Apple proves open to competition, adds ‘Anti-Beats’ Master & Dynamic headphones to online store

“Though Apple acquired its own headphone brand with the purchase of Beats Electronics earlier this year, the Cupertino company is demonstrating that there’s still room for competitors in its Apple Store with the new addition of premium headphones by Master & Dynamic,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.

“As of this week, Apple is now selling the Master & Dynamic MH30 On-Ear Headphones and the Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones in its online store after launching in select retail stores last month,” Clover reports. “Priced quite similarly to premium Beats headphones, the $349 and $399 Master & Dynamic headphones focus on both design and high-quality audio, much like Beats.”

“In a July post, Forbes profiled Master & Dynamic’s headphones, labeling them ‘the Anti-Beats by Dre,'” Clover reports. “Rather than aiming for a more modern look with a bass heavy sound and flashy advertising, Forbes says Master & Dynamic headphones have been designed with a classic style, a focus on music, and a desire to provide a quality product for a niche market.”

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  1. Looks like somebody told Beats employees about Lou’s comment and they are stuffing the ballot box with down votes. No way that number of one-stars reflects actual MDN readers.

    1. I was going to point out, Mark S., this somewhat related story:

      Bose products return to Online Apple Store in time for holiday shopping

      As of late Tuesday, a total of three Bose products — the Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphone, Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker and Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker III — are appearing in Online Apple Store search results in the iPad accessories category. The rollout appears to be gradual, as Apple’s retail chain previously carried a total of 17 Bose devices, including headphones and speakers.

  2. “Sennheiser. Only.”

    What about Oppo? Beyerdynamics? Sony, Audeze, Grado, AKG?
    And Stax, Phillips, Shure, Focal, V-Moda, Audio-Tecnica….?

    “Please don’t compare Beats to high quality headphones”

    When Beats came out they sucked audio wise and broke too easily. They now have high-rated models and a Bluetooth version of one of those.

    “Bose is so over-rated it boggles the mind.”

    Bose is continually rated as the best noise-canceling cans there are. Period. They also make some great mobile models and in-ear sets.

    Good Gawd, some of the post on headphones seem so childish and knee-jerk.

  3. I personally think that all these headphones suck. $200 for headphones that get broken and lost no thank you. Besides I sleep with headphones in for binaural beats and so I have to have in ear.

    Seriously I could buy an iPad for the cost of these headphones and get allot more use out of it. When I see people with beats I just laugh and say someone has to much money to waste

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