Headroom MD13

Dynamic Driver


Another one of Headroom's "too good to be true" offers. Despite the great potential Headroom engineers have with their design choices, they just don't seem to understand sound. It seems like MS16 and M8 were just a result of luck, rather than understanding human hearing.

Once again, we get a boomy pair of earphones with muffled mids and highs and nothing really worth talking about. Slightly clearer than S5, but overall very similar. Very disappointing, but let's hope for a brighter future for Headroom, the maker of my beloved MS16.


  • Simple but robust housings, with strong magnetic adsorption.


  • Very boomy bass with excessive mid-bass, makes the midrange bloated and muddy.
  • The midrange is dark and distorted, a bit less distorted than S5.
  • Cheap rubbery cable and the wires seem to be loose inside it.

Package & Accessories


Hard plastic + soft paperboard

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

S+M+L, grey (translucent), ø4.5mm red bores


Ear wings, silicone, black

Build & Materials


Metal, magnetic adsorption (medium), ø5mm nozzles (ø4mm bores), no strain reliefs


Metal, single-button


Metal, soft strain relief


Rubber, 110cm, soft, mildly bent


Metal, straight, short, stiff strain relief

Comfort & Fit

Unlike other Headroom in-ears that I've tested so far, these actually have slightly angled nozzles, which make those earphones very comfortable and easy to wear. They don't seem to put any pressure but still maintain a proper seal. Simple but effective design choice. You can also attach those optional ear wings for some extra comfort.

Lows / Bass

Very bloated mid-bass with a deep sub-bass. The result: a bass machine, overwhelming everything else. The huge peak over the whole bass range creates a boomy fat sound with a constant humming background sound and a huge echo effect.

Mids / Vocals

The worst aspect of these earphones is the mids. Vocals and instuments sound distorted and honky. They are dark and unnatural in tone, overwhelmed by lower frequencies. These mids are more listenable than S5's mids, but still quite weak when it comes to clarity.

Highs / Treble

The highs are just nice, not exaggerated, muffled even. Definitely not the most transparent treble out there. Slightly more tonally accurate than S5 but not as clear as S2's treble.

Frequency Response

Published on 2017-11-05 13:51:00 (GMT)
MS16 MS18 MS19 S2 S5