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Jan 18. 2019
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By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

Premium audio brand Master & Dynamic launches its Bluetooth headphones in Bangkok

A PAIR OF Bluetooth headphones with rich sounds and long battery life and a clever design that lets you switch between over-ear and on-ear types, the Master & Dynamic MW50+ is one of two models of headphones from the New York-based firm distributed here by RTB Technology. The other is the MW07 and I’ll be reviewing it at a later date.

The MW50+ comes in a stylish and luxury design with attention to every detail starting with the premium grade materials and including Master & Dynamic’s signature rich, warm sounds.

The MW50+ has a clever design that lets you easily change between on-ear and over-ear thanks to two sets of magnetic ear pads.

The phones come with the on-ear ear pads. You simply pull out the on-ear pads that magnetically attach to the ear cups and attach the over-ear ear pads. You can choose on-ear ear pads for rich, detailed and expansive sound on-the-go or opt for the over ears for full sound isolation for focus, productivity and relaxation. 

The MW50+ looks luxurious with a premium grain leather headband and lambskin interior. The two sets of interchangeable memory foam ear pads are also covered with lambskin for a truly premium look.

The headphones’ parts are made of forged aluminium components and the MW50+ uses a stainless steel adjustment arm with aluminium headband connector to improve the Bluetooth signal.

The phones are light and comfortable to wear. With the on-ear ear pads, they come in at just 205 grams and go up to 239g for the over ears. During my test, I could wear the headphones for hours without discomfort.

I also very much enjoyed the sound quality with rich and clear mids and highs and solid bass that wasn’t too bloated.

The MW50+ uses high-performance 40mm beryllium drivers and it has a frequency response of 5-30,000 Hz and 32 ohms of impedance. 

The headphones use Bluetooth 4.1 and aptX streaming protocol. The package comes with a 3.5mm audio cable to use the MW50+ as wired headphones.

The MW50+ has a USB-C port for charging its battery that can last up to 16 hours after one full charge.

I tested the MW50+ by linking it to my Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the headphones reproduced good quality music sounds with music instrument clarity, beautiful vocals and, good, solid bass. For example, I could hear the percussion and guitar sounds on Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” while the bass guitar and drums sounded solid.

During the test, I enjoyed streaming rock music from Jook and Spotify apps to the headphones. The music quality was also good when I used the provided audio cable.

Pairing the headphones to my smartphone was a breeze. I turned the headphone on by sliding the switch on the left ear cup from the lower to the middle position. To pair with my phone, I slid the switch to the Bluetooth position on the top and held it for two seconds to enter the pairing mode. To turn off the headphones, you simply slide the switch to the bottom position from the middle position.

When the headphones are turned on, the MW50+ will automatically search for the previously connected devices. If no connection is made after two minutes, the headphone will enter deep-sleep mode.

There are three controlling buttons on the right ear cup. The top and bottom buttons are used for increasing and decreasing volume. The middle button is called Multi Function Button (MFB) and is used for playing and pausing music. The volume buttons are also used for skipping to the next and returning to the previous tracks.

The MFB button is the one to press when answering a call and hanging up a line.

The phones are available in two versions. The normal version is available in brown/silver, black/silver and black/black for Bt15,900 and the special edition to commemorate the late Michael Jackson's 60th birthday is available in black/gold for Bt17,900. 

Both versions are available at Munkong Gadget, Studio 7 by Com7, iStudio by CPW, DotLife, Sound Proof, Lazada, Shopee and Mercular.

>> Ear coupling: |On-ear/Over-ear

>> Drivers: 40mm Beryllium Diaphragm

>> Impedance: 32 ohms

>> Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1, aptX codec

>> Microphone type: Dual omni-directional microphone array

>> Cables: Detachable 1.25m standard cable; USB-C charging / updating cord

>> Headphone connection: 3.5mm Passive Audio input / USB-C charging / firmware update input

>> Dimensions: 19cm H x 15.5cm W x 3.4cm T (On-Ear); 20cm H x 16.5cm W x 4cm T (Over-Ear)

>> Weight: 205g (On-Ear), 239g (Over-Ear)

>> In the box: MW50+, on-ear pads, over-ear pads, leather ear pad case, canvas headphone pouch, USB-C charging cable, 1.2m standard 3.5mm cable


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