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UE 11 PRO

ULTIMATE EARS

Rating

Price

8.3

1100 €

Review published:

04/2020

Driver

4

per Side

0

Dynamic

4

Balanced

Impedance

18 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

8.5

Bass

7.5

Mids

8.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

119 dB

8.2

Handling

9.5

Haptic

E

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

5 - 22000 Hz

Intro

The UE 11 (4*BA) has been given similar sound reproduction tools as the 7 Pro (3*BA). This is especially noticeable in the upper mids and highs. But the big difference is the bass presentation, on which the 11 Pro clearly focuses and which results in a corresponding boost.

UE 11 Pro was provided by R+R SonicDesign AG.

Handling

>> Identical to all tested models of Ultimate Ears <<

The UE 11 Pro is basically a custom IEM, but can also be manufactured as a universal IEM. If you decide on the custom variant, you will receive an individually adapted in-ear based on a personal ear impression, which is also only "compatible" with your own ear canal.
With universal IEMs, there is no way around a silicone or foam attachment (which is of course included in the scope of delivery in this case), but this can influence the sound characteristics and the sound can be falsified both positively and negatively.
The scope of delivery consists of a cleaning tool for the sound tubes, a removable cable, which was especially developed for stage use and the IEM itself. All this is in a screwable, round and black metal case, or square folding case, where the respective name of the owner is engraved.

Ultimate Ears relies on a specially developed IPX connector in their products. This connector is not compatible with MMCX or other connectors. I personally find it better than the one I know so far. It's more compact, sits bombproof and is easier to detach than the MMCX. The tight closure of the two connections (male/female) prevents moisture or dust from entering the connection, which is very important for stage use.
The cable is available with or without ear-loop, clear or black, and with a length of 125 or 160cm. There is also a balanced version (4-pin 2.5mm mini-jack) and a Bluetooth cable incl. remote for telephoning and controlling the Smartphone / Player.

With a custom IEM you don't have to worry about the fit, comfort and isolation. No matter which acrobatic exercises you perform, the IEM will not move from the spot and will also isolate you almost completely from the outside world. If something does pinch, or an adjustment is necessary, you can have it done free of charge by the respective distributor, or directly by Ulitimate Ears.

The cleaning tool is not only practical, but also really necessary, because as with many universal IEMs by now, there is no protection (mostly by a metal grid) in the sound tube, so earwax and dirt can get into the in-ear more easily. For the careful user cleaning is certainly not a foreign word, but it should be mentioned nevertheless.

The design of the UE 11 Pro is individually left to each user. What remains the same is the transparent 3D-printed housing with a view of the inner workings, but with the faceplate you can let off steam to your heart's content and the ear side is individually made to ear impression anyway.

Sound

The 11 Pro is intended to serve as a tool for bass players, drummers and DJs who prefer a dry BA bass to the pressure of a dynamic driver (UE 6 Pro). Where my preferences lie should already be clear (DD).

Like the UE 7 Pro, the 11 Pro uses a BA bass, but with much higher output levels than the 7 Pro. Thus the neutral signature of the 7 Pro slides into a more bass-emphasized, warmer V-signature. This makes voices and the midrange appear noticeably duller and more in the background. But this to no great extent.
It doesn't sound as tight as before, but more bloated, although UE's BA basses are generally of the softer variety.
It has the better sub-presence and definitely the higher fun factor. But what I also clearly distinguish from the bass of the 6 Pro is not only the dynamics but also the missing, clearer separation to the mids.

Unfortunately, the mids are somewhat constricted by the bass and get too much warmth. Especially men's voices sound more distant and lack the natural timbre. But this is even more pronounced with UE Live. The 11 Pro is better able to control the sibilants than the 7 Pro and in general the 11 Pro is subjectively more relaxed in the upper range. Subjectively, because this is also favoured by the more dominant bass and the additional warmth and is therefore positively overshadowed. If you restrict yourself to a very vocal-heavy song, especially with female voices, you'll soon notice that our hearing plays a slight trick on us and the 11 Pro is not quite as relaxed, but all in all I can still underline this. After a small adaption from the brighter Pro 7, the 11 Pro, which seems a bit more pressed at the beginning, can open up, but a small feeling of tightness still remains in the middle, especially concerning the interaction of voices and electric guitars.

The highs convince me more and are on the same level as the 7 Pro. In the subjective perception a bit darker. The quality is extremely good. They also don't tend to get tired very quickly, and that with a similar presence as with UE 7. I find them more relaxed and natural, but details don't jump directly into the face in comparison. I would also call them a bit thinner compared to the 7 Pro.

Compared to most of the other models, I would describe the Pro 11 as most intimate in stage presentation, even if intimate is a very strong word here. That's simply because it's not so easy for me to separate everything cleanly anymore, especially when it gets a bit hectic and especially with rock music. The 11 Pro loses its strength of conviction, which I admired so much in the UE models. Please don't get me wrong, we are still in a very good range here, which is also reflected in the grading, but you have to be just as fair, also to other competitors outside the UE universe.

Outro


Well, as UE has indicated, the UE 11 Pro gives me a more dominant bass and therefore also the most powerful bass when it comes to the BA models. This provides a higher fun factor, but not more quality. I find this better on the 18+ Pro, or RR.
The 11 Pro has more or less the same target group as the 6 Pro, but with a similar quantity, the bass is more bloated and gives the signature too much warmth. The 6 Pro also has slightly lower mids, but these have a better clarity and assertiveness. I would always go with the 6 Pro, but if you like it a bit warmer and more voluminous in the bass, you might feel more at home with the 11 Pro.
Compared to the 6 Pro, the UE 11 Pro needs less output level to play with confidence.

!!! The pictures do not show the original product, but are specially made universal demo receivers from Ulimate Ears !!

https://www.sonicdesign.ch/ue/de/

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

Frequenzgang

Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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UE LIVE

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UE RR

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UE 6 PRO

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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