Mitchell & Johnson MJ2 Headphones
Mitchell & Johnson MJ2 Headphones
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From Mitchell & Johnson, an exciting new hi-fi company out of London, the MJ2 allows you to enjoy the sound of an electrostatic headphone without having to own a specialized electrostatic amplifier. It does this with an electret driver, which works like an electrostatic driver but is permanently charged using a special diaphragm that can store and utilize this charge in everyday use Read More

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pdetolly
1
Jan 9, 2019
The cable on my MJ 2s now only allows for sound on the left channel. Recently, I noticed the metal sleeve at the jck end sliding, exposing some wiring and now the cable is useless. I have written to Mitchell & Johnson asking for a replacement. Has anyone used an alternative cable, and if so, which and to what effect? I find that the fit is such that the headband does not sit comfortably. My headshape seems to be such that the headphones are too large. If anyone has had this problem have they used an additionl band to pad the gap?
pdetolly
1
Mar 15, 2019
I wrote to Mitchell & Johnson and they were unable to offer either a replacement cable or repair service. An online hunt yielded David Choy of Triton Audio Cables (tritonaudiocables@gmail.com) and he understands the M&J 2s and offered replacement balanced and single cables. The balanced work perfectly with my Onkyo dap but the single is underpowered with my LG V20 phone. Be sure to tell him what your listening devices are. He is very helpful and his cables are beautifully made and, I think, reasonably priced.
pdetolly
1
Oct 7, 2019
I have only read your comment just now. Thank you. In the meantime, it seems that Mitchell & Johnson have self-liquidated.
JacobA
13
Dec 16, 2018
Anybody have a good link for replacement ear pads? The way mine were packaged the right pad is pretty much non-existent right now. Liking them so far but they don't fit quite right for obvious reason.
peakhunter
6
Dec 21, 2018
Same thing happened to mine and curious as well
Lateks
0
Jan 3, 2019
Brainwawz pleather
jwbrent
29
Dec 15, 2018
Initial observations: The build quality is surprisingly good. There were some clear economies taken with some of the parts, must notably the thinness of pleather on the headband, but all in all, I’d give it an 8/10. The attention to detail is quite good, and all the parts aligned up very well. I think mine had been sitting in a warehouse for a long time since spotty mold had developed on the inside of the white box. The headphones were fine, but the otherwise nice box case was ruined for use. The zippered case is nice, but is very thin compared to other such cases I’ve seen. I don’t know if it would hold up in a tight backpack. The included cable seems shorter than the typical 1.2m usually found. I’d say a meter without measuring it. The airplane adapter is a better quality version than what is depicted in the Massdrop ad. The sound right out of the box is not good: the trebles are grainy and distorted, the midrange is sucked out, and the bass is light. I expect things to improve with run in time, at least 100 hours. I did listen again about an hour later, and the trebles had already improved, so I have high hopes. Pono > RHA Dacamp (tone controls flat).
peakhunter
6
Dec 15, 2018
I got mine today and while the packaging is pretty nice, the cans are not that great. It seems like they are either b grade or just poorly manufactured. You get what you pay for with this one. Still not bad headphones for $100 but definitely not a premium brand
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JacobA
13
Dec 16, 2018
Reading the docs they suggest letting them "burn in" for about 100 hours, not sure if that will fix anything for you but maybe do give up on them just yet.
Fortinbras
11
Dec 14, 2018
Welp, just got mine this morning and it sounds like there's a loose or damaged driver in the left cup. Get real bad distortion/rattle on low bass notes even at low volume. Other than that it sounds like a more natural tuning than the GL2, which I love, so I'm hoping that CS will take care of me and replace these for me. Wish QC from M&J was a little bit better but what can you expect from cans that can be sold for $99. All in all really excited to actually be able to listen to these. Very similar to the GL2 (considering that they have the exact same driver modules but with different tuning) in the sense that they NEED burn in badly. Sounded like muddled garbage out of the box but much like the GL2s I imagine that they will bloom after around 4-5 days of burn in and will sound great for the price. I'm also very happy to say that, while not great, the pads on these are MUCH less crappy than the pads on the GL2s and I feel like I might not even need to upgrade them. The GL2s pads were absolutely horrible. These most likely would be improved with better pads but they aren't so bad that I feel like I need to run to Dekoni the second I put them on. Edit: Well, unfortunately was not able to get a replacement and will be just returning these for a refund. Was really looking forward to being able to try these out side by side next to the GL2s but it seems that was just not in the cards as they say. I'll be keeping a look out for future drops on these for sure though and still have a pair of JP1s coming in January so I'll have something to compare the GL2s to. Fingers crossed those were QC'd better than these. Edit 2: Just heard back from Mitchell & Johnson directly and was told that “There are no longer any MJ2 units they are now sold out and we will no longer be making them”. Real bummer. Wonder if they’re discontinuing their headphone lines and blowing the stock out. Would explain the crazy low prices. Means I’ll most likely just keep my pair and attempt to fix them considering that a replacement is definitely not happening.
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Barondla
146
Dec 14, 2018
Sorry you ran into trouble with your MJ2. Hope it is sorted out soon. The MJ2 are tuned to a little more accurate frequency response. While both the GL2 & MJ2 require break in, they DO NOT have the same driver modules. It doesn't require disassembly to prove this. Look at both earcups under bright light. The GL2 have a clear, dome shaped dynamic driver. The MJ2 has a dark grey opaque cone shaped driver.
Fortinbras
11
Dec 14, 2018
That’s good info to have! Thanks for sharing. Had read multiple reviews off-site stating they were the same and hadn’t investigated that intensely. Do you know specifically what is different about the driver modules in the MJ2? Is it just a different dynamic driver? I mostly purchased these because I thought they had the same drivers as the GL2s (which I absolutely love now) and am really curious to see how they stack up now knowing they are actually different.
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Mashiro233
6
Dec 11, 2018
Well, these surprised me enough that I just had to write a review, I got these on the black friday sale for 99$, but regardless of the price, these are insanely good. I've read many reviews about the mj2 before I posted this here, and some of them said they were okay and some compared to m50x, and some compared to real electrostats (koss, stax, etc.). I personally have heard a couple of stax including the L300 and the SR009, and many high end headphones (stax, focal, hifiman, sennheiser, audeze) through very high end dac/amps, and at one point I purchased my focal clear, the best headphone I've owned. I came to Massdrop on Black Friday and saw this deal, decided to give it a try, right out of the box I was worried that these are going to be another pair of headphones that I'll never pick up again after I purchase them and listen to them a couple times because of the not so luxurious packaging and accessories, and I had my hope up for a good sound at least, plugged into my LG V40. It took me a little of listening to get a good view of the sound, and I thought "Damn these are really damn good for this price, even for the MSRP this is really good but this build and comfort is really killing me..." After realizing how fantastic the bass on this pair is I decided to compare it to my clear, which at first sounded weird compare to the mj2, because the soundstage and comfort are such a drastic change, but I realized that the sound are not as natural as the mj2, while the signature is insanely good with very satisfying detail, it sounded artificial compared to the mj2. Yes the mj2 might not be AS detailed as my clear, which by the way I can not confirm because these are really really detailed even compare to my clear, but at the low end it wins by far because of the perfect balance along the bass frequencies. After comparing to my clear for a couple of songs, I was in a state that I don't know if I should be happy that I bought something that sound as good as my clear for 99$ or should I be sad that I spent 1500$ for a can that sound, well, not even as good half the time. For acoustics, the vocals are extremely natural and filling while might have a tint of tinny in the high frequencies, but there is so little imperfection that it's basically unnoticeable. String instruments including guitar and bass notes have incredible amount of imaging and detail while keeping the smoothness for more natural sound, where as my clear had gotten rid of the smoothness and kept all the detail which made it sound more artificial compare to the mj2s, considerably speaking I wouldn't say that my clear are more detailed it's just less natural. Later I went to a movie soundtrack with really astonishing bass tones and some orchestra notes, the bass extention is very accurate and seperated even compare to my clear which already have some of the best bass I've heard in headphones, which the only one with better bass that I can remember are the LCDs and maybe the k812 pro(exculding the 4000$ cans, utopia, stax sr009, and susvara/he 1000v2). These have extremely clear and accurate bass, not exactly impactful but with eq its achievable. Sound stage wise yes these don't have much soundstage at all, and sound really closed back, but the depth and reverb music instruments creates, these can recreate them perfectly. They're really not so comfortable while I am able to stand it for decent time of listening, and the noise canceling isn't exactly perfect but does not have major leakage problems at very listenable volumes, these are the best headphone I've heard below 600$(or 1500$ not including the 1200$ MSRP ath-w5000 on amazon for 600$ new) I can't believe people compare these to m50x, as someone that owned the m50x for quite some time I can confirm that m50x is NO WHERE close to these. Yea now I'm gonna question my life about this 99$ headphones sounding same level or even better than my 1500$ clear. P.S. This is right out of the box, I did not give it time to break in yet, If it really gets better like every other review that I don't believe in very much says, then I have no idea how good can these escalate to.
topflight05
0
Dec 19, 2018
Had a similar experience! Not sure why the bad reviews -- I've been pretty happy with it so far. You have the Focal Clears? I run with HD800 and T1, and while MJ2 isn't as good, it's not that far off either.
Mashiro233
6
Dec 19, 2018
Yeah my main can is the clear. Personally I've heard the hd800 with high end tubes and Hugo 2 and other solid state dacamps, I find it lacking warmness for me, I figured the mj2 is easy to trick people who are used to large sound stage that these sound bad because they're quite closed sounding, but it does have quite decent depth so the soundstage doesn't bother me as much, while my friend who owns the ath w5000 claims that these sound a lil to dark for him I find the "darkness" more natural sounding than almost everything I've heard, I brought it somewhere last time and compared everything with the mj2 with various amps, ends up the w5000 sounding the best on all acoustic songs, and mj2 gets very close match at acoustic songs, for other genras like edm I'd prefer my clear or the LCDs. The hd800 and 800s was pretty disappointing for me, the he1000 v2 vocals sounded empty and pushed away until I plugged into a hifiman dacamp which still sounded a lil bit better than hd800 which is still quite disappointing compare to the lcds and clear/ w5000. The hd800 does good on certain stuff but the vocals are a let down for me as it lacks fullness and low-end of vocals are not as pronounced as other cans that sound a lot more natural... Just imo no offense to hd800 I'm on the sensitive side to highs so maybe i prefer darker cans, while I'll get older maybe I'll find the hd800 increasing in detail.
Bobby_C
21
Nov 28, 2018
It said there was 2 days left on cyber monday? Why did it end?
mwoods1664
7
Nov 28, 2018
They ran out I think, it said 13 left at 3 pm earlier today.
Bobby_C
21
Nov 28, 2018
Dang. Next time then. Thanks!
Darn just missed the drop, I thought the cyber Monday deals were going to be extended, maybe next time.
mwoods1664
7
Nov 28, 2018
I think it's because they ran out of stock. There were 13 left when I ordered one 6 hours ago.
Jeff-D
204
Nov 27, 2018
I am conflicted about this. The price is super low so I kinda want to get them but the bad reviews make me think, are they even worth it at all? What do you guys suggest?
jwbrent
29
Nov 28, 2018
The reviews here have been iffy, but on the websites that review such products, the reviews have been very favorable. That’s why I went ahead and joined the drop.
Alex3oL
0
Nov 27, 2018
Does they come with warranty?
jwbrent
29
Nov 28, 2018
Massdrop needs to do a better job about identifying whether there is a warranty or not on products. I’ve seen some items without mention of warranty, yet they did come with the manufacturer’s warranty. Then of course there are close out items—the Colorfly C4 Pro comes to mind—where there wasn’t a warranty mentioned, so I asked and learned there wasn’t one.
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