Massdrop’s latest in-ear monitor offering is the Pinnacle PX IEMs, made in collaboration with MEE Audio. In-ear monitors should sound amazing, be lightweight, offer good sound isolation, and look great. How will the Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX IEMs perform, and are they worth your time to check them out? Keep reading for the entire review.
- Housing: Zinc alloy with dark blue PVD finish
- Driver: 10mm dynamic moving coil with copper-clad aluminum voice coil
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Impedance: 50ohms at 1kHz
- Sensitivity: 96dB +/- 3 dB (1mW at 1kHz)
- Microphone: Omnidirectional
- Cable: 51 in (130cm), detachable
- Cable connectors: MMCX
- Cable plug: 3.5mm, right angle
- Wear styles: Over ear or down from ear
- Weight with cable: 1oz
What’s In The Box
- Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX IEMs
- 6 pairs of silicone ear tips
- 3 pairs of foam ear tips
- Carrying case
The design of the Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX is very refined. The fact that the housings are made of metal rather than the usual plastic goes a long way to making these IEMs look and feel like a premium offering. The housings have an oval shape that is accentuated with subtle angles, setting them apart from other plain jellybean looking products on the market. When handling the Pinnacle PX IEMs, there is a sense of quality and durability, once again owing to the metal housings.
The cord is detachable from the IEM, facilitating replacement should the need arise. The cord is also braided and is the thickest cord I have ever seen on any earphone. I love the look and feel of braided cords, and tangles are less of a headache as well. The Pinnacle PX can be worn over the ear or down from the ear. I preferred wearing the cord over the ear as it gave the monitors a bit of support and kept them in place better. There are 6 pairs of silicone tips and 3 pairs of foam tips for you to choose from. I find the silicone tips to be more comfortable, while the foam tips are better at handling noise isolation. There is also a handsome carrying case that appears to be made of leather included. It is rather bulky, put it does provide a very safe way to transport and store your IEMs when not in use.
Music reproduction is quite exceptional with the Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX IEMs. Treble sounds bright and crisp, the mid range is clear and the bass is nicely balanced in the mix. The sound virtually puts you in the room with your favorite band, it is warm and refined. If you prefer your bass pounding and making its presence undeniably apparent, then these IEMs might not be for you. Even while listening to bass heavy EDM, the bass is very light on these IEMs. I personally found the sound to be amazingly well balanced, just the right amount of everything for my taste.
Reception for the Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX was not a problem, and calls come through loud and clear. The party on the other end of the call said I sounded no different while using the earphones than when I didn’t. I don’t like taking calls on headphones/earphones, but it’s nice to know that it would sound great if I had to.
The Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX can be purchased from Massdrop for $113.99 USD. There may be some who feel this is a bit steep for in-ear monitors, but I feel that you get great sound, style, and amazing fit and finish for that price.
There is a lot of competition in the world of earphones/earbuds/IEMs. What sets the Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX apart from the competition is the quality build of their product. The metal earbuds, the extra thick cord, even the beautifully designed carrying case, they all feel and look of high quality. When you add the wonderfully balanced sound on top of all that, what you have is a set of in-ear monitors that truly deserve consideration.