It's no longer enough to sell millions of records. These days, you haven't made it until you've got a set of Monster headphones bearing your moniker. With the Diddybeats, Monster welcomes Sean 'Diddy' Combs into the fold. But are these in-ear 'buds worth around £120?
Lowest of the low
The Diddybeats' sound quality is impressive. We've found the Monster line to be a mixed bag in terms of sonics, with some headphones sounding rather muddy, and some sounding harsh at the high end. We didn't experience any such woes with the Diddybeats, however. They sound clear and smooth.
We were extremely impressed with the low end. Listening to Judas by Lady Gaga, we were delighted with the imposing, thrumming bass response. It's a heavy, pounding bass sound that will delight pop, dance and hip-hop fans.
Happily, even though the bass darn near shook our ears off, it never sounded out of control. Listening to The Tempest by Pendulum, we picked up plenty of detail in the high end -- think tinkling cymbals and snappy snare drums -- even while the bass line rattled our cochleas.
Mid-tones sound buttery smooth, making crunchy guitar lines such as those found in Sum 41's Fat Lip sound exceedingly pleasant. Again, an impressive level of detail can be detected in the background, from vocal harmonies to singers taking a deep breath.
The Diddybeats don't offer audiophile-level sound quality, though, and such types probably won't be satisfied with them. But their sound quality is great for earbuds in this price bracket.
The earphones' performance at high volumes isn't that impressive, however. Crank these bad boys up and the balance quickly goes out the window. That excellent bass is most impressive at middling volumes, and the high tones get harsh and noisy when the music's louder than normal.
Highway to the danger cone
The Diddybeats' design is certainly audacious, but there are definite downsides to the large, conical shape of the earpieces. We love the styling -- the black leathery texture, glossy surfaces and chrome edging will turn heads, and the thick, ribboned cable probably won't tangle as easily as skinny thread-style wiring.