Shanling is no new name in the audiophile market. A big player for a very long time, it has been producing some really quality products ranging from DAPs to some quality IEMs and portable amplifiers. The new true-wireless earphones from the Chinese maker, MTW100, have caught the eyes and ears of the enthusiasts and have been talked about a lot lately. This is the company's first true wireless earphones(TWS). The earphones come in three different colors and have two different driver configurations - one is a balanced armature driver(BA), while the other being a dynamic driver(DD) variant. In this article, I am going to talk about the DD version. Let us see what all features it has which makes it really worthy of all the praise.
The design is one of the most impressive aspects of the earphones. The case is beautifully designed with the Shanling logo on the front. It has a very nice shiny finish giving it a fine look. The compact size and lightweight of the case make it easy to slip in your pockets and walk around.
The glossy build of the earphones gives it a very fresh look. Unlike many true wireless earphones, it has a very small and unique shape. They fit really well in the ears. The stem is a bit longer than usual but that adds to a more relaxed stay when you put them on. The small shape also adds to better isolation as they easily insert well deep in the ears. Overall the build of the product is really decent and visually impressive, there is nothing to complain about.
Shanling has packed good features in the earphones. The Bluetooth 5.0 gives a perfect solid connection, even in long-range, with no dropouts. For me, the connection never failed and was a seamless experience every time. The earphones come with automatic pairing feature which means MTW100 will automatically pair and connect to the device right after they are picked from the charging case.
Stereo and Mono Mode: The earphones can be used in two modes - stereo and mone. Mono mode where each earphone can be used independently, really comes handy when you are attending calls. You can take one of the earphones with mic and hold it near your mouth.
Battery: The earphones have a good battery life of 5-6 hours per single charge which I guess is the industry standard nowadays. The charging case carries a battery life of nearly 20 hours giving you a full life of 25 hours, which is good enough.
Water Resistance: The earphone's plastic body is made to resist full water immersion. It comes with an IPX7 certification, which means you can literally take showers with them on but I don't encourage doing that. The battery case, however, doesn’t have the same certification. So, it has to be definitely saved from water and wet conditions.
Shanling has done a very decent job in the sound department. The sound of MTW100(Dynamic Driver) is very well balanced with enough amount of bass present. Most of the TWS earphones I have tried are really bass-heavy making them uncomfortable for longer use. I am sure many will feel the bass is a bit unrefined for a dynamic driver (which promises powerful and more energetic sound) in MTW100. I too feel the bass could have been better. I am not a bass lover so MTW100 gets a bonus point as I could really enjoy the bass light sound.
The soundstage is better than a lot of TWS earphones I have tried. The earphones sound great across genre. I tried listening to rock, jazz and Bollywood songs - all equally enjoyable. Bass, midrange, and treble are all presented very evenly, unlike many TWS earphones that put a heavy emphasis on bass and kill other frequencies, as I mentioned earlier. The sound quality is overall very impressive. Also, the really good fit of the earphones gives good isolation and adds to a better sound impression.
There is no doubt about the fact that Shanling MTW100(DD) is a great TWS earphone. When it comes to TWS, there are other factors to consider than just the sound. Everything about the earphones has been done very accurately. With very impressive and balanced sound quality, great connectivity, a premium look, and some good features, they are going to remain favorites for a very long time. The super-comfortable price range makes it very affordable to own one. The product punches above its weight in terms of both size and price. Well done, Shanling.
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