More style than substance.
Lady Gaga’s fame probably has more to do with her style and inclination to lean towards shock art than her actual talents. Monster’s Heartbeats follow a somewhat similar trend where the emphasis seems to be more on style than substance.
Starting first with style, these in-ear headphones get top points. The headphones come with long, flat white wires – we love these as they’re tangle-proof and quite durable. The headphone end consists of a metallic, diamond-shape earpiece with a circular white ear tip at the end. The headphones come in three versions – bright chrome, rose red and black. The differences are just aesthetic and limited to different colors for the earpiece. If you want to stand out in a crowd, this is probably what you’d want seen attached to your ears. Close to each earpiece is a silver band indicating the left and right with a pretty little heart drawn on it. A clip is also attached to the wire to hold them in place while you are out for jog. Heartbeats by Lady Gaga also come with a cute diamond-shaped carry case which is perfect if you want to slip it into your pockets or a purse.
The biggest problem we had with Heartbeats is that we found it really hard to get them to stay in our ears. The buds slip off quite easily and we found ourselves adjusting them every few minutes. You do receive different sets of ear tips and we strongly recommend trying the different ones to see which best suits your ear. While we found one better than the others, the tips still didn’t manage to stick in the ear for longer than five minutes. And that was whilst just sitting still. While running, it would drop off every two minutes.
Heartbeats by Lady Gaga Headphones by Monster is available in three colors.
We tested the headphones with Boston Acoustic’s famous bass test track Woofer Cooker and we found the bass to be well above average for an earphone but not spectacular by any means. The sound quality is quite good with instrumental music as well as hip hop tunes. However, it does tend to sound muddy at times. Even Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance sounded a bit muddy, which we thought was quite ironic. The noise-cancelling feature on Heartbeats manages to filter out up to mid-level sounds. Considering it’s Dhs484 price tag, it’s quite disappointing to get in-ear headphones that are only marginally better than what you’d get as a standard with your iPod.
We imagine Heartbeats by Lady Gaga is what most supermodels would use with their iPods because they’re gorgeous to look at (we’re referring to Heartbeats but that would go for the supermodels as well). It’s probably a little too feminine and flashy for most men though. If you want to stand out in a crowd and aren’t geeky enough to be bothered about crystal clear sound or top quality bass, this is the right set of in-ear headphones for you.