Review: Monster Diamond Tears Edge Headphone’s


I’m back with another review of a set of headphones by Monster. This time it’s the JYP creation called – Diamond Tears Edge. Now these headphones appealed to me on a purely aesthetic level, I didn’t need to see any specifications, to be honest I didn’t care! I just loved how they looked. I personally love the unique appearance of the headphone and that was enough for me to hunt them down.


Now these headphones were not the easiest things to acquire. I live in England so the stockist list on the Monster site was the first stop for me. However it proved fruitless. I called every store listed and emailed every site only to be told the same line “We do stock Monster headphones, but we won’t be getting this model”. However that wasn’t enough to make me give up I contacted Monster direct who pointed me to a stockist not on there list, A popular UK music chain. I pre-ordered my headphones and waited with baited breath for the release date…… Unfortunately that date moved further and further back until I got the email saying, I won’t be getting my desired headphones as they didn’t get the stock! Nightmare! So my search continued……


I left it a matter of months (Yep, I planned this review months and months ago) and decided to visit the website of a popular UK electrical store looking for a smart TV. I like to think of myself as a headphones connoisseur so decided to peruse the audio section and to my surprise there they were! I blinked a few times and checked again and it was definitely them, they were in stock – and best of all In stock in my city with the option to reserve them and collect them in store, super happy :).


So I finally have the Diamond Tears Edge in my possession. After unboxing them I’m in love with the headphones they are exactly what I expected. There shipped with three cords – a standard straight cord, a ControlTalk cable for Apple IOS products and a universal ControlTalk cable for android and all other mobile products. Alongside the cords, they come with the carry case for headphones (they can be folded up when not in use), the Monster cleaning cloth and Monster shine spray to keep your babies sparkling. Although Diamond Tears look like there made from glass there actually predominantly plastic – and surprisingly strong for a Monster product. However I am not too keen on the headband. Made from some kind of gummy polyurethane it is comfy but does attract random dust particles. The fit is definitely snug and they would probably not be very comfortable if your ears are on the larger side. These headphone’s can be daisy chained (a pretty rare feature), as both ear cups have jacks. This allows a second person to plug their headphones into yours so you can both enjoy the same songs at the same time – and is really handy if two people are watching a movie on a mobile device. On the downside there is sound leak (a common problem I find with Monster products), however I was surprised that it wasnt too much – and on the plus side they don’t allow much sound in, sealing out a lot of everyday noise.


The Diamond Tears Edge come in two colour ways – Black and Clear (I personally love the Clear), They are both are covered in aurora borealis (a kind of multi dimensional/multi coloured finish created by Christian Dior and Swarovski back in 1956 and named after the light phenomenon). Monster however is planning to lauch more colour way’s sometime this year.

MHJYPDTON_128745_GLAM_01In conclusion I love the headphones – but there definitely not for everyone. They stand out and they are on the pricey side. However if you are looking for a statement piece, there definitely it. Quality wise I was pleasantly surprised! The sound – although not amazing was pretty good and sound leak pretty reasonable. So although these are clearly a fashion statement there’s some substance to back the style :).


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Review: ColorWare – Beats By Dre Studio Illusion’s

Hey 🙂 this is a review and a pre-review all rolled into one. I came across the ColorWare site purely by accident – I can’t even remember what I was searching for :S. ColorWare is a company who custom paint gidgits and gadgets – From phones, headphones and PS3’s to iPad’s, MacBooks and Segway’s! So I perused the site for a while and decided I would opt for a custom iPod classic. I spent way to long coming up with wacky colour combinations, playing with the different paint finishes until I designed the iPod of my dreams. I impulsively ordered the said iPod and eagerly awaited its arrival.

Two weeks later my postman greeted me with a smile and a parcel, She had finally arrived in Blighty! I eagerly opened the box and I was not disappointed in the slightest. The finish was amazing, the colours vibrant, and it definitely didn’t feel like they scrimped on quality. The complements started rolling in, and I must admit I tried to keep my new-found favorite site a secret.

I loved my iPod so much that I went back on the site to see what else I could justify buying. I settled on a pair of Beats By Dre Studio’s. Now these headphones are anything but perfect to me – Style wise there ok but quality wise I definitely would give them two thumbs down. There flimsy, clunky, and they literally eat batteries! I travel quite a bit and before I even arrive at the airport the batteries would be half empty! So you always need to keep AAA’s in reserve. Also the sound leak is RIDICULOUS, If you like to listen to your music pretty loud (as do I) be prepared for some disgruntled looks from member’s of the public who don’t appreciate your taste in music. Literally you can clearly hear every note played and every word spoken. I however didn’t know all of this info when I happily clicked away, creating my second masterpiece inspired by my muse – Iron Man :). So after numerous red and gold combinations I finally settled on the one. Click – they were ordered.

I had never held a pair of Studio’s at this point and during a shopping trip popped into an electronics superstore, There they were. I rushed over to the display excited and my heart sank, they felt so cheap I likened then to a child’s toy. They quality just wasnt there for the price and the more popular demo pairs were slack – meaning they couldn’t be adjusted as the locking mechanism just wouldn’t lock :(. So I returned home deflated and no longer looking forward to my new purchase.

once again two weeks later I receive another package and begin the unboxing process. Shocked was my reaction. They were nothing like the Beats in the electrical store! Gone was the flimsy, cheap, loose headphones and in their place were a pair of super sturdy, high quality and visually stunning one’s. SO HAPPY! ColorWare don’t just spray the headphones the colour of your choice, they totally disassemble them, paint them and re-build them. Leaving you with a quality end product.

Once again the compliments started and I again couldnt fault ColorWare.

A few weeks back I received an email informing me of their latest addition to the Beats line – The Beats by Dre Studio illusion’s. My mouth fell open when I saw the pearlescent finish, they were sparkly, iridescent, glittery and fabulous! They were everything I love rolled into one.

The illusions come in their colours – Red to Gold, Gold to Silver, and Blue to Red, and are only available for a limited time. I once again found myself on the ColorWare site staring intently at the image in front of me when the $1000 (£600 approx) price tag hit me. This is a huge mark up from the $500 (£300 approx) price for a regular custom pair of these headphones. However I once again continued forward opting for the blue to red option. I’m holding high hopes for these headphones, and fingers crossed I wont be let down. When they arrive I’ll be doing an unboxing and review video, so with these headphones 1st impressions definitely count.

ColorWare uses a liquid plastic coating called X2, Which is scratch and UV resistant and I must admit so far my products look almost identical to when I received them. That leads me to believe that these headphones will be just as stunning a few years down the line. So if you have a spare $1000 lying around and are looking for a set of conversation starting headphones – I guess these are for you.