Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Aug 05, 2021 at 10:53 am
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless Picture
6.6
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
5.3
Wired Gaming
6.2
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless are the next generation of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Truly Wireless. Improving on their predecessor, these in-ears have a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets if you wish to adjust their bass-heavy default sound profile. They also come with a lot more silicone and foam ear tips to help you get the best fit, and their charging case now uses a USB-C port instead of a micro-USB. On the downside, their battery performance falls short of their advertised claims, and their mic has a sub-par recording quality. 

Our Verdict

6.6 Neutral Sound

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are okay for neutral sound. Their default sound profile is very bass-heavy, which adds extra thump, rumble, and boom to your mixes. If you prefer a more neutral sound, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to your liking. On the downside, their passive soundstage seems like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. However, this is to be expected from in-ears.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Graphic EQ and presets available.
Cons
  • Sub-par battery performance.
  • Bad passive soundstage.
7.5 Commute/Travel

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are good for commute and travel. These in-ears have a very portable design and come with a variety of different ear tips to help you get the best possible fit. They also have a breathable fit and don't leak much audio at high volumes. However, their 4.6-hour continuous battery life on 'High Performance' mode may not be enough to get you through long trips. Luckily, you can switch to 'Low Power' mode via the app, which lasts roughly eight hours.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Stable and very breathable fit.
  • Low leakage at high volumes.
Cons
  • Sub-par battery performance.
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are great for sports and fitness. They're well-built and are rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. They also have a stable, lightweight, and breathable fit. That said, while they have a fairly comfortable fit, their earplug-like design sticks out of your ear and could get snagged on clothing.

Pros
  • IPX5 for water resistance.
  • Well-built design.
  • Stable and very breathable fit.
Cons
  • Sub-par battery performance.
6.7 Office

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are fair for office use. These in-ears have a breathable design and don't leak a lot of audio at high volumes, so you shouldn't bother others around you. However, their 4.6-hour continuous battery life may not get you through your day without pausing to recharge them. Registering commands can also put pressure on your ear, which could become uncomfortable over time. On the upside, they're able to passively block out ambient chatter so that you can focus on your work.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Low leakage at high volumes.
Cons
  • Sub-par battery performance.
  • No multi-device pairing.
5.4 Wireless Gaming

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus aren't recommended for wireless gaming. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency is likely to be too high for gaming. They also aren't compatible with Xbox or PlayStation consoles.

5.3 Wired Gaming

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used on a wired connection.

6.2 Phone Calls

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are passable for phone calls. The mic has a sub-par recording quality, and your voice sounds thin, muffled, and lacking body. If you're talking in a moderately noisy environment, your voice may also be slightly drowned out by ambient sound, which can make it more difficult to hear you. On the upside, although they don't have active noise cancelling, they're able to passively isolate you from a decent amount of ambient noise.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Stable and very breathable fit.
Cons
  • Middling recording quality.
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • 6.6 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 5.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.2 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Sep 03, 2021: Retested 'Noise Cancelling' and 'Noise Isolation'.
  2. Updated Aug 05, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 03, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus look very similar to the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Truly Wireless and have an earplug-shaped design that sticks out of your ear. They still look polished and sleek though, with metallic detailing near the ear tips. They come in 'Black' and 'White'.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are fairly comfortable. While they're lightweight, they're still a little bulky and can put pressure on smaller ear canals, which can become uncomfortable over time. Their controls can also push the buds deeper into your ears. Luckily, they come with several pairs of differently-sized silicone and foam ear tips to help you find the best fit.

6.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus have okay controls. The buttons are clicky, and some controls are split between the left and right buds. Pressing twice on the left earbud skips to the previous track while the same command on the right bud skips the track forward. You can also press and hold the left earbud to lower the volume or press and hold the right earbud to raise the volume. There's a chime to let you know when you've reached max volume. You can press either bud once to play and pause audio or answer calls. A long press rejects calls while a double press ends calls or activates voice assistance if your audio source is paused. Unlike the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Truly Wireless, they're fairly easy to pair, and you can press and hold for three seconds to enter pairing mode.

On the downside, you can easily register a command by accident when you're putting the buds into your ears. Using the controls can also apply pressure and push them deeper into your ears.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus have a very breathable design. They don't really trap heat inside your ears, and you shouldn't notice a difference in temperature, even during moderate physical exercise.

9.7
Design
Portability
L 1.1" (2.7 cm)
W 1.2" (3.1 cm)
H 0.6" (1.5 cm)
Volume 0.78 in³ (12.80 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

These headphones are very portable. They're lightweight and don't take up too much space in most pockets or bags. Their carrying case is also very small, and you should have no problems taking it with you on the go.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.3" (5.9 cm)
W 1.9" (4.9 cm)
H 0.9" (2.2 cm)
Volume 3.92 in³ (64.20 cm³)

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus have a great case. It's small, lightweight, and is rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. There are five LED lights underneath the lid to let you know how much battery life remains. Inside the case are two lights for the left and right buds' battery life. There's a USB-C port on the side of the case to charge it up.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus have a good build quality. They feel similarly well-built as the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Truly Wireless. They're completely made of hard plastic, except for the foam and silicone ear tips, and seem like they could survive a couple of accidental drops without taking too much damage. They're also rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it.

7.5
Design
Stability

These headphones have good stability. Once you achieve a good fit, they should stay in your ears, even during moderate physical activity.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus headphones
  • 5x foam ear tips
  • 5x silicone ear tips
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Carrying case
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.19 dB
Treble Amount
-3.53 dB

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus have a bass-heavy sound profile. They deliver intense thump and boom, which some users may find muddies their mixes. Their treble range also is underemphasized, so vocals and lead instruments are veiled. Luckily, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

9.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.17 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus is outstanding. As long as you can get a good seal, you should be able to achieve consistent bass and treble delivery each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.61 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
3.32 dB
Mid-Bass
5.13 dB
High-Bass
6.17 dB

The bass accuracy is satisfactory. It's overemphasized across the range, which results in extra thump, punch, and boom in your mixes. However, some users may find they sound muddy and cluttered.

8.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.5 dB
Low-Mid
3.6 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.23 dB
High-Mid
-0.04 dB

The mid accuracy of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus is great. There's still a bit of overemphasis coming from the bass range into the low-mids, which can muddy and clutter your mixes. The rest of the range is fairly neutral though. While a slight dip in the mid-mid can nudge vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix, these sounds are still clear and present.

6.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.92 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.04 dB
Low-Treble
-3.37 dB
High-Treble
-3.8 dB

The treble accuracy of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus is okay. The entire treble range is underemphasized, so the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments are veiled. Sibilants like S and T sounds are dulled.

7.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.42 dB
Dips
1.75 dB

The peaks and dips performance of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus is good. There's a peak from the high-bass to the low-mid, which adds boom, though some users may find it muddies and clutters your mixes. A dip in the mid-mid nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of your mix. A small peak in the high-mid intensifies vocals and lead instruments while the uneven low-treble makes their upper harmonics bright and veiled. Another peak in the mid-treble turns sibilants like cymbals piercing.

8.5
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.1
Weighted Phase Mismatch
6.84
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.2
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.35

The imaging performance of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus is excellent. The weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. However, the phase response has a couple of peaks in its treble range, indicating a high mismatch between the left and right drivers. It's very audible, even in regular listening content, and in our subjective listening, the right earbud is louder than the left. That said, the L/R drivers are well-matched in amplitude and frequency, which are important for the accurate placement and localization of objects like voices or game effects in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

0.9
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.0

The passive soundstage of these headphones is terrible. Creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependant on activating the outer ear with resonances. Since in-ears completely bypass the outer ear and don't interact with it, sound seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. They also have a closed-back design, so the soundstage is perceived as more closed-off than that of open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.313
WHD @ 100
0.176

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus' weighted harmonic distortion performance is decent. There is a large peak in the treble range, though it can be hard to hear with real-life content. Most of the range falls within good limits, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
7.2.3
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
aptX, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Balance (Default)
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Foam (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
7.1
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-26.34 dB
Bass
-8.16 dB
Mid
-17.34 dB
Treble
-53.97 dB

Update 09/03/2021: We incorrectly reported that these headphones have active noise cancelling. However, they don't have this feature and we have changed 'Noise Cancelling' to 'No'. We have also retested 'Noise Isolation' but there hasn't been a change in this test's performance or scoring.

The noise isolation performance of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus is satisfactory. They don't have active noise cancelling (ANC) so they rely on their passive abilities to help block out noise. As a result, they have some trouble reducing the low rumble of bus and plane engines. However, they do a much better job of blocking out office chatter and the high-pitched hum of an AC unit.

9.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
26.13 dB

The leakage performance of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus is outstanding. Their leakage is quite low so even if you're listening to your audio at high volumes, and people around you shouldn't be able to hear it in a moderately noisy environment like an office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
5.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
232.91 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.63 dB
HFE
1,684.1 Hz
Weighted THD
1.134
Gain
-6.46 dB

The recording quality of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus' mic is sub-par. Your voice sounds thin, lacking depth, and slightly muffled.

6.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
9.25 dB
Noise Gate
No
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The noise handling performance is okay. The mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise. If you're taking a call from a busy street, your voice may be drowned out, so whoever's on the other end of the line may not hear you clearly.

Active Features
5.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.6 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
23 hrs
Charge Time
0.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The battery performance of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus is middling. They have two different battery settings that you can access via their companion app: 'High Performance', which is advertised to give you the best quality sound experience, and 'Low Power'. Using the High Performance mode, which is advertised to last seven hours continuously, we measured less than five hours of continuous battery life, which is a bit disappointing. We also tested the headphones using the Low Power mode, which is advertised to last nine hours continuously. We measured eight hours with this mode. That said, battery life varies depending on usage, and your real-life experience may vary.

We don't consider the Low Power mode to be a Power-Saving feature as it's meant to extend their battery life while you're using them. If you're looking to conserve battery life, you can use one bud while the other one charges.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Melomania
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The companion app is good. Unlike the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Truly Wireless, they're compatible with the Melomania app, which offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. You can also see the battery life for each bud, check the codec and turn off aptX or AAC, and turn off controls that you don't need. You can adjust the audio mode between 'High Performance' and 'Low Power' if you want to extend the headphones' battery life.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
334.65 ft (102.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
423 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
324 ms
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
87 ms
Android Latency
51 ms

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus have satisfactory Bluetooth compatibility. Unfortunately, they don't support NFC or multi-device pairing. They also have high latency on PCs when using SBC or aptX codecs, and your audio and visuals may fall out of sync. On the upside, their latency on iOS and Android devices is much lower, which makes them suitable for streaming video. That said, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently and your real-life experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These headphones can't be used wired. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge their case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs. However, you won't be able to connect them any other way.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

These headphones come with a carrying case that provides roughly four additional charges. Unfortunately, they don't support wireless charging, and only have a USB-C port to charge the case.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus come in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the Black variant and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussion section below. 

Compared To Other Headphones

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are the next generation of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Truly Wireless. Compared to their predecessor, they have a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets, their carrying case charges via USB-C instead of micro-USB, and they come with a lot more ear tips. However, their performance is otherwise fairly nondescript and they don't stand out from the crowd, especially as their battery life falls short of other in-ears like the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless. The Samsung are more comfortable, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their integrated mic offers a better overall performance. They also have a significantly better battery performance. However, the Cambridge Audio have a graphic EQ to help you adjust their sound and they have a better noise isolation performance. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless. The Sony are more comfortable, feel better-built, and have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer. The Sony also have an active noise cancelling system that does a slightly better job of blocking out background noise, their mic has a better overall performance, and their continuous battery life is longer.  They support NFC pairing too. However, the Cambridge Audio have a more stable fit. 

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless. The Jabra are more comfortable, feel better-built, and have active noise cancelling, so they're able to block out much more ambient noise. Their microphone also has a better overall performance, their continuous battery life is longer, and they support multi-device pairing. 

Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless. The Sony are more comfortable, feel better-built, and can block out more ambient noise around you. Their battery performance is significantly better than the Cambridge Audio. However, the Cambridge Audio leak less audio.

Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless. The Jabra are more comfortable, feel better-built, and have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer. Their battery performance is better, and you can pair them with up to two devices at a time. They also have active noise cancelling, although their noise isolation performance is similar to the Cambridge Audio's passive isolation capabilities.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, feel better-built, and have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have active noise cancelling, which helps isolate you from an excellent amount of ambient noise, a significantly better battery performance, and they have an H1 chip so that you can seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. However, the Cambridge Audio have a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets. 

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