Audio X7 Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x3 sizes)
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manual

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