Review: Cambridge Audio Melomania 1

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With a powerful 45 hours battery life, stunning audio quality, and great value for money, the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 earbuds are difficult to beat. Cambridge Audio is known for its high-end audio equipment, so this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. So far, Cambridge Audio has not entered the world of true wireless earbuds. As great as these Why are these wireless earbuds better than Apple AirPods (2019) and our current favorites, the Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Earbuds? Here are our opinions after spending some time testing them.

Price and Availability

Our current favorite true wireless earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM3s, cost $129.99 / £119.95, which works out to AU$185, but we haven’t heard when they will be available in Australia (yet).


These Cambridge Audio Melomania 1s look very sleek indeed, with their compact, bullet-shaped design and slim charging case that fits easily in the pocket of your running shorts or in your purse, if you’ve got one of those. In addition to the LED bands on the outer housing, each bud also features an attractive casing that indicates their pairing and charging There are five LEDs on the front of the charging case, an image echoed in the design of the device’s charging case. With each LED showing 20% of the total battery level, these LEDs light up as soon as the lid is opened, letting you know how much charge the case still has left. It won’t matter whether you use them right away or not, the magnetic holding place will keep your buds secure until you need them again. The length of these earbuds makes them stick out of your ears a little bit when you wear them compared to similar models like the Samsung Galaxy Buds. The lack of an ingenious locking system doesn’t make them insecure, but they do feel insecure at times, especially if you’re wearing them on your head. Initially, we were scared that they would come off if we moved too quickly. Even though we had first-hand reservations, our earphones did not fall out – partly because we switched to a smaller eartip that came with You have a choice between rubber and memory foam tips with Cambridge Audio, so you should have no problem finding one that feels good in your ear and keeps your ear canal sealed well. These earbuds weigh only 4.6g each and are very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They feel secure enough to run with as well. In addition to their water resistance, these headphones also have an IPX5 rating. This means they should be able to handle a little sweat if you choose to use them while

Features and Battery Life

You can pair the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 true wireless earbuds in a flash If Bluetooth connectivity is enabled on your device, you’ll find both earbuds separately in your Bluetooth settings – just tap on one of these to pair them. Take the buds out of their charging cases and connect them via Bluetooth. During our use of the Melomanias, we did not encounter any Bluetooth dropouts, and the connectivity was In keeping with their status as audiophile earbuds, the Melomania 1s are compatible with Bluetooth 5.0, as well as AAC and aptX codecs, so they enable you to listen to lossless Hi-Res audio over a wireless network. They come with outer housings for both wireless earbuds and control buttons on the outside You can increase the volume of your music by pressing and holding the right button, and lower it by pressing and holding the left button. Also available are buttons that skip back and forth through your tracks, answer and reject phone calls, and access your smartphone’s voice assistant, such as Google Assistant and Those of us who are forgetful will be delighted to learn that Cambridge Audio includes a credit card-sized cheat sheet listing all the different pad All you have to do is pop it into your wallet or purse. Whenever you need to push in the earbuds or adjust the fit, you run the risk of pausing your music or skipping a track by mistake because the buttons on the outside of the housing catch on your fingers. It may seem like a small complaint, but it becomes increasingly irritating. I find the battery life to be excellent With their charging case, they provide a further 36 hours of juice on top of the nine hours you get from the buds. The AirPods offer over twice as much playback time despite being more expensive at $159 / £159 / AU$249 with the standard charging case, and $199 / £199 / AU$319 with the Wireless Charging Case included.

Sound Performance

A pair of truly wireless earbuds, the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1s are quite impressive when it comes to sound quality. 

This pair of truly wireless earbuds from Cambridge Audio offers an impressive sound quality when it comes to music. According to Cambridge Audio, these headphones are fitted with 5.8mm drivers with graphene diaphragms, a material that is strong and flexible, and gives them a certain clarity and presence that belies their small.

A strong focus on clarity and presence is fundamental to the Melomania 1s. The Arabesque No. 2 by Debussy is very relaxing. With the 1 Wireless Earbuds, we experienced a precision we have never seen before from a true wireless earbud. A series of complex piano arpeggios descending in speed were displayed with dexterity and grace, the deep bass notes looming out The earbuds were similarly impressive when listening to Bjork’s Venus as a Boy the bass riffs and the jangling percussion were easily navigated, and the vocals were easily captured by the earbuds. started to progress, dreamy string flourishes began to fill the mix, giving the mix an even more expansive soundstage, which made for an incredibly open and expansive Venus As A Boy’s light, textured sound world was handled superbly by the Melomania’s, who melded lush strings and vocals with digital textures to create a sonic panorama as depth and rich as Joga’s giant sonic landscapes. We tested the wireless earbuds with the song Win Is Enough by The Last Artful, Dodgr, to see how the bass frequencies are handled. The mix is characterized by lush synth accents that rise from the depths, while cardioid kick drums thump beneath. Their prominence does not overwhelm the other frequencies, while the vocals remain clear and detailed even when reverberating keys echo.

Final Verdict

You cannot go wrong with the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1s if you’re looking for a pair of true wireless earbuds with audiophile quality. Their appearance is great, they feel comfortable, and the sound quality is excellent. While they do not offer the same noise cancellation technology as the Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Earbuds, they are $100 less (around £80) and feature a superior battery life. They certainly have an edge over Apple AirPods apart from the lack of wireless charging. Though this price may seem high, we think it’s a small price to pay for the unbeatable audio quality, and we think they are also much more affordable.