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Thought it might be useful to start a thread on these new headphones, considering that there is a generally lack on information on them here on Head-Fi.

 

Pretty much, the current line-up of standalone Monster headphones are as follows:

 

NCredible NTune

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Type: On-ear

Retail Price: $150

 

Diesel Vektr

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Type: On-ear

Retail Price: $280

 

Diamond Tears

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Type: On-ear

Retail Price: $350

 

Inspiration (Black/White)

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Type: Over-ear Noise Cancelling

Retail Price: $330

 


 

My impressions:

 

NCredible NTune

From the information I can gather from the net, this line is endorsed by Nick Cannon, made as a casual, trendy audio accessory. True to the classic "Beats marketing strategy", the headphone is advertised as a highly advanced, high-quality headphone, "at an NCredible value".

 

Granted, the headphone is the cheapest headphone Monster has ever released, but to my ears it may as well be the worst as well. I am trying very hard to come up with positive points, but with such a flimsy construction, coupled with sound that makes even the Solo HD sound competent, there's really nothing much I can say at this point.

 

The frequency response of this headphone resonates unusually. I can't exactly pinpoint what the exact curve is like, but it sounded  fairly imbalanced in the mid regions, with the painfully predictable mid-bass bloat. Treble is slightly subdued, with an early rolloff. The bass particularly, was the one that bothered me the most. Every bass note sent a low frequency shockwave that lingers beyond its rhythm, which made everything sound... well, weird, for lack of a better descriptor. Not exactly what I would like in something that I would be dropping hundred-and-a-half on.

 

Diesel Vektr

As its name implies, this headphone is a product of the partnership between Monster and a company called Diesel, with its "Noise Division", which I have never heard of till today. For those of you who don't know, Diesel is an Italian apparel company, specializing in clothing designs and yes, not audio.

 

Marketing lingo represents these headphones as a product of "Monster's secret experimental audio savvy with Diesel's iconoclastic design", traditional audio language of the "sizzling highs, irresistible mids and that throbbing base" (not sure with they intentionally want to use the defunct spelling of "bass" there) and get this, scientifically backed as well. Can't argue with science there.

 

My experience with the Vektr was... surprisingly tolerable. I was expecting some sort of screechy highs or unhearable midrange or something, but no. Still, the bass was, again, dominating the sound frequency, with a slightly recessed midrange. The bass (wait, sorry Monster, base) was of poorer quality than what I would expect from a near-$300 headphone, the details being muffled and fuzzy as compared to other similarly priced audiophile models. On that note, I would say that the Vektr, though not to the point of unlistenable-bility as that of the NTune, I wouldn't want to be the one having to pay full retail on that.

 


 

I haven't got a chance to audition the Diamond or the Inspiration, since they haven't arrived on my shores yet. If you guys have any impressions on them, please post 'em up. :)


Edited by crinacle - 6/3/12 at 5:18am
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Am I the only one that finds all but the "Inspiration" terribly ugly?
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Am I the only one that finds all but the "Inspiration" terribly ugly?

Nope, The inspiration seems to be the only one with somewhat subdued gaudiness.

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Burn them all MWAHAHAHAHAHA very_evil_smiley.gif

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NCredible NTune

... sound that makes even the Solo HD sound competent

 

 

Wait... what? How is this even possible? blink.gif

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Am I the only one that finds all but the "Inspiration" terribly ugly?

 

I'm sure the folks at Denon think they look amazing rolleyes.gif

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Am I the only one that finds all but the "Inspiration" terribly ugly?

 

I'm sure the folks at Denon think they look amazing rolleyes.gif

 

They look like a glorified Jecklin Float to be honest.

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They look like a glorified Jecklin Float to be honest.

 

I'm sure the floats sound better, though.
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Thanks for the impressions, crinacle. Did you audition them at Stereo?


I wouldn't expect anything less from Monster. They know the crowd loves the Beats sound, so what better way than to ape what was once their baby.

 

Btw, are the bass levels similar to those on the Beats Studio/Solo models? If they are, it could save me a trip to Stereo. Thanks. :)

 

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Am I the only one that finds all but the "Inspiration" terribly ugly?

 

Nope, they really are ugly. biggrin.gif

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i like the diamond tears, but their sound probably isn't worth 350 dollars...

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i like the diamond tears, but their sound probably isn't worth 350 dollars...

 

They don't look terribly durable for that price, too. I might (should) be wrong, but it looks like it's liable to crack apart even if it takes a slight knock.

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Thanks for the impressions, crinacle. Did you audition them at Stereo?


I wouldn't expect anything less from Monster. They know the crowd loves the Beats sound, so what better way than to ape what was once their baby.

 

Btw, are the bass levels similar to those on the Beats Studio/Solo models? If they are, it could save me a trip to Stereo. Thanks. :)

 

 

Yeah, I did. :)

 

Um... by comparison, I would say yes. Though I feel that the Studios have tighter bass though.

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Yeah, I did. :)

 

Um... by comparison, I would say yes. Though I feel that the Studios have tighter bass though.

 

Ahh, thanks, bro! I guess that saves me a trip to audition them. I'm not really a fan of huge fan of the Beats lineup. The bass output on the Studios are pretty good for a basshead can; the pricetag however, is just out of this world. S$699 for one? Nuts. I remember they were S$799 last year. I wonder why the prices were reduced?

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NCredible ,  i am gonna snag it....love the energy coming out of this turbine. gs1000.gifevil_smiley.gif


Edited by Lorspeaker - 7/11/12 at 6:09pm
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NCredible NTune,  i am gonna snag it....love the energy coming out of this turbine. gs1000.gifevil_smiley.gif

What is this? I dont even....

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