|Genuine Box, book and case on the left.|
|Genuine zipper on top.|
Lets start with the box. Side by side, this is the weakest part of the copies. The money thats gone into replicating the headphones has been saved on the box. Seriously, the two couldn't be more different. Monster headphones are packaged in Apple-esque hinged solid boxes, that magnetically close when sealed properly. The counterfeit box is poorly made and flimsy by comparison, although it too, does close magnetically. These headphones aren't totally identical, the genuine set we have also include the 'control talk' button (for use with mobile phones), but you can see there is a significant difference in the two boxes. The user guide has also seen the criminals save a few pennies. The Monster book, is Monster by comparison to the 4 page effort that resides in the fakes. The same is true of the accompanying accessory leaflet. It isn't even folded properly in the fake set, yet the genuine copy folds out nicely. The pouches have their differences too, but again, in isolation, you'd be hard pushed to tell one from the other. The embossed 'b' is slightly shallower on the originals.
One side of the zipper tag is damn near perfect, yet the font on the opposite side is ever so slightly thinner. Otherwise the pouch is one of the more accurate parts of the set.
The headphones, are harder to tell apart. Much harder. As mentioned earlier, two members of our team, couldn't tell them apart until they had both sets side by side to compare. But there are differences. Firstly, the cable is slightly different. Obviously
|Genuine book folded properly on the left.|
The font appears to go up at the end, and the S seems fatter than other letters in the word. The genuine Y splitter is nothing like. It has Beats written on it, is plastic and has chrome trim, the picture shows the significant difference between the two. As I said earlier, these aren't quite the same headphones and I don't have genuine headphones without 'Control talk' on, but this isn't the piece with the button/mic in it, so I see no reason why on these almost identical headphones, Monster wouldn't use a shared part for the Y splitter. Internet research hasn't helped either, but what we can definitely say is, this set of genuine headphones looks like the picture.
|Genuine Y splitter Top|
Telling the fake set from the real set apart from the earpieces is far more challenging. This is clearly where the effort has gone from the contraband creators. The earpieces are from a distance, almost identical. But again, after examing them for a while we spotted some significant differences. Firstly, when you lay them side by side, with the L or R pointing up, the direction that the fakes point is completely wrong. The part that slides in your inner ear is angled. The real one's seem to point inwards and up, the fakes point down and in. If this direction is wrong, this could be very uncomfortable over a prolonged period of time.
|Grooves on the copies (left)|
The section that has the L or R on it is grooved like an LP on the circumference. On the fakes (left in the picture), it's significantly grooved. On the real set, it's much much finer. The b's on the outside, perhaps not surprisingly, are pretty much identical. While this picture which is a close up Macro shot does seem to suggest that the b is noticeably more raised, in reality, the difference between the two is less noticeable the b is recessed in both. There does appear to be a bit more of a manufacturing 'edge' around the copies. The genuines being more moulded, although there is a ridge in the same place. On the removable rubberised earplug part, the back (behind the identical seams) was slightly shinier on the fakes. The seam is less obvious on the genuine article, and the surface all over, is much more uniform. The fakes (on the bottom again, below) don't look like the b is perfectly central. To the casual observer however, the back of these pointing out of someone's ear's will make it look like they have invested in one of the best sets of in ear headphones on the market.... only they won't have done. Finally, one more safeguard. The fakes boast on the side that they come with 3 sets of comfortable earbud sizes for the most comfortable and secure fit. The genuine tour headphones come with a whopping 6....two of which are Etymotic in style, and a shirt clip, as well as (hidden in the pouch) over the top bright red 'n' shaped ear clips. Replica's they may call them, real and legal, they are not.
They look like a pair, but the unit on top is real. The bottom one is counterfeit.
Monster beats counterfeit information.
Monster beats counterfeit information.