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post #16 of 97
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Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post

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.

Hah, I wish they'd send me something!

 

They're available now. 

 

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

 

If you see my introduction, I'm really looking for custom IEM suggestions. I figured since I sent MP a review, and people were asking here, I'd post as well. :)

 

Tom

post #17 of 97

Anyone wants to test these out with better source?

 

looking at the specs, the impedance is really high. I think that the "problems" with the highs are connected to poor source and this should be really good sounding with good source...


Edited by nihontoman - 7/12/13 at 5:09am
post #18 of 97
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by nihontoman View Post

Anyone wants to test these out with better source?

 

looking at the specs, the impedance is really high. I think that the "problems" with the highs are connected to poor source and this should be really good sounding with good source...

Once I receive mine I'll do just that (although mine are the Bluetooth version but I can run 'em in wired mode).  You can see my sources in my sig.

post #19 of 97
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Originally Posted by kfscoll View Post

Once I receive mine I'll do just that (although mine are the Bluetooth version but I can run 'em in wired mode).  You can see my sources in my sig.

thanks, that a lot of good source components :D I hope in wired mode the internal amplifier is bypassed...

post #20 of 97
Monoprice is too small for Beats to sue, unlike Yamaha. There's no way such a tiny company will pose any threat to Monster :D Anyways, looking forward to more impressions. If they sound any good they'd be a great deal at the price.
post #21 of 97
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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post

If they sound any good they'd be a great deal at the price.

Will be hard to do on my mind due to the fact that they are very close to breaking 100$

We will see!
post #22 of 97
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Originally Posted by HardTraxX View Post


Will be hard to do on my mind due to the fact that they are very close to breaking 100$

We will see!

The non-bluetooth model is around $60 with overnight shipping.

post #23 of 97
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Originally Posted by LinkPro View Post

Rebranded Monster Inpsiration and Beats Studio HD....

Or a rebrand of Chinese clone of those headsets.
Not sure if that makes it better or worse.....

Anyone know the specs for the Monster Inspiration?

The only spec I found stated the Beats Studio has 40mm drivers:
Specs and Review
post #24 of 97

Lmao... I can't believe they completely ripped off the Beats design without bothering to change even a little.

 

That's awesome biggrin.gif

post #25 of 97
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Originally Posted by pervysage View Post

Lmao... I can't believe they completely ripped off the Beats design without bothering to change even a little.

 

That's awesome biggrin.gif

I guess they're taking their cues from Behringer. :)

post #26 of 97
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Originally Posted by pervysage View Post

Lmao... I can't believe they completely ripped off the Beats design without bothering to change even a little.

That's awesome biggrin.gif

Wished they copied a little more.
What's the point of the buttons on the right side if you can't see them when wearing them?

So long as it sounds better though.......
post #27 of 97
These Bluetooth headphones are the real deal. They are a rebranded Bluedio R.

Wired mode could use a headphone amp sometimes. Bluetooth off the same phone is much louder without an amp.

Bluetooth sounds great, best bluetooth sound I've heard so far... but no aptx.

Bluedio makes a new R+ model with Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and aptx for lossless bluetooth. If Monoprice sells that one soon, I'll be all over it.

Highs seem to be laid back compared to the mids and lows, but I'm only an hour into these. A break in is needed.
post #28 of 97

Two reviews so far on the 10243 and 10244:

 

A little disapointed
ico_comment.gif Pros: Build Quality
Spare cables
Good microphone
Good bass quality 

Cons: Lacks treble 

I was expecting more from Monoprice with these headphones. I was impressed by the good packaging, build quality, cables with/out microphone but the part that matters the most for me, audio quality, it severely lacks.
Bass is excellent, nice and crisp but the highs are totally missing, even though there are 3 tweeters per channel. I compared with various headphones that I own and the lack of highs is quite frustrating sometimes since in the highs and mids there is all the details   

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The Jury is Still Out
ico_comment.gif Pros: Nice, tight low end. Excellent imaging. Nice packaging, and seems like good quality materials. 

Cons: High end may be a bit missing. 

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 #29 of 97

have you burned these in at all?sometimes the highs may blossom some with a little burn.
 

post #30 of 97

these have quite a bit of impedance in them. And I'm not sure they were being fed from a correct source. something tells me that's the reason people can't hear the highs...

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