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ATTN Monster Turbine Pro-COPPER owners: Check your batch number

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About a week ago I purchased the Coppers. The batch is CI.

I did notice that the strain relieves on the earbud themselves (cable entry points) are very stiff, much stiffer than the ones on the Golds. I dismissed the issue.

Here's the problem. Due to the overly stiff relieves, today the cable on my left earbud sheared horizontally clean off. Future Shop replaced them, and the new ones I have right now is batch CG.

Now the strain relieves on the CG one are much softer and more flexible. So something must have gone wrong with the CI batch.

Anyone who has the CI batch Coppers might want to take extra caution when manipulating the buds. Anyone with other batches may want to check whether the strain relieves are too stiff. It would be nice to narrow down the problem.

The batch may be checked by looking at the cable Y-split. You should see something such as CF123. The letters are the batch.

Thank you very much.

 

EDIT: The new one also seems to have less bass. Hmm. This is getting interesting.


Edited by 3602 - 11/14/10 at 10:47am
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I have the CE batch and my strain reliefs are somewhat stiff. I don't have another pair to compare them to, but the strain relief on my right earbud has also sheared off. The cable is still intact and they work fine, but the strain relief is free to slide up and down the cable, not doing the intended purpose. I contacted Monster CS about this, along with the fact that most of my supertips have broken (the inner core comes out of the outer covering) but never received a response. I'm kind of disappointed with that, but they still work and sound great (currently using the Comply foamies because I don't have any more working supertips!) so I'm not going to push the issue unless they actually break.

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Here's a TouchMyApps photo of the strain relieves:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shigzeo/4644045276/sizes/m/in/photostream/

 

I don't even dare to try doing that. Even with this new pair, whenever I flex the relieves I see the rubber turning white at the very base. A sign that the rubber is about to fail. Or maybe it's PVC.

Tried the same thing with the Golds, much more flexible than the new pair (it's nevertheless still stiff) and the rubber actually expands a bit, so there is no whiting at the base.

Now, what prompted Monster to change the design (material formula?) is beyond me. So take care, Copper owners. They do sound very awesome. Remember the mass SE530 cable tragedy a while ago? Shure finally redesigned (reformulate) the cable many years after the first SE530 (E500) release.

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