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Ultimate Ears unveils the new UE PRO 18+

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  1. beauxrichards

    There is exciting news, and then there is EXCITING NEWS!!  This is the later. Ultimate Ears today announced the arrival of the new UE PRO 18+.

     
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    For more than 20 years, Ultimate Ears Pro has been the trusted custom in-ear monitor brand for musicians and professionals around the world. Music lovers have also been drawn to the full product lineup for its precise sound, and now, UE Pro’s best-in-class flagship product is even better.
     
    The UE PRO 18 was already the pinnacle of sound and design. Now UE has upped it’s game by adding the new True Tone Technology drivers and it’s proprietary precision tuned sound engine, which were originally introduced to rave reviews last year with the UE Pro Reference Remastered.
     
    During this incredibly busy and exciting time we got a chance to sit down briefly with Philippe Depallens (General Manager), Mike Dias (Sales & Marketing Director), Vincent Liu (Product Development) and Joe Saggio (Engineer) from the Ultimate Ears team and ask some questions about  the new Ultimate Ears flagship IEM.
     
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    Q: What is the UE 18+ Pro?
    Philippe: The UE 18+ Pro is the brand’s new flagship model and the culmination of UE Pro’s 20 years of experience. This new monitor gives you the best of the previous flagship model, the UE 18 PRO, but adds UE Pro’s proprietary True Tone drivers to a redesigned acoustic system. This means you get more detail, air and spacing in your music, leaving a silky, smooth and clear sound.
     
    Q: Why did Ultimate Ears Pro decide to create this product?
    Vincent: The UE 18 PROs have been our flagship model for many years. However, in the past few years, UE Pro has pioneered great technical innovations, such as True Tone Drivers and our precision tuned sound engine. We wanted to apply our pioneering technology to our flagship model. Therefore, we created the UE 18+ Pro, our latest flagship model -- a reimagined version of the UE 18 PRO.
     
    Q: What are True Tone drivers?
    Joe: True Tone drivers are proprietary balanced armatures  that focus on the overtones and harmonics, so that you can hear and feel the emotional qualities of the music.
     
    Q: Who was the UE 18+ Pro created for?
    Vincent: The UE 18+ Pro was created for musicians of all kinds. Below are a few ways this flagship model can be experienced depending on musician type. Vocalists will notice a warmer and less "spikey" sound, guitarists will get a more natural, less crispy sound, bass players will experience a strong  warm bass response, and Music lovers will experience more detail to their music than ever.
     
    Q: How is the UE 18+ Pro different from the UE 18 PRO?
    Mike: Thanks to UE Pro’s proprietary True Tone drivers and optimized sound engine in the UE 18+ Pro, the sound is more alive and open, working even better as a live tool. The new flagship continues to use a 4-way crossover, but adds a newly designed bandpass filter on midrange drivers and highly customized, extended frequency response tweeters.
     
    Q: How did you test the UE 18+ Pro? Did you test it with any professional or touring musicians?
    Philippe: The UE Pro team tested with professional touring musicians and performers using drums, bass and guitar. It was then tested in the lab by listening to prerecorded music. However, we are unable, due to confidentiality, to share musician names.
     
    Joe: For this product development, we also chose 25 key songs from various genres and time periods which we used as benchmarks. We’d A/B test each song against the full product line up and against the classic UE 18 to make sure that we were hearing what we were trying to achieve across all types of music and recordings.
     
    Q: When will it be available and how much does the UE 18+ Pro cost?
    Mike: The UE 18+ Pro will be available worldwide on December 15th through Ultimate Ears Pro and authorized dealers, for a starting price of $1,500 USD.
     
    *Q: Why should I get the UE 18+ Pro if I already have the original?*
    Philippe: It’s the next generation. If your interest is to have the best tool to perform at your best, then the UE 18+ Pro is for you. .
     
    *Q: Will I still be able to buy the original UE 18 PROs?*
    Mike: No, the product will no longer be available to purchase; however, Ultimate Ears Pro will still service existing units and remake them for current owners.
     
     
    To highlight some of the UE PRO 18+’s next generation sonic clarity, Ultimate Ears has provided us with Joe’s reference  cheat sheet. Check out these songs and listen for the sonic cues. Let your ears be the judge!
     
     
    Order
    Song
    Artist
    Genre
    Year
    Sonic Cue
    1​
    Do You Read Me
    Rory Gallagher
    Blues Rock
    1976​
    Kick drum punch (low), snare, natural hats and guitar
    2​
    On The Floor
    J-Lo
    Dance
    2011​
    Synth bass
    3​
    My Cherie Amour
    Stevie Wonder
    Pop
    1969​
    Vocal reverb
    4​
    Carnival
    Natalie Merchant
    Alternative
    1995​
    Perfect female vocal
    5​
    Mais Que Nada
    Sergio Mendes / Brazil 66
    Latin jazz
    1966​
    Translation of old recordings
    6​
    Squonk (Remastered)
    Genesis
    Rock
    1976​
    Translation or remastered recordings
    7​
    My Favorite Things
    Tony Bennett
    Vocal
    1968​
    Warm vocal/clear brass/stand-up bass
    8​
    Blah Blah Blah
    Ke$ha
    Dance
    2010​
    Sub lows, chaotic but clear upper mids
    9​
    Back In Black
    AC/DC
    Rock
    1980​
    Accurate distorted guitar
    10​
    Smooth Operator
    Sade
    Soul
    1984​
    Cross stick snare, clear percussion, ample bass
    11​
    Price You Pay
    Punky Meadows
    Metal
    2016​
    Translation of maxed fader, modern mix
    12​
    Witchita Lineman
    Glen Cambell
    Pop
    1968​
    Natural strings; instrument isolation
    13​
    Ventura Highway
    America
    Pop
    1972​
    Natural warm acoustic guitars
    14​
    Possum Kingdom
    Toadies
    Alternative
    1994​
    Drum clarity and punch
    15​
    American Boy
    Estelle
    Pop
    2008​
    Male and female vocal in bass heavy mix
    16​
    Lido Shuffle
    Boz Scaggs
    Pop
    1970​
    Translation of "flat" master
    17​
    Nuttville
    Buddy Rich
    Jazz
    1974​
    Natural brass section and lead brass
    18​
    Hocus Pocus
    Focus
    Rock
    1970​
    Electric bass guitar; vocal "kitchen sink"
    19​
    Somebody I used to Know
    Gotye
    Pop
    2011​
    Intimate vocal, vocal range and depth
    20​
    Spooky
    Atlanta Rhthym
    Rock
    1979​
    Crisp hats / ride, electric organ, rubbery low end
    21​
    Johnny Strikes Up The Band
    Warren Zevon
    Rock
    1978​
    Vocal warmth, cowbell and pedal steel guitar
    22​
    Josie
    Steely Dan
    Pop/Jazz
    1977​
    Crisp mix
    23​
    Past The Point Of Rescue
    Hal Ketchum
    Country
    1991​
    Warm mix
    24​
    Set Fire To The Rain
    Adele
    Pop
    2011​
    Piano, sub low, vocal
    25​
    Beginnings
    Chicago
    Pop
    1969​
    Drum pans, horns


     
     
     
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  2. HiFiChris Contributor
    Has the midrange been re-tuned?

    Vocal balance with the original UE18 Pro was kind of off and unnatural to my ears. It had a really nice soundstage though.
     
  3. Kammex
    Are they age-restricted?:underage::underage:
     
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  4. beauxrichards
    Hey @HiFiChris 
     
    They are a whole new animal. I think you'll be impressed. 
     
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  5. Deftone
    hmm i dunno, all the UE models iv heard havent been good for the price. i will try to demo them at some point.
     
  6. Whitigir
    Interesting that there are give away on Facebook. I joined, but I had been for years and never really see any winner lists announced anywhere
     
  7. Toom
    Needs more cowbell.
     
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  8. Decreate
    No classical?
     
  9. ForceMajeure
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    http://pro.ultimateears.com/ultimate-ears-pro-18-plus
     
  10. gemmoglock
    Looks good!
     
    I know this is the other end of the spectrum, but I hope you guys can come up with a good successor to the UE 4 Pro since some of the other names have neglected/discontinued their entry level offerings. I hope UE doesn't do the same :)
     
  11. audionewbi
    When are you guys expecting to introduce the 3D ear scanning to the Australian market? This is the only reason why I have not gotten into custom as traditional method dont give the results I am after for my strange ears. 
     
  12. ezekiel77
    Nice cheat sheet thanks!
     
    I can think of other "perfect female vocals" but okay...
     
  13. ForceMajeure
     
    Looks like there is another giveaway...They didn't announce the giveaway winner for the UERR also...
     
    Current giveaway for the UE18 pro +:
     
    https://wn.nr/EktP7Q
     
  14. miceblue
    I don't think you're allowed to post referral links on Head-Fi. Otherwise that'd be kind of disadvantageous for those who didn't post it.
     
  15. Shini44
    Sir, you made my day xD
     
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