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Monoprice Bringing Superior Sound yet again at an Unbeatable Price Point
Monoprice: A company known for making quality accessories while undercutting prices. Personally, I have found Monoprice to have pretty consistently good build quality. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m using a Monoprice keyboard with a Monoprice HDMI cable connected to my secondary display. Anyway, my personal experience is besides the point. Fact is, Monoprice makes no compromises while making their products comparable or better to their competitors and this shows when Monoprice makes our Best Cheap Headphones List, our Best Headphones List and our Best Earbuds of 2015 List. Now, Monoprice does it again bringing us even more headphones at unbeatable prices.
The first of Monoprice’s new on-ear and over-ear headphone line is the Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear Headphone. The rather generic name aside, the price point is very low at $14.99. The name pretty much says it all. It’s a lightweight on-ear headphone. Monoprice practically explains the entire product right in the name. Interpret that as you would like, but for $14.99, you get a corded cable and an in-line remote with integrated microphone. Corded cables are objectively better than regular cables, just because of the addition of fabric, so the fact that you get a corded cable at such a low price point is pretty amazing.
Continuing the generic naming is the Hi-Fi Over-The-Ear Headphone. The price point is still relatively low at $69.99. Yet again, the name pretty much explains everything. Monoprice claims that it is the “best-sounding set of headphones in its class” as their flagship corded headphone. As far as what that $69.99 entails, we get pretty much the same features with the Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear Headphone with the corded cable and an in-line remote with integrated microphone, but we get a removable cable as, as well as optimal tuning that gives superior sound clarity.
You probably get the general pattern by now. The naming is generic, but I suppose at least it’s informative. At $99.99, this is definitely the odd one of the bunch. We get an in-line remote and integrated microphone, but pretty much everyone else is different. Seeing that these are active noise-cancelling headphones as the name implies strongly, we get ANR technology that eliminates the ambient environment for a more isolated listening environment. There’s also a 5-watt amplifier, which explains the Bass Boost part of the name.
Generic names aside, for the pricepoint, they’re all very comparable competitors. All three are available today on Monoprice’s website for their respective prices.