Monoprice Premium 8323 Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphone

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DJs can put in some long hours as they spin the tunes and they need equipment that is both comfortable and rugged enough to withstand heavy use. These Monoprice Pro Headphones are designed for the professional sound spinner and the casual listener that wants the best quality sound and best durability available. The earpieces on these 'phones are equipped with thick, comfortable padding that keeps the music inside and the noise outside. They swivel up to 90 degrees so they can double as a makeshift set of speakers. The headphones can extend up to 1.5" on each side and are wide enough to fit over a cap, while maintaining good contact over the ears. The headpiece is also padded on the inside and is made of flexible rubber, ensuring that it won't break. The headsets do not have a fixed wire. Instead, there is a 3.5 mm jack in the bottom of the left earpiece, which allows a standard 3.5 mm audio patch cable to be inserted. This means that if you break a wire, you don't have to throw away the headphones or make a messy repair; just get a new cable and you're ready to rock again! The 50 mm drivers and 100 dB sensitivity ensure that these 'phones produce good volume and premium sound clarity at all frequencies. The kit comes with two 3.5 mm male-to-male, gold-plated audio cables and a 3.5 mm to 1/4" gold-plated adapter plug. The thicker cable is over 11.5 ft long and is well suited for professional work and for laying back on your couch to enjoy the tunes. A thinner, lightweight cable is also included, which measures about 50" in length and is better suited for more portable operations. High-quality sound, supreme durability, and maximum comfort. These ARE the 'phones you've been looking for! *** 30-day easy returns. No restocking fee. Free lifetime technical support. 1 year warranty. ***

Latest reviews

sngecko

New Head-Fier
Pros: Low price, portability (for over-ear, full-size cans), moderate isolation, detachable cable (so there, Fostex TH-X00), and balanced frequency response.
Cons: Muddled frequencies (low clarity), tiny soundstage, and small ear cups.
I bought 4 pairs of these guys at $16 a pop for the kids to play games/movies while traveling. So, portability, inexpensiveness, and isolation were mostly the point. These nail those pretty well at that price.

As noted the way the ear cups fold into the headband is pretty cool. They are lightweight and less susceptible to breakage than my nicer cans.

I'd compare to soundstage to listening to a miniature performing group (beetle-sized, say) in a humid broom closet. The midtones are very muddled, but the bass sometimes surprises. It may be muddled also, but it's kinda there. So, the frequency response does come across to my ears as fairly "balanced". Just equally fuzzy.

They do shine a bit on Vivaldi's flute concertos. The single flute really comes out. At that frequency I hear the mushiness, but it doesn't bother me as much.

Best for smaller ears -- I have to stuff my ear in the cups and I can feel it touching around 50% of my ear perimeter.

93EXCivic

100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Build quality, responds well to mods, good bass response, price, detachable cable, easy to drive
Cons: Extremely uncomfortable stock, can be muddy, mids recessed, small soungstage, crap cables
So I am fairly new to the audio world. The Monoprice 8323 was my second purchase on starting to get into headphones (after Superlux HD681 EVOs). I have had these headphones for about 6 months now.
 
First the bad things about them. The cables and pads are the let downs in terms of build quality. There are two cables. The first is really long and cheap feeling. It also has pretty bad microphonics. The second is a mobile cable but it is literally the thinnest cable I have seen and feels even cheaper. Fortunately since they are just standard 3.5mm stereo to 3.5mm stereo cables they are very easy to replace. Monoprice has mobile cable on their website for $3-$4 (depending on length) which is a big upgrade on the stock ones both in terms of feel and microphonics. The pads are very uncomfortable and cheap feeling. The soundstage also isn't great. Due to the pad and tight clamping force, I could not wear these for more then 30 minutes at a time when I first got them. In terms of sound quality, the two let downs for me are the bass can be  too much and make some songs muddy. The mids can also be recessed.
 
Now the great things about them. They are sixteen freaking dollars and for that price you'd expect completely crap sound quality and build quality but you don't get it. They feel well put together (better then the Superlux HD681 EVOs) for the most part (minus pads and cables). There is plenty of bass and the response is good. The highs are fairly crisp. They are easier to drive then the Superlux and offer fairly good isolation. The other great thing about these headphones are that they are easy to modify and respond well to the modifications. See this thread. http://www.head-fi.org/t/610542/mod-monoporice-8323. Brainwavz HM5 pads fit and do wonders for comfort and the sound (reduces bass fixing the muddiness, brings out midrange). The angled HM5 pads I found improved the soundstage as well. 
 
So if you buy these, I'd suggest the following mods for sure; the Monoprice mobile cable ($3), Brainwavz pads ($22) and leaving them stretched over something over night to fix the clamping force. The problem with this is then the total cost is $42 which is more then the Superlux HD681 EVOs which I think sound better or the Superlux HD668b which I like way better.  That is ultimately why I gave them 3.5 stars. 
 
I'd suggest the Monoprices for two groups of people. Someone who wants something inexpensive that is more portable and offers better isolation then the two Superlux I own or someone who wants a pair of headphones to play with and modify.

Arturs Travkins

New Head-Fier
Pros: Price,sound,bass, great build, very good plastic, extra cabels
Cons: no
Amazing headphones.

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