Ultimate Ears LIVE Impressions Thread

  1. moedawg140 Contributor
    Ultimate Ears LIVE


    At the April 2018 Prolight + Sound show held in Frankfurt, Germany, Ultimate Ears launched the Ultimate Ears LIVE, which is their brand's pair of custom in-ear monitors for live performers and audiophiles.

    You may be familiar with Ultimate Ears as creators of their Bluetooth speakers (I have a two-pack of the Wonderboom SE and use them most everyday), but they have been creating in-ear monitors for quite a while.

    The entire Ultimate Ears lineup has been upgraded with their new IPX Connection System - a new cable connection system that can not only withstand complexities with regards to music touring, but minimize service and maintenance as well.


    Ultimate Ears vice president and general manager Philippe Depallens states: “Our intention when designing our new flagship model was to create not only the best sound, but also the most reliable monitor possible. With UE LIVE, you’re getting our best: pure, raw stage energy. We also needed a sweat-proof and tour-proof cable system, so we co-developed a solution from the ground up with a company that specializes in hearing aid and medical-grade cables. The UE IPX Connection System was designed to handle everything a musician deals with nightly — sweat, makeup, hairspray, humidity, set up, break down and travel.”

    From the pro UE website:

    With 7 balanced armatures and a dynamic 6mm neodymium driver, the UE LIVE is the fullest, richest, and most powerful in-ear monitor we’ve ever made!

    Each speaker specifically tuned for every frequency range.

    Specifically tuned drivers to minimize crossover components.

    Precision Tooled Branched Acoustic audio path.

    I am eagerly looking forward to reviewing the LIVE, and comparing it to the different versions of the UE Pro 18 and other IEMs as well.

    Long live the LIVE!

    Key Features:

    Input sensitivity:
    105 dB @ 1 kHz, 1mW
    Frequency response:
    5 Hz – 22 kHz
    Noise Isolation:
    -26 decibels of ambient stage noise.
    10 Ohms @ 1 kHz
    Internal speaker configuration:
    6 balanced armatures, 1 True Tone Plus driver & 1 6mm neodymium dynamic speaker
    Input connector:
    1/8” headphone jack; compatible with all systems
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
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  2. Wyville
    Thanks for starting this thread Moe! I wish I could review these myself, but I will settle for a demo at Canjam London. Fingers crossed these will be there! Otherwise I will just pester Gisele (Aid2Hearing) again to see if she has demo units. :D
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  3. moedawg140 Contributor
    For sure - it’s all good!

    I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed and praying for you that you’ll be able to demo the LIVE in London. If the UE staff aren’t able to make the trip to London and exhibit, maybe a UE distributor could represent the company at this year’s CanJam London.
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  4. Wyville
    I hope UE can make it! Last year at the Indulgence Show UE was not there, but Gisele had arranged for me to demo the UE18+ covertly, under the table, which officially never happened, and I definitely did not absolutely love their sound. :D So because of the experience that did not happen, I am very curious to hear the new stuff and especially this hybrid!
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  5. moedawg140 Contributor
    Here’s hoping you’ll get to listen to the LIVE under the table again! :smile:
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  6. San Man
    I wish they'd get away from mmcx connectors
  7. FrostyP
    They did, the IPX connector system is new and much sturdier. It’s based on the Estron/Linum T2 connector
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  8. tienbasse
    "Best sound", "fullest, richest, and most powerful" = cheesy marketing.

    I think most people would be happier knowing how UE Live are tuned versus UE 18+ Pro.
    Superlatives are highly subjective and pointless to choose gear.
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  9. moedawg140 Contributor
    You’re right, @FrostyP - you can now choose the type of connector you’d like and for a fee you can change to another connector type if you’d prefer.

    I agree on all accounts. I’ll let you (and anyone interested) know how it sounds once I receive the LIVE.
  10. San Man

    Does that mean they're changing the connector on the shell too, or merely giving an adaptor,

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  11. moedawg140 Contributor
    Hi San,

    Good question! UE will/can do both:

    1. The new UE series (UE 6 Pro and LIVE) will come with the IPX connector, standard.

    2. There will not be an adapter available; for a fee, UE can change the connector on the shell entirely to your preference.
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  12. San Man
    That's good news indeed, as most people, myself included, are fully invested in 2 pin cables.

    Hopefully they hold a tour for those of us without access to an in-store audition.

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