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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    RIDICULOUS

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    TheTechNugget
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    When I write up any sort of documentation at work—perhaps some technical project documentation or a powerpoint slide deck—I think often about my boss who insists on the “rule of 3’s” when it comes to lists. 3 is his go-to number when trying to come up with any sort of explanations or examples of something; a list of 3 is not too long, not too short, and easy to complete (see what I did there)? I probably use the rule of 3’s in my reviews more frequently than I realize. I have a rule of 3 when it comes to the must-have array of bluetooth speakers—so it seems only fitting to review my rule of 3 around the must-have array of headphones. So, without further ado, here it is: * Basic earbud with inline mic - for every day use, generally less expensive, comfortable to the point you forget about them, and usable in most places. * Studio headphones - for musical, or cinematic (or both), adventures; they are your lounging headphones for when you want to zone out in your media. * Wireless - for the gym, yard work, house work, etc. All headphones I acquire have to be rated into one of these categories…and I have a new possible entry for studio headphones with the Master & Dynamic MH30’s. Before we get into the performance—I want to first emphasize a couple of things. First—these are not budget-friendly headphones. You might find them on sale, but you’ll be dropping three bills on these in most cases. They are true high-end headphones, and everything about the experience screams quality. The unboxing is the best experience; the box itself smells much like it comes from a very high-end shoe store, is extremely sturdy and simple to open. Inside the box you find the stunning headphones and a nice cylindrical leather case for cable storage…and it is real leather. There’s also a nice paper insert indicating just how high end these headphones are: “We design and build products utilizing the finest components and the most durable, luxury materials to ensure decades of use.” Decades? The notion of a piece of tech I get in 2017 serving me for decades is a bit foreign to me, but I guess only time will tell. So, I don’t need to go on about this I don’t think—but these things are gorgeous. A clean design, extremely solid build quality and feel; anodized (not painted) metal; lambskin ear cushions…these headphones are beautiful. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, they also fold flat and can be stowed in the provided soft pouch (which also smells heavenly) for easy portability. And although the carrying case has an odor profile that competes with newborn babies, I would have liked to see a hardshell case for these. Alright, so solid build and design—check. How’s the sound? God-like, or at least the closest thing this side of heaven. Keep in mind, I have an array of headphones and earbuds with price tags that hover from $50 to $250, so the premium audio market is not one that I have a ton of experience with. But, I can distinguish the difference even in the narrow price range of most of my gear. The MH30’s are clearly on another level. As a point of comparison, I briefly owned Bose’s QC35 ANC headphones and had to return them due to the ANC being so good they caused motion-sickness (it’s a real thing—Google it). The QC35’s were in the $350 price range when they were released, and from an audio quality perspective they were nothing compared to the MH30’s. Never before have I experienced headphones with this level of accuracy and crispness at all frequencies—lows, middles AND highs—regardless of volume. At full volume, the MH30’s outperform any audio equipment I’ve tested. All things being equal, it’s important to point out that the MH30’s are not over-ear headphones like the QC35’s, nor do they have any noise-canceling; they do, however, do an extremely good job of providing noise isolation thanks to the magnetic lambskin-coated ear cushions and rotating ear cups that will adjust to your ears. In terms of comfort, they are definitely not what the QC35’s (or even my significantly less expensive V-Moda Crossfade LP2’s) offer, but those comparisons are both against over-ear headphones. I point this out because you have to know what you’re getting into with on-ear headphones; by design, they will be less comfortable because they’ll push on your ears, while over-ear headphones will generally not touch your ears at all. That said, as I mentioned before—the rotating ear cups allow for a good tight fit on your ears without too much pressure—and these can be worn with some repositioning for hours without too much wear fatigue. From a features perspective, the MH30’s are a bit constrained in that they are wired headphones—no noise canceling, no bluetooth; however, both the right and ear cups have a 3.5MM headphone jack that can provide both input AND output. So, if you prefer your wire going into the right cup over the left, you can switch it without reversing the headphones. And, regardless of what cup is receiving the input, the other cups headphone jack serves as an output to another set of headphones, allowing for easy sharing of your music to a nearby friend with wired headphones. I really appreciate that Master & Commander innovated here and provided a built-in audio splitter without the need to carry extra adapters. In terms of competition, let’s call these headphones entry-level premium on-ear headphones. As I’ve mentioned already, they outperform the likes of Bose’s QC35’s in terms of frequency balance; they have a more full sound profile than my Sennheiser 598SE’s and they can equal V-Moda’s Crossfade LP2’s bass output without being as loud. On almost every account they outperform my entire collection of buds and headphones, wired and wireless. If I’m being honest—$300 is a pretty good price to pay for something that can perform at that level. But in order to truly compare these to any other gear, you have to listen to them. After my first encounter with these—I told my wife that “never before have I had come so close to an emotional experience listening to headphones.” In spite of my opinion of the value the MH30’s offer, these headphones are not for everyone. First and foremost, if you are not in the “on-ear” headphone camp, consider passing. I personally don’t care much for on-ear headphones, but the performance of these have certainly opened my eyes to Master & Dynamics over-ear headphones, although those start at $399 and go up from there. And under normal circumstances, I’d steer anyone away from these who doesn’t have an audiophile’s ear—the folks who can’t really distinguish the difference in audio quality between $50 headphones and $250 headphones—but I really think even those less-discerning ears will appreciate the sound quality of the MH30’s. For those with less flexibility in their monthly budget, it may be difficult to spend $300 on anything—and there are very few products that I think of as truly being worth saving for. The MH30’s are an exception to that; this is something you want to tuck money away for. They sound amazing, are made with very high quality materials, and are designed to be handed down to others. So I think it’s pretty clear how I feel about these headphones. These earn “Five Stars” in my eyes with seemingly little effort, but every bit of the experience seems carefully planned out by Master & Dynamic. And, I’m looking forward to doing a little of my own money tucking so I can get my hands on some of their over-ear headphones. At the end of the day, the MH30’s provide more than audio playback—they instead focus on providing a user experience that is not something you get with your average pair of headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well built. No plastic parts. Sounds great.

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    APCHouston
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    This would be my 8th set oh headphones and I had originally wanted MH40. Unfortunately, because of the shape of the MH40's ear pads I got the MH30 which felt better on my head and ears. the clamping pressure is perfect. This thing will not get loose and play off your head even if you're actively moving about. It cones with 2 fabric covered cables which are surprisingly soft and won't tangle. The sound is solid with a slightly boosted bass but not bad, the midrange and highs are laid back. These are what I would call fun headphones. If you want neutral headphones this is not for you. Although these are very efficient and can be driven easily by most smartphones assuming you have a headphone jack, it even sounds better when you use a headphone amp with it. The bass becomes solid and fast and the decay is also wonderful. Using headphone amp opens up the soundstage of these headphones. The best thing about it was I got them when BestBuy was offering these at 50% for a weekend and with my points I ended up paying just over $100 for them. One of the best purchases I've had at BestBuy. One Caveat. Make sure you check the box if you order online. I picked up my order from the local BestBuy and when I got home the box was missing the headphones. Fortunately for me that since I ordered it online they order sticker was on the box. Basically the box was missing the plastic sealed wrap when I got it and the sticker was on the box itself. But after going back to the store, they happily exchanged it with brand new sealed one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very, Very Nice On-Ear 'Phones!

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    Wraith
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    I have owned a lot of headphones in my day. I have owned and used everything from the old cruddy earbud that came with old AM radios to top of the line planar magnetics. I was a practicing audiophile for years with all the debt that entailed but now I'm a recovering addict! I sold all my high end gear and decided that I need to just be happy with good instead of always chasing 'Oh my GOD!'. I will say, there is something sublime about listing to some artists on some top-notch gear and hearing the little breaths they take between lyrics and it sounds like they are whispering right in your ear. It is amazing and gives you goosebumps sometimes and I love it but you will go broke chasing it and the perfect rig is not very portable. In addition, modern music has been so 'perfected' and digitalized that there is very little character to discover in the spaces. With that being said, I still appreciate a nice set of 'cans' and the Master & Dynamic are very nice in their sound quality and especially in their styling. I have the gunmetal edition and they are very sharp. They are also built like a tank. There is no plastic and the leather is real leather and not the artificial protein leather that you find on other 'phones. You know right when you open the box that you are getting something special with the leather cord case and stylish box. Now packaging can make garbage look nice but it makes a thing of beauty even nicer and lets you know the the team and M&D are taking this seriously. If you are an audiophile or heck, even just an admirer of headphones, you will immediately think that these come from some lineage related to Grado since they look like the rich, beautiful cousin to their line of headphones. Grado is a phenomenal brand to be compared to but many of the headphones that are in the same price range as the MH30s have a ton of plastic and plain old foam earpads. The Grado similarities don't just end at aesthetics, they also are similar in comfort (at least as far as the headband goes). Both are a tad light on padding for the headband and while it isn't too bad for a relatively short listening session (less than 2 hours), I could not go all day with these without adding an aftermarket wrap-pad or some serious breaks. To be fair, I have kind of a pointy head and my natural padding (hair) has thinned significantly so take my discomfort with a grain of salt. That being said, the rest of the headphone is very nice in terms of comfort (earpads, spacing, etc.). So now I should probably talk about what these things were intended for, listening to music. I tend to prefer a pretty neutral headphone and I would call these a neutral-warm headphone. It makes them great for acoustic, rock, country, and those kind of genres. Classical or Jazz fans may not like these and they are definitely not bass heavy so they probably would not satisfy people who like R&B, dance, or hip-hop. Fortunately my music collection spans a wide range but focuses on 60's to 90's rock and the MH30's suit that pretty well. There is not a lot of isolation but I wasn't expecting much since they are on-ear and not over-ears. Also, they are a bit 'closed' sounding, but again that was expected since they are solid backed and not open but that helps with sound leakage and a bit of extra oomph to the bass. All-in-all, I am extremely pleased with these headphones. While many people still balk at paying this kind of money for headphones, these are actually worth it. They will probably last forever (try saying that about a pair of Beats), have replaceable parts, sound great, and are pretty comfortable. They aren't cheap but they are actually worth the price you pay and not just because they have a certain name on the headband. Something to be said about quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent On-Ear Headphones

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    AjTrek
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    I want to provide a real life review/comparison of the Master & Dynamic MH30’s (M&D MH30). As the owner of a set of Bowers & Wilkins P5’s (B&W P5) I can give you a personal experience as to how I believe two comparable products match up. I’ll start with a specification/feature comparison that indicates which I believe to have a slight advantage. If no such mention is made then IMO there is no meaningful difference. Drivers: 40mm Freq. Response: B&W P5 = 10Hz-20kHz/ M&D MH30 = 5Hz-25kHz (M&D-MH30) Impedance: B&W P5 = 22 ohms / M&D MH 30 = 32 ohms (B&W P5) Sensitivity: 108db Weight: B&W P5 = 195gm / M&D MH 30 = 260gm (B&W P5) Premium Build: Yes Detachable Cables: Yes Inline Phone Controls: Yes Daisy Chain Listening: M&D MH30 Foldable Flat: Yes Foldable Compact: M&D MH30 Removable/Replaceable Ear Pads: Yes Hi-Res Audio: No Bluetooth: No Noise Isolating: Yes Noise Cancelling: No Carrying Pouch: Yes 2 Year Warranty: Yes The build quality of both the M&D MH30 and the B&W P5 is outstanding. No plastic here. One should get years of use out of either. The packaging is top notch for both…suggesting a premium product. Aesthetically, while both phones can be had in basic metal and black leather the B&W P5’s are more visually subdued in design. The M&D MH30’s are unique in their adjustment application. The sliding pole adjustment for the cans give the appearance of small antennae on either side of your head when viewed up-close. That said the M&D MH30’s are not going to draw attention from a mile away as does another manufacturer with some outlandish bright color. The M&D MH30 design IMO can be worn by any age. Although the M&D MH30 is a bit heavier --the on-ear clamping is less noticeable. The B&W P5’s to me are bit tight. I should note that no on-ear phone has the comfort level of over-the-ear phones. Also, as many professional reviews have stated the M&D MH30’s may not be for those with a large or oddly shaped head. How a headphone sounds is very subjective. Here’s my comparison of the B&W P5 vs. the M&D MH30. The M&D MH30 has a tighter base and goes deeper (see frequency response). The high end of the M&D MH30 is more detailed without being tin-like. The payoff IMO is a mid-range for the M&D MH30 that lets vocals come across clearly and not sound muted. I mainly listen to Jazz and R&B and both sound excellent. In all fairness the B&W P5’s deliver a pleasing sound as well, I just prefer the M&D MH30’s. The M&D MH30 has a slightly higher impedance than the B&W P5 (32 ohms vs 22 ohms). However, the M&D MH30’s will work well with your portable device (cell phone/MP3 Player/iPod) not requiring a DAP to power them. Another trick that the M&D MH30’s allow is the ability to connect (daisy chain) a second pair of phones via the included cable without the phone controls to share your tunes with a friend. The M&D MH30’s also score higher on portability; in that the cans can be folded into the head band for a really compact fit. In closing if you are going to do an A/B comparison of the Master & Dynamic MH30’s do so with a comparable product. I own a set of $800 Hi-Res phones and the M&D MH30’s are nowhere near the sound quality. For the record Hi-Res generally means the phones are cable of hitting the upper frequency range of 40kHz vs the 25kHz of the M&D MH30’s. If you’ve never worn on-ear phones before you may want to start with a less expensive set to get accustom to the fit. At the very least make sure the retailer offers a liberal return policy of at least 15 days. If your budget allows the Master & Dynamic MH30’s should be on your short list for an on-ear phone

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Magnificent

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    JustBeingHonest
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    Prior to receiving these headphones for review, I had never heard of Master & Dynamic before so you could say that I had no expectations. All I know is that the retail would be expected to be around $300 or so, and therefore I had a general idea of the market for which these were aimed. I must say, from the beginning of the package opening, to the very pleasing experience of hearing the music, M&D makes the owner feel very elegant and very satisfied with the quality and craftsmanship of these headphones. To me, no piece of these headphones feels cheap at all. In fact, M&D’s literature states that each pair of headphones is “hand-assembled to meet our strict criteria for materials, finishes, fabrication and sound.” While many companies could probably claim something like this, I can clearly see, feel, and hear the quality in every part of these headphones. I consider myself an audiophile. I may not be extreme, but I listen to a lot of different types of music and really like to appreciate it through the quality of good sound systems. With that in mind, I put these to the test and listened to every genre possible. What sticks out the most, is the clarity of voices and mids and treble. The sound is VERY crisp and clean, especially when listening to high definition or high quality audio. The bass is really nice too, even on bass-oriented songs. However, these are definitely solid all-around. While I’m not a big fan of “on-ear” headphones, these are super comfortable, even when I wore them for a prolonged period of time (1hr or more). The ear pads are memory foam and they are detachable for easy replacement. The headphones fold for easy storage and M&D even includes a very nice bag to store them in. Another cool feature is that each headphone has an audio jack, so you can insert the cable into whichever side you prefer. Additionally, the other side can be used to share your audio with another set of headphones. Even the audio cables included are very high quality. M&D states that because of their materials, these headphones are designed “to last decades.” After thoroughly testing these, I can say that I fully believe that these would last me a long, long time. My only minor complaint is that these headphones seem to be made for slightly smaller heads because my head is somewhat large (but not excessively) and I had it on the largest adjustment and it barely fits my ears the way I want. It really wasn’t a huge deal, but one that I’d like to see addressed in the future. Either way, I’d HIGHLY recommend these for anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Wired Headphones

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    I want to get my only issues with the headphones out of the way. I personally don't care for on ear headphones and they are somewhat uncomfortable on my ears and I don't like that. As my primary drivers I use a set of Sony MDR-1000X and at just 50 bucks more I still prefer those over Master & Dynamic's version, but they do trade blows in some aspects and that's why I will still recommend them. Sony's are Bluetooth and also have support for Hi-Res Audio. That's a great perk. Sony's headphones are also noise cancelling actively, and while Master & Dynamic's passive noise cancellation is among the best I've seen it's still not as good as active. Master & Dynamics headphones however do not require a battery in order to enjoy the full benefit of their headphones and that makes them a great portable companion although Sony's have an extraordinarily long battery. In terms of audio quality I would say if you prefer a heavier bass then go with Sony's implementation, but Master & Dynamic really nailed it in terms of mids and treble. They sound fantastic and I was testing them with several types of music. The build quality on the Master & Dynamic I would also argue is better being made entirely of a strong construction of steel and tough leather they just feel very premium. It is also reassuring that I can remove the headphone pads can be removed and cleaned. The instruction manual was detailed about everything about cleaning and maintaining to even having information about not harming your long term hearing. It was truly quite amazing and they clearly care about their customers. The headphone accessories are also very nice they include a magnetic carrying case and the audio cables which are removable also come in what feels like a fake leather case, but is really nice. It also includes the adapter if you want to use them on a airplane. They should be a strong contender if you are wanting a very good set of wired headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and Fantastic Quality

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    These headphones are hands down the highest quality headphones I've ever come into contact with. I've always worn Bose and while they sound great in their own right and are quality products, they don't touch the design and machining of Master and Dynamics. It sounds silly, but I couldn't help but gawk at them when I pulled them out of the box. The materials are first class, including premium cowskin leather and braided cables. The 3.5mm audio cable has a long (almost too long) cable and included with the package is a nice quality travel bag (more on that in a second) and a nice circular box to hold the cable itself (although this box doesn't have much utility to me, it is a nice addition). The ear cushions are extremely nice and comfortable. The sound quality is crisp and punchy. Vocals are extremely clear. I'm absolutely no audio guru, I'll just say they sound great. The bass doesn't punch like Beats or other brands, but that's okay for me. That's probably a function of the fact that these are on ears versus over ears cups. I found these headphones to be comfortable during short sessions, but I did notice a pain in my ears after taking them off following a long flight. I think the headband is a little tight and I'm hoping it will "loosen" up after wearing it some more. But it wasn't bad enough that I wouldn't recommend these headphones. The biggest drawback is that it's 2017 and it seems that every headphone maker is going to Bluetooth which these do not. This isn't a big deal to me because I only want Bluetooth headphones when working out and when I'm listening with these headphones I generally have my phone in my pocket. I also have some concerns with traveling with them. The aforementioned carry bag offers no protection from crushes, only scratches. These headphones don't fold up, I woudl describe them as folding flat. So I would be careful when traveling with them. For my old pair of Bose QC35, they came with a hard shell case that allow me to stuff them in my bad without worry. Maybe I could throw these in my bag and they'd be okay (I'm generally careful with my things) but I'm too concerned about damaging them given their price. This is just something to keep in mind depending on how often you travel and how you travel. If you are looking for a high quality reference headphones to truly appreciate your music (it makes streaming music sound great, versus high quality audio files) then these are a great choice. They are impeccably made. Hands off to the audio engineers at Master and Dynamics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great looking, good (but not great) sounding

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    headphones are of course largely subjective to a certain degree. some prefer accurate reproduction, some prefer more ‘excitement’ in their sound, others like heavier low end and some will prefer mids or highs. at the end of the day, a review has to pick one area and give an all around score in my opinion. i personally tend to prefer a more exciting and engaging sound, balanced in all spectrums with neither too much of any given frequency pushing forward (maybe just a tad more V shaped than “flat”). with that in mind, here’s my take on these headphones. the good: -beautiful craftsmanship. the design and build quality are superb in my opinion. -compact design, actual speakers rotate toward and fold flat for case storage or just for sitting around your neck. -on ear design, ear pads are lush and comfortable. after stretching out the headband a bit, i found them quite comfortable for longer listening sessions. -2 included cables, one shorter for mobile phone use, one longer for home use. -small, hard case for cables included. the bad: -no included hard case for headphones themselves. while the included bag is nice, it’s not very protective. however, the headphones do seem to be built like a tank, so perhaps not a huge negative. -for those with larger head sizes, these will not fit. i would consider mine fairly average, and with the yoke fully extended, they just barely fit. a bit more extension room would be nice to fit larger head sizes. could be good or bad, depending on your taste: -sound quality - recessed treble, but otherwise very warm and full of body. for lovers of brands like Beats, these would absolutely be a step up in listening quality. the lack of treble leads to essentially zero fatigue on long listening sessions, but to me still feels like a bit of detail in the music could be lost as a result. depending on your taste in music and in headphones, this may not be a deal breaker for you. -bass is nice and tight, very punchy without feeling overwhelming or muddy. overall: quite nice headphones, but personally i would’ve preferred slightly dialed up treble to compete a bit more with the mids and bass.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Most elegant, beautiful sounding headphones!

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    Steve
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    These Master & Dynamic MH30 headphones have the smoothest response I have ever heard. Sound is rich, warm, clear and gorgeous. They are also very comfortable to wear. The first thing I thought of when unboxing them was “Elegant”. The Gunmetal finish is beautiful. The fit and finish are impeccable. Included are two different cables: one for audio only, and one with a mic and remote control for use with phone/tablet. The cords are a beautiful braided cloth material, and come with a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter and a leather case! There is also a cloth case to carry the headphones included. The only possible downside is these do not have any wireless connectivity/Bluetooth. They are strictly wired, but I didn’t mind that, as I normally listen to music from my PC at my desk at work. The other feature “missing”, which I did not want anyway, is Noise-Cancellation. I’ve tried phones with that feature in the past, I and don’t like being that isolated. I just want to enjoy the music! From the manufacturer’s website: "Master & Dynamic is a premium audio brand obsessed with sound and creativity. It is a New York City-based company with a deep passion for building beautifully crafted, richly appointed, and technically sophisticated sound tools for creative minds." I can thoroughly agree – if you are looking for a high end set of headphones, and don’t need wireless connectivity, these are a real winner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very well constructed

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    First I would like to point out that the Master & Dynamic MH30 are made with quality in mind. The leather and just the overall feel is top notch. For those who are in favor of wired headphones this is great and you will enjoy the sound. I'm not a pro in listening to the precision of sound but for my listening this is by far the best sound that I've heard from any of the headphones that I owned. You can even share music with someone by using the included wire. I love that 2 wires were included to help you get right into your listening. I also like the comfort and look of these premium headphones. I'm still impressed on the fact that these are leather. So as you can tell I'm happy with the headphones but I do have a few dislikes. This to me would be better if it was wireless for my use. I also think they should of include a iPhone 7 headphone attachment for the price. I was able to locate the one that came with my iPhone but I'm sure a lot of people might of misplace it but that's not a Master & Dynamic problem because Apple chose to go that route. Traveling with this should be easy since it folds and it comes with a case. This is compatible with my phone to answer and make call with clarity. I will continue to use this set to see if I will get use to it but I do not want to be attached by wires. This is close to perfect and I highly recommend giving these a try and feel the luxury craftsmanship.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Nice!

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    The master & dynamic MH30’s are a most definitely buy. The box is big and has some weight to it. The headphones are well protected inside of the box. There’s padding around the headphones, and a separate container for the cords. Underneath the headphones and cords is a bag for the headphones and user manual. The design of the headphones is super sleek, very elegant looking. Nice dark colors / warm colors. The headphones are heavy. I wish they were a little lighter. The ear cuffs are the on ear design but for me they sit just right around my ears. They get a little warm, but not bad. The headphones fold flat, although they seem like a simple design I do find that when headphones don’t fold flat I get bothered, so I appreciate that they fold flat. There are two to options for inputting the audio either on the left or right ear. The cords are braided and feel sturdy, I thin they will last for a long time. There is one regular cord then one with a mic and remote. The mic is positioned higher on the cord to be closer to the mouth, I do find that I have trouble at times with people not hearing me and I have to hold the cord closer to my mouth. The cord has a tendicy of hanging back away from my mouth and closer to my neck. The box says that it works with ipod iphone and ipad; I haven’t tested it on other devices. The case for the cables was a nice touch. The sound on this headphone has easily become one of my favorites. The sound is balanced, warm; the base is present but not overwhelming or loud. The highs and mids blend in well. I can hear everything really well and muddled sounds don’t distract you. The headphones are not noise canceling but It does block a lot of the sound out to wear you can focus on the music but can still hear a bit of the outside world. I did find it hard to hear people around me unless I am listening for it. I found it as a nice little bonus. If you are looking for some nice on earish headphones I would say to grab these for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Old school and cool

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    FlyingC
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    When I first took these out of the box, my wife said “oh, those look cool!” I had to admit they do look pretty cool--maybe like something a radio operator in the 1940s would be wearing. When I put them on, however, and cranked up Pink Floyd there was nothing 1940s about them. The sound quality is noticeably better than any other top-of-the-line headphone that I’ve used. The literature in the box said they use “the most durable, luxury materials to ensure decades of use” and this doesn’t seem like the usual marketing exaggeration. They really are solid, simple, and feel like they’ll last forever. Even so, I wish they had come with a little better case instead of a bag. I’d feel a little uneasy throwing these in my backpack to rattle around with everything else, just because they’re so nice. These are wired headphones (no bluetooth) but the audio cable does have a microphone and controls. With my Samsung Note 5 the play/pause control works, but for some reason the volume up/down doesn’t. I do like that there’s an audio jack in each headphone so you can use whichever is convenient. The spare one can also be used to connect to another pair of headphones if you want to share with someone. One slight mark against them is I found the over-ear design to be a little uncomfortable on my ears. They do fit snug which is good so they don’t slide around, but after 30 minutes my ears got a little sore. However, my wife thought they were the most comfortable pair of headphones she had ever put on. She’s got a pretty small head and ears, so that probably makes the difference. Considering how cool she thinks they look and how comfortable they are on her, I think I’ve lost this pair of headphones. But at least they have that extra audio port so she can share music with the pair I’m going to have to buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's the Real Deal Headphones!

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    Mark
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    I've owned many pairs of headphones, and these headphones stand out from the rest. At fist glance i had my doubts seeing as these headphones are a lot smaller then other headphones in the same price range. I also want to point out how stylish these headphones are, they look sturdy and have a unique design that makes them stands out. They are comfortable enough to use for long periods as well. I used these headphones for 4 hours, listening to different genres of music from Rap(Desiigner), Rock (Cage the Elephant) to classical (Johannes Brahms) and they adapted well to the high and lows of every genre. The bass or lows did not overpowered the vocals when i would put on music with a lot of lows. I even let my brother try them out (he owns a lot of pairs of headphones too) and he thought they were good headphones as well. Now to the cons: Once again i thought these headphones were kind of small, there is no space between your hair and the headphones, so if you just styled your hair, you'll eventually have a flat spot on top of your head. I also think the price for these headphones are kind of high, but that's my personal opinion. I also want to point out that these headphones are not noise cancellation, or have Bluetooth capabilities. The packaging looks really great, it also comes with a lot of accessories (2 aux cables, 1 aux case, and 1 carrying case). I really like these headphones, and i know i will be using them very often. I would recommend! They might not have a big name like the other brands, but these headphones are right up there when it comes to sound quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Audio Quality with Impeccable Design!

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    Right off the bat, I have to say that I'm very impressed by the stunning design and build quality of these headphones. The lines are sharp, sleek, and the headphones boast an all aluminum build with a sexy blend of metallic gunmetal gray. When I held these I knew I was holding a quality product. The audio is incredibly balanced. I was pleasantly impressed! Tight & punchy bass that didn't overpower the mids or highs. The mids and high were crisp and clear. I would say that these headphones sound best when listening to EDM/Pop/hip hop genres. Rock sounded good, but dance music sounded incredible. So why didn't I give these headphones 5 stars? In good faith, I have heard slightly better in this price range so I can't give these a perfect 5/5. This could be purely subjective as different people are going to have different tastes in audio/sound reproduction. Some people like more bass and some people may like minimal bass and a clearer distinction of mids & highs. If you prefer a more flat and balanced sound (as I do) than these could be a 5/5 for you. One last note is that I would have preferred the headphone cups to be a bit larger. The earcups are rather small and don't completely seal your ear. I prefer earcups that seal your ear because, in my opinion at least, not only are they more comfortable but I prefer minimal sound leak. Again, that's just me and is purely a preference. In any case, if you're looking for some beautifully designed headphones which are sure to turn heads with some great sound quality check these out!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highest of quality

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    What I love about these headsets is the attention to detail they give the purchaser. The uniqueness of this product knowing that it's hand constructed in the USA. Serial number unique to my headphones makes this a great purchase for that person that enjoys unique products. Not to shine away from the capabilities these headphones can do. I like the drivers being 40mm on ear makes for a retro style, the small details within the materials. Folding ability flat and stow away modes, the cords will last a long time as advertised. I also enjoy the controls for the volume, pause, skip. None the less these have to be tried, I'd dare to compare these to Bose in everything. Presentation, Quality, Attention to detail, Professional grade. If your bass heavy these can get you by but if your the type that likes high fidelity, crispy sound these are for you!!! Music I listen to : NERO, Q-Tip, Coldplay, Gotan Project, Lenny Kravitz

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The name is fitting, great headphones

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    Justjohnne
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    The name is fitting, these are the Master. The build quality is superior to other headphones from the leather trim to the metal connectors on the ear pieces. Folding for storage via magnetic hinges means they will last and don't have the plastic hinges that may break. The ear pieces are comfortably padded and feel good to the touch. It almost feels like there is memory foam in them. Dynamic they are, great sound quality even at low levels. The included chords have full Apple control and limited android control. Mute and call answer work on my Pixel XL but I was not able to get volume to work. I like that there is a longer auxiliary chord included to either share with another user or in case you need some extra length. The fit and comfort is good for an on ear head phone. I have mine maxed out on the adjustment and they just fit. I wear a 7 5/8 hat size though. I would definitely recommend these premium headphones but they come with a premium price and all in all I would say it is justified based on build quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Great Quality, Apple only controls

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    hokie00
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    These headphones look great, feel great, and have very pretty packaging. They look like a pair that will last for years and years as long as you care for them well (if you keep them in that box you'll have no problem). The sound quality is great and they block out most surrounding noise so you don't have much interference. They are easy to hook up and have multiple cord/adapter options. The only issue I have is the mic/remote line controls do not work on my Google phone. The website shows they work on Apple products. I verified they work with my iPad. Short answer is, play/pause and mic work fine, Volume does not. The headphones come in a sturdy box with plenty of room for everything if you wanted to reuse it for storage (I plan to). Included are the headphones (steel/alum & leather construction) one 6' regular cord, one 4.5' mic/remote cord, and one 8mm plug adapter all in a small leather box. The headphones have a plug jack on either ear for line to player or to play and share with a friend. They are plug and play, no setup is necessary. The sides have a metal rod to adjust headphone size on each ear. Ear pads are magnetic to pop out and clean or replace if needed. They are on the heavier side so walking around all day with them may not be advisable, but definitely gives them a durable feel. Great set of headphones, only issue is they don't control volume for my Android phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Small, heavy, sub-optimal

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    MurphyR
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    Sizing: If you are interested in some high-end headphones, I highly recommend you find somewhere to try these on before buying. My head is slightly larger than average, but they can barely fit over my head and on my ears. Due to this sizing issue, they become uncomfortable to wear rather quickly. Appearance: These definitely look like high-end headphones. The leather and metal make a very premium appearance. These are also the only headphones that I've opened the box for and the smell was like new shoes. Sound: I have these, as well as Sony MX1000 noise-canceling headphones, and Bose over-ear wired headphones from about 10 years ago. The M&D headphones have more mid/low-end than the Sony when you aren't using the noise-canceling. However, the sound quality isn't as good as even the lower-end Bose which they don't bother making any more ($150 or so at the time). Side-note: These come with two cables to use, and you can plug one in to each side of the headphones. I imagine this is good for mixing, though rather unnecessary for normal use. Also, the cables are fabric wrapped, which gives them a premium look and feel, but also makes for a low rumbling through the headphones whenever you move even slightly since the fabric doesn't glide over clothing. All in all, these look nice, but there are far better headphones to be had for the price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    they look good on the website...

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    The sound from the headphone is decent, but not really worth the hefty price tag. Mids are super clear, but highs sound muffled, and lows, while punchy (ie kick drums), do not resonate very well (ie bass guitar) leaving the overall sound noticeably flat. The build of the headphones is unique in that they are almost TOO well built. The construction is all-metal and leathers, which leads them to feel really comfortable and solid at first, but the headband (along the top of the headphones) is a solid metal rod with very little padding. This is bad design, as the headphones very strongly clamp down on your head and can hurt your head and ears after just 40 minutes of listening. While the pads are made of memory foam and fancy leather, the clamping force makes the headphones unbearable to wear for the duration of a single, average length album. Combined with the not-so adjustable ear pads length, these are the most uncomfortable headphones I've ever worn. These are definitely made for show and looks, and not made for audio enthusiasts.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love these!

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    glspark2007
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    I actually hadn't heard of this brand before but decided to try out these headphones. I'm really glad I did! I will say these are snug, but I found them to be very comfortable. Both the fit and material made these very easy to wear for long stretches. I have a desk job where I can listen to music for a good portion of the day while I work, and I loved being able to wear these! I'm also very happy with the sound. You don't get a super deep bass from them, but I don't really like that in headphones anyway. I feel like there is an excellent balance and everything just sounded better. I'm usually someone who goes for smaller headphones, I often use my ear buds. But for long stretches of wearing headphones, these are much better. And even though they're big, the fold down well. The only negative I might have is that they are wired. That doesn't really bother me, but with the direction that technology is going (and at this price point), I could see that putting some people off. But the comfort and balance of sound is definitely there with these.

    I would recommend this to a friend