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Studio Reference Monitor Headphones (Closed-Back)
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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
Sensitivity 98dB ±3dB
Impedance 45Ω ±15% @1kHz
Nominal Input 500mW
Maximum Input 1200mW
Distortion ≤ 1%
Plug Size 3.5mm (1/4" adapter included)

6 Reviews

65% of the reviewers recommend this product


Not for VO

  • David Autovino,
  •  Auburn, NY 
  • 11/24/2015 7:52:55 AM

Pros: -Relatively flat frequency response for the price

Cons: -Poor frequency response for voiceover
-Large fit

I record and produce voiceover for commercial, radio, and web from my home studio. Monoprice's Pro Audio line has furnished my studio with some amazing products at bargain prices, and I had high hopes for these headphones. Unfortunately, though other reviews have praised them for having a relatively flat frequency response in this price range, a pronounced midrange gives speech a very "boxy" or "roomy" sound, distorting my voice enough to prevent me from being able to properly EQ it. They'd probably be decent budget cans for music production, but I had to send them back. RMA process was prompt and easy, though having to pay the return shipping was a bummer.

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!

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Solid phones.

  • Kevin Reeves,
  •  Traverse CIty, MI 
  • 9/27/2015 4:21:38 PM

Pros: Good sound at a great pricepoint.

Cons: A tad hyped in the high mids, could use a more breathable ear pad material.

For the price, these phones can't be beat. I've had them for 9 months and, so far, they are still crankin'.
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.

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Meh.. good if you don't know better

  • Anonymous,
  •  Culver City, CA 
  • 12/4/2014 9:39:38 PM

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.

I own a recording studio and in the booth I usually opt to give a talent a pair of close back headphones so you don't get bleed back in to the microphone. The main go to is a pair of Sony MDR-V6/7506. The Sony headphones cost around $100 however and since Monoprice usually makes pretty solid stuff, and they were only $55 I thought I'd give them a try.

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.

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Big, Decent Sound

  • Anew Madrid,
  •  San Jose, CA 
  • 8/26/2014 9:21:07 AM

Pros: Big Ear Earpieces, long, durable cord, storage bag, full Sound

Cons: big, slip off head, cheap feeling

For 60 bux they have a good sound. Honestly they aren't much better than the DJ ones monoprice sales. They don't fit my head well (I wear 7 1/4 fitted ball cap) even at the smallest setting they are loose. Over all though they provide a decent mix. When I first bought them I hooked em up to a laptop and played music out of em for like 10 hours before I actually used them. They are decent and can be used in a vocal booth. My main headphones are AKG Q701.

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Good sound, not the best fit (for me), missing a few things..

  • Brad Thompson,
  •  Raleigh, NC 
  • 8/26/2014 7:06:31 AM

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.

Overall, I'm happy with these and won't send them back. The sound quality is nice for the price and I can definitely use them for home audio listening as well as live sound applications. I will probably keep an eye out for better fitting headphones specifically for me and let others in my household use these eventually.

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