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Ultimate Ears UE PRO 18+ Discussions and Impressions

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  1. flinkenick
    Pity this iem isn't getting more attention, it's quite special. The UE18+ is designed as the ultimate stage monitor, and it more than succeeds at achieving its goal. It's one of the most accurate ciems for band-based music and vocals, and an overall very natural and smooth sound.
     
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  2. Wyville
    I wonder how far out the universal version is. I saw @twister6 had the universal UERR for review and I am very curious to see if Ultimate Ears will do that for their entire Pro line.
     
  3. flinkenick
    Yes I'm almost certain there will also be a universal version of the UE18+.
     
  4. proedros
    @flinkenick hopefully more people will take notice of them when you review them in your shootout

    btw , what is their price ?
     
  5. flinkenick
    It's reasonably priced at $1500 hehe.
     
  6. hkpm
    I don't know why UE not releasing the To Go version in US, both UERR and UE 18+ had the To Go version released in Asia for several months already.
     
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  7. Wyville
    That is surprising considering it is a US company. I thought that it would be quite a good option to attract new customers who do not want to go through the trouble of getting impressions (etc).
     
  8. Wyville
    "Reasonably priced" he says. *sigh* The wonderful world of flinkenick... :sweat_smile:

    I am not jealous or anything. Not at all. [mutters profanities under his breath.]

    :wink:
     
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  10. ejong7
    Bro is the red one an original 18? Assume the black one is the UERM.
     
  11. SoundBytes
    Can't wait, mine are supposed to ship 6/29. I went with simple blue and clear see avatar pic. Also can't wait to try the 18+ Pros with Astell's new player.
     
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  12. flinkenick
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  13. SoundBytes
    Very nice review and analysis flinkenick
     
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  14. AC-12
    Thank you for all that you do. I wanted to say thanks in your main thread, but it is a very busy thread. I look forward to catching up in that thread and your website in the coming years. I'm slow to process :).

    I'm out of touch with and too lazy to get into other brands. My UE-10s needed repair so it was time for an upgrade. As long as UE had something competitive, I was all-in. They have great customer service and location-wise convenient for me.

    Your recent profile of the UE 18+ helped in deciding versus the UERR and it's competitiveness with other brands.

    I maybe in Hong Kong soon so planning to stop by PWaudio.

    Do you recommend or highly recommend the 1960s with the 18+?

    https://www.pw-audio.com/1960

    I wasn't planning on a aftermarket cable yet, but since I maybe nearby PWaudio... and reading your website on this cable...

    Cheers
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2017
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  15. flinkenick
    Thanks man, that's very kind of you. The UE18+ Pro is a very special iem, and one of my personal favorites.

    The 1960's cables come in two versions, the 2-wire and 4-wire. Both are very good cables, with the 4-wire being more technical, but also brighter. Considering its price, I think you might be referring to 2-wire? 1960 2-wire is a unique cable, in that it creates a rather warm sound and a somewhat dark stage. It's a 'romantic' sound, like a candle-light dinner. But I find it pairs best with brighter or colder iems, or else the sound easily gets too warm and laidback.

    But indeed, to maintain UE18+ Pro's timbre, I would stick with a copper cable. But honestly, something like PW Audio's No. 5 is already fine. It's clean-sounding cable, only lightly warm, but with an accurate timbre. Although I must admit I rarely cable-roll these days due to the shootout, so I haven't tried many cables with UE18+. At home I just listen with the SilverFi IEM-R4 when I want to relax. But, two cables that I generally like for their warm sound and timbre are plusSound gold-plated copper and PW Audio No. 5. But of course wait to see if and when you get the UE18+ Pro what you would like to change/improve.
     
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