Published on January 15th, 2016 | by Greg0
Master & Dynamic’s Singular MW60 Wireless Headphones
When shopping the aisles for audio gear, you can find inexpensive but decent-sounding sets, but they won’t win any award for their looks or design. And you can find pairs that are easy on the eyes and the wallet, but won’t do your music any favors. The fact is, with so many choices out there, the market is split into several fragments. And one of the most important distinctions is between wireless headsets and wired ones- the former are typically more convenient but rarely meet audiophile standards.
The Master & Dynamic’s Singular MW60 Wireless Headphones are different in just about every important way from the rest of the competition. They are clearly luxury, from the packaging to the look and feel and materials, featuring comfy earpads with soft lambskin leather over memory foam cores and the same coziness for the internal headband. The body of the MW60s is heavy in the hand, since it’s made from stainless steel, but it holds up better to use and vibrates less than your plastic or even mostly-aluminum models.
Each earcup holds a 45mm neodymium high-performance driver, and there is a built-in noise-isolating microphone so you can receive calls on the go. The MW60s boast Bluetooth 4.1 with apt-X for high-resolution wireless audio, which isn’t that unusual- but far more rare is the 4x signal range thanks to some clever engineering. We were able to get quite a bit further away from our typical test sources- smartphones and laptops- before our music faded and we didn’t face the dropouts and interference issues that can affect Bluetooth. The extra heft conceals some big batteries too, which give these up to 16 hours of battery life, among the best that we’ve seen- and they are still a bit lighter than their older brothers.
Compared with their predecessors, the cool-looking MH40s that we reviewed a bit over a year ago, these new ones are fairly low-key- less anachronistic, classier, a little more refined. The unusual oval shape and some of the unique style details remain though, but the hinges are improved and nicely foldable so they can travel easily. A compact pouch is included, but so is a separate cord carrying case, and the cables are the durable braided, tangle-free kind. Available in a modern black and gunmetal as tested, Master & Dynamic also offer a warmer “Brown/Silver” version. For the price, you might expect near-perfection, and thankfully you get it- booming bass, lovely warm acoustics, plenty of depth. Whether you’re listening to some classic Bowie or the latest tracks from Grimes, you’ll be impressed. Expect to spend around $549, online and in stores.