Monster has long been known for their headphone collaborations. Beats by Dre was originally a Monster collaboration before some fancy legal jujitsu allowed Dr. Dre to run off with the brand and the technology. Not one to turn its back on a good thing, Monster is at it again with its latest team up, this time with the famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to Monster's CEO, Noel Lee, Monster didn't choose Ronaldo for the partnership. Instead, Ronaldo approached Monster. "We can't afford Ronaldo," says Lee. There's probably some truth to that since Ronaldo is a world-class mega star. That means that Ronaldo really did want to have his own brand of headphones made, and that means an actual collaboration, instead of just a superficial branding scheme. Ronaldo would have spent time working with Monster on the design and sound of the headphones.
The Cristiano Ronaldo headphone is part of the Monster ROC Sport headphone line. There are three headphones in the lineup: the In-Ear ROC Sport SuperSlim, which goes for USD170 (about PHP7,800), the ROC Sport Freedom On-Ear, which goes for USD250 (PHP11,500), and the USD300 (roughly PHP13,800) ROC Sport Black Platinum Over-Ear headphones.
These headphones are full of bling, with black plastic and leather cups and golden accents all around. It's rather garish and over-the-top, but definitely eye-catching. The construction isn't particularly solid, however, as it's really just cheap plastic. The durability of these cans is in question, as it's doubtful it'll hold well without a solid metal backbone, and the golden highlights look like they'll easily scratch and fade.
The SuperSlim is pretty typical for an in-ear bud, with the ear retention clips being the most notable part of the design. The larger Sport Freedom and the Sport Black Platinum cans have a detachable 3.5mm cable on the left side (the Black Platinum has them on both sides interchangeably), and can connect to your player wirelessly. They each also have in-line controls on the right cup.
The ROC Sport Black Platinum features a swiveling ear cup design, similar to the ones in DJ headphones, which allow a DJ to listen to the environment while keeping one ear plugged in.
Are these headphone worth the price? One's ears are a very personal thing, so you will really have to give these a listen to decide if they are worth it or not.