I took a selfie in my new cans, then I thought I'd type my opinions on them up.
My old in ear headphones came apart so I had to get new portables right away. After spending some time with these Monster Adidas headphones I'm quite happy with them for the under $200 price point. Best Buy advertised $100 off, which a quick check of the Amazon app verified. So I essentially get the Adidas logo for the mere price of advertising Adidas on my head. I do not mind much since it matches my many Adidas jackets and pants. Adidas does not make good laceless shoes. Their brother company Puma has them snowed in the slip-on department. Fashion wise I like the three stripes. I'm a child of the 80's. They fit better than any other headphones I have ever owned, they feel nice to the touch, and I enjoy just looking at them. That is the Adidas touch.
How do they sound? Top shelf, for the price. Here is why. These are made to be used with modern portable electronics. I have had many $150+ with excellent separation and clarity, but a simple iPhone would not power them well enough to get the most out of them. Bass would be weak at lower volumes. These Monster headphones are a bit lacking in separation and staging compared to some other brands, however I get a full range detailed sound with my phone volume up only half way. Clear distinct bass, unlike Bose bloated fake bass, bright crisp highs. Though the mids can seem slightly lacking in separation at time, this is actually a fantastic feat. I think this is Monster’s accomplishment. What was Monster known for before Beats? Over priced High end audio cables. Cables are about power resistance. Resistance is the reason many headphones require more power than cellphones can deliver. It seems to me Monster has solved this issue. Speaking of cables, THESE HAVE REPLACEABLE CABLES! I cannot even count the number of pairs of headphones I have lost at various price points due simply to the cord shorting out at the jack. It’s never the expensive part that has a problem. These rubberized low resistance cables plug in via simple mini-jack on either side of the cans. You can daisy chain another pair of ‘phones into the other jack. Not bad.
Looks: I was against the whole ‘headphones as fashion’ trend. I did not like the look of Beats really, and I thought their bass was a tad bloated, but not as bad as Bose. But I was actually considering getting over it if I liked Beats sound. I’ll admit I’m predisposed to like Adidas, so I didn’t minds advertising for a brand I already like. Once I put felt the matt plastic and the feel of them on my head I have to admit I was aesthetically pleased.
Conclusion: These are the most satisfying portable over ear headphones I have tried. Sure you can pay more, or even the same for headphones with slightly more separation, provided you use an amp or a high power source. These sound incredible plugged into a smart phone or tablet. They are a bit bright and upfront, but with the music I like it works. So, if you plan to have these pugged into a portable source Monster Adidas cannot be beat for under $200.