Monster Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers review: Monster Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 9.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0

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The Good The Monster Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers are exceptionally stylish and well-made, and they offer a massive amount of bass without sacrificing on high-end clarity. Passive sound isolation is excellent.

The Bad The Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers are pricey, and they don't include an integrated mic or controls for the iPod.

The Bottom Line The Monster Turbine Pro earphones offer a sleek and stylish design and plenty of deep, thumping bass. If you have money to burn, these are a nice choice.

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In recent years, Monster Cables started to expand its business to include a handful of headphones, the first models coming from a collaboration with hip-hop producer Dr. Dre . The company's offerings now comprise a couple of in-ear sets, including the top-of-the-line Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers, a $299 number that features the same heavy-metal earpieces as found on the first Turbine earphones . While we wish Monster had incorporated an integrated mic and iPod controls at this price point, it's hard to overlook the Turbine Pro's high-end look and feel and top-notch sound.

The Turbine Pro--and its lower-priced sibling, for that matter--are some of the nicest earphones we've come across in terms of style and design. The earpieces are constructed entirely of shiny metal, with indented outer edges and slanted notches that give them a distinct airplane engine look (in other words, they live up to the "turbine" label). A possible downside is that this construction makes the 'buds pretty heavy, so they may have a tendency to slip out of some users' ears. However, we had no problems achieving a secure fit with the foam tips Monster includes in the package. In addition, you get a variety of black silicone tips, some soft and some stiff, as well as a soft-sided pouch and hard-sided carrying case.

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MonsterPower Turbine Pro (Gold)

Part Number: MH TRB-P IE GLD
Low Price: $199.98 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color gold
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features noise isolating
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
About The Author

Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.