I listened to these last nigh at Futureshop and thought they were quite ok for $200.00 ($50.00 off). Was not expecting them to sound good but they did. Bit bass heavy with NC on but with NC off they were flatter sounding. But they have UE6000 for $99.00 too so for my money I would probably choose the UE6000.
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Gear mentioned in this thread:post #17 of 191/6/14 at 4:49pmpost #18 of 192/21/14 at 4:12pmpost #19 of 193/3/14 at 9:28amI got these at a bargain price of $150 USD straight from monster. I've has them for a little over 2 months now. Here's what I have to say:
Build quality- Amazing. I have abused these phones quite a bit in the past couple months and they have held up well. No parts have broken, become loose, etc. A wipe with the provided cloth will have them looking brand new.
Design- Good, but subjective. This is pretty self explanatory. You'll either like them or not.
Comfort- Fair. These are fairly heavy and can become uncomfortable at the head strap after about an hour. The strap could definitely use more padding. As far as the cups go, there is a fair amount of room for medium to small ears. If you have larger ears, like me, expect some discomfort for the first couple of weeks (if used daily, your ears should get used to them) as they are kind of shallow. I have been able to listen to these for 4+ hours with no ear fatigue and minimal adjustment after getting used to them.
Sound Quality- Good-Excellent
Bass: The bass response for these are good. Nice and tight bass, with the capability to hit nice rumbling low ends when turned up. It's not too overpowering, but definitely is there.
Mids: The mids are a bit recessed, but still clear. These are definitely not designed to be used in mixing/producing, although could do the job well. A bit of EQing can get a warm, but quite flat response.
Treble: The highs really shine on these, as they are still quite clear, even while the bass boost is on. While the built in amp is on, and the device powering these is EQed properly and turned up, these get louder and clearer than most phone speakers/portable speakers.
Noise Cancelation- Fair. These are the first pair of phones that monster has tried Active NC. As such, it is subpar. If these would be your first pair of ANC headphones, you'll be quite happy. Just keep in mind they are far behind Bose. With no music playing, and ANC on they can cancel 70-80% of white/pink noise. These would be good if there is some kind of humming you are trying to block out, but not so much a noisy subway for example. Until you turn up the volume. At half volume, you could run a vacuum next to you and not notice it. At full volume, forget about any audible contact with the outside world.
Flexibility/Genres- Estimated, Great. While I have had limited experience with different genres, I expect these to shine in any. I listen to mainly bass heavy music. Hip Hop, Rap, Rock, Alternative, and many different types of EDM (Trap, DnB, Dubstep, House, Jungle, etc) have all played beautifully with multiple EQ settings. These can handle the dirty, filthy bass, sub bass, and crystal like highs at the same time, which is common in a lot of EDM. I expect these to perform in any genre.
Battery Life- Good. I can use these for 50+ hours at max volume before the batteries need changing. Keep in mind that unlike Beats, these will also work with none at all. If your batteries die while out and about, they still work with great sound.
Overall- 4.5 of 5. The overall design, build and audio quality, comfort, and other minor details make these a great pair of phones. While the retail price of $350USD is a bit steep, if you can get these for 250 or less, grab them. They are a great pair of phones, suitable for entry level audiophilia. These also have minimal leaking.
If using these with an Android, root and flash a volume mod and use a system wide EQ for best results. If listening to a personal music collection, I highly recommend PowerAmp. With a 10 band EQ + Pre Amp, separate Bass and Treble knobs, lossless support, and lots of other settings like StereoX and gapless playback, these are awesome for mobile listening. Using this setup, the bass is sufficient for a bass head like myself, even with the amp off (turning it on can actually cause clipping).
These are a good buy, and I am extremely happy with my purchase.
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