The MW75 is a stellar pair of headphones from Master and Dynamic. But, are these over-ears really worth the price?

master & dynamic mw75 review: awesome audiophile over-ears
(Image credit: Future)

T3 Verdict

With just about every feature and add-on you could ask for, the Master & Dynamic MW75 is a stellar pair of audiophile-grade over-ears. But are these headphones really worth such a high price?

  • +Expansive soundstage and great sound
  • +All the features you could ask for
  • +Elegant and beautiful design
  • -Very expensive
  • -Included cables are a bit short
  • -Call quality just ok

Join our newsletter

All the best features, news, tips and great deals to help you live a better life through technology

Thank you for signing up to T3. You will receive a verification email shortly.

There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.

By submitting your information you agree to the Terms & Conditions (opens in new tab) and Privacy Policy (opens in new tab) and are aged 16 or over.

The Master & Dynamic MW75 are stellar headphones only truly hampered by their high price tag. They sound very good with an exceptionally expansive soundstage and execute all the included features with aplomb, such as active noise-cancellation (ANC) and ambient mode (for audio passthrough). And they look so good you might want to update your wardrobe. You will enjoy the MW75 if you can stomach the price (and non-vegan materials).

The Master & Dynamic MW75 are one of those products that are as much substance as they are style; as much status symbol as they are functional product. That’s not to say that they’re bad. In fact, there’s not a thing I could point to as being poorly executed. These are excellent headphones. They just happen to be very expensive.

That price tag will be the main hurdle for most people reading this review. It’s a price that only audiophiles or people who like to splurge typically accept when considering headphones. And audiophiles may turn their noses up at a pair of headphones that look like a fashion statement. As I’ll discuss, they and you shouldn’t.

Though Master & Dynamic undoubtedly embraces their fashionable side – they’ve collaborated with Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini and The Rolling Stones on headphones – there’s a lot to like under the surface, from the sound quality and comfort to their feature-set, as I’ll get to in this review…

Master & Dynamic MW75: price and release date  

master & dynamic mw75 review: awesome audiophile over-ears

(Image credit: Future)

Master & Dynamic unleashed the MW75 onto the world on 28 June 2022 for $599/£549. They’re about double what most non-audiophiles are willing to pay for a set of headphones when they want to splurge. So you might want to check out our best headphones list for alternatives. 

For anyone familiar with Master & Dynamic and similarly high-end and stylish brands like Bang & Olufsen, however, the high price tag is to be expected. These are brands that put as much focus on design and aesthetics as performance.

Master & Dynamic MW75 review: design 

master & dynamic mw75 review: awesome audiophile over-ears

(Image credit: Future)

Gorgeous, stunning, striking… whichever word you choose could be aptly used to describe the way the Master & Dynamic MW75 look. These are classy headphones that share only the most basic DNA with the look and design of other headphones. 

The earcups are made of light, anodised aluminium shells with round tempered glass inserts housing 40mm Beryllium drivers. And the memory foam earpads are covered in lamb skin, as is the cushioning on the aluminium headband. All the materials are premium (and, of course, not vegan).

You can get the MW75 in four different colourways: there’s black metal and black leather; gunmetal and black leather; silver metal and grey leather; silver metal and brown leather.

Speaking of those earpads, they’re easily removable if you need to clean them. All you have to do is pull. But, they will stay in place without any wiggle since they’re held in place by magnets.

When it comes to fit, the MW75 are comfortable. Not only can you adjust the headband to fit your head no matter how big or small, the earcups swivel more than 90 degrees so they won’t sit awkwardly on your ears. The clamping force is just enough to keep it in place without hurting your head. And, that lambskin-covered headband and earpads are very plush. However, they’re not the lightest pair out there, weighing in at 338 grams.

Each earcup houses a couple of buttons. The left has the power / pairing and ANC / ambient mode toggle buttons, plus an LED to indicate when it’s on or charging via the USB-C port. The right has volume up and down, as well as a button which you can press to play / pause / skip / rewind. That button will also accept or reject calls as well as interact with your preferred voice assistant when held.

master & dynamic mw75 review: awesome audiophile over-ears

(Image credit: Future)

Since these are such pricy headphones, it makes sense that they come with quite a few extras. To start, they come with a felt hard shell carrying case that should fit in your backpack or luggage. And, since those earcups swivel flat (the MW75 don’t fold), they fit in nicely while leaving an open area under the headband to keep all the other extras the MW75 come with. 

There’s a USB-C cable that not only charges the headphones but can be used as a physical digital connection. You also get an analogue cable if you want to use the headphones without powering them on. They’re both braided and sturdy though a bit short. Also included is a 3.5mm-to-1/4in adapter, USB-C-to-USB-A adapter, and an airline headphone adapter (you connect the analogue cable to it to use).

Master & Dynamic MW75 review: performance

master & dynamic mw75 review: awesome audiophile over-ears

(Image credit: Future)

The Master & Dynamic MW75 are fairly neutral if slightly warm-sounding headphones. The sub-bass is ever so slightly recessed while there seems to be just a little more in the lower mids, which give it that slightly warmer sound signature. The mids in general are full though not quite rich sounding. And the high-end is detailed enough but not overly bright. These are not hyped-sounding headphones, though you have some EQ presets available in the app.

While the sound signature of the MW75 is a pleasant and enjoyable listen, what gives these headphones that little extra something is their expansive soundstage. The drivers are angled to give a wider soundstage and it truly engulfs you in the music. Out of everything that these headphones do, I appreciate that wider soundstage more than anything else.

That said, the Master & Dynamic MW75 do well with their features. The ANC and ambient modes are not only very, very good – but they’re adjustable as well. The ANC gives you three modes: Max, All Day, and Adaptive. Max is the most aggressive; All Day is perfect if you want just a little bit of ANC; Adaptive automatically adjusts according to how noisy your environment is. 

Ambient mode has two modes: Voice and Awareness. Voice seems to emphasise the frequency range that voices sit at so you can more easily listen or participate in a conversation while Awareness is a more general Ambient Mode.

While both ANC and ambient modes do what they’re supposed to well, there is a lag when changing between them or turning them off. Also, be aware that you’ll experience a decent bass boost when either is enabled, though moreso with the ANC.

As far as other features go, tapping to control the music, switching between modes, or pulling up a voice assistant all work seamlessly. It also has on-head detection (which you can toggle on/off in the app) that works well and will pause quickly when moving the headphones off your head. Multipoint connection works as advertised where you can connect two devices and listen on one, pause, and then listen on the other. But there is a lag when switching between sources.

Lastly, a lot of these features can be controlled via the M&D Connect app. While you can switch between ANC and ambient modes by pressing buttons on the earcups, you need the app to select which type of ANC or ambient mode you want. The app also lets you know the battery level percentage, lets you set an auto-off timer, toggle a few other settings such as the on-head detection. 

There are also four EQ presets for some aural fine-tuning: Bass Boost, Bass Cut, Podcast, Audiophile. I didn’t find much use for them as I was happy with the way the MW75 sounded. The first two are obvious in what they do, Podcast emphasises that mid-range where vocals sit (I’ve never needed to EQ a podcast though), and Audiophile somewhat changes the sound signature into a brighter sounding one.

Master & Dynamic MW75 review: battery 

master & dynamic mw75 review: awesome audiophile over-ears

(Image credit: Future)

The Master & Dynamic MW75 is supposed to offer 32 hours of battery life, 28 with ANC enabled, which on paper is pretty impressive for a pair of headphones with all the features you get. Often, wireless headphones will only exceed that length of time when they’re stripped down and come without ANC, ambient mode, voice assistant support, etc. Consider the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2, for example, which can last up to 50 hours.

In practice, the M&D’s battery life doesn’t quite reach those lofty heights. That’s not to say it’s disappointing: with both ANC and ambient mode off, it took almost twelve hours to run the battery down from 100% to 50% with the volume maxed out. Instead of 32 hours of use, you’re probably looking at closer to 24 hours based on my experience.

Master & Dynamic MW75 review: verdict 

master & dynamic mw75 review: awesome audiophile over-ears

(Image credit: Future)

So, are the Master & Dynamic MW75 worth it? The answer is of course subjective. These M&D over-ears do everything advertised and do so very well. The sound is great, offering a wider soundstage than many headphones out there, and the full feature-set is as robust as anything else out there. Even the battery life, which doesn’t quite live up to Master & Dynamic’s claims, is decent compared to most wireless ANC-equipped headphones on the market.

However, you can find similarly performing headphones for less cash, sometimes for half the cost. Just like a fashion brand, you’re paying for the style, the upscale materials that do more for the aesthetic than the performance, and the name. If you’re willing to splurge, I think you’ll be very happy with your purchase. If you’re a bit more frugal, there are other options… they just won’t come with fancy tempered glass earcups and the like.

Also consider 

There are some great headphones that cover a lot of the same ground as the Master & Dynamic MW75. Consider the Bose QuietComfort 45, for example. It comes with world-class active noise cancellation, a similar battery life, and great sound. They cost almost half of the MW75, though they don’t look nearly as good, but are ideal for travellers.

The Audio Technica M50xBT2 may not come with ANC and are much more plasticky in finish. But, for a much lower price of entry, you get fantastic-sounding headphones and a much longer-lasting battery life. Again, you don’t get that same aesthetic, premium build and materials as the MW75, not to mention the same feature set, but if you prefer a more stripped-down pair of headphones, consider these.

Master & Dynamic aren’t the only fashion-sensitive brand out there. If you’re looking for something a little different but just as gorgeous, then take a look at the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX. They’re cheaper (but not by much). Besides a different look, the HX offers better battery life than the Master & Dynamic, but the MW75 offer much better ANC. 

Video: 'What have you done to my face?!': Laughing Adele is left baffled by fan's video filter at Vegas residency - with audience member so star-struck she bursts into tears!

México vs. Arabia Saudita: La afición comparte en MEMES preocupación por el “Tri”

Audiences access 19h : Quel score pour le retour de "Tous en cuisine" avec Cyril Lignac sur M6 ?

¡Adiós vestido blanco con dorado! Una ilusión auditiva en Toy Story ya divide internet

Video: Nicole Kidman shocks audience as she makes surprise appearance at The Music Man in NYC and bids $150,000 for Hugh Jackman's signed hat

Timnas Arab Saudi Gagal Dapat Hadiah Mobil Mewah Rolls Royce Usai Kalahkan Argentina di Piala Dunia 2022, Kenapa?

Audiences : La série "L'art du crime" sur France 2 a-t-elle détrôné la Coupe du monde sur TF1 ?

Audi RS 6 y RS 7 performance: V8 biturbo con 630 CV y 850 Nm

Valentino Rossi er fortsat Claudio Domenicalis fortrydelse

Audi at Design Miami/: Immersive and experiential spheres in digital art

'What have you done to my face?!': Laughing Adele is left baffled by fan's video filter at Vegas residency - with audience member so star-struck she bursts into tears!

Former Russian finance minister Kudrin announces departure from Audit Chamber

Saudi Arabia reopening Unesco-listed Diriyah to the public for the first time in a decade

¿A qué se dedicaría Claudia Sheinbaum si no fuera jefa de Gobierno de CdMx?

ARA San Juan: Audiencia presencial para decidir el futuro de Mauricio Macri

5 restaurantes en CDMX para pedir comida y ver el partido de México contra Arabia Saudita


The 2023 Audi A6 Outranks the 2023 BMW 5-Series by a Slim Margin Says MotorTrend

Two of the best-selling luxury cars constantly vie for top honors in the midsize segment. In one corner, the Audi A6 returns for 2023 with a new standard infotainment system and the evergreen Quattro all-wheel drive system. In the other corner, the BMW 5 Series continues on relatively unchanged from ...

View more: The 2023 Audi A6 Outranks the 2023 BMW 5-Series by a Slim Margin Says MotorTrend

Audi first automaker to receive UK EVA accreditation

Audi says it is the first car manufacturer in the UK to receive a 100 per cent network approval Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation across its entire network of centres. Under the new EVA scheme, all 113 Audi Centres in the UK gained approval. The Electric Vehicle Approved scheme ...

View more: Audi first automaker to receive UK EVA accreditation

Only 1 New Audi Model Is Reliable, According to Consumer Reports Owner Surveys

Consumer Reports (CR) takes predicted reliability scores seriously when they recommend (or don’t recommend) a vehicle. Each year the publication gathers data from various owners to determine if a car or brand is worth putting their stamp of approval on. This year, a few brands stood out in CR’s analysis ...

View more: Only 1 New Audi Model Is Reliable, According to Consumer Reports Owner Surveys

BMW struggles to sell the i3 in China

For the German premium manufacturers, sales of their electric models in China apparently continue to be sluggish. After Mercedes-Benz recently reduced its sales prices significantly, local media now report that BMW dealers in China are offering up to 30 per cent off the list price for the electric sedan ...

View more: BMW struggles to sell the i3 in China

Updated Audi e-Tron SUV adopts Q8 nameplate

Electric Audi SUV gets new Q8 e-Tron badge, bigger battery and greater efficiency

View more: Updated Audi e-Tron SUV adopts Q8 nameplate

My Audi A4 2.0 TSI: Thoughts & observations after a year & 11000 kms

I once drove over a dirt road to enter a resort in Kabini. Half an hour later I was sitting in a Thar going over the same dirt road. This is the moment I had a new found appreciation for the A4’s suspension. BHPian gungax recently shared this with ...

View more: My Audi A4 2.0 TSI: Thoughts & observations after a year & 11000 kms

Blume rumoured to throw out VW’s new EV factory in Warmenau

According to a media report, the new Volkswagen boss Oliver Blume is questioning the construction of the new electric car plant planned by his predecessor Herbert Diess in the Warmenau district of Wolfsburg. The result is that the electric flagship Trinity is “probably not to come until 2030”. As ...

View more: Blume rumoured to throw out VW’s new EV factory in Warmenau

New Audi S8 now on sale – Official South African pricing and specifications

Audi has launched the updated S8 in South Africa at a starting price of R2,759,000. The executive sports sedan sees a revised exterior design as well as new standard equipment, with a powerful V8 engine under the bonnet. What’s new The premium S8 was on the receiving end of ...

View more: New Audi S8 now on sale – Official South African pricing and specifications

The Prestige Audi S8 – Pricing and Spec detailed for South Africa

Audi RS 6 Avant Performance and RS 7 Sportback Performance models revealed

Audi unveils Audi Charging starting 2023

More powerful Audi RS6 and RS7 confirmed for South Africa

Audi recalls sedans, wagons for issue caused by back seat messes

Cars you can afford in South Africa based on your income

Record de audiencia: Argentina-México es partido de grupos más visto en español en Estados Unidos

Old tech sounds preserved as part of huge audio project

Cuándo jugará la Selección de México ante Arabia Saudita en el Mundial Qatar 2022: ¿Horarios y dónde ver en Estados Unidos?

Audi RS 6 performance, 630 CV per la wagon più scatenata di sempre

Emma Marrone non sarà a Sanremo 2023: «Ci sono andata lo scorso anno per esaudire un desiderio di mio padre»

Audi e-tron GT is Coming to Malaysia in Q2 2023 - Performance EV


Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network