Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones — Follow up

During the original review process, Audiophilia writer Karl Sigman met up with fellow New Yorker Jonathan Levine, CEO and Founder of Master & Dynamic, maker of the outstanding MH40 Headphones.

Karl suggested to Levine a follow up with me as listener. Happy to oblige. So, too, Levine. He was deep into email correspondence with me as the Sigman meeting was finishing. Levine is a go getter. Full of New York energy and creativity, as described by Sigman.

My headphones, along with the beautifully simple headphone stand, arrived at my door 3500 miles away two days later.

The first thing the purchaser will notice is the packaging. Apple standard. You’ll feel a little special opening the product. You’ll feel a lot special when you see the workmanship, design and overall quality for the first time. Everybody that visited the new house over the past few weeks wanted the set immediately. Lots of oohs and aahs.

Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphone on its dedicated headphone stand.

Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphone on its dedicated headphone stand.

The sound does the look proud. Refined and defined, hitting well above its price point. I heard very clear spatial definition, a wonderful resolution in all octaves and important detail, even when played at a low level. Like all headphones, even the 5K Abyss and the superlative Audezes, one has to suspend aural belief. It’s a trick but not a con. And the MH40s do the trick very well. Deep throws from back to front and right to left had me teleported from couch to concert hall.

Vilde Frang’s spectacular CD of Mozart Violin Concertos was a case in point. Easy to tell the difference between HIP orchestra Arcangelo putting on 18th Century airs while wearing its 17th Century graces. A whine in the low strings here, a snarl in the oboe there. And all the while the resin on the strings of Frang’s ‘modern’ Vuillaume violin sounding so tactile. A spectacular release heard spectacularly on the MH40 Headphones.

Reading Karl’s wonderful review, I’m tempted to add only one thing. And, as Publisher I can. These cans get a Star.

Further information: Master & Dynamic