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New Monoprice Premium Headphones - #10243, #10244, #10245, #10246

post #1 of 94
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I didn't see any info posted about these headphones yet; sorry if this is a dupe.  Anyway, the links to the new headphones are:

 

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082302&p_id=10243&seq=1&format=2

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082302&p_id=10244&seq=1&format=2

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082708&p_id=10245&seq=1&format=2

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082708&p_id=10246&seq=1&format=2

 

Specs look pretty decent -- triple tweeters and a 50mm woofer in each earpiece.  I just ordered a pair of the black Bluetooth 'phones (which can be operated in wired mode also) so I'll post some feedback once I get a chance to give them a listen.

post #2 of 94

I would be very interested to hear your impression when you get them! I have the cheap dj cans from them ($23) and they are outstanding for the price imho. I have high hopes for this next line!

post #3 of 94

Nice find!  Says compare at $135; maybe these are a rebrand of a $135 headphone.

post #4 of 94
They seem an awful lot like these
post #5 of 94

Four drivers per earpiece? Crap without listening.

post #6 of 94

I just received my 10243s today (white version of the 10244s). This is the review I just sent to Monoprice.

 

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I was eagerly anticipating these headphones, after hearing about them at NAMM with the cool guys in the Monoprice booth. Let me preface this by saying I've been a huge fan of Monoprice, especially their 8323 headphones. I've bought at least 10 pair for my studio and friends, and for the price, I've given them as stocking stuffers to family.
 
The packaging of these headphones is pretty nice, and gave the impression of a quality product. There's a nice vinyl pouch that includes three different pairs of cables. (Thank you so much, Monoprice, for including replaceable cables! I don't know how many pair of headphones I've ruined by stepping on the cable, and shorting out the connection!)
 
I plugged these headphones in and started listening to a variety of music. Since my computer audio interface is not currently here, I had to plug directly into my Mac — I know, not a great source, but it's what I've got to work with currently.
 
I intentionally A/B'd these with a pair of my 8323s. I started with the 8323s, listening to a familiar track. and then switched over to the new 10244s. My initial reaction was a bit disappointing. These seemed muddy, or better yet, tubby, compared to the 8323s. The highs are not nearly as crisp as in the 8323s. Which got me to wondering, are the 8323s simply hyped in the upper end? I then switched to some piano jazz (Chick Corea Expressions), and started critically listening. 
 
The 10244s for my money have some amazing imaging. Listening to these, I felt as if I were sitting right in front of the piano. And these headphones definitely have low end, without getting loose or boomy. Nice and tight. After listening for about 15 minutes, I switched back to my 8323s. Now these sounded a bit tinny and artificially high. Hmmm. Are my ears simply playing tricks on me? 
 
I then downloaded some HD (192Khz/24 bit) aiff files, to see if perhaps a better resolution file would give better results. I listened to The Yellowjackets "Madrugada", in 24 bit, and my overall impression was a bit more favorable regarding the 10244s. Still, when I A/B them with my 8323s, the ride cymbal and hi hat "sizzles" quite nicely with the 8323s. The upper end is much more of a 'warm' sound while listening to the 10244s. 
 
With the exception of the upper high end, the 10244s sound pretty accurate. Listening to some tracks from "Thriller" in 24bit is quite a revelation. The bass is super tight, the imaging accurate, and MJs vocals sit nicely in the mix. Everything feels in place. When I listen to the same tracks through the 8323s, the overall mix doesn't have the same 'beef' to it, although the upper highs are definitely more present.
 
I've found that if I add about 2 dB at 8k, I can get the feeling of the high end I'm normally missing. So either my (52 year old) ears have lost too much high end, I've just gotten used to a hyped upper, or these 10244s are missing a bit in the upper high end. I find this a bit strange, given that these headphones have 3 high end drivers per side, as opposed to just 1 in the 8323s. 
 
Initially I was ready to return these headphones, but the more I listen, the more I get used to them. They are very comfortable to wear, and I think that one won't experience ear fatigue nearly as quickly as with other headphones. I'll keep them, keep listening, and keep my mind open. 
post #7 of 94

What I didn't convey in that previous review was the context that we're talking about a $50 pair of headphones. Do they stack up to my BeyerDynamics? No. Are they close? Eh, maybe. Considering they're 1/4 the price, yeah, they seem like a pretty good deal.

post #8 of 94
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Originally Posted by RevAmped View Post

They seem an awful lot like these

That's got to be the same headphone.  The bluetooth headphones on that site also look identical to the new Monoprice premium Bluetooth headphone.

post #9 of 94
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Originally Posted by kfscoll View Post

That's got to be the same headphone.  The bluetooth headphones on that site also look identical to the new Monoprice premium Bluetooth headphone.

I'm positive they are one and the same.

post #10 of 94

Very interested in more review on these headphones.   I am also a owner of the 8323.

 

Curious if anyone is running any of these new headphones under a amp.   Let us know your results under an AMP/DAC.

post #11 of 94
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Originally Posted by HardTraxX View Post

Very interested in more review on these headphones.   I am also a owner of the 8323.

 

Curious if anyone is running any of these new headphones under a amp.   Let us know your results under an AMP/DAC.

maybe they will come even closer to those beyerdynamics... biggrin.gif really interested in these.

post #12 of 94
How did you come by the pair before the release?

Is it a review unit MP sent you?
Since you just joined today I'm curious.
post #13 of 94

Not sure if it was intended, but those look like Monster Inspirations and Beats Studios combined. Let's hope Beats doesn't sue them as well...

Actually, upon closer inspection, even the cables of the first link look like the ControlTalk cable that comes with Beats Sudios. Hope that they don't sound anything like them. 


Edited by lin0003 - 7/11/13 at 5:34pm
post #14 of 94

heya,

 

         i am also very interested in these.i cant wait till you hook an amp up to them.i think it will do wonders considering everything inside.did you burn them in a little?
 

post #15 of 94

Rebranded Monster Inpsiration and Beats Studio HD....

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