ME05by Master & Dynamic

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
86%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • They offer warm, rich sound.
  • The classic look is eye-catching.
  • They feel great in the ears.

CONS

  • The high quality comes with a high price.
  • The cable splits late, close to the chin.
  • The bass is a little on the boomy side.
Master & Dynamic's high-end ME05 is easy on the eyes. Machined from solid brass, which the company says provides superior acoustic properties, and hand-finished, the ME05 has a classic look. It features powerful 8 mm neodymium drivers. Four sizes of ear tips make it easy to find the right fit. A flat cable prevents tangles, and a spring clip allows you to secure it in place. Extra filters are included so you can replace the parts that get clogged with wax--part of Master & Dynamic's goal of making the ME05 last a long time.
NameME05X11iT10iFreeStyle EarbudsContour Custom Molded Earphones
ManufacturerMaster & DynamicKlipschRHABoseDecibullz
Techwalla Score
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List Price$199$349$200$117$60
90%

They are perfectly balanced, so it never feels like the weight is dragging them out of your ears.

They are perfectly balanced, so it never feels like the weight is dragging them out of your ears.

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88%

The ME05s are way more comfortable than anything made out of solid brass has any right to be, and while we’re still not sold on the effect o…

The ME05s are way more comfortable than anything made out of solid brass has any right to be, and while we’re still not sold on the effect of the material on the sound signature, there is no denying that this is a very nice sounding pair of in-ears.

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80%

The microphone, interestingly, is not located in the remote control compartment, but higher up on the right ear's cable. This is a design de…

The microphone, interestingly, is not located in the remote control compartment, but higher up on the right ear's cable. This is a design decision we wish more manufacturers would make—placing the mic at chin-level but the remote within easier view at mid-torso makes for clearer calls and easier operation.

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For those that want a classy, good-looking pair of earphones that will last a long, long time then the ME05 are a great option.

For those that want a classy, good-looking pair of earphones that will last a long, long time then the ME05 are a great option.

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The ME05's authentic voicing really jumps, especially for percussion. When it's time to shut out the city, these locals have game.

The ME05's authentic voicing really jumps, especially for percussion. When it's time to shut out the city, these locals have game.

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Given the vast majority of plastic-constructed headphones and earphones available, the ME05 stands out as strikingly unique. Not only does b…

Given the vast majority of plastic-constructed headphones and earphones available, the ME05 stands out as strikingly unique. Not only does brass look better over time, but the dense metal imparts favorable acoustic properties.

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Most of the appeal with the ME05 is in how they look, and in that aspect, I think they look pretty cool.

Most of the appeal with the ME05 is in how they look, and in that aspect, I think they look pretty cool.

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As is common on modern headphones and earbuds, the ME05 also feature an inline remote and a microphone, the latter of which is designed to r…

As is common on modern headphones and earbuds, the ME05 also feature an inline remote and a microphone, the latter of which is designed to reduce noise while increasing one’s voice.

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If the ME05s were $50 cheaper, they’d be revelatory. At $200, they're still a top choice, great in comfort, sound quality, and design.

If the ME05s were $50 cheaper, they’d be revelatory. At $200, they're still a top choice, great in comfort, sound quality, and design.

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I couldn't tell you what metallurgical quirks make brass an interesting choice, especially since M&D also makes these buds out of palladium,…

I couldn't tell you what metallurgical quirks make brass an interesting choice, especially since M&D also makes these buds out of palladium, but whatever. The ME05s are the best-sounding in-ears I've tested so far.

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