Master & Dynamic MW50 : Comfortable, Versatile, Robust, and fun

I think there’s a distinct dollop of form over function here; beautiful product in lots of colour options but with a sound profile that is less audiophile than the physical engineering might have suggested. That said, if its a sound signature that you personally like then this is a perfectly good option. That sound has to be reviewed twice because it changes completely dependent on the set of ear pads you choose. Possibly that’s the problem here; trying to get a compromised between the two types?. You might think ear pads shouldn’t make much difference but in fact they are absolutely integral to sound; the on-ear pads are thinner and allow the drivers to rest very close to your ear canal, whereas the over ear cups lift the drivers away and introduce a resonant air chamber in between themselves and your ear canal. So lets look at the on-ear first. In this configuration, the sound is good especially for techno, dance and electronic music. It’s punchy and fun, with pace and musicality. Bass is great, a little muddy down very low but clear mids and a well controlled bright treble make up for that.

These are by far the best headphones i’ve ever used, they are also the most expensive headphones so this is to be expected. You definitely get what you pay for with a slick, extremely comfy and stylish way to listen to music. As well as the aesthetic of them being so nice the actual quality of sound is what really sets this product above the rest. In particular bass and clarity of songs has really made a difference and has even made some songs more enjoyable when compared to listening through speakers. They come with an additional pair of ear buds so you can change it to your preference. Having the option to have them wireless or with a wire is very useful, the battery lasts a long time but being able to plug them in when they run out of charge has made these even better. A fast charging usb-type c cable comes with it that is high quality and will last a long time, they come with a bag for both the headphones and cables to prevent any damage. Overall if you care about the quality of music then these headphones are definitely worth saving up for.

The mw50 wireless headphones come in a well-presented slip-cased box; you are provided with the phones, a round leather case containing a usb-c charging cable and a standard 3. Cable, a soft cloth carry-pouch and a quick-start card. The headphones are sturdily made of lightweight metal with a padded headband and lovely soft earpads all finished in soft leather – it is a beautifully designed unit and the earphones are comfortable to wear – even with my glasses on. They are bluetooth enabled and were easy to connect; after charging the battery (i think it took about 3 hours using a usb wall-socket charger) i paired them first with my tv then my computer with no problem. My main testing was carried out on my music centre cd player using the cable option; the noise-isolation provided by the padded earphones was very good indeed. So how did they perform?with orchestral music (i deliberately chose music with pretty extreme changes between loud, soft and detail) they delivered extremely well; they provided good warm sound across the dynamic range without any need for adjustments either to volume or eq controls; with opera they were – to my ears – quite astounding, capturing the natural balance between singers and orchestra while maintaining both the subtle nuances of the voices and the detail of the colours and textures of the orchestra. With modern small-group jazz, the same warmth and balance was clear, with instrumental inflections and colours wonderfully apparent. Rock, both electronica (chvrches) and guitar-led (paramore) had good separation and again, vocals and instrumental detail was clear in both cases. The phones were comfortable for the extended wear of two test sessions which took about two hours each.

These headphones are beautifully made and packaged, so right from the off you know you are getting a premium product. From the box and inlay, through to the soft storage bag and the weight and build of the headphones themselves, this oozes quality. Either on or over-ear, the headphones feel substantial, and the ear pads are firm but comfortable, with plenty of room to adjust things. Sound-wise, you’ll hear lots of detail in your music that perhaps you’ll miss from other headphones. Sound separation and stereo imaging is good. The treble sounds crisp and punchy, the bass not too intrusive but certainly plummy enough to be heard underneath most tracks i tested out for review purposes. In the mid-range and when the music is particuarly involved and intricate, the sound occasionally gets a little muddy, but not all the time. Vocals are clear and easy to understand, even when there are multiple voices involved. The bottom line is – are they worth the £300+ price tag?.Before deciding, it is certainly worth comparing these headphones with some that are at least half the price, and then evaluating whether there is something like £150 difference.

Discerning users, audiophiles, studio technicians and professional musicians have specific demands for their private listening and there is a limited range of headphones that they would seriously consider; add bluetooth to the list and the options are significantly fewer. There are obvious comparisons to be made with selected products from the long-established brands of bowers & wilkins and bang & olufsen who are both relatively new to headphone production whose respective px and beoplay h9i models are personally known, support bluetooth, are over-ear and sell at broadly similar prices to these mw50+ from master & dynamic. All three offer a quality listening experience that surpasses most and provide similar levels of convenience without being necessarily encumbered by a cable although the option is available using that provided in each instance when necessary or there is a desire not to use bluetooth – it may be unavailable on a media source or the phones’ battery needs a recharge. All are rechargeable using a provided usb cable, most often micro- or mini-usb but usb-c with these, and feature metal construction (both steel and aluminium with these) with a leather trim around the ear-pieces and possibly elsewhere. The ‘master & dynamic mw50+ high definition bluetooth 2-in-1 wireless interchangeable on-ear and over-ear headphones, black/silver’ are from a brand not previously known through prior exposure and have the unusual feature of including interchangeable pads for both on-ear and over-ear wear to suit personal preference or to help reduce sound bleed where desirable. Attachment is magnetic and immediate with no lugs or other mechanical fitments to concern the user; they also have their own hard case while the obvious surprise is that there isn’t one for the phones. The change-over dramatically alters the physical appearance from that of a compact design to one that is apparently quite large and heavy-looking while barely changing their weight and also unusual in that the over-ear pads have straight sides rather than the expected curves. In terms of its design as supplied for on-ear use, it is ‘traditional’ in appearance as is b&o’s whereas b&w’s offering is rectangular and therefore itself ‘unusual’. The provided audio cable is of high quality – 1. 25m in this instance as stated on the packaging (their site claims it to be 2m) and finished in a woven fabric – but always of a modest length for use with a portable high-performance audio player rather than at home with a hi-fi set-up where a longer lead is typically required as bluetooth is usually not a viable option; a high-end 3.

These are my first master & dynamic headphones and so far i’m impressed. What i love the most about them is the interchangeable over ear and on ear attachments meaning that i can adapt my listening preferences depending on whether i want more isolation and privacy or if i want to be able to pick up on whats going on around me. So far the on ear i’ve used at work and when the kids are about and the over ear to blot out my wife’s evening viewing preferences, but this isolation comes from the type of ear pad rather than active noise cancellation,the sound is warm and immersive but at lower volumes can feel a little thin and lacking when using the on ear attachments however the clarity is very good. What also i like is unlike the blue satellite earphones there is little or no buzz output when no music/sound is playing. Bluetooth pairing is exceptionally easy, turn on, press and hold the power switch to paring for 2s or more and search on your device. Changing of the ear attachments is a simple case of gently pulling off the attachments which are held on by strong magnets and then placing the new ear pads onto the earphones using the locator tagsthe build quality is very very solid in feeling with high quality leather surrounding the headbandincluded in the box is also a soft carry pouch that magnetises closed at the top and includes a pocket in side to hold the usb-c charging cable + the 3. 5mm jack cable for wired listening. So far i’m in love with these headphones and looking forward to more listening with them.

Master & dynamic is a young audio company operating out of new york – who make pretty good headphones. These headphones, the mw50+, are the first product from them that i have come across. First off, great packaging and presentation, if that’s your thing. Inside the meticulous packaging, you will find a pair of headphones and accessories that have been manufactured with premium materials – forged steel and lambskin leather as well as braided cables. The headphone cups also have tactile real metal controls for bluetooth and volume – very nice. They also come with a cloth carry bag – which is the best cloth carry bag i have ever seen for headphones but if you’re paying this kind of money, you should expect a hard casethe ‘phones look the business combining retro and more contemporary styling and can be worn as on-ear or closed back depending on the magnetic earpads you choose (two pairs supplied, including a lovely little faux leather box, to store the set you aren’t using). I tried these for a period of 12 hours, 6 hours on-ear and six hours closed back over a three day period listening to a range of music and playing ps4 games, via bluetooth and 3. 5 mm cable from an iphone x and a yamaha hifi and was impressed by the audio quality – lots of detail in the treble and not too bassy. The on-ear configuration sounds slightly better but i prefer closed back listening – trouble is that these leak a lot of sound, so not so good for commuting or flying, either on-ear or closed back 🙁 (i have a large head and when wearing these as closed back i experienced clamping after a couple of hours)i always encourage people to audition headphones as the whole listening and comfort experience is very personal. I rate these mw50+ very highly but audition them against bang & olufsen h9i (more expensive but have anc) – the h9is are the most comfortable headphones i own, and the bowers & wilkins px (less expensive but have anc as well) – the px’s are the best sounding headphones i own.

It was a real struggle to decide whether to give these headphones 4 or 5 stars. They’re so close to 5 but for every good thing there’s a negative. If you’re tempted to splash this much money then read on. Style and buildmaster & dynamic have built a reputation for excellent build quality and attention to detail. The mw50+ are no exception: the silver and black version looks great and there is no doubting the quality of the engineering. The soft case is very classy too. The downside, and i’ve seen this mentioned for every model in their range, is that they just don’t extend enough for larger heads. With the default on-ear pads, they sat on my ear but slightly higher than i normally wear on-ear ‘phones. The supplied over-ear cups were more of a problem as they would not go around my ear without squeezing the metal struts towards my skull first. But then they would gradually lift and push against the base of my earlobe.

  • Excellent audio quality; mechanical and storage issues
  • Comfortable, Versatile, Robust, and fun
  • Superb!

Master & Dynamic MW50+ Bluetooth 2-in-1 Wireless Headphones with 40 mm Beryllium Driver for High Sound, Converts from On-Ear Headphones to Over-Ear Headphones, Silver/Brown

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Have been using these regularly for about two weeks now and am really enjoying them. Thoughts as follows:proslovely build and quality to all parts of the product – packaging, cables, earpieces, the main unit, etc. Really very good (as you’d hope/expect at this price point). I listen to lots of genre of music, mostly flac, as well as a lot of radio. Not going to give detailed ‘sound signature’ descriptions as this is very subjective, suffice to say i am very pleased (and have used high end sennheiser and audio technica headphones, among others, in the past). Bluetooth transmission working very well and better than on other products i’ve used. No issues with flac files playing on mob in my pocket with no drops in signal etc. Fantastic that you get 2x options out of the box – on-ear and over-ear. The sound signature is really quite different depending on which you use. Easy and intuitive controls that work well.

There is nothing to dislike about this product. My father and my 9 year old son are the two that have been wearing these on-ear headphones and they love them. Both wear hearing aids: my father an in ear piece and my son a bone anchored hearing device. My father obviously has to remove his and as with some earphones he feels a little disoriented these balance the noise well. My son is able to still wear them on his ear as they fit so well to his ear he doesn’t need to remove the aid from his abutment unless he wants to. The bluetooth is excellent meaning i’m not worried about my clumsy forgetful son suddenly standing up and getting caught up in wires damaging the device he’s listening to music on. My father was most impressed with the actual packaging and got a little excited lol but seriously it was impressive all joking aside. A big hit from two different generations.

  • Excellent audio quality; mechanical and storage issues
  • Comfortable, Versatile, Robust, and fun
  • Superb!

Master & Dynamic MW50+ Bluetooth 2-in-1 Wireless Headphones with 40 mm Beryllium Driver for High Sound, Converts from On-Ear Headphones to Over-Ear Headphones, Silver/Brown

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