With the KEF Mu7, KEF results in being the most current higher-conclusion audio brand to give an above-ear wireless headphone with energetic sounds cancellation. The firm has been terribly negative about keeping this announcement a secret, on the other hand the Mu7 has been outlined on the company’s site for at the very least a 7 days, even while the news officially dropped only now.
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From the documentation which is been provided to date, it seems to be as if the Mu7 will appear closer than possibly Bowers & Wilkins’ or Focal’s attempts when it arrives to acquiring significant-tech feature parity with Sony’s WH-1000XM5 sound-cancelling headphones. KEF’s cans attribute a capacitive touchpad on the proper-hand earcup that will make it possible for consumers to response calls, skip tracks, and modify the volume with finger taps and swipes.
The Mu7 element 40mm complete-variety dynamic drivers “custom-tuned by KEF engineers to carry constant voicing even though on the go,” in accordance to the maker and deliver frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz. The headphone has a Bluetooth 5.1 radio onboard and it supports the SBC, AAC, aptX, and aptX Hd codecs. That past codec supports higher-resolution (up to 24-little bit/48kHz) streaming from compatible products. Sony’s equally substantial-resolution LDAC codec is seemingly not supported.
KEF states the Mu7’s energetic noise cancellation “uses numerous filters to seize the environmental noise all-around the headphones and applies a specialised sound cancelling algorithm that targets particular frequencies and modify the noise cancellation to be substantially much more effective.” That is a lot of text to say the Mu7 have adaptive noise cancellation.
The KEF Mu7’s industrial structure is credited to Ross Lovegrove, who also worked on KEF’s $225-thousand-greenback Muon loudspeaker and its $230 Mu3 ANC in-ear headphones. KEF characteristics the Mu7’s aluminum body for its mild body weight, 10.9 ounces, despite the fact that the leatherette masking the memory foam earpads indicates the amount of luxurious B&W delivers with its Px7 S2 rather than Focal’s admittedly extra-expensive and Bathys.
Ability is equipped by a Li-ion 1100mAh battery rated to provide 40 hrs of wireless playtime with ANC engaged, and KEF suggests a 15-minute speedy charge will yield 8 hrs of enjoy time. A USB-C cable is offered for charging a 3.5mm audio cable and an airline adapter are also bundled.
The KEF Mu7 is obtainable now for $399.99 in silver or charcoal finishes. We’ll publish an in-depth evaluation of the new sound-cancelling headphone as quickly as we land a sample.