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Monoprice Hi-Fi DJ Style Headphone Review

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Packaging:
Packaging for the headphones was very clean, straight to the point of what you would be buying if you saw this product on a store shelf, professional. The cardboard on the box has a nice matte black finish that will catch your eyes as that was the first thing I noticed when I took these out of the shipping box when I received them.
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Unboxing The Goods:
First thing you'll notice once you open the box are the headphones them self and a 1/4" adapter, underneath the plastic shell they're sitting in is the 11.5 ft and 50" inch long 3.5mm M/M cable.

Included in the Box:
1x MHP-839 Pro Headphones
1x 11.5 ft long 3.5 mm M/M audio cable
1x 50 inch long 3.5 mm M/M audio cable
1x 3.5 mm F to 1/4" M adapter plug

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Specifications:
Model Number: MEP-839
Driver Unit: 50 mm
Impedance: 40 Ω
Sensitivity: 100 +/- 3 dB / 1mW (S.P. L at 1 k Hz)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Wire Length: 3500 mm (11.4')

First Impressions:
After opening them up and inspecting them a bit the first thing I noticed was the build quality and how sturdy the plastic was, nothing felt cheap to me. Very well built.
I listened to them for a few minutes straight out of the box. They had a warm sound signature to them but nothing really stood out at that moment.

Another thing to mention is one of my thoughts that came into my head was of how similar these look in comparison to the Kicker HP541 headphones, I believe these are an exact replica of the Kicker headphones without the Kicker branding of course.

Headphone driver's of the Kicker HP541's and the MonoPrice DJ Headphones.
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Side Notes:
After unboxing them and listening to them for a few minutes, I let them burn in for very close to 100 hours now via looping Pink Noise before I started writing this review. I was listening to them as I wrote this review.

Highs:
The highs seem to be well balanced with the mids but sound like they start rolling off around 2-3 MHz like many other DJ oriented headphones. Hi-hats and snares are noticeable but they sound flat.

Mids:
The mids are rich but fairly balanced, a bit congested with certain genre's like Electro House. Vocals are clear but they sound a bit dull, don't expect to hear a large spectrum of voice detail with these headphones in comparison to semi-open or open backed headphones.

Lows:
After listening to these for a few hours now and comparing them with my AKG K81's that are my most bass heavy pair of headphones I own I would choose these MonoPrice headphones over my K81's for general music listening. The bass extension in these headphones are very pleasing to me, the bass can be a bit muddy at times but it doesn't overpower the midrange or treble but smaller details seem to get covered up.

You'll feel the bass and hear how dynamic it is. I enjoyed the fact these weren't punchy or overwhelming like my K81's and isn't exaggerated like other mixing headphones ive tried over the years.

It would be accurate to say these would please any big fan of Electronic Dance Music such as my self but these would headphones would be better suitable to people who listen to a lot of bass-heavier genre's such as hip-hop and dubstep.

Soundstage:
As these are closed cans, the soundstage isn't the greatest especially with binaural recordings. The sound imaging is very narrow, you just hear sound coming from the right or the left.

Conclusion:
EQ'ing these headphones can really help improve the Mids and Highs. After EQ'ing these headphones the Mids are more articulate and the Highs sounded brighter. Both male and female vocals have more presence and depth.

Overall I would give these headphones a 8.5/10, for $21.59 + shipping(Overnight is the cheapest option) you really have nothing to lose if you choose to pickup a new pair of closed back cans. These have great sound isolation, are great to wear over a long period of time without any discomfort(results may vary as I have in between small and medium ears), sound great, and have a solid build quality.

For anyone who would plan to use these for DJ'ing I wouldn't bother unless you're on a budget, they get uncomfortable to wear around the neck after a while as they rub up on the underside of your face and against your neck quite frequently specifically when you're looking down at your mixer EQ'ing a track. Pressing them against your ear for beat matching with your shoulder is comfortable and shouldn't give you any cramps or discomfort while doing so, only down side is you have to physically push the headphone a bit to position it with your ear.

Songs and mixes worth mentioning to listen to with these headphones:
Nadia Ali - Rapture (Gareth Emery Extended Mix)
Bassnectar - The Matrix
Bassnectar - Gogol Bordello - Immigraniada
Ellie Goulding - Lights (Bassnectar Remix)
Max Enforcer & Frontliner - On The Go
Jack of Sound - A Ghost Story
Petruccio & Modulake Ft. Marie Louise - F##k It Up
Raid Zero
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Edited by EpicPie - 5/19/13 at 9:46pm
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Accidentally pressed submit when I meant to click preview. Will just edit the rest of the details in. lol

Edit: Finished the review. smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by EpicPie - 8/29/11 at 12:36am
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lol! ;-)

 

Waiting for the full-on review!

(I seem to be liking more and more reading all of you guys reviews!!! :-p)

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Accidentally pressed submit when I meant to click preview. Will just edit the rest of the details in. lol


Well finish up already.

 

Next time write everything out in Word and copy+paste into Headfi with pretty pictures inserted between paragraphs

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Well finish up already.

 

Next time write everything out in Word and copy+paste into Headfi with pretty pictures inserted between paragraphs



You shouldn't rush him . He only had the headphone for a few days.

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popcorn.gif Seems cheap enough to be a good gift idea

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You shouldn't rush him . He only had the headphone for a few days.



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I know, but he should had prepared beforehand

 

Still, I love reviews with pretty pictures like OP has.

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Review is finished. :3
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THANKS!

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I added a few other things to my review. smily_headphones1.gif
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Thanks for the review, but we also did have the same with the Kicker rebrand a little while back

 

Hey, quick question.

 

Can you snap some pics of the inner cups and the back of the driver. I might be able to do some modding devil_face.gif

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Thanks for the review, but we also did have the same with the Kicker rebrand a little while back

 

Hey, quick question.

 

Can you snap some pics of the inner cups and the back of the driver. I might be able to do some modding devil_face.gif


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Hmm.... Thanks

 

Some flat dampening on the back walls

Some foam, not felt, foam filler on the inside

Remove the tape on the outside

Cover the back button of the driver with dampening

and maybe scratch that paper around the vent whole of the driver in the rear.

 

That would solidity can clarify everything. Bass might be a little killed off, but detail would also shine.

 

 

EDIT:

You have a Cmoy amp, right? or Cmoy DIY copy

 

You tested them with and without the amp, correct?


Edited by BotByte - 8/29/11 at 1:31am
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EDIT:

You have a Cmoy amp, right? or Cmoy DIY copy

 

You tested them with and without the amp, correct?


I sold off my CMoy amp as I had no use for it anymore.

I use an Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 soundcard that runs through to my Sony MHC-NX3AV receiver.

I also have a Behringer BCD3k that I used to use as an external soundcard and desktop amp when i wasn't mixing.

The headphones also sound perfectly fine plugged in directly to my phone(Microsoft Kin). My Kin can easily power my ATH A700's which are 64 Ohm's.

I don't think amping is needed for these MonoPrice headphones unless your source is really weak.
post #15 of 273

Nice review!!

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