Its a buzz over the world with announcement from the French fashion house Louis Vuitton to bring them into the world of Audio in collaboration with New York City-based audio company Master & Dynamic. It can be called as a lifestyle accessory with extraordinary quality, recognizable brand-name and exclusivity. So since everyone wants to compare these LV headphones with MW07 headphones, lets look it from different perspective rather than only technical specs.
I fully agree that the Horizon Earphones appear to be virtually identical to the MW07s, but looking at the history of Louis Vuitton, I presume that the supplies will be extremely limited to maintain the brand value and the nature of the fashion brand’s offerings.
NEWS UPDATE: Rappers like Uzi, Lil Boat and La Flame have gotten their hands on these headphones (update 27 Jan 2019)
Okay … then let’s dive into what is all about?
Who is the target audience for these luxury headphones?
Its Brand Power, not meant for those who compare the technical specs and price of these headphones with price of the Jabras or AirPods!
Remember that the luxury brand is meant for those who will hardly even glance at the price tag for something small like this.
Imagine that you’ve got millions to burn, and you need not bother about if the product is really overpriced, because its not the question of money brunt, but the prestige and flaunting you can do by possessing such a unique brand.
Yes .. its true that Rich people don’t buy things in the same way us common folk do.
Sooo …. Believe me .. The Horizons sport Louis Vuitton’s signature LV initials, will surely be worth $995.
Master & Dynamic design elements, includes a minimal aesthetic, precision details, premium materials, and tactile components throughout each element of these headphones.
First I will talk on what the MW07’s have and then look into what is different in NEW INTRODUCTION?
“MW07 Designed To Look As Good As They Sound”
MW07 headphones itself come from a premium brand series of Master & Dynamic.
They are made and handcrafted acetate beautiful wireless earphones I have seen so far.
Note : The acetate is widely used in luxury sunglasses and eyewear
They are finished to get an eye-catching and durable finish.
Each pair of earphones may vary in its exact pattern and color due to the material and hand finish.
The headphones are a lightweight, slim designed.
The charging case itself is made from stainless steel which is hand-polished to get rich look and feel.
Obviously these premium headphones uses, technically high grade components such as custom 10mm Beryllium drivers which uses PVD-coated stainless steel for both top and bottom acoustic enclosures housing the dynamic drivers.
These 10 mm drivers produce Master & Dynamic’s signature rich, warm sound, as well as for the control buttons on each earphone.
In simple words they demonstrate exceptional acoustics delivering rich and expansive sound.
The Beryllium Drivers deliver Signature sound well balanced in terms of range of frequencies, defining each minute details of instruments giving a soundstage experience.
And while we talk on the phone call, it uses MEMS, Omni-Directional microphones to ensure crystal clear calls.
Although these headphones are powered by Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, the advanced antenna ensures quick pairing and 20+ meters of range as against 10 meters as defined by Bluetooth standards.
As the website says this range and quick connectivity achievement is due to Two patent pending-technologies.
Ergonomics & Comfort
Its not only the use of high end luxury materials and technical sophistication but also the demonstration of designing each details to smallest level. So –
The headphones feature an innovative Hi-tech antenna with optical sensors called as “Fit Wings” – They detect if the headphones are placed in ears to automatically play and pause the music.
Surely these headphones ensure super comfort for hours with personalized fit.
They are designed to be slim and close to the ear form factor.
Further the Proprietary technical innovation aka Silicone “Fit Wings” forms a custom and extra secure in-ear fit.
Each set of MW07 True Wireless Earphones have two sizes of these “Fit Wings” with five ear tip sizes, ensuring the earphones can be comfortably and securely fitted to any sized ear canals.
The headphones are certified IPX 4 rated which means they are Splash Proof.
So good for regular use without worry of sweat or light rains.
As compared to the industry benchmarks these headphones lack somewhat in the battery life.
They provide battery life of only 3.5 hours when fully charged (less than that when checked practically)
Stainless Steel Charging Case holds an added backup power of around 10.5 hours listening time and recharge the headphones to life in just 15 minutes using a USC-C cable. (15 minutes to charge 50% level)
So in all the power-pack can support you listening time of 14 hours which is more than sufficient for any travel needs I assume.
The unit is quite portable with the high quality polished stainless steel super looking charging case.
Louis Vuitton Horizon Vs Master & Dynamic MW07 Headphones What is the difference?
So by now you must have understood that the baseline MW07 headphones itself holds a premium quality, hence the Louis Vuitton Horizon must be assumed to further enrich the listening experience as well as a status symbol for you.
Let’s see What’s different than the MW07’s?
- Surface level updates and latest multiple colors such as Black, White and red Monogram, or Yellow and blue Louis Vitton stripes
- They flaunt the Louis Vitton monogram brazenly sits atop the housings
- Rather than acetate housings like the MW07, the Horizon Earphones feature polished stainless steel housings.
- Exclusive colors
- A stout cylindrical stainless steel charging case as compared to the squarish one
- The case features as a sapphire glass window to admire the earbuds from.
Louis Vuitton Vs MW07 specs comparison
|Color||Grey Terrazzo, Steel Blue, Tortoise Shell and Matte Black acetate||Black, White and red Monogram, or Yellow and blue Louis Vuitton stripes|
|MATERIALS||Acetate body, stainless steel case||Same as MW07|
|DRIVERS||10mm Beryllium driver||Same as MW07|
|CONNECTIVITY||Between Earphones – NFMI||Same as MW07|
|BLUETOOTH PROFILE||Bluetooth 4.2 – aptX||Same as MW07|
|CONNECTIVITY DISTANCE||20+ Meters||Same as MW07|
|WATERPROOF LEVEL||IPX 4 Splash Proof||Same as MW07|
|MICROPHONE TYPE||MEMS, Omni-Directional||Same as MW07|
|BATTERY LIFE||3.5 Hours||Same as MW07|
|EARPHONE CHARGE TIME||1.5 Hours of playtime after 45 minute charge, full charge after 1.5 hours||Same as MW07|
|CHARGING CASE||3 Additional charges, 14 hours total listening time||Same as MW07|
|CASE CHARGE TIME||40% Charge in 15 minutes, full charge in 40 minutes||Same as MW07|
|DIMENSIONS||Earphones: 25 x 22.2 x 28.3mm Case: 64.6 x 26.8 x 45.1mm||Not known|
|WEIGHT||Earphones: 9G Each Charging Case: 76G||Not known|
With announcement of first of its kind Luxury Louis Vuitton Horizon Headphones to retail at around $1000, and the second gen wearables by OS-powered Tambour Horizon smartwatches. which are expected to retail for anywhere between $2,250 and $8,500 the French fashion house Louis Vitton is setting up a new standards for the rich and famous.
So if you are really brand cautious then no one can stop you from getting heads on the Branded
just as a curiosity have a look at MW07 on Amazon
And do check what exactly is available on Amazon when you search for “Louis Vuitton Horizon” Get search results from Amazon?
References for technical details are taken from the official website