Yamaha has, for years now, been centered on premium, professional-grade client audio merchandise, with a selected concentrate on AV receivers and speaker methods. Nevertheless, with client preferences shifting in the direction of wi-fi audio, many audio-purist manufacturers have been shifting their product methods to maintain up with the occasions. The Japanese conglomerate is not any totally different on this regard, with the corporate now venturing into the true wi-fi earphones section. Nevertheless, its merchandise do nonetheless retain a sure old-world allure that units Yamaha aside from the mainstream competitors, to some extent.
The product I am reviewing right here is the costliest true wi-fi headset in Yamaha’s lineup, the Rs. 24,200 TW-E7B earphones. With energetic noise cancellation, superior Bluetooth codec help, and a promise of Yamaha’s dedication to sound high quality, the TW-E7B guarantees lots. Nevertheless, does it have sufficient to compete in opposition to established competitors from Apple, Samsung, Sony, and Sennheiser within the premium section? Discover out on this evaluate.
Yamaha TW-E7B design and options
Whereas most manufacturers are designing true wi-fi earphones to be compact, glossy, and customarily as small and minimalist as potential, Yamaha has gone with a ‘greater is best’ strategy. The TW-E7B earpieces are massive and considerably unwieldy due to the scale, though they do not weigh as a lot as you may think, coming in at 7.3g every. Regardless of the scale, the earphones are pretty comfy to put on, because of the comparatively gentle weight.
The outer facet has a ‘noticed’ texture that seemed a bit odd at first, however I shortly grew to love the look of the earphones. There are vibrant indicator lights on every earpiece to indicate the connectivity and energy standing of the Yamaha TW-E7B headset, and the ear items have a correct in-canal match and proximity sensors on every of them.
In India, Yamaha has two shade variants on sale – black and white. I fairly appreciated the black evaluate unit despatched to me, though the white is arguably a bit extra eye-catching and brings out the textured design a bit higher. The earphones are IPX5 rated for water resistance, and may have the ability to deal with gentle splashes of water and sweat with out vital danger of injury.
Not like most choices within the premium true wi-fi section obtainable right now, the Yamaha TW-E7B has bodily buttons for controls, becoming in fairly conveniently due to the massive dimension of the earpieces. This may appear a bit old school, however I fairly like the concept of bodily controls due to the higher precision and diminished tendency of mis-fires that tends to come back with it.
The controls aren’t customizable however that is alright since all capabilities are coated by the three bodily buttons. Controls for quantity, skipping tracks, and invoking the default voice assistant are on the correct earpiece, whereas play-pause and switching between ANC and transparency modes are on the left earpiece.
The charging case of the Yamaha TW-E7B is massive and never notably simple to retailer in a pocket; you may have to hold it in a backpack or purse due to its dimension and form. The case has USB Kind-C charging with the port positioned on the again, and indicator lights for the case battery stage on the entrance just under the lid. There is not any wi-fi charging right here, which is disappointing contemplating how headsets half this value have this selection. The old-school design itself is not very enticing, and feels a bit fundamental for the worth. The gross sales package deal incorporates a charging cable, and a complete of 4 pairs of silicone ear suggestions.
Yamaha TW-E7B app and specs
The Yamaha TW-E7B true wi-fi earphones work with the Yamaha Headphone Management app, obtainable for iOS and Android. The app itself is pretty fundamental, given the easy nature of the headset together with the fastened, non-customisable controls on the earpieces. What you do get is battery stage indicators for the earpieces, detailed equalizer settings, switches for ANC and transparency modes, and toggles for Yamaha’s Listening Care, Listening Optimiser, and Gaming Mode.
Lively noise cancellation on the Yamaha TW-E7B shouldn’t be customizable, and the voice assistant is triggered in your smartphone utilizing the default or chosen choice, slightly than natively on the earphones. I did fairly like the extent of element and customisability within the equalizer, and the reside tweaks to the sonic signature did appear to make a distinction in guaranteeing tracks and genres sound a bit higher.
By way of specs, the Yamaha TW-E7B makes use of Bluetooth 5.2 for connectivity, with help for the SBC, AAC, and aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codecs. The headset has a frequency response vary of 20-20,000Hz and 10mm dynamic drivers. The Bluetooth codec help implies that sound high quality and efficiency ought to have an edge when the headset is paired with aptX suitable units, corresponding to Android smartphones.
Yamaha TW-E7B efficiency and battery life
Most TWS earphones within the premium house are from mainstream manufacturers with a longtime observe file in growing wi-fi merchandise, and Yamaha has a little bit of a activity forward of it to make an influence with its flagship TW-E7B headset. That mentioned, the model does construct on a few of its learnings with the YH-L700A headphones, notably in terms of sound high quality, which is the place the TW-E7B stands out.
Help for the Qualcomm aptX Adaptive codec implies that the Yamaha TW-E7B sounds significantly higher when used with the correct supply gadget, and I had the headset paired to a OnePlus 9 Professional (Assessment) for a lot of this evaluate to put it to use. Though the sound initially felt a bit too heat and aggressive at first, I grew to take pleasure in it over time, and fairly appreciated the punchy and immersive sonic signature.
Listening to the catchy Paris (Aeroplane Remix) by Pleasant Fires, the Yamaha TW-E7B undoubtedly favors the lows; The mild, mid-tempo beat of this lounge observe was punchy and tight, putting onerous however quick. The lows performed slightly effectively with the succesful mid-range and higher mid-range as effectively, accompanying the attractive rhythm and melody of the observe with out drawing an excessive amount of consideration in the direction of the beat.
Detailed tracks did not trouble the Yamaha TW-E7B both, with the earphones doing a good job of drawing out the faint parts in many of the tracks I listened to. Obsessed by Calvin Harris showcases spectacular dealing with of the frequency vary, notably the sleek vocals of Charlie Puth, and the soothing rhythm and beat. It additionally demonstrated the immersive and fascinating soundstage and a focus to element that the earphones present.
Whereas the sound on the Yamaha TW-E7B does not really feel as sharp and refined as on the Sony WF-1000XM4 or as versatile as on the Apple AirPods Professional (2nd Gen), it does have a sure sense of likability, heat, and character, that I had equally skilled with the Sennheiser Momentum True Wi-fi 3 earphones. What’s frequent between the Sennheiser and Yamaha headsets is aptX Adaptive, which strikes a great steadiness between element and character within the sound. The Yamaha headset is not fairly made for neutrality or tonality, however slightly goals to ship a sound that’s fulfilling, and that is what I appreciated essentially the most about these earphones.
Sound high quality may be spectacular on the Yamaha TW-E7B earphones, however energetic noise cancellation sadly falls a bit brief. The cancellation impact was underwhelming contemplating the worth, sounding much like what I’ve skilled of a price range true wi-fi headset. In actual fact, I additionally felt a touch of dullness within the sound with ANC on, and most well-liked to maintain it turned off when listening indoors.
Transparency mode was first rate, however not fairly as natural-sounding as competing choices. Name high quality was acceptable indoors, however not notably good open air. Whereas I may hear voices on the opposite finish pretty clearly even with ANC switched off, my voice could not be heard as clearly when there was a number of background noise.
Battery life on the Yamaha TW-E7B is appropriate, however removed from distinctive. With ANC on, the earpieces ran for round 5 hours, and the charging case added shut to a few extra expenses, for a complete run time of round 18 hours per cost cycle. With energetic noise cancellation switched off, I used to be in a position to get round six hours of run time from the earpieces. Quick charging is current, with a 10-minute cost mentioned to offer an hour of playback, and a full cost mentioned to take round three hours.
Yamaha is not a model you’d sometimes affiliate with true wi-fi earphones, however it’s one with a wealthy heritage within the audio subject. It is this expertise and data that helps the Japanese firm get its new true wi-fi earphones on level, and the TW-E7B is a succesful flagship within the line-up — assuming you are trying primarily at sound high quality and core efficiency. It is a handsome pair of earphones that sounds heat and fulfilling.
Nevertheless, the Yamaha TW-E7B does fall brief in terms of energetic noise cancellation, the app does not provide a lot past detailed equalizer settings, and it feels a bit costly for what’s on provide. Help for the Qualcomm aptX codec suite additionally implies that it is best used with an Android smartphone, and iOS customers will doubtless be higher served by the AirPods Professional (2nd Gen). That mentioned, if good sound is your precedence, the Yamaha TW-E7B won’t disappoint, and could also be price contemplating alongside the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Sennheiser Momentum True Wi-fi 3.