Xiaomi Mi Headphones Review: Can you get top quality audio for cheap?

Mi Headphones: Can you get top quality audio for cheap? The answer is yes and no.

Posted:  April 14, 2015   By:    3 comments   



Xiaomi has really been branching out as of late, producing not only great budget smartphones but also powerbanks, wearables and now their very first set of premium headphones which was announced earlier this year alongside the Mi Note.

The company’s first foray into audio was with their Piston in-ear earphones, of which the second generation Piston was launched not too long ago sporting the same styling as the Mi Headphones. The Piston is priced very cheaply too at RM 50, following Xiaomi’s tradition of having insanely cheap prices.

What’s in the box


Aside from the headphones, you also get a hard carrying case on top of a microfiber drawstring bag, which is a plus point considering a lot of headphones at this price tends to get a soft pouch at very best. The headphones also comes with a 3.5mm airplane adaptor, 1.4m Kevlar braided audio cable with volume control which terminates in a 3.5mm jack and a 3.5mm to 6.3mm gold plated adaptor.


The audio cable also features a microphone behind the volume control as the headset is designed for mobile users, so it can be used to take calls as well. I don’t entirely like how the headset features a dual-wire design because it feels rather cluttered, but they can at least be removed for storage.

To top it off, you get not one but three replaceable ear cushion kits which consist of an on-ear foam cushion, on-ear soft cushion and finally an over-ear soft cushion configuration which are made for different listening styles. For this review we are using the on-ear soft cushion only, but how’s that for a whole lot of kit?

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3 Comments for Mi Headphones: Can you get top quality audio for cheap? The answer is yes and no.


Good review. I did feel the sound muddy when a lot of bass happen at background. It even distorted the singer voice. Occasionally may feel it try to work very hard to handle complicated bass & treble combination, but it fail to.

My biggest complaint is the comfort of the design, more room to go.


PU is NOT leather, it's just a fancy word for a form of plastic that can be made to look like leather. Over a period of time, PU will flake out its "skin".

I hope no-one is confused by this review that say "PU leather"

Sid Acidic

Xiaomi should stick producing awesome stuff with low prices.