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thinksound ms01 In-Ear Monitor Review and Giveaway

Dave LeClair 04-06-2012

With the ever-increasing popularity of smartphones, the market for headphones is constantly growing. Even though most devices come with some basic earphones, people are always looking for a pair that offers better sound quality and more features. After all, those that come with the devices tend to offer mediocre sound quality at best.


Today, we are reviewing thinksound’s ms01 in-ear monitors. Do they offer something that makes them stand above the rest? Or do they blend in with the pack? We’ll also be giving 2 pairs of these $99 in-ear monitors away, so read through our review, make sure you like them, and join the giveaway for a chance to win a free pair!

How do you make your earphones stand out? Of course, they have to look nice and sound great, but there has to be something more. Earphones that are comfortable, good-looking and with top-notch sound quality are a dime a dozen in today’s market, so you need something else.

Introducing the thinksound ms01

The thinksound msS01 in-ear monitors (or IEMs, which is a type of earphone that sits within the ear canal) fitted with 8mm drivers claim to offer “studio sound right in your ear.” They are going for an ultra high quality earphone that is able to capture all the ranges of your music. Whether you are listening to music with reverberating bass or smooth highs and midrange notes, the thinksound ms01 wants to be the only in-ear monitors you need.

thinksound ms01 review

The other purpose of thinksound is to offer a low carbon footprint. The earphones are made with renewable wood, instead of metal or plastic like most companies. Their packaging is also minimal. The $99 earphones come in a very small box that is not filled with packing inserts and other wastes that you will find with so many other pieces of electronics.


thinksound ms01 review

The post consumer box includes four silicone ear inserts, the earphones, ear-hooks which goes around your ear, a cable clip, documentation, and a small mesh bag to carry everything. It is refreshing to see that thinksound hasn’t included a massive load of packaging material compared to the actual product contained within.

When you compare the price of their competition, the thinksound ms01 comes in right around the average. Monster’s Beats by Dre in-ear models are priced right around $100 and those by Bose cost closer to $130.

Initial Impressions

I was impressed with the thinksound ms01 when I took them out of the package. The first thing I noticed is that they are beautiful. The wood really adds to the style of the earphones and makes them stand out from the competition.


thinksound ms01 review

The four different silicone ear fittings were great, and they give you options to get just the right fit. thinksound recommends trying all four sizes before you lock in on one, and I would have to agree with their assessment. Having the right size is important because not only does it make them more comfortable, but it also makes sure they are able to block outside noise properly.

thinksound ms01 in ear review

I was pleasantly surprised that the earphones included an around-the-ear hook for people leading a more active lifestyle. You simply run the cord through the hooks on the top and place the earphones in your ears as you would normally. If you are using your thinksound ms01 in-ear monitors for running or other vigorous activity, these are an awesome accessory.


Sound Quality

Obviously, when talking about earphones, the most important factor is sound quality. This is especially true of high-end models like the the thinksound ms01. I will just say the sound quality is fantastic. They are able to dynamically hit every range of sound. Regardless of what genre of music you are using them for, you will find the sound quality is stupendous.

thinksound ms01 in ear review

The one problem with the sound is that I encountered some instances of cable noise from it rubbing on clothes, but using the cord hook solved that for me.

The bass is where these earphones really shine. It offers a depth to the bass that you will have a hard time finding with other in-ear monitors. Most earphones tend to lack in their ability to punch the bass, but I tested these with some old-school rap and dubstep, and they had no problem hitting the really low notes.


For midrange, these earphones are also very good. All too often, midrange sounds are forgotten, with everyone seemingly worried about how well they can hit the highs and lows. thinksound did not forget about midrange, and their overall sound quality is much better because of it.

thinksound ms01 in ear monitor review

The one problem with the sound comes in the highs. While the high sound great most of the time, cymbal smashes and other higher sounds they can be a little sharp. At higher volumes, the sharpness is more pronounced. Of course, you should not be blasting music anyway, but it is just something to be prepared for.

I was able to crank to volume up on these without any distortion. My ears started to hurt from the high volume before the earphones had an issue. That is a good thing if you are using these somewhere loud and you need to turn them up. It is always good to know that, even if you do not blast the volume in your day-to-day usage, the thinksound ms01 can handle it.

Is the thinksound ms01 comfortable?

A major factor when you are choosing a pair of in-ear monitors is how comfortable they are. If you are going to be shoving them in your ears for an extended period, you want them to fit well and be comfortable.

thinksound ms01 in ear monitor review

With the thinksound ms01, you are given four different silicone ear inserts, so you can find the fit that is correct for you. I actually had to go one size smaller than I thought I would. The size that looked right for my ears was not very comfortable and would pop out if I talked with the eaprhones in. I dropped down one size and they fit perfectly.

Overall, they are very comfortable. They are light and hardly noticeable. With the ear-hooks, you can use them for vigorous activity and they stay locked in your ears very well.

Should You Buy It?

All in all, the thinksound ms01 is a solid pair of earphones. They are able to hit high volume levels without any distortion and they can easily handle notes in any range. They are a little punchy on the highs, but still great overall.

If you are looking for a lightweight, comfortable pair of headphones made by a company who is taking steps to improve the environment, the $99 thinksound ms01 is a great choice.

Our verdict of the thinksound ms01 In-Ear Monitor:
For $99, these earphones are comfortable and environmentally-friendly.
6 10

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  1. Kim Paula Guess
    June 20, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Ooops! This is a great giveaway but it already ended.

  2. Wendy
    June 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I love the vintage look to them. I could really use a set for a hands free approach to doing business.

  3. Gerwell Taroma
    June 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    i was hesitant when i first saw this,but i got so interested when i had finally decide to myself my very first cellphone of my 19 years of existence...i'm really hoping this will mine..thanks muo for these rewards..

  4. Yudono Ra
    June 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    i hope win *fingercrossed

  5. ReneeDeLaGee ReneeDeLaGee
    June 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    aah would come in use
    ipod ears just died

  6. Jim Ivan Bordeos
    June 13, 2012 at 7:49 am

    i have one question....can u deliver it to philippines thanks

    • Tina
      June 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm


      The Giveaway is open worldwide and we can definitely deliver to the Philippines.

      • Jim Ivan Bordeos
        June 15, 2012 at 6:22 am

        thanks.. but when this end????

        • Tina
          June 15, 2012 at 9:48 am


        • Jim Ivan Bordeos
          June 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

          who is the winner in the giveaway

        • Tina
          June 20, 2012 at 11:02 am


          The winner will be announced shortly. You will see an announcement box around the top of the article.

  7. Oleksandr Oksyuta
    June 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Oh, it must be really good earphones! ... sorry, monitors:)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. erickhbhn
    June 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    cool one ! Hope can get it ! :d

  9. ewoks
    June 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Sounds really nice! ;)

  10. Bob Smith
    June 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Love the look of these earphones hope I win the giveaway if I don't I just might buy myself a pair.

    • Jackson Chung
      June 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      It's well worth it!

  11. Samsudeen Hussain
    June 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    seems to be great headphone. After being taking part in so many giveaways, I actually guessed the giveaway code even before visting the facebook page. I hope i am lucky this time around.

    • Jackson Chung
      June 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Did you? Wow, we're just going to have to make them harder to guess.

      Good luck!

  12. Oscar Rainford
    June 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Cool headphones, Hope I win

  13. Cliff Mccullar
    June 8, 2012 at 3:47 am

    excellent. daddy needs new earbuds!

  14. GamE
    June 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm


  15. Roman Savchuk
    June 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Good sound

  16. Jasper John S. Cecilio
    June 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Cool Headphone!Thanks for the give away!

  17. Chips Chapman
    June 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Nice looking earphones!

    Curious about the form... I entered the code, the form opened, I completed & submitted it, but an error message displayed instead of a confirmation:
    " The giveaway code you entered was incorrect. Please refresh the page to try again. "
    Then I got the usual confirmation email from Jackson. This happens at least every other time I complete a MUO entry form.

    • Jackson Chung
      June 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Hey Chips,

      The most common cause of this problem is an additional letter or space after the code. As long as you receive the confirmation email, you're in.

      Good luck!

  18. Pratik Bhandari
    June 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Awesome!!! Hope I win it!!!!

  19. Shehan Nirmal
    June 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    It would be so great if you give it away to outer-US competitors. Thanks for everything...

  20. Himanshu Singla
    June 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Another awsum giveaway..

  21. Jeffrey John Imutan
    June 5, 2012 at 10:03 am

    yey! im in!

  22. Aleksey
    June 5, 2012 at 8:48 am


  23. igbo14
    June 5, 2012 at 5:39 am

    thinksound MS01 is a good pair of headphones and a super prize

  24. Raj Sarkar
    June 5, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Not much hope of winning it. :(
    Anyways, thanks! :)

  25. Vipul Jain
    June 5, 2012 at 5:12 am

    I didnt win the PSP Vita.. :(
    Maybe soothing music will cheer me up.. :|

  26. Rene Gatdula
    June 5, 2012 at 12:44 am

    fits my ears...

  27. WayAce King
    June 5, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Looks like a great pair of eayphones thanks MakeUseOf for the chance of winning this all the best.

  28. Ali Lou
    June 5, 2012 at 12:30 am

    they look like table legs in the photo lol. like the variety in ear insert sizes, and the sleek wood is different to the usual plastic.

  29. Andrey Zvyagin
    June 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks, makeuseof!

  30. RCB Neto
    June 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Did anybody get the code on Google+? and if so, how'd you do it?

    • Tina
      June 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Find the post about this Giveaway on Google+ and read the few lines of introduction. The code is embedded in the text and also repeated in the comments. Good luck!

  31. Surendra Ghanta
    June 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Eagerly waiting for the giveaway!!!

  32. George Carpenter
    June 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Sound good.

  33. Ravinder Putta
    June 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks For The Giveaway :-)

  34. Sachin Kanchan
    June 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    what i liked best was that they offered different sets of silicone ear inserts, not many provide such benefits...and if you don't have the right size , the ears start hurting after a while....

    so i think, and i know anybody'll love them

    • Kyem Ghosh
      June 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      now a days all reputed company like sennheiser provides the different sets of ear inserts. The thing to look after is the audio quality... As in the rivew, it says, it has a very perfect sound.. So I think its worth having it...

      Sachin are you having a problem with the 'giveaway' form??

      • Sachin Kanchan
        June 5, 2012 at 3:34 am

        no , i have no problem with the sound...

        but yes, at present the wired internet provided by the company my father works in does not allow me to open a few facebook.etc..

        so i have to use tor to view fb...but the problem is, it is extremely slow, as a result i am unable to see for the giveaway forms in the makeuseof's facebook page.. i have to guess the word and type into the
        "giveaway code" box, at the giveaways...but it works....i suppose..

        for this the code is ~ *removed*

        • Sachin Kanchan
          June 5, 2012 at 3:35 am

          sorry, the first line in the above comment is itself wrong...

          i meant to say, i have no problem in viewing the form

        • Kyem Ghosh
          June 5, 2012 at 3:54 am

          hey... U shouldn't have posted the code here, though it is easy...

          Facebook is getting slow for me too.. Specially the apps are too slow. I'm using bsnl, I don't know but it is getting slower in all Indian server... You could have got it easily from twitter

        • Sachin Kanchan
          June 5, 2012 at 4:17 am

          sorry my bad...i hope i am not fired for that...terribly sorry

  35. Giuseppe Calamita
    June 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Hello, the point with this kind of earphones is they are too weak when you happen it randomly get a shock! Every time I used a new pair of it and it happened it get a shock, it breaks. I hope that pair has strengthen wire.

  36. Mihovil Pletikos
    June 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    something is wrong with giveaway form... it gives an error after filling it!!!

    • Tina
      June 8, 2012 at 9:08 am


      What is the error message? Did you try again? Maybe it was a temporary issue.

      • Mihovil Pletikos
        June 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        it's working now....