Deciding between on-ear and over-ear headphones isn’t always easy. Over-ear is definitely the audiophile choice, but the sound isolation and bulk isn’t ideal for the commute or travel.
Master & Dynamic is improving upon the original MW50 wireless headphones with the MW50+: a combination of both on-ear and over-ear headphones in one design. While the actual design is identical to the original MW50s we reviewed and loved, the addition of interchangeable ear cups allows a person to choose between on-ear and over-ear on the fly. Yes, both ear cup styles are included.
Thankfully, unlike many headphones, the ear cups are ridiculously easy to change. They’re magnetic so you can pull them off and install the other set in seconds.
Otherwise they’re the same headphones as before, including the 40mm beryllium drivers, 16 hour battery life, USB Type-C charging port, and Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX. And if you own the old versions, the new ear cups will fit! You’ll be able to pick up the over-ear cups in a few weeks and convert your on-ear MW50s to over-ear.
This is yet another move by Master & Dynamic to keep older accessories relevant, the previous being a new 3.5mm to USB Type-C cable for keeping their wired headphones functional with modern devices. The MW50+ are now available for pre-order and will launch on June 5 for $399 in silver metal/black leather, silver metal/brown leather, and black metal/black leather.