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post #31 of 67

Here is my review of Monster N-Pulse

 

http://twojepc.pl/artykuly.php?id=Recenzja-Monster-N-Pulse

 

It's in Polish and Google Translate will not do any good here, however you may like to look at detailed photos. 

 

In general to sum things up:

 

+ very dynamic and strong sound

+ high sound quality (detailed, well controlled)

+ surprisingly comfortable – excellent cushions, good clamping force

+ superb noise isolation

+ in-line mic and one button controller

+ well made (plastic material HD600-like)

+ does the job (eye catchy, fun, strong bass)

 

 

- price

- weight 335g

- not fully foldable

- poorly equipped – there is only a soft bag, I would expect a hard case for portable use

post #32 of 67

Technical spec – producer decided to keep his mouth shut on this one. I found some foggy info about 20Hz-20kHz and 32Ohm, however not official.

Packaging is indeed decent quality, however rather poor – just soft texture bag, no hard case.

I paired N-Pulse with iPod Nano 4G, FiiO E9i, Cowon iAudio F1, iPhone 4s, soundcard in Dell Latitude E5430.

The end result in my ears was stunning, I expected bass and nothing else as many people say Monster/Beats are bass driven cans. But not, not here. The sound is warm for sure, bass is vivid but well driven and overall characteristic is fun, pleasant and enjoyable not only in bass driven music.

I like them very much, however N-Pulse would not be my first, second and third choice for this price. But if somebody likes fashion, want to be visible, funky, cool … then why not. They are nice outdoor cans with excellent passive noise isolation. Plus are very comfortable – cushions are very soft and the leatherette is thick and soft – one of the best materials I ever had pleasure to touch. 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by ourfpshero View Post

 

My impressions:

-looks nice, the metal caps are really cool!

 

 

 

 

 

They are not metal. Looks like aluminium, but it's a plastic and nothing else. Even NCredible badges are made of plastic. 

 

The only metal thing are the 3 screws on each side and most probably the internal arch construction. The rest is plastic. 


Edited by NimnuL - 8/23/13 at 2:23am
post #33 of 67
Thread Starter 

Still use mine from time to time. For the price I got them, they were really a steal.

Heck, I've seen some on eBay go for less than $100! At that price and below, no question they are a good buy if looking for a bassy can.

 

Thanks for the impressions!

post #34 of 67

100$ for a genuine product is a great deal. 

But recommended 200 bucks is a lot of money for just a decent, fun outdors cans. 

post #35 of 67
Thread Starter 

Definitely, I wouldn't buy for $200.

Browsing the "used" section in amazon:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B009IKCKMY/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used
 

These are recently released headphones (i.e. this year), so I don't think there are "fakes" out there... YET. ;-)

post #36 of 67

Just had a chance to hear these in store and have to say I was very impressed with the level of detail these had. They do have a slight V shape but only slight and the level of detail in the mids was very good in my opinion. I like them a lot for Jazz and classic rock. The only genre that was abit blah for me was classical orchestral music. Out of the headphones that were on display these were the second best for details being beat by the SRH-940 for details and airiness (but the bass detail was obviously less too...)

post #37 of 67
Picked up a used pair off eBay for $85 plus shipping and export fees for a total of $115.

looking forward to giving them an extensive listen when they arrive.
post #38 of 67
Thread Starter 

I sold mine locally to one of my best friends! LOL

It was about time he got rid of his Audio Technica M50s!!! ;-)

 

As per my impressions, this might be one of the best "cheap" headphones out there. I was quite surprised that even though it has TONS of bass, it actually produces nice mids and highs! In Fact, if you put the V-Moda M100s and these guys side-by-side, I'd probably pick these. Not as detailed but good enough (and comfortable enough) to save $200... Are they better, not really, but again, a bargain at $100 and change!


Edited by gelocks - 9/27/13 at 12:52pm
post #39 of 67

Wonder how M-Audio Q40 compares versus these, they seem to offer somewhat similar sound signature.

post #40 of 67
Thread Starter 

Bass is comparable.

SUrprisingly, these I feel have better sounding mids but M-Audio is a bit brighter and pops out more on higher frecuencies. I prefer these over the M-40s.

 

Also, N-Pulse don't clamp as much and feel more comfortable to me, even if the Q30s have Beyer pads.

post #41 of 67
Quote:
Originally Posted by gelocks View Post
 

Bass is comparable.

SUrprisingly, these I feel have better sounding mids but M-Audio is a bit brighter and pops out more on higher frecuencies. I prefer these over the M-40s.

 

Also, N-Pulse don't clamp as much and feel more comfortable to me, even if the Q30s have Beyer pads.

 

Hmm okay, probably they might be slightly too warm for me but depends on amp, I'd guess if paired with C&C BH for example the N-Pulse would probably be suitably bright for my needs but if paired with the ZO2.1 which my Q40 loves (adds body to mids and slightly tames highs) it would probably get too warm and I'd be missing that visceral bass impact ZO2.1 adds. Hmmm

I have personally no comfort issues at all with Q40, I can wear them all day long and I haven't even stretched them, using the stock pads (which are shallow but reasonably soft) with extra stuff underneath to make them deeper and avoid ears lying next to the driver protecting grille. 

post #42 of 67
Thread Starter 

Well, they are not Mad Dogs/Momentum/Kef M500 warm!

They are not even Panny RP-HTF600-S "warm".

They do have some brightness overall, just not as much as the Q40s.

 

If you find one of these cheap on eBay, buy it and test them. 

If you don't like them, I'm pretty sure they will be an easy sell! ;-)

post #43 of 67
I actually liked my initial listen to these more than the KEF M500. I recently sold my M500 as I found it didn't fulfill my portable requirements but I actually found the M500's treble a bit to high pitched for me. The M500 is more balanced though. But I have to admit I enjoy fun factor and already have a balance headphone so again prefer the nPulse at this time.
post #44 of 67
Thread Starter 

Excellent!!

I also liked the KEF and found them a bit too forward, especially on upper-mids (and also I needed to increase the volume in order for things to stand out). This doesn't happen on these N-Pulse. I do believe that the KEFs are more transportable/portable though (and better looking and constructed as well).

 

Right now I'm listening to the on-ear Momentums and I find them quite good actually! (and surprisingly comfortable unlike their "over-ear" counterpart...

post #45 of 67
I actually just prefer IEM's for portable use and found the Bose Qc20 recently that offer amazing isolation and comfort so pretty much use them for on the train and at the office. The QC20 offers a relatively balanced sound that has a pleasant but less detailed sound compared to good IEM's or headphones but is good enough for on the go and the office I am looking to use the nPulse for at home and when I walk my dog.

I also found I had to turn up the volume on the M500 more than I like to do to hit it's dynamic sweet spot. So appreciate how the nPulse sounds in that regard as well.

I tried the Momentum but comfort issues came up quickly for me so they went back to the store.
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