Cambridge Audio continues to increase its catalog of headphones. After launching the Melomania 1 on the market, they now present us with a renewed and improved model with the 1+, which maintain the same price as the previous model, but offer new features. Cambridge Audio’s proposal is attractive: true wireless in-ear headphones with up to 9 hours of uninterrupted playback and at a truly attractive price. We tell you how it has developed in our hands in our review of the Melomania 1+ headphones.
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The Melomania 1+ arrives in an elegant monochrome black and white box, with a book-shaped opening. This type of packaging has become more and more popular in recent years in more and more products, and although it is always a subjective issue, we like them a lot, since they allow access to the content more easily than with the classic sliding boxes and to be able to use it to re-save what we need quite comfortably.
The first thing we can find inside is a letter of thanks signed by the CEO of cambridge-studio along with the quick start guide, which we recommend you read before starting to use earpieces to correctly understand the light indications and not have problems when pairing them with your devices.
In addition to the helmets themselves and the cargo and transport box, which we will talk about later, it includes a metallic USB-A to USB-C cable, which we have personally found to be of good quality and quite pleasant to the touch. We also found eight replacement pads of different sizes, 4 silicone and another 4 viscoelastic. We recommend you try several and choose the one that best suits your ears, since this is an aspect of great importance when it comes to getting a good hold on the headphones and ensuring that the sound is adequate.
design and construction
Both the cover and the earpieces themselves have an elegant matte black color, which has also been quite pleasant to the touch. The latter fit inside the case thanks to a satisfactory magnetization that ensures that they are charging correctly. Materials feel of good qualitywhich is always an aspect to be thankful for in a product with these characteristics.
On the other hand, the bullet shape used in the helmets has caught our attention, resulting in a fresh design compared to what we can find in other bluetooth headsets. In addition, this is not a problem when talking about its fastening in our ear, having stayed glued to our ears even when used for sports. However, as we have previously recommended, it may be necessary to change the pads to ensure the best possible support.
The autonomy of the headphones is good, offering up to 9 hours of continuous playback and 45 hours of autonomy using the charging case, according to Cambridge Studio specifications. In our tests, we have been able to use the earpieces for several days in a row without charging in the box and We have not run out of battery at any time, so their autonomy is more than enough for any use we want to give them. A low consumption mode is also included, which we can activate through the Cambridge Studio companion application, which will allow us to squeeze a few more hours of battery life, if for some reason we need to use them especially extensively or we are not going to be able to charge them in days.
Good sound and functionality
when listening to music, The Melomania 1+ stands out especially in the middle and high sounds, where they present a great contrast and a great richness in the details, especially remarkable in earpieces of this size. The bass leaves a bit to be desired in that aspect, not offering a fidelity similar to that of the highest frequencies, but it is something common and unavoidable in headphones of such a contained size.
The latter can be alleviated to some extent using your app (which we recommend you also use to update the firmware of the earpieces) to change the equalization depending on our tastes and the music we use. The application itself has specific equalizations depending on the musical genres that we want to use. However, the standard equalization is very well achieved for most situations.
When using the Melomania 1+ in other aspects, such as sports or video games, the headphones defend themselves as well as in the case of music, offering good clarity in voices and ambient sound. Perhaps in these areas, the unavoidable latency is more noticeable than in music, since it involves Bluetooth devices, but it should not be a problem in most cases.
Finally, we also wanted to mention that the earpieces include a microphone, a function that today is essential both to use functions such as the voice commands of our digital assistants and to answer calls. The sound quality of the microphone is quite clear for a headset of this sizeso its use is more than adequate.
As you may have intuited by reading this analysis, our experience with the Melomania 1+ has been very positive. The new addition to Cambridge Audio’s range of headphones brings us surprising sound quality for devices of this size, standing out especially in the medium and high sound frequencies and in their long autonomy. All this, together with their elegant design and ease of use and pairing with our devices, make them excellent bluetooth headphones for daily use.