Ultimate Ears releasing UE-4 Pro Custom Ear Monitors

by Mike
Posted May 18th, 2009 at 11:50 am


If you are an audiophile, musician, or all around music lover who is constantly on the go, big, bulky headphones are unwieldy and cumbersome to have to carry around. Because of this, many people turn to ear buds or in-ear headphones to get that mobile ease they’ve been looking for. Unfortunately, when shrinking drivers to fit inside of tiny earbuds, sound quality is often a feature that gets skimped on. Of course, you can always whip open your wallet and give your credit card a flogging by picking up some pricier yet amazing sound choices from the likes of Ultimate Ears, Shure, Etymotics, Audio Technica, and Westone just to name a few, but those often come with much higher price tags. Also to consider, human beings and their ears are differ vastly that even with various sizes of ear tips getting a good seal to truly hear the earphones at their best is next to impossible. What is an earphone audiophile/musician/music lover to do? Ultimate Ears has a new more affordable option for you by way of the UE-4 PRO Custom Ear Monitors.

If you already have moved past standard headphones and are now feeling that your earbuds/earphones are inadequate and you’re looking for something more, something with more comfort, better fit, and better sound insulation without using the increasingly popular though sonically intrusive active noise canceling technologies, Ultimate Ears would like to have a word with you. Introducing their UE-4 Pro Custom Monitors are the new more affordable option for those looking for custom in ear monitors. Before, getting a custom fitting dual armature pair of earphones meant spending in excess of $600. However, now thanks to Ultimate Ears you can get that sound and comfort start at the much more palpable price of $400.

As with all customs, a trip to your local audiologist will be required to get impressions of your ear canals. After the audiologist visit, expect to pay around $50 for that and wait about a 5-9 days to receive your custom molds. After receiving your molds it’s as easy as popping them on your newly acquired ear phones and rockin’ out. So I’m sure you want to know the juicy specs of these new wallet friendly beasts. They are as follows (Per Ultimate Ears):

  • Input Sensitivity: 108db @ 1mw
  • 20 Hz to 15,000 Hz
  • 17.5 ohms at 1 kHz
  • 2 proprietary precision balanced armatures
  • -26dB
  • 1/8″ (3.5mm) Gold plated

You’ll notice the cutoff at 15,000Hz means you’ll be missing out on 5,oooHz of music. If you’re merely looking to pinch a few pennies but in reality could afford a higher model, I recommend bumping to a higher model up as with the higher up models comes triple and quad armature customs which bring even more ridiculous levels of awesomeness to your ears (albeit with the addition of prices registering in the upper 3-digit to low 4-digit range). Regarding the UE-4 Pro’s even though the last 5,000Hz of the human spectrum is one that many more mature individuals can’t quite register so well, for many types of music, losing that last 5,000Hz is quite a turn off.

If the UE-4 Pro’s look like they are the right deal to bring you into the world of custom IEM’s, open up your wallet, sign away $400 of your hard earned cash, and prepare to enjoy audio nirvana.

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Source: Crunch Gear

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