His and hers

The head­phones are back, and with much im­proved sound fea­tures Kyle Venktess

Weekend Witness - - News - TECHNO AGENT

HEAD­PHONES have al­ways been a cul­ture thing adopted by the youth. With the ad­vent of MP3s on cell­phones, the tra­di­tional head­phones took a step back to make way for ear­phones.

In re­cent years, head­phones have made a come­back, with teen mall rats sport­ing them as neck­laces. In this, many man­u­fac­tur­ers saw the op­por­tu­nity to step into the lime­light and some rein­car­nated their prod­ucts into the most pop­u­lar head­phones in the in­dus­try to­day.

The new wave of over­priced head­phones swept through so­ci­ety in 2008, with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Beats, founded by rap leg­end Dr Dre. The brand be­came one of the most pop­u­lar. Beats were ini­tially man­u­fac­tured by Mon­ster Inc. but in 2012 the com­pa­nies went their sep­a­rate ways.

Since then, Mon­ster­branded head­phones have be­come known for their great qual­ity of play­back and ex­ces­sive prices. Nev­er­the­less, they are some­thing you want to have. HIS: MON­STER IN­SPI­RA­TION The In­spi­ra­tion head­phones are noise can­celling and have a crisp play­back with­out an equaliser. It’s a durable prod­uct and it’s ti­ta­nium de­sign is ag­gres­sive, with an­gu­lar over­ear speak­ers. Other de­sign de­tail­ing in­cludes the op­tion to cus­tomise the head­band, which might seem point­less. The head­phones of­fer a pow­er­ful bass out­put, slightly lack­ing in tre­ble with­out set­ ting an equaliser. Essen­tially, the In­spi­ra­tion feels as if it were made for big sound and to be used at high vol­ume. Nev­er­the­less, it’s go­ing to pro­duce a great sound just the way you want to hear it. The In­spi­ra­tion is mar­keted for an older au­di­ence but can eas­ily go chic with any age group. This a great gift to give a guy who is into his strong bass lines and big on sound qual­ity. R1 893. HERS: MON­STER DI­A­MOND TEARS Just the sight of the Di­a­mond Tears head­phones is enough to turn heads. They are prob­a­bly some of the pret­ti­est head­phones on the mar­ket right now. The de­sign is cut­di­a­mond in­spired with finer ac­cents of dia­mantes em­bed out the out­side of each speaker and on the but­ton of the ca­bles. The Di­a­mond Tears can eas­ily match the In­spi­ra­tion in terms of sound qual­ity, but bass out­put is more sub­tle. The tre­ble out­put is crisp with­out an equaliser and the head­phones of­fer a richer ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s also great for DJing or shar­ing mu­sic with friends with­out lend­ing your head­phones. The Di­a­mond Tears have a jack port on ei­ther speaker, one for in­put and one for out­put. Di­a­monds are a girl’s best friend, and ladies who love their mu­sic will love the Di­a­mond Tears. R2 533. Let me know what you think, @KyleVenk­t­ess on Twit­ter. • kyle.venktess@wit­ness.co.za

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Mon­ster In­spi­ra­tion head­phones.

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Mon­ster Di­a­mond Tears head­phones.

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