Originally Posted by The Pook
can't find a review a decent review of them but the Modern Retros are awesome for under $30 (if you like bass), maybe they're another cheap hidden gem.
let us know how it goes
I think the HR-5 are a cheap hidden gem.
I do like bass, and I really wanted to like modern retros, but I just can't bring myself to enjoy them. Stock pads suck and with Brainwavz they were OK but they still don't fit me comfortably.
Originally Posted by Gilles3000
Damn, those look like great value. Just the features/accessories alone are crazy at that price, if they even sound halfway decent they're a steal.
Really wish Monoprice would would get their EU store up to parity...
Played a few rounds of Apex Legends + Discord chat with them last night and was very impressed. Comfort straight out of the box is amazing with one caveat. The joint where the yokes connects to the cups has a terribly annoying squeaking plastic on plastic sound. I solved this by smearing a little superlube all around the joints with the tip of a toothpick. Now they are great. Took them to work today to run them against my other headphones.
Build quality is decent. All plastic with a cheap looking finish, but they don't feel flimsy. Cable is detachable but stupidly long. Comes with 2 pairs of earpads and a nice padded case which conveniently fits my 58X perfectly.
Sound quality is great. Overall, the 58X are still my favorite, but they cost considerably more. The HR-5 seem a bit less open, have slightly less bass and sub bass, and can be a bit more harsh in mids and highs. Basically you get 80% of the performance for 20% of the price.
Haven't compared them against the M50s as much. Obviously the M50s are a bit apples to oranges, and I still like them for certain things. Wouldn't recommend anyone buying M50s anywhere near retail price and upgraded pads are must for those which adds to the cost.
Basically, these are going to replace my ancient Ultrasone Proline 550's as my gaming headphones.