"Above average ear buds with good balance!!"3.5 starson by mykone
Pros: Nice clean crisp highs and mids with decent bass which does not over power the overall spectrum.
Cons: A MUST!!! You must find the right earbud to use which will give the property fit in your ear to really appreciate the earbuds.
Summary: As a DJ, I listen to music all the time. I usually use headphones for DJing, but I needed some earbuds for the ipod. I was debating between the Monster Turbines and the Dre iBeats. A friend had the iBeats and I tried them. They sounded good, but were bass heavy. With the understanding that these were primarily marketed to the Hip Hop community, bass heavy would of been expected. Bass was definately something profound in these earbuds to the point where it would mask the mids and highs at higher volumes.
So I decided to buy the Monster Turbines (after reading numerous reviews about it) and would return it if I didn't like it. Out of the box I immediately tried them on (like a kid at christmas). My first impression.... SUCKED and was definately going back. There was no bass at all and sounded awful when I turned the bass up on the ipod and raised the volume. So I remembered in some of the reviews that I had to fit the earbuds properly. There is a video on Monster's webiste about this.
So I tried all the different earbuds one by one. It has been 2 weeks now since I've had these and I think I've found the right earbuds. Once you do... the sound is INCREDIBLE!! The balance between the highs, mids and lows are amazing. Highs are crisp and clean. Bass is there and is loud and clean, but not overpowering. Totally different sound from when I first tried them on. And I'm happy with them!!
I would give it 5 Stars for the sound... but had to take away for some of the effort it takes to get the sound perfect. I can't stress it enough... if you are buying these earbuds (and I would recommend them), YOU HAVE TO GET THE RIGHT FIT TO GET THE RIGHT SOUND!! Every time I put the earbuds on, I have to adjust them as to get the right sound. It's not a "put-on and ready-to-go" type of earbud. But once you have the right size earbud and fit it perfectly in the ears... IT'S AWESOME!!!