In Europe we have a greater variety of smart headphones for all tastes. There are tech-laden models, others more focused on providing business experience and among these we find options for all tastes and budgets.
We’ve spent the past few days testing the Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch, the UK company’s latest model, headphones designed to listen to music for hours and hours, with big improvements over the first generation.
Features Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch
- 32-bit dual-core processor.
- Qualcomm QCC3020 audio subsystem with Kalimba DSP.
- Compatible codecs: aptX, AAC, SBC.
- Compatible Perfiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP.
- Dynamic driver with 7 mm membrane reinforced with graphene.
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
- Total harmonic distortion: <0.04% at 1 kHz 1 mW.
- MEMS system with Qualcomm cVc noise cancellation.
- Microphone sensitivity: 100 dB SPL at 1 kHz.
- Microphone response: 100 Hz to 8 kHz.
- Special functions:
- Touch screen with gestures.
- Support for voice assistants.
- Ambient voice mode.
- Melomania app with equalizer.
- 7 hours of playtime on a single charge in performance mode.
- 9 hours of playtime on a low-power charge.
- Additional capacity of the suitcase: 41 hours.
- Total charging time: 2 hours.
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 class 2.
- Transport case: 30 x 72 x 44 mm.
- Helmet: Depth 23 x 24 mm.
- Headphones: 5.9 grams each (11.8 grams for both headphones).
- Charging case: 55.6 grams.
- Total: 67.4 grams.
A very neat design, from the case to the ergonomics
Our first impression of the Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch is overwhelmingly positive. This is due to the design of its case, which has a finish in vegan leather, very pleasant to the touch, with the Cambridge Audio logo embossed on the top.
Looking at the front we see room for 5 LEDs which will light up when opening the case. These LEDs represent the percentage of battery remaining in the case, which is capable of extending the headset battery up to an additional 41 hours.
At the back we appreciate the USB C port which will be used to recharge the case.
When we remove the cover and take the headphones, we are struck by the design of the headphones. They have a design that at one point is strange to us, but whose sensation is passed when we bring them to our ear, distinguished by a very ergonomic design which according to Cambridge Audio is the result of an analysis of over 3000 ears. .
In case the design doesn’t quite match, we have several sizes of ear pads, as well as various silicone hooks to improve support.
The touchscreen is a glossy plastic color and in my opinion that is an area for improvement. This is the only part visible when we wear them and they could have been more stylish using a matte finish, but it’s also true that it’s more of a personal appreciation.
Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch as headphones
As headphones, the Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch are headphones that compete to be among the best in their class. They have an amplifier with Cambridge Audio’s own technology which provides excellent acoustic performance when listening to music.
Beyond listening to music, the latency of these headphones is low enough that you can play video games without noticing a lag between the image you see on the screen and the sound. that we perceive.
By default, we have balanced audio, which we can customize depending on the type of music we’re going to listen to. It’s possible thanks to the app Music touch, available for free on Google Play.
The equalizer has presets for R&B, electronic music, rock, a mode to boost bass and one that highlights vocals, ideal for podcasts or for series in which we want to pay more attention to the bass. conversations. We also have three spaces to create custom EQ settings.
Beyond the equalizer, the Melomania Touch application allows us to update the firmware of the headphones, to calibrate the ambient sound mode when we want to listen to our environment and to access a mode called Find my headphones. This mode will record the location of the last time we were connected to the headset, as well as the ability to choose audio mode (low power or high performance) and choose which touch controls to activate.
Speaking of touch controls, Melomanía Touch panels allow us to:
- Play break.
- Next and previous track.
- Increase and decrease the volume.
- Accept, reject and hang up calls.
- Voice assistant.
- Transparency mode.
Regarding the battery, the Melomania Touch are among the best. Beyond the large battery they have, thanks to the use of graphene in their controller, the power consumption of these headphones is lower than that of other models, which Cambridge Audio says allows it to last up to ‘at 9 o’clock without going through the case. In my experience, I worked several full days with 20% remaining battery left, which left a good impression on us.
Great headphones for those who love music at a price that doesn’t suit all audiences
The Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch are headphones that we liked a lot. While they don’t have active sound cancellation, their isolation and support are good enough that they don’t miss this feature too much.
In terms of sound quality, they are without a doubt among the best models we have tested. We love that with a single charge we can last a full working day, and its battery case expandability is some of the best we’ve ever tested, being able to spend almost a full working week listening. music without having to go through the charging port.
At a price of 139 dollars, we expected additional convenience beyond touch controls and their app. In this price range, the fact that the case supports wireless charging should be a must-have feature, and the active noise cancellation would have been a huge plus as well. These are small details, but these are headphones that are evolving at a price where they are more and more common.
The Melomania Touch can be purchased in January, and if your maxim in TWS headphones is sound quality, comfort, customization through equalizer and outstanding battery life, these are headphones that will meet all your demands.
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