Yes, this is yet another Monster Inspiration review. However, I’m not going to compare it to Beats or Bose’s offering, as the Monster Inspiration are my first pair of over the ears headphones. I did listen to a lot of demo units before settling on Monster’s model and as a designer, I must admit I liked the Beats product design quite a bit. However, I was also going after the best product for the money and apparently a lot of people are quite happy with their Monster Inspiration headphones, so I decided to give it a go and I’m extremely happy with the purchase.
For me, as it is the case for many creatives, music is an integral part of the creative process and the output of my phone’s in ear headphones just wasn’t cutting it for me. In addition to the poor quality, I was longing for noise cancellation, so I could really focus on the task at hand. I should probably mention that my music taste is eclectic, which is a nicer term than “all over the place”. One minute I could be listening to electronica, then salsa the next, with a little rap in between. Crazy bass was not my main priority, I just wanted my music to sound better and tune out external distractions.
The problem in testing the Monster Inspiration headphones, as well as any other pair of headphones at a retail store, is the fact that you rarely get to plug them to your own phone/iPod. You can only listen to a pre-arranged set of music (you know, tunes with plenty of bass), which leaves you wondering how your playlist will sound and whether or not you’ll experience buyer’s remorse afterwards. Well, I can tell you right now that my playlist sounds amazing! From Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Can’t Hold Us to Quincy Bullen’s Let’s Bounce (Jazz tunes actually sound awesome).
Fellow creatives, if you find yourself occasionally working at a coffee shop or any other public space, you definitely ought to give these headphones a try. If you are in Canada, the Monster Inspiration headphones are currently on sale (until June 13th) at Futureshop for CAD$249.
My only issue with over the ears headphones is that I wear glasses, so as you can imagine, the headphones put added pressure on the frame. Needless to say, after a couple of hours, I need to take the headphones off.