Dinesh, was kind enough to share with us his views on the Monster Diesel Vektr.
I am not an audiophile, I consider myself an audio enthusiast. I like to listen to music that is original and use headphones, amps and player that deliver the best listening experience.
My first encounter with a decent pair of headphones started when I had to choose between a Sennheiser HD201 and a Sony headphone, whose model number I don't recall (that statement alone implies which one I chose). Due to a sale, both pairs had been placed at the same price point and believe it not, I was firmly stuck at the same place and position for a good 20 minutes or so. After speaking to the sales staff, I decided to go with the Sennheisers and never regretted it. Until the time I tripped on something and the cable yanked off.
It was a sad day indeed.
Fast forward a few years and here I am, still without a HD 201 but, with lots of other Sennheisers, V-Moda, etc.
(Your demise didn't go in vain HD 201).
There are a lot of reviews of the Sennheiser Momentums, the V-Modas and others online. That's why, I would like to take you through my experience with the Monster Diesel Vektr on-ear headphones in military green.
I got these for a good price, during a sale, on Amazon.com. The packaging is so amazing that I couldn’t bring myself to open it up. I just kept it on my computer table, next to the monitor for a whole day, and admired it. The headphones, case and wire were all very well laid out in the box.
There is a lot of emphasis on bass but that doesn't make the sound muddy at all. In fact I use this more than my Momentum On-Ears, purely because of the fit and sound quality. But, when the question of comfort arises the choice has always been the Momentum. I stay in Chennai, where it is predominantly hot, so if the room is not well ventilated, these headphones can make long listening sessions a little uncomfortable.
The Monster does a very good job with isolating outside noise but it does leak sound at high volumes, which is expected from an on-ear. The cable is flat and has a button to control music which works with iOS and Android. The build quality of the headphones is sturdy and it folds up to be stored in the soft travel case. The color does make the headphone stand out in a crowd.
I have tried these headphones with and without my FiiO E6 on the Nexus 4, Sony NWZ-A17 and the MW-1, iPad (4th Gen) and Nexus 7 (2nd Gen). Needless to say, the Monster Diesel Vektr blew me away when used with the Sony NWZ-A17. However, the improvement in sound when the FiiO was plugged into the NWZ-A17 was marginal.
The Monster Diesel Vektr performed well with all my devices except the MW-1. When used as a standalone music player, the MW-1 couldn’t drive the headphones as well as the other devices and there was a bit of hissing. The FiiO helped the MW-1 by reducing the hissing to a large extent and made it sound better.
HD tracks sound good with these too. “Sugar” by Maroon 5 sounded more alive but the vocals were getting a little drowned. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi sounded much much better however, and the vocals were pretty clear too. “Sonne” by Rammstein and “My Last Serenade” by Killswitch Engage sounded heavier and lot more hard hitting. “Slam the Door” by Zedd made me feel like I was in a club. I also tried these headphones with various songs from One Direction, David Guetta , Eminem, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, Kings of Convenience and Motion City Soundtrack. Rap is not the genre these headphones excel in, but rock, metal, dance do sound good. These headphones are good for pop too.
For the price of Rs.18,999, these headphones are worth a look if you’re contemplating buying the Momentum on-ear. In this price range you can’t go wrong with either of them. Over all, these are my go-to headphones at the moment for casual listening and gaming.
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