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Monolith M560 and M1060 Planar Headphone Preview

Monoprice Headphones

Monoprice Headphones


  • Product Name: Monolith M560 and M1060 Planar Headphones
  • Manufacturer: Monoprice
  • Review Date: September 14, 2016 09:25
  • MSRP: $199.99 (M560) and $299.99 (M1060)
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
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  • Style: Open or Closed
  • Transducer type: Planar magnetic
  • Magnetic structure: Matrix double pole
  • Magnet type: Neodymium
  • Driver Size:56 mm
  • Maximum power handling: 500 mW
  • Maximum SPL: 100dB/1mW at 1 KHz
  • Frequency response: 16~40K Hz
  • Total harmonic distortion: Less than 1% at 1mW ,1K Hz
  • Impedance: 42Ω ±10% at 1kHz
  • Optimal power requirement: 20mW
  • Weight: 500g


  • Style: Open
  • Transducer type: Planar magnetic
  • Magnetic structure: Linear symmetry magnets
  • Magnet type: Neodymium
  • Driver Size: 106mm
  • Maximum power handling: 10W (for 200ms)
  • Maximum SPL: ˃130dB
  • Frequency response: 10Hz - 50kHz
  • Total harmonic distortion : <1% (1kHz, 1mW)
  • Impedance: 50 ohms
  • Efficiency: 96dB / 1mW
  • Optimal power requirement: 200mW - 4W
  • Weight: 500g

Executive Overview

Say hello to the first planar headphone for $199 on the market. With clarity, detail, and bass that’s balanced, the Monolith M560 planar headphones are the perfect way to experience your music collection. Designed for comfort and longevity, you can tailor the sound to your taste with the ability to transform the headphones between an open or closed back configuration.  The new Monoprice headphones look spectacular, much like models costing 10X the price from the likes of a highly respected manufacturer like Audeze.

A sound field that exists outside the physical space of the headphones. The Monolith M1060 Planar headphones are said to deliver the hallmark sonic signature of planar drivers for a true audiophile experience. The open back design allows the music to breathe, and places the listener in the center of the music as if the band is performing just for you.

Monoprice says the Monolith M1060 has been engineered to be comfortable for extended listening sessions. Large earpads made of faux leather and a padded headband are designed to keep you comfortable as you listen. Good sound and comfort at a reasonable price sounds like a real winner to us.  We look forward to learning more about these headphones in the near future.

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Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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