The DiddyBeats received the same rigorous listening tests that we’ve employed with other high-end earphones and headphones in the past. We used just about every style of music in all sorts of listening conditions and with a wide array of equipment. In short, The DiddyBeats did remarkably well. Sonically speaking, we liken them in many ways to the much more expensive Miles Davis Tribute earphones reviewed earlier this year.
Bass response seemed more pronounced with the DiddyBeats, but it was smooth, deep and articulate when asked to be. When we listened to a track involving upright acoustic bass, it sounded natural. Even unprocessed electric bass sounded raw and woody, not bloated and monophonic. At no point did we ever feel like we were listening to jazz through “Hip-Hop headphones”.
Midrange frequencies sound clear and natural. Often, in-ear headphones with a lot of bass have a mid-bass hump that gets in the way of natural vocal reproduction, but the DiddyBeats didn’t suffer from that problem. Instead, they transitioned very well between the low midrange and bass frequencies.
The high frequency response was generally very good. Depending on our choice of ear-tip, high frequencies flirted with being a bit hot. We found the foam ear-tips smoothed the highs out to a level we liked but even when the high frequencies were forward, they had a crystal clear ring to them rather than the aggressive metallic sizzle that we’ve heard from so many other earphones..
The more we listened, the more it became clear that Monster had built a great sounding pair of in-ear headphones that, sonically speaking, would have been as comfortable with a Quincy Jones endorsement as the Diddy name.
Though a little heavy and slightly cumbersome, the DiddyBeats look and sound fantastic. Apparently it is possible to integrate fashion and technology without making sacrifices in performance. With sound on par with their more expensive cousins, handy iPhone ControlTalk on board and a slick look to boot, the $149.00 (at BestBuy only) DiddyBeats deserve a serious look.
- Revealing, powerful sound
- Unique and stylish design points
- Wide range of ear-tip sizes
- Bass response may be heavy for some
- Bulky earpieces
- iPhone ControlTalk attachment weighs down left earpiece