Monster Turbine High Performance In-Ear Speakers (127593) - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Low mass, wide bandwidth driver for precision response
- Black chrome all-metal housing eliminates vibration for pure sound
- Monster sound isolating eartips in multiple sizes provide a perfect fit to seal out noise
- Tangle-resistant cable design
- MicroStrand cable for extended frequency response
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What Critics Are Saying About Monster Turbine
"Looks like Monster is doing more than just diversifying itself: It is serious about being a player in the headphone market." --David Worthington, Technologizer "We got a chance to try them out for ourselves and they are indeed very powerful and with an amazing amount of clarity for in-ear headphones...from the time we've spent so far with them - they're worth every penny." --Helena Stone, Chip Chick "Monster's Turbine in-ear headphone delivers excellent sound quality, with strong bass; robust, all metal construction; handsome carry case." --Steve Guttenberg, CNET.com "Monster hit their mark with the Turbines and listeners, both casual and discerning, will be satisfied with both their quality and value." --Sal Cangeloso, Geek.com "All in all, the Turbines are a nice entry into the in-ear headphone arena by Monster, and fantastic sound quality for the price—just make sure your music lives up to their high standards." --Benny Goldman, Gizmodo.com "…big sound, good bass, and comfort that you’d expect from full size high-end speakers." --Richard M. Sherwin, ElectronicHouse.com "How do they sound? In a word, fantastic." --Aric Annear, End User "At last, killer ear buds!" --Tommy Shaw, Styx "When paired with any of my portable devices (or non-portable ones for that matter) the Turbines sounded great. As promised, they deliver better bass than almost any other product at the price level, balanced out by solid mids and pretty clear highs. If volume is an issue for you, don’t worry, the Turbines can get quite loud without distortion, a feat that many in-ear headphones cannot accomplish." --- Sal Cangeloso, geek.com "... let’s do talk about sound. It’s stellar. Monster calls these “in-ear speakers” instead of “in-ear headphones” because they feel the sound is that good, and it’s not far from that. The audio is clear and full with impressive (but not muddy) bass for both music and games; sometimes annoyingly so, but that’s my own fault. Remember when you thought a 128 kbps bit rate was fine for your MP3s? You’re going to be paying for that with these headphones, because you’ll definitely hear all of the imperfections. It’s a fair trade-off, though, because you’ll also hear bits of your music that are lost on cheaper headphones."- Kirk Hiner, appletell.com The Turbine Pros are surely the best ear-bud-type headphones I've heard and ones I could be happy with for years to come. The Turbines are stylish, perform strongly across the board, are comfortable and built to last.- Todd Whitesel, Audio Video Revolution
From the Manufacturer
Life is Too Short to Listen to Bad Headphones. These days, we spend a lot of time listening to music with headphones. Every minute you spend enjoying your music should be the best it can be, but ordinary headphones can't deliver the rich dynamics, full range, and emotional impact of your favorite music.Sound So Incredible, We Had to Call Them In-Ear Speakers Monster Turbines truly deliver the big sound, power, and clarity that you'd expect from full size high-end speakers. That's why we had to call them speakers, not headphones.Bass So Deep, it Sounds Like There's a Subwoofer Unlike other headphones that can't reproduce deep bass, Monster Turbines accurately reproduce even the lowest bass notes without distortion. You'll hear thunderous low-end for incredible sound with every kind of music,from the thumping bass beats of hip hop tracks to the deepest pipe organ notes in classical compositions. Less Noise, More Music. We live in a noisy world that can interfere with your listening. Monster Turbines include multiple sound isolating ear-tips to give you a perfect fit that seals out unwanted noise for a pure listening experience.Secure, Comfortable Fit for Active Lifestyles In-ear headphones give you total freedom to move for life on-the-go. But they don't always stay where they are or even in your ear, especially if you're working out. Monster's ear hooks keep your headphones firmly in place. They're lightweight, easy to wear and remove, and easily bend to fit your ear's shape.
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I am on the 6th year of using and abusing these earbuds. I frequently try newer designs and highly touted earbuds in the same class and reject the newer buds very quickly. I have had a couple sets that have had comparable performance initially (after burn-in) but they diminish significantly in a matter of months.
I'm sorry for any buyers that have missed out on the opportunity to purchase these (now discontinued) headphones. My review is late in the game, but today when I finally had to discard the shedding/shredded Monster soft case that came with them I checked order history at Amazon and saw I had purchased them November of 2010 and was very surprised at having them as my main drivers for so long.
Now, I honestly think the sound is much better than the $200-$300 beats by dre. There's no distortion in the sound whatsoever, the bass is booming, and the sound clarity is beautiful. The Monster Turbines (at least for mine) are noise-cancelling. When they're on, I can't hear a single thing. I mean, a bomb could explode right next to me, and I'll just be chillin. Probably dead, but chillin. And so, because of this noise-cancelling, you probably wouldn't want to wear these for sports or anything. Unless, of course you'd like to wear one earbud.
The earbuds, I read in some other reviews, didn't fit them. The triple flange tips large size fit me the best, but due to the extra silicone hanging out of my ear, and the heavier weight of these earbuds, my ear would start hurting after a while. I recommend also purchasing some Comply Memory Foam eartips with these. Your music experience would be so much better, and your ears wouldn't be sore.
HOWEVER, the reason for the 4-star rating, is that it doesn't seem very durable. Honestly, I 'over-protect' these earbuds (Who wouldn't? They're 80 bucks.) I always keep them in the very cool case they come in, and try my very best not to drop them. Even with this overprotectiveness, the end piece of the jack came off. It's very minor, that part was only for show, and didn't really serve a purpose. The two earbuds work fine after, like, 7 accidental drops to the ground, and the jack still works.
Overall, these earbuds (Earphones, High performance in-ear speakers for fancy people) are excellent. It's an understatement, but they're. Absolutely. Excellent. I choose these over my Bose AE2 headphones. No kidding, the sound is better.
The only thing I question about these is the durability. If you're a butterfingers person, I have the slightest feeling you'll end up with a pile of scrap metal.
- Decent low end bass extension that won't get muddy on complicated music passages
- Clear mids that passably represent the vocal range with all it's nuances
- Shimmering highs that don't get washed out in the mix or display harsh sibilance.
Is this the gem I've been looking for? Quite possibly...yes.
I only have a few other headphones/earbuds to use as reference:
Sennheiser CX300B - Original, not the second generation
Stock Apple Earbuds
Audio Technica ATH-30
Audio Technica ATH-M50
The Audio Technica's are over the ear style headphones, the rest are of course earbuds.
I use the Audio Technica 50's as my reference when it comes to anything on or in my ears as they are exceptional in all aspects of sound quality, rivaling headphones at twice their modest price.
So on to the Monster Turbines....
First impression is that, if these are going to sound any good,for what I paid (less than $80), how can they afford to package these so very, very nicely?
The packaging job really is first rate, much more than I expected and comes with quite the variety of tips to use in order to get the perfect fit and seal in your ears. This is very important. So much so that if you don't find a good seal with in-ear style phones, you will get sub-par response in most, if not all frequencies. With that said, there are so many options it'll be hard not to find a good fit for your ears.
Second impression is that these are fairly stout and heavy buds. Much heavier than stock Apple earbuds as well as my Sennheisers.
After unpacking, finding a good fitting tip and plugging into my iPod Touch, I ran through a variety of music to test out.
Not that these are my favorites, but they represent a variety none the less.
Norah Jones - In the Morning (Subtle passages with detailed instrumental mix that highlights clarity)
Chevelle - Vitamin R (Loud mix with a lot of heavy bass and drums that can be muddy on some systems)
Elton John - Levon (Piano passages and dynamic drums on a finely mixed track)
Stone Sour - Through Glass (The opening verse has a great vocal and guitar opening that escalates into a fairly dynamic mix)
Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes (yeah, I know...it's Limp Bizkit, but if you've ever heard this on a great system, you'd know there's some very deep bass in this track and it also is a great test for vocal clarity)
Without summing up each track individually, I can attest to a few things:
- Excellent vocal and cymbal sibilance for a dynamic driver. Great clarity without exaggerating the high end.
- Accurately represented vocals, that don't get pushed back, or lost in the mix
- Bass clarity that doesn't become muddy unless you overdrive the earbuds. For me, I had to crank the bass up pretty high and turn up the iPod all the way before this point was reached
- 3 year warranty
- Quite excellent overall sound reproduction at moderate to loud sound levels
- Not convinced that the cables will stand the test of time. They feel pretty thin.
- The weight of the buds may become an issue over time. They are pretty solid feeling, but with that comes weight.
- Not sure if I can call this a con yet, but in my setup they saturated at top volume. I'll have to use my EMU1616 as a source at some point to see if it's simply a matter of the iPod being underpowered to drive these to the maddening, concert levels of volume that I sometimes prefer.
Rated on a scale of 1 - 5 with 5 being Excellent and 1 being Unacceptable/Poor, using my Audio Technica's as a reference for sound quality and taking into account the size of the item and the purchase price:
Treble Response and Clarity = 4.5
Midrange and Vocal Response = 4.5
Bass and Lower End Extension = 4 - 4.5 largely depending on listening volume, track complexity and how high you EQ the bass. I turn mine way up and it was still very good. This category will likely get an even better rating if you have a more powerful source or use a headphone amplifier.
So to sum it up, overall I'd have to say I'm very pleased with these. There is no 4.5 rating, so the benefit of the doubt goes to the high side and I give them a 5 overall on Amazons rating sytem.
The price point makes these an exceptional purchase.
They trump the Klipsch S4 and Sennheiser CX300's hands down. At almost triple the price of the Sennheisers it should blow them away and they do.
It's also no contest really between these and the Klipsch, and I'm suprised there is even a debate on sound quality between the Turbines and the S4's as the Monsters outshine them in all categories of sound reproduction.
Would I pay full MSRP for these? Nope. I wouldn't for any earbuds or speakers.
Are they worth the going price of Approx. $80.00? Absolutely and then some.
If you're coming from stock or lower end earbuds, you'll be quite literally amazed at what you hear.
I would consider an item like this to be a tipping point on price/value ratio.
You can spend alot more to get only marginally better sound.
I tried these with a substantially more powerful source and they hold control in all areas at higher volumes as well.
If you really want to maximize the potential of these, you should use a headphone amp. They really shine with more power to push them.
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Way better than beats! Quality of build, surpasses that of BEATS!