Custom in-ear headphones are the supercars of personal audio

The UE18s are akin to a McLaren, more of a driver’s car targeting the professionals first

Custom earphones have been around for a long while, and their premise couldn’t be simpler. Instead of throwing a dozen different types and sizes of tips your way, customs are designed for the specific shape of your ear canal — they’re like a tailor-made audio suit, basically.

The UEs are also fantastic in their handling of vocals, and they still carry a hefty bass punch when a song calls for it. Compared to these custom IEMs, every other portable headphone sounds veiled, as if the sound is seeping through layers of gauze.

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