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Massdrop x MEE audio Planamic In-Ear Monitors

Massdrop x MEE audio Planamic In-Ear Monitors

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Hi everyone, We’re glad to announce that shipping is beginning for the Planamic IEMs and, if you haven’t already, you should be receiving tracking information within the next few days. We’re looking forward to you receiving your IEMs soon!
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JaleesaG
My package just shipped! Hype!
JaleesaG
Excited to get a 2nd run soon :)
Got them today. The finish is so beautiful and glossy. Looks premium. Kudos. No marking as to what is Left and Right. Or did I miss it? The default silicon ear tip wasn't a good fit. So changed to the smallest comply foam tip. The seal is not full. So the bass is totally absent. I've to try other tips. I normally listen at 50 on Sony WM1A. I had to raise it to 75 for this planar dude. Planar seems to be demanding more power.
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RM44
Yes. You missed it. :) It's on the cable at the connector inside face. However, on the IEMs the fit is kinda one way, so not to worry too much as far as they are NOT labeled. I love mine, thus far. Put up a review and EVERYTHING! You should join in posting up a review.
RM44
As others stated, on the cable. Though my left housing has a small indent on the inner-side top where the concha would contact. Not sure if this is deliberate or a manufacturing defect.
Received these today. Initial impressions (0 hour, 0 burn in) find very deep visceral bass that offers a strong and defined impact that is surprisingly quick and punchy. The texturing offered is very strong, albeit on the slower side sometimes offering a slight tinge of muddiness. The midrange is surprisingly clear and quite detailed. The midrange is upper-vocal-focused giving off strong clarity, this holds for instrumentals as well. Detailing overall is strong; it's not overbearing but has good attack. The treble is going to be the area where there is least focus. The treble is very soft and kind of opposite of what the midrange offers. There is plenty of detail and it does extend quite far up top. But the quantity just seems to take a back seat compared to the mids and lows. I was pleasantly surprised by the sound signature. I will have to compare them to the HiFiMan RE-1000 which I have as they should have a very similar signature, but given in a slightly different manner. Edit 1 ___ Regarding the design, I chose the blue color, and the color is a very deep midnight blue. It's almost black. The pictures made them out to be a little brighter, but they are indeed a dark midnight blue. ___ Edit 2 ___ The Advanced Audio Worx Capri cable (Lightning) works well with these. The Capri cable is known for having a bit of a high noise floor. The noise floor is still audible with the Planamic IEMs, but it's much lower than any other headphone I've tested with the cable (Massdrop X, HiFiMan RE-1000, etc.). The Capri cable doesn't change the sound of the Planamic that much compared to the Apple Lightning to 3.5mm adapter.
Edit: After more ear time, that 4 kHz peak and sharp roll-off is killing my enjoyment of these. Also, the bass isn't as visceral (to my ears) as some others are experiencing but it is quite competent. Well, just got mine in and first impressions are positive straight from my phone. In short, they sound musical and "fun." Bass is right up-front and pleasant. A bit boomy and lacking in physical impact but adds enough thickness to the mix to not make things sound lean. Vocals sound forward. I've noticed every now and then I have to knock the volume down a notch or two as the vocals just jump out ahead of everything. They don't sound bad but man can they get too intense fast. Treble sounds average with a sparkle and some tizz every now and then to remind you it's there. Otherwise, it's somewhat lackluster. Best way to put it is the treble sounds "good enough." So far, resolution isn't the best. Mediocre at best. These also do not sound huge or tall or exhibit a lot of depth. Or rather, it isn't anything amazing that will blow your mind or call attention to it. Again, perfectly acceptable and natural sounding. Comfort is excellent. I haven't used the stock cable but it looks nice and I'm sure it sounds fine. I immediately swapped right to the balanced 2-pin kit MD sells. The shells do not look blue unless in direct sunlight. Otherwise they look black with maybe a tint of blue. Not a big deal but I was a bit bummed by that. The fit is simply amazing. Stems are like the PX/P1/P2 and seems to be a bit longer (I'll have to measure this later) and they're lightweight like the P2 (which is a plastic shell). I prefer the double flange tips and only use those. What I do find odd are the tips that are missing: triple flange and small double flange. I own these from other MEE sets but thought it was worth mentioning. I'll have to give them a listen balanced out of the THX 789 and compare them to the PX and P2 when I give my actual review.
Question about foam tips: am I going to wear out the canal/tubing if I'm swapping the foam tips w/ the silicone ones daily? (i.e. Use foam for isolation on commute; use silicone in office for easier on/off throughout the day). I ask because these particular Comply tips were more difficult than usual to roll onto the earphones. (Ended up squishing the hell out of the foam in the process -- which is fine, because of course it returns to form -- I'm more worried that I might bend/warp the little tube in the middle of the foam tips with frequent on/off).
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You might prefer the Dekoni Bulletz foam tips, then. I just tried them for a few months and they're not bad, but they are definitely fast-rebound foam whereas Comply are slow-rebound. I prefer the slow rebound as I feel it gives me a better seal, but to each their own. So far these silicone tips are just fine, comfort wise, after a couple hours of use... We'll see how the day goes. Sometimes they get itchy after a while.
curleyfrei
i think even the largest ones included are still quite small. They seem more like medium than large
just got mine today: initial thoughts...... I ordered the blue and if this is blue it's barely blue. they look black to me, but I also had the he4xx's that were also barely blue, so it makes sense. fitting the 2 pin cables into the iem's was not as easy as I expected. kinda tricky lining them up and I was afraid if I didn't have them perfect the pins might break. once attached they seem plenty secure though. I HATE the eartip choices. I must have giant ear canals bc I always have to use the biggest ones. the largest foam tips included are the ONLY ones that are useable for me...and it's only one pair, so I guess I gotta order more tips. Early listening is just great though! Very articulate and fast! And, maybe it's just me, but I don't find these to be dark sounding at all. They sound extremely well balanced to me with nothing overemphasized. I have the Mee Pinnacle 2's also and these are miles better sounding across the whole frequency range.
These have such an uneven sound to them. It's like someone is shouting directly into my ears.
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My first brief listen while burning the in. The voices have stop the shouting and have smoothed over significantly! Now the treble is extremely sibilant. I will give it more time to see how it settles in; in a few hours!
Idontevenknowdude
Three hours later, the sibilance has reduced. Even being played at the highest volume, wayyy less tooth shattering treble! The iem in total still sounds a bit muddy, however, it sounds thirty percent better than its first impression.
Just got mine yesterday! I must live really close to Massdrop or something because I got an email yesterday morning that it had shipped, and by noon I had it at my door. Then got the email today that it had been delivered, lol... (Same thing happened with a few other MD items). Anyway, I've only listened a couple hours yet but so far these are BEAUTIFUL!!!
curleyfrei
can you give us more of a description of how they sound? Maybe compared to whatever else you have?
JWolters
In due time, yes. Only listened very briefly but so far they are just so well-rounded, wide soundstage, warm & balanced but so clear... AND THAT BAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSS... It's so well done. Cannot wait to listen to a ton more music. (I like a lot of genres...)
Just got the RAW FR Graph from Jude and also the THD. Very low THD. :)
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Glad I waited to see the charts before committing. While I prefer a bass-biased sound signature, these charts look scary from a fidelity perspective.
rdodev
they do look scary. But comparing to my RE-1000, which is a signature I do enjoy, I know it can be done properly.
Hi everyone, We noticed a mistake on the page for the first people who purchased. The estimated ship date was 10/5 and should be 11/7. (A month later.) Because of this error and update to the page, we are allowing cancellations. This was my mistake and I am sorry. I do have some good news in this update, however… MEE audio & Comply brand tips are great partners and wanted to add some new perks for first purchasers! Now adding to Q&A with Mike Jones + $10 off your next purchase: -Extra set of Comply brand foam tips: -Cleaning tool (for nozzles/bores). -Cleaning cloth (the earpieces are quite glossy). So total perks now include: 1. Q&A Session with Mike Jones 2. $10 off your next purchase 3. Extra set of Comply brand foam tips: Comply’s Comfort Series Foam Tips are designed with a unique spherical shape to maximize comfort 4. Cleaning tool (for nozzles/bores) 5. Cleaning cloth (the earpieces are quite glossy) I apologize again for the change in estimated ship date and want to thank you for joining the first production of the Massdrop x MEE audio Planamic In-Ear Monitors. You are helping to launch this new driver technology!
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Thank you for the heads up. Have a good Day! :)
CEE_TEE
Will each of these IEMs have visual serial numbers on them?
We’re excited about this drop because of the new driver design. A highly-modified dynamic driver that exhibits a different timbre. Liquid & dynamic, with a weighty sound. We tested at least 8 prototypes over a year to find the right balance of bass, mids, treble, speed, and impact.
MEE audio’s R&D wing was very excited to continue pushing innovation forward after their successful flagship Pinnacle P1 IEM. As mentioned on the drop page, MEE was inspired by Planar Magnetic designs but wanted: small size, closed back, light weight. Their design is innovative, using a single, large, ring magnetic field to drive a very wide/flat/circular voice coil. (Most planar drivers use many bar magnets and magnetic fields.) Here’s a simplified cross-sectional diagram:
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Here’s a photo of a prototype driver diapraghm (with voice coil attached):
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We’ll have some graphs from Jude soon and a few samples out for review. Some Community feedback during development is that the sound emanating from the new design is more reminiscent of Audeze planar magnetic headphones...coherent, warm, impactful, liquid, and rich.
DROP DETAILS -The drop starts tomorrow, August 15. -Choose dark blue or black, they both have a glossy finish and the faceplates are curved. -Shipping is free within the U.S. and reduced for international buyers. -We will be capturing payments at the end of August to get the production started!
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It's Nov 7th. Where is the shipping email with tracking info? It's terrible not to get any updates.
RM44
Hi RM44, The update is almost ready, also sending out the Q&A...thank you for your patience!
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Does this appear on track to ship by the ETA? That is today.
We're less than a week from our shipping date of Nov 7. Are we on track? Some updates please. Thanks!
Are we on schedule for the estimated delivery date?
Idontevenknowdude
Oh I'm so dumb. I've been wondering when we might get a 2nd run on these IEMs but I am just now realizing that the first run hasn't even shipped yet... Let us know what you think!
cwelton17
I most definitely will!
Since only 281 sold i hope they open it back up now that we know they are good.
I’m itching to get my hands on these... I missed the first run.
Edit: It was brought to my attention that a link with no substance isn't the most helpful (my words, not theirs). I agree, lol. Here's an except from the review going over sound quality. If you're interested in build, accessories, and everything else, check out the full review. Long story short, the bass is amazing, mids smooth and clear, and treble rolls off really early. Good for the treble sensitive, but probably way too rolled off for the rest of us. Build is good, Mee's cables are excellent, and comfort is too. Quite like the unique stock tips. Not the same generic single flange things you get with most brands. Seem unique to this earphone, at least in my experience, and imo necessary to properly experience the unique bass. "Sound:
Tips: Bi-flange and foam tips really suck the life out of the Planamic’s already restrained upper regions so beyond a few songs they weren’t used again. You might have a different experience. I found the Planamic best with tips of two types; those that bring the driver as close as possible to your ear drum, or fairly shallow, wide bore tips. The first type refers to the stock single-flange tips. If you want to get the bass I rave about later in this review, those tips are key. Sony has a similar tip they include with the AS800AP, but the flange was so long it interfered with my ability to get a consistent seal. If you’re willing to give up some bass and balance out the sound without resorting to EQ, wide bores tips will be key. I tried with those from JVC, TFZ, and Ultimate Ears. JVC and TFZ tips reduced bass quantity and increase upper treble. You lose some of the visceral feedback of the low end to gain energy in the upper regions. Not worth the trade off for me as the visceral bass is why this thing kicks @$$. The UE tips pulled the driver too far from the ear missing out on the point of that style of tip so stay away from these. The below impressions were made with the stock, medium single flange tips. My qualms with the mid and upper-treble are lessened with the aforementioned wide bore tips. After pulling the Planamic out of the plastic bag it was shipped in and checking out the nice accessory kit, I plugged it into Radsone’s ES100 which was pulling USB DAC duty on my Asus FX53V laptop. What track did I want to listen to first? Hmm. I knew just the one; “Look At That Butt (feat. Jarina De Marco)” by Dillon Francis. I've really been feeling the strong Latin influences of his current work, and the music video for this track is especially ridiculous. So yeah, “Look At That butt” would be perfect. And it was. At 15 seconds when the first hit of bass kicked in, I jumped because I was not expecting the physical response the Planamic provided. That moment immediately solidified this earphone as something special. The Planamic’s low end provides what to me is the most visceral low end experience I’ve felt from an in-ear. The way notes linger and rumble and the sensation they provide is akin to a full-sized stereo, limited to your ears and not the entire body of course. Haywyre’s “Sculpted” provides an outstanding example of this the moment the low end drops at 23 seconds. I found texturing to be quite good with notes showing depth and feeling. Impact is solid too giving the Planamic’s low end lots of authority beyond it simply being the most emphasized aspect of it’s sound. Speed of the Planamic’s driver is far from sluggish or clumsy, easily keeping up with balanced armatures in presenting the insanity of Havok’s sophomore thrash metal release, “Time Is Up.” Just to really drive it home, where the Planamic truly specializes is in the feeling of bass, something the vast majority of earphones fall flat on. I have a couple planars in the ADVANCED Alpha and HiFiMan Susvara. When wearing the Susvara, if you lift it off your ears just enough to break seal with your head, sub-bass goes through the roof and you feel waves of bass slapping the sides of your head. While not quite as exaggerated through the Planamic, that the gist of how I experience the bass on this thing. It’s unique and awesome in the proper sense of the word. The mid-range is pretty nice too. That rise from 1K to 4K does a stellar job of pulling vocals and instruments through the bass and with giving the frequency entire range solid clarity. The Planamic didn’t rip my face off with wicked detailing, but it wasn’t muddied or slurred either. There are times where the Planamic’s frequency balance doesn’t help such as on Scroobius Pip’s “The Struggle”. Everything on this track comes across more mellow than it should. Pip’s vocals should pop more. The background vocals are too smooth. The guitar work sounds great and the drumming carries the beat well, but in general it all sounds a little off. On the other, Skrillex’s “Devil’s Den” has effects and synthesized vocals that sit right where the Planamic plays best and as such the pairing of the two is outstanding. If you like Dubstep. In Massdrop’s marketing material, they say that the hybrid planar/dynamic driver gives music a unique timbre. I don’t really know what that’s supposed to mean, but you would think aiming for accurate timbre would be desired. Soooo, to see just how unique the timbre was I pulled out the Master of Timbre itself, JVC’s HA-FXT90. How was the Planamic? Well, a little warmer and thicker but instruments sounded more or less as they should. I certainly found the Planamic’s timbre more accurate than a lot of hybrids which are often lighter and brighter than is ideal. Treble is where I find the Planamic struggling most. Take for example Evil Nine’s “Golden Throne”. In the opening moments there is a high pitched synth line that through the Planamic is barely audible. Run the same track though most other earphones and while still subtle, there’s a good chance you’ll notice it significantly more. The way this earphone is tuned means that some aspects of the track are downplayed significantly more than they should be. In some cases this leads to a neat effect and gives the track a ton of depth to the sound stage where on other earphones it’s much more flat. Those striving for raw accuracy may be infuriated. Flaws in emphasis aside, the quality of the treble itself is actually quite good. It’s well controlled with zero distortion I could detect and is not even remotely fatiguing. You can absolutely crank the volume with this thing and pending the low end doesn’t tire you out, can listen for hours on end. Heck, it even cures The Crystal Method’s “Grace ft. LeAnn Rimes” of it’s painfully shrill and sibilant vocals and sound effects. I found the sound stage on the Planamic to be quite open and spacious, an achievement made more impressive by the lack of treble energy which often exaggerates this area. It comes across deeper than it is wide, but with some quality separation and layering. Again, I refer you to Havok’s works to verify since they can end up a congested mess in the wrong hands. Imaging is smooth and accurate without any dead zones, though the lack of width does make picking out precise instrument locations somewhat of a challenge on especially busy tracks. The Planamic’s bass-forward sound and recessed mid- and upper-treble means this isn’t an earphone that can do everything. When you get a track that plays to it’s strengths it will blow your mind, but other times it lacks energy and falls flat. That inconsistency can be frustrating when it crops up (thankfully not very often in my experience). When it all comes together you’ll have a stupid grin pasted across your face. Plus, that bass presentation is unique and engaging enough by itself to warrant hunting down songs that play it up." My complete thoughts on this earphone; https://thecontraptionist.blog/2018/10/11/massdrop-x-mee-audio-planamic-bring-it/

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I just purchased a Norne Audio Silvergarde cable for mine. After burn in, these should open better, with improved treble response. I. M. H. O.
TheContraptionist
Sent these out on tour to a few guys in the US. Surprised at how much I'm missing them already. Closest thing signature wise is the ADV GT3 Superbass, but it lacks the uniquely visceral presentation of the Planamic. :,(
Is the mid a little bit backward like V-shape or something?
The second drop has to happen soon. This is from B9Scrambler at Head-fi:
These have some seriously punchy bass. Jeepers.
Any impressions from the review copies as of yet?
Any update or review?
When would this drop be active again? I was about to join last night but forgot....
hohsis
Use the "set reminder" feature on the drop page. They'll email you a few days before.
Will the price go up the next time this drops?
That's an interesting technology you've got there. Would be a shame if it sounded like boomy ass noises. Those graphs certainly make it look like it sounds like boomy ass noises.
fylihy
How? Unless we're looking at different graphs, these will be pretty far from "boomy." If you want to know what boomy sounds like, look at the FR for the Nuforce EDC. Now, those are boomy (and sound like it, too).
jaydunndiddit
I think s/he just wanted to say "boomy ass noises."
If only we had a 10Khz peak upto 95dB here, i'd have joined. <sigh>
Hi @CEE_TEE, able to advise if this is the similar paint coating as the pinnacle PX ? Thanks.
Will the paint on this peel off like the pinnacle PX?
Interested but as the info says payment would be collected at the end of August to fund the production (yes I know it’s September already). So if I join the drop now would no money be taken until the item ships
Eh3mig
MD will charge you when the drop ends. So in around 5 days.
I absolutely love the clarity and detailed sound coming from my planar cans and the bass I hear from dynamic iems. I don't know for sure, but I joined this drop in hope of receiving the detail of planar and a heavier bass that regular planar just don't possess!
Thoughts?