The old saw has you balancing hifi against comfort. But with bluetooth wireless going mainstream, even purists concede: few of us can tell much difference in quality (between plugged and un-), especially during commutes. Fewer still buy a second pair just for quiet listening. (In which case, get yourself a headphone amp and go nuts.) Noise canceling remains a scam: you can black plenty out but always sacrifice nuance.
My pitch has always been: if you shell out for superior sound, make sure it’s comfortable. Now add durability to convenience, and you’ve got Master & Dynamic, the music lover’s headset line that makes every detail count and proves competitive with far more popular brands.
The MW60s deliver both extraordinary fidelity and rugged portability. Every day, yank these things outta my bag, walk to train, groove my grooves, stuff’em back in, yank’em back out at the end of the day, and freaking miracle: they sound great, hold up, and transfer straight to phone calls when they ring. Same detachable ear pads, same great sound, same badass stability and dependability. The MW60 over-the-ear: foldable, listenable, and honest like a good Irish soap. Sturdy but fashionable, punchy but detailed, lofty for Schubert and gritty for Hendrix. Next up: earpods.