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[Review] Monster Supertips - Foam hybrid masterpieces

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Here is the full Monster Supertips review with piccies

I've tried every foam under the sun for a variety of reasons: primarily because my sensitive ears prefer soft, plush, and luxurious. Secondly, some foams have less an effect on music. My favourites outside of Monster's Supertips are the low density Shure yellow foams, but while they have a very minimal impact on sound, they get nasty (full of earwax and grease) quickly.

The Supertips have several advantages: they don't get nasty from earwax and body grease; their sound tube stretches all the way to the tip, so the foam doesn't close around the sound tube; and they tend to last a long time.

These aren't the same as the Supertips which have shipped till now with Monster's Turbine Pro earphones. They retain hybrid characteristics, but rather than silicon-sandwiched gel, the new foam material encloses a central silicon pole.

These tips are more comfortable than Shure's Olives, less abrasive to the inner ear, and almost on par with Comply's soft foams. They isolate less than either though and the Olives will last longer. But whereas Olives and Comply eartips tend to muck up the sound, the Monster Supertips keep the same pretty linear silicon sound. It isn't perfect of course: silicon is softer than acrylic and has some reverberation, but these are probably the best I've used among hybrid foams and I don't see that changing soon.

Would be great to get some more impressions/reviews of these up here.
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any word on pricing/availability? was about to just buy some ebay knockoffs but will maybe wait for these.
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I have no idea about that. When I find out, trust me, I'll be biting too. I wish they came in smaller nozzle sizes too for those of us with earphones with Shure-sized sound tubes.
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@shigzeo, what's the size of the supertips' sound tube?
post #5 of 102
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Take a look at the pictures and you will see that it fits the Monster Turbine series perfectly, the Sleek SA1 and even large-mouthed earphones like the CX300 and EX10.
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^^^^ Like shigzeo said, it's just a hair smaller than the senn nozzle, but it's a very easily stretched core, very easy to slip on any large nozzle.

I wish I could give an impression shigzeo, not one size of them works for me.
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The regular Supertips don't work for me. Tips of course are personal. Not one will work for all people, but these are the best I've seen of hybrid foams. Probably the best fitting ones are still the low-density Shures, but in the Olives/Comply/Supertips war, these are the best, inasmuch as the sound is least effected.
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These are exactly what I need.. sell them in Dublin Monster please!
post #9 of 102
Thanks @shigzeo and @search!
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I have some samples foam supertips and I can say that Shigzeo's review is spot-on. They preserve the sq much better than the complys, really, they are a very good tip for a sound/comfort balance.

I'm saving mine as I think they'll be perfect for long trips.
post #11 of 102
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I love 'em, but understand if they don't fit every ear. They make wearing the Turbine Pro over the ear a lot easier too. But kudos to Monster for preserving the sound of the earphone.
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I tried the regular gel supertips and they destroy the sound of the golds. Now if only these were for sale so I could try them out :P
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I'd not say destroy with the gold but they are flatter perhaps than regular silicons. That said, I think the regular Monster tips are pretty horrid and I am glad they redesigned their tips. The round-shaped tips mean that unless your ear canal is very large, you can't get them to stay in.
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
I'd not say destroy with the gold but they are flatter perhaps than regular silicons. That said, I think the regular Monster tips are pretty horrid and I am glad they redesigned their tips. The round-shaped tips mean that unless your ear canal is very large, you can't get them to stay in.
I felt like the rubber/gel supertips dampen the sound a little. Sometimes I like that a lot, oddly enough.

The regular single flange tips don't quite work for me, either.
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Wonder which pricing approach Monster will take with these. Typical over-priced consumer fare (such as their ridiculously over-priced audio/HDMI cables) or more realistic niche product (such as their MTP line)?
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