Mitchell and Johnson – MJ2 Headphone – Electrostatic Elevation

Build Quality/Fit

These headphones have an elegant design, with enclosures made of a Cherry Wood. The Mitchell & Johnson logo is precisely laser etched on each headphone housing cup. This wood type was by choice and was selected to assist with acoustic natural signature responses. It is difficult to isolate the impact of the enclosure materials effect on signature but these certainly do sound very natural and smooth.

Each side has its own port for the cable to be inserted. Mitchell and Johnson MJ2 headphone review

Well crafted metal bellows connect up the the soft headband. The headband cushion is a little soft and feels very comfortable even for long listening sessions.

Each side is marked with either a R or L to indicate Right and Left. Also these as expected can adjust to fit different head shapes and sizes.

I am very happy with the build quality and fit of the MJ2 headphones. Mitchell and Johnson MJ2 headphone review

 Sources/Digital Audio Player Pairings

Pairing with the Astell and Kern AK380 Copper player

AK380 Copper DAP added to the sparkle and high region positioning of the instruments. However some brightness was present but nothing to worry about. Mitchell and Johnson MJ2 headphone review

Pairing with the newly released Sony NW-WM1Z digital audio high end player

The Sony dap drove these well with a natural feeling dimension but did feel a little thin at times. Mitchell and Johnson MJ2 headphone review

Pairing with the Cowon Plenue S digital audio high end player Mitchell and Johnson MJ2 headphone review

The Plenue S sounded refined but felt a little reserved at times, high resolution recordings had excellent articulation and layering.

Pairing with the PrismSound Callia DAC Mitchell and Johnson MJ2 headphone review

There was particularly good synergy with the Callia DAC and background was darker and added greater depth and fullness to the signature. Micro detail was also more observable and articulate.

As these are pretty easy to drive all 4 paired well but my preference was the Prism Sound Callia DAC.

This pairing worked the best for us especially for high resolution recordings and was used for the rest of this review.

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1 Comment

  • Thanks for the insightful review of the MJ2 by Mitchell & Johnson. I’ve owned every electrostatic headphone ever made and these are by far the best of all time. IMHO the MJ2 outperforms all the other headphones on the market at up to 3x the price. They dont suffer from congested bass and mid-bass like almost all the other expensive cans do, the resolution and clarity are superb. Essence For Hi Res Audio sells them in the USA with free shipping.

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