Monster DNA Pro 2.0 Over-Ear review: These new low-profile Monster headphones earn their flagship status

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The Good The Monster DNA Pro 2.0 Over-Ear headphones are well-balanced and good-quality with two headphone ports for simultaneous listening. They come with a soft carrying case and two cables (one for extra length and another with an inline mic/remote for smartphone use).

The Bad Listeners with large ears will have a hard time finding a comfortable position for these headphones.

The Bottom Line The Monster DNA Pro headphones are a step forward in design and sound quality, but some users may find the earcups too narrow.

7.8 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Sound 8
  • Value 8

There's certainly no shortage of Monster headphones lining store shelves, but the DNA Pro 2.0 headphones take a step out of the box with a sleekly simple design that sets them apart from their showy linemates. The company's latest flagship model comes in white or "black tuxedo" and retails for $300 in the US, £249 in the UK and AU$229 in Australia.

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The design of the DNA Pro 2.0 will be a shock to fans who are used to seeing Monster's instantly recognizable oblong headband shape with circular earcups -- that specific style is so tightly bound to the brand that you can probably tell who makes these headphones without even looking at the logo.

The team took a new approach in aesthetics for the DNA Pro; the closed-back design is anchored by a new teardrop shape to the earcups, which also feature a faux-carbon weave and glossy reflective paneling. The semicircular headband itself is also draped in similar pieces with just enough padding underneath to require only occasional breaks for relief.

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As with all Monster headphones, the build of the DNA Pro 2.0 is tuned for performance and mobility, and listeners will be pleased to find two 3.5mm "MusicShare" headphone ports underneath each earcup that can be used at the same time for simultaneous listening by friends.

Incidentally, the headphones also fold down easily for safe travel in the included soft bag, and the box includes two wires: one straight wire with a coiled section at the top for additional length and a separate ControlTalk cable with a built-in microphone and remote control for Apple devices. Pro tip: you can also control some Android music players, though not all are officially supported.

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