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Ultimate Ears 6 Pro

The Ultimate Ears 6 Pro is designed with drummers in mind but will serve DJ’s perfectly as they are very similar acoustic needs when performing. The price is high, but the experience is premium.

Price: USD 699
Type: 
in-ear monitors
Level: professional
DjTechZone Rating (4.9 / 5)

PROS CONS
  • Clearly defined highs and mids with deep, pronounced bass
  • Very comfortable to wear, even for an extended time
  • Solid build quality
  • Expensive at USD 699

First impressions

A few years ago, I reviewed the Ultimate Ears 11 Pro in-ear monitors, and despite the very high price tag (USD 1.250), I was really impressed with the build and sound quality. If you are a touring DJ or professional club DJ, using in-ear monitors is a good move to protect your hearing in the short and the long term.

The new UE 6 Pro is a bit more than half the price, costing USD 699, and retain many of the same qualities as the UE 11 Pro, which are: clear and distinct bass, excellent ambient noise reduction and a clear, powerful sound.

Add to that the new UE IPX Connection System, that is designed to handle everything a working DJ deals with daily, such as sweat, makeup, and humidity. Basically, wear them and forget them even under the harshest club conditions.

Comfort

The UE 6 Pro is a custom made product and that’s not a marketing line only. In order to get your hands on one, you need to take a 3D scan of your inner ear and send the results to Ultimate Ears so they can build your custom in-ears. It’s a bit of an extra step, but trust me, it’s worth it once you put your UE’s on. Because of the custom build, they fit perfectly, and since they are very light, you can wear them for an extended period of time.

If you don’t live in the United States through you might find it hard to locate a spot to do your 3D scan. No need to panic, however, you can go to any audiologist and ask them to follow the instructions provided by UE. I checked that statement in the small suburban town I live near Brussels, Belgium, and yes, I could get the scan done at the local audiologist 5 steps away from my front door.

Noise Isolation

The UE 6 Pro provides -26 dB ambient noise reduction, which dampens ambient sounds to an acceptable level. We are spoiled these days with Noise Cancelling headphones that cut off external ambient sound at almost 100%, so you couldn’t be blamed to expect something similar here.

The UE 6 Pro noise isolation is, however,  much less radical than active noise canceling, as it’s passive and meant to let stage sounds still come through. When DJing with them, you will be sufficiently isolated from the surrounding sounds, but not completely cut off, which is important to maintain a sense of what’s going on the floor and around you.

Audio Quality

As a DJ, you are looking for a clear and well-defined sound with punchy bass. At least, that’s what I look for in DJ headphones. The UE 6 Pro has all that, thanks to the two dynamic drivers for bass and mids, along with an original True Tone driver for the highs. Ultimate Ears calls this “hybrid design” and it sounds pretty, pretty good.

The basses are clear and defined, and the mid and highs also come through very well. When it comes to sound quality, this solution will definitely give you the best possible sound spectrum to work with as a DJ.

Mixing with in-ears

But there are drawbacks to using the UE 6 Pro for DJing. The biggest one being the fact you are completely isolated from the PA and/or monitors (even if the isolation is only partial, you won’t hear the monitors enough to be able to rely on them). Knowing how your mix sounds to the crowd is essential, and the pristine sound coming through your in-ears is probably not the same as the one going through the PA speakers.

So while this setup will save your hearing and give you amazing sound, you still will need to take one side off to check the room sound. Or you have a dedicated sound engineer to take over that part for you.

Conclusions

I liked the Ultimate Ears 11 pro at the time, and I also really like the 6 Pro. At almost half the price, it offers similar quality. Maybe the 11 pro is a bit louder and with a more neutral sound, but as far as DJing goes, the UE 6 gives me everything I want and need.

The construction and build quality are top notch, and the IPX Connection System should keep your UE 6 Pro functioning even in sweaty conditions. The sound is exactly what most DJ’s need: cleary separated highs, mids with warm, pronounced bass.

If you are a working/professional DJ and:

  • Are concerned about hearing loss
  • Don’t mind mixing with in-ear monitors
  • Have a budget to spend
  • Want in-ears that are customized for your in-ear channel

The UE 6 Pro is probably perfect for you. There are cheaper options out there that also do the job, but this product is what you should go for if you want a premium solution.

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Specifications

  • Input sensitivity: 102.5 dB @ 1 kHz, 1mW (dependent upon drum frequency)
  • Frequency response: 5 Hz – 22 kHz
  • Noise Isolation: -26 decibels of ambient stage noise
  • Impedance: 12.5 Ohms @ 1 kHz
  • Internal speaker configuration: 2 – 6mm neodymium dynamic speakers with 1 – True
  • Tune balanced armature with a 3-way crossover
  • Input connector: 1/8” headphone jack; compatible with all systems
  • Warranty: 1-year – United States; 2-year – Europe
IN SHORT

Ultimate Ears 6 Pro

The Ultimate Ears 6 Pro is designed with drummers in mind but will serve DJ’s perfectly as they are very similar acoustic needs when performing. The price is high, but the experience is premium.

Price: USD 699
Type: 
in-ear monitors
Level: professional
DjTechZone Rating (4.9 / 5)