UNBOXED: Reviewing the Monoprice Monolith Portable Headphone Amp
The simplest way that I can even begin to explain my time with the Monolith Portable Headphone Amplifier and DAC from Monoprice is jaw-dropping.
When reviewing audio-related products—specifically personal audio products like headphones and small portable amps and the like—the rule of thumb is that you’re supposed to recall one track that you’re very familiar with. It could be a favorite song of yours. It could be one that you know puts emphasis on a particular style music or aspect of sound—like a heavy bass track vs. a strong vocal performance. Point being, you become so familiar with the track that you’re able to pick up on the subtleties, which would inform you on how well (or poor) the product you’re reviewing performs in certain areas.
For me, the song of choice is Bastille’s “Pompeii.” It’s a track that anyone who knows me will tell you I’m probably obsessed with to a rather unhealthy degree. To say that I’ve listened to it more than 10,000 times in the few years since it’s been out wouldn’t be too far from the truth. I practically sing it in my sleep. And, hey, for what it’s worth I paid to see it performed live a few times as well. Long story short, I’m familiar with the track.