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post #16 of 148
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Originally Posted by NotSoSerious View Post



The Diesels and the diamond tears are both $280 retail. 

http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=6117

http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=6544

 

Somethings telling me that the price for these headphones are a bit off. They will probably drop the price in places like Amazon...

 

The diamond tears were designed by K-Pop producer JYP. And as many know.. Korean K-pop fashion is well.... different...

 

 


Both seem more like a fashion accessory then a audio equipment..


Thanks for the prices! They aren't as expensive as I thought they were going to be (~$350), so I guess that's good.

 

Does anyone know what audio engineers are working on Monster's headphone line? Are they the same people that worked in conjunction with Dre? 

 

post #17 of 148

An excerpt from the very first Amazon review:

 

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As best I can tell, these headphones greatly enhance voice and the mid-range at the expense of bass response. I also played some collegiate a cappella. Suddenly I was transported back to the college quad standing under an arch listening to vocal harmonies. The voices were sharper and as advertised, sounded "live".

Country music didn't turn out as well. I decided to test a vocal-heavy artist by listening to some Taylor Swift, and I found her voice harsh and frankly unpleasant (whereas normally I enjoy her music). It seems that there is a bit too much treble response here.

My conclusion for sound quality is that the advertising is true - they really did tune these for a live sound, and perhaps one optimized for certain types of music. I tried a few other pieces and it seems that not only are these tuned for vocals, but only male vocals as female vocals sound harsh. I would say they are quite unique headphones and cool for some sounds, but not good all-around.

 

Hmm... although I've found no specifications of the Gratitude listed online, the above description seems to match the live preset I've encountered in the past, with media players such as VLC, where the bass is rolled off, the midrange is boosted, and the highs also boosted to a much lesser extent, with peaks here or there, I'm sure. Hence, I presume they sound great, where midrange vocals are concerned for instance, but not so great otherwise. jm2c, of course. In any case, I'll pass...


Edited by i2ehan - 1/16/12 at 9:37am
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Originally Posted by Selenium View Post

Those Diesel headphones are SEXY!!!

 

But those Diamond ones...the horror...the horror...



The Diesels look like they are from Bizzaro world

 

sv_bizzaro.jpg

 

EDIT: Come to think of it, so do the Diamonds.


Edited by RobBeer - 1/16/12 at 9:59am
post #19 of 148

Or maybe Monster really had a liking for the HTC Touch Diamond.

post #20 of 148

Hm...  What do we have here? 

 

Teaser.jpg

 

Bigger size here (still web-sized though): https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_qQYKRJxdEQ/TyMIHTLYUuI/AAAAAAAACi8/fSrdUZwXi44/s640/Teaser.jpg

post #21 of 148

Taken straight from Monsters page about the "Gratitude

"These are really incredible! You hear a lot of detail with these headphones…amazing separation and articulation. I clearly hear details in the music that I don't with other earbuds. It's impressive."

 

 

Philip Bailey confirmed for casual.


Edited by Fizz - 1/27/12 at 6:52pm
post #22 of 148
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Taken straight from Monsters page about the "Gratitude

"These are really incredible! You hear a lot of detail with these headphones…amazing separation and articulation. I clearly hear details in the music that I don't with other earbuds. It's impressive."

 

 

Philip Bailey confirmed for casual.


 

I do have to agree with that with only my initial impressions of them.  They are burning as I listen to them.  I was pleasantly surprised to see these didn't have a bass emphasis.  The midrange is as balanced as the low end.  Highs aren't rolled off, but extremely crunchy right now, a little too crunchy.  Low end does have a mid-bass focus though over deep bass (deep bass is there, just not focused as much as I'd like).


Edited by tinyman392 - 1/27/12 at 6:59pm
post #23 of 148

I must be one of the few people that thinks all headphones look a little silly worn out in public.  There's no such thing as a stylish headphone.

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I must be one of the few people that thinks all headphones look a little silly worn out in public.  There's no such thing as a stylish headphone.



LOL...  Stylish is really a subjective term.  Eye-catching may not though.  However, I don't know whether or not these are "eye-catching" as I haven't worn them in public yet.  I know the Westone 4Rs were eye-catching due to their size and the boldly written 4R on each earpiece.  Phonaks weren't as eye-catching. I do have a feeling these will be eye-catching though.

 

Listening to these IEMs really makes me think that it was Monster that left Beats instead of Beats leaving Monster.


Edited by tinyman392 - 1/27/12 at 7:13pm
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Apparently Steve Guttenberg likes them... but I've learned to take his comments with a grain of salt when it comes to in-ears... I can believe his comments about speakers, amps, and other big things, but he has written a lot of questionable things when it comes to the portable segment.

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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

Apparently Steve Guttenberg likes them... but I've learned to take his comments with a grain of salt when it comes to in-ears... I can believe his comments about speakers, amps, and other big things, but he has written a lot of questionable things when it comes to the portable segment.


I actually like them a lot too. They have a nice balance, with the bass boosted just a tad bit (not enough to call theme bass heavy for me). Mids are really solid though.

I do want to add that I will be writing a review o nthese. I will post here when finished.
Edited by tinyman392 - 2/8/12 at 7:47am
post #27 of 148

Anyone else think it's strange how many new ones are available in the Amazon user section from third party sellers (Mostly located in California) ?  Did Monster have a give away on these?

post #28 of 148

Two headphones I'm looking out for now Gratitude Iems and vektr headphones... I hope they do the sound right

 

Oh and I'm pretty sure the Gratitude will sound like a typical Turbine with more bass and bigger soundstage 

post #29 of 148
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I actually like them a lot too. They have a nice balance, with the bass boosted just a tad bit (not enough to call theme bass heavy for me). Mids are really solid though.
I do want to add that I will be writing a review o nthese. I will post here when finished.


I got to hear them last week; they are very well balanced --- and probably one of the least bass-heavy Monsters I've heard! I'd say it's as close to neutral in tonality as Monster will ever get (as of now).

 

I'm a little disappointed with the materials they used, though. It's noticeably plasticky, though they have a collection of really unique gel Supertips shaped just for the Gratitudes (and color-matched too!)

 

post #30 of 148
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Originally Posted by dosley01 View Post

Anyone else think it's strange how many new ones are available in the Amazon user section from third party sellers (Mostly located in California) ?  Did Monster have a give away on these?



They gave away a ton of these phones on the Ellen show awhile back when EWaF were on

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