Master & Dynamic MG20 Wireless Gaming Headphones Review – PCMag
Master & Dynamic is a company best known for its headphones and earphones, offering high-end design and audiophile-pleasing sound quality for a premium price. The MG20 is the company’s first wireless gaming headset, and its pedigree is apparent as soon as you lay eyes (or ears) on it. The headset offers a fantastic, accurate sound profile and top-notch build quality, and can work wired or wirelessly with a USB transmitter or Bluetooth. It also costs $449, and neither its boom microphone nor its 7.1-channel simulated surround sound feature impress us much for the price.
Stylish and Comfortable
As it certainly should for its price, the MG20 looks and feels nicely premium. The headset is available in black or white, with magnesium earcups bearing the Master & Dynamic logo on the outside. The earpads are lambskin leather, with breathable fabric on the insides where your ears make contact, and are held on with magnets for easy replacement. The headband is sturdy canvas on the outside, and faux suede on the inside. The earcups connect to the headband with quarter-circle metal arms that can rotate 180 degrees and tilt very slightly up and down. All of this adds up to a sturdy build and a comfortable fit.
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The back edge of the left earcup holds most controls and all ports for the headset, including a USB-C port for charging or wired connections, a connector for the detachable boom microphone, a mic volume wheel, and buttons for power/Bluetooth and toggling 7.1-channel surround sound. There is no 3.5mm port for analog connections, but a fabric-wrapped USB-C-to-3.5mm cable is included, so you can still plug the MG20 into any headphone or headset jack.
The boom mic is a silver-colored, cylindrical metal capsule on a flexible metal arm. The capsule features a built-in pop filter and an indicator light that shows when it’s muted. The headset also has an onboard microphone built into the left earcup, allowing voice communication when the boom mic isn’t attached.
Besides the USB-C-to-3.5mm cable and boom mic, the MG20 comes with a small USB receiver for connecting to a PC, as well as a USB-C-to-USB-A cable and a female-to-male 3.5mm splitter for computers with separate headphone and microphone ports. All of these parts and the headset itself fit nicely into a black canvas carrying bag. The main pouch on the bag closes with magnets so you can easily access the headset, while a smaller secondary pouch zips shut to securely carry all the accessories.
Bluetooth, Wireless USB, or Wired
The MG20 is primarily designed to connect wirelessly to a PC with the included receiver to provide the best quality and most responsive audio with 7.1-channel simulated surround sound. It can also connect over Bluetooth to any compatible device, and uses Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC and aptX. In addition, it can work with any 3.5mm headphone or headset jack with the included cable, though it doesn’t seem to support a wired USB connection; the USB-C-to-USB-A cable is solely for charging.
Master & Dynamic doesn’t provide any Windows software for tweaking the headset’s settings or updating its firmware. Instead, you need to install the M&D Connect app for Android or iOS and tweak it with …….