Pros: Decent clean treble
Textured deep bass
Cons: Bad call quality
Shanling MTW100 DD version Vs BA version
Star Rating DD 6.0/10 & BA 6.5/10
Introduction & About the Product/Brand
Shanling is a well recognised name among audiophiles. Known for its high quality music products for a decent bargain. Once more shanling has come out with new true wireless earbuds for the fast moving consumers who don’t want to be tied down at a very affordable price.
Design, Build Quality, Comfort and Fit
In both versions The buds come in a brilliant small packaging almost fitting all the small accessories required for an iem which includes.
Some interchangeable tips
No charging cable included(requires type C cable)
Build is quite brilliant, made of all plastic buds and charging case the body is glossy and tough. Seems as if it can take a hitting in daily commute.
Both the buds sport a stylish coloured accent
The BA version comes with Orange - Black color combo and the Dynamic version comes in a sober White-Red combo. In fact both of them look very stylish
The fit is perfect for people of small and large ears sits comfortably inside the canal and with the various selection of tips makes it easier fit. There is almost no weight to the buds making them very easy to carry and use outdoors.
Usability and Functionality
Some functionality such as music playback as soon as you plugin the buds is pretty good.
Some functionality such as when you keep your finger on either side while wearing the buds the music pauses and when you Lic your finger music automatically starts to play. Quite intuitive.
Even the double tap play and pause is pretty cool
Well to simplify for the layman. There is still a long way to go as far as a fluid usability goes in the True Wireless section goes.
Certain Functions are a hit and miss kind of thing.
Like volume and next and previous are very confusing and almost never work
Calling is also a complete disaster. The sound is very muffled to the person you are calling and even the sound of the caller isn’t clean at all. Needs to be worked on properly in the next generations.
Although the Bluetooth quality is good. Unlike Creative Outlier Air in which one side always kept dropping connection, no such issues in the MTW100, even the distance of the source increases more than 10m the there is a good connection with the phone, which is quite good.
Both these buds have many similarities between them but sound differs a lot.
Although both these buds have a decent bass depth but the treble section on the DD version seems a bit much than the BA version
The BA version give you a clean yet textured treble with slight grainy feel. Which is good for genre such as rock and grunge lovers
But the DD version the treble is smooth and not as grainy as BA version but hits sharp in some songs which can be harsh to some people.
The highs are clean and crunchy with very slight shrill in some songs only in higher volumes, With tip rolling this can be easily adjusted
Instrument separation can be easily noticed but isn’t top notch. Same with the imaging.
The details are crystal clear but imaging still seems to take a hit. Which is natural as it’s a DD configuration IEM.
After some regular usage the details become more clear but one can say that these iems aren’t meant for details retrieving and rather mainly used for on the go fun
The sound is very airy and and sound stage is wide with decent amount of articulation.
When compared to Hifiman TWS600, the hifiman easily surpasses the details and treble crispness in comparison to MTW100
The treble on these buds are clean and very well extended with clean emergence from the upper mids. But I have noticed some grains in the treble making it well textured and rough around the edges.
The sound stage is Similar to that of the DD version but could be sensed to be very slightly lacking in female vocals.
Similar airiness to that of DD version.
The middle frequency as I said earlier has a slight V shape but the sound stage is wide due to which there is no significant recessed effect of male and female vocals.
Vocals are clean and smooth, Not upfront but also not very behind and are soothing to the ears.
The instruments such as guitars and string instruments are clean and mellow with good amount of body.
In comparison to TWS600 the mids are lacking on MTW100. The mids on TWS600 are forward and crystal clear with a good amount of body and stage presence.
Mids are as sweet as that of DD version which is surprisingly well for a BA Bluetooth earbuds
The amount of fluidity and transition is similar to that of DD version. No complaints here.
The lower frequency is why I like this iem and that is what separates it from other low budget True wireless iems.
You could say the bass takes a forward step in the whole array of sound manipulation in these iems but everything is still very clean and easy on the ears
The mid bass provides a good thump and decent amount of texture. The lower bass goes deep and create a good rumble effect
In comparison to TWS600 the bass is bigger and deeper on the MTW100. But tip rolling definitely improves bass depth on the TWS600.
Lower end is exactly similar to that of the DD version. Good rumble and good depth although the transition and speed is a bit faster and texture is slightly better, you couldn’t ask for more fine textured bass at this price point with TWS
For me I prefer the BA version better as I’m a headbanger and love rock music and the BA version suits my preferences.
Both of them are a clear winners as far as the musical details and tonality goes looking at a TWS
But for my preference I love the BA version better as it adds that textured grainy ness to the upper end and has a decent smooth response unlike the DD version in which the treble has some shrill in some songs
In the end I will only add one thing to the whole review, that on a low budget if one wishes to get a good quality iems for essentially the fun factor and for outdoors and gym, this will be a good choice. But for a good detailed iems which has forward vocals there are other options