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Ignore the naysayers - there's an obvious anti-Monster campaign
on February 25, 2013
I looked at all the reviews for these headphones and there's an obvious trend. People who give them positive reviews get insulting emails and negative replies to the reviews, plus the reviews get a ton of "not helpful" votes. Why is this? What is everyone so afraid of? People with negative reviews get a pat on the back from fellow Monster haters, and positive reviewers are treated like pariahs. It's simple - these headphones sound great. They are not all plastic, as some have claimed (making an all plastic headphone is impossible.) The "guts" of the hinge and ratchet mechanism for adjusting the size are stainless steel. I've yet to see plastic coils anywhere. Read the negative and positive reviews - you'll see the trend. People with negative reviews claim to know the manufacturing cost, always have "better" headphones, and the reviews sound similar - to the point of being scripted. People obviously despise the Dr. Dre history (that ended years ago) and seemingly over-priced cables. Many of the negative reviews are by people that admit to not owning or even using the headphones! Use common sense. Don't listen to the headphones on your iPod when the EQ settings are for your in-ear headset.
I tried these with my THX certified computer sound card and my 7th gen Nano. Both sound fine. I have a couple of pairs of in-ear Sennheisers, and these sound just as good. No, I did not measure the frequency response, and, no, these have not been broken in yet. If you try a pair at a retailer, you can pretty much take it for granted that they were played way too loud, way too long without being broken in. So that's not a fair test. I listened to classical, rock, dance, opera, you name it. These headphones are designed with bass in mind. If your iPod has the EQ preset, you may have to adjust it. I know I did. I had the EQ set to "dance" - with that setting, the highs were harsh and the bass overdone. Setting it to "none" cleared that right up.
Real-world examples: Carmen Suite No.1 was difficult to listen to. The highs were way too shrill. Turned off the "dance" EQ on the iPod - perfect. Brahms Hungarian Dance 5 - 3/4 volume, iPod Nano 7th gen. Way too loud - but still sounded great. No distortion, crisp. Rob Zombie's Dragula was too shrill on the default EQ setting and at 3/4 volume deafeningly loud. 1/2 volume, much better all around. Would sound better with less high end, the bass was fine. Living Dead Girl sounded fine. Sticking with the iPod and 1/2 volume. ZZ top Sharp Dressed Man. Noticed many new aspects to the song I had not heard before, especially in the high symbols. Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Relax. A little too much on the high end. Cyberfunk Music Group, Believe (my favorite jogging song) was perfect. Oak Ridge Boys, Elvira. Quieter, a little tinny. Rocky Horror, Timewarp. Kick butt good - and that one has a lot of highs and lows! Continuing to browse my iPod tracks, Mumford and Sons, I Will Wait - perfect. Laibach, B-Mashina - also great - perfect highs and lows. The KLF, What Time is Love? - sounded great. Hugo Montenegro, theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Great. Even the very high notes. Fun, Some Nights. Perfect. Evanescence, Haunted. Sounded even creepier than I remembered. The Doors, Riders on the Storm - amazing. Dethklok, The Lost Vikings - again, sounded great. Rammstein, Fauer Frei - surprisingly, a little light on the bass. Queen, I want It All - a little mushy. Pink Floyd, Pigs - sounded great. Jean Michelle Jarre - listened to several pieces, and all sounded fantastic. Jarre wants his stuff played on high end equipment - he even makes the most expensive speakers in the world. No, I'm not saying these compare - I'd have no way of knowing - but this is the best I have ever heard Jarre, period.
I could go on. Wagner, James Brown, Herb Alpert, Handel, the Beatles, heck even Devo, Daft Punk and Lmfao. The point is, they all sounded good, most great. I listen to almost anything - the key is the EQ settings, and that's true of any headphones. With a totally neutral EQ setting, these are the best sounding headphones I have ever heard. Most people won't be playing Rob Zombie, followed by Wagner, then Rammstein and Jarre. If you listen to a specific genre - rock, classical, etc., you should set your EQ accordingly. Play a variety of music? Find a happy medium - I found this to be no adjustments at all.
Do they look cheap? That's a personal preference. Some people buy a car because it's a pretty color, others because of the performance. As I'm writing this, the headphones are sitting next to me, still at 1/2 volume from my 7th Gen Nano. They even sound good a foot away from me. The headphone pads and head pad are soft and comfortable. They are light (they weigh 6 oz, but feel lighter), but I would not wear them at they gym - I tried - way too "sweaty." The two plastic, fake Chrome inlays on the head rest look cheap. Overall the headphones do come off as cheap looking and too flashy. But that's the style of the thing. Look beyond that to the actual quality of the headphones, the comfort and the sound.
The ear pads are not replaceable, so if you tear one it's a problem. The glossy paint job collects finger-prints - but does NOT scratch easily (I tried.) They fold up nicely, and the carrying bag is a plus. They also block out most of the surrounding noise.
Also included - a storage bag with carabiner, cleaning cloth, and two cables. One for non iPods and one with controls for an iPod/iPhone (including a mic for answering calls.) The other cable can also be used to daisy-chain headphones together. Each earpiece has a cable jack. You can connect the cable to either one. You can then connect a 2nd pair of headphones to the other earpiece! Kinda cool to share music while laying around.