There is something about Gregory Porter that I much admire. Inventive yet soothing, lyrical without overreaching, I very often look to his discography when trying out new audio equipment. And for the Master and Dynamic MW60, the track of choice was Musical Genocide from his Liquid Spirit album.
In many ways interestingly, the MW60 is multiple things in one. It’s an audiophile quality premium bluetooth headphone and an all-guns blazing hi-fi corded headphone you can plug into your HDVD 800 headphone amp. Or the closest thereof. The M&W team have their sights on consumers who demand good output. Point to note? There is no noise cancelling on these cans.
In a sea of reasonably competent and very competitive lay priced Bluetooth devices, this might seem yet another offering. Fortunately, that’s where any comparison to the rest falls to the wayside, for the MW60 is a true performer.
Let’s start with the classic design cues that it carries forth from the MW40. Think all stainless steel encircling the M&D logo, concentric circles et al, forged aluminum and lambskin leather. Minimalistic, yet very contemporary. Interestingly, while the leather is lush and seemingly softer, I found it a snuggier fit than the MW40.
Coming to the controls, they have thankfully stayed away from the allure of touch controls. Instead, you have buttons for on/off, pairing, volume control and MFB. The MW60 can be linked with two devices simultaneously. Connecting is a fairly straightforward process, and I was keen to realize the sound. Two key elements here are the 45mm neodymium drivers and the aptX codec which enables CD-quality (16-bit, 44.1kHz) sound possible on Bluetooth.
So come to the audio prowess, and boy, was I entertained! The warmth and sheer depth of Porter’s voice came through beautifully. Here again, details like the fact that M&D engineers have tuned the acoustic enclosure, as against opting for a digital equalizer, ensures a far more organic sound. As I heard more, it became a true celebration of a vocal showstopper. Eager to explore more, I moved back a few decades with Talk Talk’s Happiness is easy and then to the 1992 Summer Olympics with Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe. The punchy bass, earthy sound and the reasonable highs… yes, the MW60 is one serious audiophile quality headphone.
Admittedly, there is a certain heft in the device, but the design cues ensure it’s not so much a factor. In many ways, the brand doesn’t seem to want to compete with the ‘carry-on-board’ gang, if the lack of a hard case is a suble indication. Inside the case you find a chorded 1.25 cable, micro SB charging cable, 3.5/6.3mm Gold-Plated Adapter and canvas headphone and cable pouches. As for battery life, the brand specifies 16 hours, which was kind of corroborated after regular use across a working weekday period.
The Master & Dynamics MW60 Over-Ear Headphones retails for AED 2,680, and is available at major stores across the UAE.
+ Brilliant organic sound
+ Design cues
+ Battery Life
– A hard case next time perhaps
Blending plush modernist design and organic sound, the Master & Dynamics MW60 is a contemporary classic.