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MEElectronics A151P Balanced Armature In-Ear Headphone with Inline Microphone and Remote by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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MEElectronics A151P Balanced Armature In-Ear Headphone with Inline Microphone and Remote
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 371 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 6.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Value5.0   average
Fit4.7   above average
Performance4.6   above average
Price4.4   average
Earphone4.3   above average
Quality4.3   average
Range4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Comfortable4.2   below average
Volume4.2   above average
Headphone4.1   average
Music4.1   average
Design4.0   below average
Noise3.8   average
Size3.6   below average
Listening3.5   below average
Cable3.4   average
Microphone3.1   below average
Treble2.7   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"Performance wise, the audio was good, but the mic wasn't."
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"I use the Sony's for podcast and audio books for which it works extremely well."
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"I find that these headphones are great for movies, audio books and podcasts because they have excellent clarity."
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"I find that these headphones are great for movies, audio books and podcasts because they have excellent clarity."
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"Even though these don't have any active noise cancellation technology, the ambient sounds is reduced at an amount comparable to my other pair of *active* noise cancelling headphones (Audio Technica ATH-ANC23).+ Excellent ear fit & acoustic isolation.+ Good bass and mids+ Almost no tangling- Weak, metalized highs- No extra wire protection near the jack"
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Cable

Cable:
"Unfortunately, through normal wear and tear, the cable connecting the left earphone with the mic assembly became detached."
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"Two pairs of the first-generation A151 that I have owned have failed within a year of use; one due to a problem where the cable meets the headphone, and one due to a problem where the cable plugs into the computer phone."
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"Had MEElectronics (M-Duo Dual Driver) previously that went dead only after about 6 months of use but since the sound quality of that one was pretty good, I chose to get another one from this company... this particular one, A151-BK actually not as good as the M-Duo sound wise, and while it looked rugged, well it, again, lasts less than 6 months before the right piece dying... the cable connector's the problem just like the M-Duo."
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"The pros are:Very clear soundEvery sound detail is very easy to hearMore light and comfortable in the ear than my previous earbudsComes with nice carrying caseCons:The bass quantity takes some time to get used toNoise isolation not as good as expectedNot sure how long the cable will lastSo my pros are definite and my cons kind of wishy-washy, because they're all stuff that I've gotten used to and don't mind anymore."
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"I do not expect the cord problems of the old set."
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"I'm glad that MEElectronics decided to add the mic remote feature to the already excellent cord."
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"The cord is a good length, too."
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"Id say the cables are above average in durability."
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"Great for sports, Long cable prevents you from yanking your cellphone out of your hands."
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"I had these headphones for only a few weeks and loved them, Very pleasant to listen with, comfortable to wear, appropriate cord length and the like."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I am a great lover of Armature drives of ear buds, because the drives which not only gives clear and crispier sound but also comfort for long listening with complete detailing of every bid of tiny things embedded in music that you would never heard of even million times of the song been listened by dynamic drives."
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"Only downside is the comfort with the default silicon tips when you get a good seal, but it could just that I'm over-sensitive."
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"very comfortable earbuds that do not fall out, great sound, I love the coiled wires (stops them from tangling too bad), and simply yet effective design."
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"Nice even sound across the audio range does not emphasis any one part of the spectrum but provides good detail and ambiance, comfortable and light to wear, not flashy just good quality."
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"I found dual-flange tips to be the best compromise between isolation and comfort."
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"They are really comfortable, and there haven't been any durability issues."
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"The sound quality and comfort etc are all quite good for the price, however they broke less than a month after purchase with less then 20 hours of use."
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"Comfortable to wear nice fit."
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"Only downside is the comfort with the default silicon tips when you get a good seal, but it could just that I'm over-sensitive."
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"I highly recommend this product, not only for the sound but also for the comfort and fit."
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"The price is great and it is very comfortable to wear."
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Connector

Connector:
"I mistakenly thought that this headphones arrived DOA: they sounded muffled, with horrible mono output or, if I manipulated the connector, the sound disappeared at all."
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"Had MEElectronics (M-Duo Dual Driver) previously that went dead only after about 6 months of use but since the sound quality of that one was pretty good, I chose to get another one from this company... this particular one, A151-BK actually not as good as the M-Duo sound wise, and while it looked rugged, well it, again, lasts less than 6 months before the right piece dying... the cable connector's the problem just like the M-Duo."
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"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."
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"I'm giving these a bad score because after 18 months of ginger use with a smartphone at a desk, one of the three wires completely wore through the insulation and broke off at the connector strain relief."
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"Sadly, the jack connection broke after almost a year, so I had to solder a new jack on to get the maximum life out of these headphones."
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"I use them with an additional jack to practice on the piano and they are comfortable and cool without the heavier earmuff style I use in cooler months."
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"From the flexible braided cord to the A151 lettering on the straight 3.5mm jack these IEMs feel durable."
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Design

Design:
"I really do like this design, although I would not recommend them for a sport application."
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"The headphones sound awesome and take les volume to drive them to unbearable levels... my only issue is the design of the fitment."
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"If you looking for something to listen to the news or a podcast these are for you, if you're looking for something to enjoy music that incorporates bass these are not for you.. Also, the headphone cord goes over your ear, kind of weird design."
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"One other thing that goes more to usability than comfort is that the over-the-ear design is great if, like me, you occasionally get frustrated when your arm or something else catches the cord and one of the earbuds is ripped out of your ear."
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"I love the design of these earphones...they wont drop out of your ears like the other ones."
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"I'm big on design aesthetics so this is a pretty big deal for me."
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"The over ear cable design is comfortable and helps keep the buds in place."
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"The cable design was great for tangle resistance, but three twisted insulated wires going individually into one plug are not each thick enough to withstand the bending under light-normal usage."
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"I like the design & they are very comfortable to wear."
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Durable

Durable:
"They're super comfortable and much more durable feeling than my OT Bluetooth headset, but the sound quality is just garbage!"
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"These are very light, great fit exercise, and durable."
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"Cord is a nice length and durable but often falls out of place because of the length."
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"Was really glad that I never buy earphones over $50 (just cause they arent nearly as durable as headphones)Sound - 4 5Clear, neutral."
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"While the sound was good for $50 headphones, they were the least durable headphones I've ever used."
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Earphone

Earphone:
"I somehow managed to cut one of the cords slightly so the left earphone stopped working - I was pretty sure it was my fault, but still e-mailed them asking whether it was at least repairable."
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"Once you try these on for the first time you'll understand what you've been missing with other earphones! "
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"And although the sound is quite good the earphones tend to move out off my ears too often and is very annoying have to put them back in place while running."
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"I have used iphone earphones for years and didn't know what I was missing."
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"These are fantastic earphones BUT I really advise you to look into the weaknesses of the headphones and see if they work for you."
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"I have bought several cheaper pairs of earphones in an attempt to find ones that fit and stay in my ears while I am listening to my Ipod, working in the garden and washing my car."
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"As far as i am concerned, i feel it is Ok for its price and sound, in all honesty we should not expect all kind of acoustical things as in the high budget earphones for this, nevertheless it sounds great and feel pleased hearing to overall."
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"I'm happy with these earphones."
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"These earphones have fabulous and well- balanced sound quality,nespecially for the modest price."
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"I've taken VERY good care of the earphones yet here I am, 3-months with these, and the right side doesn't play sound."
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"These earphones were great, until one of the wires in the twisted pair leading from the microphone broke off after roughly a month."
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Fit

Fit:
"Only negative is the Markings and the little chrome fittings have either fallen off or rubbed off."
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"Maybe my ears are weird and I like too much bass, perhaps they would fit well and sound acceptable to someone else."
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"I have bought several cheaper pairs of earphones in an attempt to find ones that fit and stay in my ears while I am listening to my Ipod, working in the garden and washing my car."
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"Folks couldn't get a good fit.2."
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"Comfortable to wear nice fit."
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"I had wanted the same sound signature but with a housing that fit closer to the ear ( to listen lying down) well it does everything the Sony's do just a little bit better."
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"I tried em all on and the default buds fit the best."
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"As I mentioned above, these IEM's fit very, very snug in your ear, so they do a great job blocking outside noise."
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"But I'm not detracting points for this, for it is the nature of such perfectly fitting IEM's."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"I mistakenly thought that this headphones arrived DOA: they sounded muffled, with horrible mono output or, if I manipulated the connector, the sound disappeared at all."
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"This is without a doubt the best sounding in-ear headphone for the price, or anywhere under $100 for that matter."
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"Two pairs of the first-generation A151 that I have owned have failed within a year of use; one due to a problem where the cable meets the headphone, and one due to a problem where the cable plugs into the computer phone."
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"If you are like me and are going from crappy $10 superstore headphones to your first pair of decent headphones, these will do the trick."
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")I have thus headphones for 2 years, they accurate and sound fantastic (hearing lossless files with them will blow your mind)what can i say about them... i'm in love with this headphones they boost every running...p. s meelectronics are my favorite headphones company (and i have a lot from them) they customer service is great (replacing my broken headphones without questions...)"
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"I've had my NuForce headphones for two years before they broke down."
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"I read a couple of articles on CNET about good headphones and these ones were well received and don't cost an absurd amount."
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"I had a really hard time getting the airtight seal in the ear canal, never a problem with my Klipsch headphones."
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"These headphones require at least minimally decent Hi-Fi equipment to shine."
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"Where other famous brands just provide a jumble of sounds these lay everything out nicely, which makes them great entry-level reference headphones."
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"I decided to kept the headphones due to the excellent sound they deliver, but It is a pity that I am confined to use them with my mp3 player only."
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Listening

Listening:
"The tips provided are not the best, but otherwise a nice set of phones for listening to music and taking calls....."
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"I bought these without the Mic so I don't know how well that works, but I got them mainly for listening to music anyways."
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"I also own Klipsch S4's which I generally like but find uncomfortable for extended listening, and VSonic GR06's, which sound very good aside from their tendency to bring out any sibilance they can find."
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"OK for listening to voice on ham radio, but not good for music."
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"With these, I have to turn them way down, to the point that I no longer enjoy what I am listening to."
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"I always thought bass was everything, but listening to these headphones is the difference between looking out through a dirty, shattered window and crystal clear one."
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"These earphones have very subtle bass, emphasizing more on clarity and balanced sound - advantage of using balanced armatures - so the sound is very bright, perfect for people who enjoy listening to acoustic or live performances."
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"My recommendation is listening to acoustic performances with the A151, you'll appreciate the clarity of these earphones then."
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"My recommendation is listening to acoustic performances with the A151, you'll appreciate the clarity of these earphones then."
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"It handled amazingly on everything, as long as you're listening from a pretty good source."
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"I'm not an audiophile and won't critique the quality of the listening experience, but I can say they sound great; much better than the standard set of buds I had been using."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"These earphones were great, until one of the wires in the twisted pair leading from the microphone broke off after roughly a month."
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"I purchased the microphone version for the extra utility at little extra cost, however the mic placement is terrible for if you wan't to wear the cables over your ear then cinch them behind your head neck to keep the cables tidy (Typical way to wear IEMs used for stage monitoring).The mic placement stops you being able to tighten the cables in this way, which will make them quite hard to use in an active or stage environment."
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"I bought these without the Mic so I don't know how well that works, but I got them mainly for listening to music anyways."
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"I have only had these earphones for a couple of months, and although the cable and earbuds look solid enough, I am being quite careful with them, given that my previous (cheaper) Meelectronics IEM with mic tended to have problems after about 10 months or so of moderate usage (walking, commuting on subway): either no sound was coming out of one ear or the remote control would randomly stop start playback."
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"Microphone seems to work fine on the iPhone 5s, but on my Mid-2012 MacBook Air, the microphone functionality is not detected and is not able to be used."
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"The only major concern that I have... the mic is terrible."
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"Performance wise, the audio was good, but the mic wasn't."
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"I'm glad that MEElectronics decided to add the mic remote feature to the already excellent cord."
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"I'm ambivalent about the microphone remote unit, not the nicest mic remote combo I've seen, but it does the job, so it's nice and all to have, I just wish it looked more sleek like the rest of the earphone?"
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"The aesthetic of this listening contraption starts from the right angle plug and into a braided cable that seamlessly tunnels through a y split, the mic, and into the housing."
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"The microphone seems to work as well as other in-line mics, which is to say okay, but not great."
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Music

Music:
"You hear crackling noises and then your unable to listen to music."
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"But if you want some buds that get you close to the music without spending well over $100, these will fill the bill."
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"I bought these without the Mic so I don't know how well that works, but I got them mainly for listening to music anyways."
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"The bass is too much and the treble sounds broken, if you're a music fan and want good sound quality do not buy these."
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"OK for listening to voice on ham radio, but not good for music."
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"I'm referring to every type of music that includes bassThese headphones are terrible for music that has any type of bass in it."
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"It is appreciable that MEE has provided various kind of eartips with different size depending on our use and love for music."
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"This brings in a lot of accuracy an detail to your music."
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"Acoustic music sounds great!"
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"With my computer's volume on 10% I can hear all my music perfectly."
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"I listen to pretty much every genre of music and it's such a treat to be able to hear the subtleties the artists intended."
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Noise

Noise:
"People often complained about street noise."
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"You hear crackling noises and then your unable to listen to music."
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"Pros: Decent sound quality, good fit, minimal microphonics (cable rubbing noise)Cons: Weak construction, poor quality control, not durableI owned a pair of the non-microphone version for almost a year until they got stolen."
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"My Ultimate Ears 600vi's have significantly better clarity and depth (by the way, those are priced real cheap now because they are discontinued and several people, include me, had the cables fray within a year).Another issue is that these produce very low volume, meaning you often need to turn devices all the way up--if you are on a noisy bus, you may be unable to hear dialog in a video even at the highest level."
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"I'm using it with an HTC one and callers are constantly complaining about background noise.....so if you get the one w o the mic I would defently recommend, otherwise stay away."
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"None of that weird rustling noise from the wires."
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"Vocals are crystal clear in mids and noisy in highs."
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"As I mentioned above, these IEM's fit very, very snug in your ear, so they do a great job blocking outside noise."
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"These are also good at noise isolation."
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"Noise isolation is outstanding."
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"If you take the time to get the right ear pieces and fit them like ear plugs, the full sound difference is amazing as well as blocking outside noise quite a bit."
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Performance

Performance:
"The other reviewers are accurate when they state that the bass is its weakest area of performance."
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"Performance wise, the audio was good, but the mic wasn't."
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"These earphones have very subtle bass, emphasizing more on clarity and balanced sound - advantage of using balanced armatures - so the sound is very bright, perfect for people who enjoy listening to acoustic or live performances."
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"My recommendation is listening to acoustic performances with the A151, you'll appreciate the clarity of these earphones then."
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"My recommendation is listening to acoustic performances with the A151, you'll appreciate the clarity of these earphones then."
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"This product is only for serious audiophiles that appreciate how acoustic music performances shine without having bass muddying the sound and getting in the way of the purity of their music ... all at an incredible price."
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Price

Price:
"The sound quality and comfort etc are all quite good for the price, however they broke less than a month after purchase with less then 20 hours of use."
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"I don't recommend these as they don't last and at this price point they should have a longer life."
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"Wires are cheap and broke within a few weeks."
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"This is without a doubt the best sounding in-ear headphone for the price, or anywhere under $100 for that matter."
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"I got these back in Aug 2014, and they died in Dec 2014, the wires just broke apart, really cheap stuff."
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"Decent for the price, but I'm a little disappointed in the lack of bass."
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"The sound quality and comfort etc are all quite good for the price, however they broke less than a month after purchase with less then 20 hours of use."
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"For its price concern and look is good, the chrome plating is enhancing its royal appearance."
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"These earphones have fabulous and well- balanced sound quality,nespecially for the modest price."
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"Im confident the A151P is unbeatable at this price point."
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"The A151 earbuds have a clear high end and impressive bass for their price, so if you listen to a lot of hip hop these could be great budget earbuds."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not very sturdy either, they got caught on a door handle that I was walking by one time and the sound quality has been slowly deteriorating ever since."
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"Had MEElectronics (M-Duo Dual Driver) previously that went dead only after about 6 months of use but since the sound quality of that one was pretty good, I chose to get another one from this company... this particular one, A151-BK actually not as good as the M-Duo sound wise, and while it looked rugged, well it, again, lasts less than 6 months before the right piece dying... the cable connector's the problem just like the M-Duo."
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"Stands by my review though, decent sound but the component quality could've been better (there are quite a bit of other reviews with problem similar to mine so it's definitely a quality issue)"
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"I was severely disappointed in quality of production because I loved the sound."
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"Pros: Decent sound quality, good fit, minimal microphonics (cable rubbing noise)Cons: Weak construction, poor quality control, not durableI owned a pair of the non-microphone version for almost a year until they got stolen."
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"I'm not an expert on sound quality so can't comment on that aspect, but for durability, worth every penny."
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"The sound quality and comfort etc are all quite good for the price, however they broke less than a month after purchase with less then 20 hours of use."
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"cabling is just a little light and while the sound quality is good it's still suited better for voice oriented sound including female vocals it is still a little bass light."
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"Great value, top quality sound."
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"The quality of the A151P was good it was just the poor wire quality."
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Size

Size:
"(Or maybe my head is just the wrong size.)"
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"This leaves me in a bad spot since they wont sound right without a good seal and the size of the tips keep them from staying in my ear."
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"ALAC---There was an annoying, raspy reverb that I thought was a fault at first...but I realized that it was the small, hard walled room where he is recorded singing Acapella."
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"It's not as clear as more expensive full size headphones like the ATH-AD700 or AKG-K240 but still holds its own."
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"It is appreciable that MEE has provided various kind of eartips with different size depending on our use and love for music."
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"The lack of good fitting tips for me is really the kicker as my ears are not super small and with effectively just a large and small option in the box if it does not fit you are just out of luck."
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"comfort and fit are good , due to the small size and light weight."
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Sound

Sound:
"I am a great lover of Armature drives of ear buds, because the drives which not only gives clear and crispier sound but also comfort for long listening with complete detailing of every bid of tiny things embedded in music that you would never heard of even million times of the song been listened by dynamic drives."
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"I mistakenly thought that this headphones arrived DOA: they sounded muffled, with horrible mono output or, if I manipulated the connector, the sound disappeared at all."
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"Not very sturdy either, they got caught on a door handle that I was walking by one time and the sound quality has been slowly deteriorating ever since."
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"This is without a doubt the best sounding in-ear headphone for the price, or anywhere under $100 for that matter."
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"Had MEElectronics (M-Duo Dual Driver) previously that went dead only after about 6 months of use but since the sound quality of that one was pretty good, I chose to get another one from this company... this particular one, A151-BK actually not as good as the M-Duo sound wise, and while it looked rugged, well it, again, lasts less than 6 months before the right piece dying... the cable connector's the problem just like the M-Duo."
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"I'm not an expert on sound quality so can't comment on that aspect, but for durability, worth every penny."
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"The sound quality and comfort etc are all quite good for the price, however they broke less than a month after purchase with less then 20 hours of use."
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"I thought these would have the same sound signature as my Sony Xba1's, clear, detailed but bass light."
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"cabling is just a little light and while the sound quality is good it's still suited better for voice oriented sound including female vocals it is still a little bass light."
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"For me, It is Ok ear phone for its budget, other than that it is has got nothing special- It is a bit of disappointment that MEE A151P has very flat in mid and high ranges, low ranges it sounds good and also it sounds like controlled for every notes, notably guitar sounds is unrealistic, whereas in the case of Aurvana IEM2 plus is kind of open sounding and acoustics build in it is unmatchable."
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Treble

Treble:
"The bass is too much and the treble sounds broken, if you're a music fan and want good sound quality do not buy these."
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"The only drawback is the treble, which can sound a bit jarring and tinny."
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"For treble lovers though, it's not recommended."
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"Unfortunately, the trebles and mids are so nice that I'm not satisfied with the ne-700x either."
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"I do appreciate the separation of the instrumentation but unfortunately without more forward trebles I cannot stand listening to most of my songs with the A151s."
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"One of my complaints is that the trebles are too recessed for me."
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"Treble is very refined and clear, with an incredibly detailed midrange."
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"However, the A151 has a pretty sharp treble roll off."
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"Sound Quality: 7 10Here's my subjective take: Overall, I'd say the sound is balanced and accurate, with no crazy treble or bass emphasis."
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"Sound: Great Trebles and mids, no impact on Bass."
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"With regards to the A151's, they are amazingly detailed on trebles and mids."
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Value

Value:
"Great value, top quality sound."
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"These are probably the best value for the money I've purchased."
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"If you are an audiophile purist that loves accurate sound, but can't afford to get the expensive balanced armature earphones out there in the market, then get the MEE's A151's because they are the best value reference earphones on the market."
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"Definitely great value considering the price tag, these earphones are serious competition to the more expensive, more popular brands."
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"Very good value for money in-ear headphones."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"Vocals are crystal clear in mids and noisy in highs."
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"I've listened to a good range of music, and it's very noticeable in the vocals when they sound tinnier, more muffled in comparison to a full, rich sound that you'd get from other sets."
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"It may not please everyone, but at least gives you a nice soundstage and instrument vocal definition."
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"I love to listen to vocal and instrument, this IEM serves me well."
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"My IEMs of choice at the $50 range if you like crystal clear vocals."
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Volume

Volume:
"The bass is thick and heavy on these headphones at louder volumes, but there's a distinct buzzing noise that is mildly annoying at worst, but it seems to be getting less prevalent the more I use these headphones."
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"The headphones sound awesome and take les volume to drive them to unbearable levels... my only issue is the design of the fitment."
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"With my computer's volume on 10% I can hear all my music perfectly."
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"Great sound, even at max volume."
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"And what I personally love about the A151's are how sensitive they are, I don't need to turn my volume settings super high to have my music play loud."
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"The sound is amazing super clear super crisp volume control perfect fit wonderful and great price!"
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"There was also a bad buzzing with most all bassarts at any volume above 50% I have never had such a negative experience with headphones costing more than $12."
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