Shenzhen-based audio gear producer Shanling is finest identified for its digital audio gamers and Bluetooth amplifiers. We have reviewed the Shanling M0, a compact digital audio participant that punches above its weight when it comes to each dimension and value. Nevertheless, the corporate additionally manufactures earphones – each wired and wi-fi. Contemplating that true wi-fi audio is the large craze proper now, Shanling has launched its first true wi-fi earphones, the MTW100, in India.
Priced at Rs. 5,999 onwards, the Shanling MTW100 is apparently obtainable in two variants with several types of drivers. You may have dynamic drivers for Rs. 5,999, or technically superior balanced armature drivers for Rs. 6,999. We have had the possibility to evaluation each variants of those reasonably priced true wi-fi earphones. Learn on to seek out out if this little-known model has what it takes to make a mark within the reasonably priced true wi-fi phase in India.
Shanling MTW100 design and specs
The Shanling MTW100 earphones can be found in three color choices, however your selection of color additionally has to do along with your selection of driver. The black and pink variations of the MTW100 use balanced armature drivers, whereas the white one has dynamic drivers. On this case, your selection of color has a particular influence on efficiency.
No matter color you select, the earphones include a contrasting case. The black case is orange inside, the pink case is black inside, and the white case is pink inside. These dual-tone color combos look good, and the instances have matching straps connected on the again. The outer, shiny casings of the earphones are colored, whereas the interior components are matte black plastic for all three variants. We fairly preferred the black variant, and significantly the black-orange combo of its case.
The Shanling MTW100 earphones themselves look good, with a novel form. They’re small with barely prolonged stems on the backside the place the microphones are. A Shanling emblem is seen on the outer aspect of every earpiece. There are contact sensors slightly below the logos which management playback and the transparency mode, and small energy indicator lights simply above them. Quantity cannot be managed from the earphones, and can should be adjusted on the paired machine.
In the case of match and luxury, the Shanling MTW100 is among the many finest within the funds true wi-fi phase. The earphones are mild, and with the precise ideas we have been capable of get a safe, noise isolating match that successfully stored noise out. The transparency mode labored properly, however made ambient sound really feel a bit synthetic and ‘piped by way of’. It was solely really efficient when no music or sound was being performed on the earphones, since music tended to overpower what the microphones have been capable of choose up from our environment.
The charging case seems to be lots just like the earphones when it comes to end and styling, and is compact sufficient to hold round in your pocket. The earphones latch into place within the case magnetically, and can energy on or off mechanically if wanted. Three small LEDs mild as much as inform you the ability degree of the case when the earphones are positioned in it. We weren’t very impressed with the hinge of the lid, although; whereas it appeared trendy and trendy, it did not really feel very sturdy and the lid was too unfastened when opened.
The gross sales package deal of the Shanling MTW100 features a complete of six pairs of silicone ear ideas, a consumer information, and a brief USB Sort-C cable to cost the case. We received round 5 hours of battery life from the dynamic driver variant per cost, and the case provided three further fees to the earphones for a good complete of 20 hours per cost cycle. Whereas we did not particularly measure battery life on the balanced armature variant, we do anticipate it to go on a bit longer because the drivers are a bit extra energy-efficient themselves.
Shanling MTW100 efficiency
The Shanling MTW100’s two variants use completely different driver applied sciences, and naturally sound fully completely different. As anticipated, the dearer balanced armature variant was, in our opinion, the higher sounding of the 2. We used each pairs of earphones with a OnePlus 7T Pro (Review) and Apple iPad mini (2019) (Review), for music, in addition to audio in TV exhibits, motion pictures, and video games.
Though each variants sound good when a wide range of use instances are thought of, the balanced armature MTW100 is a little more musical and succesful on the subject of the core utilization expertise. The sonic signature is an fulfilling one which fits most genres, and sound throughout the frequency vary is dealt with properly. Do not anticipate impartial or flat-sounding output right here; the balanced armature Shanling MTW100 is unquestionably tuned for the sort of sound that works with in style music.
You’d anticipate the dynamic driver variant to be a bit extra bass-happy, and it’s, essentially talking. Nevertheless, the bass is a bit uncooked and unrefined, whereas the balanced armature drivers produce a extra calculated and tight low-end that does not really feel extreme or steamroll the remainder of the frequency vary. That’s to say, there’s much less uncooked punch, however rather more drive and assault in the event you go for the balanced armature drivers.
That is solely really noticeable with music although; for audio in motion pictures, TV exhibits, and video games, we discovered each variants equally poised. Sound high quality is first rate sufficient, and the superb passive noise isolation helped give us an excellent listening expertise in these situations.
Listening to the Borgore remix of Ardour Pit’s Sleepyhead on each pairs of earphones highlighted this properly. We began with the dynamic driver variant to hearken to this dubstep observe and located that the bass had a bit extra thump and extension, however the mid-range and highs felt a bit uninteresting compared, with the earphones focussed on the rumble of lows. Switching to the balanced armature earphones, vocals sounded significantly sharper, whereas the lows have been a bit extra crisp and distinct. The highs weren’t fairly as spectacular and felt a bit subdued, however this did not have an effect on the enjoyability of the observe an excessive amount of.
Subsequent, we listened to the relatively wacky Membership Bolly remix of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance. The balanced armature Shanling MTW100 produced an in depth and enjoyable illustration of this fusion observe, with a spacious soundstage and immersive character. The balanced armature drivers as soon as once more captured the essence of this observe higher than the dynamic drivers, reproducing the main points within the Indian devices in addition to in Bowie’s soulful voice higher.
Whereas we loved listening to the Shanling MTW100 and located the earphones to be price each rupee (the balanced armature variant, a minimum of), we felt that these earphones have been considerably let down in a single huge technical side – Bluetooth codec help. The earphones help the SBC and AAC codecs, and the shortage of help for aptX holds the relatively succesful drivers and tuning again.
Lastly, we additionally used the earphones for calls, and have been impressed with how they carried out. Sound on calls was good on each ends, in each quiet and noisy environments. The nice passive noise isolation was helpful right here as properly, serving to lower exterior sound and letting us hear the voice of the caller clearly.
Shanling is not a really well-known title among the many majority of audio consumers, however the model is extremely rated in audiophile circles and amongst superior customers. The corporate’s first true wi-fi earphones are a value-for-money providing, and are undoubtedly price contemplating when you’ve got a funds of underneath Rs. 10,000. The earphones look first rate, sound good, and get battery life proper as properly.
Though the dynamic driver variant is extra reasonably priced at Rs. 5,999, we might extremely suggest spending Rs. 1,000 extra and getting the balanced armature variant. It is extra musical, higher tuned, and can probably provide higher battery life too. Some competing choices on this value phase provide higher codec help, such because the 1More Stylish True Wireless, and is price contemplating for its related general expertise.
- Seems to be good
- Snug, nice passive noise isolation
- Respectable battery life
- Balanced armature drivers are detailed, musical
- Spacious soundstage, immersive sound
- Good efficiency on calls
- Dynamic driver variant is not very refined
- No aptX help
Rankings (out of 5) – Shanling MTW100 with Balanced Armature Drivers
- Design/ consolation: 4
- Audio high quality: 4
- Battery life: 4
- Worth for cash: 4
- Total: 4
Rankings (out of 5) – Shanling MTW100 with Dynamic Drivers
- Design/ consolation: 4
- Audio high quality: 3.5
- Battery life: 4
- Worth for cash: 3.5
- Total: 3.5