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Studio Reference Monitor Headphones (Closed-Back)
Accurately hear every nuance of your mix or performance using Studio Reference Monitor Headphones from Monoprice!
These closed-back headphones are designed to produce a flat 20Hz ~ 20kHz frequency response for professional audio engineering applications. They feature a 98dB ±3dB sensitivity and ≤ 1% distortion. The impedance is 45Ω ±15% @1kHz.
The headband is is padded for long-term comfort and the earpieces can be swiveled 180° for single-ear monitoring. They sport a coiled cable, which can stretch from 6 feet to about 10 feet, with a 3.5mm gold plated TRS plug at the end. A gold plated 3.5mm to 1/4" (6.35mm) plug adapter is included.
|Driver||53mm Neodymium (NdFeB)|
|Frequency Response||20Hz ~ 20kHz|
|Impedance||45Ω ±15% @1kHz|
|Plug Size||3.5mm (1/4" adapter included)|
PROS: -Very neutral sound
-Flat response during logarithmic sweep
-Fold up nicely
-Very soft ear cups
-1/4" jack screws on/off
-Cord is coiled and heavy, but surprisingly bendy
CONS: -Ears get slightly sweaty
-Quite basic looks
PROS: Big Ear Earpieces, long, durable cord, storage bag, full Sound
CONS: big, slip off head, cheap feeling
They do seem to have a very flat response, except for a narrow band in the high mids, which are a tad hyped. Nothing that a small notch EQing can't fix.
I'm not a fan of the cheap leather on the ear pads. They do cause sweating after prolonged use. However, I am on the lookout for better quality replacement pads.
If monoprice were to release ear pad replacements compatible with these phones that would be fantastic.
When purchasing headphones, speakers, and microphones, there's one thing everyone should remember. These devices are like shoes. They don't fit everyone, and each person has an individual taste for what they are looking for.
In result, reviews are somewhat subjective.
However, I have used studio headphones in the $100 range, and I can say that these are quite comparable.
PROS: Good sound at a great pricepoint.
CONS: A tad hyped in the high mids, could use a more breathable ear pad material.
For casual listening, they sound strikingly similar to Monoprice's popular 8323 DJ Headphones, as others have pointed out. These have slightly less exaggerated bass response, but side-by-side, I was hard-pressed to tell the difference. The 8323's also fit my head much better, as the 605050's were very large, even at the smallest size adjustment, and the pads wouldn't sit neatly over my ears. At 2-3 times the price of the excellent 8323's, I can't think of many reasons why I'd recommend the 605050 headphones over their cheaper siblings, or, for that matter, over the many other studio headphones in the sub-$100 range that are popular for audio production.
I hope they receive an update in the future, as I'd love to see Monoprice offer an improved design that better meets the needs of audio professionals. The rest of the Pro Audio line has proven more than capable!
PROS: -Relatively flat frequency response for the price
CONS: -Poor frequency response for voiceover
PROS: Physically these headphones are fine. Solid plastic and build quality. Nice thick and coiled cable, 1/4" adapter that screws on tight. Quality padding on the ear-cups. Lightweight and comfortable.
CONS: Sound-wise, all the other reviews are correct. Boxiness in the mid range that makes these pretty unnatural sounding. I would DEFINITELY NOT recommend these for mixing audio. Do yourself a favor, spend the extra money and get a reputable set of phones. For casual listening, these are fine. Maybe not worth the $40 I spent, but hopefully they'll last a long time and be worth it.
NOTE: I'm currently running Pink Noise through them. I know that's typically only used to break in the low end and help round things out, but I figure it can't hurt. I'll post a followup in a week or so.
PROS: Sound quality is above average for the price - rivals similar units 2x the price. Aesthetics are very clean - I like the look and the single MP logo on the side. Swiveling cans is nice for studio use. Adjustable for large heads. Adapter for 1/4" to 1/8" is securely screwed on the end - no worries of it accidentally getting lost.
CONS: I have a large head and while these adjusted enough to accomodate this, the cans did not sit properly over my ears and the seal was sub-par for over the ear headphones. Others may not experience this - it could just be my head. Also, I would have preferred a non-coily cable but I understand others may prefer the coily kind. One odd thing was that I could not find markings indicating which side was left and which side was right - I figured it out by using the balance control on my amp. For others - the MP logo goes on the left.
Pros are the price of course, and if you lose them you won't be terribly bummed.
Cons are the sound, which lacks proper bass response and focuses way to heavily on the mids. The sizing of them is weird as I have a large head and had to shrink them down to their smallest size to fit, and they don't breathe well either. After sitting in my air conditioned VO booth for just 10 minutes without heavy movement I already want to take them off as my ears have gotten sweaty. I think this is due to the plastic construction and cheap fake leather.
The Monoprice headphones are functional however and the sound isn't terrible (maybe just beyond decent), but once you've had a proper pair of studio headphones however it's hard to go backwards in quality. If you're on a budget and can't afford more, then they'd be alright in a pinch.
PROS: Good sound isolation from the close back design
CONS: Poor bass response, with emphasis on mids. Bad sizing and unbreathable materials which causes sweating.