Thursday, May 5, 2016

Monster ClarityHD Wireless IEM Review

We typically do not review anything under $100, but Monster was adamant about their Clarity HD, that they would perform as well as a $100 model would, so we are reviewing them. While they are entry level for Monster, they are still designed for high quality audio. In speaking to Monsters rep, they understood that most individuals are on a tight budget, so they wanted to bring out a product at a low price point. While the price point is low, they still wanted to have great sound quality and give consumers a big band for their buck.

Features and specs:
  • Advanced construction with reinforcement at critical stress points
  • Ergonomically designed, with multiple ear tips for a better fit
  • Won't fall out of your ears like other earbuds
  • Premium wireless Bluetooth sound quality at an incredible value
  • Superior noise isolation
  • In-line mic for clearer phone calls and music control
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Innovative battery design for 5+ hours of listening
The Monster ClarityHD came shipped in a standard colored box with its specs listed. There was also a clear plastic window on the front, so you can see the IEM. Materials used in the construction is mostly plastic. Quality of materials used as well as build quality was good. Also included was the manual, charging cable, extra eartips, and carry bag. They looked better than a $80 product, that's for sure.

Using them was very simple.  After charging them, it was time to get them linked to my HTC One M9 phone.  The owners manual was easy to follow on instructions for getting them charged, and paired. Getting them to pair with my phone was easier than expected.  Next it was time to see how well they held a connection, and I was equally impressed.  I was able to go over 50 feet away with multiple walls between me and my phone and still able to hear clean sound. I was still amazed at the $80 price tag, and could not wait to test them with this years sound tracks.

David Bowie: Let's Dance, had nice deep bass in the kick drum that had really nice authority. Nice resolution in the wood knocker that showed a big soundstage. Vocals were very natural sounding.  Journey: Don't Stop Believing , piano sounded very natural, vocals sounded very natural with good resolution. Kick drum had nice depth and impact.  Also Sprach Zarathustra, ultra low bass rumble had really nice depth and authority, trumpets sounded smooth and natural. Tympani had nice dynamics and resolution.  Junior Wells: Why Are People Like That, vocals were impressively natural with lots of resolution and texture, bass had nice depth and impact. Piano was very natural sounding, cymbal and percussion was crisp. Harmonica was very dynamic, with nice harmonics.  Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, clarinet sounded very natural with great woodiness. Horns sounded smooth, piano was very natural. Bass had nice depth, texture and low level harmonics. Flutes had nice air. They throw a larger soundstage and had better imaging than expected. 
I was blown away by the sound at such a low price point!  The saying may get what you pay for.  But not this time.  This time, you get a lot more!  I could see why Monster was adamant about wanting their Wireless ClarityHD included.  I could easily see them competing with products twice their price.  If you are on a tight budget, the Wireless ClarityHD should be on your short list.  If you are not a Monster fan, after buying the will be!  Based on the design, features, quality, and performance, the Monster ClarityHD Wireless has earned our Highly Recommended Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at