Montblanc MB 01 Review

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Quick Points

  • Fit: Over Ear
  • Enclosure: Closed Back
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Best For: Android
  • Noise Canceling: Yes
  • Microphone: Yes

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What Comes Inside The Box

  • Montblanc MB 01 Wireless Headphones
  • Audio Cable
  • Charging Cable
  • Carrying Pouch
  • In-Flight Adapter
  • Montblanc MB 01 User Manual
  • Warranty Card

Our Score

  • 8

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them

  • Montblanc, the centenarian company best known for its luxury writing instruments and fun watches, now enters the premium headphone market with its first pair of well-crafted sophisticated luxury models: MB 01
  • Luxurious high-end headphones with exceptional fit and finish. Moreover, Elegant exterior, headband and ear cushions wrapped in soft sheep leather, shiny aluminum hinges and soft touch silicone all collectively feel durable and of very high quality
  • The sensitive 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers developed by Alex Rosson and team (from Audeze) offer a really warm sound signature with precise bass, more importantly withwell-adjusted mid-range, clear and detailed high-range
  • Excellent Active Noise-Cancelling technology effectively eliminates most external sounds
  • The lightweight and comfortable make, thick padded ear pads and headband are designed to enjoy extended listening sessions
  • Built-in microphone and physical controls to answer calls, control volume levels, skip tracks, play/pause music, on/off ANC, control Live mode, on/off power as well as check battery status and connect with Google Assistant
  • Seamless pairing with two devices (thanks to Bluetooth 5.0) allows you to enjoy your favorite music on a laptop/ipad while receiving calls from a mobile phone
  • The built-in proximity sensor pauses the music when the headphones are removed and returns to playback once they are placed back over the ears
  • 3 color alternatives to suit your taste and style: Gray and Black with chrome-plated hinges and Brown with golden hinge
  • The "Live Mode" mode is a useful feature in case you need to keep your ear open for the airport/station announcements without removing the headphones
  • High-level call quality in moderately busy environments, audio heard through the built-in microphone sounds great with a very little background noise
  • In case the battery runs out, new Montblanc smart headphones can still be used in passive mode with the provided USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio cable

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them

  • At the price of $595, these are positioned towards the top end of the closed-back headphone market. You have the option to choose Sony WH-1000XM3 or Bose QC35 ii headphones for almost half the price
  • No noise-canceling adjustments, just on or off, not like other high-end Bose or Microsoft headphones that let you choose the level of sound isolation you want
  • The included soft case protects only from scratches, but not from falls and water damage
  • Built-in controls, such as volume up or down, beep every time you click the button. It's a little too loud and can be annoying for some listeners
  • Such headphones with thick cushioned ear pads are tend to accumulate heat and need adjustment every so often to give them some breathing
  • Below-average battery life of 20 hours, somewhat less than our expectations (remember that the Sony WH-1000XM3 lasts 30 hours with a single charge)
  • The smooth silicone that covers the outside of the ear pavilions and the shiny chrome-plated hinges are finger magnets and are easily stained
  • Montblanc's first noise-canceling headphones are slightly larger than other models and may not be ideal for listeners with small heads
  • No app support yet (but the company claims in the coming months), means they won't be as customizable as some of the competition's high-end models

Highlights

  • Montblanc MB 01 headphones combine elegance and functionality
  • Made of fine materials such as aluminum, silicone and leather
  • Over-the-ear design with active noise cancellation helps block out any external noise
  • 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers deliver an immersive sound experience
  • Lightweight construction of just 280 gm makes them perfect for long listening sessions
  • Three color options: Gray, Black and Brown
  • The "Live Mode" allows you to tune in to your environment
  • Seamlessly switch between two paired devices at once
  • 20-hour battery life lets you listen to your music all day long

The Specs That Matter

Dimensions

  • Headphone Fit : Over Ear
  • Enclosure : Closed Back
  • Weight Gm/Oz : 280 g (9.88 oz)
  • Foldable Design : Yes

Connectivity

  • Connectivity : Bluetooth
  • Connect Multiple Devices : Yes
  • On Device Controls : Power, Call, Volume, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, Live Mode Control, ANC On/Off, Voice Assistant
  • In Line Mic & Controls : No
  • Voice Assistant : Google Assistant
  • Companion App : No

Audio

  • Noise Cancelation Type : Active Noise Cancelling
  • Sound Isolation : Yes
  • Echo Reduction : No
  • Sound Mode : Stereo

Features

  • Water/Sweat Resistant : No
  • Waterproof : No
  • Heart Rate Monitor : No
  • Step Tracking : No

Battery

  • Battery Life : Up To 20 Hours
  • Auto Pause & Play : Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off : No
  • Quick Charge : No

Technical Data

  • Driver Size : 40 mm
  • Driver Unit : Dynamic
  • Magnet : Neodymium
  • Impedance (OHM) : 32 Ohm
  • Frequency Response : 10 Hz - 20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity (dB/mW) : 98 dB/mW
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB : Less than 0.5%
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB : Less than 0.5%
  • Supported Codecs : Adaptive aptX, AAC

Wireless

  • Bluetooth Version : 5.0
  • Bluetooth Profiles : A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
  • Wireless Range : Up To 10 m (33 ft)
  • NFC : No

Noise Canceling

  • Noise Canceling Adjustment : Automatic
  • Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch : Yes
  • Ambient Sound Mode : Yes

Audio Cable

  • Detachable Audio Cable : Yes

Microphone

  • Microphone Feature : On-board Microphone

Power

  • Battery : Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Charging Cable : Type-C Cable
  • Battery Indicator : Yes

iOS

  • Connection : Wireless + Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Android

  • Connection : Wireless + Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Windows

  • Connection : Wireless + Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Limited

Xbox

  • Connection : Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

Playstation

  • Connection : Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

TV & Home Theater

  • Connection : Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

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Service & Support Info

  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts : 2 Years Limited Warranty
  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour : 2 Years Limited Warranty
  • Helpline : 1 (800) 995-4810
  • Contact : Click Here


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