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Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch Earbuds, True Wireless Bluetooth 5.0, Hi-Fi Sound, in-Ear Stereo Ear Buds for iPhone and for Android (Black)
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- FIRMWARE UPGRADE (AUGUST 2021, v.2.1.9) – Cambridge Audio released a firmware update to enhance Melomania Touch's connectivity and reliability; making these superior sounding, excellent performing earbuds for audio clarity and crispness.
- UP TO 50 HOURS PLAYTIME - Up to 9 hours playback without recharging the Melomania Touch ear buds. Case battery holds an additional 41 hours of charge. 30 minutes to charge earbuds; 2 hours to charge the case via USB-C (cable included).
- GRAPHENE ENHANCED 7mm DRIVERS - Graphene is incredibly lightweight, flexible and strong. Used in the construction of our Melomania driver diaphragms, this strength-to-weight ratio generates a dynamic and responsive performance.
- LET THE OUTSIDE IN - The scalable transparency mode connects you to your environment at the tap of a button - without removing your headphones.
- DESIGNED FOR YOU - Crafted using datapoints from over 3,000 pairs of ears, Melomania Touch is the ultimate in secure comfort. Discover your perfect fit with multiple ear-tip and comfort-band combinations.
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Unrivalled sound quality
Greater soundstage. Lower noise. Higher dynamic range. Melomania Touch features Cambridge Audio’s unique High Performance Audio Mode – the same amplification technology found in our award-winning hi-fi systems. It’s what delivers the best possible sound quality in a wireless headphone.
Feel every beat
Enjoy your music as the artist intended – whatever the genre. Custom designed 7mm Graphene-enhanced drivers control sound across the full frequency range, so you can feel the emotive impact of every detail.
Up to 50 hours of your favourite tunes
Enjoy your music when you want, for as long as you want. Play your tunes uninterrupted for up to 9 hours, on a single earbuds charge. Or charge in the case to extend your battery life, for another 41 hours of music.
Enjoy full-day comfort
We used datapoints from over 3,000 ears, to ensure you get the perfect fit. Choose from a selection of silicone tips and fins. Soft and flexible, they adapt to your personal ear contours to keep you comfortable throughout the day – whether you’re on long calls, or a music marathon.
Immerse yourself in the music you love
Enjoy the music you love, with no external sound. Highly-optimised passive noise isolation gives you uncompromised, high-fidelity sound – while effectively minimising background noise. The custom fit forms a perfect seal, so you can tune out your surroundings and lose yourself in the music.
Tap into your surroundings
Transparency mode lets you shift your attention to what’s going on around you. With a single tap, you can tune into the sound of your surroundings. So you can hold conversations and listen to announcements – without removing your earbuds or stopping your music.
Melomania App: Complete control, at your fingertips
Take control of everything your earbuds offer – from sound enhancement to custom controls. Enhance bass or vocals with our EQ presets, or create your own custom 5-band EQ setting. The app also gives you access to helpful features, like Find My Earbuds, Transparency variation and battery charge details.
Siri & Google compatible
Simply double-tap your earbud to activate your favourite voice assistant. Control everything from volume, to calls, to notifications – without touching your phone.
Clear Voice Calls
Hear clear detail with minimal distraction. Qualcomm’s Clear Voice Capture is perfect for calls – at home or on the go.
What’s in the box?
2 x Earbuds, 1 x Case, 1 x USB-A to USB-C charging cable, 4 x Small Silicone tips, 4 x Medium Silicone tips (2 pre-fitted) , 4 x Large Silicone tips, 2 x Small Silicone selectable fins, 2 x Medium Silicone selectable fins (pre-fitted), 2 x Large Silicone selectable fins
|Melomania Touch||Melomania 1+|
|Drivers||7mm Graphene-enhanced||5.8mm Graphene-enhanced|
|High Performance Audio Mode||✓||✓|
|Battery life||Up to 50 hrs (9+41)||Up to 45 hrs (9+36)|
|Fit / Controls||Ergonomic / Touch controls||Bullet design / Push controls|
|Noise isolation||Passive noise isolation||Passive noise isolation|
|Siri & Google compatible||✓||✓|
|Melomania App compatible||✓||✓|
|Sweat and water resistant||IPX4||IPX5|
|Blueetooth||True Wireless 5.0||True Wireless 5.0|
Designed and Engineered in the UK
For the last 50 years, we’ve worked hard to deliver products that help you to hear your music at it’s very best - with nothing added, nothing taken away. Designed and engineered in London, by the same team responsible for our award-winning Hi-Fi, Melomania 1+ are no exception. Immerse yourself in high-quality audio, without the hassle of wires, wherever you are.
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|Item Dimensions||3.12 x 1.81 x 384 inches||2.32 x 1.97 x 0.87 inches||0.94 x 0.86 x 1.22 inches||0.86 x 0.76 x 0.64 inches||2 x 2 x 1 inches|
|Item Weight||2.40 ounces||1.62 ounces||1.60 ounces||—||0.15 ounces|
|Special Features||USB connectivity, Android, wireless, Lightweight||Android, wireless, Lightweight||iOS Phone Control, Noise Cancellation, Microphone Feature||Noise Isolation||Active Noise Cancellation up to 28dB, 4-Microphone Noise Cancellation Technology, Superior Sound with Dual Composite Dynamic Drivers, 7 Hours + 25 Hours Playtime with Charging Case, Wireless Charging; Low Latency Mode, IPX5 Sweat & Water Resistant, Intuitive Touch control + Volume control, Single Earbud Mode, Activate Voice Assistant|
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Edit: Yikes, lots of bugs so far. Considering returning them despite the good audio quality. Here’s the list...
1. Random disconnect on right bud after 40 minutes. Would not re-pair until put in and taken out of the case, seems as though it entirely froze up since it would not turn off or respond but the led was still flashing.
2. When transparency mode is enabled and you put one bud in the case, transparency mode turns off for the other bud and won’t re-enable in the app, even after force closing and re-opening application and toggling it.
3. When taking one bud out it sometimes doesn’t auto-reconnect and has to be manually put in pairing mode on the earbud to connect again.
4. Having them pair individually is a major PITA; in your Bluetooth settings you’ll see R and L, as they individually connect to your phone it seems. This is great and all, but it means it’s more of a hassle to unpair and repair when needed.
I reset the buds just now and will report in a day or two if I still see the same behavior or if it’s fixed. Original review below:
So, I have to say, I like these a lot. I bought these on release day since I’ve been looking for a well-balanced true wireless earbuds that’s water resistant, stylish and has good battery life, without all the fluff (I’m looking at you, Beats). I originally tried the Sony WF-1000XM3 and found the sound profile to be a bit too tinny, with the earbuds themselves a bit too bulky. I returned those a few weeks ago and now have these. So let’s do a quick overview.
Fit: At first, these were uncomfortable to me. The tips and ear gels were not right, but luckily Cambridge includes small medium and large, and indicates which is right or left so swapping is easy. Once I swapped for larger tips and smaller ear gels on both ears, the fit and noise isolation was tremendously better.
Design: I like these...a lot. I’m used to click buttons (like my Jabra 65T) but the touch here is really good. There’s a ton of versatility in the commands they give you, and I may have accidentally raised the volume a few times because I skipped the manual at first, but it’s very intuitive once you get the hang of it. Siri on my phone works flawlessly, skipping songs, pausing music, etc. all work without issue. The buds themselves are a little larger than I’m used to, but the design is very ergonomic, and SO MUCH BETTER than the Sony earbud variant. Surprisingly lightweight for the battery life rating.
Battery: Too soon to tell! I’ll report back soon.
Calls: This is where I had some issues...when on calls, the audio intermittently (I mean once every few minutes) seems to bounce between the buds for a quarter of a second, as if the connection was lost. It goes back, but then a little while later does the same. This is with my iPhone 12 directly in front of me. Otherwise, the other party seemed to hear me perfectly fine, audio levels were good and it was pleasant enough. That audio jump issue is something that is hopefully fixed by firmware updates.
Software: The iOS app is fantastic - and I don’t say that lightly. It’s aesthetically pleasing, the equalizer works well, firmware update was quick, settings changes (like disabling touch gestures) is flawless. The best looking audio companion app I’ve ever seen. Sony’s is a joke by comparison, which is a shame because Sony’s app works well but is frustrating to use.
Audio : Here’s a brief summary - bass is great, kids are great, and highs are good - but not great. The sound profile is excellent, better than the WF-1000XM3 (but not the WH/over-ear variant) but not perfect. Bass is crisp and clear, without being muddy. Highs are warm without being over the top. Miss are fine...but even with boosting on the equalizer, pale just a tad in comparison to the highs and bass. I’m not an audio phone by ANY MEANS - I mean I’m rating Bluetooth earbuds using AAC codec on an iPhone 12. But for 99.9% of people these sound excellent, and even though I’m picky I like these a lot.
More to come on my review soon!
Initial review*: So far so good. I have worn them for a few hours today, both at work and in the gym. They fit comfortably as soon as I changed the rubber ear inserts to the medium size provided. If you download the app you can adjust the EQ settings. I'm having a little trouble trying to get the firmware to update on my earbuds though. May have to contact technical support.
I find the touch controls a little too sensitive if I'm trying to adjust them in my ear. They turn on as soon as you pull them out of the case. If you accidentally touch it, it will pause or play the music. I wish there was a way to adjust the touch sensitivity. They do a pretty decent job blocking out ambient noise. And they did pair effortlessly with my Samsung Note 10+.
That said, day 1 of ownership, I'm satisfied with my purchase so far.
There are times when these headphones truly blow me away, and those are all based around the sound they are able to produce. The bass will rattle with the bass boost on bumping some Wu-Tang, the hosts of the Stuff You Should Know Podcast sound especially crisp while using the "voice setting", and the soundscapes of Björk become even more fascinating using the "electronic" setting. But there are also times I reach for my Melomania 1's because they're almost as good and these feel under baked.
There are times when these will randomly drop Bluetooth connection for seemingly no reason, while sitting typing away at my desk. They also seem to have some issues securely connecting to the charging contacts in the case regardless of the size tip/upper ear band combo you use. Even if it did always work using say the smallest options, the fact is every size included in the box should seamlessly fit in the charging case and always provide you with a secure charging experience, as was the case with the Melomania 1's. I also have had trouble identifying the correct fit for my ears with the buds slowly falling out over the course of an hour or so with any size combination included in the box (3rd party materials not yet tested). And the battery life is also diminished compared to the 1's but not significantly, and may be attributed to my lack of charging capability. Overall, if you want a workhorse wireless bud, stick to the Melomania 1's, if you need something comfortable with amazing sound quality for a short period of time, these will work for you, but for who knows how long.
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1-despite using the eartips included in the box they regularly disconnect from the charging pins in the case and turn themselves on whilst in my bag, sometimes connecting to my phone and causing havoc.
2- Nine times out of ten they don't connect to my phone at all when removed from the case, or just one of the earbuds connects and that forces me to put them back in the case and press and hold them there to factory reset them. Doing this ofc means I have to unpair them with my phone and they loose all of the settings from the app.
3- IF I manage to get them to connect correctly then about 2/3 of the time a glitch happens where the volume control on my phone freaks out and keeps jumping up and down making them unlistenable and I'm forced to, you guessed it, factory reset them.
4- the app is a shoddy barely working joke. Half the time if I manage to connect the earbuds the app won't register them as connected so I cannot control them.
5- the firmware upgrades... I have had to do 2 firmware upgrades since I first bought these earbuds and BOTH times it has gone badly with only one earbud updating successfully leaving me to, drumroll please, Factory effing reset them! When the process finally works the buds are just as shoddy and just as broken as before.
6- the touch controls just plain don't work most of the time either and I keep pressing them accidentally when seating the buds in my ears.
7- the microphones are barely functional and sound awful on phone calls to the point where I'm forced to remove one and hold it in front of my mouth so the other person can hear. At which point the hateful touch controls usually activate and end the call.
In conclusion I loved my melomania 1s and was so excited to try the 'upgrade' suffice to say I have not been this disappointed in a product in a long long time. All of my goodwill for Cambridge Audio has dried up and after 3 weeks of struggling with them, talking to customer services, being promised firmware fixes that don't deliver and growing to despise them I will be refunding these as soon as I have done with this review.
Cambridge Audio should be ashamed of themselves for shipping something so half-baked and broken to the general public. Don't buy these, save yourself the disappointment and hassle.
Provided you achieve a good seal, which isn't too difficult given the ergonomic design of the melomania touch with the switchable wing tips (called comfort bands - 3 sizes included in the box) and earbud tips (also 3 sizes included in the box), they are undoubtedly one of, if not the best sounding TWS as of February 2021. I see many people have complained about connectivity, but honestly I've noticed no issues whatsoever - make sure you download the melomania app and update the firmware, because I suspect many of these individuals are running on early dated releases. Cambridge Audio supported the predecessing Melomania 1's very well post-launch to iron out kinks, and it is no different here; if anything it is even better because the app allows for effortless updating.
Speaking of the app, it is incredibly clean and intuitive - it could easily pass as something developed by the likes of a software giant such as Sony. There are plenty of options to customise to your liking, including a very appreciated option to force the phone to only ever use aptX codec. Another great thing in the app is the equaliser, which if you increase the sliders is actually able to increase the volume without distortion - THANK YOU, CA! I use my earbuds to do active stuff and I need them to be loud. There are so many equalizers that add distortion when you move the sliders up. You are also able to enable transparency mode via the app (or the earbud), which is a very useful and underrated feature for a variety of reasons, most obvious being your safety, especially when used at night. Noise cancelling didn't make the cut unfortunately, but given the price it's a trade-off I am willing to make and to be honest if you have a good seal, which you should anyway for the best sound quality, most of the external noise is blocked out anyway. Noise cancellation also negaticely affects sound quality with some earbuds. There is a high-performance option in the app which I yse exclusively and this allows for about 6-7 hours battery life on the earbuds. The low-performance mode allows for a couple extra hours at the expense of soynd quality, although to be honest the difference is negligible. I have no need for more than 6-7 hours so I just leave it in high performance mode.
Now, onto my few criticisms with the device: first, the touch controls. Honestly they should have just stuck with physical buttons because they are just too sensitive and it's hard to adjust the fit without triggering them. At the moment I have turned off all the earbud controls in the app besides double tap for previous/next track and triple tap for transparency mode, since these two are less difficult to trigger accidentally. I know a common complaint with physical buttons is that they hurt a bit when pressed since the earbuds are slightly jammed into the ear, but you quickly get used to how much pressure to use when pressing them so that they don't hurt. I also find that this occasional mild pressure helps recover the seal for the duration that you have them in. Also, please if you read this Cambridge Audio, release some foam eartips for the touch just like you did for the melomania 1's - they are just substantially more comfortable and also help maintain a seal better. Due to the ergonomic design of the Melomania Touch, I find when you move your face to laugh, smile etc and your ear canals contract, it is slightly uncomfortable because they occupy so much of the inner ear section compared to the melomania 1's which stuck out like plugs. It's a trade-off they made to make the earbuds more compact and visually appealing, which I am happy about, but I feel like foam eartips would help mitigate that occasional uncomfort. Also, the case, despite being compact with a nice leather texture, it does not have wireless charging or fast charging. This really isn't a big deal for me since they get charged overnight anyway and you only save about 2 seconds by placing them on a charge pad opposed to plugging it in.
Overall they are a very versatile set of earbuds that offer fantastic sound quality and value for money and require only foam eartips to be the icing on the cake, which I suspect Cambridge Audio probably have on their to-do list. Thanks for taking the time to read my review. I really like this product and I am happy to thoroughly share my honest thoughts so people might be able to use them to predict if they would be the best option for themselves. They are certainly worth a punt at the fairly modest price they are set at in my opinion.
I use Tidal masters so APTX was a must, the difference is audible, the distance between instruments and lyracists is brilliant and only really matched by my Sennheiser over ears.
The problems come when trying to use it with more than one device.
My MacBook connects but refuses to deliver audio to the headphones, my PC doesn't acknowledge it exists, my android phone is the only thing that will reliably pair to it and even then it always only connects to one headphone at a time then i have to wake up the other one before it connects to it.
There has been one firmware update already so at least they are updating it regularly. The app ain't that great either, I think this is a hit or miss type scenario. I am not sure I will keep them but if I don't I will definitely miss the quality and instrument separation.
Now on firmware 1.3.1 the connection has been rock solid on all of the above and switches between them quickly now. The phone callquality has improved as well. Basically all of the things I whine about above is now sorted. The app is even better now.
Original review - I really do want to like these Melomania Touch but it is still clearly very early days for these earbuds.
First of all these sound great. There is little to be gained in comparing their sound to other pairs of headphones and in-ear monitors that I own other than to say that they can hold their own against all of them. These aren't for critical listening but for having music with me when I'm out and about and getting on with other stuff. For this there is plenty to like about the way they deliver up your music and sonically nothing to complain about. They deliver across the spectrum for my particular tastes: enough bass, enough treble, plenty of detail and clarity. More than anything they seem to serve up the music with an awful lot more enjoyment than others I own - to the point that for the few days I owned them I've chosen to listen to these even though I didn't need the flexibility or portability of wireless earbuds. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything in the music when I have these on. The equaliser settings in the app make a noticeable difference to the sound, so if you need more treble, mids or bass it's all there, although personally I find the standard balanced settings suit me best.
Ergonomically they suit my (small) ear well and, despite approximately half of the main body protruding (rather than sitting in) my ear, the rubber tips and wings keep them securely in place while I move about. I've worn these continuously for five hours with no discomfort. The touch controls are useful and, after taking some getting used to, work most of the time and certainly consistently enough for me to use this as the main form of control without having to reach for my phone. Sometimes they do seem to struggle to get the timing right (was that one, two or three taps?) but this could be my inability to hit the side of my head accurately enough - a skill I never though would be useful so I've never practised. Build quality is good and they feel like a quality product although the shiny surface does need a clean now and then. The passive sound isolation is good and the transparency mode is great - although it does annoy my family that I won't take them out to talk to them.
But then...getting these connected can be tricky proposition. I've owned these about five days now and for the first few days of casual listening I had the odd glitch with getting connected. The app in particular seems reluctant to do it's job and I've had to revert to connecting manually via the Bluetooth settings on my phone. Sometimes they will initially only play through one ear, so start again and reconnect...app not recognising them...back to the bluetooth settings and so on. Eventually when they are set up they tend to keep their connection fine (for example while my phone is next to me typing this). However I have experienced some disconnections, particularly in the left bud, when my phone is in my right rear pocket. Change to left rear pocket and the problem disappears. The sound quality once connected has made this nuisance worthwhile - I'm used to some inconvenience if it gets me exactly what I want and all of this seemed like a fair trade off.
However, on the day of writing this getting connected has been a major problem. App says no and so does the phone's bluetooth settings. Reset earbuds, once, twice, three times. Phone can see the buds, connects, disconnects, connect again etc etc. while I sit doing nothing just watching the status change every few seconds. App does nothing. One ear bud connects and I get music. The other one can't be bother turning up to the party so they both get put back into the charging case and we start all over again. All in all, of the two hours I had to listen to music (a rare opportunity in my house and a credit to the sound quality that I chose these over more expensive kit) and I have spent 1.5 hours trying to connect them. That's a fail in my book - if I can't listen to music through headphones when I have the time too then what's the point?
I can't quite bring myself to send these back but any more of this and I'm afraid I will have too. I want to like these so much and when they are connected I really do - enough to bore people about it! But at the moment I couldn't recommend these to anybody who just needs a product to work and only wants a single set of earphones. The connection issues remind me of the woes of trying to play mp3s though one of those radio transmitters that I used to plug into the cigarette lighter of the car 15 years ago. Eventually I fear the frustration will get the better of me and I'll stop using them altogether.
I know it's early doors for these earbuds (they were released 11 days ago) and if Cambridge can get this together I will happily change this review (and I really want to). I just hope they do it before I have a temper tantrum, put them back in their Jiffy bag and back off with the post man again as not fit for purpose. Come on Cambridge Audio - get it together, this is a great sounding product that just doesn't work well enough for most people.