For me, when I’m looking for a successful pair of headphones for traveling, there are a number of attributes and features I look for… A few of which are of course, quality of build (because I don’t want them breaking in my rucksack), quality of sound (because even though sound quality isn’t as important with audiobooks, it absolutely matters when you switch to a bassy style of music), and breakdown size (because there’s nothing worse than adding something heavy and bulky to an already tiresome rucksack, and back). I’ll tell you right now, perhaps my absolute favorite headphones company is the sound masters at Master & Dynamic. Why, you might ask? Well simply, because their passion for making the finest pair of headphones comes screaming out from their product, even when it’s still in the box. Sound wild? Well, allow me to explain.
I’ve worked with Master & Dynamic’s headphones in the past, and every time I test their work, I come away very impressed, not only because their sound quality is amazing, but because they make a product that will last for decades. How many products are made by such a standard these days? Not many. Most companies seem perfectly fine with producing things readymade to fail; literally designed to fail. Why? Because they want you to come back to buy another one. Why do you think Apple’s little lightning to AUX headphone dongle breaks so easily, because they want you to keep coming back and buying more. In a day and age when profits are all that matter is when planned obsolescence will run amuck. But based on my own experience, I can say that Master & Dynamic are a different breed entirely.
Overall, I found the MW60 wireless headphones to be some of the most impressive and versatile headphones on the market today. They are built strong and they feel comfortable when worn for long periods of time, and have the capability of offering fantastic sound quality with a wire or without. For me, the way they fold up and close up into a small bag is a huge selling point, as I do a lot of backpacker travel, where every inch and ounce matter greatly. But even when applying Master & Dynamic’s MW60’s features to when I’m home and writing, they exceed my expectations. The only knock I have, which is something that applies to all bluetooth in 2017, is that the sound quality lessens, just a smidge, when playing high fidelity music over bluetooth, but once you plug in their versatile audio wire, that high end and powerful sound comes roaring back; so it isn’t the headphones themselves that are to blame, but it is the bluetooth technology that hasn’t quite lived up to the traditional wire. All in all, I’m very impressed and very excited to experience the wonderful world of sound on my next trip abroad.\
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen