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Monster Inspiration Headphones Review

While the standard Apple EarPods that come with the iPhone 5 are acceptable enough, if underwhelming, there are more alternatives out there for those who are serious about their music and want to hear it the way it was intended – clear and very, very loud. The new Inspiration headphones from Monster offer that very sound quality you crave but they do not come cheap. If however you are able to stretch to the $349.95 they are asking for, you will be rewarded with some of the best headphones on the market.

The Inspiration headphones are incredibly comfortable to wear and seem to fit just right. The headband is satisfyingly tight but not so much that would make it feel restrictive, while the lining on the headband and headphones ensures it doesn’t chafe, no matter how long you wear them for.

But the real reason for buying any headphones should be the sound quality and Monster do not disappoint with their offering, in fact they sound amazing. Bass sounds rich but is not overpowering while midrange sounds are full and vibrant. The Inspiration headphones give music an overall open feel and manage to squeeze a fully three-dimensional sound into its design &#8211- close your eyes and you could easily be at a live concert. The music has been imbued with an indispensable clarity with little to no distortion, although higher sounds can be slightly sharp at certain volumes. Overall though the sound is hard to fault and with headphones that fit so snugly, no sound is lost and no unwelcome noises make their way in. It’s just you and the music.

As well as the headphones you also get three cords &#8211- one for iPhones with an Apple ControlTalk remote, a universal cord with the same properties and a third one for purists with no controls – and a handy case for carrying them in when not in use.

Sound quality aside they also make quite the fashion statement. The chunky, bulky build may be too much for some, but you can’t deny that it looks stylish with its low-key design. But the real attraction visually is the interchangeable headband cover, which allows you to customise it with different designs to suit your fashion tastes. Some may see it as a throwaway gimmick but it adds a fun level of customisation to it. The only major flaw with that is the price of new headbands and you do not receive many with the headphones.

A large emphasis has been placed on the fashion side of proceedings but it would be a big mistake to think this has been Monster’s primary focus as the sound has been their priority and the design is just the icing on a very rich, if expensive cake. There really is only one genuine flaw and that is the price, which casual listeners should probably forgo. If however you are serious about your music and the price has not overwhelmed you then Monster’s Inspiration headphones may just be the way to go.

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