- Driver: 8 mm Dynamic Driver
- Frequency Response: 18 Hz – 20 kHz
- Sensitivity: 100 dB
- Impedance: 16 ohms
In the Box
- ThinkSound MS01 IEM
- 4 sets of silicone tips (XS/S/M/L)
- Carrying Pouch
- Ear Hooks
The MS01 includes a good amount of accessories.
The design of the new MS01s are slightly larger in comparison to the TS02s, but the main design aspects that ThinkSound uses in all their IEMs are still present. However, ThinkSound comes out to create a more aestetically pleasing design in comparison to the TS02 with a better contrast to color. The silver baffle on the MS01 looks stunning next to the wood grain. The dark baffle and the lighter wood complement each other beautifully and look gorgeous.
The wood on these IEMs gives a nice texture for the monitors while the baffle creates a beautiful contrast.
The MS01s were made to be a monitoring headphone, but were definitely tuned for the general public. The signature is balanced, which was something I was expecting. It still sounds like there is a slight emphasis in the low end. The low end is powerful, digs deep, and rarely overpowers. The mids are detailed and clear over the TS02, but lack the energy I look for. The highs are presented in a nice fashion with good energy and sparkle, but lack the delicacy that can make them amazing.
A small pouch is accompanied by each and every MS01, and although I believe the IEMs can survive without it, it’s still good to have some protective covering over an IEM of this caliber. The pouch is the same one that comes with all the other ThinkSound headphones, and really, the entirely build hasn’t been given an update.
The same pouch that comes with all their other IEMs is included with these.
The housings are composed of wood and are hefty and strong, like wood should be. The aluminum baffles feel solid and the housings as a whole are nicely built. I don’t have any complaints with the housings, the strain reliefs coming out of each of them are long enough and thick enough while still being able to remain flexible.
The cable is Kevlar reinforced, so we can count on them lasting. Regardless of how thin they are, this reuinforcement will help them. They are extremely tangle resistant, and like the TS02s, I’ve never had them tangle on me. They have just the right amount of consistency to keep them flexible, but also never tangle.
The headphone jack is the only problematic area, and it’s not too problematic at all. The jack itself is thick with a nice, strong strain relief that is flexible as well. The gold plating is a definite plus. However, like the TS02, I’d rather still have an angled jack.
The headphone on these is straight, but ThinkSound does do everything else perfect.
Like the TS02, the MS01 provides a great amount of comfort. Some of this is due to their small, lightweight housings which just float on your ears. ThinkSound offers a nice selection of tips to ensure that they are comfortable for you.
Included with the MS01 are four sets of silicone tips.
Also included with the MS01, that isn’t included with the TS02, are the two ear hooks. These provide stability when wearing them over the ear and work great if you plan to be active with these. They are probably the most comfortable ear hooks I’ve used from any company.
The included ear hooks help keep the IEMs stable when running.
MSRP for these is around 120 dollars. ThinkSound is selling them directly for around 100 right now while Amazon and other retailers are doing the same. Even at 120 dollars, these IEMs are worth every penny being able to compare to IEMs twice their price. A bundle of great build quality, amazing comfort, and an unbelievable audio for the price makes these an amazing bang for the buck IEM.
ThinkSound, with the new MS01 in the Monitoring Series, comes out to best their previous flagship and is a welcomed new IEM in the ThinkSound family. The thing that impressed me most was the audio, then the price. These are a huge steal at 100 big ones. If you’re in the area for new headphones, don’t overlook these as they are wonderful monitors.
I’d like to thank Aaron for the review sample.