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Audio check: Yamaha TW-E5B in-ears – sound & style combined

It seems to be more progress than trend that headphone manufacturers are increasingly turning to Bluetooth devices. It is therefore not surprising that Yamaha also wants to increasingly attack this market.

The company started last year with its three-part TW model series and tried to establish its first in-ears directly in the world of headphones. We currently took a closer look at the middle model (TW-E5B). You can find out what the headphones can do and whether they promise to let Yamaha expand in this direction in our latest audio check here.

Yamaha TW-E5B Package
Yamaha TW-E5B Package

The first impression

Once the box has been unpacked, in addition to the quick-start guide and the safety note, you will immediately find the headphones in a small fabric bag and the charging case, which has a certain retro touch and, for a change, does not follow the well-known template with the apple. I like that immensely.

Yamaha also includes a suitable USB Type-C charging cable and earplugs in different sizes (XS, S, M, L). The latter is particularly useful for people like me, for whom such in-ears rarely fit right away.

The official specs of the Yamaha TW-E5B also speak of:

  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Frequency 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Weight 6.5 grams
  • Waterproof IPX5
  • Battery 8.5 hrs (headphones) 30 hrs (charging case)
  • Charging time 1.5 hours (headphones) 2.5 hours (charging case) Voice assistant Siri/Google Assistant
Yamaha TW-E5B scope of delivery
Yamaha TW-E5B scope of delivery

Once you have the headphones and charging case in your hand, you will immediately notice the simple but distinctive look. The headphones have a very striking teardrop shape and yet an elegance that is enhanced by the sparse copper print. So the Yamaha TW-E5B can already look good.

Much more important, however, is what does it look like in practice?

The TW-E5B Headphone Control App

As known from competing Bluetooth in-ears like the Melomania (our audio check), the Yamaha TW-E5B also have an in-house app that gives you a bit more control over the headphone experience. The app can be found in both the App Store and the Google Play Store and also works for the other two models in the three-series.

Yamaha TW-E5B app
Yamaha TW-E5B app

Dressed in simple lilac colors, the app presents you with several things at a glance. On the one hand you can check the battery status of the charging case and headphones here, on the other hand you can also switch functions such as Ambient Sound or Listening Care on and off. You also have the option of using an equalizer to adjust the low, middle and high tones in order to achieve the best possible sound experience.

In the ear

Like probably all other companies, Yamaha promises a lot with this product – comfort, flexibility, quality and and and. The former is fulfilled at least immediately, because the headphones fit very well in my opinion at the latest when you have found the right size of the earplugs. They never feel uncomfortable and don’t slip, so the explanation on the website should make it no longer a challenge even for the biggest problem child to comfortably adjust the in-ears.

With a current price range of around €130, you can definitely expect a good sound, and the Yamaha TW-E5B delivers exactly that. The headphones are powerful in the lows, clear in the mid-range and precise in the highs.

Yamaha TW-E5B - In-Ears in charging case
Yamaha TW-E5B – In-Ears in charging case

If you take the very popular song “Never Enough” from the film “The Greatest Showman”, for example, you will immediately notice how pleasantly the very loud high notes are played out and never even remotely give rise to the desire to lower the volume. But the headphones don’t only show what they can do with titles like these, which get by almost completely without bass and let off steam in the upper frequency range.

Even bass-heavy titles with a high focus on deep tones, such as Rin’s “Vintage” or Post Malone’s “Wow.” literally pound away your skull without becoming uncomfortable. And it is precisely with such a selection of titles that listening care also plays a major role, because the TW-E5B allow such titles to develop fully even at low volume and once again prove their suitability for everyday use.

What particularly stands out is one of the many functions: the Listening Care. Here, frequencies that are normally lost at low volume are dynamically boosted in order to produce a clear sound even with quiet playback. But at high volume, the frequencies are always balanced and the sound is never unpleasant or even bad, and even if you’re not completely satisfied, you can definitely adjust one or the other on the Headphone Control app.

Lots of features

Of course, the functions do not stop with Listening Care. In addition to the fact that the in-ears have real buttons instead of touch surfaces and that they also have well-functioning microphones for making calls, the function called ambient sound is also incorporated here. This uses speech recognition that ensures that you can hear train announcements or people speaking to you better, for example. The gaming mode and the IPX5 waterproof certification are also worth mentioning here, but both of these are usually less likely to be worn.

Yamaha TW-E5B earbuds
Yamaha TW-E5B earbuds

Of course, between everything that the TW-E5B can do, there is also one or the other that they cannot do. Noise canceling stands out the most here. This feature is justifiably gaining in popularity, so whatever the reason, it’s a shame the Yamaha TW-E5B don’t have it.

Further details on the in-ears are also provided on the official Yamaha product page.

Conclusion

Audio check: Yamaha TW-E5B in-ears – sound & style combined

Audio check: The Yamaha TW-E5B

“The Yamaha TW-E5B never disappoints and clearly manages to justify its price. Be it the ease of setup, the quality of the calls, the great sound, the comfort or all those other little features that make life easier The Yamaha in-ears deliver in almost every respect, with small drawbacks such as the fact that the sound is very good, but lacks some potential with the lack of noise cancelling, visually you stand out for that, and God be with you Thanks, clearly ahead of the competition, which is always a plus for us.So if you’re looking for a device like this and have your very special focus on in-ears for everyday use, you can warmly recommend the medium-sized headphones in the series lay.”

PER

good sound

Quality microphone

Long battery life

Easy setup

Convenient functions

CONS

No noise canceling

Unsuitable for sports

Decent price

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