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Monster Inspiration Active Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 9, 2015

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Monster Inspiration Active Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 152 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 5.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.9   above average
Comfortable4.8   average
Price4.6   above average
Music4.4   average
Noise4.4   above average
Sound4.4   average
Heavy3.9   above average
Fit3.5   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Bose are good but for a older crowd IMHO and missing some serious style, Sennheiser is for audio purists and Streets and beats are good but way too plasticy and flimsy; not to mention everyone has em!"
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"It is nice that the audio still sounds good even when they are not powered."
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"The audio itself is crystal clear even when you crank them up."
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"They have been used for about 20 hours of flying recently and love going into my own musical or audio book world while sitting in an airplane for long periods."
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"The big bonuswith these headphones is that the bass is great and that's without the audio quality loss you get with nearly all consumer headphones like Beats etc."
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"Although they are supposed to be more balanced than the Beats offerings, they still lean towards the fun, slightly artificial side of the audio spectrum ."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Bose 15: they are comfortable, though in my opinion not as good as the Parrot Zik."
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"I have taken them on flights from Boston to Germany, Switzerland and Israel, and they performed admirably- good sound, comfortable (even for the Israel flight, which is 10+ hours from JFK) and good noise cancellation."
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"Comfort is fantastic despite everyone talking about how heavy they are."
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"They're comfortable, I can wear them forever, and they do a good job blocking out noise with the ANC."
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"They're beautiful, comfortable, and of course the packaging is designed to cancel out the guilt you might feel at spending so much money at once."
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"The quality and durability of construction is excellent, it works well as a phone headset, the comfort level is great (as someone with a larger head, this isn't always easy), I may pick up an extra pair or two as backups and in case they ever discontinue these."
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Design

Design:
"Unfortunately, I believe more thought went into the design and marketing than the actual comfort and sound quality."
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"The pouch that comes with it is not the best design."
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"They're beautiful, comfortable, and of course the packaging is designed to cancel out the guilt you might feel at spending so much money at once."
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"Design 5 5 - These headphones are very sleek, and have a great modern design."
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"Unfortunately, I believe more thought went into the design and marketing than the actual comfort and sound quality."
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"These are one of the best looking and uniquely designed headphones I've ever seen."
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Fit

Fit:
"Very good quality, noise cancelation works well, I'm giving it a 3 1 2 stars because for long term use for over an hour my ears started to hurts, the square shape ear pieces doesn't fit well causing ears fatique."
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"They didn't fit comfortably around my ears and are heavy."
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"They also clamp onto your head very tightly, which is good for a secure fit, but gets uncomfortable after a while."
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"I have a small head, which is hard to fit."
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"If you have a HUGE protective case on your iPod Pad Phone, the 90 degree cable end is going to be frustrating because its either going to barely fit or not fit at all."
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"good fit, great sound, but I mostly bought them because people raved in reviews about the noise cancellation and how great it was."
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"Kind of clunky fit but great sound and performance."
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"I went shopping for headphones around my town for an entire day, trying everything from Bose to Beats and while other brands were fine, none of them seemed to fit quite perfect and a lot of them had qualities I really wasn't looking for."
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"They fit naturally and I loved the sleek style of them, but before I spent the $350 on them at my local retailer, I wanted to hear more about them to see if there were any manufacturer faults - I didn't find any, or at least none that qualified as a fault to me - and when I saw the price here (I purchased them when they were at $120), I didn't hesitate."
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"They also clamp onto your head very tightly, which is good for a secure fit, but gets uncomfortable after a while."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"Not comfortable - tight on ears and heavy by comparison of others Bose, beats, etc"
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"They didn't fit comfortably around my ears and are heavy."
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"While they sound great, they are extremely heavy and uncomfortable."
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"Headphone is very heavy and easy to slide off from head."
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"Then they are pretty heavy so that I constantly feel their weight."
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"Now these ones to me are pretty heavy on your head to just wear."
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"Comfort is fantastic despite everyone talking about how heavy they are."
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"A bit heavy ..... but music is fantastic !"
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Listening

Listening:
"I might understand this degradation if I were pushing the 'phones, listening at top volume all the time, and wearing them out."
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"Not QC25 good, but still very good) makes for a fantastic listening experience."
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"The Monster Inspiration are noticeably heavier and may not be as comfortable as either of the above if listening for a couple of hours."
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"A bit plastic, a bit tight, a bit uncomfortable after an hour of listening."
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"But when I turn on the NC there is a subtle constant white noise which is so loud that it even comes through when listening to easy listening music at a low volume."
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"Ear cups are comfortable and they don't hurt for prolonged periods of listening to music, they do hurt after you take them off though."
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"I am currently listening to Mahler because the sound quality is just that impressive it makes me want to listen to something that really shows off the details."
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"it give me a very good listening experince to me."
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Music

Music:
"Its definitely nice when you can switch genres and not have the music sound terrible."
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"With any of these 3 I could comfortably listen to music in a place where I wouldn't be able to stand it with my PX 100 or Grado SR60."
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"It does leak some sound so taking it to the library and blasting the music is not such a good idea."
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"But when I turn on the NC there is a subtle constant white noise which is so loud that it even comes through when listening to easy listening music at a low volume."
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"The music quality is just as good as my other Monster headphones but for me I would choose a different active noise cancellation headphone because these are just too heavy for me."
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"Its definitely nice when you can switch genres and not have the music sound terrible."
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"A bit heavy ..... but music is fantastic !"
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"Used them right away on a jet and while they don't totally eliminate the sound of the engines, it was low enough not to be a bother, but what really amazed me was how great the music sounded, full-ranged, punchy and clean! "
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Noise

Noise:
"Not Bose, not as slim line, not as good noise canceling, although there is a noticeable reduction in outside noise."
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"Ok but noise canceling is terrible"
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"Noise Cancellation is not the good, still better than Beats (anything is better than beats) but not better than Bose."
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"Pros:unique ear cupsnot too bass heavy(might be a Con for others)interchangeable headbandsbuild quality is goodquite compactgreat sound qualityremovable cableCons:hurts my ears after only 30 minutes(other people might not have this problem)noise cancellation is not very good as compared to other headphone such as Bose QuietComfort 15does not isolate much noise as compared to other headphone such as PSB M4U 1 or 2Due to the discomfort and 1 side of the headphone is louder than the other side,i decided to return the item after using it for only 20+ days."
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"Note that they will still function without batteries - you will not be able to turn on the noise isolation on, but other than that they will work (they sound as good with without battery).These headphones also are very well made."
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"Noise cancelling is mediocre at best."
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"But when I turn on the NC there is a subtle constant white noise which is so loud that it even comes through when listening to easy listening music at a low volume."
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"CONS- When batteries are somewhat low (not close to dead though), there may be a humming noise in the background; not a major nuisance but it is annoying during quiet parts of music- When batteries become very low, the sound coming in is very choppy; seems to be something to do with the headphones still trying to noise cancel but having problems due to battery life."
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"For simplicity, I've outlined my pros and cons below:PROS- Sound quality and noise cancellation is great- Looks stylish and the changing of headbands is unique!"
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"The noise cancellation is great and ambient noise is all-but non-existent with these."
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Price

Price:
"They fit naturally and I loved the sleek style of them, but before I spent the $350 on them at my local retailer, I wanted to hear more about them to see if there were any manufacturer faults - I didn't find any, or at least none that qualified as a fault to me - and when I saw the price here (I purchased them when they were at $120), I didn't hesitate."
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"For the money they are excellent."
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"I would recommend these at a price maybe up to $125."
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"I was hoping for the best, since they were half the price on the industry standard, Bose."
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"I don't know about other brands, but at least Bose headphone is a lot better in terms of comfort, double in price though."
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"Price: For less than $100, this might be the best headphone I can get."
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Quality

Quality:
"Headphones themselves were amazing quality, but mine came broken with really annoying buzzing."
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"For simplicity, I've outlined my pros and cons below:PROS- Sound quality and noise cancellation is great- Looks stylish and the changing of headbands is unique!"
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"The music quality is just as good as my other Monster headphones but for me I would choose a different active noise cancellation headphone because these are just too heavy for me."
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"The sound quality is great, and they have a deep bass."
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"Headphones themselves were amazing quality, but mine came broken with really annoying buzzing."
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"I went shopping for headphones around my town for an entire day, trying everything from Bose to Beats and while other brands were fine, none of them seemed to fit quite perfect and a lot of them had qualities I really wasn't looking for."
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Sound

Sound:
"Hate these things sound terrible and broke after 1 week at the gym"
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"Its definitely nice when you can switch genres and not have the music sound terrible."
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"Even though the Sony excelled in all other areas the sound just wasn't good enough for me."
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"The sound is good, but not great."
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"While they sound great, they are extremely heavy and uncomfortable."
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"The biggest thing about them is the sound was horrible."
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"The sound is actually pretty good, a Little much base but that is not a reason to complain."
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"For simplicity, I've outlined my pros and cons below:PROS- Sound quality and noise cancellation is great- Looks stylish and the changing of headbands is unique!"
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"Great clear sound, deep bass, and holy crap they are so comfortable!"
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"I have taken them on flights from Boston to Germany, Switzerland and Israel, and they performed admirably- good sound, comfortable (even for the Israel flight, which is 10+ hours from JFK) and good noise cancellation."
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"The sound quality is great, and they have a deep bass."
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