Monolith by Monoprice M565C

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The Monolith by Monoprice M565C was obviously designed with the dedicated audiophile in mind. Its large ear cups house 66mm planar drivers, which feature a symmetrical magnetic structure. This works with its closed-back design to provide a rich and vibrant sound and a noise-canceling experience. With a range of 15Hz to 50Hz, it even features a wider frequency response than most headphones. Faux leather padding fits comfortably over most ear shapes, and its metal headband is also padded for a more satisfying wear. The detachable cable is formed with knitted fabric instead of rubber, making it more resistant to possible tangles. When paired with this set’s all-metal hardware and wood grain ear cups, these headphones prove to be as eye-catching as they are high-performing. It’s also clear that they were not designed to be used during workouts, although occasional walks and runs are fine.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Incredible sound quality

-Surprisingly lightweight

-Versatile usage

-Durable materials

-Decent padding

Cons

-Expensive price tag

-Difficult to plug in

-Can be uncomfortable

Activities
Activities

Activities

To a diehard audiophile, or to anyone who works in sound production, the Monolith M565C would be a decent set to use in many situations. Not only does it aid and enhance the quality of their professional work, but it can also be used in a number of casual environments. And because it comes with noise-cancellation, it's especially great to use while traveling or just walking around in low-traffic areas. Despite all of this, it still may not be the best choice when it comes to working out. Not only is its design large and bulky, but at 13.7 oz. it's also much heavier than many other over-the-ear sets. It will work for walks or the occasional basic jog, but those who live a more active lifestyle should definitely bypass this set and look for one that will offer them more convenience.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

According to all of its product listings, the Monolith M565C’s standout feature is its pair of planar drivers. Measuring in at 66mm each, they come with a symmetrical magnetic structure that works with this model’s closed-back design for what buyers say is highly improved sound quality. Its ear cups are swiveling and feature a polished wood grain backing and faux leather padding for both added style and a comfortable fit. Even more comfort is offered by a padded faux leather strip on its adjustable metal headband, which rests on top of the buyers head. Its audio cable, which forgoes rubber for a knitted fabric covering, is detachable for easier storage and better maintenance. Aside from its standard L-plug, which is meant to plug into mobile devices, it also comes with an adapter that enables it to be used with larger audio equipment. Buyers should note that it does not come with a built-in remote or microphone, so they won’t be able to make calls to activate voice commands while using this set.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

While most headphones are equipped with the average frequency response range of 20Hz to 20kHz, the Monolith M565C takes things to a completely different level with a range of 15Hz to 50kHz. This gives it a slightly weaker base but a higher treble than a typical pair and also makes it more fit for professional audio work. Its Sensitivity Rating is also listed at 96dB, meaning that it takes far less power than many headphone speakers to achieve a decent sound level. This is even more impressive, especially for gear-heads, considering that its Optimal Power Requirement is only 1 Watt. Unfortunately, not all of these technical specs seem to be quite as advanced. Its impedance level is listed at only 18 Ohms, which means it’s not as able to withstand blowout as many other headphones on the market.
Sound Quality
Sound Quality

Sound Quality

Almost all reviewers praise the Monolith M565C for its overall sound quality, which is no surprise considering its intended usage. With an abnormal frequency range of 15Hz to 50kHz and a Sensitivity Rating of 96dB per 1mW, this over-ear set provides a rich and balanced sound with low distortions. And unlike this model’s predecessor, the Monolith M565, it has a closed ear construction to allow complete noise cancellation. Not only is this necessary for optimal audio production work, but it also makes. With that said, this also means that it could potentially be unsafe for those who use this set for casual walks and runs. Therefore, indoor settings and areas with little to no traffic are most recommended for anyone who owns this model.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

The Monolith M565C relies on its fabric cable to connect to both mobile devices and larger audio equipment. The cable cord is detachable, which enables more efficient storage and gives less risk of tangles and possible internal damage. The primary plug unit is L-shaped and 3.5mm in diameter, meaning that it can even fit into everyday devices such as smartphones and laptops. It also comes with a larger adapter that fits over its main plug to enable a more versatile usage for more advanced, professional settings. While it is great for use during work and travel, the cable does get in the way during runs and walks and isn’t meant to be used during workouts. The other issue that buyers have pointed out is that it doesn’t always stay connected to their mobile device. This is mainly due to the overall shape of its main L-plug, which can easily disconnect from a cell phone jack whenever it’s in the buyer’s pocket.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Online listings claim that the Monolith M565C provides buyers with a comfortable fit, and most of them seem to agree. Its ear cups are large enough to fit over most ear shapes, and its padding is covered by smooth faux leather which feels satisfying against the skin. And while the headband’s main frame is made from metal, it does come with a decent amount of padding so it can sit comfortably on top of the buyer’s head as they wear it for long periods of time. They feel at ease while using this model for their jobs, during their down time, and as they use public transportation. However, there are several reviewers who aren’t completely happy with this particular quality. Some of them have claimed that its ear cups still weren’t big enough for their ears, with one even saying that he had to replace them altogether. And although its headband appears to be adjustable, at least according to product photographs, multiple buyers have claimed that it’s still not a good fit for those with larger heads. Even if this set does provide buyers with the perfect fit, its weight of 13.7 oz. will still make it a poor choice when it comes to most forms of fitness.
Style
Style

Style

The Monolith M565C is designed for the professional world yet is still stylish enough to fit into everyday environments. This comes not from a modern and futuristic look or a wide range of color options but from how well its multiple textures work with each other. Its most notable features are its large closed-back ear cups, which have a dark polished wood grain design. Each one comes with smooth faux leather padding that both adds to its professional look and ensures a more comfortable wear for the buyer. Padded faux leather is also added to the headband for a more satisfying fit while its main frame is made from smooth metal, most likely a type of flexible steel, making it more resistant to possible damage. And its detachable cable is made from knitted fabric and comes complete with all metal hardware, even a detachable adapter, to let the buyer know that it will truly hold up to long-term professional usage. Even though this model doesn’t come in any additional color, most buyers don’t seem to mind that based on this product’s reviews.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Many online reviews seem to praise the Monolith M565C for its high-quality materials, which enable it to withstand both frequent usage and travel. Its basic frame and plug units are made from different types of metal instead of plastic or rubber. And its cable is made from a knitted fabric, which means that it’s more resistant to tangles and can allow the internal wiring to last longer. With all of this said, a closer look at its overall engineering does show some very troubling flaws. Its impedance level is listed at only 20 Ohms, which is well below that of most headphones that are on the market. This means that they are much more susceptible to the internal damage that’s caused by blow-out. Furthermore, it’s not entirely surprising that this particular set isn’t designed to resist sweat or water, meaning that it should be completely sheltered from any kind of harsh weather. Of course, it should be noted that those who purchase this set from the Monoprice will also receive a 5-year replacement warranty.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

The Monolith M565C doesn’t come with any remote controls, microphones, or other special features, which makes it a lot easier to use than most modernized sets. All the buyer has to do is plug it into whatever device they’re using in order to listen to their music. With that said, its overall build can make it difficult when it comes to workouts or other daily activities. Its cable can easily become caught on something during walks and runs, Listings also show that it weighs 13.7 oz., noticeably heavier than a standard set, which makes it entirely unfit for any sort of high-intensity training. Furthermore, some reviewers have claimed that they’ve had trouble plugging this model into their devices, or even trying keep it plugged in throughout the day.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

Since it utilizes a detachable cable, there’s obviously no need to worry about charging the Monolith M565C or keeping track of its battery life. Instead, it easily draws all of its power from whatever device or piece of specialized equipment that the buyer is using. Of course, as stated before, trying to keep it plugged into a smartphone seems to be one of this set's biggest problems for several buyers.
Price
Price

Price

Although it's not a huge surprise that the Monolith M565C is so expensive, considering its intended usage, it still costs a lot more than many other over-the-ear models. While these sets have often been priced at or around $100, this particular model can be found for $200 on the Monoprice website. Even higher prices can be found on sites such as B&H or even Amazon, which means that there currently aren't many opportunities for buyers to find good deals. Those who work in sound production, or are just dedicated audiophiles, will definitely get that bang for their buck, as they would be able to use it in both professional and casual settings. And since multiple reviews have praised its sturdy materials, its ability to last long makes it even more worth every dollar spent. Of course, it's not the best option for those who live a more active lifestyle. And some buyers are put off by reports that it doesn't always provide a comfortable wear. Therefore, as with all other high-quality headphones, proper research should definitely be conducted before making a purchase.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Planar drivers measuring 66mm
-Frequency range of 15Hz to 50kHz
-Closed-back design for more isolation
-Faux leather earpads for comfort
-Adjustable padded headband
-Expensive $200 price tag
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

It's quite obvious from its overall design that the Monolith by Monoprice M565C was not created to be used during workouts. They're bulkier and much heavier than the average set, the plug is known to disconnect very easily, and its noise-cancelation could potentially make things unsafe. Still, this model's overall construction does enable an incredible sound quality that's too good to only utilize for the professional audio world. Buyers have happily used this set while listening to their music at home and while traveling, and will even take it for the occasional walk or run. As long as they know how to properly care for it, and when not to use it, this set should last them for an incredibly long time.