Ultimate Ears triple.fi 10 Pro Earphones - Ultimate Ears triple.fi 10 Pro

By Riyad Emeran

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Ultimate Ears triple.fi 10 Pro Earphones

Summary

Our Score:

9

The cable is 46in long, which is just about perfect for the majority of situations. However, if you do need a longer cable, there’s also a 26in extension bundled in the box. There’s also a sound attenuator supplied. If you’ve ever plugged your headphones into a plane’s sound system, you’ve probably found yourself almost deafened by a cabin announcement – the attenuator will save you that pain. There’s also 3.5mm to full size headphone adapter and a tool to help with the pleasant job of cleaning wax from your earphones.

You get three pairs of single flange silicone ear tips – in small, medium and large sizes – along with a single pair double flange silicone tips and a pair of disposable foam tips. The medium silicone tips provided a perfect, airtight fit for my ears, while also proving to be very comfortable. The foam tips don’t feel anywhere near as comfortable as the new tapered foam tips that Shure uses, but I guess that there’s a level of subjectivity here.

Of course no amount of design or bundled accessories will make up for poor sound quality, so the important question is whether the triple.fi 10 Pros sound good. Unsurprisingly, the answer to that question is a resounding yes!

What better way to kick off the testing than with a woman who has her finger on the pulse of the current social climate, the ability to create wonderfully opinionated, personal lyrics and the voice of an angel. Lily Allen’s debut album, "Alright, Still" represents one of those rare occasions where a new artist creates something truly different and gets just about everything right first time. Obviously we feel for her ex-boyfriend, trying to avoid anyone who may have heard Not Big. For us though, the best track on the album is Everything’s Just Wonderful, with its cheesy 60s elevator music hook and angelic harmonies. The triple.fi 10 Pros did an amazing job with Lily’s vocals – every word just flowed through my head, lapping gently over my ear drums like warm waves on a tropical beach. The cheesy electric piano sounds were easily discernable, despite sitting a way back from the main vocals, while the backing vocal effects were audible enough to add the right atmosphere without distracting from the main theme.

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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