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In response to Apple’s Airpods Pro, KEF a high-end audio manufacturer has come up with its first wireless earbuds.
The KEF earphones, Mu3 earbuds comes with active noise cancellation. This feature allows you to listen to music without any noise disturbance from your surroundings. The KEF Mu3 earbuds also has an ambient mode which allows you to hear what’s going on in your surroundings while listening to music. This feature is activated by the touch of a button on the earbuds.
The Mu3 has an 8.2mm full-range dynamic drivers. According to KEF, it will deliver an “exceptionally dynamic and well balanced, coherent sound.”
The KEF Mu3 were designed by Ross Lovegrove. His artistic work can be seen on the new earbud’s clean lines, smooth oval housings, and multi-function buttons that control music playback, volume, and calls.
The Mu3 comes with four differently sized ear tips to help with comfort. With these ear tips, you can find a snug fit and a good seal to aid noise isolation with the Mu3.
The Mu3 earbuds takes a leap higher than the AirPods Pro when it comes to water resistance. The Mu3 has an IPX5 water resistance rating, while the AirPods Pro has an IPX4 rating. This means you can use the Mu3 earbuds without the worry of damage because of sweat, rain or exposure to water for few seconds.
The KEF Mu3 can easily pair with your device and maintain a strong connection because of its Bluetooth 5 connectivity.
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KEF MU3 Earbud Signal Transmission
KEF says signal transmission to both earbuds occurs simultaneously. This means both earbuds receive signals at the same time, rather than the audio being sent to one earbud and then relayed to the other. This approach was taken to prevent lag occurrence between earbuds and your device.
The Mu3 has a total battery life of 24 hours. The earbuds last for 9 hours on a charge and has additional 15 hours contained in the charging case. The Mu3 also has a fast-charging feature same as every other earbud. This fast-charging feature gives you an hour of use from five minutes of charge.
However, with its amazing features, it does not seem to support High-resolution audio with codec support limited to SBC and AAC. Given the saturated market of earbuds with Low-resolution audio, this might not be a clever idea.
With that said, the Mu3 without High-resolution audio support will have to sound exceptionally good to compete in this saturated market.
Though at a price of $230 / £199 / AU$300, they are at least cheaper than the AirPods Pro. This could be enough to convince people to buy the Mu3 over Apple’s AirPods Pro.