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Review - MeeAudio M7 Pro

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Review - MeeAudio M7 Pro

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Website: MeeAudio

M7Pro page & Specifications

Price (msrp): U$D 150

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Package & accessories

The M7Pro arrives in a hassle-free box, very similar to that of the M6Pro, where everything is nicely arranged. As usual for the MeeAudio upper models, the accessory pack is full and well thought. There’re 5 pairs of silicone eartips in different sizes and 2 pairs of Comply Foam tips as well, 2 exchangeable cables in both standard and phone controls options, and with a detachable clip on them. And lastly, a storage case, very similar if not identical to the included one on the M6 Pro.

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Design

Like the all the M6 previous options, the M7 Pro earpieces are all plastic, lightweight and compact, and despite the two drivers inside they’re are small enough. At the moment the M7 Pro is only available in transparent shell what allows to see the internal setup. Like the P1 (never tried), this model also uses a MMCX detachable cable option; it is the standard type which usually rotates freely as it doesn’t have any lock feature. The build quality is still not best in its class for the nowadays standards at this price range, and the MMCX plugs are not safe from suffering a sudden disconnection if you aren’t careful.

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Moving to the cable itself it’s really well made, internal silver colored wire with a transparent outside covering, low in microphonics noise and supple enough. There’s the fixed memory wire to achieve a tighter fit around the ear. The y-split and plug are thick and feel very durable too.

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Getting a right fit can be tricky at first. The mix of memory wire and swinging MMCX connectors is not the best in my opinion, and it takes some time to get used to. Regardless, the earpieces are much more comfortable and sit better than the previous M6 shells, as they’re very ergonomic for the strict over-ear fit, and the isolation is good as well.

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Sound

The first hybrid from MeeAudio differs from many other IEM offers out there. The 1 BA + 1 DD formula is nothing new, however the M7Pro adopts a different configuration from the standard hybrid setup; this IEM is not utilizing any crossover whatsoever. Unaware of the reason behind, if had to make a guess it’d be because of the very certain tuning of the earphone. The M7Pro is targeting specific on-stage users, such as drummers and similar, and so it has been tuned to have a very dominating heavy-bass signature with a strong mid-bass emphasis.

The best way to describe the sound on the M7Pro should be of a small single balanced armature unit with a powerful extra subwoofer. The BA part takes the mid and higher frequencies with the typical armature characteristics, accuracy and speed with a more forward detail. However, to match the very warm signature, the whole midrange is very laid-back and so smooth. While it has a drier tonality compared to more mid-centered single BA IEMs, there’s still a certain degree of sweetness and good texture for vocals. Likewise, the treble follows the same smooth and laid-back presentation, but even more recessed than what the whole midrange can be. The extension is very limited for what a single BA unit can offer, and the lack of sparkle and presence makes the highs off and overall detail to be harder to perceive. Technically, the detail is there but overshadowed by the low-end strength.

Finally, the bass is the main attraction and the whole idea behind the making and tuning of the M7Pro. Simply put, the 10mm driver acts as powerful subwoofer with a very strong emphasis on the mid and upper bass. The extra dominance of the bass was made on purpose, and can be really overwhelming, especially when paired with even a slightly warmer source. The sub-bass is well present as well, but doesn’t have the true extension to classify as a high heavy-bass set. The specific tuning of the dynamic driver is very similar to the effect of using extra equalization on any earphone, adding some decibels on the lower bands in order to achieve a full-bass response. Interestingly enough, the whole M7Pro does respond very well to any quick personalized equalization. Either by lowering the lower frequencies or rising the mid and higher ones can show the real technical characteristics of the hybrid mix; however, the M7Pro is not really meant for this purpose.

Comparisons

M7Pro & Fidue A73

The Fidue A73 which was released a couple of years ago also uses a 1DD & 1BA setup. The A73 does have the usual crossover found on most hybrid IEMs. In terms of sound the M7Pro and A73 differ in their signatures, being the A73 a very V-shaped earphone with a very aggressive presentation. The treble on the A73 is forward, quite the opposite from the M7Pro, and can be very harsh on the upper frequencies. Even though, this helps to gain a higher detail over the M7Pro. The midrange on both sets is more recessed, darker and smoother in texture on the M7Pro, while brighter yet warm on the A73. On the bass part, both sets do share some similarities in sheer power and forwardness. The M7Pro is more focused on the mid-bass regions as meant for the monitoring of the lower instruments, slower in decay, and not as fast in attack as the Fidue. Neither of these IEMs seem to show a hint of drivers’ incoherence, probably for having their drivers speed well matched for their respective tunings.

M7Pro & Dawnwood GT-36

The GT-36 is much less known in-ear set around the international market. The design is very open, closer to a normal earbud and with a similar fit. With a retail price of ~$70 it offers an affordable option for the heavy-bass listeners. Like the M7Pro the low-end is very forward and always present, even when really not needed. Using a single and larger dynamic driver the bass amount is more abrasive. The midrange is sweeter towards the vocals but less airy when it comes to instruments separation. The M7Pro is more linear through the midrange but also feels drier. Despite the larger driver, the stage on the GT-36 is not as wide as on the M7Pro.

All in all, the M7Pro is definitely not an earphone set meant for everyone, but that was expected as it was made for a specific usage. The large bass quantities and darker and very smooth presentation is correctly tuned for the drummers and similar professional users. While the overall sound quality is potentially better than the M6 Pro, it is missing the balance of the more affordable model. The fit and comfort, however, are much better than any of the previous MeeAudio options. Giving the M7Pro a value rating wouldn’t be fair as it wasn’t meant to compete with the more popular IEM options. Simply put, the M7 Pro is something to take in count only for those that need this unique type of sound and not looking for the best balance or clarity for their money.

 
Date: Oct 13, 2017   


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