Loud in two ways: Monster's Nokia headphones reviewed
4.4Overall Score
Price (RRP): $349 Manufacturer: Monster

We all like headphones louder, and that’s because louder often sounds more real, live, and in your face. But loud headphones don’t always look loud, and that’s why Monster has designed a pair of headphones that look as loud as they sound, and the good news is they’re wireless too.

Features

Shortlisted for a CES Innovations award this year (2013), the Purity Pro is the first pair of Monster headphones we’ve seen that looks well and truly designed for the modern day smartphone user.

Built with Nokia’s Windows Phones in mind, Monster has designed with a single block of colour per headphone, as that sits in line with the look of the Lumia range, which includes devices like the Lumia 920 which look, well, very similar.

That said, while the owners of the Lumia range are the intended market, anyone with a modern smartphone can use them, as Bluetooth is supported, and everyone else can plug them in using the supplied 3.5mm flat cable.

Modern smartphones and tablets can take advantage of an easy connection using Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology, and devices that support the Apt-X standard will receive the high definition standard.

Active Noise Cancellation is also included in the package, as is hands-free calling with a built-in microphone, while the battery is reportedly capable of lasting roughly 24 hours.

While some Bluetooth headsets use touch-sensitive buttons built into the headset to control audio playback, the Purity Pro headphones go back to proper physical buttons, with two sets, one on each ear. On the left ear, you’ll find the buttons for track forward, play/pause/answer call, and track backward. The right ear, however, sports a volume rocker.

At the bottom of the left can is two ports, with a microUSB port to charge the headphones up and the 3.5mm jack for using the headphones without the battery, controls, and active noise cancelling.

Rubberised padding sits at the top of the plastic headband, designed to be friendlier to your head than your traditional headband.

Performance

Big headphones seem to be the rage at the moment, and the bigger they are, the more colourful they tend to be. We’re not against wearing eye catching technology, and when Google Glass rocks up, you can bet we’ll be walking around town with our camera equipped eyes.

Until that happens, we’ll just stick to the future of time telling on our wrist, and some large colourful wireless headphones on our ears.

In this review, it’s the latter of those items that we’re looking at, with a pair of shiny yellow headphones ready for us to don, listen to music, and go nuts with.