MOZero Wireless Headphone Review

My first impression of the MOZero was a casual run-in at a local audio store. I don’t encounter too many headphones that I don’t know at least something about, outside of a few vintage collectibles and some consumer brands from Asia. Nothing struck as particularly extraordinary at first, $150 USD wireless Bluetooth headphones with some active noise-cancelling capabilities.

Then I listened to them.

The rest of that particular day I had been lucky to listen to a number of flagship systems, an Abyss 1266, Ether 2, Meze Empyrean – all out of top-tier amps. But what really stuck out to me were these M&O headphones.

A quick jaunt to their website revealed… well, frankly a big mess. But after some asking around I finally managed to get a hold of someone at the company, which I’m told is a younger, startup from the San Francisco Bay area. The folks I talked to were astonishingly fast at responding and sending me the unit, and have been super responsive throughout the whole process, which is a big plus in my book. Don’t be put off by the website, these folks really are quite nice.

So all that out of the way, once I finally got my hands on the headphone, I was happy to find a very competent piece of kit. The headphones themselves are mostly made of plastic and metal. The headband doesn’t have a surplus of padding, but the earpads were more spacious than they first appeared, and quite plush. The yokes seem sturdy enough and rotate 90 degrees with plenty of detents. These should fit a pretty broad array of head sizes from small to large. The rather petite travel case was nice, though the headphone seemed to be just as happy shoved in a backpack as packed in the case. Frankly, these things felt sturdier and more bombproof than my Audeze Mobius, if only because they were a bit simpler in construction. That said, while they didn’t feel cheap, the Mobius still had a nicer finish and earpads, despite being mostly ABS plastic.

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Appearance-wise, these are black headphones. Not much to say on that front. The comfort was decent, though the aforementioned lack of headband padding was a bit bothersome. I have pretty thick hair and a big head, so I can imagine some folks with less foliage on top finding these a little uncomfortable after a while. It wasn’t a huge problem, but even just a small piece of foam or perhaps some Dekoni Audio nuggets might be a good investment here. The earpads were quite the opposite, and were much more spacious than I expected, offering something resembling an over ear fit on my small ears. Some with bigger ears may find them more of an on-ear fit, but either way I didn’t have much problem with them. There’s a sort of gentle lip to the stitching inside the earpad that meant they didn’t rub and could be comfortably worn either way. Overall comfortable is totally adequate for most day-to-day use, especially if one were walking about.

Through the website, I finally discerned from it that the headphone uses some kind of beryllium element in the driver, and has some kind of noise-cancelling technology, which involves echo-cancellation and noise suppression and some sort of voice-related filtering. The Bluetooth is 4.0 aptX compatible. Concerning the MOZero’s inbuilt microphone, I must say – this thing is phenomenal compared to most other Bluetooth headphones. I tested it in a number of both noisy and quiet situations and the sound was routinely crystal clear. I couldn’t decipher M&O’s weirdly written website, but whatever protocols and noise-filtering they’re using work superbly. Never hissy in quiet spaces, always clear in loud spaces, and with unnoticeable latency due to ANC or Bluetooth. This is what headset audio should be.

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