Current testing methodology is v1.2
The MINISO BE-36 is another set of earphones from MINISO, which is a Chinese brand and retailer of affordable household goods, toys, speakers, earphones, and other items.
This is my second earphone coming from MINISO with the TB-19 being my first purchase. If you’ve read my review of it, you’d know it didn’t disappoint.
The MINISO TB-19 even impressed me knowing that it came from a brand that’s not purely focused on manufacturing audio gear.
Meanwhile, the MINISO BE-36 intrigued me because of its neat design and affordability, so I purchased it. Let’s find out if it’s worth getting.
A surprisingly good audio find.
The MINISO BE-36 is a single driver IEM from the Chinese retail brand MINISO.
At a retail price of under $20, it offers excellent bass and an overall decent sound quality. It looks sleek and feels sturdy even though it’s lightweight.
Plus, it’s surprising that it has no audio delay considering that it’s not the brand’s most recent IEM release.
If you’re into more bass heavy tracks, then you’d like the MINISO BE-36.
- Colors: Black, White, Red
- Driver: 10mm Driver
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0
- Earphone Dimensions: 95 x 1 cm x 1 cm
- Frequency: 20Hz-20kHz
- Impedance: 32±3 Ω
- Sensitivity: 98±3dB
What’s in the Box?
- MINISO BE-36 earphones
- 3 x pairs of silicone ear tips
- 1 x micro USB charging cable
- Instruction manual
Stuff I like
- Comfortable neck band
- Great material used
- Good price-to-performance ratio
- Magnetic earphone shells
Stuff I like less
- Not-so-good Noise Cancellation
- A bit muffled sound
- Medium battery capacity
- Too much power on the mids
The MINISO BE-36 came in a simple rectangular box with a transparent cover to give you a sneak peek of the device.
There’s no special or unique experience while unboxing these earphones, maybe because the packaging isn’t fancy, which is understandable given its price.
At first, the MINISO BE-36 looks like it was cheaply made because of the material used in its cable. Still, after taking the time to try it, I think it’s durable enough and it feels sturdy to hold.
It has a sleek minimalist design, which looks great and it comes in three colors: white, black, and red.
Only a few accessories were included, but I think it’s enough and suitable for its price.
Even though it’s not pricey, the MINISO BE-35 isn’t cheaply made and that’s what I like about it.
The neckband is pretty durable – you can bend it in different directions, and you won’t find any tears or damage on it.
However, the charging port cover can be an issue. The one on mine got damaged after I kept taking it on and off to charge frequently, and it’s all thanks to the device’s battery life.
Lastly, the magnetic earphone shells are helpful to keep the lengthy cable intact because you don’t want it tangled hanging around your neck.
Fit and Comfort
The MINISO BE-36 is so lightweight that you won’t feel anything around your neck.
However, the lengthy cables get in the way sometimes, which can be annoying.
I also noticed that I need to push the earbuds deeper in my ears to create a vacuum effect because they don’t fit that well but maybe that’s just because of my ears’ size and shape. After all, the fit can vary from one user to another because everyone has different-sized ears.
The comfort is also lacking. After using the MINISO BE-36 for an extended period, I find some slight pain in my ears.
I’m not going to sugarcoat anything here because I know you guys are looking for an honest review about the sound of this device.
Testing the MINISO BE-36 for the first time didn’t disappoint me because it served its price.
The mids need to lessen their power because it’s overpowering the other frequencies. The sound needs more clarity because I find it muffled. The bass, on the other hand, exceeded my expectations.
It’s kind of a U-shaped sound earphone if you’ll ask me and overall, it’s a good choice if you want a cheap set of earphones.
The bass of the MINISO BE-36 exceeded my expectations and yes, I’ve already mentioned that previously because it’s worth repeating.
The bass served what top-of-the-line IEMs are doing right now, which is pretty impressive for the price. It’s got good texture, presence, and clarity.
It may need improvement with the mixing, but overall, I can only say that it’s money well-spent.
The mids is where I have a slight problem with the MINISO BE-13 – it’s too harsh for the ears and it’s slightly overpowering.
I’d rate it as a below-average-sounding mid. I think the bass compensated with the mids. This may be because the bass sounds so good that you won’t notice the tuning of the mids unless you listen really closely.
The treble is the part where I find the sound muffled and muddy, but it works well with the aggressive mids. These earphones would sound so much worse if the treble is overpowering too.
With some songs, the treble works well and doesn’t sound muffled. Maybe there’s some issue with the music mixing that the earphone can’t process well.
I tested the MINISO BE-36 with different genres of music to get a proper understanding of how they sound and here are my findings.
- Metal / Rock – The instruments were neatly presented by the mids but there was still room for improvement. On the other hand, the vocals needed more clarity. Tracks used: Brainstorm (Arctic Monkeys), Early Sunsets Over Monroeville (My Chemical Romance), Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) (Vertical Horizon)
- K-Pop – The MINISO BE-36 gave the backup vocals the spotlight, which is an essential element in this genre. I also liked how these earphones gave these songs mixing justice because of the clarity of different sections. However, I noticed some needing improvement in the power of the bass track. Tracks used: Cupid (FIFTY FIFTY), SET ME FREE (TWICE)
- Hip-hop – I enjoyed listening to hip-hop with these earphones because they emphasized the strong bass beats that you’d typically hear in this genre. Still, it also overpowered the vocals in some songs. The panning of sound from left to right sounded excellent and flawless in “LOVE” and “Meditate.” Tracks used: Princess Diana (Ice Spice, Nicki Minaj), LOVE (Kendrick Lamar, Zacari), Meditate (Mistah Lefty)
- Indie – The instruments lacked details, especially the saxophone and trumpet parts in “Love + U”. The vocals were somewhat recessed, and I found some treble peaks disappointing because I’m an indie enthusiast. On the other hand, the bass section improved in the test tracks. Tracks used: I Will Possess Your Heart (Death Cab for Cutie), Love + U (Jensen & The Flips), Lover Boy (Phum Viphurit)
- R&B / Soul – The MINISO BE-36 balanced the instruments and vocals with the test tracks. I loved how it cleanly showcased the instruments without overpowering and dominating the other frequencies. The 80’s vibe drum track in “Out Of Time” was presented well, but the bass overpowered the other sections. Tracks used: Out Of Time (The Weeknd), lowkey (NIKI), SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK (Joji)
The MINISO BE-36 has a lot to offer considering its price. It can compete with other IEMs in the market, including those coming from more popular audio brands.
I’d recommend it to people who listen to music for fun because of its unique and distinct profile.
Shaik, a college student, part-time musician, and proud fur parent. Currently pursuing his degree in architecture.
As a part-time musician, Shaik enjoys expressing his self creatively through music. Whether it's writing original songs or performing covers, music is a significant part of Shaik's life
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