As early as 2019, Shanling released its first true wireless headset MTW100, and distinguished two versions of dynamic and armature by color. This year’s advanced products MTW300/200 came one after another, forming a comprehensive coverage of the high-end and entry-level. Although both Shanling MTW300 and MTW200 use zinc alloy as the outer shell, I prefer the new mold of the latter to the appearance of the former, which continues from Shanling MTW100. With the separately sold storage leather case, it also has an EDC retro temperament. Let us see the charm of Shanling MTW200 today.
The headset packaging is still in the “Shanling” style, with flying set makeup photos of the headset + one-fifth of the model with blue characters on a white background.
Items displayed in the box: In addition to the instructions and other pieces of paper, there is also a charging cable and three pairs of silicone eartips. Shanling MTW200 is available in two colors, namely “ice platinum silver” and “starry sky gray”. The silver is a mirror finish, which is more eye-catching when it is shiny. So the price is 100 RMB more expensive. In order to protect the shell from scratches, we also purchased the matching lychee pattern PU leather protective cover.
The design of the charging case has rigidity and edges in the arc. Fortitude but not dull, smart but not sweet. The small size and the metal texture brought by the shiny silver of the fuselage are very delicate in the palm of the hand. Especially the crisp sound when opening the lid with one hand makes it easy to “impulse”.
Of course, there is a price behind the beautiful appearance, that is, it will become a fingerprint collector, and any “defects” are easy to see, but fortunately, there is a leather case. For girls, you don’t need to bring a small mirror with Shanling MTW200 when you go out. The mirror reflection on the back of the charging case is enough to touch up makeup. This kind of polishing especially tests the skill of the manufacturer. For Shanling, the technology is already very proficient, and every detail can withstand fine taste. However, because it is made of metal, the whole pair of headphones will still have some weight, but there will be no feeling of falling in the pocket.
I remember that in the past few years, there were still many TWS headsets with alloy designs, but in the past two years, there have been more and more plastic styles, and metal casings have become scarce. So when I saw Shanling MTW200, I was really eye-catching.
At the bottom of the charging case is the Type-C charging interface. In terms of battery life, the headset can listen to music for 9 hours at a time, and the battery life can reach 42 hours when used with charging cases. It can be used continuously for one week based on 8 hours of daily use.
The workmanship of the holster is good, and the stitching is also neat. The attached carabiner can be hung on the keychain or waist well. However, there is no hole at the bottom. If you want to charge it, you still need to pull it out (Itself is very smooth, and there is no situation that it is difficult to put it in and take it out).
The waterproof level of the earphone has reached IPX4 level, which is waterproof for daily life, so there is no need to worry about daily rain and sweat.
The earphone and the charging case have a uniform color tone. The difference is that in order to maintain a light and non-object wearing feeling, only the shallow layer of the earphone handle is made of bright silver, and the rest are made of black plastic material. If they are all made of alloy, it must be It is more coordinated, but there will be a sacrifice in wearing comfort. The weight of a single headset is only 3.9g, and it is quite comfortable to wear. The inclined sound tube design can go deep into the ear canal, and the sound insulation effect is good, and it fits naturally with the auricle, and it will not fall easily during exercise.
Shanling MTW200 adopts a short handle in-ear design. The outside of the headphone handle is the touch area, and the L/R logo is printed inside to distinguish the left and right ears. In addition, there are two microphones on the headset, with Qualcomm CVC8.0 dual-mic noise reduction technology, the performance on voice calls is still good, very clear. The touch is still very sensitive, and the operation logic follows the convention, so there is no need to deliberately learn. Shanling MTW200 can switch tracks, adjust the volume, wake up the assistant, and answer/hang up calls. In addition, both single and double earphones can be used, automatically switch, and connect immediately after opening the cover.
There is no deliberately eye-catching LOGO display on the headset, only the brand name is displayed on the outside of the headset handle and under the charging case cover. It embodies Shanling’s low-key and introverted. Shanling MTW200 is equipped with Qualcomm QCC3040 chip (supporting the latest Bluetooth 5.2 version), which is a mainstream solution in the industry. It supports APTX/AAC/SBC encoding, with a built-in 10mm composite diaphragm moving coil, which has excellent performance in delay, stability and sound quality.
Let’s talk about the specific performance of the headset, first of all, wearing it. Shanling MTW200 has a high degree of “friendliness” to the ears, and it will not feel uncomfortable to wear for a long time. In terms of function, although there is no fast charging and wireless charging, the 40-hour battery life is enough to make up for it.
You don’t need to press hard to touch, just tap it. In terms of operation logic, short press is to adjust the volume, double tap is to play/pause, and long press is to switch songs, and three taps are to wake up the voice assistant.
The delay of Shanling MTW200 is very small, so small that you can achieve the immersion of listening to the position when playing mobile games such as “Call of Duty Mobile”, and the synchronization of audio and video can be consistent when playing movies. The delay shortcomings of true wireless headsets that were widely criticized before have finally been basically solved.
Finally, let’s talk about the performance of the sense of hearing. Shanling’s tuning is always smooth and durable, as is the MTW200. It is comfortable and soft in the ear, and the frequency bands are balanced and natural. The low-frequency volume is sufficient, the spatial hierarchy is clear, the details are rich, the extension and flexibility are well done, and it has a strong sense of atmosphere.
The intermediate frequency is relaxed and stretched, and the sound is clear and delicate, without the feeling of thinness and dullness. The vocal position is relatively forward and warmer, which is closer to the ears. The separation with instrumental music is good, and the edges and corners of the instrument can be well outlined.
The high frequency has a certain sense of transparency, and the analysis and extension are also just right. It is good for daily use to listen to popular love songs, folk jazz, ACG light music, etc.
As the mid-range model of Shanling true wireless headphones, Shanling MTW200 can be said to be the most outstanding in appearance (especially the bright silver model). Although it has made trade-offs in its functions, such as ANC mode, wireless charging, infrared sensing (stop when the headset is removed), etc., but in the details, such as outstanding appearance and texture, wearing comfort, smooth and durable sound performance, etc. All handed in satisfactory answers. If you pay attention to appearance design and focus on sound quality experience, Shanling MTW200 is still a good choice.