Master & Dynamic has two new sets of truly wireless earbuds for 2019: the MW07 Plus, a direct follow-up to MW07 from last year, and the MW07 Go, a brand new $ 199 entry that appeals to those who looking for a slightly cheaper set of wireless earbuds.
The MW07 Plus buds are the two announcements from M & D. At $ 299, this is the same high price as the original MW07. On the look alone, not much seems to have changed. Each ear piece is still finished with a premium mother-of-pearl design and comes in a heavy, shiny stainless steel case that looks luscious when new, but is almost certainly scratched when not plugged into the included fabric bag. M & D states that they use the same 1
These support active noise cancellation, which is activated by tapping and holding the volume up button on the left earphone. You also have an ambient listening mode where you can hear what is going on around you and turn it on by holding down the volume button for a few seconds. In the few days that I was able to test the MW07 Plus, both features improved the experience and, surprisingly, did not negatively affect the sound quality.
Granted, these features are not so robust that they can isolate you from your environment, as is the case with over-ear headphones. But they are effective enough to dampen the debilitating humming and grinding of trains passing through a subway station. They also do a good job of silencing chatter and clattering train sounds on the way to work, so I can focus on my music or focus on a book with some silence when my music stops. I have not been on a flight with these earphones, so I can not say how they would hold on a plane. However, the noise canceling effect is not enough to suppress the humming of aircraft engines while watching a movie or listening to music. One reason why noise cancellation works so well here is that M & D has doubled the number of microphones in MW07 Plus to four.
I used the over-ear headphones from M & D before and one of the things I enjoy the most is their attack. They do not strive for a balanced, neutral sound. Instead, the music sounds energetic, and the mids and heights seem to be in tune to allow for exciting listening. Surprisingly, very little of this sound profile has been lost in the conversion to the form factor for truly wireless headphones. My favorite songs are abundantly presented, and the noise cancellation feature is surprisingly effective to dampen the ambient sound – even in the subway.
One of the things I do not really like is their design. While Google and other companies are out to make truly wireless headphones that will disappear in your ears, M & D seems to do the opposite. Both the MW07 Plus and the Go are similar to powerful in-ear monitors used in the studio or on stage. The outer case is fortunately flat, but it still looks like a serious piece of hardware is hanging from your ear. The design has some improvements. Both headphones are made by M & D in multiple colors (the plus options are all pearly, while the Go's are finished in rich pastel colors) so you can choose your favorite when buying. In addition, they feel much more comfortable than their appearance suggests. There is a wide selection of earplugs and fins, and after a few tries, I found a comfortable fit that ensures a good seal and does not stress my cartilage too much.
But some of the other improvements are great. The buds of the MW07 Plus have a significantly longer battery life, both in the earphones and in the included charging case. M & D indicates that you have 10 hours of battery life per charge and can fully charge the case three times, which equates to a total of 40 hours of playback time (compared to 10.5 hours in the case of the previous generation). I tested them on errands and weekends on weekdays, on my commuter trains, and in the city, and put the buds in my pocket to recharge them after each listen, and I did not have to recharge the bag yet.
The colored LEDs on the case indicate how much battery life is left (green means good, orange is medium, red is low), and the case has a performance that is very close to the 40 hour mark , This is a huge improvement. Last year's USB-C port is retained so you can use the same cable as your laptop or phone to charge. The lack of support for wireless charging is a much bigger problem today than when the original MW07 was released. One of the cheaper options is wireless charging. So it's disappointing that you do not have it here.
The list of improvements in the MW07 Plus is long. and there are a few more that you should know about. They are IPX5 rated (the MW07 are IPX4 rated), so they should withstand both sweat and rain if you get into a short thunderstorm. This model has Bluetooth 5 for longer range (up to 30m) and supports Qualcomm's aptX codec. Finally, you can use either the left or right earphones independently for playback or for phone calls. The MW07 model was limited to the right earphones if you only need one.
Our biggest complaint regarding last week's MW07 earphones was their price, and we argued that they offer better sound quality than most of the competition (at least in mid-2018), the value simply has not risen. It may seem puzzling that Master & Dynamic maintained the same price with the MW07 Plus, but the offer has been made much clearer. It is not all that great though. With them, you can pair them with just one device at a time, and their high price of $ 299 makes cheaper, similarly powerful options more attractive, like the Sony WF-1000XM3 (I can not believe I'm from $ 229 cheap headphones speak). You do not have to pay $ 299 to get good noise reduction, a USB-C charger and excellent sound quality. However, if you value a stylish presentation, this is a worthwhile investment.
The other new M & D earphones speak of price complaints more directly. The MW07 Go is $ 100 cheaper than the new model or last year's version, but they make some clever compromises to reach that lower price. The stainless steel case is replaced by a smaller case, which like Google's original Pixel Buds is covered with woven fabric. The MW07 Go are physically fewer buds than the plus, but look pretty much the same except for the key position and the same 10mm drivers. They have no proximity sensors that allow the high-end MW07 Plus to automatically resume or stop the music when you put it in your ears. Note : Master & Dynamic provided a production sample of the MW07 Go to The Verge and find that they lack some quality of life enhancements that M & D promises in the end product I do not expect my feelings to change when the headphones hit the shelves, I will test the final product as soon as M & D provides it, and if there are any discrepancies, I'm sure I'll notice.)
Since the case is smaller, the battery capacity is hit compared to the plus. With a capacity of only 12 hours, the Go can be charged only once from empty (with some juice). Fortunately, the Go's play time is 10 hours per charge, just like the high-end model.
What the other MW07 Go earphones offer, only a part can keep up with the plus (Bluetooth 5.0 support with aptX) codec). These have fewer microphones than the plus, they lack the ambient listening mode and active noise cancellation, and only the right earphone works independently. If you are not someone who needs to drown out a lot of noise, these options may be appropriate for you. The sound quality is just as good as the MW07 Plus, but costs less than $ 100.
As with the MW07 Plus, the Go can only ever be paired with one device at a time. This is frustrating if you regularly switch between a phone and a tablet laptop and want your headphones to come along for the ride. However, compared to most other non-AirPods, these offer specifications and features that are comparable and, in some cases, even better than other options. Compared to the Jaybird Vista earphones they have a similar price, a longer battery life per charge and their support for the aptX codec runs around the lousy SBC support of Vista. However, with the upcoming launch of the Jabra Elite 75t and the Amazon Echo Buds, these benefits may not be long apart from the new MW07 Go from M & D.
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