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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Superb Audio w/ Active Noise Canceling by M&D

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    Master & Dynamic MW65G1 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *****Review***** --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Master & Dynamic has done it again with the MW65G1. I currently own the MW60 and I have to say that the MW60 are my favorite headphones. When it comes down to the design of the MW65G1, Master & Dynamic didn’t take any shortcuts. I LOVE the fact that Master & Dynamic use quality materials for their headphones such as anodized aluminum and lambskin-wrapped leather. If you haven’t worn the MW65G1 or the MW60 before, you’ll be blown away by how comfy these headphones are. What amazed me the most here by Master & Dynamic is how light they made the MW65G1 while still using quality materials and having active noise cancelling. I must say, the addition of active noise cancellation that my MW60 didn’t have is excellent! Setting up and pairing the MW65G1 is honestly super simple and user friendly. I’ve never had any problems with the MW60 and I didn’t expect any issues with the MW65G1. With a design similar to the MW60, you’ll find that the MW65G1 is easy to use as well. You essentially have 3 buttons to choose from on the right ear piece. Simply put, you have your volume rockers and the main middle button that handles pretty much everything else. The MW65G1 comes with Google Assistant ready to go. If you decide that Google Assistant isn’t your flavor though… Switching to your device’s assistant is super easy to do as well. Simply hold down the active noise cancelling button along with that center button I mentioned previously for 5 seconds and you’re all set! If you decide you want to switch back, simply repeat the process. Here is where the MW65G1 differs from my current MW60 model. MW65G1 has active noise cancelling and a button that controls it. You’ll find this button that I am talking about on the left ear piece. You have the ability to either have noise cancelling on high, low or simply just off. Speaking about the left ear piece; you’ll also find the power button along with different light indicators for battery level and paired/pairing status. Now this is where we dive into the actual performance of the MW65G1… I’m sure this is why you’re reading this review. I don’t know how it was done but Master & Dynamic was able to get active noise cancelling on their amazing headphones without compromising the audio quality too much. The thing that I love the most about Master & Dynamic headphones is that it produces a warm and balanced natural sounding profile without any distortion of any kind that literally plays all genres of music. Another upgrade that I noticed from my MW60 to these MW65G1 is the bass. While playing some heavy bass music, I noticed that the bass was enough so that it’s not overpowering while still maintaining clear vocals and instruments. I’ve always felt that the MW60 didn’t have enough bass. The final upgrade I noticed from my MW60 is changing from microUSB to USB-C. With USB-C, you are offered a quick-charge feature that will give you approximately 12 hours of playback with just 15 minutes of charging. Master & Dynamic advertises the MW65G1 with a battery life that lasts 24 hours. So if you are ever in a tight situation where you forget to charge your headphones overnight, simply plug it in and get 12 hours of listening with just a 15 minute charge. One downfall that I did notice that wasn’t an upgrade and is instead a downgrade is that the MW65G1 doesn’t fold in. The MW60 that I have do fold in. I would’ve liked to see the MW65G1 have the ability to fold in and also come with an included hard carrying case to protect this beauty instead of a carrying bag. In my opinion, having the MW65G1 not fold makes it carrying around a bit cumbersome as it takes up a good amount of space wherever you’re storing it and you may end up opting to bring a different pair of headphones with you instead. In conclusion, Master & Dynamic has done a stellar job with their design and quality of the MW65G1. You literally get all the same benefits such as lambskin-wrapped cups and band (ALL DAY COMFORT GUARANTEED), quality audio, and a stunning yet durable construction; while adding on active noise cancelling without compromising the quality of the audio, perfectly balanced bass without distorting the beautiful audio that the MW65G1 offers, and the change of standard microUSB to USB-C with fast charging capabilities. Some may feel like 24 hours isn’t stellar battery life, but trust me; you’re getting superb balanced quality audio at 24 hours of usage. The only thing I could recommend is having the design changed a bit so that the headphones can fold. In addition, having a hard carrying case instead of a carrying bag would definitely benefit the buyer. Nonetheless, I definitely recommend the products from Master & Dynamic and the MW65G1 is another addition to their fantastic line of audio equipment. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *****Quick Features & Specs***** --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rechargeable battery: Offers up to 24 hours of use and lasts up to 504 hours on standby mode. Active noise cancellation: Effectively blocks out distracting background noises, so you can enjoy a focused, immersive sound environment. Built-in microphone: Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device. Bluetooth 4.2 interface: Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device. Over-the-ear design: For a secure fit. 40mm drivers: Deliver powerful sound. 20Hz - 20kHz frequency response: For faithful sound reproduction. 32 ohms impedance: To efficiently conduct power. Stereo design: Delivers crisp tones. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *****What's in the box***** --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Master & Dynamic MW65G1 Carrying Bag USB-C to USB-C Charging Cable USB-A Adapter 1.5m Standard 3.5mm Audio Cable Various Manuals & Guides

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Super clean sound and design

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    Where to begin? I suppose at the beginning then… I love music and have been a musician in bands since I was a wee lad. Lying in bed as a kid with headphones on, turntable spinning vinyl, fully immersed, was the beginning of my lifelong musical journey. Some of the most influential moments in my life were from these days. In fact those times of influence are exactly why I have been playing drums and guitar for decades. I simply just can’t get enough of the sonically delicious art that is music to the ears. In a LONG line of headphones that have hugged my ears over the years, I can start this review by saying that the Master & Dynamic MW65 monitors are easily at the top of my list for wireless. With the introduction of smart everything, most consumers are looking for ease of use, followed by great product design, build quality, and features. While I cannot comment on longevity since these are still relatively new, I can comment on everything else. The Bluetooth range is phenomenal. Much farther than my other BT headphones. Running an Android phone, the Google assistant and integration works REALLY well for me. I subscribe to Google Play Music and when I command the headphones to play a song or album (even obscure titles) it just works. Such an awesome feature I never knew I needed and one I am finding myself using all the time. Once you familiarize yourself with the button layout, these headphones are a breeze to use and you’ll be ordering Google around with ease. The active noise-cancelling works incredibly well in all situations for me (including phone calls) and is among the best I’ve heard or used. With off, low, and high for noise cancelling, you can effectively eliminate unwanted noises that threaten to take your mind off of what you are listening to. One more thing about Google that is great is that you can hold the Google assistant button to perform a variety of commands, my favorite being to easily pause and resume music playback without having to touch your device. Awesome! Build quality is really a sight to behold. Once you hold these in your hands, you’ll most likely be very impressed. When I opened the box I was greeted with a truly stunning set of headphones. See my attached photos. I have some good yet ugly headphones I wouldn’t want to wear out in public, but these? Yes indeed. They are uber sleek with a nice vintage twist, very lightweight, and absolutely designed with only the finest materials. Boasting 40mm Beryllium Drivers, it is easy to see that the engineers wanted nothing but the best for this design. Beryllium is a semi rare chemical element that is also tough to work with / manufacture, therefore the price tag reflects appropriately. That brings us to easily the most important feature IMO… Sound quality is as my title states, Clean! These aren’t your typical over-the-top bass heavy headphones. Instead, they are more flat response and leave the sound up to the artist/recording engineer. That said, they do have bass, just not ultra-bass. Think audiophile. Again, as a musician I can appreciate this sound over the thundering bass-heavy headphones that saturate the market these days. I record with wired professional studio monitor headphones and to me, these are the closest in sound (that I’ve heard so far) for a wireless Bluetooth set on the market today. All in all, I suppose you could say that these are a “professional” sounding set of headphones as opposed to a colored consumer friendly sound. Before purchasing, I highly recommend trying these out in the store so you can be the judge. Ultimately, these are just perfect for me. With the convenient Google integration and all of the other cool features I have mentioned, they have pretty much been stuck to my head. What are you waiting for? What? I can’t hear you?! PROS: Excellent and very clean sound Build quality is awesome with all premium materials 40mm Beryllium Drivers Beautiful design... sleek and modern with a cool vintage twist Google assistant is flawless with my Android phone Active noise-cancellation is top notch Bluetooth range is above average Lightweight and cause no crown fatigue Comfortable to wear around your neck when not in use Battery life is excellent Charges fast CONS: At this price point they should definitely include a branded hard case Possibly too clean of a sound for some Pricey but worth it for the component quality

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Well made but lacking deep sound

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    As an avid sound geek, I was highly anticipating the release of the Master & Dynamic MW65 active noise cancelling headphones. Out of the box, you could tell the quality of the materials they used to create these works of art. They came mostly charged and were very easy to pair with the Bluetooth on my high end smartphone and tablet; both the newest models less than one year old for reference. Since I am using Android devices, my phone automatically recognized that Google Assistant was built into the headphones and was a quick and easy step by step process. I was actually surprised and disappointed that there wasn't an app on the smartphone to adjust the settings or control the equalizer to customize the sound. Now to the sound; or lack thereof. I initially began listening and testing the sound at multiple levels through several different streaming apps and all genres of music. I found the headphones simply weren't loud enough. I thought perhaps there might be additional settings on the phone, in the streaming apps or on the headphones to increase the sound but there wasn't . I even turned the active noise cancellation off and on to see if that might help but I got nothing. At that point I thought it might be my phone's problem so I hard wired the audio to my new high end gaming laptop... still, not loud enough and didn't have the range I expected. Thinking maybe it was my hearing going bad, my next step was to have others try them on and, without coaching, they said the exact same thing; the sound was flat, not enough bass, and almost sounded metallic at times. I even noticed some distortion in the sound at high levels. The mids and highs did sound great but they just lack enough bass. One thing everyone noticed that tried them, including myself, is the noise cancelling is probably the best we had ever experienced given that we couldn't even hear ourselves speak let alone hearing anyone else talking to us. I actually stood a few feet away from my pneumatic air compressor while it was running and could barely hear it. The other thing we all agreed on is that they look great aesthetically and are very comfortable. The Google Assistant was helpful as it could tell you the time, read you your smartphone alerts, read your emails and texts, control apps and more. That being said, the main reason I would ever consider investing this small fortune in a set of headphones would be for the sound which unfortunately is the weakest aspect of these headphones. You may want to shop around and test other headphones at this price range before pulling the trigger on these.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Design, Good Noise Cancelling

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    The Master & Dynamic MW65G1 wireless headphones are probably the nicest looking headphones I have ever owned. The design and manufacturing is exceptional, in my opinion and compared to the other noise cancelling headphones I own, superior in appearance. I would have preferred them to fold up more (you can rotate the cups inwards but you can't collapse the cups into the headband), which I was used to with my previous noise cancelling headphones. The retro look to the headphones is both eye catching and a proven design, clearly inspired by the 1940's or '50's era. The included technology is largely played down in the outward design and you have to go looking for the various buttons that allow modern day features like Bluetooth pairing, levels of noise cancelling and Google Assistant. The headphones not only look good, they feel very comfortable as well and I have worn them for several hours at a time without getting any fatigue or discomfort. The cups are wrapped with lambskin leather which makes them extremely comfortable. Anyone buying headphones is going to be more interested in how they sound and this is a tough area to review. For playback of tracks, these headphones are excellent and reproduce both lows and highs very accurately. I was very impressed with all the tracks I played across various genres and did not notice anything to criticize in that respect. Where the issues will arise is in the level of noise cancelling. If you compared the noise cancelling alone (you did not play any music etc.), you might say the Master & Dynamic were not the best. This is because at least two other well known brands are using a more aggressive form of noise cancelling which works well but the downside is that it also affects the music in less pleasing ways. Some people may not notice and others may not care but an audiophile will spot the difference in how the track should sound and how it sounds when paired with aggressive noise cancelling. The Master & Dynamic headphones, to their credit, offer two levels of noise cancelling as well as the ability to turn the noise cancelling off altogether. I found the best results were with the noise cancelling on high - the other settings were ok but set to high was the best in my opinion. The controls are subtle buttons built around the ear cups. The on/off/pairing button is easy to find and use (Bluetooth pairing with my phone was very easy!) and a short distance away on the same ear cup is the button to toggle the noise cancelling levels. A voice talks to you through the headphones to announce settings as you push buttons, which helps to know where you are as you toggle through. The Google Assistant button worked well for me when I tested it although I generally don't use this function. The voice recognition was a bit less successful when I did try to issue commands - not sure whether to blame the headphones or Google for that one. Again though, I probably won't use this feature so no real complaints from me. I also did not try the phone call functionality yet. Master & Dynamic round out the package by including a soft carrying bag which will accommodate the headphones and assorted cables & connectors. You may get even better audio results using the included audio cable and avoiding the wireless (Bluetooth) connection but I have not tried this yet. My previous noise cancelling headphones were wired-only and I was constantly snagging and then pulling the cable out as I moved around with them - I don't have this problem with these in wireless mode so it is a welcome addition for me and I will accept any slight audio issues this causes. Battery life seems fine. Previous headphones used a AAA battery and that would last me many hours. These headphones have a rechargeable battery that lasts about 20-24 hours according to the manufacturer. I've yet to run mine that long but they seem to indicate I am about half way through the charge, suggesting manufacturer's guidelines are accurate. You can charge them up for 12 hours worth of juice in about 15 minutes which is a great feature if you ever do run them down and then need them for an imminent flight or something urgent. All in all, I am very impressed with these headphones. The look and feel is second to none and my only quibble is with the amount of noise cancelling. They preserve the natural sound but sacrifice some noise cancelling to do this - some may prefer this, some may want all outside sounds blocked. I would have preferred the more aggressive noise cancelling for my situations (passenger flights and when I'm vacuuming!) but certainly appreciate the better sound quality and the noise cancelling is still more than adequate for most situations.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic sound, surprisingly good isolation

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    After using these M&D headphones for a few days now, I am completely sold on them. While most would look at the price and balk, these are significantly better quality headphones than any I've ever handled before and certainly command their price tag more so than more popular headphone brands. Of course, headphones have to perform above all else and happily these perform exceptionally well. I enjoy a wide variety of music genres and these handle them all well with very balanced sound. Overly bright T's and S's or excessive treble is an absolute deal breaker for me and I find even some "premium" brands overemphasize these frequencies. The mid-range of these headphones are exceptional. Music feels full and colorful and nuanced, background sounds come out well. Bass is good but can feel a bit flat sometimes, particularly in higher frequency mid-bass sounds. However, these can certainly deliver the punch and boom that you'd expect. Overall, these are excellent headphones and I'd be happy to listen to any music genre with them, watch a movie with them, etc. They perform very well. The noise cancelling feature of these headphones is surprisingly effective. Even without any sound they do a fantastic job of drowning out background noise. I've found they are particuarly effective at drowning out continuous sounds such as A/C, fans, noise-makers, etc. I would imagine if you were going to take these on a plane that you'd be particularly happy with their performance because of this. Sudden sounds such a clap, dog bark, etc. are definitely muted but certainly not to the extent that the previous sounds I mentioned are. Moreover, these would be an ideal set of headphones for a work space as they have very good isolation. From about a foot away, I can just barely make out the sound coming from them while my wife is wearing them at fairly high volume. Lastly, the build quality of these headphones feels rock solid. They are very comfortable for long listening sessions and the ergonomics are great. Controls are very easily accessible, aren't overly large or bulky, and are easy to get the hang of. The materials all feel very premium and give you confidence that someone actually took some care in designing, building, and crafting these to a standard while telling the accounting department to shove it. Pairing with them is very simple and takes only maybe 20-30 seconds from start to finish. I would certainly recommend these to even audiophiles like myself who are going to very picky about the performance of any audio component. Admittedly, I haven't tried every pair of headphones out their, particularly in this price range, but I know what a good pair of headphones sounds like and I know what a "good" $300 pair of headphones sounds like and there is a difference. Well done M&D.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    German Luxury-Car Quality

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    I’ve been aware of Master & Dynamic since they came on the scene back in 2014, but have never had an experience with their product. The history on their web site and in Wikipedia is an interesting read if you are an audiophile or just someone who appreciates finely crafted devices. The build quality and the material selection of the MW65 over-the-ear headphone is truly outstanding especially when compared to other manufacturers that use primarily plastic in their products. These headphones will win you over on looks and feel alone, the design being slightly retro with modern styling cues.   The accessories provided would have been everything you need if there had been a charging block included, but this will probably not be missed by most users. The connectors are all universal (USB-C and 3.5mm mini audio) with no proprietary designs which is how it should be in a product designed for customer satisfaction. Included are a USB-C to USB-A adapter and an airplane audio adapter. The USB-C cable is for charging (hence the adapter to accommodate older equipment that do not have USB-C jacks) and an audio cable is included to connect to non-Bluetooth devices or airplane jacks using the included adapter. The charging cable is about 48 inches long and the audio cable just over 36 inches. Both cables have a woven cloth jacket which allows them to uncoil and remain straight without wanting to curl up on their own like some plastic jacketed cables want to do. A travel bag (with a zippered pocket on the outside) is included that will keep the headphones from being scratched, but it does not provide the serious protection that a hard case would. Included instructions are a printed “quick guide” with a full manual on M&D’s website that can be downloaded. The full manual is 180 pages long, but it is in 18 different languages.   Another area where the MW65 really shines in my opinion is in the design of the controls. Some manufacturers use sliding switches that also have a “push” function which results in one control trying to do too many functions and it is hard to remember what movement does what. They are also prone to inadvertently being actuated when you are blindly feeling for the switch while you are wearing the headset. The design staff at M&D have spread functions across five different buttons, two on the left earcup and three on the right earcup. On the left cup is a small slider switch for on/off/pair and another push switch controlling the Active Noise-Cancelling function. On the right cup are three small push buttons that control volume up, volume down and pause/play. Multi presses and long presses of these three buttons also control skip forward, skip back, answer or end call, and access to voice assistants such as Google Assistant or Siri.   Being these are high-end headphones and most media devices (smartphone, music player, computer, etc) now have various EQ choices, I have little to add about the sound quality other than saying that it was better than I was expecting when connected to my two-channel stereo system (old school, no wireless capability, and no equalization to compensate for deficiencies) via the audio cable which really allowed the MW65 to show its true colors as a serious audiophile headphone.   One of the main features called out on the packaging is the ability to interface with Google Assistant. I had never used this service before and when I set up the app on my iPhone, it prompted me to download new firmware for the headphones. The Google Assistant app also shows you certain information about the headphones and allows you to control which apps on your phone can send you spoken notifications through the headphones. For people that prefer to use Siri or other voice assistants, the MW65 has the ability to turn off Google Assistant and change to a different assistant, but I suspect you lose a lot of the information and functionality when using something other than Google Assistant.   For users that are out and about with their headphones, these weigh about 250 grams, or just under 9 ounces. I compared them to two other wireless over-the-ear headphones in the house that are comprised mostly of plastic and vinyl and the Master & Dynamic are only 10 to 15 grams heavier (about 2 or 3 nickels) even though they are made out of premium materials. Bluetooth connectivity remained stable as I walked throughout the house and only started cutting out as I put the maximum number of walls between me and the music source (about six typical residential walls), but it is hard to tell if the reason is the headphones or the media source. The noise cancellation was at least as effective as my other two sets of ANC capable headphones, if not better. These M&D phones have two modes of ANC which is one more than either of the other manufacturers offer.   If the Master & Dynamic MW65 is in your price range when shopping for headphones, you owe it to yourself to give them a “test drive” with your favorite tunes. From my experience they stack up well against what the big players in headphones offer and I can almost guarantee you will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound and looks to match

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    Beautifully designed headphones that sounds equally as good. Very crisp highs and clean bass. Very easy to pair with my Android phone and was ready to go in seconds. Excellent battery as well. My only real issues with these are that I wish they came with a hard-shell style case and that they collapsed a bit smaller. But, there's no denying the look and quality of these headphones. Pros: beautiful, excellent sound, easy to use, very comfortable Cons: only a sleeve for carrying

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Crystal Clear Sound, Good Noise Cancellation

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    I was in search of some reliable headphones that would be able to withstand the environmental noises around me as well as being light weight. I decided to try the Master & Dynamic headphones and pleased to say they exceeded my expectations. It does a great job at noise cancellation , lightweight for long term wear, and great sound range! I especially like how there is a power switch, makes it a lot easier to power on and sync.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfectly balanced sound, well made/great features

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    The Master & Dynamic MW65G1 headphones are just plain awesome. As the title says the sound is perfectly balanced, they have top notch build quality, and plenty of features to make them like I said just plain awesome. In the box you get of course the MW65G1 headphones, USB C cable for charging, USB A adapter, 3.5 mm cable, carrying bag, and the guides. The headphones themselves look great. You can tell they wanted to not just make another set of bland headphones. They are extremely well made with high quality materials. But despite this they are super lightweight. Id guess this is due to being made of aluminum. That and all the leather makes for a beautiful, yet super strong set of cans. I like the sorta old school look as well. The button layout is very simple and easy to use and learn. The left side has the pairing and active noise cancelling buttons, and the right has the volume buttons and a “main” multi function button that handles things like play/ pause, calls, and voice related actions. Fitwise I am “blessed” with a rather large head, so not all headphones fit me. And some that fit do so just barely. Thankfully here they do have the “just fit me feel”, but not to where they are at all tight or uncomfortable. In fact just the opposite. Although snug they feel great. And like I said they are so light you can easily forgot they are there. Overall very comfortable. Set up is of course easy as long as you know how to pair the device you are connecting to. For me thats my Galaxy S10 plus. So easy as BT settings, get the headset in paring mode, and choose them in the BT settings of the phone. Once connected they stay connected and have no issues getting my phone re-connected. Before I talk about sound I have to address the incredible noise cancelling of these. The noise cancelling button has 3 settings. High, low, and off. I thought that the noise cancelling was already on when I first starting to use them because just the well made pads themselves were already reducing outside noise a lot. But once the NC was activated it was a world of difference. You can concentrate fully on the audio and get lost in the sound when you have nothing else distracting you. And of course you cant talk about headphones without talking about the sound. And in one word like I said in the title... Balanced. Just know they are not meant to compete or compare with Beats. That does not mean they dont have bass. Its that they care about the full sound spectrum, and it shows. The sound is rich, with every note, word, etc. sounding to me like the way the artist intended. Perfectly balanced with just the right amount of highs, mids, lows, and everything between. So in summary the Master & Dynamic MW65G1 headphones are awesome. Perfect sound, very comfortable and lightweight. Outstanding noise cancelling. Full day battery life. And superb build quality with an old shoolish look. All this combines into an amazing set of cans. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Crisp, Clear, Clean Sound

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    I’ve been testing these headphones for several weeks before writing this review. They have even traveled with me twice. The battery life is good especially if you remember to turn it off. Unfortunately, I forgot to test exact standby and on times during my travels. Out of the box it is pre-charged and extremely easy to pair to my iOS device. Charging is pretty fast. The packaging is beautiful. From the moment you open the box, the look and design and build gives you a sense of luxury and modern design with a slight kick of retro. The build quality is fantastic. Absolutely far superior to any other headphones I have owned. The headband is comfortable and soft. It also has a great stretch, bend and twist to it. So not easily breakable, and will fit different size heads. It’s easy to store away and it comes with a nice travel bag to place them in. I will say the bag could have been made from a sturdier material. It’s just a regular bag to slip them into not much protection if dropped. For the price I would have expected a hard case for more protection. I didn’t deal with any ear or any head fatigue, as I didn’t keep them on for hours at a time. However, having them around my neck did give me neck fatigue (I don’t have a long neck) and I would have to remove them all together. They are not heavy though, very lightweight compared to other headphones I’ve had in the past, that lacked any type of tech, such as these. The Bluetooth range is great and so good that I sometimes forget I don’t have my phone any where near me at times and I have to go searching for it. As I stated earlier, I paired these headphones to iOS devices and the integration was quick and easy. Google assistant was quick to use. Because I don’t have any Android products to test it on I’m not sure if it’s as seamless as someone who may be using an Android device. And I have a feeling it may not be as I have to have the google assistant app downloaded (which I do for other google home products I own), and on the Android device it’s probably a native feature. However, if you use a different assistant, such as Siri, you’re able to switch off Google assistant and still use your native or preferred assistant, which I think is great. The sound is very, very clean, crisp and clear. The bass isn’t over saturating your ears, and you’re able to hear sounds that you probably wouldn’t hear otherwise. It’s very balanced, hitting all points; mids, highs, lows. I love more bass heavy music, but this was a refresher. I listened to several genres and because the sound is so balanced it handled them well. For the volume, I think that the levels were fine. You can control it on your phone to make sure you’re at your loudest and then control it further with the headphones volume controls to extend the volume even more. The Active Noise Cancelling on these are superb. You have two different levels and off, and you can definitely hear the difference. Even at lower volumes I was able to block out sounds. And sometimes I would just put them on to drown out the sound of my kids calling my name, lol. Mom approved ;) Now when speaking on the phone, I didn’t have a great or seamless experience. Using the buttons to answer takes a bit of learning, and remembering, as you have to remember which side the buttons are depending on how you put the headphones on. And having to remember what actions each button does. But my problem was more so with the other person hearing me. Speaking to people on any device I could hear crisp and clear. No issues on my end. When I spoke to people I knew that had iOS devices they could hear me clearly. I suppose it wasn’t the best quality but we could carry on without them saying they couldn’t hear me or I sound far away. However, when I spoke to a friend with an Android device it was as if I was on another planet. I was told that I sound like I was so far away and they could barely hear me. Now I’m not sure why that would’ve been the case. But I tried speaking with them on multiple occasions wearing the headphones and received the same response. But it could just be their phone as I struggle to hear them on regular occasions. So I wouldn’t necessarily claim that it was due to the M&D headphones. I need to find more friends with Androids, lol. Altogether, I would recommend these, especially if budget allows. They are fantastic for audiophiles and gives crisp sound to hear more of what you normally can’t. It’s not very bass heavy and can fall a bit flat, so if that’s something you must have then skip these but for everything else, give them a try. It could be worth it to you.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best headphones I've ever worn

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    These are the greatest headphones I have ever worn. Metal and leather build quality, light weight, just a joy to behold. One problem and it is giant. I have an iphone 11pro and they don't support AAC which means that it reverts to the lowest codex available which defeats the whole purpose of great headphones. They support aptx, so android users are fine with them. I paired them with my friends samsung S20 and they sounded amazing. Most balanced bluetooth cans I've ever heard. I really may switch phones just to use these cans, they are that good and I have been Iphone from day 1. If you have android, but them, they cost $499.00 and are worth every penny. You will never regret it. PS am trying to find out from Master and Dynamic why no AAC and will speak with them in 2 days.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    2 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite bluetooth headphones on the market

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I want this review to be short, concise and simple. The sony 1000xm3 are the best wireless headphones on the market in terms of value. These, however, are more expensive, provide less battery, are not as loud, provide slightly less effective noise canceling and are not able to fold. The battery life on average is around 18-20 hours with noise cancellation enabled. The range of these headphones are a bit poor (less than 10 meters). The qc35 and 1000xm3 are the most comfortable headphones on the market, but this gets third place. The 700s are about as comfortable as these for my based on how the headband fits. This pair does not work with an application to adjust settings; although it's an option with sony, bose forces you to use it for the new 700s (which I absolutely hate). I enjoy using the hard touch controls/buttons on this headset and despise having to use an app or touch controls that can easily miscall somebody. This is, in my opinion, the best looking bluetooth headphones on the market. They feel as expensive as they look, and the only headphones that can compete with the aesthetics are the h9is from beoplay (terrible touch controls, application, noise cancelling, bad battery, mic, uncomfortable headband, etc). The instrumentals and clarity on this headset are superb. Anyways, this is not a superior product for the average consumer unless you are a picky individual like I am. I tried to state the pros and cons fairly. You decide.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    2 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic headset

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    The Master & Dynamic MW65 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones set is a top tier headphone for audiophiles. They excel in the categories of sound quality, comfort, noise-cancelling, and design. This applies to music, gaming, movies, and more. I have another pair of noise-cancelling headphones from a top brand, and I like these better. The sound quality is amazing. I mainly have used these with music, and whether it is hard rock, classical, or pop, the drivers deliver great bass, mid-range, and treble. It truly sounds like you are standing next to the performer. Comfort is an important category for me. Other headphones tend to become uncomfortable quite quickly for me. The MW65 feels light on my head, and remained comfortable over the course of several hours. I did not experience any ear discomfort from either the pressure of the cups or from the noise-cancelling. The noise-cancelling on the MW65 worked very well, and comes with the ability to change the noise-cancelling to either Low or High. This is an excellent feature that allows the wearer to choose a low level for work environments where you may still want to hear some noise, or a high level for an airplane. I have experienced better noise cancelling with other brands, but it came with the sacrifice of audio volume and quality. The MW65 has balanced noise-cancelling with no impact on audio volume or quality, that I could tell anyway. And as I mentioned, I experienced no ear issues with the noise-cancelling as is sometimes reported with other brands. The design is very nice. My unit was the black leather/gunmetal combo, and they look sharp. They only weigh about 8 ounces, yet they feel very sturdy. There are no cheap materials here. The only minor quibble I had with the MW65 was that when taking phone calls, the folks on the line would say that my voice sounded very distant. Frankly, I wouldn't use a unit like this anyway for heavy call volume. It is more of a side-feature for this unit, and there are other headsets/ear buds that do a better job with frequent calling. The battery charge lasts about 25 hours, and recharges in about 30 minutes. This is really a top of the line headset that excels in almost every category that you could use to judge a headset. With the MW65, you getting the quality that matches the price and there isn't much competition. I would recommend this unit for all users, and especially users that appreciate fantastic audio.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound and Form Factor

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    It's light-weight and well designed, making it very comfortable (for me). And the sound is stellar. Bluetooth works well, even though it's 4.2 vs.5. Aptx codec works well with Android (you'll need to enable developer options mode to take advantage of it). Otherwise, it is SBC for IoS. Rumor has it that AAC is also supported but I was unable to confirm this via manufacture specs. There is no companion app and therefore no firmware updates are pushed. Sometimes simpler is better. Noise-canceling is fine for my purposes. Controls are easy to learn and use. I scored a 25% discount at Best Buy this weekend. I probably would not have purchased it had there not been a large price break. I expect I will enjoy these headphones quite a bit! Why only a 4-star rating? The competition in this segment is very hot and it is easy to fall behind, or to be perceived as falling behind. At at a $500 retail price point, I think it is important to punch as many value buttons as possible. To my way of thinking, that includes design (check), sound (check+), and the incorporation of value-added leading technologies such as bluetooth 5, companion app, frequent firmware updates, and noise-canceling (check minus). The one call-out with technology would be battery life, which is a very strong check+. If you value sound, simplicity, design, weight, and mobility above all else then these headphones will probably become a go-to pair. Public transit commuters come to mind. I have not tested these out with phone calling to gauge the microphone experience yet.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Connectivity
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Sound Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good sound quality, but has some issues.

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    Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.

    The sound quality is excellent, but bad mics sensitivity. Also, it has connection issues.

    Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Connectivity
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Sound Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best in the business

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    Headphones are a hyped aspect of music listening. You either have the listener of $500 phones be a pretentious know-it-all of all things music and acoustics or someone who just wants to know they have the best of something, much like phones or other products out there that make you itch for the next level of whatever you have. For me? I'd say I lean more towards the consumer that just needs to believe I have the best of something, however, with me, I've purchased a lot of expensive (in regards to what best but offers). A few models I've head throughout the years are: Bowers & Wilkins P7, Bowers & Wilkins PX, Bose 35, Sony (newest ANC). Not all of these have been ANC models, but I've found that at my house I want one wired (B&W P7) and one that is wireless with ANC (these new ones). Quality and sound is what seperates headphones. Plain and simple. Now what's not so simple is the "sound" part. Sound is one of the most subjective aspects of music there is. What sounds awesome to me, may not sound awesome to you. Quality is not subjective. And quality is what these headphones do better than anything else $500 or lower. The lightness along with the construction on these looks as if their handmade. The leather stiching is as detailed as a high prices duffle bag or something. Excellent. They bend well and seem like it'd take a lot of break them. Don't try though. The sound for me is warm and excellent. Clear. But it's also the reason Best Buy gives you 14 days (standard) to try something out like this. But be aware, they, like most headphones, need to be broken in. There are apps that can do this, but you can play white noise on them for several hours (probably up to 48 or so) and they'll sound improves versus how they start brand new. What would I like to change? We'll, maybe have an associated app that I can control the equalizer? You can download other third-party apps out there that will help though, so not a deal breaker by any means. I'd also like the option of them havening a sensor if they're on my head. Some other cans (B&W PX) have the sensor, however, I found with my own that it was definitely finicky. Again, both of those are not worth taking a star away from these 5 star headphones. Are they worth $500? That's for you to answer. Because for me they are. Try them out if music is something you enjoy listening to a lot. I put many, many hours on all of mine so the price is worth it compared to how much I use them.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    2 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sounding Low Volume

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Overall the headphones sound great. Mids and highs come through clear. These are far from bass heavy headphones. The bass can be heard best when the noise cancellation is active. The look and design of the headphones are beautiful and screams class. There are three issues I have with the M&D-65. First is the volume limit. These headphones are not loud at all. At 50% it seems like I have them set to 25%. I have to use the headphones at about 75% volume in order to really hear the sound. Second is the lack of instructions for Google Assistant. The main or middle/function button on the right ear cup is how to activate the assist. To responded to text message you use the same button as with any other headphone that use the assistant integration. Where things change is when sending the message. Instead of pressing the function button again you actually hold the volume up button to send the message, Very confusing. I wish they would've used a dedicated assistant button. Third is there is not an app to customize the sound. What you hear is what you get. The noise cancellation on these things sound great to me but others may feel differently. No they are not Sony or Bose strong which I like. The noise cancellation is just right resulting in little if any pressure at all. Besides the things I mentioned overall I am pleased with the purchase and would recommend these headphones to others that aren't bass heavy. These headphones will more than likely not be liked by people who prefer Beats or Skullcandy Bass.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    2 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Needs Improvement Tweaks

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    Posted .
    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

    Like noise canceling feature. Ear pads lasted less than 3-months before losing cushioning. Could feel headphone frame cushions were attached to resulting discomfort. Submitted claim to M&D, they promptly replaced new cushions at no charge. Liked they stood behind their product. Sound quality is better than average. I would like more bass and depth in headphones at this price level. Battery life is great. Can go a full in standard, non noise canceling modes. With noise canceling enabled, battery life for me has gone as long as 18-hrs. Paired easily with my phone and multiple computers.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Sound like wired headphones with NC turned off.

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Fantastic Headphones. One of the best wireless headphones out there including SONY and BOSE. I had the HiFi-Man Deva's, 1st and returned them. They are huge and kept sliding off of my head. They were also nosier because of their open backed design. Other than that they sounded great. Not comfortable. These M&D are great especially when you turn off the noise cancelling feature. You don't need it if you are serious about just listening to your music. Most wireless headphone have the noise cancel feature, which make the headphones sound artificial. These make my recordings come alive. I've have had quite a lot of wireless headphones, but these sound more like wired headphones. Pricey, but wait for a sale. They are worth it.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    High quality, great features, easy to use

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    Posted .

    The MW65 has excellent build quality, are lightweight, fit good and are very comfortable to wear. The lambskin pads are very soft and I’ll probably never wear them out but it’s nice to know that they are replaceable. All of the movable parts operate smoothly and have a high-quality feel to them. Bluetooth pairing to several devices was quick, easy, and worked well. I connected to my Surface Go, iPhone XR, and my LG television. Tested the range with my Surface and it was quite good. With the Surface in the middle on the table I was able to walk around my kitchen and even out onto the deck without any noticeable signal loss or sound distortion. Overall sound quality to my untrained ears is very good. The controls are well laid out and easy to us, however, until I got used to the placement, I found myself reaching for them on the outer housing and fumbling around until my fingers found them on the smaller inner circle part of the housing. Not a bad placement just had to get used to the location. I haven’t had an opportunity yet to evaluate the noise cancelling feature in any noisy environments but I can say when turned on it doesn’t noticeably affect the sound quality as I have noticed with other noise cancelling headphones. Also, could not tell much sound quality difference between playing using Bluetooth or with the 3.5 audio cable. One thing that I did notice though is if you turn on when the cable is plugged in the audio quality suffers quite a bit which means if you are plugged in the sound may not be as good if you want to use the noise cancelling. I like how when you turn on you will get a visual (color) indicator of the battery level. Not sure what the thresholds are but when I was at 80% it was already showing Med (orange). When I unboxed the battery was at Med so I plugged in and within a very short time it was fully charged (green). After a couple of hours of use they are still at 60%. Have not ran though many charge cycles yet so I can’t report how well it holds up over time. Being an Apple user, I’ve never tried the Google Assistant. I did install it on my iPhone to see how it works though. It actually works quite well and while I don’t expect to use the voice command capability being able to have your notifications dictated to you through the headphones is a really nice feature. Also, via the assistant is the only way that you can see any detailed device status information such as battery level percent. In the box is included a 3.5mm audio cable, USB-C cable with a USB-B adapter. I was glad to see the type C connector for charging the headset rather than the Micro USB connector that many others use as it is much easier to connect. For my purposes they could have done without the flight adapter as I am pretty sure that I will never use it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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