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My husband just bought me some new Turbine earphones from Monster. He said they are supposed to be top of the line (which I believe because he's on OCN all the time researching these things, being the audiophile that he is). However, I am having trouble getting the same good results out of the earbuds that he does. Admittedly, I don't wear earbuds often, but I have worn them before while working out (cheap buds from the gym). I feel like these Turbine buds don't stay in my ear correctly and are, therefore, giving me poor quality sound (i.e. only the highs and little to no bass). I know it's not the headphone because when my husband uses them he is really impressed with the raw sound. The buds have a soft rubber coating on them that is supposed to seal them in the ear, but I feel like they pop out after about a second.

Now that I've rambled a bit, I guess my question is this:

A) How do I tell if I am wearing earbuds correctly?

B) Is there a way to modify the Turbine earbuds for a potentially smaller ear canal?


Perhaps I need to grow some elf ears so I can get buds to stay in better. LOL. Any suggestions would be most helpful. Thanks to all!!
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The only way I know that they are in right is how they sound. Don't feel bad if you can't get the proper fit with the supplied tips, not everyone's ears are the same. I haven't gotten my turbines in yet (ordered last week) but I had to order different size tips for my klipsh s4's, while my jbud j3's came with tips that fit. And actually I use a little bit bigger size on my right ear than my left.
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Thanks for the help! I will have to do some searching to see if I can get additional ear pieces to adjust these buds.

Thanks again!
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Wear them "over the ear".

http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/forums/...d.php?t=151957

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I see people wearing their headphone upside down? Why is this?

Here is a photo of me, wearing my headphones with the over-the-ear cable method:


There are 2 ways of wearing IEM's. One way is the over-the-ear method, and the other is the wire hanging down. Some IEM manuracturers produce their IEM's so they are worn in one of those ways, some being ergonomic. The reason for them being "Upside down" is because of fit. If you do not achieve a good seal and fit, then your sound is going to sound rubbish and might not result in enough bass. It does not matter which was you wear them, but when wearing the wire over the ear, microphonics (Cable noise) tends to be reduced, and there is more stability as the wire is hanging over the ear. Sound is not affected if you wear it one way or another if you achieve a decent fit both ways.
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I would have never thought of that! Great idea. I'll have to give that a try tonight.

Thanks again for everyone's help.
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post #6 of 9
Try the smaller tips, or get yourself some Comply foam tips. The Complys will definitely give you a better fit. The Turbine is a very good IEM. Seal is everything with these though.
post #7 of 9
I was going to suggest what shiaru mentioned, my old Klipch headphones didn't stay in my ear properly so I wrapped the cord around my ear.
post #8 of 9
Wrapping around your ear doesn't give you a proper seal, it only makes it stay in your ear. You need a proper seal to enjoy the true potential of this IEM.
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That will only work if she can get a proper fit, you don't hear the bass unless you get a seal with the rubber tips unfortunately.

I have the same in-ear buds, I don't know if I would call them "top of the line" but they are definitely quality earbuds and sound pretty good.

Have you tried all the supplied tips? They come with several different sizes as well as the triple dome tips.

For people with difficult fits sometimes buying a comfortable Howard Leight earplugs and cutting the tips off to make your own tips works well.
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