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I am comparing the two and am wondering which one is superior. I listen to a lot of rap and hip-hop. 

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No offence, but that's like asking "which over-priced piece of consumer-driven garbage is better?"

 

Do yourself and your ears a massive favour and get an Audio Technica M50 or an Ultimate Ears UE6000 - you won't regret it.

 

If however you refuse to change your mind, get the Monster Inspiration. They're less bad.


Edited by GREQ - 9/12/13 at 1:46am
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No offence, but that's like asking "which over-priced piece of consumer-driven garbage is better?"

Do yourself and your ears a massive favour and get an Audio Technica M50 or an Ultimate Ears UE6000 - you won't regret it

So true. LOL

Head-fi is a great place to find out which headphones are the best bang for your buck, not which way overpriced headphones are better than each other.

Also look into the Ultrasone HFI-580. Here's a discussion thread about them: http://www.head-fi.org/t/534029/fight-the-beats-hype-ultrasone-hfi-580-hfi-580-appreciation-thread
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So the Monster Inspiration Noise cancelling version for $150 is bad? They are going for $250 on Amazon. I plan to listen to hip hop/rap with this set. The thing I really like about the Inspirations is the build quality and mic/volume control.

 

I have a pair of AKG K240s for other genre's. 

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I think you'll have trouble finding anyone on Head-Fi who owns them and can tell you about them. smily_headphones1.gif
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So the Monster Inspiration Noise cancelling version for $150 is bad? They are going for $250 on Amazon. I plan to listen to hip hop/rap with this set. The thing I really like about the Inspirations is the build quality and mic/volume control.

 

I have a pair of AKG K240s for other genre's. 

 

Almost every noise cancelling model of headphone I've heard that had a non-NC counterpart, sounded worse than it's counterpart and mostly didn't sound very good for the price - and these are mostly in the $300 range.

The Monster Inspiration is at $150 because it's a bad seller, so prices went down very quickly. It looks like a good deal to consumers, but it's always the better headphones (that are usually better sellers) that keep their higher price tag for longer (with the exception of most beats headphones which are just good sellers because of good marketing - and ONLY because of good marketing). 

 

Also the only NC headphone that actually has NC worth it's price tag (arguably) is the Bose QC15 - which still doesn't pull it's weight sonically, but is still the undefeated NC champion.

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I have had both the new Beats Studio (2013) and the Monster Inspiration.

My comparison is as follows:

Beats Studio (2013)

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Base = Very Detailed, 3D-Like, Addictive and Powerful

Mids = Reasonable but muted at times (possibly due to the base)

Highs = Again reasonable but muted at times

Recommended music - Dance, Techno, Rock (nothing too detailed)

Monster Inspiration

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Base = Soft, much flatter than the Studios but still has a bit of umph

Mids = Crisp, Clear, Detailed but at little withdrawn (certainly doesn't help to bring out most songs like you might expect/want)

Highs = Crisp, Clear, Detailed but slightly too emphasised highs which can really hurt at times

Recommended - Probably most genres

It is safe to say they are both good at their own particular things; Studios are Great for a nice and powerful detailed and full Base whilst the Inspiration is more withheld and focused on the detail.

I would say neither are typical audiophile headphones, but this certainly by no means is to say either are bad headphones, but rather focused on their own unique sound profiles listeners may be wanting. Overpriced though? Yes both are very much overpriced due to the faults in both.

P.s. Studios are prone to break, if you are going for them, make sure to purchase them from a retailer with a good warranty if they don't come with a standard legal one in your country

Hope this helps : )

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