Master & Dynamic collaborated with Japanese fashion brand A Bathing Ape (or BAPE, as founder Nigo’s 1993 streetwear brand is often called) and I think it’s one of the most exciting audio partnerships of 2022.
Because? First, the products were great to start with. The M&D headsets in question include the excellent MW08 wireless headset, which we call “a luxury wireless experience” under intense scrutiny, and the talented MG20 wireless gaming headset, which we’re excited to be “where the hi-fi finds games in a high-end headset” after rigorously testing them.
Second, BAPE’s design language is here and it’s unmistakable. Personally, I prefer the headphones (but I’m a novice gamer at best). The aesthetic is typically strong and unapologetic, and I like everything about it.
Opinion: Expensive, but not much more than before BAPE
The Master & Dynamic x BAPE collection in blue and pink ‘ABC CAMO’ will be available from Saturday, October 29, for purchase exclusively in master and dynamic (opens in new tab) is at BAPE stores (opens in new tab).
The MG20 Gaming Headphones and MW08 Active Noise Canceling True Wireless Headphones will retail for $499 / £479 / €499 and $349 / £329 / €349 respectively (which is about AU$770 for the gaming headset and AU$539 for the headset).
OK, so they’re not cheap – but it’s Master & Dynamic we’re talking about, and considering the MG20 gaming headset regularly sells for $449 (£429, about AU$625), it’s a relatively small price. to pay for BAPE’s formidable aesthetic. Yes, that price is almost unheard of for a gaming headset, but Master & Dynamic It is a well-known name in hi-fi circles, where this kind of pricing isn’t uncommon.
Case in point: Master & Dynamic’s June MW75 premium headphones, which came in at $599 / £549 / €599, aka very expensive no matter how you look at it – and by that we mean so expensive as the launch price of Apple’s AirPods Max (which arrived in December 2020 with an application fee of $549 / £549 / AU$899).
For me, the star here is MW08, because I’m really drawn to that engraving on the silver box. And, with four and a half stars, these are talented headphones. Battery life is an incredible 12 hours of playback for the earphones (with ANC), with the case providing three additional charges, for a total runtime of 42 hours.
And the audio? It’s a little hot, but pleasant rather than cloying. These buttons never sound tiresome and there’s a sense of body and excitement to whatever song you’re listening to.
For me, the new finish makes them some of the best noise-canceling headphones I’ve seen this year – and as we said in our review, the deployment of ANC (or ambient, for that matter) has no noticeable effect on the quality of the sound. sound.
The gaming headset is still attractive, but for over-ear M&D collabs, I still like the Mercedes-Benz MW65, which makes you look like you’re on an F1 team.
One for the Christmas list, perhaps? And (whisper) can the originals get involved in some Black Friday deals because of this new BAPE release? If that happens, you’ll be the first to know.