The ME500 PE has good sub-bass quantity and there is nice extension. The sub-bass reproduction is able to provide a quick rumble. The bass decay contributes to an agile expression. The bass texture is rendered in a smooth manner. The mid-bass has fair body and the slam is expressed well with punch. Each bass note is delivered with impact and precision.
The midrange of the ME500 PE is expressed well with details and body. There is good transparency level. The lower midrange has moderate quantity and male vocals are presented clearly albeit a leaner expression. The upper midrange has greater emphasis and the forwardness results in a vivid female vocals display. The midrange is detailed and engaging.
The treble is extended well and there is good articulation. There is no sibilance and harshness. The treble has moderate body. The amount of air rendered is good and there is an airy feeling. There is well-defined crisp and the sparkle helps to inject energy at the top end. The treble expression is clean and detailed.
There is a natural soundstage expression. The width is good which aids in the spacious presentation. There is an effective amount of depth rendered.
EL1-25B Balanced Cable
Shanling offers an optional upgrade cable EL1-25B to pair with the ME500 Platinum Edition for 119 USD.
The cable is made of high-purity single crystal copper and it has a 8 core (Each core has 22 wires) braided design with MMCX connectors. On the connectors, there are blue & red rings on the left and right side respectively. The cable has a formed ear-hook without memory wire that is enclosed in a transparent heat shrink tube. The chin slider and y-splitter are grey in colour. The y-splitter sports the brand logo. The jack is 2.5mm balanced gold plated straight with strain relief and it has brass housing.
There is greater sub-bass emphasis. The presentation is tighter and the slam provides more punch. Each bass note is articulated with more authority. The midrange has higher transparency level and vocals are belted out in a clearer manner. There is a more engaging expression. The treble has a little more extension and there is better details retrieval. There is a more enveloping soundstage.