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Monolith M560 Planar Headphones
The Monolith M560 planar headphones are the perfect way to experience your music collection. Clarity, detail, and balanced sound are all hallmarks of a planar driver. A unique feature of the M560 is that you can tailor the sound to your taste with the ability to transform the headphones between an open or closed back configuration. Engineered for maximum comfort and durability, the Monolith M560 offers a premium audio experience.
Planar Driver and Functions
Planar Drivers: Not your typical headphone driver! A planar magnetic driver is a flat membrane that is surrounded by magnets. When current is delivered, the membrane produces sound that has lower distortion, better bass, and pinpoint imaging that is usually not found in your typical headphone driver. The size of the driver in the Monolith M560 is 56mm.
Open or Closed Back: The M560 has magnetic wooden cups, allowing them to be easily removed. Go open back for a slightly larger soundscape, a more natural sound, and a live music feeling; or a closed back configuration for isolation, no sound leakage, and a studio sound experience.
Comfortable Fit: The soft, plushy leather earpads fit comfortably around almost any set of ears. Listen to your music for hours without feeling the fatigue of wearing a headset. Just simply enjoy the music!
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|Style||Open or Closed|
|Magnetic Structure||Matrix Double Pole|
|Maximum Power Handling||500mW|
|Maximum SPL||100dB/1mW at 1kHz|
|Frequency Response||16 Hz ~ 40 kHz|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||Less than 1% at 1mW; 1kHz|
|Impedance||42 ohms ±10% at 1kHz|
|Optimal Power Requirement||20mW|
|Weight||1.1 lbs. (500g)|
First, whatever you do, don't judge these headphones straight out of the box. Honestly they sounded pretty bad. I thought about packing them back up and returning them right away.
But, after 24 hours of burn-in (playing music on them continuously), they have completely changed their sound. Before they were really bright and harsh and sibilant. They had very little to no bass. Not good! Then 24 hours later, WAY more bass. They are still bright, but not as harsh or sibilant as before. Still might be too bright for some tastes. If you like a darker sound, these are not for you. They do NOT sound like Audeze headphones.
Hopefully they will continue to smooth out as they burn in more.
I have compared them to my AKG K7XX, Sennhesier HD600, Fostex T50RP MK3, HiFiMan HE-400S, Paradox Slants, Audio Zenith PMx2, and Focal Utopia's. Initially, I thought all of the headphones listed were better. But after burning them in more, I will make another comparison. I think the M5660's will be a lot closer in the long run. Already, I think they have surpassed the K7XX and HiFiMan HE-400S. We'll see...
They definitely respond well to a touch of EQ to tame the peak at around 8Khz or 9Khz. A couple dB of mid-bass boost also helps give them more body.
PROS: Great build quality. Comfortable. Great design overall. Folds flat. Sound is good, but only after burn-in.
CONS: Sound terrible out of the box, but give them a chance and burn them in for at least 24 or more hours. Closed cup covers are a nice idea, but I don't think the closed mode sound as good.
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The Monoprice Monolith M560 Planar Headphones feature an unbeatable price point of $199, which made me wonder how stacks against the Audeze and Hifiman of this world. Before comparing it to other headphones, I listened to the these for 4-6hrs. Here are my finds based on that experience.
Very light (compared to other planar magnetics)
Nice short braided cable (detachable, so if you desire, you can do balanced cable later on)
Very comfortable band
Open and closed design for flexibility
Con’s (not all negative, just not positive)
Clasp is pretty light (many people will like that) on my big head, so when I shake my head or walk, the headphones are almost falling off.
Not easy to drive. On my onkyo dap, I had to get over 100 on my dap to hear (same as lcd-3)
I prefer slightly elongated cups, to entirely cover my ears (being picky here). To me, these almost act as on-ear rather than over ear.
How do these sound to my ears? After additional listening of 4-5 hrs of side by side against the competition, for me, the sound signature is somewhere between lcd-3 and hifiman he-1000. Not as sweet/warm as lcd-3 but not as neutral as he-1000. I do not get the same clarity or base with these though. The sound is slightly imprecise and only after comparing to others, I could hear the difference. I don’t always want to hear everything though for my older music, clarity would involve hearing recording artifacts. I also tried these with their open setting and closed setting. While the closed setting is convenient and respectful to people near you, I also did not find vast different in sound stage or clarify. To me, this means one of two things: the isolation is not adequate or soundstage is already pretty good. I’ll let you decide that.
I also compared these to beyerdynamic dt-880 and sennheiser hd-650. I feel like dt-880 little warmer while hd-650 is neutral, but I did not find them necessarily better or worse. I prefered these when listening to 80’s pop but dt-800 when chillin to pink floyd. HD-650 is my choice when listening to American pie.
For $199, these are very attractive and one should not expect the same performance as headphones 5-10x its cost. If this is your first foray into planar magnetics, you won’t be disappointed and will get the benefits of consistent performer at a very attractive price.
PROS: -Very light (compared to other planar magnetics)
-Nice short braided cable (detachable, so if you desire, you can do balanced cable later on)
-Very comfortable band
-Open and closed design for flexibility
CONS: -Clasp is pretty light (many people will like that) on my big head, so when I shake my head or walk, the headphones are almost falling off.
-Not easy to drive. On my onkyo dap, I had to get over 100 on my dap to hear (same as lcd-3)
-I prefer slightly elongated cups, to entirely cover my ears (being picky here). To me, these almost act as on-ear rather than over ear.