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Ultimate Ears triple.fi 10 Pro Earphones review

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Our Score:

9

As far back as 2006, we reviewed the Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 Pro earphones and were blown away by how good they sounded. The super.fi 5 Pros employed a dual driver design, where high and low frequencies were sent to different drivers, offering a full and rich sound, coupled with amazing clarity.

At the time we couldn’t help wondering how anything could sound better than the super.fi 5 Pros, but a few months later the Shure E500PTHs raised the bar sky high and not just in the area of sound quality. There was no doubt that the E500PTHs blew the competition out of the water when it came to sound quality, but with a price tag of £420, you were going to have to be very wealthy and very serious about your music to buy a set.

The Ultimate Ears’ triple driver offering, the triple.fi 10 Pros, begged the big question of whether Ultimate Ears can steal the crown back from Shure in the high-end earphone arena.

The triple.fi 10 Pros have a similar design to the dual drive super.fi 5 Pros, but the translucent blue and black finish is a definite improvement over the white and grey finish of the older set. Each unit is quite large and protrudes a fair way from your ear when inserted. Like the super.fis the triple.fis have a malleable section of cable which allows you to route the cabling over the top of your ears and down the back. The result is a solid, comfortable fit that should stay put once inserted.

One major improvement is the cabling. Whereas the cable on the super.fi 5 Pros was very thin and insubstantial, the triple.fi 10 Pros sport far thicker cabling, that feels like it could survive a decent amount of tugging, pulling and twisting. The cabling still isn’t quite as heavy duty as that seen on Shure’s earphones, but you’d have to be pretty rough to split or break it.

The triple.fi 10 Pros ship with a very nice metal carrying case with a brushed titanium finish to it. Yes it’s a little bulky, but if you’re buying very expensive earphones, it’s worth keeping them in their case when you’re not using them – after all, you don’t want to pull them out of your bag and find that they’ve been crushed.

XiaXueYi

December 13, 2008, 9:08 pm

First off, the neutrality of the review. It'll be best not to make comments like "...and the big question is whether Ultimate Ears can steal the crown back from Shure in the high-end earphone arena..." because there are lots of brands out there like Sennheiser, Etymotic Research, AKG, beyerdynamic, Grado and Audio Technica, all who have a slice of hi-fi action, just to name a few.





Back to the TF10s, they are well-known for delivering great music, but their build quality is questionable. Make a random Google search and you will find that, on the first two pages, there are plenty of complains on UE In-Ear Monitors(IEMs) breaking, or having one or both sides of the IEMs falling off. I also have a friend who lost one side of his TF10, and seeing as it costs quite a lot to us teenagers (he bought a second-hand one at SGD380), it was quite a terrible loss for him.





Summarised note - use your UE IEMs with care, they are notorious for falling off, and breaking somewhat more easily than most. But otherwise, they are great IEMs for their price, if you can afford them that is.

NealWM

February 3, 2009, 11:56 am

I own the UE Super.Fi 3 earphones and have had no problems to note of other than the thin connecting cord losing connection on the left side. But, after contacting UE a new cord was sent free of charge. I now am waiting for a Triple.fi Pro 10 to be delivered. I got a price that was half of the suggested retail price so I could not say no. I will let you know what the verdict is when they arrive...if they are as good as the single driver it will be very positive indeed.


(of note: Amazon has the Shure 500 triple driver on special for $280.00...saw it after I purchased the UE)

Tom Hespos

March 19, 2009, 9:38 pm

I own these earbuds. The sound is unparalleled. Unfortunately, the insulator on my cable cracked and UltimateEars' customer service has been shoddy. They indicated they would ship me a replacement cable, never did and then informed me that replacement cables are out of stock and they didn't know when new ones would be available. So I have a pair of $349 earbuds that are useless until UltimateEars gets its act together.

Pipps

December 26, 2009, 4:27 pm

Anyone who has owned a pair of Ultimate Ears earphones, and actually used them for more than a three-hour review period, will know that less than twelve months of obsessively careful use is still not enough to prevent the wholly inadequate cables from breaking.





The reason for the cable breakages is nothing to do with careless owners. A closer review of the reported facts, and my own personal testimony, is that the cable breaks at the key point behind the ear, where the curvature of the cable is at its tightest. This cannot be avoided. This is precisely how the UE instruction manual prescribes that users wear the device.





For this fundamental reason, Ultimate Ears earphones should be avoided at all costs. Which is a big shame, because they otherwise sound very good.

Andy

November 29, 2013, 11:10 am

I know what you mean, but i've found the customer service excellent. When they break, which they will do after about 9 months of almost daily use, simply give them a call, they will send out a pre-paid envelope and you get a no-nonsense replacement. i've done this 3 times now

Sweet Dee

June 6, 2015, 11:37 am

dont they have changeable cables?

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