For a while I was looking for a solid pair of headphones to use during my travels that not only have a high build quality but also offer great sound. There was so much to consider especially because I live minimally. If you keep up with my blog, you’ll have read the article where I talk about how I have sold almost all of my excess personal possessions to free my mind and make it easier to travel.
Anyways, I came across the Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones and decided to give them a try. I was going out on a limb because I had never heard of the brand but the reviews spoke loudly (no pun intended or maybe it was a headphone joke) and I went for it. The day that they came in the mail got me super excited!
The first thing I noticed while un-boxing them was how high-quality everything was right down to the packaging. The little things like this truly make a strong impression on me. Once I got them out and figured out how everything worked in about 1 minute I had them on my head cranking music!
Woah there Pierre slow it down! I’m getting a little ahead of myself. You probably want to know what was included in the box.
Included in the Box
- Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphone
- 1 headphone cable that can attach on both left and right sides
- 1 headphone cable with included microphone and controls that can also attach on both left and right sides
- Canvas carrying case
- Leather cable box
- 3.5/6.3mm gold-plated adapter
Now that we have that out of the way we can get back to business. You know when you pick something up and you can just feel the quality? That is the best way to describe these headphones. The build quality is very high and they have a little heft to them. It was game time!
Compared to what I had before it was like night and day. I feel that all of my years of audio production and recording experience have trained me to know what to look for. I must say that I do enjoy listening to many types of music. Pierre can get down with anything from classical to death metal to hip-hop so it’s important to be able to handle everything and these definitely do. I won’t lie, I truly enjoy bass. I’m always boosting the bass when I listen to hip-hop but with these it isn’t necessary.
Some reviews I’ve read say that they’re a bit bass heavy but to me they embellish the parts of the audio spectrum I appreciate the most. I think no matter what type of music I listen to they offer a very full and warm sound. This comes down to your personal preference. For me, over-ear headphones that aren’t that big is a plus. I’ve had a chance to take them on a few trips and they easily slid into my laptop case. This was one of the biggest factors for me to consider.
When it comes to comfort they’re soft and comfortable on my head. This might be a personal issue but I notice when I wear over-ear headphones for too long that the top of my head gets a little sore. The MH40s are on the heavier end of the spectrum but not sure if it’s the weight or just all over-ear headphones that cause Pierre’s fragile head this issue.
Overall, I truly do enjoy the headphones and plan to enjoy lots of music with them into the future. This has been a great introduction to the Master & Dynamic brand. I’m very excited to try out more of their products in the future! For now, I will enjoy these by taking them with me as I travel the world and I definitely recommend you to give them a try too!