August 9, 2022
Mi Audio X10 True Wireless Earphone Review

Mi Audio isn’t a brand many people might have heard of, but this headphone and earphone maker has been around for a while. A quick look at the company’s website also tells us that the company’s products are available worldwide. We last reviewed something from Mee Audio – the M9B wireless earphones – in 2016, and haven’t heard much from the brand since then. So far.

The company is back in India with a new distributor, and it already has three affordable products available. One of these is the one we’re reviewing today: the Mee Audio X10 True Wireless Earphones. Priced at Rs 4,999, this is the company’s first true wireless earphones, and the set looks great at first glance. We review these new earphones from Mi Audio to find out if they’re worth the price.

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Mee Audio X10 Looks Impressive, Almost Like a Sci-Fi Movie

Mi Audio X10 Design and Specifications

The most affordable true wireless earphones stick to the basics when it comes to design, but not the Mee Audio X10. The earphones look like a science fiction movie. The earpieces have clear plastic outer shells, each with two LEDs on them, that light up, making them look like two creatures staring at you. The top of each earpiece is opaque, with the Mi Audio logo on each which doubles as a button.

Interestingly, when there is no illumination the clear parts appear bright black. The earphones are bigger than competing options in the budget segment but sit comfortably in our ears with a secure fit. Passive noise isolation wasn’t ideal, but wasn’t too bad for us either.

The earphones are available in two colors – Black and Blue. While we had the black headset for review, we think the blue ones look a little better. The earphones’ buttons control playback, volume, and voice assistant on your paired smartphone. A single press on either side plays or pauses music and answers or disconnects calls; A double-press adjusts the volume; Triple-press moves to the previous or next track; And long pressing activates the default voice assistant on your smartphone. The Mee Audio X10 is IPX5-rated for water resistance, making it suitable for basic fitness use.

The Mee Audio X10’s charging case is neither too big nor too small, and the basics are right. It has a magnetic lid, four indicator lights to tell the case’s battery level, and a USB Type-C port for charging on the right side. Thanks to rubber padding and a magnetic clamping mechanism, it’s pocketable and gets the job done, keeping the earphones securely in place.

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The charging case has a USB Type-C port on the side

Mee Audio X10 uses Bluetooth 5 for connectivity along with support for SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. Powering the sound are 5mm HD Micro Dynamic drivers, and the earphones have a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz. The sales package includes a short USB Type-C cable for charging and three pairs of silicone ear tips.

During our time with this headset, the Mee Audio X10 lasted about four hours on a single charge, with the case offering an additional four charges for a total of 20 hours of use per charge cycle. This is in line with what we have seen on competing options in this segment.

Mi Audio X10 Performance

When we started using the Mi Audio X10, we found the sound to be a bit dull and fuzzy. A fair amount of burn-in and a short amount of time with the earphones turned on us the sound a bit. While not as exciting and powered as the 1More Stylish True Wireless earphones – our current favorite affordable true wireless headset – the Mee Audio X10 offered a lot of detail and character in the music we listened to.

We used the OnePlus 7T Pro (Review) as the source device with the Mee Audio X10, which features Spotify, YouTube Music, and our collection of high-resolution audio tracks that serve as music sources. We used the AAC codec for most of our listening, but occasionally switched to SBC to compare the difference in sound quality.

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The earphones support AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs

Beginning with some retro Italian electro pop, we listened to OK OK by Pino D’Angio. We were impressed with the level of detail offered with the Mi Audio X10, with the faint elements of this peppy dance track even in front of it through the synthesizer elements. The soundstage was impressive and spacious for a pair of earphones under Rs. 5,000 That said, we found the sound signature a bit dull and confusing.

Listening to Crazy Meb by Feed Me, the distinctive aggression and raw bass attack we expected was lacking on the Mi Audio X10 earphones. There’s definitely some thump in the low-end, but it didn’t feel as calculated or powerful as we’ve heard on other headphones in the segment. Instead, the X10 is strong in the mid-range and upper-mid, offering a sound that feels more refined, but definitely lacks the edge most users in this price segment are looking for.

While the sound is great for the price, we felt that the AAC Bluetooth codec was hindering the excellent drivers on the Mee Audio X10. Subtle details, while distinctive and present, weren’t quite as clear or crisp as we’ve experienced on the 1More Stylish True Wireless earphones. We enjoyed the level of detail it produced and we certainly liked our experience with the earphones, but the sound signature didn’t quite go far.

For calls, the Mee Audio X10 delivers an acceptable enough experience in relatively quiet environments, though background sound is picked up a bit more aggressively than some of the more expensive options in the segment.

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The Mee Audio X10 is an affordable pair of true wireless earphones that do most things right

Decision

The budget true wireless space in India is so vast and overcrowded that it is sometimes difficult for different options to differentiate ourselves. Mee Audio X10 manages to stand out for its unique looks, attention to detail in sound and good battery life. However, it’s also far from ideal for the price, with a sound signature that lacks enthusiasm and drive.

We liked our experience with the Mi Audio X10, and it’s definitely worth a look if you have a tight budget of Rs. 5,000 – neither more nor less. If you can push that spending limit a bit, the 1More Stylish True Wireless earphones are a better option, and if you’re looking to save a bit, the JVC HA-A10T has practically the same sound quality at Rs. 1,000 less.

worth: Rupee. 4,999

professionals

  • unique, modern design
  • wide sound
  • good battery life
  • IPX5 Water Resistance

Shortcoming

  • Unexciting Sonic Signature
  • Passive noise isolation is not ideal

Rating (out of 5)

  • Design / Comfort: 4
  • Audio Quality: 3.5
  • Battery life: 4
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall: 3.5

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