Another unexpected pleasure came when I
brought the UE 4 along on my last four flights.
Usually in-flight movies are painful to watch
because the poor sound quality ruins the experience. The UE 4 cut out all that loud ambient
airplane noise, reproducing a clean audio signal
with both the movies and the music I listened
to. They were far easier to carry than noise canceling headphones, which cost about the same
but don’t sound nearly as good.
much better than the cans provided by the
studio. My only suggestion is that the cord
could be a little longer. It’s the perfect length
for live work, unlike other in-ears rigs that
give you miles of cord that has to be awkwardly stuffed underneath your shirt or pants.
The UE cord makes for a short leash when
you have to reach a mixing station, however.
It was worth working around this small inconvenience because they sounded so great, and
I’m told that a longer cord can be purchased
from the website for $39.
The Final Mojo
At this point I’ve gone through probably six
disappointing in-ears monitors. Had I started
with the UE 4 Pros, I would’ve stopped right
there and saved myself lots of money and
aggravation. For those of you who have not
yet owned in-ear molds, the fitting process
may sound a bit intense, but it’s remarkably
easy. Once you’ve decided to make the jump
into in-ear monitors, schedule an appointment with a qualified audiologist. The UE
website will help you locate an audiologist
near you: ultimateears.com/_ultimateears/
The audiologist shoots some pink goo in
your ears and you leave with the impressions.
Next, send the impressions to Ultimate Ears,
where a pair of custom monitors will be created based on an exact replica of your ears.
Plan on roughly a 30-day turnaround.
you’re just getting into the in-ear
world or if you’ve had the same
in-ears for five or six years.
you were born a wedge rocker and
you will die a wedge rocker.
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