To this review I wrote a long and detailed entry, but then I realized that one paragraph you want to appear on the main page, it went too long. So I moved it into the text of the article, and to interest potential readers, I will say that this review will tell you about the collapse of personal faith and the revision of the Outlook on life.
Wireless sound Bluetooth person has acquired in the audiophile world the glory of something second-rate. One of the main religious postulates States that a more or less normal sound only the good old cable cryoblasting of monocrystalline copper, and better something like Litz wire of pure silver. Personally, I have all these stories that are passed from mouth to mouth through forums, are skeptical, but «blue tooth» also believed in this nonsense — impact familiarity with headphones from Jabra at the dawn of the emergence of A2DP. The last time more and more manufacturers equip their players with a Bluetooth device, so I started looking for some not too expensive but good wireless headphones. The search was short-lived, because immediately turned up under the arm Matrix3 from MEEAudio.
it's Funny to remember that once MEEAudio started with very simple models headphones the main advantage of which was the low price. After a long way full of different samples and tests, the company managed to find the «bonds», which is their current lineup. Last year saw the light of day , deserved popular sports and professional headphones the M6 and M6Pro and Matrix worthy of holding the defense in the area of wireless solutions.
the Third revision received development in all areas, improved sound, increased comfort, increased work time. The price, however, remained at the same level, buy 3 or revision (prices at the time of the review).
of Course, for a budget model so no one would have to do some fildepers box of wood and valuable fur of the Mexican jerboa. The main task of the designers of the product in this case is to provide the normally acceptable level, where the thing looks decent. Of course, with experience MEEAudio not cope with this task chances they had. Convenient box of cardboard with stylish printing, inside is dense cover for the snake, it headphones and two cables: USB for charging and the usual 3.5 mm plug to use the headphones through the wire. Plus, of course, manual, but who's gonna read it?
Looking for a range of wireless headphones MEEAudio you can see how the developers consistently eliminated various shortcomings in ergonomics and design. In the past gradually left: glossy plastic (stylish in the box, but collecting fingerprints), the small-sized ear cushions (pressing on the ears), insert «carbon» (the same fingerprints and the loss of appearance). In General, Matrix3 is the product of a thoughtful and consistent evolution.
the overall design and appearance of the model quite clear on the photos. A large part of the headband and cups plastic forks mounts complement the body of the cups that looks quite organically. Headphones allow very flexibly tune the fit by turning the emitters around a different axis. Size adjustment made in the traditional advancement of the cups, the range of adjustment sufficiently large enough for almost any head. For comfortable wearing the headphones on the neck of the Cup turn «flat» and transport — fold into the headband.
the Step forward made in the field of comfort, the headband was softer the bottom, the ear cups are softer and larger than previous models, which provides better comfort. A new modification of the Matrix can be worn long enough without discomfort caused by the pressure, the only thing that causes the need for periodic rest, is the overheating of the ears, typical for normally isolating closed headphone. Soundproofing on a good level, of course, this is not active noise cancellation, but in most scenarios, these headphones may well be used — you will not interfere with outside noise, and you won't disturb others with your music.
the controls are very simple. On one of the cups there is a button play/pause, it also serves to enable, pairing and answer the call. Next — dual volume buttons, press and hold to switch tracks. The second Cup was placed connectors — USB for charging and 3.5 mm for connection through the wire. The buttons are easy to grope without looking, so to use them is very convenient. Both cups have indicator LEDs, one indicates a work, the second illuminates while charging the battery, luckily the developers made them very small and pale, so they do not interfere even in the dark.
work — really close to the stated, the headset I have played more than 17 hours on a single charge, so even with the active use Matrix3 will last at least a couple of days.
Headphones are well kept compound at the stated distance, and even the thin walls didn't bother them, although a lot depends on the quality of the source. During the pause, heard a little rustle from the Bluetooth module, but when playing music, the noise is not heard.
For Matrix3 testing I used the following wireless sources: Apple iPhone 6 Plus, MacBook Pro, , .
If you take into account the price and the lack of wires, we can say that the sound Matrix3 very good. Delicious, but very moderate gains on the LF and HF provides interesting pitch, but worked out fine midrange headphones do not allow to sink to the level of consumer goods. If you take into account the fact that these headphones when used with simple springs can do without additional DAC, then the solution seems even more profitable. The presence of AAC codec allows you to show a good quality and with iOS devices with APT-X historically, the situation is tense.
Bass for its price is very good, it is very deep (though not outrageous), but it has a texture and density. There decent drums, which will delight lovers of electronic music (except the most avid of Basedow), but it worked good and speed for more demanding styles. Of course, you should not expect a perfect separation of instruments and the transmission of micro-contrast, but the texture could these headphones is quite good, and even very sophisticated styles with them, albeit not perfect, but to listen. Bass well controlled and not drown out the rest of the range even on a very saturated compositions.
the midrange a little (really little) laid by the wayside, they also have no megerositese, but for its price Matrix3 play them efficiently: vividly, emotionally, without gaps, without explicit vatnost and the loss of important details. If you compare with more expensive wired solutions, we note some unnaturalness in the field WSC, but they do not rush in his ears. The imaginary scene is a little smaller than the average size in width and depth, which is already quite an accomplishment for a cheap closed model. Individual features of the tools slightly disguise their real size is smaller, but they do not shrink to point-like sources, so for its category here, too, everything is fine.
the Upper frequencies are slightly emphasized bass to compensate, so the headphones sound a little «embellished» in the HF range. HF foby it's probably not going to like it, but in this case, RF it is possible to flatten the EQ of the source, choosing a comfortable level. In my ear, «top» in this model enough (or rather, slightly more than «enough», but significantly less than «too many»), so the sound becomes sluggish and muddy, as is now fashionable to do in other wireless models. While talking about working out the correct attenuation for the RF in this case is not necessary, the attack is quite normal, the music is airy, percussion and overtone sound good.
In General, once again I will summarize: compared to the more expensive and wired models are the disadvantages of Matrix3 is, but for budget models wireless sound they are very good, I enjoyed listening to them, even very complex compositions. Long-forgotten freedom of movement that wireless headphones for me more than surpassed imperfect sound.
in General, In order to make the most of this model is high, you need a device that support AAC or APT-X, although some players without APT-X manage to give out decent sound (Hey, OPUS#2). Fortunately, the problems with the sources for wireless «ears» today is clearly not the case. A potential buyer may well do with a smartphone, or to attend to the individual player (I really liked the feeling from pair the Shanling M1). If suddenly you are stranded with a discharged battery, will come with a wired connection.
Traditionally, modern Bluetooth headsets Matrix3 can be connected to two sources.