Monoprice Monolith M1060C

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  1. elcoholic

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    Pulled the trigger and dropped $350 of elcoholic’s magic mirror protractors proceeds (thanks guys) on these. There’s so few choices in closed back cans, (of which I need) and the Audeze are so expensive it seems like a good risk. Impressions to follow.
     
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    That’s curious logic that we can all relate to.
     
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    Had to look them up.
    Had not known that there was a closed version of the M1060 cans. Really looking forward to your impressions. Must say that the photos on the Monoprice site are envy evoking.
     
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    I'm encouraged by their track record with the open back version and they were quick to make improvements based on customer feedback which will be included in the closed back version. I'm also encouraged by their stated reengineering of the driver for the closed can. My personal experience with my DIY Yamasteins using the Yamaha 50mm HP-1/YH-1 drivers clearly showed that even an excellent sounding open design ortho driver just stuck in an enclosed capsule is not a formula for success. Fingers crossed.
     
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    I'm using a pair of Hifiman HE-500 right now but would love a closed back alternative, I look forward to hearing your impressions
     
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    My initial impressions:

    Nice packaging
    Great case
    Cable is light and has very low if not zero microphonics
    Big and heavy as expected. On par with my Yamasteins, maybe a bit heavier.
    Comfortable - plenty of room for my Dumbo ears, stayed in place even when reclining without too much clamping pressure
    Freshness - very, they still stink of adhesives and finish

    Listening:
    Genesis, Trick of the Tale, LP
    Thorens TD-125 / Grace 707 / Grace F9e / SS OCL Ruby > Emotiva XPS-1 > Schitt Lyr

    This album has been one of my testing go to's for 42 years. Mostly for the 1st cut, Dance on a Volcano and the last, Los Endos. Listening for Phil’s massive drumming to be clear, tight and have impact with good space around them in the midst of the huge high energy synth and extended bass notes. Test passed. Not surprising for orthos.

    The upper end was a bit bright and slightly harsh. This may be the Emo phono stage, but the tubes in Lyr should smooth that out. It’s probably break in related. I’ve been feeding them Van Morrison’s Greatest on repeat since 10:00 last night and won’t be home until tonight. Since I want smooth and Van’s smooth it seemed a natural choice.
     
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    Hopefully the burn-in/break in works out the kinks. Nice packaging. Got my fingers crossed for you! Let us know how it progresses.
     
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    They do continue to improve with use and after a few days of burn-in the little bit of harshness out of the box as smoothed out nicely. The point of my getting closed back head phones is to listen to music in the same room when the other family members watch TV. I had hoped for more isolation. The other night the fam was watching TV while I listened to music. They could hear the phones a bit, but not annoyingly so. I could hear the TV and it was right at the threshold of what I could tune out except in the quietest passages. The amount of isolation isn't given in the specs so I sent Monoprice an email request. I checked a few closed headphones specs online and didn't find much in the way of published isolation specs on any of them. There was a pair tailored for drummers at 35 dB. No specs were given for the Audeze LCD-XCs which I would think is the lofty target for the M1060Cs.

    Back to the music. Silk Degrees, another long time test record with very high production values over a broad range of styles sounded very, very good. Musical, good bass, full rich midrange, sparkling highs without too much brightness and Boz's smooth vocals - enjoyable nothing distracting. For female vocals I listened to the Nautilus Super Disk of Court and Spark. I love Joni Mitchell, but her voice is challenging and can easily sound shrill if everything isn't just right. Test passed!
     
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    glad to hear they are sounding good, if a peaky treble shows up again I'd recommend trying a different pad (velour or hybrid), I've found this can have a pretty big impact on sound
     
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    I found specs for the Beyerdynamic DT 770s & DT 1770s and the isolation is 18-20dB depending on options. The 1060Cs are probably in that range too. Perhaps that’s typical for closed back HPs.
     

     

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    These headphones sound so good I decided to keep them. When time permits I plan on adding a layer of Dynamat to increase isolation.
     

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