How Ultimate Ears Came About
Ultimate Ears, was founded by Jerry Harvey and Alex Van Halen in 1995. Van Halen, the drummer for rock band Van Halen, had his earphone stop working suddenly in the middle of a concert. Harvey, Van Halen’s touring monitor engineer, created the custom molded earpiece for him. Other band members became interested and Harvey crafted further sets. Other musicians that saw the in-ear monitors were interested and it appeared that there was a market.
After 7 years of making custom in-ear monitors for professional musicians, in 2002 Ultimate Ears expanded into the consumer market. They came out with universal fit, high end earphones using similar dual armature technology that was used in the custom in-ear monitors. Several years later Ultimate Ears introduced a triple armature product called the TripleFi as well as earphones with diaphragm speakers which allowed them to offer lower price points. Today UE offers complete product lines of consumer earphones and custom fit in-ear monitors.
Ultimate Ears was acquired by Logitech on August 14, 2008. The $34 million deal gave Logitech its first in-ear earphones product line.