Altec Lansing’s MZW300 comes as a solid option for music buffs looking for an over-the-ear headphone at a budget price. Priced at Rs.4,390, the MZW300’s key highlight is that it can be used wirelessly with any Android smartphone or tablet. It also has a 3.5mm connector so you can play it with devices that do not support Bluetooth connectivity.
Ordinary looks but highly comfortable
Available in white, red and black colours, the headphone doesn’t look flashy. It is entirely built of plastic. The ear cups are big and oval shaped and cover the entire ear comfortably. The cushioning inside the ear cups is of good quality fabric. It is soft and doesn’t press against the ear like some affordable headphones tend to do. The same material has been used on the headband as well. The headband feels flexible and can be stretched. Despite the big ear cups, the headphone doesn’t feel hefty. Though it doesn’t look cheap, the build quality doesn’t feel very reassuring either.
It also carries a few physical buttons that are barely visible until you take a closer look. They are clubbed on the outside of one of the ear cups, which makes accessing the keys easier. It includes a power button that dons multiple roles. Long pressing it initiates Bluetooth pairing while a single press during music playback will pause and pressing again plays the music again. Double tapping it anytime will automatically call up the last number dialled by the user.
Delivers with most types of music
Powered by 40mm audio drivers, the MZW300 delivers a loud and crisp sound. Even at the highest audio levels, it doesn’t feel too sharp or irritating on ears. It is especially good with bass heavy songs such as All Day by Kanye West or Titanium by David Guetta. Vocals are clear and don’t get mixed-up if you crank up the volume, something which afflicts a number of budget headphones.
However, it struggles when it comes to isolating outside noise. While playing loud music, we could barely hear anything said on TV or by other people in the room, but at a lower volume, the outside sound was clearly intruding.
It uses Bluetooth connectivity and works with all Android smartphones, tablets, Apple iPhones, iPads and laptops. Setting it up is easy and takes a few seconds.
The MZW300 runs on Li-ion battery. One can charge it with a micro USB-based charger. On a single charge, it lasts somewhere between 4 to 6 hours depending on how much one uses it. W e have seen Bluetooth speakers offer more, in the same price range.
At this price point, it has few competitors that deliver good quality sound and the option to connect wirelessly. Even though the build quality could have been better, we find it an interesting proposition for music buffs looking for a headphone on a budget.