MCDODO M3

ø9mm Dynamic Driver

$5~$10
3.0/5.0

When it comes to unknown brands, MCDODO is one the most unknown brands outside of China. I decided to try their latest earphones model, and was quite impressed considering the price. These earphones look very basic and common, yet they pack some powerful drivers that deliver a powerful and immersive bass response that seem to be calmer than ROCK Zircon's bass response in depth and volume, but the sound is quite different in timbre and percision. The mids and highs are much more emphasized, yet are harsh and not so pleasant, especially on higher volumes.

Pros

  • Overall decent level of clarity, especially on lower volumes.
  • The bass is quite immersive and punchy.

Cons

  • The mids and highs are harsh and discolored.
  • The build quality is very basic, the cable is sticky and there are absolutely no strain reliefs anywhere on the cable.
  • Unboxing these earphones carefully took more time than it should.
  • The included tips are very narrow while the nozzles are extra-wide. Very inconvenient.

Package & Accessories

Package:

Soft plastic (clear)

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

S+M+L, grey (translucent), ø4mm red bores

Build & Materials

Housings:

Metal, ø6mm nozzles (ø5mm bores), rigid strain reliefs

Remote:

Plastic (glossy), single-button

Y-Split:

Metal, no strain reliefs

Cable:

Silicone (grippy), 130cm, soft, mildly bent

Plug:

Metal, straight, short, no strain relief

Comfort & Fit

These earphones have pretty wide nozzles, which makes it difficult to pick fitting ear tips. The included tips didn't provide a good seal. Large generic black tips worked much better.

Lows / Bass

The bass is quite excellent! The sub-bass is more relaxed than ROCK Zircon's sub-bass, but it's still massive and exciting, makes a perfect listening experience for electronic music. For vocal-based music, though, the lows tend to leak into the mids and overpower them, making them sound a bit distorted.

Mids / Vocals

The vocals are discolored and tonally incorrect. They are warm but sound overemphasized, shouty and tonally darkish.

Highs / Treble

The lower-highs are loud but discolored, they sound quite harsh and unbalanced. The upper highs are very weak and lack detail.

Frequency Response

Reviewed on 2016-02-14 21:06:22 (GMT)
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