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No doubt, the Heartbeats by Lady Gaga Headphones are unlike anything we've seen before, and their sturdy, eye-catching design is sure to turn some heads. However, some comfort issues and a sometimes overpowering low-end might prove problematic for some prospective buyers.
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The Heartbeats are pretty much exactly what you would expect from Lady Gaga: completely over-the-top and stylish to the point of absurdity. Perhaps as expected, these earphones are also not terribly concerned with comfort. The issue is that the large, triangular earpieces are not terribly ergonomic, which wouldn't be as much of a problem if the aperture arm was a bit longer.
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Monster includes three sizes of silicone eartips in the package, though none worked for us. There's also a cute, hard-sided carrying case that is in the same triangular shape as the 'buds.
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The large, triangular earpieces are arguably where most of the Heartbeats' personality resides. Naturally, they are available in a variety of colors, including Rose Red, Black Chrome, and Bright Chrome. The outside of each earpiece is etched with a multitude of smaller triangles, which add a nice visual depth.
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The Heartbeats have a nice, sturdy feel to them, thanks largely to Monster's signature flat ribbon cable, found originally on the Tour earphones. Our one gripe is that the white cord found on the Shiny Chrome and Rose Read versions (Black Chrome has black) seems like it would pick up and show dirt easily.
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We do appreciate the little accents wrapped around the cable at each earpiece that indicate right and left channels with an initial outlined in heart. Another accent at the Y connection features a Lady Gaga signature and Heartbeats logo along with a slider for preventing tangles, not that the cord is particularly prone to them.
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Overall, the cord measures 46 inches long and terminates in a gold-plated L-plug.
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These earphones are pretty well suited to Lady Gaga's music. Still, even some of her own tracks suffered from a rather muddy low end, which is what we experienced for a lot of our regular test songs as well. We'll give them one thing: there certainly is a lot of bass.
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