Headphones have been a hot ticket item for the last few holiday seasons, and with a house full of music lovers, I’ve been paying close attention. Quality headphones always make an amazing gift, but I admit that some of the more popular ones — like Beats by Dre — are just out of reach, price-wise, for us, and I imagine it’s the same way for a lot of other people. Finding ones of comparable quality at a lower price point is always a great thing.
Monster’s N-Tune headphones are a strong contender, which I recently learned thanks to a review request from Walmart. The company that makes these actually engineered the Beats by Dre headphones, so the quality is definitely there. And in fact, their entire goal was to make that technology more affordable for consumers.
But there are two things that are really unique about these:
1. They can be connected for shared music
Each pair of headphones has a port that allows another set to be plugged in so music can be shared. You can connect up to 5 pairs of N-Tune headphones, but the second set doesn’t necessarily have to be the same brand. This would be fabulous on road trips when the kids are watching a movie in the back, so my husband and I can still listen to music in the front, in a studio situation where multiple people need to listen to the same track, or really, in any situation where music is being shared from a device that only has one headphone jack.
2. They are really, really tough to break.
I’ll explain what I mean with a single photo:
They’ve been designed to bend and twist without breaking. This is important to consider if you’ll be giving these headphones to teenagers, or even younger kids, who have been known to be hard on their stuff. Breaking an expensive pair of headphones isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time.
When I saw the headphones demonstrated during a recent trip to Walmart headquarters, I was honestly sold by both of these features before I even tried them myself. But trying them was the icing on the cake.
On top of all that, the sound quality really is great. The N-Tunes are great at canceling ambient noise so that sound through the music — or whatever else you are listening to — is really clear. In fact, they are the perfect headphones for those times when you don’t want to be disturbed. Though you may have to warn anyone who might try to talk to you while you’re wearing them that you genuinely can’t hear what they’re saying. Can someone remind my daughter of this, please?!
Honestly, I’ve used a lot of headphones in the past year or two. These are my current favorites for my own use — though my husband has his own favorite — and I plan to keep them around for a long time. They’re a lot better than the lower end headphones I’ve used in the past, but not so expensive as to make them completely out of reach. So if you’re shopping for someone who wants headphones, you should really give these a serious look.
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.