When the famous fashion-brand Diesel released their beautifully designed headphones several months ago, they were briefly introduced on various sites. I loved what I’ve seen that much, that I could not keep away my hands of a brand new pair of those gorgeous headphones. Over the past four months I’ve put them to the acid test and here’s what I think.
The VEKTR is Diesel’s try to get a foot into the higher-priced consumer audio-market’s door and provide people an alternative to the great and widely used “Beats” headphone line-up. With that in mind, what would have been more obvious than having them manufactured by the very same company that also built the ear-candy by Dr. Dre: Monster.
So, let’s start with the look first. The VEKTR are pretty much the same size as the Beats Solo HD, though they appear thicker on the ear-pieces due to their F-117-like, bulky and edgy design. The gloss and the deep dark painting make them look very luxurious, although it’s hard to keep them this way, since they’re quite sensitive to fingerprints – just like any other shiny product.
Not only the headphones themselves provide that punchy look, the design is also being consistently used for the audio cable, the plugs and the on-cable control. Unlike the Beats, the VEKTR‘s audio control only provides access to click-features like answering an call, launching Siri (on iOS devices) or pausing, playing, skipping, going back, fast-forwarding and -backwarding of songs. It doesn’t have buttons for changing the volume. Usually, that’s not a bigger deal, but especially when I used them at the gym and had my iPhone attached, it annoyed me to pull it out every time I wanted to change the volume. Luckily, this only happens when somebody calls or when a song’s volume-settings is just screwed up.
For an VEKTR v2 model, I’d wish to have an integrated volume control, though. And for those who can’t wait: Get yourself an Beats or maybe an DNA audio cable.
However, it’s not only about the looks: The sound is amazing. Really. I had the Beats Solo HD headphones before and can surely say, that the Diesel does not take second place to them. The sound is powerful and provides deep bass but also clear heights. The noise isolation is very good compared to other on-ears, and even after four months of regular use the frame still provides a tight and comfortable hold, while many other on-ears I’ve had before just got loose after a while. Also the control that’s attached to the audio cable didn’t cause any problems.
Talking about the audio cable, there was one thing I want to mention: After only one month of use, the original audio cable that was shipped with the VEKTR just broke. The sound didn’t reach my headphones anymore and I had to get it replaced somehow. I went back to the SATURN shop I bought them and asked for a replacement cable, but they told me that they don’t have any in stock and need to order them. I waited for like two weeks, went back to the store and was told that they still didn’t receive any cables from Monster. I was getting a bit frustrated, so I decided to tweet Monster directly. After briefly describing the issue I had to them, I received this e-mail:
Sorry to hear that you’ve been having so much trouble with your VEKTR’s. I’ve heard them myself and I do admit they’re pretty good! Let’s get that great sound back in your ears, could your provide me with your address? I’ll send over the cable today.
Social Media Support Monster
455 Valley Drive
Brisbane, CA 94005
And only about one week later I got the replacement cable shipped directly from Monster in the US to me in Germany – and I was like “Whoohooo!!!”. Even if the cable happened to break and the crappy SATURN store I bought my Diesel from couldn’t help me with that, I’m still totally satisfied by Monster and their awesome support people, who walk their talk and got me hooked up with a replacement.
Altogether, not only their adorable design and the brilliant, powerful sound, but also the great support totally convinced me about Monster and the Diesel VEKTR headphones. The next set of on-ears will be the Monster DNA, for sure, although I’m yet still waiting for them to be available in a paint I would love.