Monster has introduced a new personal audio experience platform that it’s calling Melody, available through the new MonsterTalk lineup of headphones. Through a collaboration with AI-driven personal music platform Speak Music, the Melody voice powered music assistant will allow users to tell their headphones what music they want to play, whether it’s a particular song, an artist, a playlist, or a genre, and the headphones will listen.
The MonsterTalk lineup will launch with Monster Products’ premium Elements headphones, the ClarityHD line, and its iSport Freedom V2 fitness headphones. According to Monster, the Element headphones will be the first Voice-Controlled premium headphones. The MonsterTalk models will all be available later this month.
“Monster’s decades of experience in consumer audio make it clear to us that the market is moving toward voice as the new user interface,” Head Monster Noel Lee said in a statement. “In collaboration with Speak Music, we’re now able to deliver an unparalleled listening experience to our customers, who not only demand the highest quality in sound and product design, but also the ability to continue their activities uninterrupted, while enjoying whatever song, playlist, station or genre fits their mood in that moment.”
Unlike other voice assistant products that rely on a WiFi connection, Monster said that Melody will connect through a free app (available on Apple and Android phones) and can connect through the user’s cellular data network. From there, the user can link their premium music services to the app, pair their Monster headphones to the Melody app through Bluetooth, and you’re good to go. It’s unclear how much data the Melody app would eat up, but WiFi connection is always available as a backup.
A simple tap on the side of the headphones will give users access to the Melody app through their listening device—relaxing the need to pull out their smartphone and swipe through long lists to find their favorite song or artist.
“We are pleased to be able to couple Melody’s voice-activated music assistant with Monster’s array of high-end audio products, bringing an innovative listening experience to market with a forward looking pioneer,” Mark Anderson, CEO and Co-Founder of Speak Music, said in the statement. “We believe that consumers want personalized experiences that don’t disrupt their activities and through this partnership we are able to offer multi-tasking music lovers the best of both worlds – an expansive selection of audio entertainment and extreme ease-of-use in high-quality products.”