I was searching the boards to see if anyone had tried these headphones and commented on them but didn't see anything. Seems no one has noticed about this new entry from Monster. Well, I was randomly browsing on Amazon and somehow ended on their page for these headphones. I actually liked their looks and found them cheap enough to guarantee a purchase from me. ;-)
I have to say, I'm GLAD I DID!!
Since I was at amazon.com, I saw a bunch of positive reviews:
But then I noticed that most (if not all) of them were done through their "Vine" program so... I wasn't sure if I should trust them. Either way, I plunged.
- DJ style ear cups swivel up and out of the way
- Tangle-free cable (removable)
- ControlTalk Universal
- Over-ear design with DJ style swiveling ear cups
Yeah... couldn't find nothing on their site (the headphone PDF manual is a dead link... great... LOL) But I'll check the manual at home.
Excellent job by Monster on packaging these guys (pictures to come). It really doesn't come with a whole lot. A removable 3.5mm/3.5mm cable with their ControlTalk thingie which I haven't (and probably will never) used, a small gray good looking bag and manuals, stickers, cleaning cloth, etc.
Short Sound Impressions:
I'll start by saying that my current favorite headphones at this moment are MrSpeakers Mad Dogs and Ultrasone Signature DJ. One neutral-ish with a warm signature, and the other with a more fun approach, lots of bass, good mids/highs (non-fatiguing) and a good deal of detail and clarity. I really like this combination a lot and usually run it (mostly) at work using my Cowon C2 going to the Schiit Magni.
Now that you have a bit of background I can start saying that I'm loving these a lot!
Who would have thought that I'd like headphones endorsed by frikin NICK CANNON! LOL
Headphones arrived on Friday, took them to my 'pops' house (to celebrate Father's day weekend) and just ran them straight through my Cowon. Really powerful bass! Then I started noticing and saying to myself: "Hey! These don't sound like a muddy mess!... Hmmmm, they are not lacking in detailing specific effects and instruments either! Interesting..." Played a bit of different tracks (genres) through them:
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Kaskade - Fire in your New Shoes
Filter - Surprise
Deftones - Graphic Nature
Amber Rubarth - Tundra
Siloé - Novela Del Ayer
Calvin Harris - Sweet Nothing
Logo Beat - No puedes parar de bailar
Incubus - Friends and Lovers
Bring Me The Horizon - Sleepwalking
Notes: Very good bass slam, note decay seems good. Mids are not as recessed as I would expect (given the big bass being produced!), they are indeed a bit warm, expected I guess, but pretty good with plenty of details. I noticed a bit of "distortion" on the lower-mids, not sure if it's just specific tracks (or my MP3s), or if it's even resonance similar to the stock Fostex T50RPs but at least these don't get in the way of enjoyment. Brightness levels don't reach M-Audio Q40, probably a bit more than the V-moda M80s, so to me at least they are NOT fatiguing at all (and I'm a Shure fan... just in case ;))
Audio cons: Metal, punk, hardcore, meeeh! The warmish mids seem to be culprit here. Definitely get more out of them from pop, Dub, Funk, etc.
Overall, I have to say that I really enjoy them.
Not sure if it's New Toy Syndrome, but I doubt it since, first of all I have what I consider "better" headphones (better sound separation and soundstage, better at microdetails, etc.), and the JVCs are also new and quite frankly THOSE I don't like as much!
Comfort and Looks:
Even though these are supposed to be Over-Ears, they feel a bit On-Ears to me (i.e. small earcups/earpads). The cushioning/pads are extremely comfortable though. I've been at work most of the day listening to these and they don't bug me like the M100s used to or like the Yamaha Pro 500s used to (nor like the current JVCs do...). They do clamp a bit, but it isn't that bad, I've adjusted them as best as I could to prevent pressure on top of my head... they feel similarly to the Pro 500s but not as bad!
Style seems to be a bit "urban"/"juvenile" but I don't care about this a whole lot. I got the White Frost version, it's alright. (I will probably get black ones just for the heck of it and to have a second pair...)
As mentioned I also started testing JVC HA-SZ2000 headphones and let me say that for less than half the price of those JVCs, I'm loving these Monsters even more! Maybe I'm being biased or unfair taking the price issue into consideration, but to me, good enjoyable sound is good enjoyable sound and if found cheaper, well, better! ;)
Note, these are being sold full price from most outlets (Amazon, BandH, JR, etc. etc.), if anyone is willing to try them, just go over to eBay and get them cheap... WAY cheap!
IMO, I would definitely grab these over A LOT of headphones I've tried. I'm just having way too much fun with these "cheapos". Over which ones you might ask?
- Panasonic RP-HTF600-S (leak a lot, warm-ish signature, lacks a bit on the top end)
- Spider Moonlight Studio Headphones (yuck... Bright as hell, avoid! ;))
- Spider PowerForce (good little all-rounders. Warm too, not to big a sound)
- M-Audio Q40 (excellent bassy headphones, need velour cause original earpads suck and can get a bit sibillant on some tracks)
- House of Marley Rise Up (ugh... warm, no definition, bass doesn't hit hard at all).
- Audio-Technica AD700 (meh!)
- Shure 440 (one of my favorites, used them with the 840 pads for added comfort, great with most genres but bass was NEVER in the league of others)
- Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro80 (a lof of bass, mids too recessed)
- House of Marley Exodus (Ok headphones, on-ears, weren't too comfortable for me, sound was Ok but again NO bass impact such as these N-Pulse)
- Philips Citiscape Downtown (similar to the Exodus actually but much more comfortable)
- Fostex T50RP (Stock)
(this is just taking into consideration sound quality and enjoyment... not the whole package, comfort, portability, etc.)
If looking for a bassy/fun sounding headphone at a good price, I would definitely guess that these should get a chance even though they are by Monster... Maybe the owner is right, maybe they are indeed focusing a bit more on sound after the "Beats" divorce. I can truly say that I'm surprised and I'm willing to give Monster a couple other chances in the future ;-)
If anyone already tried these and want to comment, feel free!
I didn't want to make this an "appreciation" thread because I actually would like further discussion positive or negative!
Thanks for reading.
P.S. I'll add some photos later.