Ultimate Ears may be familiar to most consumers for its brightly colored Bluetooth speakers, but the company also has a line of custom in-ear headphones, which has just won a new flagship flagship model: the $ 2,200 UE Live .
The UE Live headphones head the company's previous UE18 Pro model, increasing the number of loudspeakers per ear from six to eight, for a total of six balanced armatures, a True Tone Plus controller and a dynamic 6 mm neodymium loudspeaker to offer an even better sound. However, these improvements have a cost: the UE Live headphones start at $ 2,199, which can go even further depending on the customization options.
It means more for professional musicians, but they probably sound great at home, too
The custom in-ear headphones from Ultimate Ears tend to be for professional musicians to use in studios or on stage, and UE Live is no exception. Ultimate Ears says the new headphones are designed specifically for musicians who play on the biggest stages of festivals, arenas and stadiums, although they probably sound great if you're also listening to music at home. As my colleague Vlad Savov pointed out when reviewing the UE18 professionals, the sound quality and the comfort of using a pair of personalized internal monitors can not be overstated, despite the high price.
Ultimate Ears 6 Pro.Photo: Ultimate Ears
Along with the UE Live, Ultimate Ears also announced the Ultimate Ears 6 PRO, a pair of $ 699 internal monitors that the company says are specifically designed for drummers, bass players, DJs and hip-hop musicians, with two dynamic controllers for range medium and low.
Both headphones will begin shipping in May 2018.