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Music Gear Review: Ultimate Ears Pro Reference Remastered In-Ears

Ultimate Ears Pro’s latest custom, in-ear music gear are the UE Pro Reference Remastered monitors. These are UE’s second-generation monitors developed in collaboration with the engineers at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA. Designed to reproduce the best possible sound from any audio source from your smart phone to on-stage monitoring system to recording studios to hi-resolution audio downloads, the UE Pro Reference Remastered monitors use three, True Tone Drivers to produce an extended frequency response up to 18kHz.

These are wearable reference monitors that are portable and enable precise comparison between what I mix in the studio and all other music sources I might encounter—be it on my iPhone or at other studios. The UE Pro Reference Remastered provide up to 26dB of external noise reduction due to their excellent custom fit made possible by UE’s 3D laser-scanning device that measures each ear and generates 3D file data for a 3D printer to “print” the molds.

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I found the fit to be better and more comfortable than any of my in-ear monitors and these new UE’s are voiced differently than my original Capitol models, the UE Reference Monitors. These new UEs have a little less mid range ‘push’ and better sub octave reproduction. They seem slightly less bright making playing them louder less fatiguing for inspecting microscopic sonic details in mixing.

Now my new favorites, the UE Pro Reference Remastered offer monitor- ing portability with great sound isolation and the ability to work with any audio interface. They come in a round metal carrying case and with a cable; an in-line microphone for cell phone use is also available.

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The Ultimate Ears Pro Reference Remastered in-ears sell for $999 MSRP and the scan is free.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com