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Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphone with Mic
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 a 3.5 mm to 1/4" gold-plated adapter plug.
Also included are two 4-foot 3.5mm audio cables. One is a standard 3.5mm TRS cable for casual listening with all audio devices. The second is a 3.5mm TRRS cable with a single-button inline microphone/controller that allows for play/pause control and phone answering capability on all types of devices (iOS® and Android™).
High-quality sound, supreme durability, and maximum comfort. These ARE the 'phones you've been looking for!
- 1x Over-the-Ear Pro Headphones
- 1x 4-foot long 3.5 mm M/M audio cable with inline microphone/controller
- 1x 4-foot long 3.5 mm M/M audio cable
- 1x 3.5 mm F to 1/4" M adapter plug
|Driver Unit||50 mm|
|Sensitivity||100 ±3 dB / 1mW (S.P. L at 1 k Hz)|
|Frequency Response||20 Hz ~ 20 kHz|
|Wire Length||4' (1.2m)|
Of course, as we all know, whether you like a particular pair of headphones depends on what you plan on doing with them and what you listen to. Personally, I listen to a mix of music ranging from classical to pop to dance. I'm not what one would deem a "bass head" - I like my headphones to faithfully reproduce the entire audio spectrum. Knowing my requirements, the way I would rate my headphones would be Sony 7506 = Sony V6 Sennheiser HD 280 Sennheiser HD 201 Monoprice MEP-839 JVC HA-RX500 = Sennheiser HD 202.
In my comments below I make deliberate use of my adjectives (i.e. excellent very good good average).
Not surprisingly, the more expensive headphones sound the best. The Sony 7506/V6 have very good bass and excellent mids and treble frequencies which help bring out vocals. The Sennheiser HD 280's have excellent bass (better than the Sony's) and very good mids and treble (but not as good as the Sony's).
Of the ~$20 headphones, the Sennheiser HD 201 has the best overall balance with very good bass, mids, and treble - it's main deficiency is that it needs more power to drive they are noticeably quieter than the other headphones at the same volume setting. However, once you turn up the volume, I feel they are the most balanced of the $20 headphones.
The Monoprice MEP-839 falls next in terms of audio balance. It has very good bass and good mids and treble. It doesn't bring out mids and treble as well as the HD 201, but it is superior to the JVC HA-RX500 and Sennheiser HD 202. When compared to the 7506, V6, and HD280 I feel the bass is a slight bit muddier - with the more expensive headphones, the bass seems cleaner and has more of a punch. That said, the MEP-839 low frequencies extend as deep as the HD 280 and more than the 7506/V6. The reason I rate the MEP-839 bass as very good, instead of excellent, has to do with the fact it sounds a bit "muddy". The MEP-839's are relatively easy to drive and don't require the volume to be cranked up.
Finally, there are the JVC HA-RX500 and Sennheiser HD 202. I feel these 2 are pretty similar in audio quality. They both have very good bass with average mids and treble. The HA-RX500 is more comfortable than the HD 202, primarily because they are circumaural and sit around your ears instead of the supra-aural HD 202 which actually rests on your ear. I can see why bass heads would like the HA-RX500 and HD202 - they emphasize bass over the mids/treble. That being said, I prefer my headphones to be balanced.
PROS: Inexpensive, bass has very good range, comfortable, good quality build, ear pads are effective at passive noise cancellation, ear pads fit Sony V6 or 7506
CONS: Tapping or bumping the cord is transmitted to headphones, balance is shifted more towards bass end - mids and treble are not as strong as bass not really a con - but why do these seem to always be out of stock?
These headphones remind me a lot of Sony’s. Dynamic range maybe is not wide. Sound is a bit more compressed. But there is a more than reasonable dimensional separation between instruments and they’re as much a pleasure to have on your head as the Sony’s. Ear pads rotate two directions to support a very comfortable placement over ears. Ear pads provide needed ambient sound elimination for music appreciation without fostering a migraine. The removable, interchangeable cables make listening to music convenient whether you’re working out or hanging out by your amplifier. Maybe not the greatest headphones on the planet but they’d be my first choice backup if my Sony’s were to go out. At this price, I haven’t seen anything that comes near them. They’re a true value in my eyes.
PROS: There is a more than reasonable dimensional separation between instruments and they’re as much a pleasure to have on your head as professional studio headphones.
Well constructed and you get 2 different removable wires.
At great value at this price point.
CONS: Dynamic range maybe is not wide as more expensive headsets. Sound is a bit more compressed.
On to the most important part, the sound. Obviously they don't even compare to my Sure SE425 IEMs, but they sound way better than I expected for this price point. They don't make music sound like it's "in a can" like many cheap closed-back 'phones do, though they don't sound incredibly spacious either. Most pop and rock tunes I played on them sounded absolutely astounding, thanks to fair frequency response and overexaggerated, thumping bass. On some music though, particularly tracks without much drumbeat, they sounded a bit muddy with the bass drowning out some of the detail higher up the frequency range. A certain vocal range seems to come out kind of shrill, but most songs don't hit this pitch or combination of pitches.
I've listened to full range tone sweeps as well. I don't have pro equipment to measure with so I obviously can't objectively evaluate the frequency response, but I can hear any sharp irregularities and the overall range. They kick in at maybe 22 Hz and are pretty much faded out by 13 KHz (I know my hearing goes up to at least 17). There was some very minor left/right wobble, indicating slight variation between the two speakers enough to make some center-panned instruments sound faintly off-center if you're listening for it. I didn't hear any sharp drops or jumps or particular frequencies that resonated or sounded more shrill than they're supposed to.
In conclusion, these are the best cheap headphones I've listened to. They sound great on a lot of music, but not by any means flat frequency response or neutral sound. I would definitely recommend them for casual listening, especially if you like thumping bass you can almost feel. But they're not audiophile grade and not suitable for content creation where you want as unbiased reproduction not that I would expect that for much less than 10x this price, hence why I rate this 9/10.
PROS: PRICE, sturdy, blocks outside noise well, replaceable *standard* cord, can unplug cord from headphones if you just want noise blocking, good sound, comfortable, folds for travel, includes short and long cords and 1/4" adapter
CONS: Obviously not as nice as what you'd get for a couple hundred. Heavy on the bass (can be a pro too depending on the music you listen to). The included cords don't feel like they're going to last but I hardly count this against them because you can swap them for any old 1/8" male-male stereo headphone cord ("aux cord") if they go bad.
PROS: Better than BEATS!!!
PROS: Drowns out the voices of obnoxious coworkers
CONS: Drowns out the voices of coworkers who I actually need to listen to
PROS: Price and sound quality
CONS: None for the price
PROS: Just about everything, build quality is decent for the price, sound quality is not combated by anything at this price range.
CONS: Please note that if you buy the 25 ft cable from monoprice, the tip does not fit into these headphones, i mean the plastic around the 3.5 plug.
I did a quick test with my wife's cousin's Beats. Here's the deal. Beats were slightly louder. They should be as they are battery powered. They did not fit over my ears, were a little tighter, etc. The difference is NOT worth an extra $270. Not even close.
I'll buy these again and again.
Would LOVE to see Monoprice bump these up ever so slightly in highs/bass (not really needed but I just want these to be 110% better than Beats in all ways possible) and make them a little "cooler". I'd gladly pay a few more bucks for that.
PROS: Very comfortable, fits well around the ears, good sound isolation, no "breaking in" period necessary, great bass, sound, etc. Works well for DJ'n...
CONS: None that I've been able to see/hear.
PROS: Engineering . Solid, good isolation, flat ...... I'm talking reference monitor FLAT.
CONS: Might be too small of ear cups for some.