I wanted so bad to love Apple's AirPods. For a long time, I convinced myself that I did. The concept of truly cordless earphones is terrific and Apple's AirPods delivered the best sound I've ever heard from cordless buttons when they were released in 2016. Whether AirPods are willing to admit it themselves, Apple's design is badly wrong and I was quickly fed up with managing it.
Like other Apple earplugs, AirPods are made of smooth plastic from top to bottom. It looks good, but there is a reason that most ear plugs have rubber tips. Rubber material provides grip that keeps the pins of the ear plugs tight in the ear canal. This is not only to provide a safe fit, it is also to ensure that the earplugs maintain sound insulation. An imperfect seal in your ear means that the sound is good when you listen to music, mostly at the low end of the spectrum. The result is severe deterioration of the sound quality, and that's exactly what happens when using Apple's AirPods. No matter how many times you suddenly put them back in your ears, they always turn out slowly until they break the sail.
After a while, I could not take it anymore. The only time my AirPods get any use these days is when I talk on the phone while I'm on my desk. I should not really say "AirPods" since I'm just using an AirPod now. That's right, my $ 1
New York-based audio company Master & Dynamic does not have long history, but it has quickly become one of the premier names in premium sound. Headphones and speakers have been widely promised by top readers and end users. The company is now renowned for its unique design capable of distinguishing itself from the package, using first-class materials such as metals and leather, and for the amazing sound quality achieved by each of the products it has launched so far.
Bringing us to today's announcement, with Master & Dynamic has just launched its first genuine wireless earphones. I've spent the past few weeks testing the new Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless headphones, and I've been impressed every step of the way.
With the MW07 design, Master & Dynamic was credible to its brand and built these ear plugs all the way out of premium materials. The house is handmade acetate as premium sunglasses and glasses while the buttons and acoustic cabinet are made of stainless steel. The tips are silicone, as they should be on all earphones that are meant to isolate sound, and the MW07 earphone ship of five different sizes to ensure a tight and comfortable fit in the ear.
In addition to the tips, another silicone component helps to ensure the best fit. Master & Dynamic calls it a "silicone-shaped wing" and there are two different sizes to help the ear plugs fit close to the back of the user's ear. The MW07 earphones are easy and comfortable to wear for several hours at the end, and they have never ejected my ears during testing.
The MW07 looks beautiful and the craft is top but the sound is where they really shine. Simply put, I have never tested cordless ear plugs that come anywhere near to produce the kind of full sound that is achieved by MW07 earphones from Master & Dynamic.
M & D's combination of large 10mm beryllium drivers and acoustic cabinets made of stainless steel help this cord-free earphone shut well over the weight class. It's frankly shocking that the sound this big is produced by headphones that are so compact. The bass response is full and deep and does not get muddy in relatively high volumes. Center and heights are sharp, with impressive definition and clarity. I have tested more than 50 different pairs of ear plugs in recent years with prices ranging from $ 25 to $ 500 and beyond. Master & Dynamic's MW07 earphones can easily go toe to toe with the best of thread, wireless or wired.
Also impressive is the carry case that comes with the MW07 earphones. The exterior is made of polished stainless steel, giving the complete package a first-class appearance that is unmatched with cordless ear plugs. A USB-C connector leaves the case, which provides enough juice for 10.5 hours of listening. The headsets have enough battery capacity for another 3.5 hours, and it takes about 1.5 hours to fully charge them.
MW07 Headphones cover all bases you can expect from a pair of premium free earplugs. Sensors on the inside of each earphone automatically pause music when removing one from the ear and continuing playback when the earphone is inserted back into the ear. A button on the right earplug can also manually control music playback and phone calls. The volume buttons are found on the left ear plug, and they connect quite quickly to a smartphone. In fact, I find that the MW07 earphones regularly connect to the iPhone X far faster than my AirPods.
I tested a pre-version of the MW07 earphones that varied from the final version in some different ways. Fortunately, both of the issues I had with them were addressed in the final production version.
The first was not so much a problem as it was a little annoyance: the ear plugs used to stick to the roof of the case, so they poped out a bit when the case was first opened. The second problem was more serious, and it meant intermittent instantaneous outcomes in audio playback under certain circumstances. In a nutshell, the sound would fall out of an earphone for a fraction of a second as there were certain physical disturbances. The release version of the MW07 earphones uses a different material to the roof of the case, and I have been told by Master & Dynamic that a modified radio production in the production version eliminates dropouts.
The new MW07 True Wireless Headphone is available for $ 299, starting today on the Master & Dynamic site.