Logitech has just announced what they deem to be the first personally tuned custom in-ear monitors in the world, known as the Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors. I suppose that name is apt enough, and hopefully in time, reviews of its performance will be able to prove that it can live up to its name. Specially engineered to cater for your exact needs for fit, look and sound all rolled into one, the Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors were specially created in order to deliver an experience which is touted to be as personal as your passion for music.
Just how does a pair of the Logitech Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors come about? For starters, it will begin with the use of Logitech’s exclusive Personal Reference Tuning Box, where it enables you to precisely adjust the sound signature of the monitors depending on your listening preferences. The Personal Reference Tuning Box is capable of capturing your adjustments to the mix of highs, mids and lows, and from there, Ultimate Ears engineers will be able to utilize the collected information to craft a pair of Personal Reference Monitors that you can call your very own, boasting a sound signature that is based on those exact settings. While they might be an overkill if you plan on using them as gaming earbuds, but for professionals they will be excellent and well worth the money.
Philippe Depallens, vice president and general manager of Wearables at Logitech, said, “There are some people out there – and we’ve met many of them over the years – that know exactly what they need and want in terms of their sound signature. Our new, handcrafted Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors are designed with these people in mind. The Personal Reference Monitors take custom in-ear monitors to a new level of personalization – creating an audio experience tailored to each individual listener.”
Boasting Logitech’s proprietary five-armature design, a three-way crossover circuit and triple-bore sound channels, the Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitor also comes with a detachable, low-profile, low-distortion cable that does away with the burdensome Y-joint connectors, where it will remain tightly braided to reduce friction, unraveling and tangling.
In terms of performance, how does the Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors fare? It will deliver 26 dB of isolation and passive noise cancellation, which is similar to other Custom In-Ear Monitors, being compatible with wireless transmission systems for the stage as well as portable media devices. What sets it apart, however, would be a quartet of custom fine-wood faceplates which is available exclusively to Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitor customers.
The Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors are tipped to arrive in the US from this month onwards, and they will not come cheap. Custom made stuff rarely do, so the asking price of $1,999.99 might just scare away most of us out there.
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