Master & Dynamic MW60 Headphones Review
A relative newcomer to the market, Master & Dynamic have developed a reputation for releasing quality audio products. Their small range of headphones and earphones combine excellent build quality with almost unrivalled sound quality. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of MW60s to review.
Master & Dynamic MW60: In the box
The MW60s come inside a stylish white box, reflecting the design of the headphones themselves. For £499 As well as finding the headphones in there you get a whole raft of accessories. There’s a Micro USB charging cable, gold plated headphone cable, 6.3mm jack adapter, a leather accessory box, an accessory pouch and a carrying pouch for the headphones. If you want to go crazy Master & Dynamic also offer a Zero Halliburton option. For an extra £350 they come with a neat aluminium carry case.
Master & Dynamic MW60: Design & Comfort
When it comes to design the MW60s justify their price tag and then some. The quality here is second to none. The headphones are made from metal that is either finished in silver, black or gunmetal depending on colour choice. This is complemented by the genuine lamb skin headband and ear cups that come in five different colours. The metal buttons finish the whole thing off nicely. All this quality comes at a price. Although the headphones feel nice to wear they are pretty heavy. This can be an issue after wearing them for several hours. The headphones can be folded away for easy storage.
Master & Dynamic MW60: Performance
One of the big boasts for the MW60s is the Bluetooth range. Thanks to an Aluminium antenna on the left cup they have a range of up to 100 feet in the clear. Put a few obstacles in the way and this obviously comes down. Still they offered the best connectivity I’ve had so far. The MW60s can also connect to multiple devices at once so need to keep switching.
The MW60s do have a problem with sound leakage so if you turn them up too high everyone else will know what you’re listening to. No more guilty pleasures on the train. Keeping them at medium levels this is less of a problem but you’ll probably still be able to hear what’s going on around you.
Master & Dynamic claim a battery life of 16 hours. In reality I got just short of that with around 15 hours per charge. That’s not bad at all. If you’re just using them for commuting you’ll easily get a week out of them. Of course if you find yourself short of battery you can always plug them in.
Master & Dynamic MW60: Sound
One thing to bear in mind is that Master & Dynamic opted against any kind of active noise cancellation. They do however come equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 with the Aptx codec offering CD quality audio over Bluetooth connection.
Just about every genre of music sounds amazing on the MW60s. The bass is powerful without being too boomy like you get with cheaper pairs of headphones. It’s there but not overpowering. At the other end of the spectrum the highs offer incredible detail. They are slightly tuned down because who wants high pitched noises right next to their ears. The mids have a good amount of detail to them without being overbearing. The detail in the guitars are there and the vocals come through loud and clear. If you are wanting something with super punch bass then these aren’t the headphones for you. They will be appreciated by hardcore audiophiles though for their incredible range.