Master & Dynamic’s Back to School Sale is Worth Checking Out

Master & Dynamic make some of our favorite headphones. They look great, are constructed with premium materials, and they sound fantastic. They are, however, rather pricey. Lucky for you, during their Back to School sale many of their top performers are on sale.

The sale headphones include the company’s MH30, MH40, MW50+, and my second favorite pair of headphones, the MW60. (Sadly, my “favorite” headphones, the MW65 are not included in the sale. Neither are the MW07 True Wireless Headphones.) The sale brings down the cost of the included headphones by 25%. THAT’s a pretty significant discount on some of the best headphones in the market.

The company describes its headphones as,

The Mobile Thinking Cap: Built with only the finest materials and tuned to provide a rich, warm sound, our mobile thinking caps are tools to help focus, inspire and transport your mind.

I just think they are awesome. Here’s a quick rundown on each of the offerings that are part of the sale.

The MW30

The MW30 are on-ear headphones that have an MSRP of $199. They are available in four colors which include Silver Metal/Brown Leather, Silver Metal/White Leather, Gunmetal/ Black Alcantara, and Black Metal/Black Leather.

Features include:

  • The DURABLE Anodized Finish: We don’t use paint: all metals are anodized or PVD (physical vapor deposition) coated for superior durability.
  • FORGED Aluminum Body: Built for decades of use.
  • CUSTOM Neodymium Drivers: 40mm Neodymium High-Performance Drivers.
  • GENUINE Lambskin Ear Pads: Memory foam, wrapped in lambskin, providing superior comfort and breathability, removable for cleaning.
  • STAINLESS Steel Components: Stainless steel components in all high strain areas, including the foldable hinges.
  • HEAVY GRAIN Premium Leather: Heavy grain premium cowhide on exterior headband surface, soft lambskin on headband interior.
  • HEAVY-DUTY Woven Cables: Oxygen-free copper to ensure pure sound and reduced noise.

In the box, you get the headphones, a 3.5/6.3mm Gold-Plated Adapter, a 1.25m Cable with Remote & Mic (iPod, iPad, & iPhone), a Canvas Headphone Case, a Leather Cable Box, and a 2.00m Standard Cable.

The MH30 are a relatively inexpensive way to get into a pair of Master & Dynamic headphones and, during this sale, they are 25% off. Check them out here.

The MH40

If you want over-the-ear headphones and are willing to spend a few more dollars, you’ll want to check out the MH40 headphones. With an MSRP of $249, they aren’t inexpensive but still come at a relatively accessible price. Available in a variety of color combinations, there’s something for everyone.

(And if money is no object, there are some special models with custom hand-engraved surfaces for $999.)

These over-the-ear headphones have 40mm neodymium drivers, dual audio jacks so you can connect the cable to either side or share your audio with a friend, and weigh just 360g.

The included cable has controls specifically designed for Apple products but, of course, that assumes your Apple device still has a 3.5mm headphone jack. If it doesn’t, however, you can pick up one of the company’s cable accessories. They have USB-C and Lightning cables for $49 each.

Features include:

  • FORGED Aluminum Body: Built for decades of use.
  • METAL Mute Button: Easily accessible: press to mute; press again to unmute.
  • CUSTOM Neodymium Drivers: 45mm Neodymium High-Performance Drivers.
  • GENUINE Lambskin Ear Pads: Memory foam, wrapped in lambskin, providing superior comfort and breathability, removable for cleaning or replacement.
  • HEAVY GRAIN Premium Leather: Heavy grain premium cowhide on headband exterior surface and ear cup insets, soft lambskin on headband interior and ear pads.
  • STAINLESS Steel Components: Stainless steel components in all high strain areas.
  • HEAVY-DUTY Woven Cables: Oxygen-free copper to ensure pure sound and reduced noise.

So long as you are okay with cables, the MH40 are a great way to get Master & Dynamic’s amazing sound in an over-the-ear style. During the sale, their price drops to below $200. Check them out here.

MW50+

The MW50+ is a most unusual pair of headphones. For an MSRP of $399 you get wireless headphones with 16-hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX and passive audio via the included cable so you can use them in wired mode when the battery dies. As you might notice, I haven’t mentioned whether these are on-ear or over-the-ear headphones. That’s because they aren’t one or the other but both.

They come with two sets of lambskin ear pads. One set turns them into on-ear headphones, and the other turns them into over-the-ear headphones. The amazing thing about them is, as I was told by company CEO Jonathan Levine when we met last spring, they deliver the same sound signature regardless of which ear pads you choose.

Features include:

  • HEAVY GRAIN Premium Leather: Heavy grain premium cowhide on headband exterior surface and ear cup accents, soft lambskin on headband interior and ear pads.
  • 2 SETS Lambskin Ear Pads: On-Ear and Over-Ear; Memory foam, wrapped in lambskin, providing superior comfort and breathability.
  • TACTILE Controls: Our intuitive controls afford an elegant experience.
  • CUSTOM Beryllium Drivers: 40 mm Beryllium high-performance drivers.
  • OMNI-DIRECTIONAL Dual Microphones: Noise-isolating microphone to provide superior clarity.
  • STAINLESS STEEL Rotating Hinges Fold Flat: Stainless steel components in all high strain areas.
  • MACHINED Aluminum Antenna: Best-in-class signal range.

Available in Silver Metal with Black Leather, Black Metal with Black Leather or Silver Metal with Brown Leather, they look great and have a flexibility that is truly unique. As the company notes:

Engineered to Last: Interchangeable on and over-ear ear pads, best-in-class (3x industry average) Bluetooth signal range, 16-hour rechargeable battery and our signature rich, warm sound.

The MW50+ are in a class by themselves. If you enjoy different styles of headphones- sometimes on-ear, sometimes over-the-ear- these are a fantastic option. And, right now, they are 25% off check them out. 

The MW60

Finally, Master & Dynamic have included their amazing MW60 in this Back to School Sale. These wireless headphones have an MSRP of $399 and come in your choice of Gunmetal/Black Leather, Silver Metal/Brown Leather, Black Metal/Blick Leather, Silver Lerner/Navy Leather, and Silver Metal/Red Leather. The headphones are made from premium material and are among the most refined headphones I have ever used.

They have 45 neodymium drivers, weight 345g, have Bluetooth 4.1 with AptX, deliver 16 hours of playback per charge and charge over micro USB.

Features Include:

  • HEAVY GRAIN Premium Leather: Heavy grain premium cowhide on headband exterior surface and ear cup accents, soft lambskin on headband interior and ear pads.
  • OMNI-DIRECTIONAL: Dual Microphone: Noise-isolating microphone to provide greater clarity.
  • TACTILE Controls: Intuitive controls similar to those found in elegant timepieces.
  • GENUINE Lambskin Ear Pads: Memory foam, wrapped in lambskin, providing superior comfort and breathability, removable for cleaning.
  • STAINLESS STEEL: Foldable Hinges: Stainless steel components in all high strain areas.
  • CUSTOM: Neodymium Drivers: 45mm Neodymium High-Performance Drivers.
  • MACHINED: Aluminum Antenna: Best-In-Class Signal Range

The MW60 look, feel, and sound amazing. They are a bit on the heavy side so they can become a bit uncomfortable during long listening sessions, but that is a minor gripe compared to all the awesomeness they deliver.

Until I got the MW65 headphones (they aren’t part of this sale), the MW60 were my favorite pair of headphones. Usually $399 they are 25% off during this sale. Check them out here.

Master & Dynamic have emerged as one of the top headphone manufacturers. Using the best material, iconic designs, and taking the time to tune the headphones, so they hit a sweet spot that allows all styles of music to sound great. I love the way their headphones sound and, as shallow as it is, I love the way they look. The current sale won’t last long, so head over to the company website and check them all out.


About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.