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Monster Turbine Pro Gold Audiophile In Ear Speaker with ControlTalk (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.4 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
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  • Pro speaker design with low mass, ultra-wide bandwidth driver for superior accuracy
  • All-metal construction cancels unwanted resonance for pure sound
  • Pro Sound Supertip with advanced construction provides maximum sound isolation
  • Pro strain relief; rugged construction withstands heavy duty use
  • MicroStrand conductors with ultra-low impedance for subtle detail and clear audio reproduction
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MONSTER 129430 Monster Turbine Pro Gold Audiophile In-Ear Speakers with ControlTalk

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.2 x 6 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 15.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 15.2 ounces
Manufacturer Monster Power, LLC
ASIN B002NTPLXM
Item model number MHTRB-PIEGLDCT
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3.4 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,739 in Electronics > Headphones > Earbud Headphones
#41,957 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#44,411 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com September 3, 2009

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By Kevin Nicholls TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2011
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It seems that there's an ongoing debate between the Turbine Gold and Monster Miles Davis Tribute Jazz In-Ear Headphones, with prices so close to each other. And rather than inundate you with my theories about proper break-in and a sea of frequency charts, I think I can help sum this debate up as such:

If you like Jazz, somewhat less "look at me!" style, and are interested in a hard case with a Miles Davis CD, get the Tributes.
If you plan to use your iPhone / Android as your audio source, don't mind looking a bit flashy, and want to save a few bucks, get these.

I've been switching between these and the Tributes (as well as Shure SE535's) for the past three weeks, and through countless songs, the differences between the Turbine Gold and Miles Davis Tributes are so subtle, there's not a universal "This one has more bass, that one has better mids."

To be honest, unless these are on sale, you might want to consider getting the plain old Turbines. Having owned those as well, the dynamic range of the Pro Gold / Tribute models are better, but not enough to justify the price gap.
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By JustBayIt on August 14, 2011
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This is my first pair of high quality headphones. It was without a doubt, one of the best decisions of my life regarding technologies. The lows are amazing, not even mentioning the bass. The bass is deep, but does not pound in your ears. The highs and mids are not the strongest part, but if you want that, go for the Coppers. The build is very strong. I do not imagine these breaking. They feel a little weighted, which reassures you that it is not made completely out of plastic. The boxing is amazing and they give you more than enough ear buds to give you a good fit. The sound isolation is not amazing, but it is very good. If you do not get a good fit, the sound is average, but once you get the right seal, the sound will blow you away. A five star product.
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Ok, so the one I ordered never made it my doorstep (stolen) but I was able to buy another pair at the same price. I'm always a bit weary of Monster products since there's a lot of "hype" to them. There are some serious artists behind some of their series, like the Miles Davis for example. These are one of four headphones in my collection and I'd rank these at about average for the price (assuming you get them for $150 or less). Are they worth the MSRP? No. Here's why:

1) They're a heavy bunch. These are some seriously heavy IEM (In Ear Monitors). I used the supplied over the ear arms which attach to these at the base of the IEM's and that was the only way I could get these to sit properly. This leads to my second point.

2) The over-ear supports broke! Flimsy plastic which attaches to the IEM's snapped within a week of use.

3) Support. Monster seriously lacks in the support department. Hence why I use my B&W's a majority of the time. They're good to their customers. I've had to contact them almost 12x for my Beats headphones (which finally showed up from RMA after 6 months!) and again for the over ear support arms and it was the most ridiculous process in the world. Needless to say, I'd give them a 1/10 in this department.

4) They supply a ton of eartips for a good reason; it takes a lot of trial and error to get the right fit. Even then, I wasn't completely satisfied with how these sat in my ear.

5) Sound; these sound good, not great. Good for use with phones, but if you're looking for some serious sound, look at the ATH-CK10 or the Alpha's. Maybe even the B&W's.

Overall folks, not terribly impressed with these. I'm trying to sell them now but no takers. Wish me luck.
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The Monster Turbine Gold IEMs has some of the best sound quality I have ever heard. Its signature sound is high quality booming bass. Mids and highs were very clear. Definitely suits pop, hip hop, rap, and other bass-heavy genres. However, the original price is sky high and the sound quality is not worth that much. If you can get 40%+ on these IEMs, they are a pretty good deal but...

Unfortunately, the build quality is a HUGE deal breaker. My IEMs broke after one day of use. To try to make up for it, Monster has a lifetime replacement warranty for defects. The problem is, you will be sending these back so many times, the shipping costs will start to add up. Monster tries to sweeten the deal even further by offering a two-time replacement warranty for any reason. Yes, you can take a hammer, smash these IEMs to bits, and still get a brand new pair from Monster. Now this is a great policy! Still, it's not worth the effort to continually replace them. I returned mine for a refund.

As for the other features of the Turbine Golds, the ControlTalk buttons were easy to press. Also, all of the earbud sizes didn't fit me perfectly. Be warned that you may have the same issue. If you decide to get custom ear tips, you will be adding to the cost of these already-expensive IEMs.

All in all, sound quality is top of the line if you can get these at a discount. If you are willing to take a risk on the build quality and earbud size issues, then these are perfect for you. Otherwise, stay away.
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