M-Audio IE-10 Professional Reference Earphones  

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Developed specifically for musicians, M-Audio IE-10 professional reference earphones incorporate stage-proven Ultimate Ears technology
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Developed specifically for musicians, M-Audio IE-10 professional reference earphones incorporate stage-proven Ultimate Ears technology
to deliver studio quality sound anywhere you need it. Featuring precision balanced armature technology and 26dB of isolation, the IE-10
is great for live and mobile monitoring—with the added benefit of being a serious upgrade to the earbuds that came with your personal audio player. The IE-10 delivers better bass response and higher input sensitivity for more sound than anything else in it's price range. The included universal fit kit ensures optimal comfort and fit, and pro style ear loops wrap over and behind the ear to keep cables out of the way, relieve cable tension and help keep the earphones in place for a perfect fit. The detachable 46" cable is even replaceable to
extend the life of your investment.

Proven Ultimate Ears Technology
M-Audio professional reference earphones incorporate acclaimed Ultimate Ears technology—the same industry standard that has revolutionized live performance monitoring. Many of today's best known touring artists and the sound engineers who make their
concerts sound great trust Ultimate Ears for the utmost in comfort, accuracy and reliability.

Monitor Anywhere
M-Audio is synonymous with the mobile recording and production revolution. Now M-Audio IE professional reference earphones with Ultimate Ears technology give you high-definition monitoring on the go without lugging bulky, delicate headphones. They're perfect companions for
any mobile studio—like a Pro Tools M-Powered laptop with Transit or other M-Audio interface. They're also ideal for field recording with compact units like the popular M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96. On stage, you can say goodbye to cumbersome monitors and feedback. And you can even use them to pimp your personal MP3 player for critical listening on the go.

Precision-Balanced Armature Drivers
All IE professional reference earphones employ advanced, precision-balanced armature drivers—the same technology used in premium custom earphones—to deliver high efficiency, extended high frequencies and superb natural bass. Armature drivers are also significantly smaller and more accurate than comparable dynamic drivers, which is part of the reason why IE professional reference monitors are so compact.

Universal Fit Kit for Superior Isolation and Comfort
Superior sound isolation (26dB) minimizes outside sound to deliver a purer listening experience—eliminating the need for a bulky pair of noise-canceling headphones. This also helps protect your ears because you don't have to crank up the volume to hear the detail in your music. All IE models include our universal fit kit to ensure optimal isolation and comfort for hours of high-quality listening pleasure. It includes an assortment of ear tips in different sizes and materials for a personalized fit for your ears.

Professional Ear Loops
The hanging cables in traditional designs can catch on nearby objects and cause the earpieces to loosen or pop out altogether. All IE
models feature professional-style loops that hook over and behind the ear to minimize that problem. And if your 46" detachable cable
ever does become damaged, simply replace it instead of your earphones.

  • Stage-proven Ultimate Ears technology trusted by top touring acts
  • Precision-balanced armature driver is highly sensitive and accurate
  • Audio wave shaping delivers maximum detail
  • Ultra-lightweight poly carbonate housing is durable and comfortable
  • Detachable/replaceable cable extends product life
  • Gold-plated 1/8" input connector
  • Custom soft travel case
  • Isolation: 26db
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-13khz
  • Input sensitivity: 115db/mw
  • Input impedance: 13 Ohms (at 1khz)
  • Cable length: 46"
  • Weight: 0.5 oz. W/ cable
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Most Liked Positive Review


Really good stuff!

These M-Audio in-ears are basically repackaged Ultimate Ears super.fi models, so you know the quality is there. I bought these a while ago and after some heavy use I can honestly say that I'm...Read complete review

These M-Audio in-ears are basically repackaged Ultimate Ears super.fi models, so you know the quality is there. I bought these a while ago and after some heavy use I can honestly say that I'm very happy with them. The isolation is satisfactory for stage use (I'm a heavy-handed drummer), the sound is crystal clear, and a big bonus are the exchangeable ear cushions in different sizes, which let you customize your personal fit. The only grip I have is that the includes carrying case is a) a soft case and b) too small to actually hold the earphones! I can recommend them, but do plan on getting some other type of case, the included on really is a joke.


Most Liked Negative Review


How big are YOUR ear canals?

I already owned a set of Ultimate Ears super-fi pro 5 earphones which I returned under warranty - who knew the cable was replaceable? I bought these as a replacement for kicking around with...Read complete review

I already owned a set of Ultimate Ears super-fi pro 5 earphones which I returned under warranty - who knew the cable was replaceable? I bought these as a replacement for kicking around with my iPod and bought another pair of UE5s.Differences? Day and night. Extended bass for the UE5 is incredible, the M-Audio IE20 is supposed to be a direct replacement BUT, here's why I'm glad I didn't buy the IE20s:The smallest IE ear tip is larger than the smallest ear tip on the UE5. I have medium ears. The military says so; orange triple flanged. THE IE-10 ear tips HURT after about a half an hour. All of them. The UE5 replacement set I bought on eBay for $130? They're fine. Go figure. Sounds like a quality control thing or lack of product testing/feedback.The Good point? Cables ARE replaceable, AND are robust, not quite 12-gauge, but thicker, a little hard to get to uncoil straight. Another product testing problem, but the effort is appreciated.Would I buy them again? No.

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Doesn't Last

By Kyle

from celina, oh

I bought a pair of these earphones for use with my sennheiser in ear monitors. I used them for about 2 months and took good care of them (probably a total of 5 or 6 four hour shows). One of the buds quit on me. They just didn't last. For 100 bucks I would expect to get some decent use out of them


These are the real deal!

By Jason Strand

from Spokane Wa.

After my band made the switch to in ear monitors, we were continuously looking for headphones that would work without having to spend the fortune that they usually are! And the IE-10 headphones are perfect! Here's the trick, use Shure EAORF2-10M foam buds. 'Come in a package of ten pairs(orange color). They fit exactly and deaden exterior sound VERY well. 'Just like using ear plugs. It's important that you take a couple minutes to get familiar with how the headphones will fit your ear. Do it right and they will not pop out. I'm a drummer, always moving and usually loud and these stay in AND block out! Great product!


They look cool but have no range

By Kp-QlqMH

from Los Angeles

I was pretty disappointed with these earphones. For the price i would expect them to sound at least as good as your average ipod earphones. Not so. They lack low end and I would NOT recommend them for bassists for that reason. I had major problems getting these to fit my ear until I read about conform tips in another review. They really make these earphones much more comfortable and usable on stage. As a guitarist, they work fine onstage, but I don't like using them for running or mixing, as they lack range on both ends of the spectrum. My Sennheiser cx 400's blow these away in terms of sound quality. However if you are looking for an affordable set of stage ear monitors, be sure to get some conform foam ear tips to make them usable.


good for the money

By Ruefbass

from Nashville TN.

Just got these I.E.M's to back up my Shure SCL2's in a live situation. They have way more volume and fuller bass response.Won't know how good they'll hold up 'till I've had them a while but they seem road worthy. The cable is short and the case that comes with them is soft , so if you're hard on things get a better case. Take the time to fit them properly , I think you'll be satisfied.


Not bad

By pimpdrummer02

from Arkansas

I haven't had much experience with in ears but i like these, i've used some of the shure ones and they are good but they hurt the inside of my ears and these don't and they have a good sound. I think they are well worth the money.


Great if they work

By Rubber314Chicken

from Cleveland, Ohio

After less than a year of ownership, using them only for 8 live performances, the right driver has failed. I tried the left driver on both channels, and it works, and the right doesn't work on either channel. I'm now stuck with sending them off to M-audio and I have no choice but to use my giant over-the-ear headphones for my next performance.


Great for the price

By The Harvski

from Orange County, CA

Super earbud for the price. I've used these 4-10 times a month for the last 3 years for practice and on-stage with our Shure wireless monitoring system, and they have performed wonderfully. Different sized ear tips make fitment easy, and the 48" replaceable cable is plenty long. I've had no problems with the buds fitting around and in the ears- just be sure to cinch up the cable behind your head, and they stay in place just fine. Tough to beat product in this price range.


Good Value


from Philly, PA

I got these as my first set of in-ear monitors to use for drums when I play with my band. If you've never owned good in-ear monitors you need to learn how to get them to properly fit in your ears. If you don't get in right you'll lose all your bass freq. in the mix. For the price they produce good even mix of freq. The only weak side is the tips. Like any tips whether its Shure or Ultimate ears, they never fit quite right and fall out if I use them at the gym. I would do what I did and upgrade them to Comply Foam tips which are super comfortable and can be cleaned if they get dirty. If you get them buy the model that fits the Ultimate Ears since they are practically the same type of ear bud.

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Best 100 bucks ever spent!!!

By Anthony LV

from Las Vegas, NV

If you take 5 minutes to learn how to fit these earphones properly, you won't be disappointed, a lot of people complain because they are clueless. These are professional reference monitors, and quite inexpensive I might add. I bought them for my IPod, and use with other guitar gadgets for bedroom practice, I already have the Sony V900HD and AKG's for tracking in my home studio, and in my humble opinion, these little earphones keep up really good with the big cans, the sound is crystal clear, I didn't notice any distortion so far, even at high levels, and the detail is amazing, what you put in is what you hear, I even went outside and the isolation from external noise (traffic) was excellent. I will be using them a lot in the studio, since they are a lot more comfortable than the "big cans". I highly recomend them to anybody looking for high quality reference monitoring, or upgrade to your personal MP3 player.


Tinny - my $9.00 set has more bass

By Doug Robertson

from Reno

I purchased the M-Audio IE-10 to replace Koss earbuds for my on stage monitor system.The IE-10 was a challenge to figure out how to properly get into the ear and secure it with the thick wire. Once I figured out how to get it in, I fired it up with a couple of my MP3 players and audio units. With every unit I used, the IE-10 earbud produced a brassy, high piched sound with bass and mid's totally missing. I couldn't even hear the lower strings of the acoustic guitar.To assure myself that I was just being too critical, I pulled out my cheapo earbuds for my workout radio. Plugging them in, I got all the frequencies I was looking for. Having determined that I could get better sound than the IE-10 produced, I put them back in the box and sent it back.Sound response on the IE-10 is not acceptable for an on-stage application.

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