Master & Dynamic are a New York based, high end audio company that manufacturers a variety of head and earphones. You may not have heard of them before, they are relatively new and have just celebrated their second anniversary. Prices start at £260 and a pair of MH40 will set you back £319 which is definitely part of the high end market. With that in mind, I’m hoping for something quite special!
Straight away I’m excited to open the box! The outer packaging is quite standard, with the usual information and pretty pictures. But under that, the box that houses the headphones… oh my! The headphones are presented in a black luxury box, constructed of thick cardboard with a moulded foam insert to caress the headphones while in transport. There is also a circular case in the middle of the foam which houses two aux cables: one with mic/remote control and one without; plus a 3.5mm jack adapter. Lifting the foam insert up reveals a carry case for the headphones and an instruction manual. The box oozes luxury and it’s the perfect way to find your headphones after purchase.
Before I look at the headphones, below is a little more info on the spec:
- 45mm Neodymium High-Performance Drivers.
- Stainless Steel Components
- Aluminium Body
- 2No. Detachable Oxygen-free Woven Cables, 1 With Remote & Mic
- Mute Button
- Memory Foam, Alcantara® Material Wrapped, Detachable Ear Pads
- Dual 3.5mm Standard Jack
- Compatible With Apple Products
My initial thoughts when picking the headphones up for the first time is that there pretty heavy. They weigh in at nearly 400g! That being said, I can understand why. The headphones are constructed out of aluminium and steel. We were sent a blue and silver pair and they do look very smart. These headphones have a brushed metal frame, on dark blue leather and the attention to detail is impeccable. The different textures, the blend of shiny and matte finishes the grill on the ear pads, the numbering of 0-4 on each ear pad so you can adjust them to suit your head size, it all adds up to something special. The headphones sit comfortably on my head and like I said before, they can be adjusted to suit. I watched some TV with them on, around 40 minutes worth and I have to say that they did start to feel heavy and ache my head. Finally, the headphones have an aux socket on each headphone, either of which can be used at any time and the ear pads are actually detachable and interchangeable. The ear pads stick to the ear phones via powerful magnets and as part of their second anniversary, M&D released a variety of colourful ear pads so you can modify your headphones to suit your fashion tone.
Listening with the headphones is a dream. They produce a very well balanced, immersive sound with plenty of beautiful bass. I listened to a variety of my favourite tracks, across various genres and thoroughly enjoyed listening to them all. I also tried out movies and TV series, both also made watching very enjoyable. I can’t see anywhere stating these are noise-cancelling headphones and there certainly isn’t any active components to suggest this but nevertheless, they do a very good job of isolating the external sounds. I mean, I didn’t get a chance to try them on a plane but every day sounds are filtered out perfectly. Using the headphones is very simple. There is only one button, which mutes sound on the right ear pad. I also tried out the remote control and the microphone features, all of which work as they should.
Things I love with these headphones include the magnetic ear pads, it’s well constructed, and has a retro vibe design. The headphones produce rich tones and lots of bass! There are some thing however I am not too into like their overall weight and price. The price is set too high for what they are, but I suppose if you are after a decent set of headphones made out of premium metals, then that’s the price you’re going to find them at. This I guess justifies that £300+ price tag. For further info and to purchase, visit the office Master & Dynamic site!