If you are a true audiophile or a budding professional musician, passive hearing protection may not be the best answer. The world of electronic music monitors has exploded in the last few years and there are now more options than ever.

The noise isolation and canceling properties of the latest products have become so sophisticated that they are as solidly delightful in the non-custom version as their custom counterparts. Westone’s ES50 is one of the best high-end listening experiences you can find. For a more moderate price the ACSs T3 Single Driver IEM can’t be beat. For both options, the fidelity is exceptional and the right audiologist can customize a pair that will last for years and make you sound amazing gig after gig.