With its Beats by Dr. Dre line, Monster helped lead the charge that made headphones fashionable for millions of young listeners. And when Beats and Monster parted ways in 2012, Monster wasted no time signing a partnership with NCredible Entertainment, a multimedia management brand founded by the entertainer Nick Cannon.
The latest offering in Monster's NCredible line, which is aimed at young people, is an assortment of brightly hued, durable on-ear headphones called the NTune Candy Collection. They come in five vibrant colors -- blue, green, purple, red and tangerine -- and have a $170 sticker price, but you can find them cheaper at many retailers and even at Monster's e-commerce site.
The headphones deliver Monster's signature sound, which emphasizes heavy bass, making them great for rap, pop and rock music. I found the audio quality fairly good, even at high volumes, although the throbbing bass tended to overwhelm the vocals.
Monster says that the headphones are noise-isolating. Typically, I don't pay much heed to claims like that, but the headphones' swivel ear cups provided a good fit and blocked a lot of the outside noise. And they are light enough that I was able to wear them comfortably for a couple of hours.
I was impressed by the durability of the NTune headphones. They can be turned and twisted without cracking or breaking. It appears Monster designed them to last.
The tangle-free cord includes a universal in-line remote that can play and pause music as well as take phone calls. However, the remote does not include volume controls.
With its candy colors and booming bass, the NTune headphones are clearly intended for a younger crowd. Whether they are right for you depends on how badly you want to fit into that crowd.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.