i-Meaning EP501 are a replica of Sony MDR-EX650. I don't know how the MDR-EX650 sound, but I'm pretty sure that they sound much better than EP501. These earphones are very dark, they emphasize the bass and the low-mids, but the extreme lack of highs make the sound very colored and unnatural. The mids have some potential, but are dark and lack any detail.
ø11mm Dynamic Driver
Package & Accessories
Soft paperboard + soft plastic (clear)
Ear Tips - Single-Flange:
S+2×M+L, black, ø6mm bores
Build & Materials
Metal + plastic (matte), ø5mm nozzles, soft strain reliefs
Plastic (matte), single-button
TPE, no strain reliefs
1.25m, TPE, semi-soft, bent
Plastic (matte) + metal, 90° angled, short, soft strain relief
Comfort & Fit
Even though the included ear tips aren't that great (they are actually just generic black tips), when used with tips that fit you well, these earphones are quite comfortable.
Lows / Bass
Massive bass with plenty of sensuous sub-bass. Very punchy and swift, not distorted easily, and you can feel tickling sensation on high volumes. Very impressive. Unfortunately, they leave no room for higher frequencies and sound like a huge fart.
Mids / Vocals
The mids and vocals are very dark. They lack detail because of the muffled highs. You can hear that the mids have some potential, but the lack of highs, which are responsible for the brightness and detail, has an impact on the mids' quality.
Highs / Treble
The highs are completely muffled and dark, there is no brilliance, nor detail.
Reviewed on 2016-01-25 12:16:27 (GMT)