MASTER & DYNAMIC MW07

Design & Construction

A new rival has entered the true wireless market recently. It is none other than the premium audio company Master & Dynamic that has established a reputation themselves in the recent few years. The Mw07 is their very first take at creating a true wireless in-ear headphones but how do they fair against their competitors? Let's dive straight into it. Firstly, design of the earbuds. All MW07 earbuds are constructed with a handcraft premium acetate material that is simply beautiful and iconic in their own way. Their design vary from product to product so each set do stand out from the rest. In the box, you will find various sizes of eartips and earwings to ensure a tight seal and secure fit. All controls for music playback and calls are controlled via the physical buttons on the top of each earbud. On the left earbud, you will find the volume buttons, while on the right, you will find the single multi-function button. Single press to play/pause, double press to skip forward, triple press to skip backwards and press and hold to sctivate smartphone assistant. It takes about 1.5 hours to charge both the case with the earbuds. Notably, the earbuds are IPX4 splash-resistant. The earbuds also do a great job at resisting fingerprints smudges. Moving on to the case, it is made of stainless steel and rounded to fit right into my palm of my hands. There are three LED indicators at the front of the case. The middle LED is for the charge of the case itself while the left and right LED is for the respective earbud. All LED indicators show green for full charge, yellow for medium charge and red for low charge. A USB Type-C port can be found on the rear of the case together with the earbuds serial number. The hinges holding the cover and body of the case is strong and is likely to survive a couple of accidental drops. The earbuds do magnetically click into place when they are docked into the case. However, thecase is rather scratch-prone. When put into bags and store around other items they do suffer from damages that will eventually ruin the pristine look of the reflective case itself. The case are also a fingerprint magnet. On the bright side, Master & Dynamic provides a soft magnetic pouch to store the case in but it really isn't very smart have so many layers of protection for aesthetics solely.

 

Sound Quality

Master & Dynamic managed to fit a 10mm beryllium speaker driver right into the MW07. They produce a very bright sound signature. Based on user experience, the noise isolation is great, I could not hear much of my surroundings even when I had no music on and when I am using it at a low volume level. High are crisp but mids are shallow and tuned backwards, hence the bass bleeds into the mid-range and drowns out details. The soundstage was okay with some left and right channels being heard clearly. The MW07 in their stock sound signature are for genres of music ranging from soothing jazz to pop tracks, while EDM and Hip-hop track do suffer from bloated bass. Call quality was decent, the caller managed to hear me clearly on the other end.

 

Connectivity & Portability

The earbuds support AptX codec together with Bluetooth Version 4.2. However, there is no app support to tune your sound settings to your liking Features like smart pause which allows the user to stop music from playing when one earbud is removed from either ear are not found on the MW07. There is no ambient sound hear-through to allows for listening to both environmental noise and music for safety. The earbuds automatically power on/off when docked or taken out from the case. The battery life peaks at 3.5 hours per use and 3 additional charges from the case; a total of 14 hours. The package also comes with a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable for charging and a USB-A to USB Type-C adaptor. If you are planning to watch videos or movies with these, I am glad to report that they do not suffer from any latency.

PROS

  • Durable Construction

  • Premium Materials Used

  • IPX4 Water-Resistant

  • AptX Support

  • Physical Buttons For Music Playback, Volume & Calls

  • Ambient Sound Hear-through

  • 3 Charges From Charging Case

  • A Range of Colours

 

CONS​​

  • No Wireless Charging

  • No App Support & Sound Customisation

  • No Bluetooth 5.0

  • Scratch-prone Chrome Case

  • Not Noise-Cancelling

 

The Bottom Line

With premium design and material usage, the Master & Dynamic MW07 is special and unique in the saturated market of decently-designed true wireless in-ear headphones. Its rather high price tag isn't worth it for its sub-par sound and lack of sound customisation through any form app support to begin with. The MW07 comes in many different shades like tortoiseshell, grey terrazzo, steel blue matte and matte black acetate,

 

Update 

Master & Dynamic released new colours for MW07 like marble white, pink coral and piano black.

WE RATE IT!

7.5/10

Other Notable Competitors

BEOPLAY E8 2.0
SENNHEISER MOMENTUM TRUE WIRELESS
SONY WF-1000X
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