While the Turbine Pro Copper and Miles Davis Tribute models share similar technology, they are not identical, in part because the Miles Davis model provides a slight, deliberate, and very well-judged touch of midrange forwardness, whereas the Pro Copper is the more textbook-neutral design. Lee explained that, great though Miles Davis’ and other classic jazz recordings from the 1950s are, they do not match (in terms of sheer midrange transparency and openness) the very best modern audiophile recordings. The Miles Davis Tribute model, with its oh-so-gentle touch of midrange emphasis, is meant to help make those classic jazz recordings come alive, yet without upsetting the overall balance and “vibe” that makes them so beautiful in the first place.
Finally, Lee explained that Monster’s top headphone models all benefit from the firm’s ongoing discoveries and new learnings in the area of eartip design (which I’ll discuss in more depth in a later blog focusing on that subject alone). The upshot, then, is that top models come with a variety of eartips—some of which are Monster’s special dual-layer Supertips that provide terrific isolation and uncommonly taut, deep, powerful bass.
While Monster’s Miles Davis Tribute headphone is appealing as a collectible, the good news it that it’s even better as a device for savoring great music--and the best Monster Cable in-ear headphone I've heard thus far (though I'm still waiting for review samples of the Turbine Pro Copper, which I look forward to trying). Watch for an upcoming full-length review in Playback.