Ultimate Ears brews some budget buds

Step aside Shure, sit down Sennheiser – there’s a new high-end headphone in town. If you thought Gary Lineker had the ultimate ears &ndash

Step aside Shure, sit down Sennheiser – there’s a new high-end headphone in town. If you thought Gary Lineker had the ultimate ears – think again. After cutting its teeth making in-ear monitors for singers and bands Ultimate Ears is now going big on earphones for us mere mortal, non-rock-star folk.

The new Super.fi 3 Studio ‘phones are Ultimate Ears’ entry level set – and for £85 we’re not exactly talking pocket money – but for your cash you do get a pair of buds based on the custom-moulded monitors used by UE flag wavers like Metallica, The Killers and Van Halen.

With a single-speaker design they’re not likely to challenge the dual woofer delights of Shure’s £360 SE530s – but they won’t challenge your bank account like those do either. You’ll still get specially engineered earpieces that block out external racket plus a combination of deep bass, crystal clear mids and highs as crisp as a packet of Walkers.

We’ll be taking a pair for a spin very soon. We’ll let you know if they really live up to the name.

Essentials

Ultimate Ears Super.fi 3 Studio

Price: £85

On sale: Now

Contact: Ultimate Ears