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Reviewed on Mar 11, 2016

Monoprice 110010 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.2
Mixed Usage
6.7
Critical Listening
6.1
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
6.0
Office
5.7
TV
6.4
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Monoprice Hi-Fi Active Noise Cancelling are an overall decent pair of headphones. They look stylish and deliver solid bass and mid-range audio reproduction. Noise isolation is not the best but is sufficient for office-like environments, provided you can achieve a good seal with the small earcups.

Test Results
Design 6.5
Sound 6.7
Isolation 6.2
Microphone 6.5
Active Features 7.4
Connectivity 4.8
Pros
  • Great bass and mid-range audio reproduction.
  • Simple, efficient button layout.
Cons
  • Creaky headband.
  • Small ear cups for an over-ear design.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Update 10/2/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  3. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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6.5

Design

The Monoprice Noise Cancelling have an average design that is somewhat comfortable. The headband is flexible and the ear cups swivel to provide a good fit on the listener's head. Unfortunately, the headband is creaky and the plastic joints are weak points. The ear cup size also may not fit around every ear, which can cause some discomfort over long listening sessions.

Style

The Monoprice Noise Cancelling are a decent looking pair of headphones. They have a dark gray color scheme with black accents on the ear cups, headband and padding. The back of the oval ear cup has a glossy finish with subtle Monoprice branding. The top of the headband is rubberized, giving them a more premium look.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.51 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.7 lbs

These headphones are moderately comfortable. The headband is relatively flexible and does not apply too much pressure to the head. The ear cups are lightweight, decently padded and swivel for an optimal fit. Unfortunately, the headband is not that well padded, and the small size of the ear cups may not fit around every listener's ears. This may cause discomfort after long listening sessions and is not ideal for an over-ear design.

5.7 Controls
Ease of use : Mediocre
Feedback : Mediocre
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : No
Talk-Through
:
No
Additional Buttons : No

Button layout and functionality is above average, with some minor flaws. There is only one easy-to-use noise cancelling switch on the ear cups. The other controls - call/music and volume buttons - are relegated to the in-line controls of the provided cable. However, the in-line controls are very flat and don't provide good tactile feedback.

7.1 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 3.8 C
6.1 Portability
L : 7.48 "
W : 7.09 "
H : 1.77 "
Volume : 93.93 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The Monoprice NC are mid-sized over-ear headphones. They are moderately portable thanks to the ear cups that swivel and lay flat to take up less space. However, they do not fold up into a more compact format which makes them a little too bulky for some and too large for pockets, even larger jacket pockets.

7.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 8.46 "
W : 7.87 "
H : 1.97 "
Volume : 131.13 Cu. Inches

Comes with a hard case that will protect the headphones from scratches, hard falls, and mild water damage. However, it does add a bit of bulk to the headphones which means you may need a bag to carry them in.

6.5 Build Quality

Build quality for the Monoprice NC is just average. The rubberized headband has a metal frame which strengthens the overall build. However, the metal frame is thin, the headband creaks a lot under stress and the joints are made of plastic, which is susceptible to breaking. The plastic used for the earcups also feels a little cheap, which lessens their build quality.

6.0 Stability

These headphones are stable enough for regular casual use but will quickly fall off your head while running. The headband is not broad enough to prevent, the slightly heavy ear cups from swaying, during physical activity. They're not ideal for gym use but on the upside, the cable will detach if its hooked by something. Preventing the headphones from being yanked off your head.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.58 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

Comes with two cables; 1/8" TRS-TRS with no in-line controls and 1/8" TRRS-TRS with in-line mic and call/music control and internet calling adapter.

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6.7

Sound

The Monoprice Hi-Fi Active Noise Cancelling are an average sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a very good and extended bass, a good mid-range, and a consistent delivery across multiple users. However, their bass sounds a bit boomy, their mid-range is a bit muddy, and their treble lacks presence. Additionally, they don't have an open and spacious sounding soundstage.

8.0 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.94 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
19.71 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-0.34 dB
Mid-Bass
:
2.59 dB
High-Bass
:
4.66 dB
7.5 Mid
Std. Err.
:
3.37 dB
Low-Mid
:
4.35 dB
Mid-Mid
:
2.79 dB
High-Mid
:
-1.02 dB
6.9 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.42 dB
Low-Treble
:
-3.81 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-5.59 dB
High-Treble
:
-2.35 dB
8.1 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.37 dB
7.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.44
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.3
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
3.19
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
8.3
3.7 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
4.4 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
-0.01 dB
PRTF Distance
:
5.8 dB
Openness
:
3.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
5.4
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB
6.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
8.935
Weighted THD @ 100
:
73.319
6.2

Isolation

The Monoprice Noise Cancelling deliver decent noise isolation. The active noise cancellation is strong enough to block ambient noise in moderately noisy environments and if you can achieve a good seal with the small ear cups, they won't leak too much sound. However, the noise cancellation is not efficient enough to provide an isolated experience in very loud environments, such as on a plane. A good seal is also difficult to achieve, especially for larger ears.

6.6 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-16.25 dB
Bass
:
-3.42 dB
Mid
:
-11.89 dB
Treble
:
-34.07 dB
Self-Noise
:
10.14 dB

Average performance. The passive isolation starts around 400Hz and continues until reaching -38dB at 20KHz. The active mechanism, however, seems to only kick in at 90Hz (not doing much at lower frequnecies) and reaching -16dB at 250Hz.

5.3 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
48.18 dB

Average performance. The leakage is both rather broadband (500Hz-4KHz) and relatively loud, which is probably related to the poor seal of the cups. With these headphones, if you listen to loud music in a quiet environemt, the leakage might be audible a few feet away.

6.5

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
7.0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
479.46 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.85 dB
HFE
:
16021.94 Hz
Weighted THD
:
1.015
Gain
:
22.69 dB
6.1 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
13.21 dB
7.4

Active Features

No active features.

8.2 Battery
Battery Type
:
AAA
Battery Life
:
52 hrs
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
No

The Monoprice Noise Cancelling deliver up to 48 hours of continuous playtime at average volumes. They're good headphones to take on long flights or road trips as you won't have to change the AAA battery as often. However, they do not have any battery saving features like an auto-off timer, but on the upside, they can continue playing audio passively even when the battery is completely drained.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

4.8

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

In the box

  • Monoprice Noise Cancelling headphones
  • Carrying case
  • AAA battery
  • Audio cables (x2)
  • Airline adapter
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
  • Internet calling adapter
  • Manual

6.2 Mixed Usage

Monoprice Hi-Fi Active Noise are average-at-best everyday, casual headphones.

6.7 Critical Listening

Average for critical listening. They have a decent sound quality, with a moderately well balanced audio reproduction. Instruments sound a bit distant, and the mid-range is slightly boomy. They also have a closed design, which is not ideal for critical listening but overall their sound should be good enough for most listeners.

6.1 Commute/Travel

Average for commuting. They're moderately comfortable but the noise isolation is not strong enough for loud environments like being on a plane.

6.0 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre-at-best for sports. They're moderately comfortable and relatively lightweight. However, They're a bit cumbersome and unstable for strenuous exercises.

6.0 Office

Mediocre for office use. The isolation is barely enough to block the chatter of a busy office. They also leak at high volumes.

5.7 TV

Average for home theater use. They have no latency since they're wired but the cable won't be long enough to watch movies from your couch, unless you have an extension cord.

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