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ME80

SHANLING

Rating

Price

8.4

85 €

Review published:

03/2021

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

9

Bass

7.5

Mids

8.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

111 dB

8.3

Handling

9

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

Within the SHANLING family, the SHANLING ME80 is probably to be considered a budget model and the entry point into the company's sonic world. The single-DD IEM is a very crisp and technical IEM, with a somewhat bright and lively signature. Most notable is the richness of detail and how the driver manages to keep them apart. Slight weaknesses show up in the midrange, which is not always stress-free.

Handling

The presentation of the ME80 more than lives up to the price tag. The leather case, the very good silicone tip selection (2 types in 3 sizes - S, M, L and 1 pair pre-installed) as well as the noble and haptically appealing copper cable form a successful overall picture.

The IEM itself can of course also keep up, which is made of an aluminum-magnesium mix and thus seems indestructible. Nevertheless, it is pleasantly light and above all very comfortable. There are no hard edges or other flaws in the workmanship. Well done!

However, the isolation is only average and one is certainly used to better in the sealing by more ergonomic custom-style shells.

Sound

The ME80 is a fairly direct IEM, with decidedly good technical characteristics. However, it occasionally loses its naturalness and it can get a bit tiring in the long run, especially in the mids.

The bass is actually pretty close to my ideal. I might be missing a bit more level in the sub range, but the mild rise up to 200 Hz and the following lift up to 30 Hz not only sounds very full-bodied with a firm accurate punch, but also very textured. The driver material used seems to be quite firm, allowing the ME80 to find a good mix of speed and dynamic punch.

The good clarity and detailed performance in the mids clearly comes at the expense of too much level boost, which can get a bit tiring and glaring with voices in the long run. In addition, the naturalness is also slightly lost. Here I would have accepted restrictions of the technically flawless characteristics of the mids with very good resolution and separation and preferred a somewhat more harmonious, softer tonality instead. At the beginning you still think to yourself "Wow, what direct and clean mids", but over time it does get a bit tiring, especially with female voices. Reminds me a bit of the MEZE SOLO.

The treble, on the other hand, along with the bass, is the ME80's strong point. Here, too, it scores with high transparency and attention to detail. Sibilants are kept well in check and the treble sounds very lively and open. Fine micro details are also brought to light, which further intensifies the listening experience. Here, I am also particularly struck by the firmness, so that cymbals do not sound tinny and artificial, but very realistic even in the decay.

Technically, the ME80 is on the top. This is almost too much perfectionism for me, as the tonality suffers somewhat as a result, but the ME80 is an extremely exciting IEM that has very good imaging and also stage extension. In doing so, it distributes the information on different layers, creating an appealing 3D image.

Outro

The ME80 is an energetic IEM with excellent technical characteristics. However, it neglects a bit of naturalness, especially in the mids, and means too well. Nevertheless, the ME80 is an excellent IEM, especially if you like it a bit more lively, brighter, more direct and more detailed.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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