The Monster Inspiration are sub-par headphones. They are sturdy and offer a unique headband design. Unfortunately the poor noise isolation and below average audio reproduction leaves much to be desired.
- Sturdy build.
- Interchangeable headband.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Poor audio reproduction.
The Inspirations feel sturdy but a little stiff. They are heavy and put more emphasis on style than comfort. The faux metal finish and sturdy, interchangeable headband look good. However, the ear cups are attached to the frame by a hinge that may be susceptible to breaking.
The Inspirations are offered in many colors. The silver version we reviewed looks great. Their rectangular ear cups, highlighted by the faux metal finish, give them a unique and premium feel. The headband is thick, heavily padded and offers multiple unique designs that can be clipped on, so you can change the look to suit your style.
These headphones are heavy, and you are likely to feel their weight on your head. They also feel a little stiff overall and not a great fit.
These headphones are moderately stable. They stay in place during casual listening sessions. Unfortunately, they feel too bulky and heavy for gym use. The slightly heavy ear cups sway a lot while running and will slip off your ears during high-intensity activities. On the upside, audio cable is detachable and won't yank the headphones of your head if they get hooked on something.
The Monster Inspiration are moderately portable headphones. They fold into a compact format that will easily fit into a backpack but may be a bit too cumbersome for smaller bags. They're too big to carry around on your person as they won't fit in most pockets, even larger jacket pockets.
Comes with a soft case that doesn't add too much bulk to the headphones and protects them from scratches and mild water damage. However, the case is not robust enough to shield the headphones from hard falls or high physical stress.
The Inspirations have awkward audio reproduction that may put off a lot of listeners. The bass and treble are very amplified, overpowering the mids. The audio profile seems to have been designed for bass-heavy music that does not emphasize vocals and other lead instruments. Depending on what you listen to, these headphones may disappoint you.
Poor performance. The entire range is overly hyped. Having the majority of over-emphasis in the bass and high-bass regions means these headphones tend to boom rather than thump. Also, depending on the fit and seal, the low-end cutoff could change noticeably. Given that these headphones are not very comfortable or ergonomic, this could be an issue.
Decent performance in the mid-range. The dip at 500Hz tends to thin-out the lead instruments (especially vocals) and push them to the back of the mix.
Poor and inconsistent performance. The high frequencies are nearly as hyped as the bass frequencies, over-powering the mid-range (where the lead instruments get their power and presence from).
The right ear shows significantly more distortion in the low-end region. This could be due to our positioning of the right ear cup, as these headphones are very difficult to place on the head. There's also a general rise in distortion at 100 dB SPL compared to 90 dB SPL, with a peak at 3KHz.
The Inspirations do not provide good noise isolation. The active noise cancelling is virtually nonexistent. Most of the isolation is provided passively by the somewhat-decent seal the ear cups provide. They are also quite leaky in the mid-to-high notes, allowing others to hear the vocals and percussion of your music at high volumes.
These headphones don't provide any isolation from 20Hz - 100Hz and only a modest amount of isolation above that. Most of the isolation is provided passively by the ear cups and not the ANC (Active Noise Cancelling).
These headphones leak a considerable amount of sound, starting from around 300Hz and up to 6KHz (from low-mids to mid-treble).
The Inspiration only has noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile for other use cases than noise canceling headphones, as they lack both wireless or an app, to enhance and customize their sound. On the upside, with the two AAA cells, they can deliver an incredible battery life that lasts more than 70 hours which should easily cover a weekend's worth of use without needing to change batteries.
The Monster Inspiration use two AAA batteries to deliver an excellent battery life of 75.5 hours. They can also continue playing audio passively once the batteries are dead. This means you won't have to change the batteries for a couple days, which is great for long flights or weekend trips where you don't have access to a store to purchase new AAA cells. Unfortunately, they do not have any battery saving features like an auto-off timer.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Monster Inspiration Headphones
- Extra interchangeable headband
- AAA battery (x2)
- Audio cables (x3)
- Carrying case
- Cleaning cloth