The bottom right corner of the box still says Noel Lee though... Implying that Monster DID in fact manufacture these.
Ok, I got a chance to study these too, and besides the metal construction, these really aren't a big improvement over the Studios.
Noise cancelling is still not good... horrible when you compare them to the Bose Quietcomfort 15s.
Bass is still big as usual, and sounds "mushy" still
Mids are slightly more clear than the Studios
Treble still sounds blended together, just like the Studios
But they do look a lot more sophisticated than the Studios with that slimmer, metal design.
I still wouldn't recommend them though.