My friends all wear Sonys, I must make amends…
High-end audio company Master & Dynamic is partnering with Mercedes-Benz and AMG for a five strong range of premium headphones, which cover over-ears, in-ears, sports and gaming styles.
As we’d expect from these luxury brands, high-quality materials and cutting-edge tech are the name of the game – and at least one pair probably has your name on it.
With wearing comfort a priority, the £449 MW65 are Active Noise-Cancelling wireless headphones for the daily commute and travelling. They’re distinguished by the Mercedes-Benz star chrome-plated 3D logo on the ear cup, and embossed branding on the headband.
The MW65 offer two Active Noise-Cancelling modes for different listening environments. Two ANC microphone arrays use a combination of feed-forward and feed-back hybrid technology to analyse both the ambient noise on the outside and the external noise on the inside.
For earphone addicts, there’s the £279 Mercedes-Benz MW08. Sporting two 11 mm beryllium drivers, these in-ears are made of durable ceramic, the kind typically found in high-end watches.
Battery life is rated at 12 hours, extended by a further 30 hours with the accompanying charging case. Naturally, the Mercedes-Benz logo can be found as an emblem on the earphones and on the case.
As we’d expect from these two two luxury brands, high-quality materials and cutting-edge tech are the name of the game…
For fashionistas who prefer racy over-ears with the convenience of active noise cancellation, the £549 AMG MW75 provide a third choice. With superior acoustics, precision-tuned ANC, and an impressive 28 hours of battery life, they’re designed to impress.
The ear cups are made of lightweight and durable aluminium, the earpads featuring soft leather, memory foam and fine leather detailing. The colour palette is black with red aspects.
One key design element is a unique ring of aluminium mesh surrounding a tempered glass plate. The Mercedes-AMG logo can be seen as a chrome-plated 3D logo on the ear cups and as embossed detailing on the leather headband.
Features include three active noise-cancellation modes, including Adaptive ANC which automatically adjusts to the noise level of the environments, and Master & Dynamic’s optimally angled 40 mm beryllium drivers.
For active users, there’s the £329 MW08 Sport earphones. These shatter-resistant sapphire glass earphones feature a metallic finish and are scratch-resistant; they ship with a rugged carbon fibre charging case and wide choice of ear tips.
Two noise cancellation modes and two ambient listening modes allow wearers to adjust to the environment and choose between deep focus and greater awareness outdoors. Battery life is rated at 42 hours, with the charging case.
Finally, the £429 MG20 Wireless Gaming headphones aim to win plaudits from high-end gamers. Crafted from magnesium, leather and Alcantara, the MG20 feature a detachable boom microphone, additional integrated microphone array and a chrome-plated 3D AMG logo on the ear cups.
Delivering the action are 50 mm beryllium drivers and 7.1 surround sound processing. The headphones offer 22 hours of battery life after a single charge, and feature on-head detection to conserve battery power when not in use.
This debut Master & Dynamic x Mercedes-Benz x AMG headphone range is available from the end of July.
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