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post #16 of 74
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Originally Posted by HeyItsBattleKid View Post
Has anyone seen where to get some replacement tips for these guys? I'm wanting to cut the last flange on the smaller tri-flange tips, but want to have a backup just in case.
I don't know about where to purchase extras from, but I'm sure if you contacted Monster directly, they can guide you or even provide you with some.

For me, there was absolutely NO COMPARISON between the the smaller triflange and after I cut it to a biflange. Much better fit and complete upgrade in sound signature...the sound waves have less rubber tubing to travel through.

If you don't get a good seal (less likely to happen seeing the elaborate fit kit monster provides), they won't sound good or right (your ears will tell you that). When they sit in properly, everything will click into place and you'll JUST know.

Hope that helps.
post #17 of 74
hey can you compare this with the IE8, since they are both dynamic drivers.
post #18 of 74
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Originally Posted by shaizada View Post
Snip snip Thats exactly what I did. Much better and much more musical as well as there is less of a "tube" the music has to fight through to get into the ear canal.
I can't even imagine myself cutting my eartips. Instead of destroying the tips to get a better seal I usually just get the tips from another product that fit me well.

To this day I still use the tips from my Shure e2c which I sold off years ago. They fit the original Turbines well and still give me the best seal from all the tips I tried. I use the e2c's tips with everything from Ultimate Ears to Klipsch.

Anyway the one major problem I had with the Turbines was that they seem to "slip out of sync." It's hard to describe, like the right ear piece isn't aligned properly and the sound is lopsided; and even if I move the Turbine in my ear the problem persists. It only happens with the Turbines and I never had this problem with any other IEM. I don't really understand it. And it only happens like 50% of the time, sometimes they get "mounted" in my ear properly, sometimes they don't. It sounds like a fit problem and I am thinking the heft and weight of the Turbines contributed to this somehow; none of my "lighter" IEMs like the X10s or the Metro.Fis had this problem.

I sold the Turbines as a result. I wonder if the Pros fixed this particular problem?
post #19 of 74
I'm also curious to know if the MT Pro's are that much of an upgrade over the original Turbines. And what about IEMs like the Hippo VB's or CKS-70s? Are they even in the same ballpark as the Pro's? I would rather spend $80 than $225 if there wasn't much of a difference in sound quality.
post #20 of 74
The Pros are a definite upgrade from the original Turbines, but the value of the upgrade has to be decided by the purchaser. The Pros' excellent bass foundation is still there, but much more controlled with less of a mid-bass hump than the originals. The mids are a bit more forward (which may be a result of the lower mid-bass hump), but retain their clarity and naturalness, especially with acoustic instruments and electric guitars (they capture the fuzz/distortion as close to Grados as I have heard in a universal IEM). The treble is incredibly smooth and detailed, and may be a bit more extended than the originals, but never harsh to my ears.

I have been spending a lot of time over the past two weeks with the Pros and my IE8s. I would say that the IE8 has a warmer, but still natural, sound, with an incredible soundstage and detailed mids and treble, with bass that is superbly detailed but some may find a bit large. The Pros have a tighter but just as detailed bass, with a more detailed midrange and equal treble.

I am fortunate to be able to own both, but the trade-offs seem to be a warm (IE8) sound signature vs. a slightly more detailed mid-range (Pro), with equal highs and a larger soundstage for the IE8. I still can hear deeper into mixes with the Pros, but that may not hold to everyone. The IE8s also have a great replaceable cable, but the Pros are a bit cheaper, but with a greatly improved build quality compared to the original Turbines.

The original Turbines are great, while the Pros and IE8s deserve to be compared to all other top tier universal IEMs. At that point, personal preference should be the deciding factor.
post #21 of 74
^ what he said.
post #22 of 74
These IEMs look really cool and nice no doubt about it, but my Q here is, are they over priced ? I have seen them going on Ebay for US$300, really for that price and can get a great set of full cans such as Grados, AKG, Senns etc and would sound just as good if not better.

Not being critical here but I have simply found Monster stuff to be very over priced even their Monster cable stuff.

And really for this price how mkuch better do they sound over say the Klipsch S4, the RE0's ?
post #23 of 74
For US$250 which can be found from a number of Head-Fi's sponsors, the Pros are an incredible deal for their price. I am not going into other members' comments on Monster's other product lines or business practices, but the Pros are a definite value for their price and compared to the other high-end universal IEMs on the market.

Relative to the question about comparisons to lower-priced IEMs such as the S4 (which my wife uses) and RE0, I believe the Pros and even the original Turbines are worth the price difference. The smoothness, improved extension, and better detail of the both Turbines and the IE8 relative to the S4 are noticeable to me, but may not be to others.

But that is my opinion only. I am really impressed with what Monster and Sennheiser have been able to produce with a dynamic-driver-based universal IEM.
post #24 of 74
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Originally Posted by Dobber65 View Post
For US$250 which can be found from a number of Head-Fi's sponsors, the Pros are an incredible deal for their price. I am not going into other members' comments on Monster's other product lines or business practices, but the Pros are a definite value for their price and compared to the other high-end universal IEMs on the market.

Relative to the question about comparisons to lower-priced IEMs such as the S4 (which my wife uses) and RE0, I believe the Pros and even the original Turbines are worth the price difference. The smoothness, improved extension, and better detail of the both Turbines and the IE8 relative to the S4 are noticeable to me, but may not be to others.

But that is my opinion only. I am really impressed with what Monster and Sennheiser have been able to produce with a dynamic-driver-based universal IEM.
Would you ssay they sound better than some IEMs twice their price?

Also how many ohms are they and do they require a amp to run them?
post #25 of 74
In my opinion, the Pros compare favorably to, and in some areas improve upon, the IE8s, SE530s, and the Triple.Fi Pros that I own.

I don't know the Pros' impedance, but I don't use an amp. The sound great straight out of my iPod and iPhone 3G.
post #26 of 74
I think the going rate for them is between 225 and 250 so no I wouldn't get them for 300
post #27 of 74
I would certainly prefer a more detailed comparison with the Triple.fi 10s.
post #28 of 74
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Originally Posted by Mochan View Post
I can't even imagine myself cutting my eartips. Instead of destroying the tips to get a better seal I usually just get the tips from another product that fit me well.

To this day I still use the tips from my Shure e2c which I sold off years ago. They fit the original Turbines well and still give me the best seal from all the tips I tried. I use the e2c's tips with everything from Ultimate Ears to Klipsch.

Anyway the one major problem I had with the Turbines was that they seem to "slip out of sync." It's hard to describe, like the right ear piece isn't aligned properly and the sound is lopsided; and even if I move the Turbine in my ear the problem persists. It only happens with the Turbines and I never had this problem with any other IEM. I don't really understand it. And it only happens like 50% of the time, sometimes they get "mounted" in my ear properly, sometimes they don't. It sounds like a fit problem and I am thinking the heft and weight of the Turbines contributed to this somehow; none of my "lighter" IEMs like the X10s or the Metro.Fis had this problem.

I sold the Turbines as a result. I wonder if the Pros fixed this particular problem?
It may have for some ears with the newer tips...but I have that same problem with the pro's....I must be still to enjoy them, the weight of the buds seems to be the problem, I have emailed monster over and over abput this, and no reply, and I have yet to find a tip that will allow me to be active while wearing them. I may well sell my pro's as a result.
post #29 of 74
They can stay in pretty well with foams (not comply) but the stiffer, low density ones from ETY and Shure. But the problem still is that they are not the best earphone for active use: heavy.
post #30 of 74
If monster will ever have replaceable cables with these, I would buy them straight away, but they dont!
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