thinksound ms01 monitor series
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Eco-friendly; neat design; excellent noise isolation
No inline remote and mic
Aimed at producers and musicians seeking hi-fidelity, thinksound’s ms01 in-ear monitors (earphones) are environmentally conscious, comfortable and have a great sound.
Thinksound is the creation of Aaron Fournier and Mike Tunney, two men with the desire to create quality sound with the smallest eco-footprint, and the ms01 is a reflection of their vision.
Arriving encased in a space-saving, recycled-cardboard package, the 8mm earphones with passive noise isolation yell ‘environmentally aware’.
Accompanying the headphones are four sets of ear plugs in varying sizes, a cord clip to secure the ample, non-tangle length of cord, a pair of ear hooks for active listeners and a cotton carrying pouch made from renewable sources.
There is only one colour available with the ms01, eccentrically titled ‘gunmetal chocolate’, but the wood-crafted signature of thinksound is again present in the ms01s’ driver enclosures, polished and shaped beautifully to please the eye.
There are no volume or track controls on the headphone cable, but considering their intended nature, that is to be expected.
The noise-isolating abilities are a treat; outside noise is eliminated even at low volumes, leaving you with a clear yet layered sound that lets you drift off into your own world. Individual instruments have their own places in the overall sound and, because the studio nature of the ms01s does not fixate on a single aspect of the music you choose to play, they provide an even, authentic sound.
Thinksound says it consulted “numerous musicians and record producers” to create the ms01, and it’s obvious it listened to the right people.
Being studio earphones, the ms01s are designed for professionals, excelling in a variety of different music genres and volumes, with a sound quality that holds true and distortion free. If you are a fan of dance music, these headphones may not be for you as the bass is not amplified, but they provide a great travelling companion for those on the go.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
At a recommended price of $119, the ms01 monitor series are the most expensive earphones in the thinksound range, but the price is reflected in both their sound and build quality.
If you are environmentally conscious or after a unique music accessory that maintains a high-quality, full sound, the ms01s are definitely worth a look.