Reviews and Problems with Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors
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14 December 2011
Summary: Given the date of the OP's review, seems I'm a couple years late to the UERM party. Well, let's keep it going then.
My new ears have arrived, and they sound glorious.
A few months back I made the happy mistake (happy to ears, misery to wallet) of researching a replacement for my UE10s. Back in the day, when I got 'em, I chose the 10's over the 11's specifically due to the former's neutrality.
Summary: I wonder why UERM is often disregarded when picking from $1000 range. I'm guessing that it's due to "only" having 3 drivers, versus having 8 drivers per side. I can say with confidence that driver number does not equal sound quality(for the most part). Another reason I see why UERM might not be picked is its sound sig. It's perfectly flat. Personally, I love this. Reference sound with naturalness. Call it "the Neutrality King".
Pros: Great SQ, Sound stage, Case, Customer Service, Refit, Driveablitiy... more
Summary: I'm a laptop producer of electronic music and film score compositions and it just isn't practical to remain tethered to a desk with near-field monitors for tracking and mixing. I need to be mobile but need to know that what I'm hearing will translate accurately to my mixes.
The UERM's allow me to mix with confidence. Everything is clear and well-placed. The bass is exactly right, which is often the most difficult part of a mix.
Summary: this is my first set of customs, so I can't compare it to other customs. but comparing to a set of TF10, there is no comparison.
First, it's very comfortable. with TF10, my ears hurt after an hour or so of listening. but with RM, long listening is no longer an issue. I only put them down to take a break and rest my ears. of course, wearing them on/off is much more difficult, but I'm getting the hang of it.
Second, the ambient noise isolation is much better.
Pros: Great sound, ambient noise isolation, comfort and cool looking
Summary: My 1st Customs. I've owned, Coppers, Golds, Shure 530s, IE8s (2 sets), among others stuff. All of the universals I've owned were a hobby. I would play with tips, I would mess with the EQ, I would listen to different IEMs based on the music.
Not bass heavy, but also not bass light. It makes whatever bass is on the recording.
Now that I own these, I don't use anything else. I never even think about them. The music is just pure joy.
Summary: I've recently amended this review, based on my education into the world of Head-Fi.
I've been toying around with getting a set of in-ear customs for a long time. I caught the write-ups in my audio rags about UE's new product and jumped all over them.
I'm a video editor, but I also do a lot of music and mixing, writing, directing, and anything else that has to do with entertainment production.
Pros: Mid range and great soundstage for an in-ear.
Cons: Customs take some getting used to. Bass suffers a little.
Summary: Alright everyone. I feel like the UERM's deserve some cred. I never write reviews on my phones, and I know not enough people read this section, but someone has to defend these.
I've owned and listened to many of the top tier Custom's and Universal IEMS.
Sennheiser IE8 | IE80
Everything under UE
okay too many.
Summary: this is my first custom IEM, and still has a special place here (in my outer ears). the shell is a bit hard but I can wear it on long flights or extended work sessions without any discomfort. it is highly revealing, and really lends itself for the most high quality recordings. always amazes me to return to it after listening on something else.
Summary: Ultimate Ears is a very good headphone company. They have a wide variety of headphones, that range from the type you use with Ipod's and mp3 players to headphones for live performances. Big time bands that use these headphones are Anberlin, Rise Against, Switchfoot, and many more. I love the sound quality and the isolation from other sounds. The headphones range anywhere from 20 dollars to 1300 dollars, I love them. I have the 1300 dollar ones. This is a great buy.
Summary: Ok so I realize the UE IERM's are kinda old news now, but I ordered a pair a few weeks ago and just got them today. All I can say so far is, the sound is exactly what I want from an IEM.
I have been a bit of a bass head in the past, and oddly enough still think of myself as one, but apparently that's not the case anymore, because these sound just perfect to my ears. The treble is nicely extended, yet seemingly neutral.
Pros: Balanced sound from top to bottom, never stressed or pressurized sounding. Effortless sound, realistic imaging, adapts into different genres.