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    Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with Bass Boost
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    Drivers 40mm with neodymium magnets
    Frequency Response 20Hz ~ 20kHz
    Total Harmonic Distortion < 0.1% @1kHz in Passive mode
    < 0.5% @1kHz in ANC or Bass mode
    Impedance 32 ohms in Passive mode
    100 ohms in ANC or Bass mode
    Sensitivity 93dB ±3dB / 1mW @1kHz in Passive mode
    103dB ±3dB / 1mW @1kHz in ANC mode
    104dB ±3dB / 1mW @1kHz in Bass mode
    Noise Cancellation Up to 15dB
    Bass Boost 10dB
    Amplifier Power 5 watts
    Built-In Microphone Yes
    Microphone Frequency Response 100Hz ~ 10kHz
    Microphone Sensitivity 45dB ±3dB
    In-Line Controls Play/Pause, Answer/Terminate Calls, Volume
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    Are the ear cups real or synthetic leather?
    New User U on Dec 10, 2016
    Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with Bass Boost
    Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with Bass Boost
    Noise Cancelling Headphone with Active Noise Reduction Technology
    Noise Cancelling Headphone with Active Noise Reduction Technology
    BEST ANSWER: They feel nice but I'm pretty sure they are synthetic leather.
    Are these bluetooth capable, or wired only?
    A shopper on Dec 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Wired only. Great headphones! Comfortable and sound amazing, but they are wired.
    Are these headphones good for tv, and are do they have a digital connection for my television set?
    A shopper on Nov 20, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: They are very good for tv. You would plug them into the headphone jack of your A/V receiver just like if you were going to listen to the radio.
    What is the weight?
    Benedetto D on Dec 14, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, this item should weigh approximately 1lb. Thank you for your question and I hope that was helpful!
    Does this set come with a carrying case?
    A shopper on Dec 26, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, it comes with a travel case and a small pouch inside that velcros to the inside for the necessary adaptors. The case is semi rigid so it protects the headphones when not in use
    How long does the battery last?
    Vince M on Dec 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I usually get the listed 20 hours. I recommend getting a couple rechargeable batteries to go with it. At least 4 so you can cycle them out.
    Box says made for iPhone, etc. Will they work on an Android platform?
    A shopper on Nov 26, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: It uses a standard 3.5mm audio plug. It won't work on the newest iPhone, or the Pixel 2 as they don't have audio ports.
    So to answer your question: Yes, as long as you have a headphone jack in your phone. :)
    Can I purchase a new inline control cable?
    William M on Jul 31, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: You could, the inline control cable that's included is completely detachable.
    3.9 / 5.0
    43 Reviews
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    Good Build Quality, Good ANC, Mediocre Audio
    * Monoprice sent me a review sample, for free, in exchange for an honest review. *

    Headphones look and feel well built. Plastic pieces are made of sturdy high quality plastic which is something I've come to expect from Monoprice. The metal portions are also sturdy and feel as they will last. Leather ear cups are soft but firm and shouldn't wear out quickly. Though the ear cups are a tad small which means for people with large ears these may become uncomfortable after a while. The included cable is seriously way too short. It will not reach my laptop, on my lap, when wear the headphones. Also the mic quality is underwhelming as well. It feels/sounds like it was an afterthought.

    After testing the music quality of these headphones via my Alto 6 Channel Mixer I have determined that the music quality of these headphones is sub-par. Music sounds distant and echoey. Highs and Mediums sound washed out. The Bass is good but for a 100$ pair of headphones I would have expected better. However the active noise canceling in these is very good. My room has a noise AC and turtle tank filter and these headphones cut out the sounds of those but I was still able to hold a conversation with people while wearing them.

    I recommend these to anyone who travels a lot via airplane, train, or bus. The noise canceling is great at cutting out background noise while still allowing you to hear people around you.

    PROS: Good Active Noise canceling

    Good build quality

    Sturdy carrying/storage case

    CONS: Music drivers are sub-par

    Cable is a little too short (I am 6'2" if that helps.)

    Mic quality isn't that great compared to other in-line’s
    September 17, 2015
    Value, but a few issues for me
    I would have given a 4 but, the fit and the in-line controls not working were very big issues for myself that may not affect other users. These headphones sound great and the noise canceling is great considering the price point. As some other users stated these are a bit bulkier looking which doesn't bother me however, while they do adjust for size they will not adjust to as large as Bose or AT headphones. I may just have a large head but this leaves these being quite tight and uncomfortable to wear for very long, an issue I haven't had with other brands. Also, I've become very reliant on using in-line controls and microphone during travel. I tested the headphones with a few android devices (Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nvidia Shield all on 6.0) and could never get the in-line controls to work. They worked fine with my friend's iPhone just to confirm it was a functioning unit but, doesn't help me a whole lot.

    PROS: Good sound, great noise canceling for the price point

    CONS: Unit is a smaller fit than other brands, in-line controls do not work with android
    January 15, 2016
    Great sound for a great proce
    This headset was provided free of charge by the Monoprice Scribe Program to conduct a review on.

    I have been using these headphones for about two weeks now. The construction quality is top notch, using high quality plastics throughout, and metal at the folding hinges. The plastic feels nice to the touch, and there is a great amount of flexibility to allow the headset to fit your head just right. There's around 1.25" (or 30 millimeters) of adjustment per band this wound up being EXACTLY enough for my head, but your mileage may vary as I had to extend them out all the way to get them to fit properly. To assist fitment, the cups on the side do pivot a bit, which is a nice touch. Padding in the headset is mostly good, offering plenty of support and comfort for extended listening sessions. Originally it took me a second to get them to sit correctly on my head given the cup size of the faux leather (is it real or fake?) ear cups used here people with particularly large ears might not find this headset comfortable for extended listening.

    Controls work exactly as they should and aren't overly convoluted. The only controls which will work on Android are the pause and skip buttons volume does not do anything on an Android or PC environment, though sound quality was best on a PC. The built-in mic is probably the only point of disappointment here, as the sound of my voice was far too muddy to reasonably be used for any meaningful conversation. Perhaps this could be re-visited to try and get sound quality improved, or maybe even just offered as a specialized accessory cable in the future and just remove it from the base model since in this implementation it feels very much like an afterthought.

    Having tested this headset on an iPad, a Zenfone 2, and a custom built PC using a Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec, sound quality is excellent when listening to music in all modes. The sound stage is reasonably large, allowing for a nice blend of treble and bass, though I feel like the mids could use a touch more life across. They aren't muddy, just not as turned up as the rest of the sound signature. Using Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) Mode corrects a lot of this for most genres of music, though you'll want to brace yourself for using either of the modes for these headphones as they have the effect of bringing the sound stage in closer, while pushing all other sounds outward, each by what I perceive to be roughly five yards or so. Bass Boost mode was enjoyable for genres that had a lot of bass in them, though for my personal use I wound up using ANC mode and Passive mode the most, since I listen to music while gaming, and Bass Boost made it too difficult to pick apart what I was hearing in game from what I was hearing in my music. My suggestion: listen to most music in passive mode first, then try it out in ANC mode and Bass Boost mode, but game with ANC mode on.

    Overall this is an excellent set of headphones (despite the microphone quality), and I would highly recommend these for content creators who need ANC for accurate noise perception, gamers who want to feel fully immersed in their gaming experience, or music lovers who want their tunes to sound the best they can without spending TOO much money on a good set of headphones.

    PROS: Comfortable, durable, excellent sound reproduction, ANC and Bass Boost work excellently, very flexible, great build quality, extremely competitive price

    CONS: microphone is kind of an afterthought (ignore its presence), mid-range frequencies are a bit off, folks with larger ears may not find these very comfortable
    September 6, 2015
    Shakes your head!
    Wow! When I heard I would be receiving a pair of these headphones to review. I was expecting to get the sound quality of a $99 set, not a $200 one! I can't officially consider myself a pure audiophile, but I know good sound when I hear it. The high's are very crisp and the low's without the active bass are good. Turn on the active 5w built in amp and whoa, you can blow out your ear drums! The bass would literally vibrate the cushion around my ears! Its a crazy feeling, but it sounds so good and clean. I tested with my Samsung Galaxy S4 using all kinds of genres of music. More bass heavy tracks from the Prodigy, to bone crunching metal guitar riffs of Trivium. Nothing ever distorted or sounded undefined. Just crisp clear audio and a great range of frequencies across the board.

    It comes packaged with a very nice hard shell case to store your headphones in when not in use. The cable is detachable, which is a awesome feature in case you ever ruin the original. The cable supplied is a bit on the short side at about 4 feet. It has built in volume adjustments and a pause/play track advance button. I had some trouble playing previous tracks but advancing and pause/play worked great. Volume adjustments did not work on my phone, but maybe it could be a conflict with my Double Twist app I use.

    The headset itself feels very well constructed and solid. I love the rubberized coating over the plastic. They look very attractive, colored a matte black with grey and chrome accents . The cushions are extremely soft, yet supportive. They feel very good over the ears and after a few hours of use, they didn't bother me. You can extend them to about a inch on each side to fit perfectly on your head.

    The main feature of these specific pair is the active noise canceling and bass boost. This is powered by 2 AAA batteries, which fit into a compartment on the left ear cup. The manual says they will last up to 20 hours, which is a good amount of time. Both features work great although the noise canceling reduces the bass and seems to increase the volume some. It does reduce the outside noise, but not entirely. The bass boost is simply amazing, and at full volume can't shake your whole head.

    Overall I was very impressed with these headphones. The only cons are the short cable and the loss of base when in noise canceling mode. Everything else gets a A+. Definitely feels like these could be easily sold for a extra $50.
    September 4, 2015
    Good value for the budget conscience
    For those that are not driven by name brands, this product offers a solid alternative. Construction, fit and functionally are solid for the cost. I am a firm believer in - you get what you pay for - in this case I received value for my money. I am only a occasional user and bought these to use on long plane flights. Key feature for me being the ANC function. Overall I would rate these A for value - B for performance.

    PROS: Construction - well made with materials that will withstand daily use. Ear pads have a comfortable fit.
    Audio - To my untrained ear, I found no detectable between these and a Bose set. The bass boost did a nice job of enhancing the sound.

    CONS: Weight - compared to the Bose and Beats product , these are a bulker in size with the increased weight.
    Manufacturer needs to look to reduce overall size of the earcups and connecting bar. The Bose product is lighter and smaller overall.
    ANC feature - A bit disappointed considering the ear cup/padding are well made. I found a marked difference in the performance between Bose and Monoprice. Manufacturer needs to improve this function..

    February 22, 2016
    Sorry, what? I can't hear you over this Active Noise Cancellation
    I want to start this review by saying that Monoprice sent me these headphones free of charge for review.

    With that in mind the price point for these headphones is spot on. If one was looking for a set of headphones that were as functional as they were aesthetically pleasing, these would be the ones to look for, especially for $99.

    The box these headphones come in is very clean, minimal and well built. The important information is written on the back of the box with listings such as 32 ohm impedance in passive mode, 100 ohms in Active Noise Cancelling and Bass modes. With up to 15dB of active noise cancellation on a 20Hz-20KHz frequency response these headphones are great for those long flights with screaming kids and noisy neighbors.

    These come with a very nice semi-hard carrying case for ease of travel. Inside are the headphones with a nice 1.4m(4.5ft) cable with inline microphone and controls. In my particular case there were 2 AAA batteries, necessary for the active noise cancellation and bass modes. You can listen to music, videos, etc without the need of the batteries, passive only mode, but you will mist on the 15dB noise cancellation. These do a great job of eliminating outside noise on their own being close-backed headphones but that ANC mode is all the more better with 4 mics working to cancel outside noise.

    Some cons are they are a little tight on the head, even though they are around the ear style headphones. The volume control does not work on Android, but the play/pause does. If not using the included case, which is a little bulky, the headphones do fold up for easy travel inside a smaller bag. Although the headband and ear cups are leather padded, they are a little uncomfortable after extended use.

    All in all I really like these headphones, they are not as good as my Big Brand Name headphones, which were half the price but that’s a different matter entirely. If I was in the market for a great pair of close-backed, Active Noise Cancelling headphones for a decent price, these are the ones that I would look for and eventually purchase. The pros outweigh the cons with this pair and I would gladly recommend them to anyone else looking for a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones.
    August 26, 2015
    I've had this product for 3,5 years and it is worn off, decided to leave a review.
    This is an amazing product, i'd recommend it to anybody. It's perfect for listening music with your phone, working/listening to music on your laptop and it even works great when you're gaming and using a mic with a stand. Overall great product. Very durable and sturdy. The only thing that isn't very good (nor very bad) about this product is the ANC function. If you're looking specificly for the best ANC, this isn't the best. But if you're looking for good bass boost or just overall a very good product, i recommend buying it. Sorry for my bad english.

    PROS: -Very comfortable
    -Bass boost works very well
    -Lasts long on battery
    -Nice sound

    CONS: -The ANC version is a little underwhelming
    August 10, 2016
    Very Comfortable, Almost puts me in a sound bubble.
    These came out to be quite comfortable, they do provide quite a bit of pressure on the sides, but the noise cancelling wouldn't work very well without it. The padding is something of a wonder, it feels like synthetic clouds, they breath a lot, so my ears never feel hot or sweaty during long listening sessions. The sound is great, especially when you use the base boost feature, I do rarely hear distortions in sound, but nothing that breaks the experience. The noise cancelling works very well on consistent sounds, like air conditioning or highway traffic, even the dishwasher can't be heard. It doesn't work quite as well on non consistent noises, like people talking, or maybe your cellphone going off, and by "not quite as well" I mean the noise is quieter but still audible to a degree. Overall I think these headphones were kind of a steal for under $100, especially since the noise cancelling and base boost last almost 30 hours on only 2 AAA batteries.

    PROS: Noise cancelling works well.
    VERY comfortable.
    Battery life so long you almost forget you need them.

    CONS: Not rechargeable.
    Doesn't make me breakfast, lol.
    September 20, 2016
    Disapointing Noise Canceling as compared to Monoprice's 10010 headphones
    When you 1st put them on, they feel great, they even isolate you from some ambient noise (is that what they call passive NC?) but then you turn on the (ANC) Active Noise Canceling and it's very disappointing as compared to Monoprice's 10010 headphones. Not only do they not cancel any noise (say from the tv ), but they add more noise from the static buzz (albeit this static buzz is also present in the 10010's it actually works as noise canceling in that model). I even thought my set was defective but when I tried it w/ some music the Bass boost did improve the sound, so they're still a useful headset but regardless the ANC is useless.

    PROS: Good Bass boost
    Very Comfortable
    Great Passive Noise Canceling

    CONS: Disapointing Active Noise Canceling (useless even) as compared to Monoprice's 10010 headphones
    June 11, 2016
    Headband cracked at month 13
    These phones performed well enough for watching tv without disturbing others, but on month 13 the headband cracked and I don't have a large head, these were a Christmas gift, should have asked for the extended warranty.
    January 22, 2017


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