Earlier in the year I stumbled across a company called MUNITIO that makes earphones and over-the-ear headphones and I was graciously allowed to review their MUNITIO NINES earphones a couple months back. Today, I’m once again granted the awesome chance to review their latest product, their MUNITIO PRO40’s, which are their first over-the-ear headphones. There is also a PRO30 version, that just recently got backed on Kickstarter and should be available to everyone very soon. For now, let’s take an in-depth look at the MUNITIO PRO40’s.
What’s In The Box
Pulling the MUNITIO PRO40’s from the box revealed a chic design with a matte headband and sharp, circular earpieces trimmed in gold. The cans felt heavy as we pulled them from their package and felt substantial in our hands while still offering plenty of give as we gave them a quick bend. Also inside the box was a circular hard case which, in turn, harbored a removable braided headphone cable and a small carabiner. The last thing available in the package was a 1/4″ connector on a coiled cable for hooking these up to a stereo system or something similar.
The plastic carrying case is one of the best I’ve seen. It’s very solid, and should protect the Pro40s quite well. Inside is a mesh-covered compartment for carrying cables and accessories. It tucks easily under the arm, or could be thrown into a backpack or travel bag, or hung by the carabiner from a belt.
About The MUNITIO PRO40’s
Up close, the Pro40 definitely strike an impression of quality. While most people won’t like the thin gold band that borders the exterior of the earpieces, I feel it definitely adds a great taste of flash without going too far or looking to gaudy. It’s made of titanium-coated aluminum, giving you a preview of what’s to come.
The headband is extremely wide, but it’s also thin, lined at the top with a slim layer of hard foam. The edges of the band are cut into dual tracks at the underside, upon which the similarly thin extensions from the earpieces slide to adjust for size. The earpieces sit in circular frames that are molded to the extensions and swivel slightly inside their frame to fit to the ear.
The MUNITIO PRO40’s are a fairly standard design with adjustable arms that have minuscule detents: they can be adjusted to fit almost any size head. The ear cups swivel slightly, using a technique MUNITIO calls Coda Axis in-line gimbal technology, to “allow a natural range of motion without disrupting speaker driver performance,” but the headphones do not fold. The PRO40’s are non-gloss black, except for a raised white logo on each side at the bottom of the headband, and a gold(or silver) ring around the exterior of each ear cup. There’s an embossed logo on each ear cup, though this is black and doesn’t stand out nearly as much as it does in photos. Markings on the inside of the headband connector indicate the left and right channels. Along with the gold and silver ones, there’s also a solid black version available.
Comfort Of The PRO40’s
Though they’re a bit heavy, the Pro40 are plenty comfortable on the ears thanks to a smooth coat of leather surrounding the amply-padded earpieces. The headband wears on the top of the head faster than some we’ve tested, and we wished for a similarly thick layer of padding from the earpads up top. Still, they were easily wearable for a couple of hours at a time, especially due to the headphone’s low ear-fatigue.
The cable plugs in securely, and the inline switch worked as promised for skipping forward or back and for adjusting the volume. This however was tested on an iPhone 6 where everything worked perfectly as it should. Unfortunately, if you’re an Android user, controls won’t work as well but that’s an issue with Android itself, not with the MUNITIO PRO40’s. All of the controls can of course be done via the device itself, but many of us prefer to do it via the in-line controls if we have them available.
The MUNITIO PRO40’s are not noise-canceling, but I found that they fit securely enough around my ears to create a seal that considerably lowered the volume of extraneous sounds. It was very difficult for me to hear my dad or my girlfriend while I had the PRO40’s on my ears. Then once the music is playing, you will hear even less, though you can at times tell that there are sounds going on around you, though you just can’t make them out specifically.
Sound Quality And Performance
As might be expected from their size and Bass Enhancer Chamber, the MUNITIO PRO40’s had solid bass that was focused and very much audible, but never overbearing. The midrange was solidly clear, but the upper frequencies seemed a bit tamed; they were present, but I was more aware of the lows and midrange. To me, that is preferable to drivers that screech-out the highs. The most noticeable thing about the PRO40’s sound was its warmth, due to the tonal balance just described. But this warmth was often attained at the expense of detail.
One of the first indications of the deep dimension to the PRO40’s spherical soundstage came, oddly enough, from the song “Livin’ On A Prayer.” The track displayed a smooth, well-cut acoustic guitar, and gorgeously present vocals. But the real attraction came from when Richie Sambora played the voice synthesizer to alter his voice. That had a sound more distinctive via the PRO40’s than it’s ever had before and this is coming from someone who has listened to that song a million times or more on many thousands of different pieces of audio equipment over the years.
The MUNITIO PRO40’s also did an impressive job with midrange instrumentation, specifically piano. Artists like Elton John and Ben Folds were meant to be heard on headphones like the PRO40’s, which rendered their rambling keys with a perfect mixture of crystal radiance, and creamy sustain. The result was a tone that was just soft enough to soothe, and just brilliant enough to cut through the chaos.
The MUNITIO PRO40’s are a bit expensive at a price of $230 – $250 for some people. However, if you’re looking for a pair of over-the-ear headphones that are not only comfortable, but have really great sound overall, then that price might not be so bad. Especially considering that when they were first released a couple of years ago they were priced at $349. The MUNITIO PRO40’s are something I highly recommend and you can pick a pair of them up for yourself via the links below. Let us know if you grab a pair and what you think once you get them or if you already own a pair how you would rate them by leaving a comment below.