MEE audio Pinnacle P2 Review – K2

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Design –

Those who have experience with the original P1 will find a familiar experience here with the P2, both are easily among the best fitting earphone designs on the market. MEE audio new model utilizes the same shell shape but exchanges the hardy metal shells of the original for a lighter weight plastic construction. As such, the P2 doesn’t feel quite as solid or premium but their housings are well finished, smoothly sculpted and less cumbersome in the ear. They are also a compact earphone, far more so than competing models from TFZ, Kinera and Simgot, achieving almost flawless long-term comfort. In addition, their light weight design combined with their strong seal makes them perfectly stable in the ear, staying put during a 6Km run without requiring adjustment.

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The P2’s also possess a very low profile fit that is perfect to sleep on and noticeably less susceptible to wind noise than more protruding designs. This is complemented by excellent noise isolation, the P2’s have a small vent on the outer face but they attenuate as much noise as most sealed in-ears if not quite as much as models like the Shure SE215. In addition, while the P2’s are most at home with an over-ear fit, they are also designed to be worn inverted or cable down (cable orientation must be swapped). This style of fit is almost as comfortable and will be more familiar to newer iem users though those that intend to use the P2 for activity will still want to wear them over-ear for the added stability.

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The P2 also retains the same removable MMCX cable system as the original but the included cable is, unfortunately, a far cry from the excellent units included with the P1. The cable is quite thick and feels sturdy, but it’s incredibly stiff and uncompliant with a lot of memory and a very grippy texture. The cable does have a smart remote but its excessive thickness makes it difficult to live with. Furthermore, while the connectors were tight and snappy on the earphones themselves, they were quite loose on the cable resulting in some intermittency in the left earpiece. Luckily, the cable is easily replaced since MMXC is so widely adopted and there are plenty of fantastic options available for cheap. I found a good experience with the Ourart upgrade cable, it’s far more compliant than the stock cable, silver plated and retains a mic/remote for smartphone usage. I also didn’t experience any intermittency from my other MCMX cables.

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19 Comments

  1. Juan Luis on

    Hi Ryan,

    Any cheap silver cable could you recommend?

    • Ryan Soo on

      Hi Juan,

      You can give the Ourart Upgrade cable a go, it’s available from Penonaudio for $30 and can be outfit with a remote/mic. It’s a nice cable for the price and very ergonomic, Meeaudio’s own silver plated cable isn’t a bad choice either but costs $20 more.

  2. Amin on

    Dear Mr. Ryan Soo,

    I am new to the world of high end in ear earphones. My first step into this league is with the MEE M6 Pro. As I am on a budget and I want to buy a new pair of earphones, could you kindly suggest me a pair under $100. It would be of great help to me.

    Thanks for all your help.

    • Ryan Soo on

      Hi Amin,

      Are there any features that you are looking for in particular? For example, how much isolation, comfort, type of sound? The P2 is quite a safe choice but it may not be the best one if you prefer more bass.

      Cheers,
      Ryan.

      • A on

        Dear Mr. Ryan Soo,

        Thank you very much for your prompt response to my query. You are the first person online that I am talking to about earphones, so many many thanks for your reply.

        About the features of the earphones, I haven’t really used any good ones except the MEE M6 Pro (this is my first pair of quality earbuds), so I may not be able to look for the right features (ha ha). I listen to a variety of music but mostly rock and heavy metal. I also listen to EDM and some Pop now and then.

        I believe the M6 Pro provides a nice amount of isolation to the degree that I can’t use the Bose SoundSport when I am walking outside (they can’t isolate outside noise much in my opinion). So isolation and comfort for long time listening would be really nice. But I would also like the sound to be clear and lively (i.e. giving me that ‘good’ feeling when I am listening to good music). I guess its very difficult to explain it to someone and given that I’m a novice, I myself not sure what I’m looking for!!! But I believe your experienced ears can help me in this regard.

        Once again, Mr. Ryan, thank you very much for responding to my query.

        Looking forward to your suggestions.
        Amin.

        • Ryan Soo on

          No worries at all!

          Based on your criteria, the P2 is indeed a very good choice. It is very comfortable and well-isolating, it has a quick sound that will work well for the faster genres you listen to. In addition, the P2 has a nicely clear, detailed high-end. You can also look at the Magaosi K3 HD, its slightly more expensive but is more detailed and a little bassier with a nicer metal build. If it is unavailable in your location, the P2 is still a really solid choice, one of my favourites around this price for sure.

          Cheers,
          Ryan.

          • Amin on

            Thanks a lot, Mr. Ryan. I will definitely place an order for the Pinnacle P2 very soon.

            Thanks for all your help and I look forward to asking you again in the future.

            Sincerely,
            Amin

  3. Yannick Khong on

    P2 seems very seductive! How does the p2 compare to the SE215 special edition and oriveti basic? thx! 🙂

    • Ryan Soo on

      The BASIC is just as comfy and isolating with better cable and build. It has more sub-bass emphasis, more recessed midrange and darker tone with less aggressive treble. It is generally smoother throughout but also not quite as clear or detailed.

      I don’t think the Shure is a great choice for pure sound quality in 2017, but it still has a sound that is easy to enjoy. It isolates the most of the bunch and fit is super stable. It is L-shaped like the Basic but much warmer with regards to bass and lower mids. Upper mids are a bit wonky and treble is quite rolled off, it is quite a laid-back earphone compared to the P2.

  4. Xcrailer on

    Hey Ryan!

    How would you compare the Pinnacle P2 to the DUNU DN-2000?

    The dn-2000 have been my favorite IEM to date due to their excellent soundstage, resolution, micro detail and sparkly treble extension as well as sounding very natural with vocals.

    I use to get all my recommendations from Joker but he seems to be occupied with other things these days and I was curious on your take on this.

    I will be driving the headphone I choose with an iPhone 7 so there will be no amps involved.

    • Ryan Soo on

      Hi Xcrailer,

      Thanks for your comment and joker is a great (but busy) guy! I haven’t heard the Dunu DN-2000 for a while, but I do feel that it performed better than the P2 on a technical level. In all honesty, these $100 iems offer really great value, some are surprisingly technical for the price, but a higher-end iem, especially a good one like the Dunu, even if it is older, will still perform better when it comes to detailing, micro-detail end to end extension and resolution. A lot of them also sound a bit unnatural due to uneven midrange and treble tuning, the P2 is no exception though it is one of the more balanced earphones.

      That said, it’s very possible the P2 will suit your personal preferences better, it has excellent clarity and aggressive detailing that makes them sound super crisp even if the underlying technicality doesn’t match the Dunu. In addition, it’s easy to drive and, being a sensitive single dynamic, and sounds great out of a smartphone, where the Dunu can have some impedance issues. I also strongly prefer the fit and comfort of the P2 to the DN-2000. I can’t remember the Dunu clearly enough to provide direct comparison but that’s my general take on these matters, I hope that helps!

      Cheers,
      Ryan.

      • Xcrailer on

        I finally bit the bullet and ordered myself a set of the P2s. I was so tempted to order the Massdrop Pinnacle PX but ultimately I knew an iPhone 7 wouldn’t drive them properly with them being 50 ohms and I did not want to have to lug around an amp to work and back.

        I’m hoping I love them! How is the durability on them with them being only plastic? I can’t wait to get them as they seem to be the right sound signature from your impressions.

        Also, how come you’re one of the few people to even mention these IEM? It’s like the community just ignored them

        • Xcrailer on

          Hi Ryan,

          One more thing, Is there a particular cable you would recommend for the P2? Just curious so I’m not scrambling to find one if the cable ever breaks. Thanks!

          • Ryan Soo on

            I’m a fan of the Ourart Ti Upgrade Cable, it’s an 8-core silver plated hybrid for $30. Makes a small but appreciable difference to sound and a big step up in ergonomics.

            I haven’t found the plastic housings to be an issue, but I’m pretty forgiving on my in-ears. I doubt you would have an issue, even the nozzle feels well reinforced.

            Not sure why these haven’t received more coverage considering that the P1 was so popular, they definitely deserve the attention!

            • Xcrailer on

              That’s good to hear about the plastic housing!

              To be fair, so many things are made of plastic and have proven to be durable. My panic came from that you rarely see plastic IEMs anymore, even at the 100 dollar price range.

              I guess a part of me was a little salty that these seem to be the best fit for me but MEE didn’t include those nice housings of the P1! 😛

              I will have my P2 when I get home tonight, and I’ll let you know if they live up to the expectations you set! Haha but let’s be honest, they will sound amazing compared to the Ostry KC06A I’m stuck with right now 🙂

            • Xcrailer on

              Hello Ryan,

              So after listening to the P2s for awhile I must say the 100 dollar range is becoming quite impressive.

              After reading your review you are spot on with the P2’s mid range struggles. Male voices really fall behind the music and struggle to break through to the front. I will say that the fact they have such good isolation is a reason I will still keep them since I use them at work.

              I also 100% understand what you mean how the 3-4 year old DUNU DN-2000 still possesses such excellent sound compared to a lot of newer budget IEM. while the P2 is very impressive with its detail and tonality for only 100 dollars, I believe owning the DN-2000 showcases to me that age is only a number and an excellent IEM will stand the test of time.

              One of the biggest thing I notice while comparing the two is that the P2 has a very limited sound stage and separation, at least in comparison to the DN-2000. The DN-2000 has such an incredible soundstage with excellent width and depth. The instrument separation they achieve is also excellent and makes you really appreciate the music. Now don’t get me wrong, the P2 isn’t terrible but definitely more closed off and sounds much more congested.

              Basically what I’m saying is, can we start a petition to make DUNU create a removable cable version of the DN-2000 so it’s worth buying again? 😛

              P.S. – I do appreciate the ergonomics of the P2 a lot as they are extremely comfortable! Maybe whoever is in charge of ergonomics at MEE can give DUNU a call? 😀

  5. Carlos on

    Thank you for the reply! Very helpful. A little bright shouldn’t bother me, I have a pair of DT990s which i enjoy very much and people are always talking about how sharp the highs can be, but I haven’t noticed.

  6. Carlos on

    As someone who is making their first jump into high(er) end in ears, would you recommend this over the 1More Triple Driver? As in is the P2 the more capable in ear?

    • Ryan Soo on

      Hard to say, unfortunately, I haven’t heard the triple, only the quad driver. The P2 is certainly a very well done earphone, it is slightly brighter and more revealing than the Quad Driver and the Triple from what I’ve heard but may fatigue if that kind of sound isn’t for you. The P2 fits way better and isolates more making it a better choice for commute. The removable cable will also greatly aid longevity, it is definitely a feature to look out for longer-term investments. I would say that overall, the P2 is the most well-rounded earphone.

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