Updated: June 11th, 2015

image  Today Amazon posted a Goldbox superdeal on the stunning Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 And TripleFi 10vi earphones. The price drop is absolutely mind blowing – they now cost $99 instead of $400.

I've been watching these earphones for 3 years and I've never seen them drop to even $250. Even Black Friday couldn't even dream of a deal like this. After seeing today's deal, I'm upgrading from SuperFi 5 to TripleFi 10vi.

So why am I so excited?


  • these earphones are some of the best you can buy, even at full price. I've owned their "younger brother" Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 for the last 3 years (see my review of those) and I still can't stop raving about them. I've influenced many people to buy them and every single one has had nothing but positive things to say about their purchase
  • the sound quality is stunning – I remember putting them on for the first time and hearing sounds and instruments in my music that I never imagined were there all along. Even though they have a small size, they sound just as good as those BIG professional studio hearphones
  • the sound isolation – crying babies? A train passing by right by your ears? I can't hear any of those because these insulate the sounds so well. At the same time, I don't feel like they go too deep into my ear – in fact, they're very comfortable
  • sturdy cord – it is thicker and sturdier than any other cord I've ever seen. This means it won't rip, break, or strip easily 
  • the cord is replaceable – cord damage is the #1 reason for throwing away your headphones. With Ultimate Ears, you can just snap the cable off and replace it with a new one. Replacement cords cost $20 but so far all I had to do was email or call Ultimate Ears and ask them for one – and they sent it to me for free. image
  • best customer service in the business – any time I dialed the customer service number, my call was answered by a live person within 30 seconds. All my problems were resolved at no charge and in a very polite manner.
  • got an iPhone, Android, or another mobile phone? Get the TripleFi 10vi model because it actually has a built-in microphone, which means you can use it with your phone as a headset. I specifically bought the 10vi model to use it with my HTC Hero.
  • compared to the SuperFi 5, TripleFi 10 has an extra driver (3 drivers total!) which means better bass and clarity. I could really tell the difference when I was comparing the 2 models.


So my advice for you is: try them. If you don't like them (which is impossible), send them back.

I am rarely *this* excited about a product. Ultimate Ears earphones, however, brings out the jitters in me even today.

Do you own UltimateEars or are you considering getting them? Have questions or comments? Feel free to share below.


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  • rac

    I would buy it after reading your post but amazon doesn't ship this specific item to Europe :-/

  • CGar

    WTF I have the MetroFi 220vi and was looking to upgrade to the TripleFi 10vi; looks like the price for those has been updated on Amazon. Best price: $249.95. Scum. 🙁

    • Chris, it seems that you can still get the TripleFi 10 for $99 (they're backordered for now), but not the 10vi.

      Let me ask you this, however – does the microphone work really well in your experience? Is it totally better than the version without the mic? I've never owned the vi model before.

      • CGar

        The mic works well without too much background noise – definitely better than "acceptable". I haven't owned a non-vi version of these headphones, but I trust the quality of the brand.

        They've been great with my Droid for both phone and music. Wouldn't have minded the upgrade though.

  • A Question

    I jumped like lighting this early am for this amazing deal. My son just bought a Motorola DROID A855, and felt this would be fantastic x-mas gift since he has been using the Droid to listen to his music. The question I have is how does he break earphones in if I may ask. I thank you for taking the time to reply to my inquiry, and I wish you a happy holiday season.

    • I'm not sure what you mean – you just… start listening to them. Why would you need to break them in?
      Don't turn it up too loud, I guess, so it doesn't blow up the little drivers but that's commons sense for every audio device.


      • A Question

        I was just reading what people where saying in all the posts on Amazon, and some said they need to be broken in to get the best effect. I personally dont understand either, but if something happens to these the regualr price is to steep to try again. So I was just trying to understand the term break in.

        • Hrm, I see. I think they just mean start using them, similar to how you break in your car by driving it.

          • A Question

            Ok I thank you very much.


    Have been checking the provided links for last 2 days and the price it's showing me is $419.99. Am I doing something wrong?

    • I'm afraid the sale is over, for now. It was a goldbox deal, after all!