Will outperform any headphones in the price range.
Bright chrome finish on all-metal housing construction.
Overall Rating for Monster Jamz Headphones - $99.95
(based on 8 reviews)
Very good for the price
By Felix Yau from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia on November 25, 2010
The build quality is absolutely fantastic on the Jamz. The only thing that I think they could improve on is building better strain reliefs on the cable and earphones. Recently wrote a review about it, and this is how we thought the audio quality lived up to it;s price and competitors.
High Frequencies (6.5/10)
As mentioned in our Phiaton PS210 review, we found that dynamic drivers that are used in more affordable earphones tend to have trouble keeping the highs crystal clear. Unfortunately, the Jamz suffers from this characteristic. We found highs to be rather recessed compared to many competitors in its price range. Mids and Lows just seem to overpower the highs, where they gets drowned out and some parts of music that listeners wish to hear tend to disappear. The Jamz also lack detail and clarity in the high frequency reproduction, where cymbals and pianos just didn't have the crisp, clean sound.
The character of the Jamz is fine and, in fact, sounds rather well with heavy metal and rock music. The problem really shows, however, when listening to classical or pop.
Mid-Range Frequencies (7.5/10)
Comparing the performance of the mid-range to the highs of the Jamz, the phones do a much better job in this department. The Jamz offers a very full and rich reproduction in the mid-range. Guitars are especially well defined with lots of detail and deepness to it. Vocals are full bodied and natural. In fact, out of all the earphones we have recently tested at this price range, the Jamz offers the most natural and depth filled vocal reproduction. Whether it be male or female, vocals played from the Jamz is simple beauty.
We did find that the Jamz didn't pick up everything in the mid-range that was in the recording, which we were a little disappointed about. However, we think that the solid performance of the Jamz in vocal and instrumental reproduction more or less covers up the problem, and anyone coming from earphone bought from change will be awed with the acoustics.
Low Frequencies (7.5/10)
Dynamic drivers in comparison to balanced armature drivers are much easier to handle a low-end that is deep, roaring, and with great impact. The Jamz offers a low-end that stands in the meeting boundary of the two. The Jamz has good control and tone accuracy for thumps of drums and prolonged bass notes, but lacks impact, extension, and decay.
Listening to many drum and music pieces, we found that the Jamz lacked that kick in the lows that makes your head vibrate or heart quiver. Listening to Trance, one of the hardest genre of music to satisfy in the lows, the Jamz just simply couldn't keep up. We weren't surprised, however, that it couldn't keep up with the fast beats of Trance as we found even earphones that cost three times the price of the Jamz was having difficulties. In the end, we thought that the Jamz were good in the low-end despite the short comings.
Soundstage is something that's extremely hard to produce considering how our ears work to hear "soundstage". Soundstage is defined as the positioning of sounds and space accuracy of the reproduction. Most of it we hear because of the shape of our external ear. However, as recreating soundstage is limited to just the inner ear for earphones, things get difficult.
The Jamz soundstage we would say is relatively good considering its known limitations. The Jamz is able to define the position of sounds very well from left to right, and diagonally on the horizontal axis. The width of the reproduction is also fairly impressive. However, the Jamz fall short when it comes to the height of sounds, and the depth of sounds. The Jamz has some trouble presenting sounds from the front to back, and from all the way up, to ground. Every sound that falls into those categories just seem to come from all around you rather than a defined, specific spot. In fact, the only earphone that I found in this category to offer a truly impressive soundstage was the PS210. Even then, the PS210 has to sacrifice part of its noise isolation for the ability. The Jamz may not have the most impressive soundstage, but we would without a doubt still give it the thumbs up.
Felix, as always, we love and appreciate your reviews!
Waste of Money, If you paid full price...
By John from Abbotsford, BC on January 18, 2012
Glad I didn't spend the $139 that Future Shop or Best Buy wants typcally for this product. Bought it on a boxing day sale for $39.99 (Same price as my JVC ear buds/with remote) and after about 10 hours of use (burn in time), they sound awful. Tinny sounding with no bass whatsoever. Even with the EQ cranked on the 20Hz side, they just don't perform as good as the JVCs.
They are well constructed. Feel good.
By Jordan Horan from Detroit, Michigan on October 26, 2010
This earphone has decent quality, but there bass is slightly lacking
Comfortable and looks good
Bad bass sound
Waste of money, get a different set
By Brandon from Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 13, 2010
I bought these headphones two weeks ago, and I listen to my iphone all the time and I also use them in my computer a good bit as well. I agree totally with the first reviewer, the bass in these headphones is terrible. This is the second set I've had because like the first guy said, the silver piece around the output jack broke off, I brought them back to bestbuy got another pair and the same crap happened two days later. Oh and the bass is terrible in the new ones I got too, so I doubt I just got two crap sets by chance. It says on the box that these things are rugged and can take a beating. I take good care of my things, i treated them like a baby especially since the easily broke the first time, and they broke again. So far everything I've brought that is Monster is crap. I'm going bring these things back and getting something that sounds better and won't fall apart in two days.
they are made out of metal so they appear to be rugged.
They are not rugged at all, they fall apart way too easy for $100
They don't sound good, they have terrible bass. My $20 skullcandy's sound better than this crap.
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By Dr. Sam from California on September 23, 2010
I own several passable earphones/ear buds. These are the most expensive I'd consider for my purposes and I found a fair price. It took several weeks for mine to really break in. The fit and comfort are where these units fall short for me. The bass is no sub-woofer but the response is otherwise flawless without distortion; and the bass is clear right down to the bottom. I put my other phones away and then proceeded one day to "accidentally vacuum" up my Jamz. I called Monster to ask if they had repair service and they replaced them under warranty within a weeks time. I'm still stunned. I can't begin to tell you how much I missed having them. It surprised the heck out of me. I think these guys are addicting. That's the only explanation! The new ones aren't broken in yet and I can really tell the difference. I know what the future holds though and I'm listening for it!
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Thanks for the review and feedback!
By Kendric Luine from Singapore on July 23, 2010
The initial impression -
I had on JAMz was that it really took quite the while for me to get accustomed to it in terms of fit-wise - Even with the suitable size of ear-bud you will find yourself repetitively trying to pull them out of your ear and inserting your JAMz inside your ears gradually, before you give these babies a little gentle tug upon a satisfied insertion to perfect the seal it actually is capable of.
The Bass were astounding for an IEM of this price range if i include the fact that i got mine on a nationwide sales festival promotion of an equivalent of only US$130 which is very cheap if you include the import price in Singapore.
And back-on-the-topic, Bass were great but not over-intrusive at the same time, If you listen to 'beaty' techno and electric-pop with all those beats going 'BOOMzz , BOOMzz', JAMz give though beats a pleasant hammering on your ear-drum instead of the 'Over the top of your head' type of listening fatigue.
In short, despite being a Balanced IEM, I cant helped but remarking its Pleasant Hammerbeat Bass as the lead of the JAMz's Sonic Performance.
Treble were presented well-balanced, if you experienced very high notes where its as though piercing your ear-drum when listened on a cheap earphone, on JAMz it will cut-off that 'pierciness' of those notes but a good deal of clarity at the same time. And it is very resistant of distortion even at high volume level. Easily one of the best within this price-range
Tried JAMz on Songs that were Instrumental and Vocal respectively, and found JAMz to perform much more better on Instrumentals. Vocals presented in most songs were laid-back, blending into the array of clear-discerned of instruments - Guitar-Plucking, the Hammer Bass Drums.
Probably not its field of strength you will come to find in JAMz, Since JAMz would be appropriately described as a 'Crisp breathe of brightness without width', Arrangements, Treble, Bass and Midrange were all well-harmonized, but just lacking something magical that might add width to its Soundstage.
But don't get me wrong, try listen to Band Music and you get the impression of being in front of a Band playing - Together in a tiny and cosy room =)
JAMz lives up to its brand name's successive lines and provides one of the most awesome combination of sound performance for an IEM of this price range.
And for EQ Lovers, JAMz will definitely come as a pair of lovely delights as they prove to be easy-going at least for my player's EQ, which i prized a 'JAZZ-Oriented EQ' as the most enhancing for JAMz's capabilities and at the same time corrects most of its flaws which i pre-mentioned above. =)
-Great Bass with a pleasant hammering sensation especially the wide resonance its Bass delivers
- Easy-Going with most Amps and EQs
-Balanced Harmony of Treble, Bass and Mid-Range
-Conclusively Value-For-Money, An excellent performance for IEM of this Price Range.
-Majorities will find a hard time to get this pair of babies fit in air-tight to their ears
-Overall Soundstage could have been slightly wider and better
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Thanks for the awesome review Kendric from Singapore!
Incredible bass and build quality at a low price
By the unrepentant from UK on May 20, 2010
I have no idea what the previous reviewer says about a lack of bass with these. They have outstanding bass! I can only assume the user was not using the correct ear tips. These are very well built and excellent sounding ear phones for the price point. They seem very good for all types of genres from Hip-Hop to classical. My only complaint is the cable is quite thin and tangles too easy, but what ear buds don't?! Buy the Jamz, use the right ear tips and you cannot go wrong.
Amazing bass and detail
The best sounding ear phones at this price
Very rugged construction
Nice pouch included
Great selection of ear tips
The thin cable that tangles
Would prefer a right angled connector
Not obvious which is right or left (red right, blue left)
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Sound was good but the metal plug...
By Chai from Singapore on February 13, 2010
The metal plug off easily, they glue the metal piece to the plastic plug where it holds the 24K Gold contacts. It doesn't effect the sound at all but just be careful if it is used to house the plug, it will last longer if it stays. The sound was reasonable good quailty with a lack of bass, it plays classical music very well & i love to used this to listen to some violin piece music, it would be perfect for it price if complete with a more satisfying bass.
The design is charming & it look hot wearing one of those with that chrome look design. The wire is a tough one to damage. The sound is decent for its price range.
Lack of bass & the earpiece is abit too big for my ear. Wearing for an hour or so can actually feel the pain as it have protruding earpiece.