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post #16 of 280
Glad to know UE has something up their sleeve. Waiting for JH13pro vs UE18Pro reviews soon.

Their spec, in case to lazy to click the link,

Price: USD1350

Input Sensitivity: 110.6 dB @ 1 kHz

Efficiency: 115.6 dB @ 1mW

Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 18,000 Hz

Impedance: 21 ohms @ 1kHz

Internal Speaker Configuration: 6 proprietary precision balanced armatures

Noise Isolation: -26 dB

Input Connector: 1/8" (3.5 mm) gold plated
post #17 of 280
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Originally Posted by LionPlushie View Post
i thought those cables are those that comes with UE5, UE10 or UE11?
I have the UE4 Pro, the UE10 Pro, and the UE11 Pro, and the cable on the UE18 Pro is the first I've seen of it.
post #18 of 280
WOAHHH!!

Figured UE won't just sit there and let JHaudio take all their business anyways.
post #19 of 280
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I have the UE4 Pro, the UE10 Pro, and the UE11 Pro, and the cable on the UE18 Pro is the first I've seen of it.
Woah. That means they actually revised the custom cable? Time to order a replacement from UE
post #20 of 280
IEM Wars: Ultimate Ears Strikes Back
post #21 of 280
Wowowow. That looks sweet
post #22 of 280
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I had to stay up to post the announcement, as it was embargoed until 00:01 PST (which is 03:01 my time), so I'm going to make this quick (as I'm falling asleep at my keyboard here).

Comparing the UE18 Pro and the JH13 Pro is fun, as they're different. From a purely selfish standpoint, already owning a JH13 Pro, I was hoping that they'd be different, and, again, they are.

The low midbass is a somewhat more emphasized with the UE18 Pro than the JH13 Pro, giving the UE18 Pro a little more thump. The UE18 Pro's presentation sounds more forward to me, with thicker, more emphasized mids. Both have outstanding high frequency performance (UE claims extension to 18 kHz, JH Audio to 20 kHz)--but the more neutral bass and mids of the JH13 Pro makes for even more treble sparkle from the JH13 Pro, on balance.

The JH13 Pro is comparatively more neutral, no doubt, and sounds to me like it is more geared toward audiophiles than the UE 18 Pro is, the latter with its warmer tonal balance. Prior to the arrival of the UE 18 Pro, I had been carrying the JH13 Pro and UE11 Pro around with me almost everywhere, the JH13 Pro getting significantly more use since its arrival than my UE11 Pro (or UE10 Pro). I've since replaced the UE11 Pro for everyday carry with the UE18 Pro, and it has been getting about equal play time as the JH13 Pro in my rigs.

To my ears, until the UE18 Pro arrived, the JH13 Pro was simply technically better than anything Ultimate Ears had in their stable. The UE18 Pro, based on what I'm hearing, closes that technical gap, yet offers a different sonic flavor than the JH13 Pro. And it doesn't take gobs of listening to come to the conclusion that Ultimate Ears was undoubtedly shooting for a different flavor with the UE18 Pro (than the JH13 Pro)--I think if they ever decide to aim directly at the JH13 Pro, we'll hear more similarities then. (And, no, I know of no other upcoming models by UE.)

Even before they contacted me, I figured UE wasn't sitting still. Truth be told, I pretty much knew the call was coming, I just didn't know when. When I heard the UE10 Pro for the first time (in 2006), I wondered if IEMs could ever get better than that. I think it's clear no major player in this market is sitting still at all.

This is an insane time to be a Head-Fi'er.
post #23 of 280
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Originally Posted by LionPlushie View Post
Woah. That means they actually revised the custom cable? Time to order a replacement from UE
Yes, the cable is definitely revised. And, yes, like you, I want to order more to replace the ones on my UE4 Pro, UE10 Pro, and UE11 Pro.

The photos I posted were taken with a compact camera. (I didn't have my SLR with me at the time.) I'll try to take better photos of the cable tomorrow or on the weekend, if Ultimate Ears doesn't post any better ones first.
post #24 of 280
Thanks for the impressions so far
post #25 of 280
Interesting, now they have multiple colors for the replacement cables instead of black and clear. In fact there's white now, wooo.
post #26 of 280
The cable looks fantastic, looks like it's actually braided now rather than twisted. That means no more untwisty problems! looks great. Did some research, but couldn't find a place to confirm it's a four-way crossover...wonder how the drivers are split. There's 6 drivers, in 3 pairs. Meaning that if it was a 4-way crossover, two drivers that are identical are taking two different frequencies....hmmm
post #27 of 280
Jude: You're going to have to change your avatar again now.
post #28 of 280
Thank you for sharing the exciting news!
Quite interesting..
post #29 of 280
what a great deal,
Anyone who want to sell the UE11Pro contact me
haha
post #30 of 280
Looks like they finally settle a new step for custom IEMs by using the new design cable. The only reason behind the use of 4 conductors cable is, you know, balanced.
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