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fake Monster Turbine's

post #1 of 54
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anyone have experience on them?

didn't see this subject covered in the search.. just other replica models.
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I haven't heard of any, it probably isn't as profitable as making fakes of a plastic IEM. The main time to be worried about fakes is when you're buying Shure or Sennheiser from any site that isn't authorized, and even then it's mostly Sennheisers. Also watch for Audio-Technica fakes, there are millions of them out there too.
post #3 of 54
Chinese sites have them advertised for around $55 so I'd imagine they're fakes.
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I have seen reports of fake Monster Beat on Tour before, so I won't be surprised if there is fake Turbine as well. Beside Shure, Sennheiser and AT, Monster is getting quite popular for cloner these days.
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$66 shipped for a pair of Monster Turbines from a relatively new seller based in Hong Kong with 4 feedback ratings? Yeah...those are probably fake.

If sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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No real-life pictures too, only press release pics. More likely fake than real.
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DX is now selling them too for USD 49.19. There are a bunch of photos, maybe an expert can comment on them.

DealExtreme: $49.19 Designer Turbine In-Ear Stereo Earphone with Carrying Bag (3.5mm Jack/110CM-Cable)
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Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
DX is now selling them too for USD 49.19. There are a bunch of photos, maybe an expert can comment on them.

DealExtreme: $49.19 Designer Turbine In-Ear Stereo Earphone with Carrying Bag (3.5mm Jack/110CM-Cable)
K, After doing some research my assessment is they are fake for the following reasons.

1-The case leather is of poor quality and the tab appears to be the wrong color. The real case has a gold tab from the reviews I saw and no red stitching w/ better quality leather. I'm guessing it was too expensive to use another color like gold for the tab and keep costs low.

2-The splines/cuts on the fakes appear to be more shallow and not to go as deep as real ones. The paint quality also seems a bit rougher. The printing on the cables appears to be rubbing off quite easily.

3-Cost. As someone familiar w/ how retail pricing works on audio equipment I would say $49 would be at or more likely below cost on these.

4-Monster made an official statement on their youtube video that there ARE fakes out there. Maybe some fell off the back of the truck or more likely were made in the back of a truck.
post #10 of 54
^ Just a bit of info, I bought my Turbines from a Monster authorized dealer Best Buy and the pouch has red stitching? The packaging is also different from Monsters official Turbine video? From the video comments and Monsters response, it seems that Monster has variations of packaging.

YouTube - MonsterCable_Turbines_YouTube_v2.0.mov
post #11 of 54
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Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
DX is now selling them too for USD 49.19. There are a bunch of photos, maybe an expert can comment on them.

DealExtreme: $49.19 Designer Turbine In-Ear Stereo Earphone with Carrying Bag (3.5mm Jack/110CM-Cable)
If you look closely at the Monster/Turbine fonts on the cables they look faded or missing paint.... I would not take that bet...
post #12 of 54
Is the tab on you case gold or grey/silver? Since you have red stitching.
post #13 of 54
actually the genuine turbine case has a pewter tab.

i know turbines isn't listed under **** i own, but i did buy them for my girlfriend and i see them everyday.

the deal extreme link looks like the real thing, but something about it puts me off. like it doesn't look quite right. perhaps the misalignment of the monster logo or the fact that the case looks poorly made with the spine not sitting level.

if they're not fakes probably factory rejects.
post #14 of 54
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actually the genuine turbine case has a pewter tab.

i know turbines isn't listed under **** i own, but i did buy them for my girlfriend and i see them everyday.

the deal extreme link looks like the real thing, but something about it puts me off. like it doesn't look quite right. perhaps the misalignment of the monster logo or the fact that the case looks poorly made with the spine not sitting level.

if they're not fakes probably factory rejects.
It could be the fact that they come from DX, which is famous for selling bogus products. I certainly wouldn't trust anything from DX that isn't from a Chinese company (ie Fiio) to be original. There are just too many reports of people getting dodgy goods that DX listed as original.
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I own one I-think-is-fake-but-they-claim-100%-real Monster Turbine... it's build quality is good and come with a very nice pouch! It sound like a Hippo Boom bt the bass is stronger but the mid is slightly weaker. Suitable for modern music but not classics... I can't tell is it worth it or not but I like it very much :)

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