Diamond Tears Edge On-Ear Headphones (Crystal)




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  1. Joel Avrunin "Electrical Engineer who loves S... says:
    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Photos do not do justice to this beautiful and comfortable pair of headphones that sound amazing for pop music, July 24, 2012
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    Joel Avrunin “Electrical Engineer who loves S… (Baltimore, MD) –
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    This review is from: Diamond Tears Edge On-Ear Headphones (Crystal) (Electronics)
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    While I am not familiar with the Korean pop music scene, I am quite a music lover and know my headphones. While I normally wear a pair Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones, these Diamond Tears Edge looked so interesting that I had to try them. They are entirely passive with no noise canceling capabilities, but as you’ll read, I almost didn’t notice. There are many ways to evaluate headphones – sound, comfort, utility, value, and look. With most headphone reviews, I would start talking about the sound. In this case, I must first describe the look.

    Look:

    Not a single photo in the gallery encapsulates how beautiful these headphones are to see. I was expecting a sort of plastic-diamond over the headphone, and was amazed at how the coating actually appeared to glimmer and change color as it caught the light. This not tinted plastic, but rather created by vapor deposition procedures, the same methodology used for creating reflective coating on astronomical mirrors. I was tipping them back and forth for awhile just admiring the color. These will get you compliments anywhere you wear them, but are surprisingly not “over the top” in shine. They look sharp. Complementing the pinkish-glimmering diamonds are solid white-leather ear cups that cradle your ears.

    One note on fashion – the primary color of these is “pink on white”. In US fashion, these would likely be seen as a woman’s color, but that would definitely vary based on culture and country. There is a black diamond color coming that I saw on YouTube which I expect will be very popular in the US when it is introduced. I did not see it personally, but must assume that it has the same reflective properties and will be just as nice as these when it debuts.

    The top headband is a shiny metal band under a soft silicone surface. It begs to be held and just looks awesome. The one downside of the silicone on top is it does tends to attract dust and must occasionally be wiped clean.

    The cords (to be discussed later) are clear with a silver wire in the middle and white connectors, so they complete the look. The case is a rather boring black – I would have preferred one with similar styling to the earphones, but it is a nice case as I will discuss later.

    Comfort:

    In a word, amazing. I have never worn a pair of earphones that were this comfortable. They are a slight bit heavier than my active noise canceling headphones at 8.3oz, but they seem to hug my head. The ear cups are soft white leather. They are “on-ear” rather than “over-ear”, and have plenty of pivot to adjust to the head. The speaker inside the cup is cover with a thin piece of felt, but I never felt the speaker itself touch my ear. The cups seal so well to my head that they are almost as quiet as my active noise canceling headphones. I am truly impressed.

    Sound:

    In a word, full and balanced sound that is a delight on my ears. My previous experience with Monster was a pair of overly-treble earbuds (Monster Gratitude In-Ear Headphones). Often big earphones suffer from the opposite problem, too much bass. These are just perfect. I first played some classical Beethoven, including the 9th symphony with operatic voices. Just perfect – balanced violins, clear voices, deep cellos. I switched it up to some Michael Buble (“Just Haven’t Met You Yet”), and it was the same, expected live and full sound. The vocals were clear without being drowned out by bass, but the instruments came through full and clear. I switched to some pop, then country, then folk music. It all sounded well-balanced and clear.

    I did try putting on some bass heavy harder rock and here I noticed that some rap and hard rock fans might be disappointed. It’s not to say the bass isn’t there, but some people like big headphones to be bass heavy. I had a similar effect with ska. This isn’t a downside, just an observation. These are perfect for pop-music with well balanced vocals and accompanying instruments.

    Utility:

    The first thing you’ll notice is the headphones have a jack on the right and left ear. I wondered why at first, but then realized it has 2 great features. First, you can pick which ear the cord falls off depending where you wear your MP3 player. Second, the unused one acts as a pass-through so a friend can share the music with their own headphones.

    There are 3 cords included. One is a full ControlTalk cord with 3 buttons (up, down, center) for use with devices that support it. You can use it to control your phone,…

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  2. Bob Dog "My Thoughts" says:
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Classy, sexy, and Smart, July 31, 2012
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    This review is from: Diamond Tears Edge On-Ear Headphones (Crystal) (Electronics)
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    The “Diamond (“Music with the clarity of diamonds”) & Tears” headphones by Monster, are the best headphones I’ve ever owned. They are first rate in every way. According to the box, these headphones were “Inspired and musically directed” by JYP (Park Jin Young), founder of South Korean record label JYP Entertainment Company, Ltd, once the home to artists such as Rain, Park Ji Yoon and Byul, G.O.D. The label’s current roster of recording artists includes Wonder Girls, 2AM, 2PM, Miss A, JOO, San E, MBLAQ, 8eight and JJ Project.

    The first impression is very positive as a result of the sleek, black, plastic wrapped, Apple-ish box, which opens like an immense jewelry clam shell. Everything has been thought out. It comes with cleaning supplies to maintain the gorgeous, shiny, faceted, diamond (plastic) studded, tear-shaped ear pieces, which are lined with the softest white leather. Also included are three clear plastic coated, low tangle cables – 1. a basic cable, 2. a cable with an in-line control talk (for I-Phones), pause (one click), no talk, clicker, and 3. my favorite, a cable like #2 but with the ability to advance to the next track (two quick clicks), increase or decrease the volume, and go back a track (three quick clicks).

    The headphones also include a cloth drawstring “touring” bag located behind the top of the box. Pull on the cloth tab to pull the back away from the top of the box to reveal the bag (and the instruction manual in a dozen languages!). The earphones have an input port on both sides. You can chose which side to insert the cable, or someone else can insert their cable and listen along with you.

    I have a huge head (8 1/2″) with which I prove on a regular basis that with head gear like baseball caps, bike helmets, etc., one size definitely does not fit all. If I was as tall as my head is wide, I’d still be in the NBA. These headphones fit just fine. In fact, there is even a little more length in the expansion joint I’m not using. (Another reviewer said these headphones also fit her “small” head.)

    I’m wearing them as I write this review (listening to Lavay Smith’s “Oh Poppa Do,” Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me,” Thomas Newman’s “Whisper of a Thrill, Matchbox 20’s “Real World,” Warren Hill’s “Crazy Valentine,” Lauren Hill’s “Fallen,” Michael Buble’s “Everything,” and The Rippington’s “Pastels on Canvas”.”) These are the first headphones I can wear for any length of time without discomfort.

    Now on to the audio, which is clean, fat, and multi-layered. I like the way they gently separate the pieces of a large band or orchestra. I’m a big fan of bass, and these definitely do the job with strong, healthy bass, although I should point out that I set my “EQ” setting on my I-Pod to Bass Booster. They do particularly well with vocals, male and female, regardless of the genre. Wearing these headphones just now I failed to hear my kids knocking at the front door! Munching on a tortilla chip with these headphones on makes the crunching sound in my head sound like the boots of an advancing army.

    I’ve had problems with cables failing where they meet the plastic sleeve on the plug. These look plenty sturdy. I checked out the Monster Cable website where I found out how to use the in-line cable clicker to go back and forth between tracks. Almost everything else you need to know about how to operate the in-line cable controls can be found on the outside of the box.

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