By Lisa Johnston
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Deluxe earphones, called Ultimate Ears from the company of the same name, are comfort-molded to conform to the exact shape of the wearer's inner ears, providing maximum comfort.
The custom product utilizes the same technology as the company's professional models, but is specially tuned to optimize the sound of mastered music. These can be used with MP3 players, DVD players, notebook computers, home audio systems and any other device that accepts a 1/8-inch mini jack.
The Ultimate Ear UE-5c has a $550 suggested retail and offers one low-frequency and one high-frequency speaker in each ear in order to provide detail and clarity.
The top-of-the-line Ultimate Ear UE-10 Pro, at a suggested $950, incorporates three speakers in each ear for studio-quality fidelity. The UE-10 Pro also features a special “full-soft” material with pliable characteristics that are designed for extra comfort.
The custom fit prevents the falling-out problem that is common with other earphones, said the company. It also minimizes external noise from sources like jet engines, delivering -26db of isolation that is roughly equivalent to putting your fingers in your ears, said Ultimate Ears.
The earphones, available in any color, are handcrafted from ear impressions made by a professional audiologist or hearing center in a 10-minute process involving filling the ear with silicone. Finished earphones ship in seven days.
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