Back in January, while in Las Vegas at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), it was obvious headphones are making a statement this year. Leading the way in terms of design and fashion is Monster Products by teaming up with iconic Italian fashion brand, Diesel.
This partnership makes sense. Recalling my days as a youth and my first walkman (remember those?), headphones were a practical and portable accessory for consumers to listen to music and came in limited styles.
Today, it’s still about sound quality and music, but also ties in lifestyle elements – including fashion and listening environments. For example, when I exercise, I plug in my iSport earbud-style headphones. They stay in my ears and provide amazing sound no matter how rigorous or wet the conditions. Or, when I’m walking around town in casual gear listening to tunes, I prefer Wireless Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. For those more formal or fashion-forward moments, a sharp looking pair like Monster’s Diesel VEKTR headphones will really make a statement.
Here’s an unboxing-style look in photos of the Monster Diesel VEKTR headphones:
From the time I held the angular, faceted black Monster Diesel VEKTR headphones, I was impressed with the package design. The shape of the box mirrors the form factor of the headphones.
Opening the packaging reveals two compartments: on the left, an instruction booklet is housed, along with a Monster cleaning cloth and warranty info. On the right, are the Diesel headphones, held neatly inside a black touring case. The case is well constructed, having a mix of hard elements – e.g. in the centre – and soft. There is a strong attention to detail, with even the zipper carrying the headphones design elements of a triangular shape.
What I couldn’t see right off the bat is where Monster’s patented Control Talk cable was held. It wasn’t in the pocket of the touring case, so where could it be? Upon closer inspection, I found it tucked underneath the plastic “Monster” lettering above the headphones. This isn’t your regular Control Talk cable that allows you to make calls or control your music: it’s specially designed in a triangular pattern, both for aesthetic and tangle-free qualities.
Right away, you notice these on-ear headphones are beautifully designed. The triangular-diamond-style patterns are distinctively repeated on the exterior and come in a shiny black gloss finish. There are touches of brushed and grey aluminum. “Diesel” is stamped on them, with logos on each ear cup.
High marks are scored for design as well as sound. This didn’t surprise knowing the headphone architects including Noel Lee, Head Monster and Stefano Rosso, son of Diesel’s founder, Renzo, and the company’s Head of Strategic Brand Alliance.
I’ve tried many headphones in my lifetime, and although not officially a noise-cancelling pair, you could’ve fooled me. The sound quality while listening to music and movies off my tablet were superb. In my opinion the sound quality was very clear, with a balanced sound of lows, mids and highs.
Monster’s Diesel VEKTR headphones are available at Future Shop at for $299.99.
The Monster Diesel Vektr headphones are the perfect fusion of Monster's advanced audio expertise and Diesel's fashionable design. Plush, on-ear cushions offer total comfort and form an acoustic seal so all the pristine mids and throbbing bass from your tunes stay in, and ambient noise is kept out.
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