Many headphone manufacturers have jumped on the band wagon of creating headphones which over-deliver on bass and under-perform on anything else. In addition, the price point for many of these headphones are drastically inflate, but not with MEElectronics’ HT-21 over-the-ear travel headphones. These headphones do a great job of balancing out comfort, durability, sound quality and all for a bargain bin price. They do, however, fall short on a few minor areas such as esthetics and noise isolation.
If you’re looking for a pair of headphones to take with you on your way out, the HT-21s will get the job done. Not only are they light weight, coming in at three quarters of a pound, but they boast fold-able swivel ear cups. They aren’t the flashiest headphones out there and will not make any type of fashion statement as they are all black while many of their competitors push bold colors and standout designs.
One of the biggest issues I have with many headphones is that they aren’t as comfortable as their lighter and more discrete in-ear cousins. The band that wraps around the top of my skull constantly pinches at my hair, the set is so tight that they can only be worn for short bursts of time, and they’re generally too heavy to be worn outdoors. But the HT-21s are the exception which defines the rule. The pleather lines headband makes these headphones sit comfortably on your head for hours and the general light weight makes them almost unnoticeable. Your ears will enjoy the HT-21s as they delicately cushion you against your music.
Speaking of music, the HT-21s offer a ridiculously great sound for their price point. The mid to high range is quite bright and clear. But if you’re a dubstep afficionado, you will probably be disappointed because the HT-21 headphones lean towards exposing more mid and treble levels of sound as opposed to the heavy bass many other models favor. That’s not to say however, that they don’t have any bass at all; they just a more mild bass register so one can hear the higher levels. The only issue that could be raised about the HT-21s sound performance is that the ear cups provide little to no sound isolation. Since a lot of sound escapes from the headphone, this may not be the best set for someone who wants no one else to hear their music.
The HT-21s are a great choice for anyone looking for a comfortable and portable set of headphones that won’t break the bank. If you’re like me and favor a more balanced sound rather than an all-encompassing bass sound, these headphones really can’t be beat (in their price range). While not making a fashion statement, the HT-21 over-the-ear headphones will perform their job well, albeit modestly. If you’re concerned with value, then know that dollar for dollar, these are some of the best headphones I’ve ever tried for their price range.
Pros: The HT-21 over-the-ear headphones do a great job of delivering a balanced sound, are comfortable for hours and are at a great price point for their value. Dollar for dollar, these are some of the best headphones I’ve ever tried for their price range.
Cons: The aesthetics of the HT-21s isn’t anything special and the ear cups provide negligible sound isolation.