Xiaomi Mi Head­phones

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The Mi Head­phones came to us as a sur­prise, as Xiaomi is bet­ter known for telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and mo­bile prod­ucts. Nev­er­the­less, the Chi­nese com­pany of­fered up their very first at­tempt at per­sonal au­dio, by giv­ing it a classy, time­less look with a frame made al­most en­tirely out of metal. The head­band comes wrapped in a nice leatherette fin­ish that dou­bles as a buf­fer for com­fort­able wear, and the foam and leatherette earcups feel like soft vel­vet, so there’s barely any wear­ing fa­tigue. Only the main earcups are made of plas­tic, with the rest of the frame, ad­justable arms, and hinges made from var­i­ous me­tals bolted to­gether for a pre­mium, clas­sic look. It also adopts the tra­di­tional head­phone de­sign, and it’s clear it’s gun­ning for a mar­ket that’s twice its ask­ing price.

You would think that a non­wire­less head­phone can­not do much for fea­tures, un­til you see the Mi Head­phones with your own eyes. Right out of the box, the head­set comes with an ex­tra set of earcups at a smaller size, which is per­fect for peo­ple who do not like the large cups it comes with (though that’s not likely). The 3.5mm au­dio ca­ble is re­in­forced in cloth for ex­tra dura­bil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity, and it is also de­tach­able from the head­phones – un­like the other mod­els here, the Mi Head­phones ca­ble splits up into left and right au­dio, so you’ll have a ded­i­cated 3.5mm au­dio ca­ble at­tached on both ends of the cups. The earcups can tilt, which adds a lit­tle more com­fort. With all th­ese ex­tras, the Mi Head­phones comes with a bulky, semi-hard case for your ac­ces­sories and head­set.

The Mi Head­phones’ au­dio per­for­mance is bet­ter than what the price in­di­cates – so much that it’s al­most on par with its peers in this shootout. The Mi Head­phones has great depth – bet­ter than its peers, but it has trou­ble han­dling tre­ble notes and higher fre­quen­cies with a mild ten­dency to crack.

It han­dles in­stru­ments well, thanks to its good sound­stage. ‘Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia’ sounds bright and clear with in­stru­ments eas­ily vi­su­al­ized. Tiesto’s ‘El­e­ment of Life’ show­cased its solid bass, and it has a smooth gra­di­ent be­tween dif­fer­ent notes from the same synth. How­ever, it can­not do Adele’s tracks eas­ily, given how chal­leng­ing her vo­cals are in the higher fre­quency range.

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