KEF Answers the Sony WH-1000XM5 With Mu7 Wireless ANC Headphones

KEF Mu7 Wireless ANC Headphones

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The WH-1000XM5 from Sony is one of the best wireless headphones you can buy now. However, no product stays on a list’s top positions for a long time. So, KEF bringing out a new wireless headphone is not making things easier for WH-1000XM5 at the moment.

But the real question is, does Mu7 has what it takes to overshadow the WH-1000XM5? Well, the new wireless headphone does have the potential to do that. 

At its core, the Mu7 is a high-end headphone with noise cancellation. It comes with stylish designs and packs a lot of features. But isn’t that something most of the new headphones are bringing to the table?

KEF Mu7 Wireless ANC Headphones
Source: KEF

The Mu7 from KEF is different, but how? On paper, the new wireless headphones are designed by the longtime collaborator of the brand, Ross Lovegrove. 

He was behind some of the amazing products that KEF has brought out, which include the Award-winning Muo Bluetooth speakers, the Muon speakers, and the Mu3.

As Ross Lovegrove designed the Mu7, it means that the new headphones will get a sculptural look to them. And it also means that the headphone will not skimp one bit in terms of the overall build. 

KEF Mu7 Wireless ANC Headphones
Mu7; Source: KEF

Actually, the case is true for the Mu7. It features aluminum construction, which will give you a premium feel.

In fact, the headphones are more premium than the Sennheiser Momentum 4 wireless and XM5. The headband of the Mu7 will not disappoint you either. It aims to offer a snug and lightweight acoustic seal while exerting a minimal amount of ear pressure.

The earpads of the KEF Mu7 come with memory foam, which means they will naturally mold to fit your head. But that is all about the overall outlook. The Mu7 has a lot going on in the insides. 

KEF Mu7 Wireless ANC Headphones
Source: KEF

The headphones are said to be “custom-tuned by the KEF engineering experts.” The pair comes with a pair of 40mm full-range drivers, which promises to reveal “even the most subtle acoustic details.” 

And according to KEF, the drivers also preserve the integrity of recording with a small amount of intervention. Furthermore, the Mu7 boasts Qualcomm aptX HD

Thanks to that, the pair will have the support for up to 24-bit/48 kHz audio. Active Noise Cancellation utilizes filters to capture the background sounds. Then, it passes the signals to a specialized algorithm for targeting individual frequencies.

KEF Mu7 Wireless ANC Headphones
Source: KEF

You will also find Clear Voice Capture, which will minimize the background noise in phone calls. And having Bluetooth 5.1, the connection between the source and the Mu7 will be extremely stable. Also, if you wish to listen through a wire, you have a 3.5 mm port.

The battery life is impressive as well. The KEF Mu7 can offer up to 40 hours of run time with a single charge. That is 10 hours more than the Sony XM5.

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2 thoughts on “KEF Answers the Sony WH-1000XM5 With Mu7 Wireless ANC Headphones”

  1. Avatar of Christian Garabet
    Christian Garabet

    Hello! I read the Kef Mu7 review with great interest. I have a question. Are these headphones suitable for my iphone “12 pro”? I understand that Apple cannot benefit from aptX. Then what premium headphones would be suitable for the iPhone range? Apart from airpods max? Thank you and I await your reply.

    1. Avatar of Mark

      The Mu7 would absolutely be great with the iPhone, regardless of the lack of aptX support for iPhone at this time. You have no shortage of good wireless headphones including these, the Sony WH-1000xm5, Bose 700, B&O H95, Px7 S2 and more. Sound signature will depend on what you like. Personally, I like Bose for wireless travel and office work which is where I need wireless most.

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