Considering this is an over ear, full sized headphone which is comfortable to wear and has good sound for the price, the Monoprice 8323 headphone is a great choice for anyone wanting a decent sounding, affordable headphone that can be worn comfortably for hours on end.
- Model: 8323
- Driver Unit: 50mm
- Impedance: 40 ohms
- Sensitivity: 100 ±3 dB / 1mW (S.P. L at 1 k Hz)
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Wire Length: 4 feet (1.2 m)
- Inline Microphone: Yes on one of the cables
- Wired: Yes
- 1x Over-the-Ear Pro Headphones
- 1x 4-foot long 3.5 mm M/M audio cable with inline microphone/controller
- 1x 4-foot long 3.5 mm M/M audio cable
- 1x 3.5 mm F to 1/4″ M adapter plug
Although ultra-affordable, the Monoprice 8323 is still comfortable to wear and comes with thick padding. The earpads fit around your ears and do a good job of attenuating outside noise while keeping internal noise in. They are also lightweight and fit nicely on your head. Hinged earcups allow you to fold up the headphones, making them more compact and easier to take on the go.
I was honestly surprised at how well made the Monoprice 8323 headphones are. The headpiece is made of flexible rubber which bends and helps to prevent breakage. I also like that the cable is removable and replaceable, something you don’t often see on headphones in this price range. If something goes wrong, such as a short or break, a second cable is included so you can easily switch them out.
I should note, however, that one cable has an inline microphone and remote, while the other does not.
Monoprice 8323 Features
Considering they cost about the same or even less than a cheap pair of earbuds, the Monoprice 8323 headphones are a great deal.
I much prefer headphones of this style to earbuds during long listening sessions, including listening to full albums or watching movies. So if you are on a tight budget and need a pair of headphones you can comfortably wear for hours at a time, this model is definitely worth considering.
Two cables come with the Monoprice 8323, one has an inline remote and microphone which allows you take calls without taking your headphones off; while a second cable is just a straight cable with no additional features.
With large 50mm drivers and 100dB of sensitivity, these headphones provide all the power and volume you need, whether you are a DJ trying to cue up a track, or a casual listener listening to albums at home.
How do Monoprice 8323 Sound?
When evaluating the sound, it’s important to point out that these headphones are less than 20 dollars. Therefore, I wouldn’t expect them to sound as good as a $50 or $100 and up headphone designs. I was surprised, however, at how well they held up when compared to nicer models.
While the more expensive headphones were the clear winner, they didn’t necessarily blow the 8323s out of the water. Instead, the Monoprice headphones held their own and provided a sound quality that was far beyond their incredibly low price tag.
Seeing that these are marketed as DJ headphones, I expected their sound to be more aggressive. Instead, they feature a midrange and treble response that is much smoother than I expected. Since I’m not a fan of ultra-hyped and aggressive headphones I found this to be a plus. I also didn’t feel that the 8323s were hollow or boxy sounding like I expected—another plus. They don’t have the dynamic quality and wide soundstage of some of the nicer models I have reviewed, but I doubt many people will be disappointed with the sound quality considering their under $20 price.
The bass response is impressive and somewhat hyped, but not as hyped as I expected. Many cheaper headphones have a noticeable boost in the higher bass frequencies, giving the illusion that more bass is available than there honestly is. I didn’t get that from these. While there is a boost in the bass, it’s not as much of a boost as I expected and it doesn’t affect the mids the way I would’ve expected either.
So many less expensive headphones have boosted bass in an effort to make them sound bigger and more impressive. As a result, the boosted bass becomes muddy and takes clarity away from the midrange. In such headphones, the rest of the frequency spectrum suffers because of the muddy, boomy bass. I didn’t hear that in these headphones. While the bass is hyped, it’s not very hyped and didn’t muddy the mids or create mud the way a lot of similar units do.
Our Verdict on Monoprice 8323
Considering the incredibly low price tag, there’s a lot to like about the Monoprice 8323s. They are comfortable to wear, plenty loud, and come with two removable cables. Considering these cost about the same as a cheap pair of earbuds, I would recommend them for those on a budget who require headphones that are comfortable to wear for hours at a time.
While the sound isn’t audiophile, the quality really isn’t bad; and for less than $20, it’s actually pretty good! These would make a good budget set for watching TV or movies late at night after everyone has gone to bed; they would also make a good budget set for gaming.
Their large size makes them less than ideal for gym use, although their foldability makes them a good candidate for taking with you on the go. All in all, this is an impressive headphone for the price and certainly a step up from the cheap earbuds that came with your device.
Don’t expect audiophile quality, but for less than $20, they are a nice pair of headphones.