Monster Jamz In-Ear Headphones

The Monster Jamz In-Ear Headphones feature bomb-proof build quality and a super-sweet sound that pounds any competitor under AU$200 into the ground.


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Kick out da' Jamz! If you think American hi-fi, you would probably think: "big bass". As an American company, Monster has had a hand in creating this with its "bass wound" this and "time aligned" that. Imagine our surprise when we found that the company's latest headphones, named the "Jamz", weren't bass fiends at all.

Each earpiece is a "precision-machined, single-billet metal housing", which is chromed for extra toughness. Indeed, Monster claims they're nearly indestructible, and the headphone cables are ruggedised for heavy use and tangle resistant. They still get pretty tangled, though. At 114cm the cable is way too short, with its competitors offering 120cm, which are more comfortable to put the player in your pocket.

You would expect that a metal driver would mean extra weight on the ears, but the housings are lightweight and come with a selection of ear tips that you'll find fit comfortably. They also provide a good degree of sound isolation and help block out co-workers' overly-loud phone conversations.

The earphones' presentation could be seen as lean, with a forward-though-not-cavernous mid-range, sweet highs and a tight bass. If you're looking for boomier bass you should keep searching, but you'll find that transients such as bass drums have plenty of *ahem* kick.

Compared against the AU$299 Logitech Ultimate Ears 700 we found that the sound was very similar, though the Ultimate Ears traded the Monsters' extended treble for a slightly thicker mid-bass.

Though these are noise-isolating headphones, the Jamz's lack of forward bass meant they could sound a bit thin in a noisy environment like a train, aeroplane or bus.

While they won't suit the frequent flyers as a general set of earphones they're superbly detailed and punchy. We also found they're not very sensitive, so you'll need to turn it up to get a loud enough signal. This won't suit more reticent players like those from Creative.

With amazing build quality and a super-sweet sound the Monsters lord it over competition from Shure and Ultimate Ears for the same price. As such, the Monster Jamz are one of the best in-ears under AU$200.

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The Good:It provides PHENOMENAL base!! and EXCELLENT quality of sound!!

The Bad:the speakers kept falling out, and the metal band on the Jack came off after 24 days of use

i currently own monster jamz (high performance edition)
on the good side it provides PHENOMENAL base!! and EXCELLENT quality of sound!! And also in quiet atmosphere, at 65% volume, the music heard by people around you is still very faint. Once the earphones are placed in-ear properly, it manages to cancel most of the noise.
On the bad side, you may have to fight to keep it in your ears. Even the smallest movement of the head displaces the speakers, this may be a different experience for different ear sizes. I found that the big ear tips kept falling out, and the smaller tips went too deep into my ear.
And I had one issue with my first set, the metallic band on the headphone jack came off after only 24 days of usage.
For this product however, the pros outweigh the cons, it may not be a great experience if you walk alot with earphones on, but if you are at a desk alot, it is worth trying.

 

ThomasB4 posted a comment   

Should I buy the jamz or the lil jamz

 

AdamP posted a comment   

Where can I buy?

 

Ty Pendlebury posted a reply   
Australia

Monster is distributed by Convoy which has a relationship with Harvey Norman and several other hi-fi outlets.

 

AdamP posted a reply   

Thanks, is there much difference between these and the Monster Lil Jamz?

 

SteveMoraigne posted a reply   

The lil'jamz are cheap plastic - good sound but feel cheap - get the jamz if you are always spending cash on new h/phones and want something to last a while

 

Whatever posted a reply   

The lil'Jamz arent made out of plastic ;-) The case almost the same as that from the Jamz, just a slight bit lighter.
But the lil'Jamz sound differs from normal Jamz. Ive heared both and personal like the Jamz better, more neutral sound, more bass response. The lil'jamz Ive recognized the unpleasant S-Tone Sound to loud.




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  • RahulD1

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    "i currently own monster jamz (high performance edition)
    on the good side it provides PHENOMENAL base!! and EXCELLENT quality of sound!! And also in quiet atmosphere, at 65% volume, the music..."

  • ThomasB4

    ThomasB4

    "Should I buy the jamz or the lil jamz"

  • AdamP

    AdamP

    "Where can I buy?"

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