I have lost quite a few headphones in Mumbai's crowded trains. Whenever I've been foolish enough to attempt getting in while listening to music, the cable's been pulled out by the surge of people. In such circumstances I've wondered if there’s a wireless solution to my problem. Sennheiser’s MX W1 seems to be one, though I don’t see how I can possibly get a pair without forfeiting a month’s salary.
The MX W1 does seem a good option for those looking at buying a wireless pair. You could be cooking, washing your car, or simply sitting and enjoying the convenience and brilliance offered by the MX W1. It comes with a transmitter, charger (with four different types of charging sockets) and other paraphernalia like a fabric strap to attach the transmitter to your music player, and a leather carry case.
A good design is what you can trust Sennheiser with, and a compact size is an added bonus. Both the earphones are pretty small, and have nothing but the button to make the connection with the transmitter. However, the earphones and the transmitter come paired on delivery.
You get a docking station with the package, which holds the earphones and has the capacity to charge the earphones fully up to three times without connecting to the mains. It takes about two hours to charge the device fully, so you can carry it when you travel as well.
The charger comes with two charging jacks, so you can charge the docking station (and the earphones in them at the same time), and also charge the transmitter. The separation also enables charging the earphones individually.
To enable the earbuds to sit firmly in your ear Sennheiser has used their twist-to-fit pads. Though these do help fixi the pair in place, the problem is you run the risk of causing unnecessary strain to the ear cartilage. As ear sizes are different, they provide the pads in three different sizes, so choose one that fits well in your ears. It is important how well the earphones sit, for that determines the quality of sound.
The transmission lasts without breaking for as much as 7m without obstacles. You most certainly won’t be able to hear across rooms. It makes use of KLEER wireless transmission technology, which gives it an edge over Bluetooth by reducing the information loss that takes place wirelessly. The MX W1 also happens to be the first Sennheiser wireless earphone that uses KLEER.
The audio quality is good too, with a well-defined sound structure. The lows are pretty uniform, and aren't hampered by the rather clean highs. The frequency response is 19 - 20,000 Hz, while the impedance level is 32 ohms.
The pair costs about $500 in the US, and you can get them in India for Rs 27,000, which is about 7K more at the current exchange rate. The decent sound quality, together with the seamless wireless technology and the promise of good after-sales support, justifies a demo.
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