With the KEF Mu7, KEF gets to be the newest higher-stop audio manufacturer to offer an about-ear wi-fi headphone with energetic sounds cancellation. The company has been terribly bad about retaining this announcement a top secret, nevertheless the Mu7 has been listed on the company’s web page for at least a 7 days, even while the news formally dropped only these days.
This short article is aspect of TechHive’s in-depth coverage of the greatest noise-cancelling headphones.
From the documentation that’s been furnished to day, it appears as if the Mu7 will arrive nearer than possibly Bowers & Wilkins’ or Focal’s endeavours when it will come to achieving superior-tech characteristic parity with Sony’s WH-1000XM5 noise-cancelling headphones. KEF’s cans feature a capacitive touchpad on the proper-hand earcup that will allow people to remedy phone calls, skip tracks, and adjust the quantity with finger faucets and swipes.
The Mu7 element 40mm complete-vary dynamic motorists “custom-tuned by KEF engineers to convey constant voicing even though on the transfer,” according to the manufacturer 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-bit/48kHz) streaming from suitable equipment. Sony’s similarly higher-resolution LDAC codec is apparently not supported.
KEF states the Mu7’s lively noise cancellation “uses numerous filters to capture the environmental sounds about the headphones and applies a specialised sound cancelling algorithm that targets certain frequencies and alter the sounds cancellation to be a great deal much more productive.” Which is a whole lot of text to say the Mu7 have adaptive sound cancellation.
The KEF Mu7’s industrial style is credited to Ross Lovegrove, who also labored on KEF’s $225-thousand-dollar Muon loudspeaker and its $230 Mu3 ANC in-ear headphones. KEF attributes the Mu7’s aluminum body for its light-weight bodyweight, 10.9 ounces, although the leatherette covering the memory foam earpads suggests the level of luxury B&W delivers with its Px7 S2 somewhat than Focal’s admittedly much more-costly and Bathys.
Electric power is equipped by a Li-ion 1100mAh battery rated to produce 40 several hours of wi-fi playtime with ANC engaged, and KEF claims a 15-minute swift charge will generate 8 hours of play time. A USB-C cable is supplied 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 assessment of the new sounds-cancelling headphone as quickly as we land a sample.