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Master & Dynamic add the MW50 headphones to their product line

Same industrial design, but 30% lighter than the MW60s.
November 2, 2016

Master & Dynamic, a New York based audio company has been on a roll with their metal and leather designed headphones. Last year they capitalized on that
with the over-ear MW60 wireless headphones. Roughly a year later, the company now has a pair of on-ears dubbed the MW50s which follow suit.

Just like other M&D products, these are made of lightweight metal and leather designed to provide comfort while maintaining durability. Despite being made of the same materials, these are actually 30% lighter than the MW60s. Combine that with the fact that the ear cups fold flat for increased portability and these could be a solid pair of everyday headphones. That said, these don’t fold at the hinges so if you rely on your headphones being able to become even more compact you won’t find that here.

As solid as the build is, the MW50s have some solid specs as well. They have Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX and a range that lets you be about 100 feet away from your source device. Master & Dynamic also claim a battery life of 16 hours which is enough to last you even the longest flights. You can charge it back up via the USB-C input on the bottom of the ear cup. This makes the MW50s somewhat future proof in terms of how you charge them, seeing as more and more devices will be switching to the standard in the future.

  • 16 hour battery life w/ USB-C charging
  • 40mm beryllium-coated drivers
  • Bluetooth 4.1 w/ aptX
  • 100 ft wireless range
  • 3.5mm input
  • Removable lambskin ear pads with memory foam padding

Along the side of the ear cups are playback controls that let you raise and lower volume as well as pause or play music. There’s also a small metal switch for Bluetooth pairing and a 3.5mm input if you need to hardwire these to your source device. For anyone who needs a clear microphone M&D thought of that too. These have dual omni-directional microphones which should help your voice to come through a little clearer during phone calls.

Unfortunately, these are not as entry-level as the ME01s we recently reviewed. These are as premium as they come, and cost $449 for both the black or brown leather options.