Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition – Review

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Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition

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? The Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition are part of the latest generation of Xiaomi Mi Piston earphones family, among which you can find the great Xiaomi Mi Pro HD, the very famous Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro Hybrid (usually known as Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro), the acclaimed Xiaomi Mi Piston 3, the budget Xiaomi Mi Piston Basic Edition and the originally designed Xiaomi Mi Piston Air Capsule. With so many Xiaomi Mi Piston earphones models being sold their naming becomes quite confusing and the fact that the brand designs them very aesthetically similar many people feel overwhelmed or totally lost regarding to which model they are actually buying.

The Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition are actually the most budget friendly earphone of the line even more low-cost than the Xiaomi Mi Piston Basic Edition.

The curvier and more rounded design of the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition is nearer in resemblance to the design of the Xiaomi Mi Pro HD than to the Xiaomi Mi Piston 3 or the the Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro Hybrid. In comparison, the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition vs Xiaomi Mi Pro HD vs Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro Hybrid, the Fresh Edition has a single dynamic driver and is not an hybrid earphone like the other two, also the price of the Fresh Edition is usually at least 4 to 5 times less.

Despite the budget price, the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition have very solidly constructed aluminum housings with a very nice finish and a front plastic section, cable is more on the basic side if doing a Xiaomi Mi Piston 3 vs Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition comparison, but once again the price of the Fresh Ed. is much lower than the Piston 3. Cable is rounded and rubberized to help with tangling issues and there is also an inline microphone with a 1-button control that lets you play/pause, skip tracks, answer/reject calls.

When looking the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition vs Xiaomi Mi Piston Basic Edition, regarding cable, it can be seen that the cable of the Basic Edition is actually flat and not rounded and the mic/control is differently shaped too. You can buy the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition in a large variety of colors: black, blue, pink, purple or silver (as the unit that we own and are reviewing now).

If you were wondering if the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition have a full official/internal name like what happens with the Xiaomi Mi In-Ear Headphone Pro which are actually fully named Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro Hybrid, we have done the homework and research for you and found that the official name of the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition is actually Xiaomi Mi Piston Huosai 3.

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Accessories & Packaging

Clearly Xiaomi has reduced costs by cutting on packaging and accessories as only 2 pair of eartips are provided with the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition, packaging though is the classic Xiaomi’s minimalist white small square packaging.



Bass & Sub Bass

Bass coming from the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition is powerfully punchy and very deep. Fun and energy do not lack with these earphones, bass will cover even the more demanding music genres without any issues.

Applying an EQ, sub-bass depth obtains a huge increment and becomes much punchier too.

Running the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition through our extreme bass tests they were able to manage up to 50% of a Fiio E12 portable amplifier maximum power while setting it to high gain and bass boost turned on (a custom basshead EQ was applied too). Results were an insane enhancement of sub-bass and mid-bass achieving even a basshead impact and rumble above the Xiaomi Mi Pro HD, slightly above the KZ ATE and below the Best Basshead Earphones such as the Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro Hybrid, KZ ZST, KZ ZS2, Senfer 4in1Elecom EHP-CA3580, Plextone X41M, Puma Bulldogs or the amazing Sony MDR-7550/800st and the unique Pioneer SE-CX8.


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Mids & Vocals

Mids are warm and recessed on lower vocals, mid bass bleeds somewhat overshadows mids, still they do not sound muffled and offer warm and cozy mids. Higher mids do not sound harsh. With an EQ, lower mids sound clearer, less recessed but still midbass takes a lot of space.



Highs & Treble

Highs of the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition are able to resolve slight detail and have a darkish signature but still some brightness is perceived and is not horrendous; overall they result in pleasant non fatiguing highs that are not piercing but it is important to notice that a bit of sibilance may appear at times. Using an EQ there was a great increase of brightness and some more detail was revealed, piercing highs were still not a problem nor strong sibilance.


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Sound Leak

The sound that leaks out of the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition is among an acceptable level and on par with most average earphones, sound leaking will blend in normally noisy situation.



Sound Isolation

The Xiaomi’s sound isolation is excellent, able of reducing ambient noise extraordinarily even while using moderate volume levels. They will totally isolate from surrounding noises if  you crank up the volume.




Comfort, fit and worry-free usage are aspects that the Xiaomi Mi Fresh Edition succeed with perfection, they can be fit in the ears with ease and quickness and at the same time they can be used for very long listening sessions without any type of pain or discomfort.



Response to Equalization

Applying custom EQs, the Xiaomi’s showed remarkable response; bass importantly increased its sub-bass and mid-bass response; mids were able to clear up noticeably on the lower section but still mid-bass bleed was stepping over; highs gained significant more detail and mostly brightness while conserving under control piercing and sibilant highs.


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Frequency Response (raw)

Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition Frequency Response

Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition - Frequency Response
Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition – Frequency Response

Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition


Driver UnitUnknown Sized Dynamic Drivers
Power Capacity5mW
Impedance32 ohms
Frequency Response20-20,000Hz
CordY-type, round cord
Cord Length1.25m
PlugStereo mini plug
Weight (Without Cord)Approx. 14g
Supplied Accessoriesnone

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We highly discourage anyone from trying to apply our testings to your own earphones, the risk of damaging or permanently breaking your iems is absolutely probable to happen. With our standardized equalization and amplification tests we push the limits of the earphones to the extreme. If anyway you decide to do so, we cannot be held responsible of the damage done to your equipment. Do it at your own risk.

Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition