Most if not all will scoff at the idea of purchasing a pair of headphones that cost $400-1500. \u00a0But before you do, consider how many pairs you've churned through over the year. \u00a0The headphones you've broken, or the headphones that didn't fit well, or worse: didn't produce next to any bass. \u00a0Now again, I want you to consider a pair of headphones that cost north of $400. \u00a0I'd wager a bet that you've spent that much, or close to that much over your lifetime attempting to purchase headphones that exceed the audio quality of the ones packaged with every iPhone.\r\n\r\nNow with that in mind, take a second and have a look at\u00a0Ultimate Ears' custom molded in ear monitors. \u00a0Not headphones, but monitors. \u00a0I recently had the pleasure of attending a press event at Fred Seagal Melrose where they showed off their UE11 headphones, which produce outstanding clarity along with head shaking bass. \u00a0But that's not all the company was showing off at\u00a0the event.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOnce upon a time UE, who supplies in ear monitors to just about any popular musician you can think of, use to "hand pour" each pair of custom molded headphones. \u00a0The process worked like this:\r\n\r\n\tAn audiologist cleans out the\u00a0ears. \u00a0If you're like me, they pull out gobs of wax (ewwww).\r\n\tThey then carefully place a string with a small cotton ball into the\u00a0ear canal.\r\n\tAfter that, they inject, using a gun that is analogous to that of a calking gun, a pink material into the\u00a0ears.\r\n\tAfter about 5 minutes, and the mold has hardened, they pull it\u00a0out\r\n\tThat mold is then sent to the UE factory where\u00a0another mold is made by hand, and then a pair of\u00a0headphones built for your ears and your ears only\r\n\tFinally,\u00a0wait 30-45 days and they show up at your door\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBut not any more...now it goes something like this:\r\n\r\n\tAn audiologist cleans out the\u00a0ears. \u00a0If you're like me, they pull out gobs of wax (ewwww).\r\n\tThey then carefully place a string with a small cotton ball into the\u00a0ear canal.\r\n\tAfter that, they inject, using a gun that is analogous to that of a calking gun, a pink material into the\u00a0ears.\r\n\tAfter about 5 minutes, and the mold has hardened, they pull it\u00a0out\r\n\tNext they drop the mold into a 3D scanner\r\n\tScan (waiting an eternity\u00a0which is in fact less than 10 minutes)\r\n\tSend the collected data, which takes about another 5 minutes, to a 3D printer\r\n\tThen, as you guessed it, they 3D print the headphones\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=NBaJlA_T1_A\r\n\r\nThe results? \u00a0A set of custom molded headphones that aren't discernible from the original process. \u00a0In fact, and if\u00a0UE is to be believed, they're even better than the made by hand process because of digital accuracy. \u00a0And remember that 30-45 day turn around time? \u00a0Forget about it!\u00a0It's now 5-7 days. \u00a0And while that may not be pertinent to you, it is to the musician on tour who needs a replacement pair before the next leg of their tour.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAnd not for nothing, UE is now more green thanks to this process. \u00a0Before, they'd have to ship the molds to their factory and then ship them to the customer. \u00a0Now they can just 3D scan and email them, thus reducing their carbon footprint by 50%.\r\n\r\nSo, my custom molded 3D printed headphones are in the mail. \u00a0I haven't received them just yet, but I'll be sure to provide my thoughts when I do.\r\n\r\nUpdate:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nI held this post until my UE11's arrived. \u00a0First things first: they're bass rich. \u00a0But not in an overwhelming, hip-hop like way. \u00a0The separate sub (yes, there is a separate sub in these headphones) really stands out and prevents the other frequencies from being muddled. \u00a0In all honesty, 99% of my music listening is via Spotify, so I'm not giving these "made for my ears only" headphones a real run for their money. \u00a0But at this point, call me impressed.\r\n\r\nIn terms of fit: I'm coming off the UE18s. \u00a0And while those are comfortable they can get a little annoying to my ears after an hour or so of wearing them. \u00a0So far the UE11s have proved more comfortable, at least during my initial use. \u00a0So much so in fact, that I sometimes forget that I'm wearing them. \u00a0Now, keep in mind the UE11s are not a new product to Ultimate Ears. \u00a0However, the process of printing them is, and that's why they're more comfortable and a ultimately a better fit.