Monolith M560 Planar Headphones
    Product # 16051
    Monolith M560 Planar Headphones
    Product # 16051
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    Monolith M560 Planar Headphones

    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
    Open or Closed Back
    Comfortable Fit
    Planar Drivers
    Open or Closed Back
    Comfortable Fit


    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!



     
    Monolith M560 Planar Headphones



     
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    Model 16051
    Style Open or Closed
    Magnetic Structure Matrix Double Pole
    Magnet Type Neodymium
    Driver Size 56mm
    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)
     

     
    4.3 / 5.0
    7 Reviews
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    Break-in/Burn in REQUIRED!
    Wow, first one to review the M560's.
    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.
    Super Duper
    I like the M560 so much, I returned my HE400i and T50rp mk3 w/ shure pads the same day I got it. Monoprice did an amazing job for their first Planar release with its amazing build quality, comfy pads, quality cable and amazing SQ for such a low price! Now I can't wait for the 1060!
    December 23, 2016
    Purchased
    3 weeks ago
    Great Headphones for the money
    I don't have a great deal of experience with audiophile-level headphones. Before these, I had AKG K7XXs and a pair of PSB M4Us. The Monoprices are the first I've own that are planar-magnetic, and I have to say they are notably better than the AKGs and PSBs. Compared to the AKG they have a brighter, but not sibilant top end, and the soundstage is every bit as good with the ear caps off (and nearly as good with the ear caps on). Compared to the PSBs, the M560s have a deeper, clearer bottom. In fact, I never realized just how muddy the low end sounded on the PSBs before I got the M560s. And the Monoliths are about the same price as the AKGs and substantially less expensive than the PSBs. I cannot compare them with any other planar magnetic headphones, but it's hard to imagine getting more for you money than these cans provide.
    December 30, 2016
    Purchased
    2 months ago
    Surprising good
    Better than I expected and I expected a lot. Being able to change for closed to open is a nice feature. Best $200 headphones I've ever heard.
    December 22, 2016
    Purchased
    2 months ago
    Great, just a little nitpick the headband needs more tension
    Great for pretty much any genre but the leather headband doesnt hold enougth weight causing the headphones to sit a little to low, also they move a little to much when moving my head
    January 17, 2017
    Purchased
    3 weeks ago
    Great but missing on bass
    build quality is high and they feel expensive, they could use more bass, reason i returned them since i listen to all types of music, bass is below normal levels
    December 30, 2016
    Purchased
    2 months ago
    Excellent value for Planar Magnetics
    *I received this product on loan from Monoprice for a fair and honest review.*

    My review:

    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.

    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

    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.
    April 11, 2017
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    My cord got bent, where can I get a new one?
    A shopper on Nov 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. Please file an RMA replacement for your cable if it has failed over time. You may do so when you login to your Monoprice.com account. Thank you!
    Do the Monolith M560 Planar Headphones require a headphone amp? My son will be using them at school plugged into his laptop to listen to music.
    A shopper on Nov 25, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I usually drive them with a headphone amp, but I have tried them just plugged directly into my laptop and the volume seems plenty good.
    Can the Monolith M560 Planar Headphones be used plugged directly into a laptop or video game system? Or do they require a headphone amplifier of some type?
    New User U on Nov 25, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The Monolith M560 can be plugged directly into a laptop or video game system. In general, they will play louder with an outboard headphone amplifier.
    cable length, ear hole diameter, ear piece plug size on Monolith M560?
    Allan A on Jan 12, 2017
    Where are these manufactured?
    A shopper on Dec 22, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: With the state of electronic manufacturing the way it is, these are (of course) made in China. They look even better in reality. The pictures don't do them justice. I'm in the process of writing a review.
    How is the bass on these?
    A shopper on Jan 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The bass is natural, neither overblown nor thin. Not that you asked, but I think the sound is good overall, and very good for the price. My one slight bone to pick is a bit of peakiness in the midrange, but it's not obvious, and most headphones in this price range and below have it in spite of every effort being made at damping.
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