The Master & Dynamic MW08 is still one of our favorite games of true wireless headphones, but the new MW08 Sport has surpassed it thanks to some notable improvements.
MW08 sporty design
The sport MW08 sports It has roughly the same design as the original MW07. From the side, you will see a capital “D” shape with the Master & Dynamic logo stamped in the center. Our model is black, but there are also blue, green and silver color combinations.
We love all four color combinations, with green and blue being particularly impressive. They have a slight metallic tone that gives them a look well above typical headphones.
The rest of the earpiece is placed just inside the earlobe before entering the ear like a traditional pair of earphones. Around the edge are aluminum channels that function as an antenna.
There are five different sizes of silicone ear cushions in the box, and for the first time, two sets of foam ear cushions as well. Foam ear tips are loved by many users and they help them stay still while jogging or exercising in general.
Third-party foam pads from vendors like Comply, but they’ll cost you $ 20, so having them in a pack is a big deal and makes sense with the “sporty” theme.
We haven’t had a problem with the MW08 staying in our ears, and the foam tips have been a welcome addition. We still prefer the silicone tips if we listened while relaxing, but the foam tips helped while we exercised.
On the similar MW08, Master & Dynamic offered a matte black stainless steel case and a silver option. But steel doesn’t play well with wireless signals, and the MW08 never supported wireless charging.
For the sporty model, M&D preferred to go with a high-end material that would allow wireless charging signals to pass through. For that, they chose Kevlar fiber, which looks a lot like generic carbon fiber.
Kevlar is an undeniably premium material, but it’s certainly not our first choice. We’re not sure if the plethora of cheap carbon fiber skins cover the devices, but the kevlar here doesn’t exude the same sense of quality as, for example, a stainless steel case like the MW08.
On the front of the case are three LED status lights, with one light representing each earbud and one for the case itself. This isn’t a terrible way to discern battery life, but it doesn’t make it as transparent exactly how low the batteries are, just a generality.
MW08 Sport – Audio quality
Master & Dynamic is based on Bluetooth 5.2 for your MW08 Sport and supports several popular wireless audio codecs. In particular, this version supports AptX Adaptive along with the most common AACs and SBCs.
AptX Adaptive sits right between standard AptX and AptX HD with a variable bit rate from 279 kbps to 420 kbps. AptX HD goes up to 576 kbps to provide slightly better audio quality, but there are no true wireless headphones with AptX HD at the moment, so AptX Adaptive is as good as it gets.
That said, Apple has chosen not to support AptX in any way, turning to AAC. To stream the best possible audio to the MW08 Sport, you will need another device instead of an iPhone or iPad.
Otherwise, these headphones have the same 11mm beryllium drivers found in the MW08. As with the MW08, the soundstage was huge and, along with the ANC, an immersive experience. Overall, they’re a well-balanced set of headphones, playing favorites without a specific musical genre, but fitting well with electronic dance, classic rock, instrumental, and more.
Active noise cancellation is still excellent, thanks to the six microphones in all, three on each earbud. Users can change the ANC mode from the attached application. An all-day ANC or maximum ANC are options, with the latter affecting battery life. There is certainly a difference between the two, and we rarely switch to max ANC.
There is also the transparency mode version of M&D to allow external audio input. One is for situational awareness that lets in most of the outside noise, and the other is meant to prioritize voices.
Voice prioritization is a great idea, but it wasn’t entirely effective. It added a little extra clarity when someone spoke to us, but it wasn’t as day and night as we expected.
MW08 vs MW08 Sport
We have already addressed many of the changes. But we wanted to be as succinct as possible and reiterate the clear differences between the MW08 and the MW08 Sport, the latter of which is priced at $ 50 higher.
Looking at the case, the MW08 Sport has a Kevlar fiber exterior that is significantly lighter. The MW08 box tips the scales at 81 grams, while the MW08 Sport sheds just enough to drop to 56 grams. Kevlar enables Qi wireless charging, a feature absent from the MW08’s steel casing.
Kevlar is the most significant difference and probably what drives the higher price. Using kevlar carries license fees that contribute to the higher price, and including the Qi charging coil adds to the total.
Headphones have also evolved, going from a ceramic outer piece to a sapphire crystal piece and several new colors. We have the black color of both, and the MW08 has a slightly more steel gray color in the buds, while the sports one is a deeper black.
Sapphire has helped reduce the weight of those headphones, beneficial for high intensity movement, from 9 grams to 8.6 grams.
Finally, in addition to the five sizes of silicone tips that the two share, the MW08 Sport also comes with the two foam tips.
Should you buy the MW08 Sport?
The MW08 Sport has a precision quality with some of the best materials out there. The earbuds deliver exceptional audio that easily outperforms AirPods Pro. With the addition of wireless charging, not to mention sapphire crystal and Kevlar, these are even more recommendable than before.
That said, not everyone is looking for an ultra-premium set of headphones, and Apple users can’t even take advantage of the benefits of AptX Adaptive.
The MW08 Sport lacks Apple’s tight integration into iOS, which has always been a major selling point for AirPods and AirPods Pro, despite their relative lack of audio quality.
If you are in the market looking for a premium set of headphones designed for fitness users, first and foremost the MW08 Sport is a perfect choice.
- Premium materials and workmanship
- The colors of the sapphire crystal are impressive
- Strong fit and sweat resistance.
- Awesome audio
- Companion app for battery life and ANC modes
- Support for Qi wireless charging
- Great ANC and passthrough audio modes
- Elegant look
- Support for AptX Adaptive
- Great battery life
- The woven fiber look is not for everyone
- Voice mode is not powerful enough
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Where to buy
You can purchase the new Master & Dynamic MW08 Sport in black, blue, silver or green sapphire crystal combined with a black Kevlar case for $ 349 from the manufacturer’s website.