High-end L-Acoustics earbuds promise signature live music sound and rock star credibility

Hailed as the perfect pocket-size reference earphone for rock stars, sound professionals and serious music lovers, the limited edition Contour XO from L-Acoustics Creations, a division of pro audio specialist L-Acoustics, are more in-ear monitor than conventional earbud.

Employing a 10-driver array for precise low end bass adjustment and class-leading detail and clarity, the promise is accurate, distortion-free playback, able to ‘deliver the intense emotional impact of live music’. 

That’s quite a claim for personal audio, but L-Acoustics has an enviable reputation when it comes to delivering sound in some of the largest concert venues in the world.

Employing a 10-driver array the promise is accurate, distortion-free playback with precise low-end bass…

The Contour XOI is made with jeweller-like precision

The Contour XO is the result of a collaboration between Jerry Harvey of JH Audio and Dr Christian Heil, creator of L- Acoustics. Both have pioneered technologies that effectively transformed the concert experience, for musicians and music fans alike.

JH Audio produce multi-driver in-ear monitors, as used by the Rolling Stones, Billie Eilish and Post Malone, while L-Acoustics redefined the sound of live music with its high performance PA systems using proprietary line array Wave Sculpting Technology. 

L- Acoustics sound systems have been used at Coachella, the Hollywood Bowl, Austin City Limits and the Hammersmith (nay Eventim) Apollo.

“I’ve been trying to make my in-ears sound like an L-Acoustics PA for years,” says Jerry Harvey. “It wasn’t until their team challenged us that we got as close as we could. The L-Acoustics R&D team has been great to work with!”

“I was impressed by the jeweller-like precision with which JH Audio could tune to match our frequency contour in such a miniaturised enclosure,” adds Heil. “There’s a very generous, deep low-end contour and a high-end extension that I’ve never heard on an IEM before. The sound is natural and powerful!”

The Contour XO is available exclusively via the L-Acoustics eStore, selling for €1,350 and €1,690 plus tax, for universal or custom fit respectively.

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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