Review: Spider Moonlight Studio Monitor Headphones
February 14, 2013 by Beatweek
In this age of mobile devices, headphone makers are increasingly trying to shrink the size and weight of their products. Spider goes decidedly in the other direction with its Moonlight Studio Monitor headphones. They feature (by far) the largest cup size of any headphone product I’ve tested, and even the cable is hefty. As its name implies, these headphones are for studio-style listening.
The audio quality is brilliant, as its $349 price tag and large size would seem to demand. The treble and bass are both crystal clear, with an equal balance between the two. That means they sound great on any genre of music.
The styling is rather unique, with the cup design consisting of a reflective black acrylic oval set inside of, and against one side of, a larger brushed metal oval. Combine that with the silver “setting sun” motif of the sliders, and the Moonlight has a styling which, while on the “tech themed” side, is elegant enough to avoid crossing over into gamer territory. The oval pads are some of the more comfortable I’ve encountered.
Owing to their size, the Moonlight headphones are on the heavy side. Combine that with the Y-cable, which is a quarter inch thick and a good ten feet long, and it’s clear that this is a product not intended for taking with you on your morning jog. Instead, the Moonlight is more suited to sitting in front of your home stereo, or sitting at your computer, or perhaps sitting motionless with your iPad on the couch. And in that role it does quite well. It features an eighth inch plug with a 35mm adapter, which makes it compatible with everything. The zippered hardshell carrying case, which is ten by eight by six inches itself, gives them some degree of travel credibility, but the lack of an included airline adapter seems to drive home the point that these are home and studio headphones.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 • Price: $349 • spidercable.com