Master & Dynamic MW50 Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

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Meet the Master & Dynamic MW50 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

The Master & Dynamic MW50 on-ear headphones in black leather
The Master & Dynamic MW50 is the company's second-ever set of headphones to incorporate Bluetooth as a connection option. Master & Dynamic

When viewed through the lens of lifestyle accessories, the choice of headphones can say quite a bit about character – or at least the impression that one may wish to give off. Anyone has the ability to buy and wear an expensive, well-tailored suit. But it's the smaller details, such as good shoes, a fitting belt, and a matching tie, that often matter just as much towards demonstrating care in appearance, if not more. So if you own and use quality goods in your day-to-day life, it makes sense to wear headphones that weren't picked out from some online bargain bin.

Master & Dynamic has been in the business of crafting products that score high for sound, substance, and style. While it's true that not everyone is open to a modern, retro-throwback look, it's hard to argue against serious commitment to premium materials and highly-praised sonic signatures. Although unique in its own right, the MW50 wireless on-ear headphones exhibit the same level of detail and care in construction as do the rest of its predecessors.

The Master & Dynamic MW50 is the company's second-ever set of headphones to incorporate Bluetooth as a connection option – its first being the over-ear MW60, which launched towards the end of 2015. Bluetooth wireless is practically ubiquitous when it comes to portable audio. But what sets the MW50 (and also the MW60) wireless on-ear headphones apart is its ability to maintain its Bluetooth 4.1 connection up to three times the distance of industry standard.

Most Bluetooth audio devices list a maximum wireless reach of 33 ft (10m), with a functional range typically falling shy of that. The Master & Dynamic MW50 wireless on-ear headphones feature a high-powered antenna incorporated within its aluminum exterior. Users can expect to be able to stream Bluetooth (with aptX support for "CD-like quality") audio up to 100 ft (30m), a feat matched only by few other devices, such as the Plantronics BackBeat Pro headphones or the Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2 speaker.

But if you happen to be a purist, have no fear. You can still enjoy the Master & Dynamic MW50 on-ear headphones through its 3.5 mm audio connection.

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Why the Master & Dynamic MW50 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Might Be for You

The Master & Dynamic MW50 on-ear headphones on a desk with other items
Designed to be tank-tough, the Master & Dynamic MW50 could be the last-ever pair of on-ear headphones you'd ever buy. Master & Dynamic

The Master & Dynamic MW50 headphones will appeal to those who want a quality set of cans without all the extra mass and volume. Versus the over-ear MW60, the on-ear MW50 headphones are 30 percent lighter and smaller. Even though the MW50 headphones are likely easier and more convenient to tote around by comparison, they're still able to house custom 40 mm beryllium drivers within each ear cup.

Buttons built into the exterior allows for volume and track control, freeing one from having to reach for a connected device. The Master & Dynamic MW50 on-ear headphones also pack dual, noise-isolating microphones, ideal for hands-free phone conversations, voice control, or dictation. Users can expect to enjoy up to 16 hours of wireless audio from the MW50 headphones before having to recharge through the included USB-C cable, which also enables firmware updates.

If you have an eye for premium, the Master & Dynamic MW50 on-ear headphones are guaranteed to please. Each unit consists of machined aluminum and stainless steel, a heavy grain cowhide-covered headband, and removable lambskin-wrapped memory foam ear pads. You'll be hard-pressed to find any bit of plastic or exposed wiring. And if the MW50 headphones follow suit with its siblings, we can expect to have the option to personalize headphones with additional ear pad colors.

The Master & Dynamic MW50 on-ear headphones are currently available in black and brown leather colorways. Each unit comes complete with 3.5 mm and USB-C cables, a leather cable box, and a canvas headphone pouch. To some, the US$449 price may seem a bit steep. But considering that Master & Dynamic designs products to be tank-tough while maintaining good looks, the MW50 could be the last-ever pair of on-ear headphones you'd ever buy.

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