MEElectronics SX31 / SX31P Review

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Reviewed Nov 2009

Details: Entry-level Meelec IEM
Current Price: $13 from Amazon.com (MSRP: $14.99)
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Imp: 16 Ω | Sens: 96 dB | Freq: 20-20k Hz | Cable: 4’ I-plug
Nozzle Size: 5.5mm | Preferred tips: Stock single-flanges
Wear Style: Straight down or over-the-ear

Accessories (1/5) – Silicone single-flange tips (3 sizes)
Build Quality (2/5) – Cheap-feeling all-plastic build; thin rubbery cable with hard plastic strain reliefs on housing entry and heatshrink over 3.5mm plug
Isolation (2/5) – Average
Microphonics (3/5) – Pretty good when worn over-the-ear; just passable otherwise
Comfort (3/5) – Hard to wear over-the-ear; plastic housings are lightweight but large and have long stems

Sound (3.2/10) – Competent all-rounder, with nothing shining or missing. The bass and mids are present in roughly equal quantities, with the treble slightly recessed and rolled-off. Extension is mediocre on both ends but the bass is controlled and the top end isn’t harsh. An improvement over most stock buds.

Value: (5.5/10) – The SX-31 is a competitive entry-level in-ear from MEElectronics. Though not shining in any particular aspect, the earphones are better than most stock earbuds, at least in sound quality. Construction could be better, but of course a higher price would be justified then.

Pros: Cheap, competent all-around sound
Cons: Feels cheap, large housings


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Living in the fast-paced city of Los Angeles, ljokerl has been using portable audio gear to deal with lengthy commutes for the better part of a decade. He spends much of his time listening to music and occasionally writes portable audio reviews across several enthusiast sites, focusing mostly on in-ear earphones.

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