L-Acoustics Creations' 10-driver Contour XO earbuds promise 'live music' sound

L-Acoustics Creation Contour XO
(Image credit: L-Acoustics)

L-Acoustics Creations – a division of L-Acoustics (the French firm behind what we called the “futuristic and fantastic” 24-channel ‘Island’ sound system) – has released a pair of in-ear monitors with no fewer than 10 drivers and a price tag starting at €1350 (about AU$2,249). Some creations, indeed.

The new Contour XO earbuds are born from a collaboration between L-Acoustics’ Dr. Christian Heil and JH Audio's Jerry Harvey, bringing together L-Acoustics’ virtuosity in the concert venue space (the brand kits out Coachella, the Hollywood Bowl, Austin City Limits and The Hammersmith Apollo, to name a few) and JH Audio’s expertise with multi-driver monitors for the pro market.

L-Acoustics Creation Contour XO

(Image credit: L-Acoustics)

The two have put their heads together in an effort to reproduce L-Acoustics sound signature in a 10-driver in-ear, which promises detail and clarity to marvel at, and a wide range of bass adjustment. Certainly, if they manage to replicate even a fraction of the L-Acoustics experience we had earlier this year, they should prove impressive propositions.

And that's exactly what they should be, given their lofty price. The Contour XO, handmade in the USA by JH Audio, are available now exclusively from L-Acoustics, priced at €1350 and €1690 (plus tax) for universal or custom fit respectively.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.