Mee Audio is not a brand many people will have heard of, but this headphone and headphone manufacturer has been around for a while. A quick look at the company’s website also shows us that the company’s products are available worldwide. We last reviewed something from Mee Audio – the wireless M9B earphones – in 2016 and haven’t heard much from this brand since then. Until now.
The company is back in India with a new distributor and three of its affordable products are already available. Today we’re reviewing one of them: the real Mee Audio X10 wireless headphones. Priced at Rs. 4,999, this is the company’s first real wireless headphones, and the set looks great at first glance. We’re reviewing these new Mee Audio headphones to see if they’re worth the price.
Design and specifications of Mee Audio X10
Most affordable real wireless earbuds stick to the basics of design, but not the Mee Audio X10. The headphones look like something from a science fiction film. The earphones have clear plastic outer shells, each with two LEDs that light up and make them look like two creatures staring at you. The top of each earphone is opaque, with a Mee Audio logo that doubles as a button on each.
Interestingly, the clear areas appear shiny black when the lights are not lit. The earphones are larger than the competition options in the budget segment, but sit comfortably in our ears and have a secure fit. Passive noise isolation was not ideal, but not bad for us either.
The headphones are available in two colors – black and blue. While we had the black headset for review, we feel that the blue ones look a little better. The buttons on the headphones control the playback, volume and voice assistant of your paired smartphone. Press once on both sides to play or pause music and answer or disconnect calls. The volume is adjusted by pressing twice. Press three times to skip to the previous or next track. A long press activates the standard voice assistant on your smartphone. The Mee Audio X10 is IPX5 certified for water resistance and is therefore suitable for basic fitness use.
The charging case of the Mee Audio X10 is neither too big nor too small and conveys the basics. It has a magnetic cover, four indicator lights that indicate the battery level of the case, and a USB Type-C port for charging on the right side. It is pluggable and does the job. Thanks to the rubber padding and a magnetic clamping mechanism, the headphones stay securely in place when not in use.
The Mee Audio X10 uses Bluetooth 5 for connectivity and supports the Bluetooth codecs SBC and AAC. Power is supplied via 5 mm HD microdynamic drivers and the headphones have a frequency range from 20 to 20,000 Hz. The sales package contains a short USB cable of type C for charging and three pairs of silicone earplugs.
During our time with this headset, the Mee Audio X10 ran for about four hours on a single charge, with the case offering four additional charges for a total of 20 hours of use per charge cycle. This is in line with what we’ve seen with competing options in this segment.
Mee Audio X10 performance
When we started with the Mee Audio X10, we found the sound a bit boring and not exciting. A good burn-in and a little time with the headphones made the sound grow a bit. While not quite as exciting and powered as the 1More Stylish True Wireless earbuds – our currently most popular affordable True Wireless headset – the Mee Audio X10 offers a lot of detail and character in the music we heard.
We used a OnePlus 7T Pro (Review) as the source device for the Mee Audio X10, with Spotify, YouTube Music and our collection of high-resolution audio tracks serving as music sources. We used the AAC codec for much of our listening, but occasionally switched to SBC to compare the difference in sound quality.
We started with Italian retro electro pop and heard Okay Okay from Pino D’Angio. We were impressed with the level of detail of the Mee Audio X10, with weak elements of this upbeat dance piece that are even audible through the synthesizer elements in the foreground. The sound stage was impressive and spacious for a pair of headphones at a price below Rs. 5,000. Nevertheless, we found the acoustic signature a bit boring and confused.
When listening to Feed Me’s Crazy Maybe, the Mee Audio X10 headphones lacked the typical aggression and raw bass attack that we expected. There’s definitely a hit in the low end, but it didn’t feel as calculated or powerful as we’ve heard from other headphones in this segment. Instead, the X10 is strong in the middle and upper range and offers a sound that feels more refined but definitely doesn’t offer the advantage that most users are looking for in this price segment.
Although the sound is very good for the price, we felt that the AAC Bluetooth codec held back the excellent drivers of the Mee Audio X10. The weak details were clear and present, but not quite as clear or as clear as the 1More Stylish True Wireless headphones. We enjoyed the level of detail and we definitely enjoyed our experience with the headphones, but the acoustic signature didn’t quite exceed the distance.
For calls, the Mee Audio X10 offers a sufficiently acceptable experience in relatively quiet environments, although background noise tends to be recorded a little more aggressively than some of the more expensive options in this segment.
The budget for real wireless spaces in India is so large and crowded that it is sometimes difficult for individual options to really stand out. The Mee Audio X10 is characterized by a unique appearance, attention to detail in the sound and a good battery life. However, it is anything but ideal, even for the price, with an acoustic signature that lacks excitement and drive.
We enjoyed our experience with the Mee Audio X10, and it’s definitely worth taking a look if you have a tight budget of Rs. 5,000 – nothing more and nothing less. If you can exceed this spending limit a bit, the 1More Stylish True Wireless Earphones are a better option, and if you want to save something, the JVC HA-A10T offers practically the same sound quality for Rs. 1,000 less.
Price: Rs. 4,999
- Unique, modern design
- Detailed sound
- Decent battery life
- IPX5 water resistance
- Unexciting acoustic signature
- Passive noise isolation is not ideal
Reviews (of 5)
- Design / comfort: 4
- Audio quality: 3.5
- Battery life: 4
- Price-performance ratio: 3.5
- Overall: 3.5