Ultimate Ears defies all odds, pumps out 12 driver (6 + 6) UE 18 Pro’s.

by Mike
Posted January 14th, 2010 at 11:07 am

First there was the phenomenon of headphones shrunk into earbuds. Then came dual drivers and noise canceling. 3 drivers left me drooling while 4 drivers started to sound crazy. Well, throw your previous notion of  “crazy” out of the window because Ultimate Ears is kicking up the driver-per-ear race (didn’t know that there was a race) another notch with their Ultimate Ears 18 Pro.

So what’s so great about the $1,350 UE 18 Pro? If you strive for clarity, separation, sound stage, etc. etc., these wallet rapers are your only choice. Featuring a mind boggling 6 — yes, I said 6 — individually tuned drivers and 4 crossovers in each ear. Other bragging points include electrical tuning, triple-sound channels, a new low-distortion cable, in-line filter for each sound channel, and a personalized aluminum carrying case.

99.7% of the population wouldn’t notice much difference between say the triple driver Shure SE530’s and these. Not to mention, the few of us who have $1k+ to spend on a whim don’t usually do so on headphones. If I had the cash however, I would. Maybe I’m just alone.I’m certainly intrigued and would kill to try these out in person with my iriver ihp-120.

Ultimate Ears, if you are listening listening, I’d like to see you at CES next year. Bring your

Yours truly
Mike of Gadgetsteria.

Look for the UE 18 Pro’s to drop in February with the divorce lawyer knocking on your door soon after — you know, ’cause the wife finds out what you spent nearly $1400 (read: anniversary money) on.

**Update: While I generally follow the whole audio/headphone thing pretty closely, I don’t always catch everything. Thanks to Nicole below, I now know UE is not the first to do the 6 driver per ear setup as JH Audio beat UE to the punch. Thanks Nicole.


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  • Nicole
    January 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    This isn’t the first 6 driver IEM. JHAudio offers the JH13PRO, 6 driver, 3 way crossover. http://www.jhaudio.com/promusic/

    • Mike
      January 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks for the tip. :/

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