Ultimate Ears UE 11 Pro In-Ear Monitors review

The ultimate in-ear monitors for bass players - at a price

Ultimate Ears UE 11 Pro
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Guitar World Verdict

While it’s a lot to spend on headphones, the UE 11 PROs are the state of the art in bass-tailored in-ear monitoring.


  • +

    Superb fit; immersive high-fidelity sound; deep and satisfying bass response


  • -

    Insanely expensive

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Bass players obsess over their amps, endlessly debating the merits of brands, configurations, size, and nearly every other conceivable detail. Yet, when it comes to the average gig of decent size, the audience hears a DI (or, less frequently, a mic), while the player is at least partly relying on a monitor—a full-range speaker that’s not purpose-built to accurately convey bass.

In fact, the vagaries of monitor quality end up being a decisive factor in a performance, with a bad mix making it difficult to feel comfortable and creative. There are a couple ways to mitigate the chaos of live sound, though. First, any band with the resources should consider hiring its own sound engineer. Second, and equally effective, the band should consider switching to in-ear monitors.

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