“Meters” have recently released its latest offering to the wireless earphone market, the M-Ears BT headphones. The headset connects to your player via Bluetooth which obviously eliminates the needs for cables and supports the apt-X and apt-HD codec formats and promises “high sound quality wireless playback capabilities”
Having previously reviewed the Meters OV-1 over-ear headphones (which I still consider to be the best headphones on the market today) I was delighted to be invited to review the Meters-Ears BT headphones.
The inner ear earphone experience has never really attracted me as I prefer to choose time and space to listen to music on my usual over ears. I’ve also found them to be a little awkward to use and the sound quality just does not compare to over ears.
I am now starting to travel more frequently and am exercising regularly so have recognised the need for inner ears as they are just a lot easier to carry around but could not abide the quality of sound experience from my phone supplier’s inner ear headphone set.
The M-Ears headphones come neatly packaged in a solid, well-constructed fully graphited cardboard box with a flip-up lid. The first thing you see as you the open the box is the Guarantee and warranty certificate which is a reassuring touch. Behind the packaging are the headphones, charging lead, instruction manual and a neat little leatherette purse with a tie top. Once I’d unwrapped all of the plastic off of the components, all of the required items fitted easily in the bag.
The Review And Verdict
As a fat-fingered and somewhat impatient person, I have difficulty with unwinding thin earphone cord. It always seems to get tangled the wrong way. Meters have cleverly provided magnets on either earpiece, so they can be joined together when not in use and the headphone cord is of superior quality to other headphone sets as they don’t easily get tangled up. They pop out of the carry purse with little difficulty and the control unit and buttons click clearly and are easy to use…… even for me!
The charging and control unit is replicated on the other side of the cable so as to weigh the earphones equally. A nice touch and in true tradition, “Meters” have done it again by combining chunky with elegance. The hand-stitched leather covering around the components is neatly finished and the branded meters logo is subtly evident.
The connection is simple. By pressing the play/pause button an audio voice informed me I was powering on and by pressing the play/pause button and holding it down for a few seconds I was informed that the earphone was pairing and then paired with the device. Both my laptop and phone connected to the headphones effortlessly.
The sound experience is divine. As usual, Meters have nailed it. Just push these babies in and you are effortlessly separated from those immediately around you. The music is rich and clear and comes from everywhere. Playing a funk track from ‘Soul Sugar was a delight as each instrument from the drums to a flute and even harp solo could be heard clear as day, along with the chorus of trumpets (I even heard a triangle!) and the bass just pumping out yet unobtrusive.
I work in a busy creative space and with some loud people who have a radio going all the time. These earphones have been my go-to escape when I need to give my ears a rest. Recently on a flight, I was surprised to have missed the drinks trolley as I was taken in by the sound quality of a film I was watching on my laptop with the Meters EAR-BT headphones. You could hear every footstep, bird call and creak as the film ‘IT’ kept me on edge.
Sharing a hotel room with a wife that never sits still was quite straight forward when I needed to meditate, as these earphones enable you to absorb your own sound. I was even able to stick on a guided meditation and meditate next to my wife whilst she was emailing or dealing with some hotel department or something…!
The quality of sound, usability and feel of the M-Ears BT is kind of what you come to expect from the guys behind Meters, given their heritage as “Ashdown Engineering”. Over the last 40 years, they have provided countless musicians from the likes of U2, The Who, Pink Floyd to Biffy Clyro, with the high-quality sound these demanding artists require.
The M-Ears-BT inner ear headphones come in the colours of Red, Rose Gold, Black and Tan and retail at a cost 0f £99.00. You can buy direct from the manufacturers at metersmusic.com.