Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Ultimate Ears Model TripleFi 10
Headphone Type Canal Headband Type None
Weight (g) 17 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 26
Impedance (ohms) 32 Cable Length (cm) 46
Frequency Response (Hz) 0 - 0  
Connector 3.5mm with 6.5mm adaptor Street Price US$170
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 7.0 Bass Impact 7.0
Bass Quality 8.0 Mids Quality 7.0
Highs Quality 9.0 Soundstage 6.0
Detail 9.0 Portability 10.0
Isolation 7.0 Comfort 5.0
Durability 9.0 Improvement With Amplification 5.0
Value for Money 9.0    
Overall Score 7.7 Total Reviews 1

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Review by Senior Member jinx20001 on 22 Apr 08  09:00
Individual review
Bass Extension7
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality8
Mids Quality7
Highs Quality9

i am a huge fan of ultimate ears, im also a huge fan of shure, so for the purpose of this short analysis i will compare these with the shure se530.

right, first thing is first, i am not biased towards one set of phones or the other and this is genuinly my honest opinion.

now design, fit and comfort is a must when wearing in ear phones and this is where the triple fi have stuck with the super fi tradition and gone with an awkward design, this can cause many to have fit problems and the phones stick out alot. theres ways around it, such as mods and so on but im reviewing the phones how they come in the pack. so...design, fit and comfort, 1-0 to shure.

now on to the meat and two veg of the review, how do these phones produce sound, lets start at the high end, the highs... one thing to say, wow, im a big fan of the shures but when listening to these its as if something was covering the tweeters in the shures.
although the shures do have sweet highs, some would say they hold back a bit...but there is good reason (back to that in a moment tho)

now onto the mids...this is where the triple fi take a back seat to the shures, the shures sound full and strong, forward and sweet, but the triple fi sound distant and laid back, theres no conviction. this isnt to say its bad, noooo nowhere near bad, the mids produced are great, accurate and clean but again its not the butter on the bread.

now onto the lows...bassssline, this is where both phones shine, but again, if its that conviction and power your looking for, the shures offer a bit more on the low end, theres plenty of depth with the triple fi but not close to the power and feeling.

now back to the point i made in the highs section. both phones use a crossover, as expected, but the crossover works in different ways, the shures lead highs and mids to the tweeter, leaving the dual bass armatures all alone to handle bass (this explains the extra power and feeling the shures have in bass).
Now the triple fi actually have the mids travelling to the bass drivers, or one of them (which explains why the bass is not as strong, if it was the mids would have even more trouble to deal with as the bass, if more powerful would disturb the mids and if really powerful even distortion could occur) the highs are all alone to do what they like with their own driver (again this explains the improved highs performance that the shures lacks)

so there you have it, these phones are fantastic, but are they in a class of their own, unfortunately not, theres phones out there that do things better and with the arrival of more and more its a tuff time for the awkward fitting ultimate ears universal line of phones.

but if you like a high line rather than the low line, dont hesitate to choose these over the shures.

Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10