Please help me choose an amazing pair of headphones!
Jul 17, 2012 at 1:54 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 11

MrMooshroom

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Hello, I am sort of new to the high end in ear headphone category,  recently I have gotten an iPhone so I want to buy the best pair of headphones for my music, phone calls, ect. 
 
I mainly listen to rap music and rock (mainly Eminem and bands like guns n' roses).  Although I have found threads like this it seems they are all 2-4 years old and never have a conclusion.
 
I am looking to spend $150-$200 max maybe a little more if there is a huge difference between two pairs of headphones.
 
Two pairs I have had interest in are the Monster Turbine Pearls/golds and the Shure se215.  My biggest issue with the Shures are to get a microphone and volume/play button built in you have to buy their top of the line model which i don't want to spend that kind of money on.
 
Please help and if you think the Turbines are my best bet is Pauls TV a good retailer? (http://www.paulstv.com/Headphones/Monster-Cable-MHTRB-PIEGLDCT.asp)
 
Jul 17, 2012 at 2:15 AM Post #3 of 11

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So you wanted headphone or earphone? Im a monster fan and i had the Reg turbines
and own the copper / miles davis tributes / trumphets.
 
i say the gold ones probably sound pretty good and i would go with that.
 
Btw where do u live? i can sell you my miles davis trumphets.
 
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/ele/3130217806.html
 
Jul 17, 2012 at 2:23 AM Post #4 of 11

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I have the turbine coppers (like the golds with more neutral bass) and I like them a lot for rock and rap, and music in general...
A few notes about about the turbines: First, they can be heavy set in the ear canals due to their above average weight. Second, they have been known to have poor stress reliefs (both mine tore but I just super glued them) then again they should come with lifetime warranties.
Can't speak for the Shures, though.
 
Jul 17, 2012 at 2:32 AM Post #5 of 11

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Details: Monster’s latest creation may be obscenely garish, but underneath the gold exterior beats a driver to match the best of the best
Current Price: $249 from amazon.com (MSRP: $299.95)
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Imp: N/A | Sens: N/A | Freq: N/A | Cable: 4' L-plug
Nozzle Size: 5.5mm | Preferred tips: Soundmagic biflanges, Monster Supertips
Wear Style: Over-the-ear or straight down

Accessories (5/5) – Silicone single-flange (3 sizes), tri-flange (2 sizes), and Comply foam tips, gel-filled Monster supertips, buttoned carrying case, magnetic-clasp carrying pouch, over-the-ear cable guides, 1/4” adapter, and shirt clip
Build Quality (4/5) – The Monster Turbine Pro addresses the known issues with the build of the original Turbines by offering proper strain reliefs on the sturdy metal shells, a thicker cable, and an L-type 3.5mm plug
Isolation (4/5) – Very good for a dynamic-driver IEM
Microphonics (4/5) – Low when worn over-the-ear; slightly bothersome otherwise
Comfort (4/5) – Despite the weighty housings they stay in extremely well both cord-up and cord-down. The variety of included tips makes it easy to find a good seal right out of the box

Sound (8.7/10) – First off, the Turbines are very sensitive to insertion depth – shove them in too far and they lose clarity and air; not far enough and bass depth drops off significantly. I found the soft Soundmagic biflanges to work well for me in terms of providing the right insertion depth effortlessly, but Monster’s own fit kit will likely satisfy most. Sound-wise the Turbines are the epitome of a high-end dynamic IEM. When properly inserted the Turbines come close to the best BA earphones I’ve heard in detail and provide a much thicker overall sound without sounding unbalanced. I was personally impressed with the sound of the original turbines, which provided ample bass with almost no bleed into the midrange. The Pro version follows the same philosophy while correcting the original Turbines’ biggest weakness – mediocre treble response. The Pros are also superior in every other area – detail, clarity, control, soundstaging, and separation all undergo improvement to varying degrees.
 
Bass-wise the Turbines go deeper and move more air than nearly everything else I’ve heard. Though the bass isn’t quite as aggressive as with the Panasonic HJE900, sub-bass is more pronounced. The dynamic drivers do a good job of texturing the low end while providing very smooth and full-bodied bass response. They are capable of delivering poised, well-textured, and surprisingly balanced sound but just can’t quite compete with high-end armature phones such as the ATH-CK10 and UE TF10 in speed and control. Same goes for resolution, especially at the high end – the Turbines have a lot of resolving power but the overall sound is slanted towards coherency rather than resolution. The midrange is impossibly smooth and tends towards a thicker note presentation. The mids cannot be called recessed and - in contrast to the original Turbines - neither can the treble. 
 
The Turbines are less forward and intimate than the HJE900 and yield in soundstage depth (but not width) to the Panasonics but on the whole everything is properly spaced and positioned. The high end is natural and well-extended but lacks the sparkle of some BA earphones, instead providing a sound that is completely free of harshness and sibilance. Partly because of this the MTP is less engaging than earphones such as the CK10 and RE252 at extremely low volumes. Though the specs of the Turbine Pros are not published, they are clearly less efficient than most of my other IEMs. Just like the original Turbines they do an admirable job of cutting down on hiss with the Amp3 as well as my netbook HPO.

Value (8/10) – With a relaxed and buttery-smooth sound signature, the MTP are an excellent all-around earphone, picking up where the original Turbines left off and providing a much more balanced and refined sound signature. Bass lovers should take notice – despite being rather balanced in the grand order of things the Turbines can still put out impressive bass, both in quantity and quality. They also provide treble that, while not as extended as the limitless RE0 or CK10, is smooth, natural, and extremely pleasing to the ear. The signature of the MTP also changes noticeably with tip choice and insertion depth so some trial and error may be required to extract the best performance.

Pros: Good build quality, comfortable, massive fit kit, excellent bass, very smooth, balanced, and dynamic sound
Cons: Posh to the point of vulgarity, some microphonics can be coerced from the cable

 
Jul 17, 2012 at 3:14 AM Post #6 of 11

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Okay thanks guys it seems that the turbines are my best bet rite now. Can any vouch for pauls tv? They have all solid reviews and even have multiple nice store fronts so I can't see them having fake headphones( especially monster ones considering monster tv/ audio cables).
 
Jul 17, 2012 at 3:17 AM Post #7 of 11

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So you wanted headphone or earphone? Im a monster fan and i had the Reg turbines
and own the copper / miles davis tributes / trumphets.

i say the gold ones probably sound pretty good and i would go with that.

Btw where do u live? i can sell you my miles davis trumphets.

 
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/ele/3130217806.html


Earphones. Sorry if I didn't make that clear. Also I live nearly on the other side of the country than you so local pickup wouldnt be an option.
 
Jul 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM Post #10 of 11

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denon c710.... 
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