Competition in the arena of sound has arguably never been quite so stiff! Which is great for consumers in terms
of what’s available, but also makes choosing which pair to go with slightly more tricky. So we decided to dip our toes into the sea of sound, and investigate whether Monster’s new N-Tune headphones were a pair that were worth some attention.
And this is what we discovered.
A collaboration between Monster and Nick Cannon, the N-Tunes are a set of on-ear, canstyle headphones. Available in blue, black, red and white, and sporting a rather sleek shape, these guys certainly make an impression.
One of the prominent features these headphones have to offer is super comfortable fit. In general, high-end on-ear headphones fit tightly (in order to cancel out noise), and can cause notable discomfort. The cushions on the cans
are impressively soft and comfy (squishy even, if you will), and still do a good job of keeping out ambient noise while not cutting circulation off to your ears, (always a good thing)!
The design has a pretty lightweight look and feel to it, but at the same time isn’t too plasticky. As a result, they are both durable and relatively flexible. The cans also adjust a little (pivot style) to create a comfy fit on any head.
It’s important to note that different headphones are generally best suited to a particular type of music, as a result of their performance on certain levels. These N-Tunes punt bass (super base). Using them, it’s pretty easy to tell why. So if you are into anything bass based (dub-step, hip-hop, rock, heavy metal etc.), pay attention. Also, these headphones can (and will) play music totally distortion free, even at full volume. (Not that you won’t
experience other side effects, such as possible deafening... but that’s your call).
The supplied cable detaches from the headphones, and features both a 90 degree connector (on one end) as well as a straight connector (on the other), giving users a choice. The cable is a single rubber jacketed cord, which helps prevent tangling.
A small control pod with small condenser mic on the cable (ControlTalk) allows you to answer and disconnect calls, as well as to play and pause music without having to reach for your device. The ControlTalk function is compatible
with iPhone and iOS devices, BlackBerry, and Android.
What is slightly disappointing is that the headphones don’t come with any sort of case or protective covering. Nor do they fold up. But with excellent audio, bass, a tangle free cord, great flexibility and a control pod, we think these cons are relatively easy to forgive.
Good: Light & flexible / Comfy / Good audio /
Good tangle-free cable with ControlTalk
Bad: Don’t fold up / No case included
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