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Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX IEMs

Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX IEMs

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Hey Everyone,
Thanks for your interest in the Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX! This has been an exciting project to work on with the folks at MEE. With many of our partners, we have to spend a great deal of time explaining the audiophile community. First that it exists, second what it cares about (general terms), and third what specifically our audiophile community wants out of a product (as determined from activity on Massdrop and direct input from select community members). With MEE, they understood all of that right off the bat. Mike Jones and his team were excellent to work with, and the product is better for it.
The Pinnacle PX is based on the Pinnacle P1 (http://bit.ly/2tzs0St).
What is the same?
The sound signature is the same as the P1. All the discussions around the P1's sound on Massdrop are very positive so no changes needed there.
The shape of the earpieces. You can wear these up over the ear or straight down, just like the original P1.
The material of the earpieces. The earpieces are still a Zinc alloy, no changes there.
What's different?
The finish on the ear pieces. The earpieces of the PX are finished in a cerakote pvd coating. This is a robust coating that is scratch-resistant (we understand these won't always be in the case).
The cables are much more robust. The cable itself is a higher gauge, but the connectors have also been reinforced internally and externally for a longer life and sweat resistance (these will do great at the gym).
The price, these are $113.99 shipped to your door in the united states with affordable shipping to all our international destinations.
Thanks for your interest! I'll be offline most of the holiday weekend but I'll do my best to get back to you in a timely fashion : )
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Will
I bought my PX last October, but it seems today right after 4 months of verycareful and casual use, my cable stopped functioning properly, it cuts from the jack every time the cable moves a bit. What should be the procedure to claim warranty as I contacted Massdrop but have not got any replies yet. Thank you.
Will
Why can not you ship to Japan? If possible we would like shipping to Japan also correspond!!!
My UK people, I am selling my pair of these IEMs, customs already paid and I have the original box and stuff, been used for a month or two but in perfect condition. I have a full listing to look at. Message me on +447415097073 if you are interested.
These are very good sounding iems for the price, however they need a good source! Using my external sound card as an amp (phone headphone out into pc mic in, mic set to 'listen'), the bass became present and the sound became less congested. Straight out of my s7 without an amp, they sounded anemic in the bass and the mid/highs sounded a bit muddy (relatively of course). I will be purchasing a fiio x1ii for on the go listening.
Sorry to be a pain by asking another "how do they compare with" question, but does anyone out there own the PX as well as the Fiio F9 Pro? Some reviews I've seen that do a comparison between the F9 Pro and the Pinnacle P1 state that the sound is pretty similar, despite the F9's lower price - but is this really the case? I'm hoping someone can offer their opinion as I'm tempted to buy the PX but don't want something that sounds too similar to the F9 Pro, as I already have those...
First pair of IEMs arrived defective. Sound was imbalanced. Massdrop did not hesitate to send a replacement after I informed them of the issue. Lo and behold when the replacements came, they too suffered from imbalance sound. I managed to balance the sound by pairing the perfect drivers from each shipment with one another. Now, with both sides working perfectly, they sound absolutely beautiful. In my opinion, something needs to be done about QC. Getting two defective pairs of any product in a row signals to consumers that QC standards are subpar.
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After about a month of use, I'm sure it had to do with the IEMs. The current pair that I'm using sounds just as good as before. The first pair that I received had a massive sound imbalance to it. The left side was clear and sharp, bass was slightly lack luster but it was there. The right side was wonky, bass was completely flat. Imagine watching a YouTube video with one side of your headphones being louder and clearer than the other side. Even now when I pair the two defective ones together, they sound completely distant as if the music is playing from a mile away compared to my shures and my working set. In conclusion I think these IEMs are actually really solid, they are pretty comfortable both physically and in Audio. However, as you said, I can see why some people may not dig these IEMs.
Acid.potato
That's fair! I'll get a pair soon so I'll see how they are and if mine have any issues.
Anyone know where to get replacement filters for the PX?
Durable coating? Looking at the reviews, the marketing doth protest too much methinks.
The_Jniac
After some time it kind of looks like there are tiny bubbles of air under the coating, you try to scratch it with your nail and you realize that at that place the coating was no longer attached to the housing, it was just, like, hanging there, but it comes off easily like some kind of plastic film. However, at other places, where it is still attached, it holds good. For now.
iatsbohdan
Mine are certainly showing that paint peeling issue. They are good IEMs otherwise, but the paint issue is rather strange.
I received my Pinnacle PX via a Mee Audio Blue Box. Since I can't write up my review in the review section of this drop I posted it at the following link. http://mindhead1.postach.io/post/massdrop-mee-audio-pinnacle-px-review
TL/DR: I like and recommend them.
mindhead1
Just read your review on the PX, very good write up. I passed on this purchase as I was waiting for the MEE X planar / moving coil iEM. When I received I shall do a quick review on them. Well done on your PX purchase.
does this work from an iPhone 5s ?
if if you need an amp , what would be suitable?
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Yes. I really like the PX. I've been listening to them all weekend. I'm surprised how much I like them.
My iPad Pro drives them well enough for listening when working. Pixel 2 with dongle doesn't get enough volume.
They are comfortable and provide good passive noise isolation.
I have a portable amp I can use them with at the office or when I'm not moving around to much. I'm probably going to pickup the Bluetooth cable and see how that works for use with the Pixel 2.
mindhead1
Thanks again
Really great IEMs, sound is clear and the low end is well balanced.
Although I am having an issue with my cable. There seems to be a connection problem at the 3.5mm jack. Now to have full sound I have to hold a slight pressure to the side on the 3.5mm jack. I have tested it with my G6, IPhone SE, desktop and laptop just to be sure that the problem wasn't on the devices side. Hopefully I can get a replacement cable under the warranty quickly.
Still a great product!
Has the QC on these improved at all? Or the durability of the coating?
abdulshakoor
Well, mine are still in excellent shape.. But they are not my daily headset. My only issue is the connection in the 3.5 jack, so the fault is in the cable.. Not a big problem since you can just change it
How they compare with the EDC3?
hey guys, how does this one compare to the NuForce HEM-2, I´m curious.
The Pinnacle P1 (which the PX is "based" on) is $129 (was $149 few days ago) with free shipping on https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A60I4P6
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Wow, thanks guys. Almost got these until I read the comments here. Think I'll try my luck with the NU Force EDC's they have now for $99. They seem to be better built and the reviews are great for one's at their price. BTW, anyone here have those???
YaBoyRob
This is probably better than the EDC, the p1 used to cost about 160 usd.
From my experience with these, they are fragile but produce a very good quality sound. They initially sound soft but get better with time. For an iPhone, an Amp is essential as the output volume would be insufficient. Android phones should be able to drive these but getting an amp would unlock their potential.
I don't understand, will these work with my iPhone 7 using the lightning cable or not? Will it have full functionality including mic when using the lightning to 3.5mm dongle?
itszakdada
I need to have it up to around 70-80% volume for music to sound good on my iPhone 7 with the dongle. Meaning , I couldn’t really play music very quietly without a reduction in sound quality. Also iirc the mic worked fine with the dongle (I use other cable mostly).
itszakdada
Well, I'm pretty sure apple thought about it. See their old standard IEM work with the adaptor.
I've had them a week. The outer coating has already started to chip, unfortunately. They've been in pockets a bit but not much more. They don't seem to put out very much volume, either. The double flange tips have helped a little.
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Ovreel
What is ur package weight.is they come in with cardboard box?
Just got mine. I agree amp is needed.
What are the dimensions and weight of the packaging, I need the information for a forwarder as Massdrop does not ship this drop to Hong Kong. @Will Thank you
The Pinnacle P1 (which the PX is "based" on) is $149 with free shipping on https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A60I4P6
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kokkat
I don't like how the P1 cable shows up oxidation but that's a good price.
Hey guys I was wondering do you think the Aune X1S would pair well with these?
Jeff-D
So after using it the answer is it has a lot of power and would be nice of they added a gain switch. On the other hand the dac sounds really nice.
Jeff-D
The PX sound really good with the X1S. The added power over what is put out by my iPad Pro and Pixel 2 makes the PX shine.
No optional cable this time? Included cable is just a trash. I threw it away after first try and bought a good one. It should be cheaper sold without the cable or at least to give an option of good cable.
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tacit57
I have no issues with this cable, and it's better you have the choice to buy a better cable that you yourself prefer.
gemmoglock
I am glad you did not, however my son in law had the same problem as I did and needed to order a different cable. My problem is also that I hate waste, to buy something just to throw it away is almost unbearable.
Hi, What are the Custom Charges for Shipping to India.
hardik
Massdrop doesn't calculate Customs Charges for you, as far as I know. You'll need to look up your local import laws. If I'm wrong, I look forward to Massdrop correcting me. If you check on Facebook, the folks in the Indian Audiophile Forum should be able to help. They have done lots of Massdrop buys. It sounded to me like customs was inconsistent in India.
I've been using the comply tips for 2 weeks and I just switched to the double flange. It sounds so much better. The comply were killing the subtleties of the sounds I was hearing. I feel like there's been a very noticible difference in sound quality. The highs and mids just got brought back to life. Even the bass sounds better!
I think because these are heavy the foam was being bent a little and killing the sound or maybe I was using the wrong size of the comply tips. Regardless these double flange tips made a big difference. What's everyones thoughts on this?
TLDR: try different tips they really make a difference.
Jeff-D
Double flange tips work best for me.as well. Best seal and comfort for my ears.
One of the headphone is defective after six months of use. Doesn't produce sound like the other side at all, even after swapping cables and adapter to the other side. Is anyone else having this issue?
BIGGUY4x4
I've been having this issue as well, changed to other cables still the same.
Contacted Massdrop but have yet to get a reply from them
Jumping in to say I've used the PX for many months now and have been quite happy with the sound. They do great when with a powerful source (V20, DAPs). While analytical I haven't found them too harsh with lower-quality recordings. Still OK out of my laptop jack but I have to turn up the volume a bit (OI is a non-issue due to high impedance/single DD architecture).
Funnily for a DD the bass extension is not the best out there (still great and not 'missing' things, way more than BAs), with the air and realism of things like a kick drum hard for most BAs to match unless you are moving much higher up the price range. If you look at the FR the mids have slightly different emphasis so while some find it unnatural I still find it ok, but noted that violins can sound a little thin from the Mee. There is just a slight sibilant/metallic edge to certain instruments but I have been pleased with the tonality. Soundstage is great for this IEM and now that I've gotten used to it, gives me problems when comparing with other IEMs with narrower staging. PRAT is also great, the PX does not shy away from pieces with more fine details and doesn't come up short against BAs. Definitely a fun DD to keep.
Also, PRAT is really class leading and you will be hard pressed to find IEMs in this range with the amount of resolving detail that really is right there with BAs, This is the main reason why it's difficult for me to find a decent upgrade to the PX.
Build quality isn't too bad, my only gripe is the finish which doesn't bond well with the metal. Got rid of almost all of it so it doesn't look patchy. I had an intermittent connection near the L-plug but Massdrop was quick to send a new cable. Other than that initial fluke I actually am pretty impressed with the sturdiness and feel of the MMCX cable, and may use them on other IEMs if needed.
Great product and amazing value for the PX compared to P1 prices for virtually the same product. Disclaimer - I subscribe to the notion that cables rarely make a difference unless it changes resistance significantly and the earphone specs suggest sensitivity to that change - e.g. very conductive cables for very low impedance multi-BAs. The P1 cable may look nice but I think forgoing that cable for a much better price is worth it.
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I can't remember. It's not bulky and way smaller than the P1 packaging. Definitely under 500g, but shipping is paid already when you join the drop.
gemmoglock
No they come in cardboard box
I'm looking for a good set of IEMs for primarily stage performance (bassist / vocals) rather than stationary listening. Would these be a good choice for true IEM (in ear monitor; I wish people would stop using that term for headphones) use? I'm obviously not going to be running a DAC for onstage use. I have a high end wireless IEM system, but want to replace the actual IEMs.
For anyone ordering from the UK and want to know what the custom charges are, it's roughly £21.41 ($29.96). £8.00 of which is a Royal Mail handling charge. It makes the total price I paid around $147.55. (Converted: £86.05 + £21.41 = £107.46)
Double flange tip or single sounds better?
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Well I mean its different for everyone but I like the sound from the double better I think I get a better seal.
Jeff-D
Yea I get what you mean. Love the Comply too, just a hassle getting in & out especially when I’m travelling with a compani most of the time. Good hearing that double flange is good since I love those tips. Waiting to get my iems soon, can’t wait!
Will it work with Fiio K1 or need a bigger amp to work?
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I listen on-the-go with my iFi iDSD BL and they definitely have more punch and sound bigger. The level of micro-detail retrieval is also higher than just listening out of my phone which really softens and congests everything. Same goes when I listen out of the CTH and use the iFi as my DAC. The PX really do like the extra power and when amped really start punching above their price range. They are always pretty bass-light but what is there is tight and they have good detail retrieval and a pretty big soundstage for being a DD. That's just been my overall experience on amped vs. not amped.
I just did some back and forth comparisons with 3 DAPs (Aune M1S, Shanling M2S, and Audio Opus Opus #3) and my phone (Asus Zenfone 3). The DAPs all had similar effects versus the phone: they widened the sound stage, increased separation, and improved bass accuracy. The difference was not as big as I remembered. Goes to show that you should re-examine your own beliefs regularly. Looking at reviews of the One Plus 5T, it appears that it doesn't get great ratings for audio quality, so if that is the source that is going into your SMSL sapII, then the source may be the bottleneck. I got pretty impressive sound out of my Asus Zenfone 3, but as usual with Android volume control, the sound is either a little too loud or a little too soft with loss of resolution due to the poorly calibrated digital volume control. I recommend getting DAPs over phones if for nothing else than to give a better volume control. On the Zenfone 3, the PX sounded best at 1 click below max. The DAPs all had more headroom and more precise control. Track was Macy Gray - I Try off Stripped (binaural, 24-96).