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Ultimate Ears 500 Reviews

az060693

Fantastic Sound for the Price

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Pros: Great sound, incredible value, nice bass

Cons: Terrible durability, poor cable, no strain relief whatsoever, somewhat hard to drive

I'm giving these a 4 based on sound quality alone. I'm a cheap headphone user; I've gone from cheap headphone to cheap headphone over the past decade or so. I started with the Skullcandy Ink'd headphones, moved onto the Sennheiser CX400s, then the Meelectronics M6 and M9, and finally, this. I've also tried the Klipsch S4's. I'm currently on my third pair of these because well, they're so damn cheap. The sound quality for these blows every other comparably priced headphone out of the water. These are the best dynamic driver headphones I've ever had. Every other headphone had issues with overwhelming bass and lack of clarity, but these, although they don't lack bass, don't have that issue....
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echo1284

My private Theater

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Pros: Privacy, clarity, beautiful sound seperation

Cons: The cord concerns me

My current set. My favorite and my private oasis. These beauties will cut out most if not all ambient noise like while driving in a car and household noise when the music is flowing. I became a fan of  music all over again when I bought a pair of UE 350's at Best Buy at a discounted price. I was drawn by the nice packaging of the artists on the outside wearing UE's. I was blown away at the detail and clarity of the set. It didn't cut out the ambient noise like the 500's do but it got my to buy these. I took it as upgrade, the next step up from the 350s. They were. Especially putting on the Comply comfort plus tips included puts you in that private theater. Its so clear with Jazz and...
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lepermessiah

Smooth, enjoyable sound without breaking the bank.

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Pros: Very comfortable; Tiny; Smooth, relatively clear and non-fatiguing sound signature; Inexpensive.

Cons: Not very sensitive; Poorly designed cables; Poor strain reliefs; Useless carrying case; UE tips can become loose over time.

Why another iem?   The Creative EP630 was my 'beater' pair of iems- ie, a pair I used for casual and rough use. It was no SQ king, but it served me very well- it was more than 5 years old (IIRC) and it was still working when I gave it away to a friend. Now I didn't have a beater pair to use. I use the W4-s during my long commute and while studying, the Grado SR60-s when I don't feel like using an iem and my bro uses the Pana HJE900-s. I had my eye on the UE 500 while I had been shopping for an iem earlier. I saw that it was going really cheap on ebay and upon seeing that the seller was legit, I pulled the trigger on those.   Packaging, Build quality, Accessories ...
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Koenigseggfire

Best Earbuds Ever

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Pros: Amazing sound, they look good, great audio jack angle, comes with carrying box.

Cons: Cable can be stiff.

I'd just like to say the audio jack on these are of a very smart design; the cable goes into the jack at a 90 degree angle and doesn't shoot straight out. My last pair of earbuds died because of my hand accidentally smooshing the standard jack. I can already tell that these UE500s will last a very long time. That said, they sound fantastic. I prefer these over my mothers UE600s because the 600s sound...flat? The 500s sound more rich than the 600s. The only thing the 600s are better at are fitting in your ear. But, the overall value you get from the 500s is, in my opinion, better in terms of sound and isolation. If you get these brand new, they include a little box to carry them in...
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TheOv3rminD

Awesome headphones at a great price!

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Pros: Sound quality, Comfort

Cons: very stiff cord, tips pop off easily

These are some of the very best earbuds that I have ever owned. The sound quality is very very good, clear and crisp along all frequencies. Very good good highs too. I got some free UE-350's and put them in to compare them and they sounded offensive! I threw them in the trash. I also got some free 150's and they sounded surprisingly good compared to the 500's. If you don't care about the goofy design of the 150's you can save 30 bucks and get those instead. These are also very good to fall asleep with. I can lay on my side with it in my ear and have no discomfort, which is very important to me and I couldn't seem to find anyone mention when I was reading reviews. The cords do transfer A...
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50an6xy06r6n

Great, Balanced IEMs

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Pros: Balanced sound, Comfortable fit, good isolation, sleek design

Cons: Hard-to-drive, bad strain relief @ plug

I'm not too experienced of an audiophile, but out of the IEMs that I've tried, the UE 500s are the most balanced that I have heard to date. Compared to the Klipsch Image S4 (to which they seem to be compared most often, due to availability), the Ultimate Ears are more detailed and balanced. Whereas the S4s seem to have more of a v-shaped (Bass/treble-heavy) sound, the UEs have a more balanced (some might say bass-light) sound. However, though the bass is not as heavy on the UEs, it is very nicely textured and is less boomy than that of the Klipsches. In addition, the UEs provide a very good seal and isolation, and can be comfortable worn over-the-ear or straight down. The only caveats...
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