Do you consider yourself an audiophile? Do you just so happen to have $200 laying around and can’t stand it? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of those questions, stop whatever you’re doing and go grab Monster Cable‘s new Gratitude headphones right now; don’t worry, I’ll wait. Needless to say, I’m a bit of a fan of these headphones, which can be described as simple audio bliss.
Just in case it isn’t immediately obvious from the pictures, the Gratitude headphones are simply stunning to behold. The rose gold finish pops without being overly gaudy, and while wearing them around I had several people ask what brand they were, etc. I also very much appreciate how tastefully the Monster/Gratitude logos are placed on the headphones themselves; they are prominent and easily read, but not pasted all over the product.
Strangely, Monster has chosen to stray from the typical wiring of every headphone I have ever used or seen, and instead went with a flat variation (in an attempt to prevent tangling), which doesn’t appear to affect sound quality or typical in-ear issue of transferring any contact with the wires themselves directly into your ears. Neither does it negatively impact anything about the sound, but it does become slightly annoying that I now have to worry about possibly crimping the wiring of (rather expensive) headphones, and doesn’t prevent tangles nearly as much as one would expect.