Er­rato Muse 5

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Like Bragi, Erato has pre­vi­ously re­leased truly wire­less ear­buds – the Apollo 7 – and now they’re fol­low­ing it up with the Muse 5. Un­like the Apollo 7, the Muse 5 has a more con­ven­tional de­sign, giv­ing it a big­ger sur­face area for touch con­trols per­haps. A set of nine ear tips of dif­fer­ent sizes and shapes are pro­vided so you can eas­ily get a good fit.

The Muse 5 man­ages only about four hours of mu­sic play­back, but the pro­vided car­ry­ing case gives you two full charges ex­tra, bring­ing your to­tal listening ses­sion to 12 hours. That’s cer­tainly de­cent for such a small pack­age, and should eas­ily take you through your work­out for the day.

Pair­ing is a slightly more com­pli­cated af­fair with this set. The Muse 5 al­lows you to have just the left ear­phone ac­tive, so the ini­tial pair­ing is first the left ear­piece to the phone, then the right to the left. You’ll need to press and hold on both ear­pieces si­mul­ta­ne­ously to get both work­ing to­gether.

The Muse 5 lets you take calls and con­trol play­back via a se­ries of presses on the ap­pro­pri­ate ear­piece. For ex­am­ple, dou­ble press­ing on the right ear­piece in­creases the vol­ume, while dou­ble press­ing on the left de­creases it. Like­wise, you can skip tracks by us­ing ei­ther side al­ter­nately. We found there was a slight bit of lag when us­ing the con­trols though, so you may find your­self us­ing the con­trols on your player any­way.

In terms of mu­sic, we much pre­ferred the au­dio from the Muse 5 mode with their 3D Wide mode en­abled (Four rapid presses on the left ear­bud). This added not only a wider sound­stage, but just a bit more body to the over­all sound. On a record­ing of

Vir­tual In­san­ity by Jamiro­quai, we found that the Muse 5 ren­dered the vo­cals with a nice warm tone, and did a great job of pick­ing out the in­di­vid­ual mu­si­cal in­stru­ments used.

That’s some­thing that was again re­flected on our of­fi­cial test tracks, where the head­phones per­formed best on Buck­et­head’s Sail On Sooth­sayer, an al­ter­na­tive metal track that fea­tures heav­ily in the mids and the highs. Clearly, this por­tion of the au­dio range is a strength.

There are no catches on the case for the Muse 5.

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