Monster® Inspiration™ Over-Ear Headphones

The Art of Sound Perfected

For balanced and engaging sound with excellent audio quality, Inspiration with Passive Noise Isolation exceeds all expectations. Passive noise isolation leaves you with nothing but your thoughts and music.

$249.95 $269.95 MSRP

Over-Ear, Noise Isolating - Black 128917-00

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IN THE BOX
Every Inspiration Headphone comes with three cables: a ControlTalk™ cable for controlling music and phone calls from iPad®, iPhone® and iPod®, a ControlTalk Universal cable for controlling Androids, tablets and other devices, and a straight mini-to-mini cable for airplane listening. An extra premium headband is included along with a carrying case and a Monster® Cleaning Cloth.  
 
High Definition Sound
Pure Monster Sound® delivers audio the way it was intended – powerful and clear. Precision drivers, artfully engineered and balanced, reveal the full fidelity within every recording. 
 
Complete Comfort with Sound Isolation
Pillow-soft leather ear cups form the perfect seal to keep you comfortable, and your music personal.
 
Stylish Interchangeable Headbands
Headbands easily switch out for a distinctive and unique look to change as the mood strikes. An extra premium headband is included with each pair of headphones. Other styles of headbands are available here.
 
Quick Controls
Play, pause, skip, or take phone calls with the Control-Talk™ in cable remote and microphone. Three included cables ensure compatibility with any device.
 

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  • Q:

    What devices are compatible with ControlTalk and ControlTalk Universal?
    Asked on 3/6/2013 by Monster Customer

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      ControlTalk is designed specifically for iPods, iPads and iPhones (3GS & newer). The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th generation & newer), iPod classic (120GB, 160GB only) and iPod touch (2nd generation & newer). The remote is supported by iPod shuffle (3rd generation & newer). Audio is supported by all iPod models. Requires latest iPod software.

      ControlTalk Universal is designed for greater compatibility with mobile devices and smartphones. As long as the 3.5mm input of your device supports a three-conductor connector, the remote and/or mic is supported. If you are not sure your device supports a three-conductor connection, please verify with the device's manufacturer.

      Audio listening is supported by all devices that have a 3.5mm input.

      Answered on 3/6/2013 by Monster Customer Support
  • Q:

    How does ControlTalk and ControlTalk Universal work?
    Asked on 3/6/2013 by Monster Customer

    1 answer

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      A:

      Using ControlTalk
      (ensure the angled connector of your ControlTalk Cable is plugged into your listening device)

      * Answer/End a Call: press & release the center button once to answer; repeat to end the call.
      * Decline an Incoming Call: press & hold the center button for two seconds, then release (there will be two beeps when you let go to indicate successful operation)
      * Play/Pause a Song/Video: press and release the center button; repeat to resume.
      * Skip to the Next or Previous Song/Chapter: press & release the center button twice quickly to skip forward; press and release three times quickly to skip back.
      * Control Volume: press the (+) button to increase volume; press the (-) button to decrease volume

      Using ControlTalk Universal
      (ensure the angled connector of your ControlTalk Universal Cable is plugged into your listening device)

      * Play/Pause media: press & release the control button; repeat to resume
      * Answer an Incoming Call: when alerted of an incoming call (alert will vary by phone model),
      to answer, press & release ControlTalk Universal's control button
      * Ending a Call: on most phones, press & release the control button; some phones require you to press & hold the control button
      * Using Call Waiting: (many, but not all, phones function as follows) when alerted of an incoming call while already on a call, press & release the control button to answer and put the first call on hold; press & release the control button to swap back to the first call; press & hold the control button to end your current call and swap back to the call on hold

      Answered on 3/6/2013 by Monster Customer Support
  • Q:

    What accessories are included with the Monster Inspiration Noise Isolating Over-Ear Headphones?
    Asked on 3/6/2013 by Monster Customer

    1 answer

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      A:

      Monster Inspiration Noise Isolating Over-Ear Headphones include the following accessories:

      * One (1) 4 ft. 3.5mm Angled To Straight Cable
      * One (1) 4 ft. 3.5mm Angled To Straight ControlTalk Cable
      * One (1) 4 ft. 3.5mm Angled To Straight ControlTalk Universal Cable
      * Two (2) Inspiration Headbands (Black & Raptor Black)
      * Inspiration Travel Pouch
      * Antibacterial Cleaning Cloth

      Answered on 3/6/2013 by Monster Customer Support
  • Q:

    If my Monster headphones are defective, how do I proceed with my warranty?
    Asked on 3/6/2013 by Monster Customer

    1 answer

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      A:

      For Monster customers in the United States and Canada, please call Monster Customer Support toll free at 877-800-8989 (Monday - Friday, 7AM - 5:30PM PST). Please have a copy of your receipt from the authorized Monster retailer to validate your warranty.

      For international customers outside of the United States and Canada, please email customersupport@monsterproducts.com for assistance.

      Answered on 3/6/2013 by Monster Customer Support
  • Q:

    Where can I purchase replacement parts for Monster headphones?
    Asked on 3/6/2013 by Monster Customer

    1 answer

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Important Monster® Performance and Safety Tips
Listen Responsibly

To avoid hearing damage, make sure that the volume on your music player is turned down before connecting your headphones. After placing headphones in your ears, gradually turn up the volume until you reach a comfortable listening level.

Noise levels are measured in decibels (dB), exposure to any noise at or above 85 dB can cause gradual hearing loss.

Monitor your use; hearing loss is a function of loudness versus time. The louder it is, the less time you can be exposed to it. The softer it is, the more time you can listen to it. Refer to the chart* below.

This decibel (dB) table compares some common sounds and shows how they rank in potential harm to hearing.
SoundNoise Level (dB)Effect
Whisper30Very quiet
Quiet Office50-60Comfortable hearing levels are under 60 dB
Vacuum Cleaner, Hair Dryer70Intrusive; interferes with telephone conversations
Food Blender85-9085 dB is the level at which hearing damage (8 hrs.) begins
Garbage Truck, Cement Mixer100No more than 15 minutes of unprotected exposure recommended for sounds between 90-100 dB
Power Saw, Drill/Jackhammer110Regular exposure to sound over 100 dB of more than 1 minute risks permanent hearing loss
Rock Concerts (varies)110-140Threshold of pain begins around 125dB
"....a typical person can safely listen to an iPod for 4.6 hours per day at 70% volume."
"....knowing the levels one is listening to music at, and for how long is extremely important."
From http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2006/10/19/music-earphones.html
Get the most out of your equipment and enjoy great audio performance even at safe levels.
Our headphones will allow you to hear more details at lower volume levels than ever before.

Physiology of the Ear and Hearing

Physiology of the Ear
For additional information on what loud noises do to your ear and chart reference
http://www.abelard.org/hear/hear.php#loud-music


Use Responsibly

Do not use headphones when it's unsafe to do so - while operating a vehicle, crossing streets, or during any activity or in an environment where your full attention to your surroundings is required.

It's dangerous to drive while wearing headphones, and in many places, illegal because it decreases your chances of hearing life-saving sounds outside of your vehicle, such as another car's horn and emergency vehicle sirens.

Please avoid wearing your headphones while driving. Use one of Monster's FM transmitters to listen to your mobile media devices instead.

Learn how to establish a safe listening level and review other important safety guidelines from the Consumer Electronics Association at www.ce.org and the Deafness Research Foundation at www.drf.org.


REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Monster® Inspiration Noise Isolating Over-Ear Headphones - Multilingual
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (6)
  • Comfortable (5)
  • Good bass (5)
  • Great sound (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Music (5)
    • Portable devices (5)
    • With my computer (5)
    • Relaxing (3)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Audiophile (3)
      • Primary Use:
      • Listening to ipod (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

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    5.0

    great sound

    By jackster

    from nova scotia canada

    About Me College Student

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Bass
    • Great Sound
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Cord Too Short

    Best Uses

    • Portable Devices
    • With My Computer

    Comments about Monster® Inspiration Noise Isolating Over-Ear Headphones - Multilingual:

    none of the volume controls worked on the cords

    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to iPod
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    AUDIOPHILE SOUND BENCHMARK!!!

    By 2fas4u2

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Audiophile

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Bass
    • Great Sound
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Music
      • Portable Devices
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Monster® Inspiration Noise Isolating Over-Ear Headphones - Multilingual:

      MP3's sound very good with these Inspiration's and come alive as an AUDIOPHILE's Benchmark of quality sound when listening to AIFF's, ALAC's, FLAC's, and WAV's in 96kHz/24bit, etc...with crystal clear highs, balanced tight bass, and complimentary midrange.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Best Sounding headphones I own

      By Cuban45

      from Dallas Texas, WFM!!!

      About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Good Bass
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music
        • Portable Devices
        • Relaxing
        • Traveling
        • With My Computer
        • Working

        Comments about Monster® Inspiration Noise Isolating Over-Ear Headphones - Multilingual:

        I own a lot of high end headphones, Beats Studio, Audio Technica 50, and the Bose quiet comfort, these are by far the best looking and best sounding headphones that I own. Great deep bass that's doesn't over power the highs and mids. Crystal clear sound. I love them, Im actually happy that Monster is no longer affiliated with Beats, these headphones look so much more classier than those plastic cheap Beats.

        • Primary Use:
        • Listening to iPod
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Phenomenal but....

        By Audio Connoisseur

        from Findlay, Ohio

        About Me College Student, Teenager

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

        Cons

        • Cord Too Short
        • Mini Angle Cable

        Best Uses

        • Movies
        • Music
        • Portable Devices
        • Relaxing
        • Traveling
        • With My Computer

        Comments about Monster® Inspiration Noise Isolating Over-Ear Headphones - Multilingual:

        I use these headphones for everything from music on my IPhone5 to movies on my laptop and everything in between. These headphones are overall great, they provide crisp and clear full spectrum audio and drowning out all outside noise at the same time and even after hours of continuous use they are still comfortable. I only have one problem with these headphones... the cables. Although they are very high quality and stylish at the same time I have 2 issues with them. 1st is the Mini Angle side of the cable, they don't fit into an IPhone5 if you are using an Otter Box Defender series and I have to flip the cable around to get them to work. 2nd is length, 4 feet is just too short for me and I would like a longer cable.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Headphones, PERIOD!!!

        By Richard the Slave

        from Melbourne, AUS

        About Me Audiophile

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio
          • Music
          • Portable Devices
          • Relaxing
          • Traveling
          • With My Computer
          • Working
          • Working Out

          Comments about Monster® Inspiration Noise Isolating Over-Ear Headphones - Multilingual:

          These are the best sounding headphones ive ever owned, and ive owned a few.

          • Primary Use:
          • Listening to iPod
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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