(Editor’s Note: what follows is a blog—not a formal product review. In keeping with longstanding practice at Playback, we typically like to do “First Listen” articles to give you initial impressions when products first arrive, and then to follow up with more in-depth product reviews later on. Enjoy.)
In the last Playback newsletter I wrote a blog about Monster Cable’s Miles Davis Tribute in-ear headphone—a product I was pleased to discover was not only an appealing and unusual collector’s item, but also a genuinely excellent headphone in its own right. But in the course of preparing to write that blog, I also had the opportunity to interview Monster Cable founder Noel Lee, who supplied some very helpful insights that gave me a much clearer picture of Monster Cable’s in-ear product line.
To recap, briefly, here’s what I was able to glean through my talk with Noel Lee:
Not long after my conversation with Lee, a package arrived at the AVguide/Playback shipping desk, containing a sample pair of Turbine Pro Copper Edition models ($400/pair) for me to try out, plus samples of all three types of Monster Cable’s most advanced eartip designs. This was great from my point of view, in that it meant I was able to have all four of Monster’s top in-ear ‘phones on hand for comparison testing.
Monster’s Turbine Pro Copper headphones come with two carrying cases (a flip-top magnetic closure case in suede, and spring-clasp pocket pouch), and a very extensive set of eartips (including five sizes of gel-type, double-layer Super Tips; five sizes of foam-type, multi-layers Super Tips; three sizes of conventional rubber eartips, and one pair each of conventional triple-flange eartips and foam eartips). Also included in the package is disc-like rubber eartip carrier with spaces for up to six pairs of eartips (the carrier looks a little the cylinder of a classic six-shot revolver), a shirt clip (to keep the signal cable from flopping around loose), and a ¼-inch phone jack adapter.
As a special perk, reviewers also receive a special Monster Cable headphone test/demonstration CD, which provides a variety of test tones and an assortment of musical selections spanning a number of genres.