Tumi Headphones by Monster – Review

By Jeremy Del Nero on 22 May 2013
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IMG_2705The Tumi headphones by Monster come packaged in an attractive magnetically latching box, which should appeal to those who enjoy well designed packaging. Tumi and Monster worked together with a goal of creating a quality pair of headphones geared towards travelers seeking a high end listening experience.

Right out of the box the first impression the headphones made was one of quality itself.  Some might say they’re a tad on the heavy side but they felt perfectly balanced and comfortable when I first tried them on. The Tumi headsets are elegant, sleek and stylish, outfitted with quality leather bands (two replaceable black and brown bands are included, and other colors are available for purchase), a black cushioned interior, and thin red decorative trim.

The cups fold into the headband for portability, and they fit nicely into the included tough zippered pouch. A detachable 3.5mm audio cable is used for connection, a feature headphone manufacturers should universally adopt as the cable and audio plug are the items most likely to be damaged in use and require replacement.

Three cables are included: one standard 3.5mm miniplug-to-miniplug cable, one ControlTalk cable and one ControlTalk Universal cable.  The two ControlTalk cables house in-line microphones, IMG_2686allowing mobile users to interrupt listening to take a phone call with just a click of the button on the mic.  The ControlTalk cable works only with Apple devices and has buttons to skip to next and revert to previous tracks as well as control volume. The ControlTalk Universal cable can only answer and hang up phone calls or pause and play audio, but should work with nearly any smartphone on the market (and did so well with a Galaxy S3).

Two Triple-A batteries are required for the noise-canceling feature to operate, and are included. Access to the battery compartment is accomplished by removing the foam cushion from the right ear cup.  The headphones may be adjusted to various head sizes for maximum comfort by sliding one or both of the ear cups down and away from the band. Other than plugging in the desired audio cable, no other setting up is required.


Before officially listening to music through my headphones, I hooked them up to my computer and played a wide range of musical genres and white noise.  Just like with good-quality speakers, it is important to recognize that headphones have a breaking-in period until they will produce optimal sound.  I let them run for a solid ten hours overnight before giving using them.  When I woke up, I excitedly plugged the headphones into my computer, fit them snugly over my ears, and opened up iTunes.

But alas, I was getting ahead of myself.  I wanted my initial musical track listening experience to be as perfect as possible, and before attempting to enjoy my own music I wanted to test the device’s audio capabilities.  I put the Tumi headphones to work, first testing the range of high and low frequencies. They performed admirably, delivering frequencies as low as 20 Hz and as high as 18 kHz.  The phones didn’t so much as twitch when listening to high levels of bass, and never churned out any muddy sound. In addition, they offered a huge dynamic range of sound, keeping high and low interlaced volumes distinct and clear.  In the course of my testing, which included having friends try out the headphones, I was pleased to find little to no sound leakage, even at very high volumes.

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