ShareMe 5-Better Design, Better Build And Better Sound
July 15, 2017 by Mixcder
Pros: Nice design and build quality, improved sound quality, solid battery life
Cons: ShareMe function doesn’t work ideally, no aptX support
Only a few months after the ShareMe Pro
went on sale, Mixcder, the Shenzhen based Chinese acoustic company
released another set of foldable bluetooth headphones called the Mixcder ShareMe 5, a new
addition to its popular ShareMe headphones line.
I am a little confused with Mixcder's
product naming, though. The first product of the ShareMe series was
named the ShareMe 7, but the newest edition has a name of ShareMe 5.
Since I know Mixcder's products very well, I know which one I should
pick, but for average consumers who know little about the Chinese brand,
those names might be misleading.
Anyway, does the ShareMe 5 offer any
improvements over last year's ShareMe 7, and how does it compare to the
ShareMe Pro? We will try to answer those questions in this review.
Main specs of the Mixcder ShareMe 5
Type: Over-the-ear headphones
Color: Gloss black
Driver Size: 40 mm
Transducer Type: Dynamic
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Bluetooth Profiles Supported: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
Operating Range: 33 feet (10 m)
Just like the other ShareMe headphones
released before, the Mixcder ShareMe 5 come with a very simple retail
package and only a few accessories. You will find a charging cable and an Aux cable inside the box. Since a dedicated wall charger is absent, users will
have to use their smartphone chargers, computers, or other devices with a
USB output to charge these headphones.
Design and build
The first impression I had on the ShareMe 5
is: finally, there are premium-looking headphones from Mixcder! The
ShareMe Pro, which were released earlier this year, might be a huge leap
from the original ShareMe 7 in terms of design and overall build
quality, but the all-plastic build still didn't give them a high-end
feel. Mixcder took a very different approach with the ShareMe 5 so that
they don’t look like any of the previous models.
The ShareMe 5 bluetooth v4.1 headphones are particularly
refined. From the aluminum backing of the earcups and the solid brackets
that hold them in place, to the clean lines and thick ear pads, it is
obvious Mixcder has taken measured steps to offer the users both style
All physical controls are hosted on the
edge of the left earcup. You will find a Power Button and a Volume
Rocker, both are pretty easy to locate. The right earcup plays host to a
Micro USB charging port, an LED indicator and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Like most over the ear headphones, the
ShareMe 5 can be folded for better portability. The mechanism is quite
similar to what we have seen on the original ShareMe 7. But
unfortunately, like their predecessors, the ShareMe 5 do not come with a
The overall build quality of the ShareMe 5
is simply great. These wireless bluetooth headphones feel polished, robust and durable.
Also, those ugly mold lines which really kept the ShareMe 7 from looking
premium are nowhere to be found on the ShareMe 5. To summarize it up,
the ShareMe 5 are by far the best-looking over the ear headphones from
Comfort and isolation
Mixcder headphones never disappoint us
when it comes to comfort, and the ShareMe 5 are no exception. Although
there is metal used on the back of the earcups, and the headphones are a
little larger than many of their peers, still, they are quite light,
and have the right amount of clamping pressure to keep the headphones on
your head while not causing any discomfort. The cushions on the earcups
are also very soft, so is the material used on the bottom side of the
The isolation of the ShareMe 5 is slightly
above the average of headphones without active noise cancelling, thanks
to the tight fit. You don’t necessarily have to turn the volume all the
way up to drown out the noises surrounding you. For me, I only need to
fix the volume at 60% - 70% to ignore other folks’ voices while standing
on a crowded bus.
Connection and the ShareMe function
Connecting the ShareMe 5 with your
smartphone, or other sources with Bluetooth is as simple as it can be.
Hold the power button for a few seconds until the LED besides the
charging port flashes in red and blue, the headphones are ready to
connect. The connection is pretty solid once it is set up, I could leave
my smartphone in my bedroom and still enjoy music with the ShareMe 5 on
the balcony of the living room.
However, as you can guess from the product
naming, the major selling point of the ShareMe series headphones is the
ShareMe function, and the ShareMe 5 can share music not only with
another set of ShareMe 5, but also with a set of ShareMe Pro. Pairing
two sets of ShareMe headphones is also quite simple, just hold the power
button on both units until both LED indicators flash in red and blue,
then the connection between the two units will be established
automatically. There will be a primary unit and a secondary unit, the
primary one, on which the LED indicator still flashes in red and blue,
is ready to pair with your source, while the secondary one has its LED
indicator lighting in static blue.
I paired the ShareMe 5 up with a unit of
ShareMe Pro. In my personal experience, keeping the two units of
headphones and the source close, the sounds coming from both units of
headphones are in sync most of the time, but the secondary headphone did
lose connection for about 1 second every now and then. For people with
OCD like me, that could be a pain in the ass.
Little Mix – Shout out to My Ex
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Beyonce – Daddy Lessons
Alicia keys – Unthinkable
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Let's Eat
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – White Privilege
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
Maroon 5 – Harder to Breathe
Gavin DeGraw – Fire
DNCE – Cake by the Ocean
Demi Lovato – Cool for the Summer
Snow Patrol – Run
Emeli Sande – Clown
Drake – Controlla
G-Eazy – Calm Down
Nick Jonas – Chains
99 Souls ft. Destiny's child & Brandy – The Girl is Mine
Sources: Shanling M5, Fiio X7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Microsoft Surface Pro 3
The two earlier models from Mixcder's
ShareMe line didn't really excite us in terms of sound quality, the
ShareMe 5 really have a lot to prove. After 48 hours of burning in and
some serious listening with many different sources, I have the
confidence to say that the ShareMe 5's performance in sound quality is
really a pleasant surprise.
Please don't get me wrong, these are still
not musical headphones designed for audiophiles. But compared to the
hollow-sounding ShareMe 7 and the too-boomy ShareMe Pro, the ShareMe 5
did have a more musical sound profile. There is still great emphasis on
the bass, but unlike the thumpy and tight beats we had experienced with
the ShareMe Pro and many other entry-level headphones, the punches of
the ShareMe 5 were more precise, more relaxed and more refined.
The midrange of these headphones sounded
okay, although by no means exceptional. Vocals were generally clear, and
weren't subdued by the more dominant bass. Still, compared to
higher-end headphones such as B&O BeoPlay H8 and Marshall Major, the
lack of depth and details could still bother those audiophiles.
The treble was somewhat recessed, but very
smooth. Treble extension wasn't quite there, and headphone nuts might
miss those intricate details in the higher end. Fortunately, the ShareMe
5 was quite forgiving to low quality recordings, as the warmth and
thickness easily veiled the flaws in the details.
Like all headphones in the same price
range, the ShareMe 5 didn't really offer much soundstage. Complex
recordings could sound busy, and sometimes even muddled. Instrument
separation was generally fine, but it was hard to tell the positioning
of these instruments and vocals sometimes.
Using these headphones wired wouldn't
elevate the sound quality by a mile, but the improvement was still
noticeable: the bass presence was less dominant, thickness and warmth
gave some way to details, and the overall sound was a little more
layered and cleaner in general.
For a set of headphones without aptX
support, the ShareMe 5 did exceed our expectations in terms of sound
quality, and were acceptable for videos, broadcasting and even pop
Battery life has always been a strong suit
of Mixcder headphones, and the ShareMe 5 did not dishonor the
tradition. In our battery rundown test, streaming music with a
relatively high volume, the 5 lasted a little more than 12 hours. In the
real life experience, using these headphones for an average of 2 hours
per day, I can leave them unplugged for an entire week.
The Mixcder ShareMe 5 are easily our
favorite product from the Chinese brand by far. We loved their
simplistic but premium design, great build quality and impressive
performance. There were still things that let us down a little bit, such
as the imperfections of the ShareMe functions, and the lack of aptX
support…. but given the $55.99 price tag, all of them could be easily
forgiven. I remember saying in the reviews of the ShareMe Pro that if
you didn’t need the ShareMe function, your money could be better spent
on the Ausdom M05. With the ShareMe 5, it is more difficult to recommend
anything over it. In the same price range, the Ausdom M05 would still
be my No.1 pick in terms of sound quality, but the more modern design of
the ShareMe 5 is also very tempting, and may be the deciding factor for
some. But either way, your money won’t be spent in vain.
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