Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus: top wireless earbuds get permanent price cut

a closeup of the cambridge audio melomania 1 plus wireless earbuds
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The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are among the best wireless earbuds you can buy – and now the true wireless wonders have been given a permanent price cut.

They cost $139.95 / £119.95 at launch, but the audiophile-friendly earbuds have now been reduced to $99.95 / £99.95 – a fixed discount of $40 / £20.

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Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus: $139.95

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The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus are a clear upgrade on their predecessors, offering excellent audio performance, a helpful app, and easy-to-use controls.

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus: £119.95

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This new discount brings the price of these excellent buds to under £100. For your money you're getting incredible sound, a long battery life, intuitive controls, and a helpful accompanying app.

We already felt that the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus represented excellent value for money, so this new price comes as a bit of a surprise – after all, they were already much cheaper than rivals like the Sony WF-1000XM4.

In terms of audio performance, these true wireless earbuds provide levels of detail and clarity that could rival some of the best over-ear headphones

The helpful app, easy-to-use controls, and excellent connectivity just make us love them even more. The only downside is that there’s no active noise cancellation; however, when earbuds sound this good we doubt you’ll miss it much.

Analysis: why has Cambridge Audio lowered the price?

Usually a price reduction indicates that a new model is on the horizon – but as the Melomania 1 Plus only launched in March this year, it feels a little soon for a new generation. 

It could be that Cambridge Audio is preparing to release a new version of the Melomania Touch, which offered the excellent audio experience we've come to expect from the company, but were badly let down by finicky touch controls and connectivity issues.

Those buds were launched in January 2021, so a new model could be on the cards – but it would still be a quick turnaround between generations. 

The likelihood is that Cambridge Audio wanted to find a way to entice new customers. A sub-$100/£100 price puts the Melomania 1 Plus firmly into the realm of budget wireless earbuds, and that opens the door to a host of new potential buyers.

While we think the audio quality, design, and battery life of the Melomania 1 Plus fully justified their previous price, the lack of active noise cancellation – an increasingly common feature among true wireless earbuds – may have dissuaded  otherwise keen customers. 

Whatever the reason, we're glad to see that audiophile earbuds like these have been made even more accessible, proving that high-quality sound doesn't have to cost a premium. 

Olivia Tambini

Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.