Yamaha TW-E7B review: Formidable noise reduction at the cost of questionable comfort

The TW-E7B adopts a remarkably intrusive in-ear format and is not the most comfortable. In fact, the earphones have to be pushed deep into the ear canal to position them correctly, which can obstruct more than one. Also, its imposing size doesn’t help, as well as being heavy to carry (7.3 grams per earbud), the TW-E7B applies an unpleasant pressure point at the case level. That is why it is difficult to wear them for more than an hour, without feeling the effect of oppression or pain in the ears. The strong occlusion of the ear canal also leads to a resonance effect with every step that can be unpleasant.

Unfortunately, the presence of 5 pairs of different sized silicone tips doesn’t really help with the feeling of comfort, but they do at least allow you to optimize the insulation efficiency. In addition, the in-ear format allows the headphones to remain in the hollow of the ears even during a short stride. However, beware of excessive sweating which may be the reason for its good support.

Editor rating: 4 out of 5

user experience

Unlike many headphones true wireless, the TW-E7B does not adopt a touch pad, instead sticking with very reliable physical buttons. In number of three (one on the left and two on the right), they allow you to execute all the necessary commands, not to mention the volume controls, although the number of different actions that must be performed to access them is that you lose. very easily even after a few days of use. Furthermore, the positioning of the buttons is not optimal due to the disturbed access of the antihelix of the ear. Some verbs are accompanied by tones, not always very pleasant, or have voice prompts (only in English).

Pairing is done automatically right out of the box. You then have to hold down two buttons to resume pairing, a manipulation that has to be repeated every time the source is changed, as there’s no multipoint feature available. Communication is via Bluetooth 5.2 and the headphones support SBC, AAC and aptX codecs. When the earphones are removed or put back in the ears, a presence sensor allows you to pause or restart the music. Switching to mono is done even when one of the two earphones is removed.

Available on iOS and Android, the Headphone Control app provides access to various settings, such as 5-band equalizer, active noise reduction, and enabling audio processing features. The app also allows you to see the remaining battery level, but it is impossible to change the command assignment. Shame.

Editor Rating: 3 out of 5

Audio

Despite Yamaha’s praise for the sonic performance of its high-end headphones, the TW-E7B clearly let us down. The fault is a very unbalanced sound signature and perfect precision in the mids and highs.

In the first half of the spectrum (from the extreme lows to the mids), the TW-E7B shows great control and some balance: the bass is honestly written, with a decent level of detail, with minimal active noise reduction. goes. excited. However, a very slight drop in extreme bass gives it a mild look. rumbling In general, but nothing too worrying. When Active Noise Reduction (ABR) is on, the maximum bass tends to be weaker, reinforcing this aspect. rumbling, even “goes in”, which can have a deaf side when the pieces are too busy at this stage. Fortunately, a very good level of detail is maintained in this case.


The treatment given to the other half of the spectrum (from the high mids to the extreme highs) is much less spectacular. The TW-E7B high shows a real imbalance between mids and highs: the former are much flatter, while the latter are difficult to discern. The result is a very complex interpretation, which lacks ventilation: all the instruments and voices are confined in a small space without being isolated from the rest. Thus, the sound phase is presented in a very frontal way and clearly lacks depth. Also, treble fold affects the rendering of some instruments like cymbals, brass, or other high pass filters that lack detail and detail. High-frequency accuracy isn’t the best we’ve heard.

It’s possible to restore some vibrancy to the highs and mute the upper mids thanks to the equalizer in the Headphone Control app, but don’t expect miracles…

The Listening Care Advanced and Listening Optimizer sound processing technologies don’t add much to the overall rendering. The first slightly adapts the bass and treble levels according to the volume of the sound; On the other hand, we did not find any noticeable difference per ear.

Editor rating: 5 out of 5

active noise reduction

If the TW-E7B’s in-ear format goes too far for comfort, it allows the headphones to benefit from excellent passive isolation. Most sounds are attenuated quite well, without activating active noise reduction. Turning on active noise reduction can give you a few extra decibels until you reach cathedral silence at your fingertips.

The most severe noises (engine, ventilation, etc.) are noticeably reduced, as are human voices. Thus, the TW-E7B manages to catch up with the best headphones in this field (Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation), Sony WF-1000XM4, etc.). The high-pitched component remains the same as that which makes it possible to understand someone speaking to you or hear sounds like tire slippage or road pounding. Passive isolation also handles sudden, non-static noises well. However, these accolades are only valid if the earphones sit deep in the ear canal, significantly affecting feelings of comfort.

Much less spectacular is listening to the sounds of the environment. The attenuation is too high to be able to properly capture a conversation with in-ear headphones.

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