Cambridge Audio Introduces First Over-Ear Wireless Headphones

U.K. audio specialist Cambridge Audio today announced its entry into the fiercely competitive wireless headphones space with its first over-ear model.

Like the recently launched Melomania M100 wireless earbuds, the new Melomania P100 wireless headphones ($279) are equipped with active noise cancellation (ANC) and boast a rated battery life of up to 60 hours, or 100 hours with ANC turned off. A fast-charge mode provides up to 4 hours of playback and ANC has three settings, including a transparency mode.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sound with aptX Lossless technology is employed to ensure CD-quality audio over Bluetooth, with aptX Adaptive supporting higher resolutions up to 24 bits/96 kHz. Each earcup houses a custom 1.6-inch (40 mm) driver featuring three layers of Mylar and neodymium magnets — a combination said to convey “deep, controlled bass, realistic vocals, and beautiful treble clarity.”

The Melomania Connect app brings a seven-band equalizer with six music presets into the fold for personalizing the sound. Like its M100 sibling, the P100 headphones support Gaming Mode, which puts Bluetooth into a low-latency mode, reducing delay to 80 milliseconds and ensuring sound and images are in sync.

In addition to hybrid noise cancellation that uses an array of six microphones to keep noise at bay, the P100 headphones employ Qualcomm’s Clear Voice Calling cVc 8.0 technology to suppress background noise and improve voice clarity during calls.

To ensure a comfortable fit, a lightweight aluminum headband with a soft vegan leather covering supports earcups with memory-foam earpads covered in faux leather. Cambridge says extensive testing was conducted to determine the “ideal clamping force to suit the largest variety of head sizes.”

Both the earpads and battery can be replaced using ordinary tools, and Cambridge provides a carrying case with two cables for wired listening: one with a USB-C connector on one end and a 3.5 mm minijack on the other, and a second with a USB-C connector on each end.

The P100 headphones are offered in black or white and support multipoint connectivity, which enables them to connect with more than one device simultaneously. For more information, visit cambridgeaudio.com.

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Cambridge Audio hopes to reach a larger audience of music enthusiasts who desire both superior audio performance and the flexibility of wireless listening by breaking into the wireless headphone market bubble shooter.

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