What happens when you pit headphones that cost under $23 against premium headphones costing 7 times more? More specifically, can Monoprice Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphones hold their own against Scosche’s $150 RH1056mds or $200 HR1060s? Are the Monoprice headphones a bargain, or do you get what you pay for? Here’s our first in-depth Monoprice Challenge.
THE UNBOXING EXPERIENCE
In my review of the Scosche RH1056md, I shared just how impressed I was with the unboxing experience and the extras included with the headphones. A hard box cover lifts off to reveal the hard case holding the headphones.
Beneath this hard case is a second case; this time a soft bag that won’t protect the headphones from damage but will prevent the shiny black finish from being scratched.
As I wrote at the time, the inclusion of both a soft-shell protective case and a light bag “struck me as an example of a company going the extra mile to make sure consumers feel like they are getting significant value”. In addition to the two cases Scosche includes a cable with tapLINE III remote and mic, a straight cable, a gold-plated 3.5mm to 3/4 ” adapter, a PC adapter for gaming/VOiP, and a cleaning cloth. The cable with the tapLINE III remote and mic is a nice piece of kit. The 6.5ft tangle-free flat cable has a goldplated 3.5mm connector and feels substantial.
In all, the unboxing experience of the Scosche RH1056md is truly impressive.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for the Monoprice Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphone. They come in a flimsy box and the unboxing experience goes down from there. Open the box and the headphones are sitting there in an even flimsier plastic insert.
Thrown in (and yes, I use that word intentionally) are a cheap 11.5 ft long 3.5 mm M/M audio cable, a 50” long 3.5 mm M/M audio cable and a 3.5 mm F to 1/4″ M adapter plug. The cords are thin, cheap-feeling offerings that won’t win any awards at the annual Best Cables of the Year Show. The unboxing and inclusions that come with the Monoprice Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphone aren’t bad, but they certainly aren’t worthy of a premium product.
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