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    Monoprice Modern Retro Over Ear Headphones
    Product # 16150
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    Model 16150
    Driver Size 50mm
    Frequency Response 15Hz ~ 25kHz
    Impedance 32 Ohms
    Sensitivity 94dB ±3dB
    Cable Length 9.8 ft. (3m)
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    How does this headphone compare to the 8323? Is this a newer model of the same headphone and is it basically the same drive with larger/different pads etc? How does this compare in Bass response and noise isolation?
    Jason J on Jun 22, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The Retros have a 50mm as does the 8323, but it has a wider frequency response range allowing for a wider range of sounds. You are also looking at a Sensitivity rating of 100dB vs 94. With a lower impedance rating for the retros you are also going to get better sound quality.
    When is this coming back into stock?
    A shopper on Dec 14, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: They are back in stock and I like mine alot and for 25.00 you can't beat the souncthat they have...Gary
    Are the cups for the 16150 bigger than the 8323?
    A shopper on Apr 17, 2017
    Monoprice Modern Retro Over Ear Headphones
    Monoprice Modern Retro Over Ear Headphones
    Monoprice Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphones with Mic
    Monoprice Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphones with Mic
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The 16150 will have a little larger ear cups than the 8323.

    The 16150 inner ear cups will have a inner diameter of 59.5mm. Where the 8323 inner ear cups will be 40mm wide and 59mm tall. I hope this helps.

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    Will a version wit detachable cord be made? I own them and the cord's length is silly. Want another pair with regular or detachable cord.
    Miguel OR Erin G on Mar 22, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: No plans for detachable cord at this time. This semi-pro headset is designed for audio engineers to move freely throughout the recording studio.
    Are the ear pads / cups replaceable on these headphones?
    New User U on Sep 23, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can pull them off and put them back on.
    Is the cord detachable for these headphones?
    Rahsaan B on Dec 27, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Nope, but they come with 1/8" to 1/4" adaptor, which was a good surprise
    Are these over-ear headphones sound isolating closed style or are they open air?
    A shopper on Mar 9, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: They do cover your entire ear, so they will block out outside sound. I use them in a lab with plenty of fan noise, and they do a good job of reducing the ambient noise.
    Will this be available again?
    A shopper on Feb 18, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Should be in stock this week.
    I'm a student and I listen to music all over campus. I have been using apple earbuds since they came with my phone, but i wanna step up from that. I got the Modern Retro fit headphones thinking they would do what I needed, but quickly realized that 1) they were bulky and 2) the wire was so LONG! It was longer than I am tall. I want to ask you if they are comfortable to wear for along period of time, comfortable around the neck when I am not using my headphones, and if the cord is a manageable length?
    New User U on Mar 1, 2017
    Monoprice Modern Retro Over Ear Headphones
    Monoprice Modern Retro Over Ear Headphones
    Monoprice Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphones with Mic
    Monoprice Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphones with Mic
    BEST ANSWER: As a long-time user of the 8323 and new owner of the 16150, I went the opposite way. So far, I personally find the 8323 to be slightly lacking detail in the mids and highs and to be somewhat less comfortable for long-term wear, though these are pretty subjective criticisms. However, the 8323 is extraordinarily portable, relatively comfortable around the neck given the size - though it's easy enough to just use them with an ear cup off, they pivot and fold in many handy ways - and the cord is detachable, so if it isn't a manageable length for you, you can use any male-male 3.5mm cable and make it manageable. They're a good fit for me when listening to music while out-and-about or while working around the house - that said, they're still not truly small, these are over-the-ear headphones for everyone I've let try them.
    Do these need an amplifier?
    A shopper on Dec 31, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: They seem to be higher impedance than most budget headsets. An amplifier will bring out the true value of these drivers.
    Could they be used to plug into guitar amp?
    A shopper on Sep 16, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't recommend doing that. These are 32 Ohm, about 4 times higher impedance than the speaker output of a guitar amplifier. Also these are stereo and guitar output is mono. Monoprice does make a Headphone Plug-in for guitars product: 611502 = https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=611502
    Are these over-ear headphones sound isolating closed style or are they open air?
    Mike D on Mar 9, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: They are closed, in the sense that they have a solid back which directs sound in and limits sounds out. These are great headphones for the price, but they are not studio headphones. They leak sound out and allow a little ambient sound in.
    EXACTLY how long is the cord. I would use these for watching TV and need a long cord. Also, I have a problem with hearing voice, would these headphones give clarity to speech? Thanks...Rich
    A shopper on Apr 27, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: The cable is 10' long. These are nearly reference quality headphones. The mids and high are very clear with just a little bump in the bass. Dialog and vocals come through with a real nice presence. They should be able to do exactly what you need them to do. We have extension cables if you need more than 10'
    Monoprice Designed for Mobile 12ft 3.5mm Extension Cable
    Monoprice Designed for Mobile 12ft 3.5mm Extension Cable
    4.5 / 5.0
    88 Reviews
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    1 Star
    Easily some of the best cans. Unmatched value.
    I'd call myself a seasoned "budget" audiophile. These headphones easily outclass anything under $100 and trade blows with cans in the $200 range. The tonality is great. Bass hit deep without ever being muddy, mids are luscious while the highs sparkle. Better than Phillips Fidelio X2, ATH M50, HD598, and so much more I've heard in this range.

    Buy these headphones. EASILY of the best reference dynamic headphone under $200. Beyond $200 you might as well get into Planars like the Hifiman HE-400i or even the Monoprice M1060.

    I've only had them for 2 days so we'll see how they hold up in build quality but so far, no cons.
    November 25, 2017
    Awesome for the Price!
    First I'm not a Sound Engineer, so my review for this is from a consumer perspective. I own a few headphones at the moment. Among them are the Sony MDRXB950BT which have amazing base long lasting battery, sound amazing but they are clampy. My wife own a dreadful Beats which i dont want to talk about it. I also own the Philips SHP9500 which are the best budget open air headphones imo which I use for gaming. I have own at some point the ATH M30x, 8323 and many others that I have return. I'm keeping this one. The retro look is awesome the price is unbeatable for the quality and they are extremely comfortable. But the sound quality is amazing. Voice is crisp and you can hear all instruments in the song. I will totally recommend, it has a really long cable which makes it even more retro and I have no complaint, it might have issues on a smartphone case, but with mine has no problem. Anyways gets 5 stats and I totally recommend.
    January 28, 2017
    1 year ago
    Good sound for the price
    First of all these headphones need an amp. Using them only with my phone or Laptop leaves a lot to be desired. I ran it off of my CMOY and my Objective 2. They sound nice with both. Lots of Bass but not overwhelming. I would say that these headphones are suited for Hip Hop/EDM and maybe even Hard Rock. I wouldn't say they're basshead headphones, but compared to some open back headphones I own the sub-bass is more pronounced. High's and Mids are OK, definitely not fatiguing. I tried some live tracks and compared them to my HD598 and Noticed right away that the sound stage is lacking. Instruments sound like they are right on top of each other. This is a problem for some types of music, but I wanted these mainly for Hip Hop and that genre suits these just fine. A definite buy for the price. I knocked down a star because of the small sound stage and because the pads make my ears sweat. I plan to replace the pads with velour pads.
    March 8, 2017
    1 year ago
    Excellent monoprice quality, could be a bit louder
    Overall they are great, as compared with the highly regarded 8323 headphones, that are much lauded as the best headphone under $50.

    My review is comparing them to the 8323, as that's the only other over the ear style I own.

    The fit and finish is top notch, they are soft and the pressure on your head is excellent. The speaker sounds excellent as well, a bit more base then the 8323, and maybe a bit less top end. The SPL or loudness isn't as good as the 8323, I think I'll run these with an inline amp in the future.

    I like the cord, the 1/4 jack physically screws off the 1/8 jack, but the cord is REALLY long, which might be ok for listening from a physical stereo, but from my phone is just unwieldy.
    December 5, 2016
    1 year ago
    Great Value For Money, And Great Design
    Got these because my Audio Technica ATH-M30 are getting worn out and are only usable with a set of Monoprice replacement pads. Really comfortable despite the firm pads, don't touch or crush my ears like most headphones and can use for extended periods. The sound is okay, the bass is definitely increased but good, the mid-range isn't great but much better than most headphones at this price. Great everyday headphones, emphasize the audio ranges most pleasant to hear, fall short of Sennheiser 380HD Pros for monitoring but much more enjoying for casual use.
    December 24, 2016
    1 year ago
    Good for the price, but still room for improvement.
    First, I would like to say that I thoroughly am enjoying these headphones! I would in no way so I am a hardcore audiophile, but I am quite picky about my headphones and speakers. These headphones are pretty much exactly what I was hoping for in this price range. I get good full sound, and a comfortable fit. These don't excel with sub bass tones (<40Hz) but you can hear it still. For the first week of using these pretty much everything below 100Hz distorted at med - high volumes. That has smoothed out quite a bit after using them for a while.

    As for fit these headphones are surprisingly light. They don't feel too breakable, but they don't feel too heavy. They do feel loose on my head though. I wish these would squeeze my head more. If I hold my hands on the sides the bass does increase quite a bit, and they feel more comfortable! I had compared these to a set of Samson SR950s, and the Samson set was far more comfortable to me.

    My only other grip is that they don't have a removable cord.

    Overall these are a great set of headphones if you are looking for something cheap and good sounding!
    February 10, 2017
    1 year ago
    Call them the Superlux 669
    These are almost identical in sound signature to the Superlux 669, or the Samson 850. Warm, bass forward and rolled off somewhat in the treble.


    There are two issues with these. First, the pads must be replaced. I would recommend going with a pair of HM5 round pads, as the cups are pretty large.

    Second, the cable. It's cheap....and that's ok. I wish they would have gone with the 'superlux' system, but they did not. I spent some time customizing the cable, and I would recommend you do the same. cut the connector are strain relief from the bottom of the cord, and then cut the cord at the cup end with 1 to 2 inches of extra cord. solder the connector that you removed and then just use 3.5mm cable extenders and you're done.

    For $20 these are a no-brainer. But them and spend another $20 - $30 and you're all set. Well, that is if you want a warm pair of closed cans.
    September 12, 2017
    1 year ago
    Fantastic Bargain
    I purchased the Modern Retro Over Ear Headphones (on sale) and I am quite impressed. The sound is fantastic and the 50mm drivers deliver great bass without sounding over-hyped or tiresome. The best part is the sweet mid-tones which deliver coherent, detailed vocals and guitar licks.

    My only small complaint was the ear-pads. While they are quite thick and soft enough, the synthetic material gets warm especially since these are the closed back types. So I replaced them with velour pads and plan on using these cans for a long, long time.Write your review here. It must be at least 50 characters long. Consider whether you would recommend this product and what you like or dislike about it.
    December 1, 2017
    10 months ago
    Amazing for the price
    Certainly not the equivalent of expensive cans, but for the price, sound really good. Solid bass, a little heavy but eq's nicely. Good fit, very good isolation. Really hard to go wrong with these.
    February 7, 2017
    1 year ago
    These are the headphones I've been looking for - big-headed people rejoice!
    Yes, finally! These are my favorite headphones of all time.

    Here's what I want in headphones: over-the-ear style with good noise isolation (I have kids - sometimes I want to listen to music, not the kids), good sound reproduction (obviously), lightweight, fit a big head

    My previous set of over-the-ear phones was the Monoprice DJ-style phones which are overall quite good, but uncomfortable to wear for extended periods because even at full extension if the phones are seated comfortably on my ears the top piece presses too hard on the top of my (large) head. These phones, on the other hand, fit beautifully. I have worn these for hours at a time with absolutely no discomfort.

    The soft ear surrounds are extremely comfortable and seal well, even with glasses. Noise isolation is acceptable (sometimes I put them on just to get it a little quieter if the kids are being noisy in the next room).

    They sound good. Sound is comparable to the DJ-style headphones, maybe a little more "open". I haven't noticed any weird humps in the frequency response. Bass is full and strong without being boomy. Mids and highs are clear.

    I have one quibble with these: the cable is really long. I mean, it's sometimes nice to have a long cable, but if you're just using these with a laptop or phone or something, it's ridiculously long. I just coiled up the excess with a velcro cable-tie and I'm good to go since I mostly use these at my desk, but the cable is honestly too long for mobile use. The DJ-style phones have a detachable cable (I think they came with a long and a short one, but I can't remember for sure). This is a great idea and would have been nice if they'd implemented it on these.

    One really nice thing is that the included 1/8 to 1/4 adapter screws onto the 1/8 plug, so it's nice and secure.

    At the price point, these are a steal. If you have a big head and have trouble finding good phones that fit comfortably, you should buy these.
    August 16, 2017
    1 year ago