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I wish I had been more impressed with Monster earphones,
This review is from: Monster Cable Monster Lil' Jamz Multilingual ControlTalk Headphones (Electronics)
I've owned several sets of premium, sound-isolating earphones over the past 10 years: B&O, Shure (x2) and Etymotic. After seeing an awarding winning review on channel Five's 'Gadget Show', I thought I'd try a pair of Monster ear phones as my new budget Shure 115 earphones just weren't cutting it.
First of I found the Monster website and product range very confusing. This probably ended-up with my Monster Cable Lil'Jamz being the wrong product for my needs. The ControlTalk features are not all available unless you use an Apple iPhone (the mic doesn't work, which pretty important in a phone call); I probably should have bought a different product with ControlTalk "Universal" but couldn't easily tell. -1 star.
First impressions with my new Monster Cable earphones were pretty poor. I discovered the supplied tips to be very poor at sound isolation. -1 star . A quick email to Monster Cable customer services and I was rewarded with a free set of sound-isolating flanged tips (as supplied as standard on most Shure and all Etymotic earphones). Like the Monster Cable instructions describe, these earphones take a while to 'settle down' -- the sound quality, especially the bass response improves after a few days.
However, I've had one set of Lil'Jamz returned to Amazon because the slightest touch on the control unit caused random pause/play/skip back/skip forward issues. The replacement pair occassionally cackle as if the jack connection isn't secure. -1 star.
Overall, the performance, sound quality and sound-isolation properties of my Shure SE315 and Etymotic 6i were better but their lack of ruggedness and inability to survive my daily commute across London let them down. The Monster Cable Lil'Jamz earphone build quality seems rock solid, but the control unit and cable feel a little flaky. Let's hope they are up to the job longer term.