I was a big fan of the inexpensive, yet great sounding, Panasonic RPHJE355R High Fidelity Ergo-Fit Inner Ear Earbuds, but I had one big complaint with them: during physical activity the earbuds would frequently pop out of my ears, or become partially dislodged. I found myself constantly adjusting the earbuds, pushing them back into my ears and basically fumbling around with them as I rode, mowed the lawn, lifted weights and so on… Pretty annoying, and not a very safe thing to mess with while riding.
On a recent windy ride, the Panasonic earbuds dislodged from both of my ears at the same time, became wrapped up in my rear spokes and were instantly destroyed. I decided to do some research, and find earbuds more suited for use while exercising.
My research led me to the MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones with Memory Wire, which has good reviews. I decided to order a pair and check them out. I ordered my earbuds in black, but they are available in seven different colors.
The earbuds come with a 1.4 meter (4.6 foot) cable (coated to reduce tangling–a very welcome feature), six complete sets of soft ear inserts for the perfect fit, a clamshell carrying case and an instruction manual. The manufacturer also has helpful videos online demonstrating how to adjust the over-the-ear memory wire.
Six sets of soft Silicon ear inserts are provided, and you’ll find single, double-flange and triple-flange tips in different sizes. The tips are easy to swap out as you dial in the perfect fit for your ears. I found the pre-installed double-flange tips to provide the most secure and most comfortable fit.
The over-the-ear memory wire was a snap to adjust. I watched the video, but really the process is pretty self-explanatory. Once I had the wire conformed to my ear, subsequent adjustments were not necessary.
I found the sound quality nearly identical to the Panasonic earbuds; in fact, the bass was even better with the Sport-Fi M6 earbuds because–thanks to the wide selection of ear inserts–I was able to get a very snug fit.
My first real-world test of the earbuds was a 45 mile ride on a hot and fairly windy day. The first thing I noticed was much less wind noise, clearly due to the excellent fit I was able to obtain. As I rode along I pretty much forgot about the earbuds: they were super comfortable and required absolutely no adjustments. I have become so used to reaching up and pressing the old earbuds back into my ears that I caught myself doing it several times on this ride even though it was not necessary.
The next test was yard work. I did almost five hours of yard work wearing the Sport-Fi M6 earbuds and, once again, they performed flawlessly and required no adjustments. In the past I was always messing with my earbuds as I worked.
The final test was a weight training workout. I was sweating, grunting and moving around as I trained, and pretty much forgot I was even wearing earbuds.
I’m impressed. All of those activities and my earbuds didn’t require a single adjustment. I give the MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones with Memory Wire an A+, and a well-deserved spot on my Favorite Things page. They are an incredible value for the money, and if you manage to lose or destroy them it’s not going to break the bank.
If you’re looking for a good–yet inexpensive–MP3 player to pair with these earbuds, check out the SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip 4 GB MP3 Player.