If you read my review of Ultimate Ears (A Logitech company)’s Reference Monitors, you would understand how perplexed I am right now. How can one of the best become better?
As before, you need to visit an audiologist to have the insides of your ears professionally molded. Then the molds get sent to Ultimate Ears in California for careful reproduction and stuffed full of electronics and speakers. Instead of having a pre-configured setup put inside, you now also need to go to one of several personal tuning stations (4 throughout the US– LA, NYC, Nashville, and UE’s HQ in Irvine, CA) to have your own custom sound signature integrated into the set.
You can tune three parts of the sound per side: highs, mids, and lows. You can also temporarily revert to neutral without any emphasis on any part of the spectrum. This lets you configure the balance perfectly to your ears.
Not only can you customize the sound, but also the looks. Now, you can choose wooden face plates specific to the PRM. If you thought you looked elite in your UE 18 monitors, you’re now just second best without wooden ears.
The UE PRM features 5 speakers per side in a 3-way configuration. Unfortunately, it will be double the cost of the UE Reference Monitors at $1999.