TouchMyApps » Monster http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:31:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Monster Turbine Pro Copper earphones in Review http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/27/monster-turbine-pro-copper-earphones-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/27/monster-turbine-pro-copper-earphones-in-review/#comments Thu, 27 May 2010 07:53:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33595 2009’s party, mixed by last year’s Monster Turbine earphone, was off the charts. But in early 2010, Monster’s sophomore Turbine, the Turbine Pro Gold, took everything to higher levels. Everything the original Turbine did right: bass, mids, treble – is trumped, and each is more controlled, more readily adapted for any music you throw at … Read more]]>

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2009’s party, mixed by last year’s Monster Turbine earphone, was off the charts. But in early 2010, Monster’s sophomore Turbine, the Turbine Pro Gold, took everything to higher levels. Everything the original Turbine did right: bass, mids, treble – is trumped, and each is more controlled, more readily adapted for any music you throw at it. The Turbine Pro proves that Monster are ready to pick up the cheque as the best high-volume dynamic inner earphone maker on the planet. Today’s Turbine Pro Copper review will differ only slightly from the Gold review, so I’ve copied and pasted all the ‘same’ stuff: fit, package, build quality; and I’ve re-written the sound portion as only that really differs. For your posterity (you know what I mean), however, I’ve taken shiny new photos.

If you’d like to discuss the Monster Turbine Pro Copper earphones, head to our forums.

Fit and Package
The Pro is dressed to impress: two carrying cases, a shirt clip, two cable guides, a 6,3mm to 3,5mm plug adapter and 8 unique ear sets. It is one of the best-clothed earphones at any price. Among the 8 new ear pieces are two which haven’t made it to any prior Monster earphone: Comply and Monster’s new SuperTips. Both afford excellent isolation, but the super-soft Comply foam will probably be most comfortable for most people. It is also one of the most, if not the most thickly bassy (read muddy) of the included ear pieces.

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As with the original Monster Turbine, the regular silicon single flange ear tips are rounded and have less surface contact with skin than tapered ear pieces. For my ears, that translates into a balancing act because the earphones tend to lose seal, sometimes coming loose from the ear. Regular sized ears should be able to wear the Turbine Pro comfortably; but deeply sunk ear canals may take issue with the strain relief portion which can rub against the outer ear. But as all is love and war in portable audio, fit issues are pretty much par for the course though; the Turbine Pro straddles the divide between easy to use and annoying.

Build Quality and Cable
If any company have listened to customer requests, it is Monster. The original Turbine was rife with construction weaknesses – not so the Turbine Pro. Its metal body remains just as strong, just as sturdy as before, but now it is supported by strong “professional” strain reliefs which do a much better job protecting the cable. They are not quite optimal; Westone’s are better, but Monster’s new design is an about-face to its old and iffy direct-entry. The same thing happened to the y-split which has now built-in flex-fenders below the metal plating. And thank the Monster! the new headphone jack is sleeved in a semi-flexible fender and terminated by a pretty sturdy right-angled plug. Overall it is a great design; the only problem I can foresee is the plug portion splitting along the fender’s seam after heavy use.

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Without actually stringing my MacBook Pro from the ceiling by the cable, I can’t give an accurate assessment of how much weight it can support. All I can say is that after a lot of tugging, it has survived. And, it has passed the face test. I’ve been sick for over a week now – so between swatting flies from the greasy boiling mess that is my face, and bribing people to sit next to me, I’ve done my best to muck up the Turbine Pro with my detritus. It seems, however, that Monster’s cable will outlast my fever, and I expect, my shortened life. Thankfully, though, the Turbine Pro carries a limited lifetime guarantee on top of cover for manufacturing defects. So, if this year carries a month of sick Sundays, don’t worry too much; you’re grease-dissolved earphone has a second chance.

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Sound
The Turbine Pro packs a party between its speakers – things are loud and powerful and hella fun. The low end attacks like Rocky while Barry Mantalow sits in for its mids and highs. But whereas last year, I opted to use low-density foams to tame the Turbine’s bombastic low end, I use stock ear pieces with the Turbine Pro Copper. Out of the box it’s better balanced and dynamic than both of its predecessors.

It’s business time.
The Turbine Pro Gold is good at every sort of music, but I settled on the following as good showcases for what the Turbine Pro Copper is capable of.

Trance
DJ Tiesto – Kaleidascope
This is new trance, but not as new sounding as Tiesto’s older Bunkka. Trance heritage is preserved with hard beats and catchy vocals, but Kaleidascope is edgier and grippier, falling into the arms of hard-pop and rock. Thankfully, it remains technical, wide, and complicated – a great playground for distortion.

Electronic
Depeche Mode – Exciter
When Depeche Mode put down the guitars, they started playing music. Their tightly refined electronic is loud at times, but smooth, eerie, and spacious. This prodigal album’s atmospheric dark can get heavy with a lumbering headphone, but with resolution and a good-voiced top end, a great sounding album and a good headphone-tripping tool.

Metal
Danzig – Danzig
I’m no big metalhead, so I fall for easy stuff. Metal’s Morrison, Danzig, is a great cacophony of mis-filed talent, and near-evil to excite any headphone addict. The man’s melodic downers simply rock with melodic headphones.

Guitar
Jesse Cook – Tempest
As long as you don’t need to get nitty gritty, Jesse Cook’s fast-plucking guitar will rend your perception of how good an earphone can sound into shreds. Plenty of resolution, and thanks to a smoothly warm midrange in the Turbine Pro, Cook’s amazing instrumentals pick up nice emotions.

Vocal
Diana Krall – The Look of Love
It could be because I am tired that I chose Krall instead of Peyroux, or it could be because her delicious Frim Fram Sauce has me waiting for my own bacon. Her lusty vocals deserve a bit of smooth emotion. Thankfully, the Turbine Pro is up to the job.

Folk
THE BOOM – THE BOOM
If it’s good enough for Brazil’s national football team, it’s good enough for me. THE BOOM are just one of those bands whose pure tunes strike melody with fun. They require light-stepping, but thick-sounding headphones to drag their listeners up and down the 中央線 which was almost where the Turbine Pro took me.

If you can wrap your head around tight, but full bass, you will like the Turbine Pro. It doesn’t belt out its low notes as bombastically as its predecessor, but it does them better. The Pro is mature and better-textured in the basement. It is also equally fast and foot-tapping as the original Turbine. Go on, throw fast metal or trance on – it won’t explode. Bass treads lightly enough around the midrange for dynamic pop, fast rock, and clear classical. Decay and attack are both excellent, rising and falling just in time for on-fire dance music. It is highly resolving, but not fibrously detailed in the low end like the Victor FX500.

While the Turbine Pro Gold bordered on duff-duff friendly, the Copper is ever so much more laid back for bass-it-all fans. Its bass, dear me, is still big enough to grind, to hollar out the window, to blow impressive IDM tunes on their electric drum fulcrums. Monster has a thing for bass. But, while the quantity is pretty similar at the eardrum, the Godl and Copper edition differ in how that bass relates to the rest of the spectrum. The Turbine Pro Gold isn’t uncontrolled by any definition. But its bass just seems a tad verbose in comparison to the Copper’s more well-rounded frequency response.

You know, I wasn’t expecting anything markedly different with the Copper – especially in terms of smoothness. And I think I was right. Right from the bottom, the Gold and Copper are excellent. The heavy metal bodies aren’t prone to quake and the driver never rattles. Despite loads of bass, the Turbine Pro (in any form) is maturely deep.

Its midrange, is more of the same. The Copper doesn’t trump the Gold; it matches it. Read the Monster Turbine Gold review for a glimpse into the Copper’s midrange. But, take it with a bit of salt. The Copper is sharper. Is it less distortion? Maybe. Whatever the cause, I hear more edge, more grit. Midrange percussion, especially, crashes more resoundingly. Its effect? Well, the Copper does rock, does industrial electronics, and dare I say it? -does trance better than the Gold. Pinning it to any genre is an easier task, though both are nearly perfect with any music.

Why do I say nearly? Well, just like the Gold, the Copper’s high-band frequencies are ever so laid back. Again, they stand above the ultra-smooth Shure SE530, but not enough to yield a great sense of space and upper frequency detail. The Turbine Pro Gold outdoes the SE530 by a comfortable margin, but the Copper, with its sure-footed grit, does even better. Hard IDM and electronic feel hard. Cymbols crash hard and disappear when they should. Like the Gold, there is no half-arsed decay problems with the Copper despite a slightly elevated treble response.

What would I wish for in future versions of Monster’s earphones? Well, for starters, I’d probably ask for an even grittier high frequency: a mix of Etymotics ER4S high band and Monster’s suavity. What we would have is smooth, powerful, and oh so damn badass for any genre that relies on speed, space and detail. The Copper is close to offering dynamic driver perfection. But I feel that the Radius HP-TWF11R does one better in delivering an almost perfectly neutral high band. That high band is critical to painting space into the picture.

So what am I saying? Just like the Turbine Pro Gold, the Copper casts an intimate stage. Dynamics are contrasty enough to throw instruments far enough apart – indeed, spacing is impressive – but I can’t help but wish for that last awe-inspiring jump around 8-9kHz to spark my pacemaker to throbbing delight.

I’ve been playing around with a number of digital players including: iPod touch 2G, iPod nano 1G, Sansa Fuze V2, Clip V2, AMP3 Pro2, S:Flo2, and my venerable Sony players. They all sound good with the Turbine Pro, but some actually do enjoy the help of an amp. In general, however, the Monster Turbine Pro isn’t a hard earphone to drive. There are no awkward impedance swings, and without an amp, an iPod touch 2G onward is full of biting resolution and great bass. The Fuze does as most as well, and since the pair don’t hiss much, the Turbine Pro are in hog heaven. The AMP3 Pro noticeably does better with an amp – it grabs a bit better bass resolution, and loses its horrid hiss. My Sony A828 is similar, but I think the combination of an LOD/amp actually brings bass quantity down (thank God).
That is good news. The Turbine doesn’t need an amp unless your player has trouble with low Ω earphones. And it doesn’t hiss at all from the iPod touch 2G on. Other sources hiss a little, but not annoyingly so. Moving to Sony and AMP3 reveals… hiss, but the Turbine Pro reigns them in pretty well.

Sound in a Nutshell
Thank God, the Monster is back. After the Turbine, The Beats Tour disappointed, but the Turbine Pro picks the reigns back up and posse’s the hell out of a lot of the competition. It is bassy where it needs to be, smooth when necessary, and ultimately pleasingly adult. While not harbouring the deepest of soundstages, it is well articulated and succinct. It matches anything from Vocal to Folk and Country to Trance. It just works. Thankfully, too, it suffers less hiss than many sensitive rivals, making it a good earphone for just about any portable audio setup.

Thanks to the audio gods – the Turbine Pro is excellently driven by an iPhone or iPod touch. Older iPods take a beating with pretty serious bass roll off, but the current crop remain crisp and clear throughout their frequency range.

Out and about
With an improved cable and overall better construction, the Turbine Pro looks to clobber the original Turbine when returning to nature. Its length is good for pocketing and the cable holds up to sweat and body oils much better than all but the most stalwart of competitors. Still, when done, keep the earphone in its carriage sack or pouch to protect it. One thing the Turbine Pro and Turbine have in common is a microphonic cable. Touch noise drums in from your heels and crunches on your clothes. It’s forgive-able though, because the cable is of good quality, and if the cinch is tightened, noise is alleviated to some extent. The energetic cable is a bit hard to wear over the ear though. Just as elephants are trained to stand on thumb-tacks, it can be done, but it may take constant supervision.

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Conclusion
Monster did it. The Turbine Pro is better in every way than the Turbine. Its sound is smoother, more detailed, and fits a greater variety of musics better. Combine that strength with sinewy, quality cabling and you have an earphone which is worth the asking price. But Monster also outfitted the Turbine Pro to work with home amps and soundboards via a 6,3mm adapter. They also added a great fit kit including including foamies, and beefed up the overall build quality. Sure, the cable is microphonic and fit is fiddlier than I had hoped for, but in this case, the tradeoffs are worth it – Monster’s still throw the best parties. Whether you get the Turbine Pro Gold or Copper edition, you are in for a treat!

The Turbine Pro Copper does command a premium over its Gold brother, and that may form issue with a lot of wallets. For the price though, you are buying a very good sounding earphone that competes easily with other high-end offerings from Westone, Ultimate Ears, and Sennheiser.

Headphone Summary
Title: Monster Turbine Pro Copper Developer: Monster Cable
Reviewed Ver: Turbine Pro Copper Speaker type: Moving Coil (dyanamic)
Price: $350.99 – $399.99 Cable: Rubber
  • Great bass-footed sound with good balance
  • Detailed and mature
  • Good accessory package
  • Much improved build quality
  • Resistant to crystallisation from body oils and sweat
  • Great guarantee
  • Cable is microphonic
  • y-Split and cable plug fenders are lightly suspect for cracking

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Monster Supertips in Review – the best foam earphone tip on the market? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/06/monster-supertips-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/06/monster-supertips-in-review/#comments Tue, 06 Apr 2010 07:41:35 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=30760 If you like headphones, you are probably aware that perfect fit makes perfect sound. Earphone tips make a huge difference, especially when you tend to enjoy music or games on your iDevice for hours a day, or really care about sound. I tend to prefer foam tips because they are comfortable and safely isolate my … Read more]]>

If you like headphones, you are probably aware that perfect fit makes perfect sound. Earphone tips make a huge difference, especially when you tend to enjoy music or games on your iDevice for hours a day, or really care about sound. I tend to prefer foam tips because they are comfortable and safely isolate my music from the background. Unfortunately, many foam tips muck up the sound with boomy bass and midrange smear. Tips which don’t get nasty themselves: waxy and greasy after a few weeks of use. Monster’s Supertips foam tips are excellent tips for all but the narrowest-mouthed of earphones, and even those, with a few tweaks, can be made to work peachy.

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Monster Turbine Pro Gold earphones in Review – It’s time to Par-Tay! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/07/monster-turbine-pro-gold-earphones-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/07/monster-turbine-pro-gold-earphones-in-review/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2010 16:45:11 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=27595 2009’s party, mixed by last year’s Monster Turbine earphone, was off the charts. But in 2010, Monster’s sophomore Turbine, the Turbine Pro Gold, does everything better. Everything the original Turbine did right: bass, mids, treble – is trumped, and each is more controlled, more readily adapted for any music you throw at it. The Turbine … Read more]]>

2009’s party, mixed by last year’s Monster Turbine earphone, was off the charts. But in 2010, Monster’s sophomore Turbine, the Turbine Pro Gold, does everything better. Everything the original Turbine did right: bass, mids, treble – is trumped, and each is more controlled, more readily adapted for any music you throw at it. The Turbine Pro proves that Monster are ready to pick up the cheque as the best high-volume dynamic inner earphone maker on the planet. If you’d like to discuss the Monster Turbine Pro Gold, head to our forums.

Fit and Package
The Pro is dressed to impress: two carrying cases, a shirt clip, two cable guides, a 6,3mm to 3,5mm plug adapter and 8 unique ear sets. It is one of the best-clothed earphones at any price. Among the 8 new ear pieces are two which haven’t made it to any prior Monster earphone: Comply and Monster’s new SuperTips. Both afford excellent isolation, but the super-soft Comply foam will probably be most comfortable for most people. It is also one of the most, if not the most thickly bassy (read muddy) of the included ear pieces.

As with the original Monster Turbine, the regular silicon single flange ear tips are rounded and have less surface contact with skin than tapered ear pieces. For my ears, that translates into a balancing act because the earphones tend to lose seal, sometimes coming loose from the ear. Regular sized ears should be able to wear the Turbine Pro comfortably; but deeply sunk ear canals may take issue with the strain relief portion which can rub against the outer ear. But as all is love and war in portable audio, fit issues are pretty much par for the course though; the Turbine Pro straddles the divide between easy to use and annoying.

Build Quality and Cable
If any company have listened to customer requests, it is Monster. The original Turbine was rife with construction weaknesses – not so the Turbine Pro. Its metal body remains just as strong, just as sturdy as before, but now it is supported by strong “professional” strain reliefs which do a much better job protecting the cable. They are not quite optimal; Westone’s are better, but Monster’s new design is an about-face to its old and iffy direct-entry. The same thing happened to the y-split which has now built-in flex-fenders below the metal plating. And thank the Monster! the new headphone jack is sleeved in a semi-flexible fender and terminated by a pretty sturdy right-angled plug. Overall it is a great design; the only problem I can foresee is the plug portion splitting along the fender’s seam after heavy use.

Without actually stringing my MacBook Pro from the ceiling by the cable, I can’t give an accurate assessment of how much weight it can support. All I can say is that after a lot of tugging, it has survived. And, it has passed the face test. I’ve been sick for over a week now, so between swatting flies from the greasy boiling mess that is my face, and bribing people to sit next to me, I’ve done my best to muck up the Turbine Pro with my detritus. It seems, however, that Monster’s cable will outlast my fever, and I expect, my shortened life. Thankfully, though, the Turbine Pro carries a limited lifetime guarantee on top of cover for manufacturing defects. So, if this year carries a month of sick Sundays, don’t worry too much; you’re grease-dissolved earphone has a second chance.

Sound
The Turbine Pro packs a party between its speakers – things are loud and powerful and hella fun. The low end attacks like Rocky while Barry Mantalow sits in for its mids and highs. But whereas last year, I opted to use low-density foams to tame the bombastic low end, I use stock ear pieces with the Turbine Pro. Out of the box it’s better balanced and dynamic than its predecessor.

It’s business time.

The Pro is good at every sort of music, but I settled on the following as good showcases for what the Turbine Pro is capable of.

Trance
DJ Tiesto – Kaleidascope
This is new trance, but not as new sounding as Tiesto’s older Bunkka. Trance heritage is preserved with hard beats and catchy vocals, but Kaleidascope is edgier and grippier, falling into the arms of hard-pop and rock. Thankfully, it remains technical, wide, and complicated – a great playground for distortion.

Electronic
Depeche Mode – Exciter
When Depeche Mode put down the guitars, they started playing music. Their tightly refined electronic is loud at times, but smooth, eerie, and spacious. This prodigal album’s atmospheric dark can get heavy with a lumbering headphone, but with resolution and a good-voiced top end, a great sounding album and a good headphone-tripping tool.

Metal
Danzig – Danzig
I’m no big metalhead, so I fall for easy stuff. Metal’s Morrison, Danzig, is a great cacophony of mis-filed talent, and near-evil to excite any headphone addict. The man’s melodic downers simply rock with melodic headphones.

Vocal
Diana Krall – The Look of Love
It could be because I am tired that I chose Krall instead of Peyroux, or it could be because her delicious Frim Fram Sauce has me waiting for my own bacon. Her lusty vocals deserve a bit of smooth emotion. Thankfully, the Turbine Pro is up to the job.

Folk
THE BOOM – THE BOOM
If it’s good enough for Brazil’s national football team, it’s good enough for me. THE BOOM are just one of those bands whose pure tunes strike melody with fun. They require light-stepping, but thick-sounding headphones to drag their listeners up and down the 中央線 which was almost where the Turbine Pro took me.

If you can wrap your head around tight, but full bass, you will like the Turbine Pro. It doesn’t belt out its low notes as bombastically as its predecessor, but it does them better. The Pro is mature and better-textured in the basement, but it is equally fast, equally foot-tapping as the Turbine. Go on, throw fast metal or trance on – it won’t explode. Bass treads lightly enough around the midrange for dynamic pop, fast rock, and clear classical. Decay and attack are both excellent, rising and falling just in time for on-fire dance music. And, the Turbine Pro’s speaker exacts its on soft and smooth vinyl tones on music. While highly resolving, the speaker doesn’t coax the wood from a violin or fibrous echos from a piano as well as the Victor FX500 does.

Duff-duff fans will enjoy the Pro as will resolution freaks – small details are retrieved way down low, and when music calls for it, the subwoofer breaks out from under the dance floor, but will never put its back out with flabby, uncontrolled bass.

Moving upwards, the Turbine’s continues smoothly on. It can be praised from any number of angles, but one which acutely juts out anywhere, at any time, is vocal quality. Let’s take a look at a difficult to render album, Sunday 8PM by Faithless which is rife with hip-hop, trance, and pop. God is a DJ, a song engineered with overbearing, panning vocals and a stale, yet exciting melody needs especial control between mids and lows. Bass thunders in through the Turbine Pro while Maxi Jazz’ divine voice hovers clearly above everything. Forget muffled, forget mud. At the same time, tweaky treble bits squeak to liquid life in the background. It is beautiful. Cymbals crash and shimmer into the background at perfect speed without tearing down the midrange.

Incessant control bounds below every frequency to the degree that I think Monster should have named the Turbine Pro, Turbine Cool. This is the number one reason why this earphone succeeds in every area. It is gritty enough and edgy enough to rock in any music, but when gratifyingly smooth and mature become too much, there isn’t grit or dry to fall back on. Among dynamic driver earphones, the Turbine Pro may be the most capable for a wide variety of music, but it loses a little life in genres which tend to damn politics.

It is a thicker Shure SE530 with great high-band extension. Well, maybe it doesn’t have the same liquid midrange as Shure’s venerable flagship, but the comparison stands pretty well. Both earphones are beyond smooth, and both are full of lotsa aural pleasure. But the Turbine Pro is that much better because high notes don’t roll off as acutely – it is dynamic and exciting in comparison. Like many dynamic earphones, sound changes a lot depending on the earpiece. The Turbine Pro can be a bass monster, but it tends toward balance and precision. Because of this, instrument separation is very good. Like the Turbine, it doesn’t cast the largest of sound stages, but its dynamics pick up, throwing images deftly about the earphone’s inner canvass.

It is hardly mentioned in other reviews, but the Turbine Pro Gold is quite resistant to verbose background hiss, even from rather noisy sources. That isn’t to say that it is dead quiet – it’s not – but it suppresses hiss enough to be enjoyable in almost any portable configuration.

Sound in a Nutshell
Thank God, the Monster is back. After the Turbine, The Beats Tour disappointed, but the Turbine Pro picks the reigns back up and posse’s the hell out of a lot of the competition. It is bassy where it needs to be, smooth when necessary, and ultimately pleasingly adult. While not harbouring the deepest of soundstages, it is well articulated and succinct. It matches anything from Vocal to Folk and Country to Trance. It just works. Thankfully, too, it suffers less hiss than many sensitive rivals, making it a good earphone for just about any portable audio setup.

Thanks be to the audio gods – the Turbine is excellently driven by an iPhone or iPod touch. Older iPods take a beating with pretty serious bass roll off, but the current crop remain crisp and clear throughout. Extra oomph and midrange clarity is attained with a good headphone amp, but overall, this earphone is excellent even naked.

Out and about
With an improved cable and overall better construction, the Turbine Pro looks to clobber the original Turbine when returning to nature. Its length is good for pocketing and the cable holds up to sweat and body oils much better than all but the most stalwart of competitors. Still, when done, keep the earphone in its carriage sack or pouch to protect it. One thing the Turbine Pro and Turbine have in common is a microphonic cable. Touch noise drums in from your heels and crunches on your clothes. It’s forgive-able though, because the cable is of good quality, and if the cinch is tightened, noise is alleviated to some extent. The energetic cable is a bit hard to wear over the ear though. Just as elephants are trained to stand on thumb-tacks, it can be done, but it may take constant supervision.

Conclusion
Monster did it. The Turbine Pro is better in every way than its excellent predecessor. Its sound is smoother, more detailed, and fits a greater variety of musics better. Combine that strength with sinewy, quality cabling and you have an earphone which is worth the asking price. But Monster also outfitted the Turbine Pro to work with home amps and soundboards via a 6,3mm adapter. They also added a great fit kit including including foamies, and beefed up the overall build quality. Sure, the cable is microphonic and fit is fiddlier than I had hoped for, but in this case, the tradeoffs are worth it – Monster’s still throw the best parties.

App Summary
Title: Monster Turbine Pro Gold Developer: Monster Cable
Reviewed Ver: Turbine Pro Gold Speaker type Moving Coil (dyanamic)
Price: $249.99 – $299.99
16.0 MB
  • Great bass-footed sound
  • Detailed and mature
  • Good accessory package
  • Much improved build quality
  • Resistant to crystallisation from body oils and sweat
  • Great guarantee
  • Cable is microphonic
  • y-Split and cable plug fenders are lightly suspect for cracking

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Monster’s Beats Tour Earphones in Review – Made for today’s music http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/25/monsters-beats-tour-earphones-in-review-made-for-todays-music/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/25/monsters-beats-tour-earphones-in-review-made-for-todays-music/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2009 18:40:52 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=16402 The Beats Tour, Monster’s second foray into quality mid-priced inner earphones, is a departure in sound, design and construction from their first, the Turbine; a product which is backed and co-produced by American hip-hop artist, Dr. Dre. At 150$, the Beats Tour tips the scale toward the more expensive side of portable earphones, but in … Read more]]>

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The Beats Tour, Monster’s second foray into quality mid-priced inner earphones, is a departure in sound, design and construction from their first, the Turbine; a product which is backed and co-produced by American hip-hop artist, Dr. Dre. At 150$, the Beats Tour tips the scale toward the more expensive side of portable earphones, but in many areas, stands tall even amidst stiff competition. However, at around the same price, the Tour’s closest competition comes from the Monster Turbine.

Monster, unlike other manufacturers, rarely advertise an earphone’s spec as a measure of sound quality, thus the Beats Tour hasn’t any information on frequency response, sensitivity, drive load, etc., printed on its packaging – rather, the company want you to enjoy the music rather than a bunch of printing which at times, can be misleading. TMA would also like to remind you that many horrid-sounding earphones have wonderful specs like 18Hz-22KHz, 110db sensitivity and the like. A spec is no more than the merest of guidelines.

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Monster’s homework was properly finished, including annotation and documentation, when their Beats Tour model was sent out the door. There are no traces of any last-minute design indecision in their product – it is a beautiful creation. Sheathed in a tasteful black art sleeve, the Tour’s red cardboard box is adorned by just three trademarks: Beats, Dr. Dre and Monster – a distinct marque of simplicity and elegance which is sorely lacking from many of Monster’s competitors.

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Monster have obviously spent time designing an easy-to-open package which isn’t going to cut fingers. It is also unlikely to be carelessly tossed out. A concealed magnetic latch, fastens the box together and opens to reveal the Beats Tour earphones, a carrying case and the adage, ‘Sound matters.’. As first impressions go, the Monster again deliver quality, attention to detail, and startlingly good looks.

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While the packaging, design and layout are impeccable – truly first class among portable earphone products – Monster’s accessory kit is somewhat underwhelming. Inside are 3 single and 2 triple flange earpieces – a fit kit which may or may not agree with your ears. It is similar to the Turbine kit, but with the addition of an extra triple flange, is slightly better adapted for different ear sizes and shapes. While soft, the silicon flanges are bulbous and may force undo pressure upon the inner ear. Both my wife whose canals are wide, and myself,  found our ears sore after only 20 minutes with the single-flange ear pieces. The triples worked for neither of us and unfortunately, don’t lend themselves well to modifying into dual flanges as the silicon is extremely soft and thin, easily tearing near the subsequent flange. Just as I lamented in my Turbine review, it is sad that Monster have not included a foam or hybrid foam earpiece into their kit.

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Monster also include a semi-hard case which is far more useful than the Turbine’s snap-to-close toss pouch. The Beats Tour fits perfectly inside, protected in the zippered clamshell with enough room to spare for extra ear pieces. There is no airplane adapter, splitter or extension cable and again, no foam ear pieces.

Cable and Construction
One of the most striking aspects of Monster’s Beats Tour is its cable. Red like the box, the thin, flat, and patent-pending, it is a portable-perfect 1,2 metres in length. Monster also claim that it is tangle-free (a promise which many companies make), a boast which I can attest as near-fact; no matter how hard rolled the earphone into a nasty yarn-like ball, the Tour never tangled. A good five minutes of the same changed nothing, and neither did haphazardly tossing the earphones around my laptop bag during a day’s long commute in Seoul.

However, my wife is that much more determined than I am. She tangled the cable – a miracle – using her intuition and probably some glue. This is the first earphone cable which I can confidently say is nearly tangle-proof.

Similarly, it is soft and not too energetic, creating very little noise in comparison to the Turbine’s cable. Microphonic sounds are largely dull echoes which are much less-intrusive than the sounds generated from many competitor’s cables, including Monster’s own Turbine.

However, the flat cable is both heavier and wider than its competitions; two factors which contribute to some annoyances while out and about. Using Monster’s earpieces, it weighs down the housing and can drag the earphones out of fit. Fortunately, the Beats Tour can be worn over-the ear, though fit and isolation may be impeded as the sound-tubes are angled for perfect use when worn straight down. All considered, Monster’s new cable, though not perfect, is far better than that of the Turbine.

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As for housing, Monster once again strike upon a quality design. As mentioned before, the sound chamber and tubes are housed in a sturdy turned-aluminium barrel. These are fastened to the cable with a strong, polished polymer carriage. This design, like the Turbine is unlikely to break despite receiving a load of abuse. Like the Turbine, however, there is no strain relief anywhere along the cable, a fact which, when contrasted against its sturdy build, puts the Tour at a disadvantage. Despite being famous for cables, Monster’s efforts in earphones seem paltry.

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Onto the Sound
Dr. Dre and Monster reckon that with the Beats Tour, I will hear what I have been missing in my music, especially with today’s “sonically demanding hip hop, rock, and R&B that crush ordinary earbuds”; a commentary I would fully have believed – that is, if I hadn’t been using extraordinary earphones until now. I upgrade immediately. In fact, the last bundled earbuds which I used came with my Sharp Auvi MD-DR7 Minidisk: the extraordinary Sennheiser MX300, phones that crush almost any OEM earbud out there.

Prompted by their suggestions suggestions, I prepared a list of modern Rock, Hip Hop and R&B: three genres that sound great with the Beats Tour.

Snow Patrol – Eyes Open

  • You’re all I have – The Beats Tour makes this song feel like it is played in a music store: powerful, upfront and lively. Bass weaves through guitars and drums for a deep rendition of Snow Patrol’s song. Vocals are in line with the Tour presentation, slightly recessed but well placed with the music but could be considered laid back.
  • Hands Open – Nothing is polite or recessed, guitar, drums and bass are all well-textured, loud and forward. Bass, though not incredibly deep, is awash with motion. It permeates the song through the Tour crashing wave-like, tangibly felt and heard. Guitar presence is among the most well-rendered parts of Hands Open with lower edges gaining power from the forward nature of the Tour’s bass.
  • Chasing Cars – In the same strain as Hands Open, Chasing cars is perfectly balanced with balanced presentation of all instruments and vocals.  perfect but bigger than life. Not clear, full of impact and bounding with musical stride.

Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection – Though not modern, its re-master fits well with the sound signature of the Beats Tour.

  • I want you back – The Beats Tour retains the original lo-fi 1969 feeling which has rough edges despite the poor remastering. Though a perky listen, the music is simple and consists of few elements. Bass and vocals shine with the Tour, though vocal is still recessed when compared to instruments.
  • I’ll Be There – This slower song song shows what the Tour is perfect at – paced, melodic pop music. From drums to chimes and imaging – the song is pristine with engaging, but slightly recessed vocals and clear instrumentation.

Ice Cube – Raw Footage

  • I got My Locs On – The ‘duff duff’ bass of American rap is phenomenal with Monter’s Beats Tour. In faster music, the Tour are outpaced, but the slow, heavy beats of Ice Cube expand outward with finely cut fringes in a perfectly timed, tangible bass. Again, though vocals are recessed, primary and secondary singers’ voices maintain clarity and taut edges strong edges. The soft bass and polite signature of the Tour are great – even better than the Turbine for this recent Ice Cube release.
  • Gangsta Rap Made me Do it – Again, similar to the above, The Tour finds its legs. ‘Duff duff’ bass is perfect with reverberating edges whose slow, deep wells draw the Tour into its own territory.

Streets – The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living

  • Never Went to Church – Though the Streets music is rife with extremely forward vocals, instruments and Geoffrey Skinner’s voice are harmoniously balanced in a presentation which has no rival among earphones in the price category.

The below selection of hip-hop, rock/metal, R&B and movie soundtrack doesn’t sound great with the Beats Tour:

Metallica – … And Justice for All

  • One – A Metallica icon – aggressive and well-written, it’s guitars have breath and edge, but vocals and bass are recessed to the point of lacking raw detail which permeated the band’s 80′s music. Ulrich’s drums are for the most part well breathed, but lack definition and tend to fall into one another.
  • Dyer’s Eve – is one of heavy metal’s fastest songs with precise, yet lightly brushed drums and kick bass which require a certain amount of sonic finesse.  The Tour’s bass presentation is too slow to render anything better than a congealed, yet deep throbbing which hits the listener in jarring waves.

Danzig – II: Lucifuge

  • Snakes of Christ – Sadly, this song’s excellent melody and timing lose emotion with Monster’s Beats Tour. Drums are excellent, but staging echo, guitars and vocals are too polite, withdrawing the metal from the music.
  • Blood and Tears – Timing and staging are excellent. Drums wrap around the back of the head while voices float in the rear right shadowed by offensive guitars. This song was admirably performed with the Beats Tour, but sadly, retained the soft edges which make this earphone best for slow music.

MC Solaar – Mach 6

  • Hijo de Africa – MC Solaar is not another duff duff rapper. His lyrics and music is fast – sadly, to the detriment of the Tour’s performance, too much a departure from American Rap. Male vocals are recessed and too polite for for this song while bass, unperturbed, booms too heavily. Fortunately, female vocals are detailed and lovely.

The Braveheart Soundtrack

  • Wallace Courts Murron – Where the Beats Tour excels is the joyous introduction, but as the deepest notes descend into the song, the Tour barely vibrates in the song’s most awe-inspiring portion. Poor performance.
  • Gathering the Clans – Once more, melody is captured well, but the deepest bass of the song simply falls flat, failing to deliver a sense of excitement and apprehension which this song evokes.

Analysis
In a summary, the Beats Tour is an excellent sounding earphone – if it is fed pop, slow hip-hop, modern rock and the like. It is especially tuned for music which has been engineered with forward vocals, fast, high-pitched bass impact, and overall loudness at its core. In other words, what Dr. Dre must be hearing in his studio.

For modern music, its presentation is like an advertisement that punches large and full of life. Music that is engineered with especially forward mids isn’t jarring, but flows, catching bass and treble in a great symphony. Every contemporary popular music type I tested was the same: spot on. Though the Beats Tour hasn’t the widest headstage, instruments, vocals and placement are impeccably rendered.

Problems, however, arise from the ever-present signature of the Beats Tour. Because it is engineered for a certain sound (and what seems to be a select group of music), it is like an equaliser setting that fits a song or an album. If you change your music, you need to change your equaliser. The same is true for the Tour – it is great, when used on a certain album or artist, but lacks personality, depth, and edge that make other musical genres tick. My favourite music, trance, isn’t spacious or nearly detailed enough in the low frequencies to be fun. Bass edges aren’t defined nor quick enough in recovery.

Jazz and classical can also be lumped together with trance. Any instrument that needs crisp lines to convey meaning to a listener is too polite, probably owing to the tendency of the Tour to favour duffy rather than resonant bass.

Finally, other than Jackson 5, older music which was recorded prior to the love affair with compression of today’s music, lacks a middle which the recessed mids of the Tour simply can’t satisfy. Therefore, Metallica and Danzig were generally passable, but not exciting and the Braveheart Soundtrack which hinges on resonant bass and crisp instruments was a doleful performance. The biggest surprise was MC Solaar’s hip-hop, a genre which Dr. Dre must be familiar with. It simply wasn’t the same music as it is with many other phones.

For the sake of comparison, the Beats Tour is like a better sounding Crossroads Quattro – thick bass, smallish soundstage and overall inarticulate midrange. However, the Beats is by far the better sounding earphone – if it is used with the genres which it can champion.

If you like bass, but like music outside of the three prescribed genres of hip-hop, rock and pop, you may want to look elsewhere. Another earphone which has great bass definition is the Monster Turbine, but a properly amped Audeo PFE is also a good choice as is the RE2 from Head-Direct.

Stage and Hiss
The Tour, like the Turbine is not an earphone which excels in presenting  a wide musical stage. Rather, it does a decent, though not exemplary job of separating instruments. In the same price range, the Phonak PFE will perfectly disappear, leaving less of an impression upon the music, where the Tour exerts its compressor-like influence on tunes. This is not a bad thing, but for the person who desires crystal clarity and trance-like staging, the Tour is a phone to skip. It does not hiss out of the iPod touch 2G, though picks up a fair amount from certain amplifiers and is annoying out of the rubbish headphone out of the MacBook Pro. There is no reason to expect anything else. The Tour performs similarly to many dynamic-driver competitors.

After countless hours with the Tour, it was time to see if dedicated amping would pull additional detail from the Tour. The short answer is no. The Tour performs its best with an amp, but there is not a big change like with the Phonak PFE. If anything, treble rings a little more clearly and headstage tightens, but bass performance largely is the same. This is both good and bad. For those who want to use their great portable amps with the Tour, there is only the smallest of improvement to be had over a quality DAP’s headphone out, but at the same time, there isn’t the need to purchase an expensive external amp.

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Out and about with the Beats Tour
The Tour, like Monster’s Turbine doesn’t block external noise as well as some other earphones, even when using foams. However, external noises are sufficiently attenuated to be able to enjoy music at reasonable levels. Even in the loud underground of Seoul where the beggars peddle their disabilites to commuters; even when everyone around is speaking on a mobile phone – even there, I didn’t have to raise the volume of my iPod touch. Isolation is adequate for those who need it. But, the Tour will not cope with much louder venues.

For isolation, the Klipsch S2, q-Jays, UE 700 and Audeo PFE will effectively block out the majority of background noise at any volume level.

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Conclusion
So, the 150$ question is, has Monster made the ultimate earphone? Well, that depends on you. If you like the music at which the Tour excels: slow hip hop, pop and contemporary rock, the Tour is a great-sounding phone; it strikes forward-vocals in a controlled pace and jives with the duff duff bass of recently mastered recordings. For that music, the Tour may be one of the best earphones in the <200$ market. Similarly, its unique cable is completely manageable; it doesn’t tangle, nor make as much noise as most competitors. Since it can comfortably be worn over the ear, its weight and lack of a cinch are forgivable.

However, Monster’s disregard for cable protection is a shame; earphones need to be adequately sheathed with bumpers and stress reliefs as cables often die and users are forced to buy replacements. This cable company has still not managed the formula for the perfect headphone cable – a fact that still has me scratching my head.

Ultimately, the Tour, like any earphone, is a consumer device and it has been made with consumers in mind who may not have been introduced to higher-end earphones. Thus, cabling issues are up for moot. Despite its flaws, the Tour is excellently designed, and in a non-gaudy, highly stylised facade, the Tour is dressed to impress.

In terms of sound, Phones like the Audeo PFE, Monster Turbine and q-Jays are more aptly suited to please in a variety of genres. The problem is that, after being impressed by the packaging and housing quality, the Tour is a great product if reviewed within very stringent guidelines. If your musical tastes venture out of the narrow band of genres at which the Tour excels, purchasing the Beats Tour could be a mistake. If you are looking for powerful, yet detailed bass with great highs and rich mids, Monster’s own Turbine is a better performer across a myriad of genres, though may not handle duffy music quite as well. In the end, the Beats Tour is left with Turbine envy.

For this reason, more than any other, the Beats Tour scores a Tap from TouchMyApps.

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App Summary
Title: Monster Beats Tour Developer: Monster Cable
Price: $149.99
  • Lovely package
  • Great carrying case
  • Decent selection of ear pieces
  • solid construction
  • Unique cable
  • good sound quality with modern pop music
  • no stress relief or bumpers along the cable
  • fit kit lacks foam pieces and silicon flanges may be uncomfortable
  • cable is heavy and has no cincher
  • sound is good for a limited array of music types

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Big Hype, Big Sound: Monster Turbine Earphones in Review http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/23/monster-turbines-earphones-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/23/monster-turbines-earphones-in-review/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2009 05:59:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=5149 Monster make Earphones! Known the world over for car audio cables, Monster are now gunning for the growing portaphile audience who demand their mobile audio to be pristine.  The Turbine, is Monster’s first high-quality earphone and is a fabulous entry into the crowded inner earphone sub-genre.  Monster’s competition are the stalwart sellers: Shure, Westone, Etymotic, … Read more]]>
The Monster has Emerged!

The Monster has Emerged!

Monster make Earphones!
Known the world over for car audio cables, Monster are now gunning for the growing portaphile audience who demand their mobile audio to be pristine.  The Turbine, is Monster’s first high-quality earphone and is a fabulous entry into the crowded inner earphone sub-genre.  Monster’s competition are the stalwart sellers: Shure, Westone, Etymotic, Sennheiser,  Futuresonics, Bose, Apple, Phonak, Klipsch, Sleek and many more. For Monster’s Fanfare thread at Headfi.org, click here. Feel free to Monster Turbine Earphones in Review – Big Hype, Big Sound.

(For those of you wishing for a clean and simple conclusion:  get them, they sound great, look great and perform well in the under 200$ USD price bracket – otherwise, read through for an exhaustive but exciting review!) ** Nice White Photographs:  From Monster’s webpage**

Packaging
The Turbine at 179$ USD have outclassed many inner-ear phones at any price.  No other product has come in such a sturdy, well-laid out box that is both easy to open and great for keeping accessories safe and clean.  Instead of sharp plastic moulds, the Turbine phones are laid out like kings in a sturdy and velvety carboard box and graphic art sleeve.  A usable soft-sided folding earphone case is also included but does little to protect the Turbine other than from scratches.  Overall, the package has looks good and adds to the feeling of quality that helps the purchase seem worthwhile.

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Monster Fit
Silcon flanges are becoming staple kit in low and high-end earphones.  I see them all over.  Flanges are magic-makers as they are cheap, not easily destroyed and washable.  Since the Turbine sits inside your ear canal, it blocks out a certain amount of noise, allowing you to lower your music volume, save your ears and listen to your music – not your neighbour’s essay on the state of the automotive industry.

Monster include five sets of silicon flanges, some triple and some single.  They are soft, flexible and comfortable. Also, the flange mouth is not as wide as many competitor’s designs which is a relief for those with smaller ear canals! Remember, with inner-ear phones, if you cannot get a good fit, you cannot get bass.  With a good fit, the Turbines provide quality bass healthy portions.

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Saying that, I will admit to only using the silicon flanges for about a week before changing to my old Etymotic ER4 foam-based ear-tip.  It was not easy since Etymotic uses a smaller sound tube, so I had to first remove the inner rubber support tube and then crop the foamie slightly so that its end would not bunch up inside my ear, creating a boomy, bassy mess.  Monster should include foamie based ear pieces for those like me who prefer a plush fit and a slightly different sound! (More on that later).

Monster Design – Turbine Driver
In purely aesthetic terms, the Turbine is beautiful.  The outer cork-screwed casing is cold brass and the inner sound tube portion is a turned aluminium – it is a carnage of industrial design and attention to detail.  Lovely!  The Turbine earphones are easy to insert into the ear, but hard to tell apart. The left and right units are identical in shape, and other than slight colour difference indistinguishable one from the other.  In other words, without adequate lighting, you won’t know which piece to insert into which ear – resulting in hearing your music backwards!

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Monster Cable – Frightening
Sadly, the cable is a bouncy, microphonic mess in comparison to the wonderful Turbine design.  If you wear the cable hanging down, earphone style, you will hear all your footsteps, the sound of clothing, rucksacks – anything and everything, snagging its way into your music.  Looping the Turbine cable over the ear eliminates most of the microphonics, but the cable, full of flex and energy, may bounce off from the top of your ears, recreating annoying touch-sounds. Finally, strain relief at the most sensitive parts of the earphones is ignored.  From the straight-angled plug to the tiny rubber bead that secures the cable at the base of each driver unit, the solidly constructed earphones are hamstrung by a frail but charismatic achilles cable. For the price, I would have expected better; and, from a cable company, this complete lack of protection isn’t acceptable.

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Monster Bass – Subwoof[ears]
Firstly, Monster’s claim that the Turbines perform like subwoofers is a bold statement about in-ear technology.  Because all earphone and inner ear phone units sit inside the ear, no vibrations, (tingling mids or thumpy bass) make it to the outer ear which is not the case with a real subwoofers.  That said, the Turbine plays music deeply with well-resolved bass and a great emphasis on depth and detail. This is not another adolescent and ‘thumpy’ earphone for the casual listener. Though no in-ear or circum-aural phone can mimic the impact of a subwoofer’s bass on your body, the Monster Turbine produces top notch bass that is engaging and profound and easily matches the quantity of another king, the Futuresonics’ Atrio.

Monster Mids and Highs
Despite the raw bass power and resolution of the Turbine, vocals and energy from other frequencies are not muffled or distorted.  Music is not too warm or dark and is not polluted by a bad echoing inside the driver unit.  The midrange is beautiful – music is rendered in lively tones with just the right amount of colouration and treble shine, though not too much.  The Turbine drivers must be exceptionally thin and light in order to achieve such a powerful and natural sound. However, customers who are really into vocal music may be put off by the slightly tepid mids of Monster’s Turbine.

Monster Speed – Monster Attacks and Decays – This Monster Loves Music
The Turbine sound is full of deep and punchy resonance, but retains the speed and detail I have come to expect from more expensive armature based canal phones such as the Etymotic ER4 series and the Audio Technica CK10.  While not as detailed nor quite as fast, the Turbine has a fuller, more immediately attractive sound.  My favourite music is Trance and I am well versed in the world of Armin van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, PVD, Markus Schulz and many other DJ’s progressive and original works.

Trance is a fast paced music that relies on all wavelengths of sound to achieve euphoric and sometimes eerie audio experiences.  Bass, treble, speed, attack, space and separation – all are important.  In every one of these areas, the Turbine excels.  Bass is a no-brainer – these are bass kings.  But for a dynamic-based in-ear phone, the Turbine is fast and controlled.  My previous Denon, Atrio and Victor suffered from either slow bass that congealed in between beats or violent reverb that gave me headaches. The Turbine is a little less focused than the latter, but at the same time, an easier, less fatiguing listen.

Just to be a well-rounded reviewer, I tried some old favourites:  U2, Nick Cave, The Cure and Depeche Mode along with some popular music: Daft Punk, Justice and some 90′s dance tracks. Everything sounded great from my iPod touch and especially on heavily voiced tracks, I found the Bass Reducer setting to be a great middle ground for my tastes.

Monster’s Turbine is an incredible earphone for trance music. Its bass is bit, but not bloated, and it has pace and is smooth. Its full sound may be too much for some people, but I think it will capture most headphone fans’ imagination. That said, it fails ever so slightly in one area:  sound stage. In my experience, dynamic based earphones have provided a wider and sometimes taller spacial situation of instruments and sounds, if worse instrument separation than balanced armature based inner-ear phones like the Etymotic ER4 or Audio Technica CK10.  However, I was surprised to find that the Turbine had a more closed-in feel than other dynamics, no matter which silicon tip I used.  When I hacked my Etymotic ER4 foamie, I discovered a wider stage and more lucid bass than I had discovered with the silicon flanges.  Alas, foamies are not included in the package but I am told that Monster are listening to Turbine users and may include foamie eartips in future packages – let’s hope they do.

Conclusion
I am an audiophile.  I admit it.  But I am sensible.  I don’t buy what I don’t need (anymore) and I am not usually swayed by FOTMs (flavours of the month), but I am a sucker –  A real sucker.  When my Turbines arrived, I was ecstatic but tense:  would they be another marketing toy?  A big-name company bringing big hype, but low-quality to the masses?  Luckily, the Turbine is neither.

It is fun, detailed, well constructed, and does my favourite music very well.  They are also praised by people who don’t care for trance or hip-hop: jacks-of-all trades that don’t suffer when compared on sonic virtuousness with their competition.

However, for the price of 179$ USD, I would have expected a much better cable.  Futuresonics Atrio cable is easily one of the best cables included on an earphone for under 200$ but the total price is as low as 130$.  I was excited by the great packaging and layout of the Turbine, but what a listener really needs more than a box is assurance that their product will last, without interruption, till they feel it is time to upgrade.

With those caveats aside, the Turbine is well worth its MMSRP of 179$ USD and is a welcome entry into the rabid and competitive world of inner-ear phones and is an easy Grab! Be sure to read our Interview with the Monster – David Leung Project Engineer of Monster says words about the Turbine earphones.

Monster Turbine High Performance In-Ear Speakers ($149.99)

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App Summary
Title: Monster® Turbine In-Ear Earphones Developer: Monster
Price: MMSRP:  179$ USD
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good looks and packaging
  • One of the best performers in the under 200$ price category for quality bass and control
  • Luxurious metal housing
  • The cable is underwhelming
  • No foamie ear piece in package

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