- Outstanding sound and long battery life
- Enhanced Design Enhancement
- Touch Controls Intuitive
When it comes to their new wireless earbuds, the Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch, has a lot to live up to.
The Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch builds on the Melomania 1’s popularity, which is high on our list of the best true wireless earbuds, giving them “intuitive touch controls, stunning sound performance, and world-class battery life”
Over a year after their release, and we are still in love with the original Melomania 1 earbuds, so can near perfection be improved by the heritage audio brand?
Ok, to be sure, we’ll need to spend a little more time with the Melomania Touch, but it looks like Cambridge Audio has done it again, based on our initial checks.
Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch price and release date
Cambridge Audio Melomania, which was released on January 1, 2021, is now available for purchase.
If you’re hoping to save some money, now that they’re a little older, Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 is often very heavily discounted.
Saying that, in the mid-range of the wireless earbud price scale, the newer earbuds are not especially costly, sitting smack-bang; cheaper than the Apple AirPods Pro, but not as budget-friendly as super-cheaper versions like the JLab Go Air.
The Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch has an entirely different design from its predecessors, avoiding the bullet-style layout of housings that fill the outer part of your ear with ear fins to hold them in place.
It’s a welcome improvement, and when we checked them, they definitely felt safe. They’re also compact, weighing just 6g, and a choice of ear tips and ear fins made of silicone means you should be able to find a comfortable fit.
They come with a sleek charging case in the form of a pebble, which you can top up through its USB-C port. The Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch also comes with an IPX4 water-resistance mark, meaning if you use them to work out, they can withstand a little sweat or rain.
A new Transparency mode is another feature that is useful for working out; it works by feeding outside ambient sounds so that you can be conscious of your environment while also enjoying music at the same time. In our initial tests, this performed very well, although they don’t seem as adept at conveying the sound of your surroundings as the Apple AirPods Pro.
The use of two microphones and Qualcomm’s Clear Voice Capture noise-cancelling technology means your voice can sound crisp and clear if you want to make calls with the Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch.
The Melomania Touch looks very attractive overall, and we like the glossy material used on the outer housings of the buds.
As per the name, these housings are touch-sensitive, allowing a series of taps and long-presses to monitor the earbuds.
Although touch controls can be hit and miss, during our brief time testing them, using the Cambridge Audio Melomania was a breeze. They detected our touch very well, and while our touch inputs and subsequent action had a very short lag, it wasn’t enough to make us feel irritated. We’re really impressed so far with how smoothly they run.
The original Melomania 1 provided fantastic sound quality for the price, but thanks to an advanced High Performance Audio Mode that uses hi-fi grade amplification technology, the Melomania Touch should sound even better, the same amplification system used in the company’s award-winning CX line of Hi-Fi amplifiers.
According to Cambridge Audio, this means that with Melomania Touch you will experience “an even greater soundstage, lower noise and a higher dynamic range than ever before with Melomania Touch”
Inside the buds are 7 mm drivers that have been “enhanced with graphene,” a material that the company claims results in “deeper controlled bass, realistic voices and clearer voices” for its rigidity and power.
We were impressed by the audio quality on offer after briefly checking the Melomania Touch, and they seem to represent a step up from their predecessors in this respect.
The gently picked guitar sounded smooth and rich when listening to Matt Berninger’s Collar Of Your Shirt, while the vocals were very simple and precise. A delicate touch was dealt with by pulsing sub bass, while sweeping cello melodies sounded lush and luxuriant.
Although we’re going to need to test them more thoroughly to make a real evaluation of the audio output, we think there’s plenty here to get excited about for audiophiles and casual music listeners alike.
Battery life and connectivity
The Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch comes with a whopping battery life of 50 hours, with nine hours found inside the buds themselves, and the charging case offers another 41 hours.
That’s not quite as long as the 70 hours of the Lypertek Tevi, but the Melomania Touch still lasts much longer than most wireless earbuds on the market today, provided that when we do more thorough testing, they live up to the alleged durability.
Connectivity with Bluetooth 5 implies that these buds should maintain a secure link with your computers, although support for AAC and aptX codec ensures that they should not have any issues streaming high-quality audio over a wireless connection.
In our initial tests, we didn’t find any connectivity problems, and the initial pairing was very simple and easy.
A new app also comes with the Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch, which allows you to change EQ settings, find lost earbuds using location data from your phone, check your battery life, and download updates to firmware.
Although we have yet to test the Melomania software for ourselves, we are excited to play around with the EQ settings and see how these high-spec earbuds’ audio output is affected by that.
We’re pretty impressed so far with the Melomania Touch Cambridge Audio. Our initial tests indicate that they reflect a significant improvement in the quality of audio and battery life, and we like the revamped design. After trying too many wireless earbuds with dodgy touch buttons, the touch-sensitive housings also seem to function very well indeed, which is a relief.
It’s a shame that no noise cancellation is available here, but we daresay these earbuds have been designed with an emphasis on audio quality rather than trying to fit in all the modern specifications that we have come to expect from real wireless earbuds.
Before we can tell, we’ll need to spend more time getting to know the Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch Before we can tell for sure, but everything points to another victory in the field of true wireless earbuds for the heritage audio company.
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