- New York-based audio company Master & Dynamic unveiled its first pair of wireless earbuds.
- The MW07 true wireless earphones are similar to Apple’s AirPods, but more expensive.
- Master & Dynamic’s wireless earbuds actually sound better than Apple’s AirPods, and offer several extra nice perks.
New York-based audio company Master & Dynamic unveiled its first pair of wireless earbuds back in September, and they give Apple’s AirPods a run for their money.
The new Master & Dynamic MW07 true wireless earphones are certainly more expensive than AirPods at $US300 – Apple’s wireless earbuds cost just $US170 – but the most noticeable difference between the two products is the audio.
I personally have no problems about how AirPods sound. I like how they sound, in fact. But the MW07 wireless earphones do indeed sound noticeably better. The MW07s can can get much louder than AirPods, and they provide a deeper and richer audio experience in general.
I’d compare the audio difference here to the gulf between Apple’s wired earbuds – the ones that come with every iPhone – and a pair of Beats headphones: Apple’s solution isn’t bad by any means, but Beats can get louder and have better overall range. To drive the Beats comparison home, the MW07 wireless earbuds are definitely more bass-heavy than AirPods.
Here’s a roundup of other things I really like about the MW07 wireless earbuds:
– They come in four colours: “Tortoiseshell,” “Grey Terrazzo,” “Steel Blue,” and “Matte Black.” AirPods only come in white.
– When you take one of the earbuds out of your ear, it automatically pauses your music – just like AirPods.
– All of the controls involve small physical buttons on the earbuds, which are easy to find, and to remember what they’re for: A button above the right earbud can play or pause your music, skip to the next song, go back to the previous song, or activate a voice assistant. And the left earbud has a volume rocker. AirPods have all of these functions, but you can’t control all of them at once; you have to choose, in your settings ahead of time, which commands you want to attach to certain touch functions.
– The case charges your earbuds quickly. The case can charge 50% of its capacity in just 15 minutes, and you can reach 100% in 40 minutes. That’s about in line with Apple’s AirPods, which charge similarly quickly.
– The earbuds come with five different-sized eartips – from extra small to extra large – and two optional fit wings to form a seal with your ear canal for a better audio experience. I’ve tried plenty of other headphones and earbuds that offer tips and wings, but these are by far the most comfortable I’ve used. I didn’t even have to change the default wings and tips that came on the earbuds out of the box!
– Music sounds really great. There’s definitely an emphasis on bass, which isn’t easy for small earbuds to produce, but everything sounds crisp and clear. I immediately noticed a big difference when I put in these earbuds after listening with my AirPods.
To be fair, there are some aspects of the MW07 wireless earphones that I don’t like as much:
– The earbuds are relatively large. They’re not uncomfortable to wear, and they also look good (in my opinion), but they almost look like small Bluetooth headsets.
– The metal case is lovely, but easily shows smudges. Apple’s AirPods case is mostly white plastic, so marks and fingerprints don’t show up easily. But Master & Dynamic’s case for the MW07 earbuds is a fingerprint magnet.
These earbuds aren’t perfect, but if you’re considering an alternative to AirPods, Master & Dynamic has built a sturdy solution that’s worth your consideration.
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