Monster Inspiration (Black)
Manufacturer: Monster Part number: CNETINSPIRATION
- Bottom Line:
- While the Monster Inspiration headphones aren't a bargain, their combination of excellent sound and solid build quality, plus a decent accessory package, makes them worth a long look if you're considering a full-size pair of headphones in the $250 to $300 price range.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $219.95 - $249.99
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 09/11/2012
The good: The Monster Inspiration headphones are comfortable, have good build quality, and offer impressive, rich sound with good detail and punchy bass. They come with three detachable headphone cables, microphone options for iOS and Android mobile devices, and an extra headband cover you can swap in. Also, they fold up and come with a nice carrying case.
The bad: The Inspiration is a fairly bulky headphone set and pretty pricey -- and the extra headband covers are priced too high at $30.
The bottom line: While the Monster Inspiration headphones aren't a bargain, their combination of excellent sound and solid build quality, plus a decent accessory package, makes them worth a long look if you're considering a full-size pair of headphones in the $250 to $300 price range.
Great Pair of Headphones!
by Karen4love on September 24, 2013
Pros: Great sound quality, good noise cancelling
High build quality and play music without batteries
High Bass when powered on
Cons: High Price
Slightly heavier than average
Summary: So I decided to get these over the Noise Isolating Inspirations and I do not regret the decision. I was afraid that like the QC15 from Bose, it would only ...
Summary: So I decided to get these over the Noise Isolating Inspirations and I do not regret the decision. I was afraid that like the QC15 from Bose, it would only work well if the ANC is on. You don't have to worry about that here as you can still continue to use it even if it doesn't have batteries. Right out of the box I was impressed with the build quality and creativity that was put into the headset. It also comes with an additional headband to give you a customization option just to be different. One thing I didn't like is the plastic ear cups that go around your ear, I thought it would be a brushed aluminum like the brackets holding the headphones together.Edit:
The Sound - I'm usually very picky when it comes to headphones, especially having had a bunch of "expensive headphones" in my arsenal (Beats Studio, QC15, Monster Ncredible, Beats Pro, Grade 325is, etc etc). I'm very meticulous about the sound that should come out especially when your about to spend 300+. With that said, I'm comfortable in saying that these sound great. Aimed primarily towards hop-hop and dubstep style music, the bass is a bit heavier but better balanced than your "Beats by Dre" branded headphone. Highs and Mids don't take the back seat as they are crisp and fulfilling. You get great sound on or off the ANC as well, its really a matter of wanting to get rid of ambient noise vs loudness of your music.
The Noise Canceling - I originally bought this pair because of the Noise Canceling feature. Lets be clear, the QC15 headphones from Bose is the golden standard of noise cancelation. It gives you a feeling of being almost completely deaf and you can almost not even hear yourself talk unless you speak very loudly. The Monster Inspirations don't come close. When you turn the switch one, it gets rid of very small ambient noise. You would still be able to hear people and yourself talking or the tv if it were on and you had no music playing. Things are very different when your pumping music through the headphones. You can pretty much eliminate all sound when you have the NC feature on and the music at 60%-75%. Personally I'd like to say that the batteries are more for an amp than noise canceling. The headphones get louder and clearer with the switch turned on, always a good option to have for music lovers.
Comfort - I always use it on my commute to school and work and these are very, very comfortable. The ear cups haven't hurt me after long periods of listening despite having the square shape. The also have just the right amount of squeeze in them to keep you from flinging them off or giving yourself a headache.
Overall, I'm beyond satisfied with my purchase. I would recommend these to people who love all types of music thats not just bass heavy. It handles all types of music very well. Hopefully this review can give you a better idea of what your purchasing, and before buying these headphones I suggest to check for best offer at: Headphoneschoose.blogspot.com/p/monster-inspiration.html
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Updated on Dec 10, 2013
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Awesome get them.Best
by 9ersfootball on February 11, 2013
Pros: Clear sound, natural sound, and awesome sound. Can't hear any thing with them on. Best headphones I have ever had.
Cons: There are not any cons.
Summary: They are worth the moeny.
Summary: They are worth the moeny.
Very comfortable fit, Clean, Smooth, Clear sound!!
by whatif22 on February 5, 2013
Pros: Durable, plenty of soft padding for head and ear comfort, great but not over powering bass coupled with the clarity works well for the variety of music I listen to. I use the multiple audio cables with my iPad and android phone.
Cons: The material used to cover the padding around the ears could have been something a little more heat resistant to support long use, but I used these on a 5 hour flight and didn't experience sweaty ears.
Summary: I took my music with me and listened to about 7 pair of headphones to include the wireless ones. They all were a little overpriced, but I got my Monster ...
Summary: I took my music with me and listened to about 7 pair of headphones to include the wireless ones. They all were a little overpriced, but I got my Monster Inspirations for 25% off. These are big, but they are full size headphones and very comfortable for my head size, I found these to fit my budget and meet my listening needs; I also use an equalizer on phone to enhance my listening experience. Noise cancellation works great, used on several occasions when flying and the attendant has to physically tap my shoulder because I never hear the put away electronics announcements, also works well when home with a house full of girl daughters arguing (HaHaHa). Bottom line it's all about the buyer's budget and listening taste, so if you can take your music and try what's in your budget then do it. These are exceptional Full Size Headphones for all types of music!!!
Very comfortable, very smooth, natural sounding music.
by marty9071 on December 31, 2012
Pros: Very comfortable, very smooth, natural sounding music.It has 3 headphone cables,: 1 straight, and 1 control talk each for both Iphone & Android.The active noise cancellation is very effective, but i still hear all of the music.
Cons: The active noise cancellation doesn't automatically shut off. But the AAA batteries seem to last a long time.
Summary: Very comfortable, very smooth, natural sounding music.It has 3 headphone cables,: 1 straight, and 1 control talk each for both Iphone & Android.The active noise cancellation is very ...
Summary: Very comfortable, very smooth, natural sounding music.It has 3 headphone cables,: 1 straight, and 1 control talk each for both Iphone & Android.The active noise cancellation is very effective, but I still hear all of the music.
The idea of changeable color bands is a good idea.
Overall- I love them!!!
by Jacob1998 on December 27, 2012
Pros: Very Sleek and stylish, Great sound quality, Nearest monster headphones to natural sound, Fair amount of accessories, fairly comfortable
Cons: A bit overpriced, Ears heat up when concealed for too long, noise cancelling model is not very good (hissing noise)
Summary: If you buy the passive model you will be VERY satisfied, this would have received a 5 out of 5 but the price is a little bit on the steep ...
Summary: If you buy the passive model you will be VERY satisfied, this would have received a 5 out of 5 but the price is a little bit on the steep side. Luckily I bought it on sale (150$). Bottom line is that they are great cans, sound quality is amazing, they are very comfy but a little too expensive on full price if you ask me. GET THEM
Overpriced and underperforming
by Sapiendut on September 12, 2012
Pros: Stylish, the most "natural sounding" headset from Monster
Cons: Generates lots of hiss when noise cancelling is turned on, sound quality is still very far from natural, useless when the battery die (can not be used as a passive headphone without the batteries installed.
Summary: Forget this unit, pay a tad more and get PSB M4U-2 noise cancelling headphone instead. Built like a tank, hardly any added hiss in active mode, can be used as ...
Summary: Forget this unit, pay a tad more and get PSB M4U-2 noise cancelling headphone instead. Built like a tank, hardly any added hiss in active mode, can be used as passive headphone without battery installed, accurate and natural enough to be used as a mastering studio reference headset.
- Manufacturer: Monster
- Part number: CNETINSPIRATION
- Description: Experience Monster's legendary sound performance with a revolutionary pair of headphones that you customize to suit your style. Crystal-clear highs, powerful-deep bass, and an incredibly detailed midrange brings your entire music library to life with impressive realism and without distortion. A full line of interchangeable headbands lets you express your individuality in ways you've never imagined. It's Serious Audio in High Style.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headset
- Additional Features ControlTalk,
- Headphones Form Factor Full size
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Type Built-in