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Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX IEMs

Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX IEMs

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Verified Purchaser
I've been using these since October 2018. Really happy with the sound and design. I wish there were more options to control sound but it's ok. My biggest disappointment was the quality of the coating. I know others have had similar issue but I was hoping if I'm really careful I could avoid the problem. Nope, I was wrong. I was really careful with IEMs but they started peeling anyway. You can see that these are not scratches but rather low production quality since it's peeling at the edges where parts connects:
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Unfortunately it now looks really unappealing and shabby. Too bad for quite expensive product.
Verified Purchaser
I had these for over a year now, great IEM, overall excellent quality. The minor complaints that make is 4 instead of 5 is heavy cable, and when I wear sweaters or rain jackets, static electricity will build up by the cable scratching the clothes and cause distortions.
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Verified Purchaser
Intro: I'm not an audiophile, just a teenager really into headphones and music. I own the full size m40x, philips x2, ath 900x, hd 58x, iem: ibasso it01, xiao mi HD pro and of course the px's. My sources are the fiio x1 and xonar u7. All music tested are flac/high quality aac files. Build: Brand new the iems looked stealthy and tough, but after half a year of daily use the paint started coming off the housing. Although functionally unaffected, they look worse for the wear. Unfortunately the cable failed after only 3 weeks OWO. However that was not unexpected as my freind's px's cable also failed in a less than a few months- I had already ordered a $5 cable on aliexpress. My 10 dollar potato earbuds cable has lasted 10 times longer. I get that the px's on mass drop are significantly cheaper than the p1's, but it should really include a higher quality cable; not even a gold plated memory wire cable, just a cheap ($2 on aliexpress) cable that doesn't break immediately need to be added to later iterations of this product. Similarly the included foam tips did not last very long, wearing away after month or so of use- aliexpress to the rescue again. Sound: As soon as the package arrived I plugged the iems into my s7; a shrill baseless screech attacked my ears. Horrified i quickly switched the default silicone tips to the included foam tips. Thankfully the foam tips removed the shrill treble and some semblance of bass emerged. However sub-bass was still non-existent and the sound was still very skewered to the highs. After arriving home to my xonar u7 dac/amp I decided not to sell/return the px's. Although not a powerful amp, the xonar u7 brought out enough bass for a somewhat balanced sound. Keeping in mind I have 2 audio techinca headphones(which I adore) known for their bright sound signature, the px's still sounded very skewered towards the highs and upper mids. Now with a proper source I decided to listen to some of my favorite songs. Dangomau5 Diakazoku (a remix of deadmau5's the veldt and Dango Daikazoku) sounded crisp and airy. The (high pitched female) Dango Daikazoku vocals sounded smooth, detailed and well extend. Instruments in the forward mid range were textured and snappy. Dangomau5 Diakazoku is not a bassy song, however the synth drum was punchy and laid back in the mix. Royals immediately confirmed that the treble is extended and detailed. Clicks in the track were very.... clicky (and crisp). Mid's showed their prominence with similar detail and competence. Royals is a more bass track with the presence of syth bass in the mid and sub bass regions. The mid bass showed pretty good texture and felt tight and controlled. However even with foam tips, sub bass is quite a few db's lower than neutral. Overall the px's make royals sound very heavenly with sexy highs at the expense of a less (but not sloppy) bass and especially sub-bass. Other songs in the pop and EDM category fared less well. A distinctive lack of sub bass and bright sound signature does not suit modern pop music/edm well. Electronic music with punchy drum beats only seemed to crisply pop instead of thump- my ibassoit01 and hd pro's both had 1000 times more sub bass than the px's. Pop music also proved unenjoyable due to the aforementioned lack of thump provided by the lower and sub bass regions. Overall sound stage is the smallest of all iems/headphones I have heard or owned. There is a real in your head feel. Different to my other headphones, and sometimes preferable, the px's provide an intimate feel to vocals in contrast to the out of space sound stage of my x2's and ath 900x's. Even other iems and earbuds sound far wider. Amping:
These need to be amped! Running the px's straight out of a phone/laptop should be a crime. You would be paying over 100 bucks for a pair of high impedance paperweights. Even my budget fiio x1 massively improved the sound quality. The addition of an amp brings out the sub-bass and bass and stops the treble from sounding harsh and peaky. The sound signature changes from burning bird screech to a tolerable bright sound. Conclusion: For just over $100, the px's offer stellar sound quality through a very bright signature. Despite a criminally crappy cable and flaky paint job, the px's sound quality redeems their cost cutting measures. BUT only if you know what you are getting yourself into. The px's are very bright. An amp is a necessity and you will need to dough out a few more dollars for a replacement cable and eartips. Overall, I still find myself reaching for my px's sexy treble despite other iems/headphones offering far greater neutrality, sub-bass and driveablity. Although I have to take my fiio x1 when I go out with the px's, I dont regret my purchase, as the px's provide close enough detail and highs/mids that my full size audio technicas bless me with. The px's maybe better as a second pair of iem's, I found myself getting the ibasso it01's as a complement to my px's for any song where sub bass exists.
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Verified Purchaser
I am not a bass head. I love bright detailed sound. I love the Grados. But these IEMs are awful. They sound tinny. No bass whatsoever. Does not even get better with amps. Even the midrange and the highs do not sound good. Not sure whether mine is bad but I wish I could return them. My advice, avoid at all cost - these are no good even at 1/2 the price. By the Nuforce EDC3 instead - brilliant IEMs. edit: The foam tips completely change the sound. Yes for the better. These do sound good with good recording. I am listening to TIDAL MQA (yeah, I know :) ) with just an Audioquest Dragonfly DAC-AMP and it actually sounds quite decent and pleasing.
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Verified Purchaser
They came with a short near the 3.5mm jack but there's no damage cosmetically and thus have stayed in a drawer ever since I got them, one of earbuds is constantly goes in and out and I just didn't want to deal with a RMA bs especially after being on hold for an hour...
GamrCreed
Have you tried a different MMCX cable to confirm that it is indeed the cable and not a defect in the earphones themselves?
Verified Purchaser
Bought these October of 2017 and have been using them as my daily drivers ever since (for over a year now). I'm driving these off an iPhone 6S, and while it's not the best solution it's not terrible. I didn't want to carry a mobile amp/dac as those are often a hassle, and the amp/dac on the iPhone 6S is pretty good as far as smartphones go. However, needless to say these would undoubtedly benefit from additional amplification. Sound-wise, I think everything has been said already. The sound signature is neutral while also not too boring. Detail is great and so is instrument separation. Sound stage is also decent for IEMs. Mids sound great, but more bass would be welcome for mainstream listening. These are quite comfortable to me, even for long listening sessions. I wear the cable around the ear, and I haven't experienced the issues described in other reviews. The cables have held up well, and I haven't experienced any faults (keep in mind this is after a year of daily use). The finish, on the other hand, is quite terrible. After using them for a few months they start chipping off. It's not a good look, and definitely not "scratch-proof" as claimed. I was able to easily remove the rest of the coating, and I now have a bootleg Pinnacle P1. Overall, I'd say these are definitely a good buy for its price. There aren't many IEMs that can compete in this price range.
Verified Purchaser
Earphones are great, but cable just broke.
Verified Purchaser
I love these IEM’s. I really do. But the cable is so mediocre, it’s too heavy for me to have it cable down so I have to have it over the ear. Also, the P2 came out and it’s almost as good, runs better without an external amp, And has a bit more in the lows if that’s what you’re into, without sacrificing very much clarity. Although I love mine, if I were to do it again, I’d go P2’s from massdrop and save the money, and use some of the savings on some nicer cables. (It’s just a standard MMCX connector for anyone interested, not only used by MEE audio)
Verified Purchaser
First pair of decent IEMs purchased, sound is great in my opinion compared to earbuds in the $60 price range, though the right earbud has literally fallen apart on me. The cord seems to be exceptionally weak near the 3.5mm jack as it has shorted out to some degree on me and still works but will occasionally drop out almost entirely on one or both ears. I haven't been exceptionally hard on the cord itself, mostly just folding it with appropriately soft ends to fit in the carry case provided with my order.
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Verified Purchaser
As far as sound goes these are excellent! I am not an expert in sound at all, but I these sound amazing to me. I have used them for a few different things, primarily for gaming. They provide excellent detail and spatial recognition for FPS games and deliver great sound for all other games. I really enjoy listening to music with them, I feel like I can hear more detail. I took off two stars because the build quality seems to be lacking a little. The right IEM casing has started to pull apart. I am not sure why this is, but it is a little upsetting for something that cost more than $100. The outer coating has started to peel also like I have seen some others say has happened, but this does not bother me much since I primarily use them at home only.
Verified Purchaser
I have been using these for 2 weeks with the Brainwavz balanced MMCX cable linked below: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076SHDYTF/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 along with the Radsone ES100 linked below: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078H4YD2L/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The headphones are exactly what I wanted. Not overwhelming bass, great separation, slightly out of head imaging, accurate highs, meaty mids. The Brainwavz cable pairs up perfectly, is thinner than the cable that came with, and are balanced. The ES100 works effortlessly to power these IEMs with ease. I mainly wanted a solution to have my phone cable free when using it and still be able to listen to music. I clip the ES100 on my beltloop and forget it's there. Along with the PX, this set up is a dream set up for work, gym, travel, climbing, snowboarding, commuting, all for under $250. The only thing I would change is if I can somehow get the Shure Yellow foams to fit these, or something like it as I like those fitting in my ears better than the complys.
dudestranded
It took me a while to find an optimal solution for the PX, but I ultimately ended up where you are. I switched the cable for a balanced set which came with my FIIO F9 Pro's, and use the PX with my ES 100. After tip rolling on and off for months, I settled on bi-flange tips, which were ok I thought. Recently, however, I tried some Sony EP-EX10A replacement tips and magic happened, at least to my ears. Comfort went up several notches too. The Sony tips are no longer offered for sale, but Amazon is selling knockoffs here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AR0E2MY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I can't vouch for them, but just ordered some to try out with my P2's.
mule52
I will try those since they're not too expensive. I've been having some problems with the connector coming loose on one side of the cable...most likely due to the cable being a cheap cable. Currently looking for a better quality cable that isn't half the price of the headphone to fix the loose connection. It's like there's either $20 cables or $75 cables...why can't I find a $35 cable that has good QC? Like the stock Shure se215 stock cables, but balanced.
Verified Purchaser
Uncomfortable earbuds. They sound is decent, but only if I jam one pair of the many non-fitting earbuds into my ear, but it doesn't matter because my ears fatigue after 5-10 minutes. The earbuds also don't stay in very well while walking (with ear buds wrapped around or directly inserted).
Verified Purchaser
Sound wise it supprised me with it's spacious soundstage and instrument separation. I think it's one of the best IEMs in the $100-200 price range. I give it 4 stars because it only lasted less than a month before the left ear piece started to go bad, but during the one month ownership I picked it up more often than my FH5 and 7550. Compared to Tin audio T2: Highs are less fatigue than the T2, much more spacious soundstage, less punchy in the bass, more refined sound. Definitely a step up. Compared to Massdrop EDC3: More dynamic sound than the EDC3, much more spacious, vocals sounds less "in the face", bass is puncher and goes deeper than the EDC3. Overall it sounds much more musical and enjoyable then the EDC3 IMHO. Compared to Fiio FH5 FH5 sounds smoother and fuller body. There's more bass quantity on the FH5, but the bass on the PX has equal quality. PX also sounds more spacious and highs are more natural and has better separation than the FH5. Paring: I believe that PX is harder to drive than average IEMs, I need to turn the volume up a bit more than I needed for the other IEMs I have, even a bit more than the 7550. It also sounds noticably better on the more powerful iBasso DX150 than the Sony ZX300 (both on Balanced). Therefore I don't think it would pair well with low power DAPs or smart phones. Hope this helps.
Verified Purchaser
This was my 3rd pair of IEMs over $50, after the Thinksound TS-02 and the Sennheiser IE80. For me, these are my go-to beater earphones. However, they do have their flaws. TL;DR - Minor build issues and relative in-efficiency compared to other IEMs mar an otherwise decent set of earphones. Still recommended though. Sound These are, to my ears on par with, or within striking distance of the IE80. The sound is decently fun, and detailed. These and the IE80s kind of pump sound into your head, giving you more of the feel that your head is the microphone than any ear or headphones I've listened to. Though, admittedly that is a small sample size. However, in the Virtual Barber Shop, when Luigi taps the binaural mic, it reverberates like he actually tapped my skull. Have driven these from a few different sources and they sound about as good as I can expect them to sound from a Shanling M0. Soundstage feels wide enough and imaging is alright. Of course, tips make a big difference, but with a decent seal, I get enough bass to be happy on the go. Build Oh, the sorrow. Had mine about a year now, maybe more. Periods of both heavy and no usage, so probably 6 months of average usage. They're mostly in the case. I always wind the wire. I started to have problems with frequencies dropping out during listening... Like I'd lose all treble and mids would sound very far away and recessed, but bass was still present. I'm pretty sure it's the cable, but it's obnoxious. Also, like many others, the coating has chipped off near the seams, mostly. All that said, the MMCX connectors on the earphones are still working, and having dropped them a few times, there's no dents or damage aside from the coating. They're basically tanks. Sure, they're heavier than my IE80's by a wide margin, but... Comfort These are some of the most comfortable universal fit IEMs I've ever had in my ears. Compared to the odd shape of the IE80's, these are like a pair of earphones actually designed for a human ear. It may very well just be my ears are pretty average, but damn. I used the foam tips for a while but they got wrekt pretty quick. I'm using the single flange large silicone tips right now, which seal well and have held up spectacularly so far. They stay in my ears well to be honest. The thick cable doesn't help with my glasses though. I usually end up wrapping them inside the wings to keep the wire in place and because it's thick(ish) and braided, it tends to hurt over long periods at work. Efficiency So, this deserves it's own section? Yeah. It does. These IEMs are 50 Ohm Impedence and 96dB sensitivity. Those are some full size headphone numbers. Specifically, those are T50RP Mark III numbers! They're dynamic though and not planars... Dunno how much that matters. But compared to the pretty efficient actual IEMs that are the IE80's, these things are monsters to drive. Though, to be fair, most phones will push them to reasonable volumes, and in my experience, the Shanling M0 was enough to push them to their max potential, as I heard no benefit from an FX Audio DAC-X6 with considerable more power, or SE through the Aune X7s. These ARE still IEMs, but damn if those numbers don't require a little extra power... Overall I think these are still good IEMs for the price. They're comfortable, sound decent, can be driven decently-spectacularly by portable gear. look classy and understated, use the extremely common MMCX connector making replacement cables easy to find, and they come with a variety of ear tips to suit most. Their only real downsides are that the coating isn't very tough, and the stock wire doesn't seem very sturdy. Oh, and the efficiency could be annoying. Either way, I can still recommend them at this price, but with the minor build issues remedied they would easily be in my top 2 for an IEM between $50 and $150.
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I've bought a lot of IEMs (Campfire Lyra 2, iBasso IT03, Sennheiser IE80) and full size headphones (Focal Elex, Sennheiser 700HD and 6XX, Hifiman 400i) over the last few years and the iSine LX is, by a large margin, the worst sounding one that I've heard. I deeply regret not returning it to Audeze in the 30-day window. I got it with the Cipher lightning cable primarily to stream Tidal with an iPad (so I could get decent sound in bed since it's not worth moving my laptop and entire rig)). I don't know if I got a defective set or cable, I don't like the cable's built-in DSP, or whatever but it's awful: muddy vocals, distortion (especially on female vocals, particularly with harmonies, e.g. the Roches are unlistenable with the LX) and almost no bass. I never listen to it; tried to sell it on Head-fi without success.
Marlowe
I haven't noticed that. Bass is decent, and I honestly like the sound. It's not bad as far as I've heard, and that's without the cipher cable. I have the parts to build a custom cable for my LX's anyways, if you'd like, I can send you the normal cable to see if you like it better? Sound is subjective and all, and between all the full size headphones I listen to, I frequently take the LX's to work with me.
Verified Purchaser
Great sound and i have been using these for almost a year on heavy usage (3-5h/day) and only problem is with paint flaking off.
Verified Purchaser
Excellent sound, comfortable.
Verified Purchaser
Fantastic Earphones. I bought a second pair just now because I've been looking for them over the weekend and haven't found them. I need these in my life. I'm not sure what happened to them, as I've looked everywhere. Usually I don't give up so easily, but it would be great to have a second pair anyway.
The sound is perfect. I was using the triple flange for the longest time, till noticed they sounded a bit tin-ey. A bit resonant at the high-end. So I tried the medium foam tips again and was BLOWN AWAY. I love these headphones. My second pair should come within a week and I'm thrilled. Even if I find my old pair, I'll still be glad for the backups. I owned these for over a year, maybe 2 since writing this. They chip the paint easily and give way to a cool metallic chassis underneath. It looked rugged, but I never cared. The only downside was the actual screen that protected the driver opening had buckled inside when I tried to clean it with a Q-tip. Careful on applying pressure to the screen there.
Verified Purchaser
Main issue with these is the paint flaking. Otherwise, I love them.
If it had better fit and finish (left and ride side seem to have variations the main housing seam) and the paint didn't chip, I would give it 5 stars.
The included cable is garbage but the standard, no mic one from MEE seems to last a decent amount of time.
Verified Purchaser
One of the best IEMs I ever heard, I bought two on Massdrop, just in case:). Sounds great with Hidizs AP200, Shanling M0, etc.
Verified Purchaser
1. no bass for $100+. 2. paint comes off in a couple of weeks. 3. 1 side stops working in less than a month.
  1. You can use foam tips for massively improved bass, but you won't get a basshead experience from IEMs like these.
  2. The paint flaking is really annoying and definitely should be remedied, but what have you put them through to have it flake off within a couple weeks? It can't be the intended use case...
  3. I haven't heard of this happening with this pair of IEMs and I again have to ask what you were doing with them... Regardless, if it was a QA problem I'm sure they will replace it for you.
Verified Purchaser
These IEMs sound awesome. Using them with an LG G6 (built-in amp), they have great detail in every aspect, a good soundstage and depth, and are very clear with separation of instruments. They don't have so much treble that there's sibilance. They don't have loud, fatiguing bass. They don't have a bump in the mids that veils everything else. They sound well balanced and detailed, exactly what I look for in IEMs.
MAIN ISSUE: DURABILITY The huge issue with them is the durability of the cable, or perhaps just the jack on the cable. I had to contact Massdrop for a replacement after TWO WEEKS of using these, because any time the jack moved around the audio cut out in the left ear, until the audio was just gone completely. Now, I don't know how "badly" I treat my IEMs, but they are portable, so all I do is plug them into my phone, put my phone in my pocket, and walk around places. Or, I'm just using them at home sitting still. I only wrap them to put them in their case.
Yet, after another 4.5 months or so, the audio on one side started going out again. I feel like they should have more durability than that for their price and how well-constructed they look. I'm pretty sure it's just an issue around the jack, but still, why is it so hard for every company that makes IEMs to get that right. I haven't had a pair of IEMs last longer than 6 months, with the exception of some Soundmagic E10's I had years ago.
But if you're willing to pay $30-$100 for a replacement MMCX cable every 4 months or so, I'd try these out. I'm about to buy another cable for them just because they sound so good.
Verified Purchaser
Sound good, driven ok off my my iPhone via lightning adapter. Coating on both earbuds has flaked off on all of the edges though.
Verified Purchaser
I just got mine and I liked them. Mids and highs are good, but I wish there were more bass; It's definitely there but even after trying the foam tips I still felt a little let down. (Using Hiby R3 and Hidiz AP200)
Verified Purchaser
Great sound! It has great clarity and detail, especially in the bass. These are a bit hard to drive, though, which is the reason I took off one star. How many IEM'S need an amp? My Moto Z2 Force (and most likely every smartphone) doesn't have enough power to delivery that amazing bass I just mentioned.
These require a considerable amount of power to drive for an IEM. The miniscule FIIO A1 isn't powerful enough for the full experience, according to both calculators and my subjective personal experience. After trying the FIIO A1, I've swapped it for the slightly larger, but still very tiny, SMSL Sap-7 with great success. The PX and Sap-7 sound amazing together.
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