News & Reviews

Ultimate Ears Pro Reference Remastered In-Ear Monitors Reviewed

In-ear monitors rely upon a proper fit in order to perform at their best. If they don't form a proper seal, there will be a big drop-off in bass response, skewing the frequency balance. It can be a challenge to get a good fit that both seals the ear canal and is comfortable especially from conventional IEMs (in-ear-monitors). Most manufacturers use a universal-fit model and supply the purchaser with a selection of different-sized (and sometimes even different-styled) tips that can be placed...

Adele's Grammy Cautionary Tale: How In-Ear Monitors Can Help (Or Hurt) An Artist

"My ears weren't working!" has been an artist's rejoinder for everything from cueing the wrong playback to singing off-key. But sometimes things really do go wrong. Tiny though they may be, in-ear monitors can certainly have a huge impact on a live performance, delivering a custom audio feed directly into an artist's head. As integral as an amp or microphone, in-ear monitors also isolate noise and protect hearing. Not least of the benefits, the monitors are a handy excuse when...

Westone Audio W60 In-Ear Monitor Reviewed

In the last few years, the personal audio market has exploded, and it seems that once-rare $1,000 universal-fit IEMs have now become almost commonplace. Over the past year, I kept running into Westone at the audio shows I attended, including NAMM and CanJam to name just two. My brief audition of the company's universal-fit headphones intrigued me; so, we talked about a possible review, and near the end of last year the timing was finally right. Westone sent me a review sample of the W60...

How To Make Custom Silicone Ear Molds for Your In-Ear Monitors

There’s little worse than an amazing set of in-ear monitors that constantly fall out, and without that seal they’re not doing their job right. With some silicone putty, however, you can get a fit that seals right and locks tight.If you’re buying a really high-end set of in-ear monitors, like Shures or Westones, then odds are you can afford the $200 custom silicone molds. The process is long and involved, including an appointment with an audiologist. Now, I’m sure that if you’re dropping that...