Logitech-owned Ultimate Ears is ready to bring its in-ear monitor (IEM) technology to another pair of wireless headphones. Available now at a surprisingly high price, each pair of Ultimate Ears Drops is custom molded for its owner like a pair of professional IEMs.
This is Ultimate Ears’ second attempt at IEM-inspired headphones. Previously, the company released UE Fits, which automatically mold to the wearer’s ears using bright LEDs and light-sensitive plastic. The whole process was like putting on a mouth guard, minus the glass of warm water.
With the new UE Drops, Ultimate Ears is taking a more traditional route to custom earbuds. The company will ship each customer a FixKit with ear-scanning technology and two self-molding ear tips. The customer sends this material back to Ultimate Ears, which then manufactures a custom set of UE Drops earphones.
While this process sounds complicated, it should produce high-quality results. Ultimate Ears follows these same steps when installing CSX IEM. Most notably, your pair of UE Drops will come with a set of high-quality ear tips, rather than the awkward self-molding tips that UE Fits stick with.
Along with all the molding technology, the UE Drops feature 9.2mm dynamic drivers, a 22-hour playtime (with the charging case), smart assistant support, and a transparency mode so you can hear your voice. environment. There’s also water and dust resistance, though the Ultimate Ears don’t boast an IPX rating, so take it with a grain of salt.
The only thing seriously missing here is ANC. But to be fair, custom molded IEMs block out a ton of external sound because they fit perfectly in the user’s ears. UE Drops should offer the same passive noise isolation, at least hopefully.
Ultimate Ears Drops are now available to anyone with $450 to spend. Unfortunately, the custom molding process is time consuming. Customers can wait two to four weeks before receiving their headphones.