It's an old thread but I've only gotten around to reading this.
Great write-up, Jude. And thanks for pushing for model B ! :) I've been having my pair of UE4 for almost two years now. I began running them for normal listening, but soon I'll be using them as real IEMs (hooked-up to an IEM system for the stage) since I've gotten back to playing music.
this looks very interesting and tempting indeed. i don't know much about IEMs though. i bought my first pair of R02-Pro's just a while ago and have been pretty content with them, but always wanted a custom fitted one like these. can IEM's compete with full-sized headphones though? will the best IEMs still give you the "in your head" feeling instead of the "in a room" feeling?
I can testify with the UE4 I have that "in my head" feeling. But at first this confused me and made me think badly about IEMs, because I was used to having the "in a room" feeling from universal headphones. However, in hindsight this was a case of different expectations.
The in-your-head feeling goes with the reason IEMs are built: for musicians to be able to hear themselves (or their instrument) while they sing (or play). You'd need to hook the pair up with an IEM system, of course, but that subject would make a different thread.
As an aside, I can't tell you how many times I've gotten post-gig comments from people in the audience about my dismayed expression whenever my floor monitor wasn't mixed well, even if I never harmed any sound engineer :) An example would be the vocalist's voice getting drowned out by the instruments... So with an IEM stage system I look forward to being able to monitor better our music while I'm playing.
Probably not. With all the cheaper customs popping up, it was time for UE to market one of their own, or risk losing a whole emerging segment of the custom market: that of people too poor for the UE10, or who just can't justify the price tag. For UE's original customers, though, the professional performers, the top of the line will keep being the first choice; they won't skim on their tools of trade.
Selamat pagi :)
Yes, the UE4 can be considered low-end. Or in the UE company line: "emerging artists".
The demos were sent to beta testers whose ear molds were already in UE's possession.
I have a feeling you won't regret it!