CES 2015: Meelectronics Makes First Step Into High-End IEMs with Pinnacle P1
I've measured their A161P and it fared quite well. I recently reviewed their Air-Fi Matrix 2 AF61 low-cost Bluetooth headset and it rocked. So it really didn't surprise me when I walked into the booth and Kenny Li, MEElectronics VP of Business Development, introduced me to their upcoming effort to product an IEM to compete at higher levels.
The Pinnacle P1 uses a single 12mm dynamic driver and will retail for about $199. I did spend a little time listening to these little IEMs and thought they were quite good. It's becoming more and more apparent to me that IEMs with small dynamic drivers are perfectly capable of being strongly competitive with balanced armature type IEMs. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see dynamic drivers slowly but surely take over the category. Balanced armature drivers aren't without significant complication in their design, and dynamic drivers continue to deliver great performance in full-sized headphones. My guess is that we'll see driver manufacturers focus more strongly on premium 5mm-13mm diameter dynamic drivers for this type of headphone.
Expect to find the Pinnacle P1 available around March, you'll see it pop up then on MEElectronics website.
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