Custom moulded earphones created by logitech

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All 2 way radio end users would love their headphone to be moulded to the ear, faultless sound, seamlessly fitted to the ear. This comes at a price and is often saved for musicians and celebs. This post previews a US service for moulded earplugs to suit radio earpieces, noise reducing earphones or audio feeds. If you are keen on custom moulds there are plenty of companies available, which can create a mould of the ear and return it back to fit on to the radio that you need it for. 

First things first: This review is for a pair of $999 (direct) custom-molded earphones aimed squarely at musicians. Unlike most custom pairs in this pricing stratosphere, the Logitech Ultimate Ears Vocal Reference Monitors, as the name suggest, are designed with vocalists in mind. The lowest and highest frequencies are decreased drastically, so that the focus is squarely on the mid-range frequencies that vocals inhabit. As you’d expect from a high-end earphone pair that’s custom-molded to your ear canals, there’s no distortion to speak of, but it bears repeating: The UE Vocal Reference Monitorsare a fantastic musical tool, but not designed for typical music listening.

Visually, there are only so many directions you can go with custom in-canal earphones. When they’re in your ears, the outside, flat panel will make it look as if your ears have been filled with a plastic substance. The earpieces themselves are offered in a wide variety of transparent and solid colors. It’s also possible to customize your earpieces with artwork, for a higher price.

As for fit, if you’ve never worn a pair of custom-moulded earphones, you’re in for a treat. Not only do they fit comfortably and securely for hours on end, they also block out ambient noise more effectively than even active noise cancelling headphones can.

A triple-braided, removable audio cable connects to each earpiece, terminating in a 3.5mm connection. There are no inline remotes or microphones to speak of—these earphones are intended for onstage and in-studio use. A gold, screw-on ¼-inch adapter ships with the Vocal Reference Monitors, as well as an earwax cleaning tool and a very sturdy hard case with your name engraved on it.

The fit of the earpieces will have everything to do with the audiologist you choose. The impression process is safe, quick, painless (though it can be uncomfortable for some), and, typically, the audiologist will then send your impressions to Logitech. Turnaround time will vary, but my earphones took about three weeks to arrive after my appointment. The cost for these appointments will also vary, especially if you have medical insurance that might cover your visit, but expect to add on roughly $50 to the price of the earphones.

Discussing the earphones from an audio standpoint is tricky. Someone who typically likes rich or heavy low-end will hate them, but that’s not the point. The earphones act almost like a filter for singers, turning down lower and higher frequencies that can cause listening fatigue over time and compete with the midrange frequencies the vocalist needs to concentrate on.

From a performance standpoint, the Vocal Reference Monitors do not distort on tracks with seriously deep bass, even at maximum, painfully loud volumes. So, these earphones will always deliver clean audio, but remarking upon their sound signature, beyond saying that they’re quite light on bass or sparkling, bright highs, is kind of pointless.

Instead of discussing our typical testing suite, I decided to test the earphones in my home recording studio, laying down some vocals over instrumental tracks I had been recording. Lucky for you, you don’t have to hear the tracks or my vocals, but I tested using some studio-level gear (a Lomo 19A-9 microphone into an Ampex 351 mic pre, with some very minimal compression via a Shadow Hills Optograph and into Pro Tools, for the recording-gear geeks who want to know the signal chain). So, hopefully, this can at least be seen as comparable with a studio or live set-up, though the gear is far less similar to typical live gear, and it’s safe to say my signal chain is not transparent. But that’s not the point—the point is: Did the tuning of the Vocal Reference Monitors make it easier for me to lay down vocals?

One of the more difficult aspects of recording or performing vocals while wearing in-canal monitors is not being able to hear your actual voice much, if at all—you hear only what’s coming through the earpiece itself, really, and it can be disconcerting at first. It’s common to see a vocalist in studio, singing with one headphone ear cup off—many vocalists prefer to hear a blend of the mix and their actual voice occurring in a real acoustic space.

This fact, combined with the very premise of the Vocal Reference Monitors—that they rid the vocalist of unnecessary frequencies—had me approaching testing with a healthy amount of skepticism. A common studio adage is that most musicians want to hear more of themselves in their monitors; the best musicians ask to hear more of the other musicians. Granted, vocals are different because the sound is literally coming from within, but I wasn’t sure, prior to testing, if I agreed with the concept that hearing less of the bass and higher frequencies would necessarily help a vocalist perform better.

In practice, I can say the Vocal Reference Monitors perform as advertised—I felt that my vocals were almost boosted in the mix, although this was not the case. Instead, many of the frequencies they normally compete with were simply not as loud, and thus my vocals, while recording, seemed louder to me. Admittedly, my first reaction was to turn my vocal fader down, so that I felt that the vocals blended a bit more with the overall mix. This was mainly to help my own performance (trust me, I need tons of help).

The pleasant surprise upon turning the fader down? I could still hear my vocals crisply and clearly within the mix—the volume had been lowered, but they still stood out and were intelligible and clear. The lower-mids, and lows, and well as high frequencies, that might have begun to push them down in the mix at that level were not really part of the equation. Basically, no matter whether I had the vocal fader high in the mix, or relatively even with the rest of the tracks, I could always hear my part, and the vocals always sounded crisp.

Again, the earphones were used in a studio, not during a live performance onstage, so the testing does have its limitations. But the earphones block out so much outside noise, it seems likely that what you hear through them will not be competing much with any PA systems, even—they’re as effective as earplugs, if not more so. The mic and mic pre I used are not likely to be found in any live setting, but the point is the Vocal Reference Monitor helped the vocals stand out against a busy mix by lowering the frequency ranges that tend to make them more difficult to hear. It’s hard to see how this would not translate to better clarity in a live scenario as well.

Some vocalists may still prefer to have the full mix in their ears when performing, or having the engineer customize their mix by carving out the ranges that bug them, but the UE Vocal Reference Monitors do a solid job of bringing vocal clarity to the forefront on its own. Personal monitoring preference in both live and studio scenarios will dictate whether this is a necessary tool or not, but these custom monitors inarguably perform a task that many vocalists will find useful.

Comparing the Vocal Reference Monitors with regular stereo earphones seems a bit pointless, given their unique purpose, although we have reviewed other custom in-ear pairs in the past. Some favorites include the $1,150 JH Audio JH16 Pro, brought to you by Jerry Harvey, the founder of Ultimate Ears before it was sold to Logitech, and the $1,350 Logitech UE 18 Pro, another solid option with a far beefier sound signature than the Vocal Reference Monitor. If these are way out of your range, and you’re looking for a simple, effective pair of home studio headphones, the circumaural (over-ear) Sennheiser HD 280 Pro$99.95 at Sweetwater may not be a custom-molded in-canal earphone pair, but it’s comfortable, accurate, and powerful—three necessary characteristics for studio gear.

For the $1,000 (and audiologist visit), the Logitech Ultimate Ears Vocal Reference Monitors will prove an effective tool for vocalists who often struggle to hear their own performance in monitors over booming bass or crashing cymbals. If this sounds like you, the UE Vocal Reference Monitor may just be the solution you’re looking for.

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How do digital radios help the TV studios work more effectively

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Latest news – If you’ve ever been in television or movie production, you’d be very informed about how helpful a radio network is, in a time restricted environment, communicating with the appropriate people at the proper stage Is crucial. But radio channels will get full up with a number of unrelated communication fleeting across each other, the new digital 2 way radio systems give a more mobile phone method of communciation, where messages often is intended for particular two way radios and users, allowing for a more productive and capable communication technique. Continue reading

Review of that CP040 2 way radio

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We at this site spend a lot of time reviewing the best and most well designed radios on offer today. Some of these products are specially made for specific functions and can fetch intimidating prices for smaller companies that nonetheless are eager to compete. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a quick look at one of Motorola’s cheaper models and see how it compares with the big boys.


With a utilitarian, somewhat pedestrian design, the Motorola CP040 is a million miles removed from the sleek, sexy contours of the MotoTRBO SL4000, or even the rugged, hardwearing face of the Motorola DP3400. The design is perfunctory, modest and unambitious, but looks can be deceiving.

A sturdy, capable model, this is a great choice for warehousing and agriculture (as pointed out on the Motorola site).

It only makes use of four channels, but is incredibly easy to use as a result, very much a ‘press and play’ radio. It also keeps contact over a surprisingly large range.

19 hours of battery life shows good durability (when in battery saving ‘low’ mode, anyway), while the ability to switch between broadcasting to multiple users or a single one is a very welcome function indeed.

Although clearly designed as a budget model, the CP040 has a lot of functions that we have come to expect from far-more pricey radios.


Believe it or not (and we even had to read it twice!), the CP040 is available at less than £100. OK, at £99 it’s not a lot less, but it still beats the better models by half (and then some). Indeed, there is a feeling that Motorola could actually charge a little bit more for this device and easily get away with it.


Making great use of Motorola’s much-vaunted ‘X-Pand’ technology, the CP040 provides excellent audio quality with every message, so there’s no real loss in sound quality (unless you obsessively compare the CP040 with the really high-end models and we aren’t going to do that here).

In terms of use, the CP040 is easy and efficient, operating with the usual dependability that we’ve come to expect from Motorola radios.

The belt clip (an optional extra) holds the radio in well and everything is generally sturdy and nicely made.

The CP040 may be lacking some of the more fancy features and extras that some of its peers can boast about, but as a standard, basic two-way radio, it is incredibly difficult to find fault with it.


The CP040 has been designed with mid level business use in mind, yes, it lacks the ‘boys own adventure’ ruggedness of Motorola’s outdoor models or the discreet, professional modernity of their urban, security orientated range, but it makes up for this in spades with a solid, reliable performance that won’t break the bank.

Perhaps it’s not the best product of its kind that the market can offer, but it is a very long way from being the worst and, in addition, it genuinely offers excellent value for money.

Customers may want something a little bit tougher and more overtly safety-conscious for use on building sites or battlegrounds. Perhaps they’ll also want something a little more slender and/or trendy for customer interaction, but otherwise, the CP040 suits its design-niche perfectly.

This is a great little device for basic business radio use and it’s hard to imagine it letting anybody down. Strong, reliable and high performance, the CP040 combines a thoroughly satisfying user experience with a pleasantly manageable price tag to create a wholly likeable (not to mention highly recommendable) product.

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What particular 2 way radio comms are widely-used in seaports

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Update – It is alleged that 85% of most households are full of bits and pieces made in a city out of the United kingdom. But if these are made outside of the UK, how are they delivered into the country? Our seaports are one of the demanding in the world with freight ships going in and out everyday,  communications are important for an efficient and smooth running venture.


The global shipping industry expanded from revenues of around billion in 2001 to over 8 billion by the end of 2008, an average of 10% growth per year. The industry employs around 1.6 million people and some 8 billion tons of freight is handled each year through sea ports. Continue reading

Calling It In: What your Headphones Declare About Your Likes and dislikes

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As of late, this indicates everyone walking the streets paying attention to tunes on their headphones, what tune? We do not know. We presume we know. Is a punk rocker at the rear of the bus secretly jamming to Britney Spears? Or would the tracksuit-bottomed, highlight-headed girl looking forward to her friends actually moshing out with Black Flag? The pinstripe power suit in the train could be an enormous Public Enemy fan or the area ASBO could be a jazz fan using a fondness for Coltrane’s sax playing. Continue reading

Earpiece Online Celebrates 5-Year Celebration within the UK

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The leading UK 2 Way radio earpiece shop has been supplying police, fire, venue, and event
staff including the 2012 London Olympics with quality earpieces for five years.

Earpiece Online is proud to announce that they have reached their five-year milestone for
providing police and a broad UK base of professional event staff and security with the best
radio earpiece selection available. is the UK’s biggest and brightest
2-way radio earpiece shop selling 2 way radio earpieces from Motorola, Kenwood, Icom
and many more.

For the past five years, Earpiece Online has provided critical communication ear pieces to
police, security and event staff covering everything from small to large events and venues.
Earpiece Online was a proud supporter of the 2012 London Olympics and provided the
earpieces for the volunteers and stewards across all the venues.

As they celebrate their five-year anniversary, they also thank their excellent and diverse
customer base. “We have come far in our five years of operation, and with the support of
security and event professionals across the UK, we are well on our way to five more,” said
Earpiece Online Manager Robin Dallaway.

Earpiece Online is the UK’s leading 2 way radio accessory online store supplying 2 way radio
accessory products from leading manufacturers like Motorola, Kenwood, Icom, Cobra, and
many more. Their range of products are proven and used by police, ambulance, fire brigade,
major venues, security companies, event and club staff across the UK.

Earpiece online carries one of the UK’s broadest selection of Motorola earpieces. Their range
of police earpieces are for the series of Motorola MTP/MTH and Sepura SRP/SRH police radios
and are approved to be used on all Motorola and Sepura radios. In addition to a broad selection
of Motorola GP340/680/344, DP3400 and DP3600 earpieces, Earpiece Online carries more
than 18 Motorola 2-pin connector earpieces that will work with a vast majority of radios.

Their selection of Kenwood 2-pin connector earpieces will work on all Kenwood radios with a
2 pin port, including the TK range of Kenwood radios, and some HYT radio. They also carry a
number of Kenwood multi-pin connector earpieces.

The Icom radios have three different connector types with the 2-pin connector, which is used
on a majority of Icom radios being the most popular. While the connector is universal, they also
supply a straight pin connector for those radios such as marine radios where the right-angled
connector obstructs the volume switch. The third type of Icom earpiece in the Earpiece Online
Icom selection is a multi-pin connector specifically for Icom multi-pin radios.

Earpiece Online has many other connectors in their online catalog from other world-class
manufacturers including those from Hytera, Maxon, Entel, Vertex and Yaesu. All of their radio
accessory products are from UK suppliers, and they even supply a specialist range of Wireless
kits. Visit them at their EarpieceOnline Facebook page to keep up with the latest products,
specials and sales. Earpiece Online takes pride in their reputation for fast, reliable service
as well as their free and next working day delivery. For more information, please visit http://


About Earpiece Online:

Earpiece Online is the UK’s biggest and brightest 2-way radio earpiece shop selling 2 way radio
earpieces for Motorola, Kenwood, Icom and many more. Their range of products are proven
and used by police, ambulance, fire brigade, major venues, security companies, event and club
staff across the UK. They feature free and next working day delivery as well as a helpful and
courteous customer support staff.

What is trunked 2 way radio?

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Update – If you’ve ever used a walkie talkie you may understand the technology, you press a key and speak into the 2 way radio, you let go of the key and you recieve a message back, more than likely you have used a back-to-back system, but to extend the area of the infrastructure or to tap into a mobile phone style system you need a trunked infrastructure.                                                                                                                             Continue reading

The Two Way Business Radio Buyers Guide

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Update – The large investment of a two way radio infrastructure for a lot of companies and before this massive step, we advise looking at this piece. Below is an article created by the icom team, it highlights the items to look and plan for when you’re buying a radio system.


You have been given the responsibility for buying two way business radios. You have looked at the market place and see a multitude of manufacturers and two way radio solutions and are even more confused than when you started. You now find yourself asking a huge range of questions from how do you even start looking, how do you stay on budget, and what do you even look for? Continue reading

Why is the iphone earphone so well regarded

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Remember when science fiction authors theorized that a super PC would be entire-room, or even house sized? No, me neither, but I am advised they did.

The purpose is that giant things tend to return in little parcels, and none more so than the new iphone earpieces. These little beauties can carry almost as much noise detail as a much bigger system, but at something like one-fiftieth the dimension. Now that’s evolution!

Using your very own set of iphone headphones you’ll be able to talk in the mobile phone in crowded places (without straining to pay attention to) and hear your music (even on a loud tube carriage) much of the while experiencing the highest sound replica likely through your earpiece.

Naturally, in case you previously own an iphone, the chances are that you already know this. Maybe you’re looking for any new set and mulling over your choices? Allow us to become the first to mention that iphone earpieces are among the very best around. Tiny, careful and humble, yet remarkably useful, iphone headphones are a massively victorious model.

Those of us who swear by Apple products have come to demand the best from them, zilch less will do, so it is refreshing that the modern iphone headphones do not disappoint. Whether hooked up to your iPhone, iPod, iPad or iWhatever (by the time you read this I would reckon anything is possible), your iphone earpieces offers persistently the very best (and most-size helpful) portable audio experience around.

Communications in Airports:Safety and Security is Paramount

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Update – The security in airports have in the last ten years improved two-fold, and with this the radio structure has also improved and developed. Communications and departments that were formally segmented, were combined for a more versatile and cheaper system along with that a safer system, that could not be evesdropped in was created, learn more within ths fascinating item 


Efficiency, business continuity, service recovery, utilisation, safety and security on a massive scale. Continue reading