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Master & Dynamic’s MW75 headphones combine fresh design with adaptive ANC

Master & Dynamic has for years blended premium design with solid performance for his headphones. With its latest model, the company has revamped the aesthetic and beefed up active noise cancellation (ANC) for more effective distraction blocking. Today Master & Dynamic debuts the MW75high-quality ANC over-ear headphones with Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation that automatically adjust to the noise of your environment.

When it comes to the new active noise cancellation, Master & Dynamic says four microphones monitor your environment to “intuitively adjust” the ANC to properly counteract any changes in the external roar. The MW75 isn’t the first pair of headphones to do this, but the automatic adjustments are new to the company’s lineup, starting with this model. There are two additional noise canceling modes to choose from – All Day and Max – so you’re not stuck with Adaptive as the only option. There are also two ambient sound modes, one for general use and the other specifically tuned for voices.

Master & Dynamic has largely kept the same design for its headphones for years. There have been some minor changes to the formula, but for the most part, the lineage has remained intact. With the MW75, the company opted for an updated design with similarities to its MG20 gaming headset† While the MG20 has elements from both the past and the present, the MW75 takes the new aesthetic one step further.

The company still uses a mix of aluminum and leather (lamb leather this time), but added tempered glass panels on the outside of the earcups. These are not touch sensitive, they are just a design choice. The onboard controls are still physical buttons. And thankfully, the memory foam ear cushions are still easy to detach in case you need to replace them, which is a standard feature for much of Master & Dyanmic’s equipment. The new design is simplified and refined, but the new look comes at a cost. The MW75 is almost 100 grams heavier than its predecessor.

Master & Dynamic MW75

Master & Dynamic

Inside, 40mm beryllium-coated drivers deliver what Master & Dynamic describes as its ‘expanded signature sound’, a mix of ‘warmer lows and richer highs’. The company says an additional set of four beamforming microphones provides call assistance and is designed to counteract wind disturbances. Unlike Master & Dyanmic’s previous flagship model, the MW65, the MW75 offers wear detection and is compatible with the company’s app for adjusting the EQ and other settings. The company says you can expect up to 28 hours of listening time with ANC on, and that figure goes up to 32 hours with noise cancellation turned off. If you find yourself in a pinch, 15 minutes of charging will give you six hours of battery life.

The MW75 will be available on June 28 in four colors: gunmetal with black leather, silver metal with gray leather, silver metal with brown leather, and black metal with black leather. Like Master & Dynamic’s previous premium headphones, the premium look and flagship features don’t come cheap. The MW75 will cost $599 (€599 / £549) when it goes on sale at the end of the month – $100 more than the MW65.

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