Selecting the right in-ear monitors for live sound monitoring is important, and there are a number of variables to take into consideration.
(Learn more about in-ear monitoring for musicians and sound techs here.)
Some earphones labeled as “in-ear monitors” simply don’t fit the bill and aren’t worth the time or money to use on stage.
Other in-ear monitors are marketed with so much fanfare that it can be hard to tell if you’re buying into a boutique brand experience or paying for true audiophile perfection.
As a musician and sound tech, I look for something in between. I don’t need audiophile-grade sound, but I absolutely need dependable performance, quality audio reproduction, a comfortable fit, and excellent noise isolation.
With all of those requirements, Ultimate Ears Pro UE 11 Pro in-ear monitors were definitely on my radar.
The following is a full and unbiased review of my experience using the custom molded UE 11 Pro in-ear monitors.