A Review of Monster® Over-Ear Elements Wireless Headphones: These are Monsterously Good!
By Alison Blackman and Tony Sabatini
After listening to the Monster Over-Ear Bluetooth Elements headphones for quite some time we believe that they represent the highest end of the consumer line at Monster. , known for producing great sounding headphones.
This company is already known for producing great sounding headphones.
But the Elements Over-Ear Wireless headphones are ones against which we will in the future be judging all others because they deliver sound that is open and free of coloration.
By “open” we mean that you can hear each individual instrument in a musical mix individually and they are in the proper spatial relationships on the sound stage.
What Do We Mean By Spatial Relationships and Coloration?
When we say “spatial relationships” we mean that the sound delivered to your two ears is the proper volume and phase relationship.
If you imagine what the band playing your music looks like as they recorded the track, for example, you can realize one singer is to the right, and one singer is to the left, and guitars and drums are in different positions within your creative image.
By “coloration” we mean that the headphones are faithfully reproducing the sounds that were recorded.
Improperly produced or adjusted headphones will lack bass or highs or have too much of one or the other.
Why Some Headphones Disappoint You
In other headphones, the issues we just mentioned are caused by two things: inexpensive components which can’t react quickly enough to the electrical wave representing the music and thus end up muddying the sound.
And the other, the use of cheap electrical components which will “fix” the vibration problem present in all headphones by simply eliminating the sounds which cause vibration.
Beautiful Flawless Sound:
We think that the Monster Elements Headphones reproduce bass guitar and drums flawlessly.
They do this by using superior crafting and electronics.
Elements are the equal on the low end of sound as the most expensive studio headphones lacking only the very high end (and a $2,000+ additional pricetag that genuine studio headphones demand).
But they are still equal to anything else we have heard on the high end.
The design, sound-wise, has a plus in being over the ear.
This excludes most of the ambient sound when listening to the headphones, allowing you to shut out the world even when there are other people in the room.
Note: these are not specifically designed to be noise canceling headphones.
Easy to Use Bluetooth:
The Bluetooth functionality is some of the nicest and easiest we have ever worked with.
There is only one button to run it. Hold it down for a second and it turns on and announces through the headphones that it is powered on. Hold the button down again for a second and it will power it off.
To pair it, simply hold the button down until the red and blue lights on the earcup begin flashing. Then you simply pair as you would any other Bluetooth device with your phone, music player, etc.
One nice feature is that it remembers multiple devices so you merely need turn on that device and it will announce through the headphones that it has connected to the device.
A unique feature which we really like but isn’t obvious is that area on the right-hand earcup before it joins to the headband is touch sensitive.
Swipe up for volume increase swipe down to decrease. There are also forward, back and pause function here.
Getting this area to tell the difference between pause, and forward and back is an art. However, if it is confused it defaults to pause.
More Details + What’s in the Box
We appreciate the impressive packaging in a hard-sided box. But there’s a lot more to these headphones “under the hood:”
- Dual Sound Modes: Natural and Club
- Active Echo Suppression Technology
- 24 hours listening at ample level/30 hours talk time/20 days standby
- Comfortable memory foam cushions
- Travel-friendly folding design with swiveling ear cups and ¼” cord adapter for DJs
- Soft-sided zippered travel pouch
- Analog and digital cables allowing for 3 listening Modes: Wireless, Wired, or USB direct full Digital
- *Download Melody App and use your voice to play any music from iHeartRadio, Spotify* and more
The Bottom Line:
We are huge fans of Monster Products, and at a current suggested retail of $349.95 ($399.95 msrp.) they may not be in everyone’s budget category.
But these Monster® Elements Wireless Over-Ear Headphones are large and they make a statement.
Our review sample arrived in Black Slate, the least flashy of the colors (not that these headphones need any encouragement to turn heads with their oversized earcups).
You can also choose shiny Black Platinum and a head-turning stunning Rose Gold
Note that even though the earcups swivel to fit most, the large size may not make them the most comfortable fit for small heads
Like all Monster headphones, it is the awe-inspiring sound that grabs us each and every time we wear them!
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