Designed to work with laptops, tablets, portable audio players and smartphones, the Melomania 1 – named after the live music venue on the ground floor of Cambridge Audio’s London R&D centre – sets a new standard for British-designed Bluetooth headphones by combining premium materials, precision engineering, high quality wireless audio performance and superior battery life.
With up to nine hours of battery life on a single charge, the Melomania 1 boasts significantly more stamina than many of its true wireless rivals – and it doesn’t have to end there. The supplied charging case enables the user to fully recharge the headphones as many as four times over, resulting in a further 36 hours of on-the-go use.
But for a company coming from Cambridge Audio, the Melomania 1 would also have to excel in terms of sound quality for true wireless earbuds. The company has been crafting transparent-sounding, beautifully-engineered British audio products for over 50 years, and its award-winning London-based design team has ensured the Melomania 1 is no exception.
The Melomania 1’s 5.8mm drivers use graphene in their diaphragms, a lightweight material selected by Cambridge Audio’s engineers for its outstanding strength and flexibility. Those qualities give these headphones the dynamism and response to deliver music with a clarity and presence that belies their tiny size and near-imperceptible weight.
Boasting Qualcomm's latest true wireless platform, the true wireless design also incorporates Bluetooth 5 technology for superb energy efficiency and signal stability. The headphones have a Class 1 wireless range of up to 30m, and are able to carry the latest high quality AAC and aptX codecs – meaning all smartphone users can enjoy lossless wireless audio with no signal drops.
The Melomania 1's were designed for real-world use, whether that means powering through a week’s worth of the commute to work or surviving a training session in less than ideal conditions. The headphones weigh just 4.6g each and are supplied with a choice of silicone and memory foam ear tips. These allow the user to tailor the fit to ensure an ideal combination of comfort, noise isolation and sound quality.
Of course, as many other companies have already learned, designing such tiny earbuds such as the Melomania 1, doesn't help when it comes to capturing voice for phone calls. Cambridge Audio did their best to compensate that with carefully selecting and tuning the MEMS microphones and leveraging Qualcomm’s Clear Voice Capture (cVc) noise-cancelling technology.
And thanks to IPX5 certification, the Melomania 1 is also fully protected against water and sweat, so the headphones don’t have to come off just because there’s a sudden rain shower or the user is about to attempt a new personal best. Probably the product's only drawback will be the choice of using a Micro USB charging port instead of USB-C, something that Cambridge Audio will probably revise in their second generation.
The Melomania 1 are now available, priced at just $129.95.