Hmm. What could the red and blue JH's stand for?

Posted by orgel on August 13, 2007 at 4:17 PM (PDT) Comment 1

The initials of the recipient (like mine, above) are placed on each pair of UE custom earphones.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on August 13, 2007 at 6:47 PM (PDT) Comment 2

Shame, that.

On the subject of the new cord, they're shipping it now with the line as well, and I find it very disappointing. The entire length of it has way too much "memory" and tends to retain kinks and curves from when the wires have been wound up for transport. This causes it to bend and twist in uncomfortable and annoying ways.

I'd rather replace the cord once a year than deal with this crap.

I vote for a new cord, and while they're at it, one with an iPhone compatible plug and clicker!

Posted by mattwardfh on August 17, 2007 at 3:29 PM (PDT) Comment 3

I own a pair of UE11Pro's and purchased them as an upgrade to my three-year old UE5c's. So I just couldn't let this review go by without adding a few comments.

I love the UE11Pro's -- to my ears, they are not bass heavy but rather appropriately compensatory for the iPod's thin bassline. I agree that if you are comparing them to Etys you might find the bass bigger than you are used to. But I compare these to my high end speaker system, and while they are no match for speakers that weigh in at over 100 pounds, they certainly rival them in musicality and fun factor. They are just fabulous sounding IEMs that benefit from some serious slam. The bassline is present, but not boomy or artificial -- it is present to the extent that it exists in the original recording, and appropriately presented. The bass may sound more present than you are used to, but that is because we have all been listening to thin and watery sound signatures. (That the Ety's have such a following, for example, is a mystery to me. Great highs, no lows at all! If that is your frame of reference, then to be sure the UE11Pro will sound bassy by comparison.)

It is also inappropriate to describe their sound signature as similar to Bose. Good grief! UE and Bose should simply never be mentioned in the same sentence. It is simply wrong.

Price is certainly a consideration for this kind of purchase -- a legitimate one. I suppose I should count myself as one of the "wealthy Bassheads" described here, but I am also an audiophile with a home system that could blow out the Eastern seaboard. But it is also an accurate, nuanced system (Krell components and B&W speakers). You can be an audiophile and a basshead too -- they are not mutually exclusive!

The bottom line is this: if you can afford them, I believe the UE11Pro's are a superb choice for discriminating listeners who appreciate the comfort and isolation of custom IEMs married to an incredibly exciting, detailed, musical presentation. Bottom line is they are fabulously musical and addictive to listen to. They make up for known shortcomings of the iPod's sound signature. And they are just plain fun! If you have the money, they are well worth the investment, IMHO.

Posted by random person on September 5, 2007 at 3:50 PM (PDT) Comment 4

the ue11 pro are bass heavy,you have to consider its in direct comparison with the 10's,i own se530 and really can see why the se530 are up there with them in sound department reviews like this make me proud to be a shure owner!! i have no doubt the ue11 are great but i do believe they are bass heavy lots have said so,lots have said they prefer the 10's aswell,an i have owned the 10's and prefered the shures also oddly enough,anyway i suppose my point is reviews like this really do put smiles on our faces

Posted by jinx20001 on September 8, 2007 at 6:05 AM (PDT) Comment 5
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