Logitech UE 6000

  1. Malfunkt
    Good clarity, but darkish presentation masks some otherwise good technicalities. Stock tuning great for 'fun' beat driven music, with EQ it is better
    Written by Malfunkt
    Published Jul 21, 2016
    Pros - Low second hand prices, somewhat loose but very rumbly bass, clarity, nice seal, pretty comfy, folds up neatly into a stylish bag, good for low volume
    Cons - somewhat loose but very rumbly bass, downward sloped tuning, amp and NC mode not really needed but okay
    Well I have the UE6000s on my head and the 7520s in front of me and I've been switching back and forth. 
    I purchased the UE6000s for about $65 CAD shipped! That is like, what a can of beans in the US? Definitely a great deal and lower than what I usually see them go for.
    This review is also in comparison to a the Sony MDR-7520 which is one of the best studio closed cans I've had the pleasure of using. The MDr-7520 is like a very refined and balanced MDR-1R
    Recently, I let a coworker listen to my 7520s , and immediately he was like "ugh, I don't like that its really hollow'. Then he went on to praise the music app on my Iphone saying he has never heard music so clear.  I just looked at him and smiled wryly, trying to explain there was little difference in the music app, what he really was hearing was the upper harmonic detail of the 7520s that is just rolled off on so many consumer devices. The thing is we all get so used to our preferences. 
    Sound Comparison.
    My quick assessment of the UE6000, oh my, these are not neutral at all, yet still clear. The bass is definitely dominant and loose. The high end is also rolled off. Again, clarity or the perception of clarity  is there, but information is missing. The result is pretty warm phone. 
    Overall, the 7520 is a massive upgrade over the UE6000 as far as balance, clarity, bass solidity, mid-range presentation. I put its dynamic driver technicalities up there with the HD650, maybe a bit higher. 
    Also, I don't think the amp or NC on the UE6000 has any real benefit. It does bring more excitement to the higher-end and the low-end. Can be fun for a bit on some genres. It's not as overblown as say something like the MDR-XB950BT.
    Passively, the UE6000 is nowhere near the efficiency of the 7520. You have to crank it a fair bit.
    The UE6000 has plenty of rumble though, and its pretty fun. The 7520 will still go very low, pay no attention to some graph measurements that show it rolled off on the bass, that is the Z1000, the 7520 has plenty of bass. The UE6000 sounds tubby in comparison. Drum 'n' bass, dubstep that is well-produced just tears it up on the 7520.
    Frankly, really surprised that a number of reviewers have said the UE6000 is flat or neutral. I mean in a way it is, it is just  a downward ski slope. 
    If it sounds like I'm completely dumping on the UE6000 I'm not entirely. It is more of a 'fun' headphone. You can even listen to acoustic music and I've thrown on some classical pieces, but its still like listening with cotton balls in your ears. 7520, vocals, and a whole range of instrumentation come alive. If the UE6000 is your reference, it may be a bit of shock going to the 7520 or another monitoring can. They are more forward than both my LCD2 and HD650 but still sound natural and organic. Somehow the highend of the 7520 is never piercing, but it also is not as smooth as the 650.
    Hope my friend like these [​IMG] was hoping for a bit more tonal neutrality. 
    From memory I thought the dimensions of the ear pads were bigger, hoping these would be comfier than my 7520s. Surprisingly, while the 7520 is not as plush, it has more space to fit your ears. Still the UE6000 is soft enough that even being on top of your ears, it sits well. The 7520 seals very well and stays on your head. 
    Build quality:
    Well the UE6000 has some loose plastic bits, and is a little clattery. The 7520 has magnesium cups and a solid simple metal band. The 7520s flaw is that the cup holders are plastic and their housings can be downright squeaky. You can easily open it up and lube these components if its an issue. Otherwise, the 7520 is an awesome portable.
    Isolation: I think the UE6000 is pretty good, and might isolate a bit more than the 7520.
    The UE6000 is still a good headphone. The bass has a very good quality. I'm listening to it right now and you can kinda sink into them. They are pretty easy listen. 
    BTW - I can EQ the UE6000 and it responds very well. Enough to push them into a much higher quality. The 7520 just start out that way without any adjustment needed.
    Edit: and the UE6000 leak quite a bit more than the 7520. Which is weird as it seems like the isolate a bit more. weird but confirmed by girlfriend sitting nearby.
    Update: I increased my rating of them a smidge, But still feel these are overly dark. This was after spending some quality time with them right out of an O2 / ODAC. These are consumer headphones done right. For the small purchase price these go used, they are steal. After you adjust to their somewhat murky dark signature, they really do have a lot of depth. Still a little coloured and a bit cloudy, but really, if someone isn't too picky this can be their end-game closed headphone. Diminishing returns could start around here, and depending on what you paid for the UE6000 it could be $50 USD! 
    Definitely a fun headphone, and I may be tempted to get one myself.
  2. Sp12er3
    Old but gold
    Written by Sp12er3
    Published Jul 21, 2016
    Pros - A steal with its feature set; solid build; more comfortable than most; balanced sound in passive mode; ANC can also act as bass boost
    Cons - lack of Warranty; no extra cable for home use, black color is fingerprint magnet, hoping for more forward mids
    Originally published in my blog,tertulis dalam Bahasa Indonesia: https://randomnessdotco.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/logitechue6000review/
    How the story goes:
    I find this headphone, which were hyped up to be a Beats Studio 2.0 killer back in 2013, on a pretty sweet deal of $36, with all the feature set it has, ANC, folding design, removable 3.5mm cable, I figures, Why The Hell not? and click the buy button on reflex, Short 2 days later a courier arrive knocking at my front door at 18 p.m. "Now, how does this one fares" was what i think
    Company Background, UE (Ultimate Ears) used to mainly do business in Professional lvl IEM, founded by Jerrry Harvey, they used to work together with various companies like Shures and Westone, with them they has their various up and downs until recently at 2008 they were acquired as a subsidiary of Logitech for a $46 million deal, after that they went silent for a bit, until at 2013 they release a slew of product line, ranging from Wireless Portable speakers, IEMs and a closed headphone, together with its brothers, UE4000 (on ear non ANC) and 9000 (ANC with Bluetooth APT-X connectivity) Since then there's no revision for the Logitech Closed headphone, with low sales seems to be the case, the chance for a successor in near future seems low, does the performance reflect it's sad track record though? I guess we can find out
    Packaging and Accessories:
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    The UE6000 comes inside a box inside an outer cover that's printed with picture of the headphone and specs on the back side. First time handling it I feel that it's quite weighty for a small box, and voila, Logitech actually use quite a solid box to protect the UE6000 from any damage when transporting, very different than 2 of headphone box I've ever has the chance to open (AT M series, and Grado Prestige), It has magnet clasp design that opens up its upper flaps, so it might actually be good for a display case on top of a desk.
    Inside we will find the UE6000 nestled inside its soft travel case, a short 1.2m cable with 3.5mm TRRS audio jack on both side, with the one angled at 90 degrees, equipped also with Apple Compatible volume control and play-pause + mic definitely designed for portable use, no second cable for home use and the lastly, an Audio Jack splitter that works alright. On the flap is all the warranty papers (expired of course), user manual and other formalities.
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    The cable, as you can see is blue, both for black and white version, it uses rubber jacket and doesn't retain memory, there's a black label attached to the cable to explain just how deep the cable must be plugged to ascertain stable connection, overall a good cable without much of a fuss
    The travel case is made of soft fabric with little reinforcement, only foam here and there to relieve the headphone from minor damage like scratches, it also has small pocket to hold the cable when the headphone is stored inside, as it's small the headphone need  to be folded in to fit, just the way it is when it came from the factory too. The zipper also has protection against forceful opening, and you can install small lock if you desire, won't prevent a thief from cutting his way in, but at least it'll be safe from the hands of chummy friend that like to borrow your stuff without your permission [​IMG]
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    Feeling impatient after checking other things one by one, we finally go to the star of the show, The UE6000, nestled inside the soft travel case it looks so premium, way above the price I pay for it, the construcition is solid,it uses metal on its headband adjustment and folding mechanism with satisfying "click" sound when adjusting, other parts is plastic, glossy on the earcup and doff on the headband side
     I've seen few cases of the headband becoming spoiled after months of disuse, so better take care of it. The padding on the headband is plush and quite broad, ensuring comfort on every part of the crown of the head that get into contact with it, the pads themselves is also plush and generous, actually shaped like a human ear, mine easily fits inside without any part get pressed on. The build quality justify the price it used to sell at, $199, and for the price I paid for it, it's basically a steal.
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    Now to the nitty gritty of the headphones, the left cup houses the battery, 2 AAA battery, the way to open it is by pressing the button located on the underside of the cup, the enclosure is non removable so it ensure you won't lost or break it somehow. the battery has been advertised to last for 40+ hours of ANC mode, quite generous if I may say, will be long before i need to change it. On the right earcup is where the cable plugs in, quite unlike the norm, and on the top side is the on-off switch, with LED indicators that turn green when it's in use with good battery condition, the LED turns red when battery is low and need to be replaced/ recharged. The siwtch powers on the built in amp and ANC functionality that will affect the sound, on that topic, lets plug in the cable and hear how they sound
    Sony Multiflip 13> Fiio Q1> UE6000 for amped desktop scenario
    Fiio M3> UE6000 for un amped portable scenario
    test also will be varied by ANC on-off
    1) Unamped with ANC Off: Volume for enjoyable listening is at least 27/60, will reach 31/60 depending on environmental noise, It has warm sound with kicking bass, mids is a bit recessed, but not far behind, and treble that's a bit soft with roll off on the highest frequency. The most prominent really is its bass, very fun and exciting. I don't care about environment noise at all with its already great passive noise isolation
    2) Unamped   with ANC On: Both the bass and Treble got lifted up, with much more quantity in the bass it reaches deeper but also more bloated and less controlled, mids feels even more recessed as the bass is shoving it to the side, also on the treble there's more sparkle, overall the sound become more U shaped, on this mode, there's also a need to lessen the volume with all the help the built in amp gives
    3) Amped with ANC Off: just like un amped, but with the treble lifted up for every volume increase, overall if properly amped it sound balanced, very fun and engaging, making the listener want to do some headbanging, toe tapping and even dancing! This is the best scenario at which I like to listen the UE6000 :)
    4) Amped with ANC On: Even more forward bas and treble, honestly it can be a bit overwhelming, some basshead may like it, me? not really...
    For some, ANC mode may give way too much bass, but on the other hand Basshead will love it, but that's just the versatiliy of the UE6000, it can give you a bass boost on just a flip of a switch , this function may not satisfy audiophile that want to enjoy quality music, but it can work beautifully when used for other scenario, gaming and movie watching for example, it just gives more of that Ooomph that's needed on explosions and gunshot blaring, overall more immersive. So I say don't just dismiss this as a gimmick, the switch also help to drive the headphone from non powerful sources, true that the sound change a little bit, but what's important is for you to get an enjoyable listening volume without introducing distortion by over pushing your source isnt it?
    ANC test:
    You can hear the hiss of the ANC working, it's unescapable when listening to it in quieter environment while listening to music with many silent passages like acoustic etc, but on music with richer tones and inside a crowd of cars and people talking you won't even hear it,  In my opinion it's better to turn the ANC off on quiet room as it sounds better and save more battery life for crowded, more hectic activities later on.
    The ANC, when compared to higher priced models like Plantronic Backbeat Pro, Sony MDR ZX770BN, and Beats Studio 2.0 that I've tested before, it certainly is lacking, the UE eliminates sound on low frequencies with much narrower window, you can feel it working only on constant sounding low frequencies, like humming of AC, hub bub of traffic, falling rainfalls, etc. it also as usual isn't good at taking care sudden unexpected noise like babies crying or falling object, etc, the great passive isolation,  when combined with its enhanced bass section on ANC mode UE6000 will more than enough to prevent environment noise from disturb your music listening enjoyment when you're out and about.
    Very short subjective comparison (can't do A-B ing, as I doesn't own them, only by memory)
    Compared with Sony MDR ZX770BN, the Sony is more of a "sleeper" headphone that really trying hard not to be offensive for long duration of listening… some will love it, some don't for me it's unremarkable, the UE has it trumped in sheer enjoyment, tigher bass, better highs.
    With Beats Studio 2.0: the Beats has the UE "beat", The studio has clearer  Mids and treble, Bass is dramatic, quantatively and qualitatively (equal mid than sub bass)  treble energy is quite nice, it’s a fun, exciting one.
    So for me it goes Beats 2.0>UE6000>Sony MDR ZX 770BN, but that is only sound, the Sony has overall plasticky build, and actually sound worse when ANC is activated, it has bluetooth APTX though, so if that what you're looking for go get em, The Studio 2.0 has overall better sound, yes but it only works in ANC mode that can't be turned off, it has no passive mode and uses micro usb to charge its battery that only last for 20 hours, the gloss build on the standart version is also quite fingerprint prone, the UE beat them both is versatility, comfort is overall it manage to equal, rivaling, even beat some in sound. All of that, as you can see come with great difference in price  [​IMG]
    Round up:
    UE6000 is a headset for people who like their bass ot be deep, but also fast and controlled, not covering vocals and instruments, it won't make your ear feel fatigued even when your crank the voume up on noisy areas with its warm sound signature. UE 6000 is a perfect Fulsize closed over ear for you that demands comfort and isolation without sacrificing on sound quality and portability, that, together with ANC, music control+mic, and foldable design is a combo that's hard to get on such a low price, you better get one while it last!
    N.B its bigger brother, UE9000 is a better build coupled with bluetooth connectivity it essentially has same sound. Everything I say here applies there, just differ in buil (those fold flat rather than in, and the connectivity, proven by InnerFidelity review as well, if you find one in under $150 it actually is a pretty sweet deal too [​IMG] 
    Made a foam cutouts for the base of the box, now i can tuck it away when I'm away from home for a while, I know its a shoddy job, but enough for me as long as the UE and my other headphone fit in it [​IMG]
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    2. Malfunkt
      Just got my UE6000s in that I ordered for a friend. They are definitely party cans. :) Too boomy in the bass, but actually pretty easy to control with some EQ. Tame that base and bring up the highs a bit and you are getting somewhere . 
      Or just put the right music on, leave em as is, crank them up and dance about.  
      Malfunkt, Jul 21, 2016
    3. Sp12er3
      Forgot to say that the left pad sometimes lost a seal when I move my head, when that happen, the isolation suffer a bit, nothing major, but I wonder why it only happen on the left one, maybe my head isnt symmetric? Other tha that, I love the UE, I whip them out when I need da bass :)  I actually have at least 2 more coming, one for my brother, one for my sis, they need to have at least a decent headphones in their life (just so they know how it feels to be immersed in the music  and won't yell as much when I didnt hear them call me ;p )
      Sp12er3, Jul 23, 2016
    4. Sp12er3
      reading a bit of it again i actually found quite a lot of miss type... sorry guys, will fix it up soon...
      Sp12er3, Jul 23, 2016
  3. Bad Wolf
    A consumer-friendly headphone that will also please the discerning audiophile. Cheap.
    Written by Bad Wolf
    Published Jan 5, 2015
    Pros - Luscious, deep bass. Warm, smooth, relatively clear mids. Beautiful design. Inoffensive sound signature.
    Cons - Weak NC, Treble is a little too dark for my tastes.
    Sound - Let's start off with the most important category.The sound is so smooth and warm, like a warm glass of milk. It's really quite comforting. They really work well with most genres. In Radiohead's "I Might Be Wrong", the bass line tickles the left ear with depth and decent detail, while the guitar occupies the right side with intimacy. While the snare sounds a little dull and Thom's vocals seem lacking in texture and timbre, it is not at all offensive. The treble is very laid back on these headphones. Too dark sounding in a lot of cases. An equalizer will help. On the other end of the musical spectrum, Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child" sounds exciting and spacious. The song distinctly sounds like it's coming from inside a club. The bass rolls along with power, yet nothing seems drowned out. And this is all with the headphones powered off. Flick he little switch on the right ear cup, they will bring out your inner basshead. It really brings out all of the low rumblies in the music you might not have heard before. Although, it does start to sound loose and it does start to have a significant effect on the mids. Overall, if you like warm sound with great bass, look no further.
    Comfort - If you have a large head, big ears, and wear glasses, be warned. Despite the soft memory foam pads, they are always pressing my glasses against my skull. After watching a movie with them, I need a break. Also, my ears don't quite fit inside the headphones. They kind of just sit on top of my ears. However, I still manage to get a good seal with ease.
    Build/Looks - Obviously, these are meant to appeal to millennials, such as myself. With design cues from the very successful Beats line, these, to me, are an attractive set of cans. They will be noticed if worn out in public. The build quality is excellent. The outside of the headband is covered in a soft touch rubber material. Unfortunately, it is a fingerprint magnet. The cups are plastic with metal accents. The inside of the Headband is made of thick aluminum that is quite strong.
    Noise Cancelling - Don't think of this as a main feature, but more of an extra. The noise cancelling pales in comparison to most other NC headphones. It will help get rid of the rumbling of the bus of train, but it won't do much else. However, the headphones themselves without NC are excellent at blocking out sound. Another thing that the noise cancelling does is increase the bass. A lot. The bass becomes subwoofer-like. You'll either love it or hate it. It makes movies more exciting and has the same effect on Electronic music. 
    Wrap-Up - Overall, these are great headphones. The smooth, warm sound is enticing and its good looks and build are a good touch. Excellent buy, especially for ~$70.
  4. registradus
    Not as good as the CAL!
    Written by registradus
    Published Dec 3, 2014
    Pros - Cheap, Good Separation
    Cons - Heavy
    I picked these up for $50 (compared to $69 for the CAL! or $99 for the CAL!2).
    Initial Impressions
    They are a bit heavier and clamp a bit tighter than the CAL!
    Removable cable is a plus, but a cable without a remote would have been appreciated.
    They sound pretty good without the ANC turned on. Vocals are a little recessed. Good separation and detail. maybe a bit too much treble. Not as loud as the CAL! louder with ANC on and more bass, but reduced quality.
    So far I'm not overly impressed, but will re-evaluate after burning-in and replacing the cable. 
    1. registradus
      After a month of listening I still have mixed opinions. They sound better, a little warmer, but they are still heavy and get quite hot. Probably best for acoustic/folk/pop.
      registradus, Jan 8, 2015
  5. jsnwg
    Great headphones for the price
    Written by jsnwg
    Published Oct 9, 2014
    Pros - Great sound quality, nice mids and lows, looks great
    Cons - Not compatible with Android phones; A bit on the heavier side
    I'm not an audiophile so my review would be from a layman's perspective. I've had these for more than six months and I love the sound quality. It wasn't great in the beginning but after sufficient "burn in" time, it started sounding better. The noise cancellation isn't that great but works pretty well. Your bass gets a boost when you turn on the noise cancellation feature. I really love the fact that you can turn it on/off. Why would I waste batteries when I'm not using noise cancellation? The headphones are a bit heavier when compared to competitors. You might feel the fatigue when listening for hours. 
    My top gripe is that the volume, play/pause control don't work with Android phones. That's a big let down.
    Other than that the headphones are fantastic. I would definitely recommend these to others. I bet you cannot get better ones for the price.
    1. glassmonkey
      Nice catch at $70.
      glassmonkey, Oct 9, 2014
  6. maestrochin29
    Smooth as silk
    Written by maestrochin29
    Published Aug 15, 2014
    Pros - Very smooth and accentuated lows , The most comfortable pair i have ever seen or used , decent sound stage , well defined mids , price ,Good Isolation
    Cons - Bad treble when it goes over the top ,
    When listening to music , i used to plug in my razer electra's , not that its gone in the dumpster but it did give a solid sound. Now when i started to use my UE6000 the sound felt so different that it took me to a new level of listening. Like i stated in the pro  whatever genre of music plays the lows are very well defined that means the drums , keys and sounds that are normally drowned show up to an ever present smoothness. The mid's are a bit bait laid back but they contribute in making the sound refined and giving them this well textured layering that works well with everything over and below it. Now the lows and mid's are so separate yet chimed in that they sound beautiful when listening to music by bands like The Mars Volta , The Black keys , Staind etc. I know i shouldve mentioned the highs too before getting to the kinda music i listen to but here's the thing the highs are subservient to the mid's and lows , the don't go too loud but cautiously look over them to maintain the equilibrium.  
    The overall V signature gives it a nice effect. Now all this said i was talking about the passive mode and before i explain about about it i want to say that im a movie addict and did my headphone search also mostly based on weather it would give the juice to those three dimensional sfx we love to hear in theaters. When i turn the ANC on , man am i in my own haven cuz its flawlessly superb for enjoying movies , series whatever be the genre. you get so involved and shut out from the outside world that you want to disconnect from sometimes. The preciseness of the positioning is a noteworthy mention here and the thunderous yet tight rumbling when sfx crash in is another. So it goes to say that when listening to just music unless its rap or hip hop i don't really use this feature.    
    About the soundstage , its precise , accurate , yet not too wide like maybe higher priced models. It is what it is , around your ear staying loyal to its immediate vicinity.   
    Now the gripe about my new buy is just this , i cant get them to play heavy metal music. Music like "21 guns" by Green Day , sounds a bit drowned by the bass and confused when the heavy guitar chorus kicks in. Does anyone else have the similar issue ? because i would really like to know. However songs by Metallica sounded great , and when it comes to the newer era of metalaholic , it performs a tad bit too slow in the mids / highs that make the livewire guitars sound lazy and chaotic.    
    Finally the treble , overall i don't suppose that this is the best treble to have been experienced ,only because when it goes over a level there is a lac of it. This could also be the reason why metal music doesn't flow like high voltage electricity through these.    
    The bass - perfect to the core and the drums beat with such effect yet maintaining that delicately precise smoothness that audiophiles and not bass-heads would admire.
    About the sound isolation i feel these are a perfect work since i feel lost in another dimension when these are around my head   
    The rest to say is the build quality which is quite evident in the picture , and when you get to actually hold one as it hangs sturdily from your hands you get to admire the beautiful modern simplistic design that has shaped these cans. There's leather at the top under , the band is made of a smooth rubberized finish and the frames are aluminium. The memory foam paddings are housed encircling the driver unit that covered by another layer of comfy blue foam cloth.   
    So that's all to say and i dived straight into the sound quality first and then into the other aspects after it , so hope my review helped you in your buying decision.
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  7. heavyarms
    Great piece of cans that's comfortable and soothing especially at a discounted price of 70$-100$
    Written by heavyarms
    Published Jun 29, 2014
    Pros - Good bass and treble. Active mode enjoyable in few tracks - boosts bass and treble, portable, mic and volume control are added bonus
    Cons - kinda big on head for my taste
    Other Notes :  They did sound better with burn-in.  I wasn't impressed with the sound quality out of the box.  Active mode felt like sh!t then.
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  8. vaibhavp
    Very well tuned, dark sounding yet detailed
    Written by vaibhavp
    Published Jun 11, 2014
    Pros - accessories, features, enjoyable sound signatrue
    Cons - not very transparent
    So I very recently started listening to ue6000, so these are early impressions. I must say these very well match my dark sound preferences. I am enjoying these quiet a lot.
    Very good looking. Though made out of plastic so not very robust construction. Will require good care.
    They are closed back and they do get sweaty. Cups are not very big so pads or inner cloth may touch your ears. Isolation is moderate with out noise cancellation, nothing ground breaking.
    I believe they are very well tuned. Bass is slightly thick and not very transparent. But it has good and satisfying impact. Mids are reasonably clear sounding. Slightly thick sounding lower mids affect clarity, but overall good for the price. Its a dark sounding headphone but treble sounds natural and detailed. So no pitfall here in my opinion.
    They come with lots of nifty features like noise cancellation (haven't used yet as I used them in my room only), removable 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable (easiest cable swap I ever made), fold able with slightly padded pouch and a 2 way adapter (to use 2 headphones out of a single source). As well as a nice cardboard box if you want to store them in pouch.  
    Some comparisons:
    Sennheiser HD518
    Both are dark sounding but treble sounds more linear and natural on ue6000. Mids are more clear and detailed on ue6000. Bass is thicker and more textured on HD518. soundstage has better width on HD518 but better depth on ue6000. Also HD518 is open back so sounds lot more airy. HD518 is slightly more dynamic, thus feel bit more transparent of the actual performance. Overall I paid slightly more for ue6000 than HD518, and  believe its worth the difference cause of mid range clarity and detail, as well as more natural treble presentation.
    AKG K550
    Very tough fight here. though AKG is priced quiet a bit high so is expected. On AKG, bass is lot more transparent and captures feel of actual performance very well. It goes much deeper as well. ue6000 bass almost feel one note in comparison. Though it has slightly better impact in comparison. Mid range is more forward on AKG and thus sounds richer. Also clarity and detail is much better. AKG also betters ue6000 in soundstage depth, width and imaging. ue6000 is darker sounding so thats one plus (in my books). Also it has better treble definition and detail than akg. Strange, but I find ue6000 to be darker but hasmore detailed treble.
    Isolation though better on AKG, I find ue6000 more comfortable as they don't make my ears as sweaty.
    Overall AKG is more dynamic and transparent, proper mid range can compared to portable ue6000.
    I believe their sound quality matches the price I paid (in middle of HD518 & K550). So value proposition is very high as all accessories and features are like added bonus.
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    1. Lorspeaker
      a happy allrounder can for less than 100bucks...
      great for pop music. 
      i dun like listening to vocals on the k550.
      Lorspeaker, Jun 12, 2014
    2. vaibhavp
      yup. for pop its better than k550 because of slight v shape signature.
      vocals on k550 are not forward. personally I prefer its presentation. ymmv
      vaibhavp, Jun 12, 2014
  9. Vero Golf Champ
    Grab them while you can
    Written by Vero Golf Champ
    Published May 10, 2014
    Pros - Smooth, Detailed, Bass, Comfort, Looks
    Cons - Noise cancellation is poor, Not very sensitive, Dull without batteries, Long burn in
    I'm running these from a Galaxy Note 2 via an FiiO Andes E07k. Material is solely Spotify Premium these days (set to what they deem to be "Extreme Quality"). I listen to a wide range of music but favour pop, hip hop and classic rock.

    These cans really had me worried at first. Initially they sounded like a blanket had been thrown over the music. Even after running them in for a week or so I was grabbing my Sony MDR V55s instead when I headed out the door. Most of my listening is done outside when I walk the dog or take the bus or train instead of the car. So for over a month I was quite disappointed despite getting them for a song (apologies) from Amazon and the fact that I love the design (white looks better I reckon) and the comfort. I was so concerned that I replaced the stock cable with a cheapish white Belkin "mixr" flat job. Didn't seem to make any difference to the sound at the time but it's shorter which works better for me and is less gaudy than the stock blue one imo.

    Anyway after maybe fifty hours the bass cleaned up its act and is no longer outclassed by the Sony's. The MDR V55s have nice tight, punchy and extended bass so were a hard act to follow down low. I should mention I only listen with the noise cancellation on as they seem quite flat and lacking dynamically with it switched off. Bassheads like myself should be happy with the Logitechs. The midrange is now buttery smooth with no grain and plenty of detail. Treble is sweet but seems a touch rolled off compared to the brighter 20140420_154332-1.jpg
    Sony 'phones.

    One annoyance is I often forget to turn them off and so the batteries keep draining. Passive noise isolation is good but the active noise cancellation is nothing to write home about. Having said that my girlfriend was impressed when she hooked them up to her Ipad Air to study while I watched TV. Comfort is excellent and build quality is streets ahead of my MDR V55s if not in the VModa league (but what is? M100s are next on my wish list, 50mm drivers, mmmmm).

    In conclusion I heartily recommend the UE6000s, especially at 85USD. Get in quick as the new model will probably be back around the 200 dollar mark. Crapple are still flogging them for the equivalent of 300USD down here in NZ. And probably best not to listen to them much until you've let them run in for at least two days straight.
    1. SlimShadyMJ
      I have both the black and the white, and you reckon correctly lol. White version is a head turner, plain and simple.
      SlimShadyMJ, May 10, 2014
  10. zach8278
    A decent sounding portable headphone!
    Written by zach8278
    Published Apr 1, 2014
    Pros - Warm and nonoffensive sound. Unique look. Comfortable (for me).
    Cons - The somewhat rolled off treble might dissuade some people from purchasing these. The earpads are not removable.
    In my honest opinion, these headphones are worth the current price tag. For an active noise cancelling headphone, it really can't hurt to try these if you are in the market for a pair of headphones. When Logitech bought out Ultimate Ears, they wanted to enter the headphone market by creating a headphone that was priced fairly, and had the potential to beat out more expensive headphones.
    You get the headphones themselves, a carrying pouch, a really nice durable feeling headphone cable that is very lightweight, and a headphone splitter.
    Comfort, for me, is actually great! These headphones have a bit of weight to them, but i do not feel any discomfort when wearing these. The ear pads go completely around my ears and the headphones provide a decent amount of noise isolation, so i am able to use these outdoors. 
    The sound of the UE6000 is really enjoyable, especially considering the price you pay for these nowadays. The headphones are not neutral in any sense of the word. The bass is very warm and defined in the signature. By the way, these headphones actually have two sound signatures since they have active noise cancelling technology. One in passive, and the other in active. But, overall, the bass is very warm and defined in both signatures. The mids have a kind of dryness to them that makes singers voices not sound all that engaging, to my ears anyway. As for the treble, it is somewhat rolled off, and as a result, the soundstage is a bit compressed. You don't get a huge sense of spaciousness in the sound, which might make some people not buy these. Overall, the transition from bass to midrange to treble is decent. I was actually surprised after these were fully burned in. I would recommend these headphones to people that are not audiophiles, and to people who are wanting a good traveling headphone. In terms of the actual noise cancelling feature, it is decent, but nothing special. The Bose QuietComfort 15 headphone are really what you want if your are gonna be traveling. While those headphones don't sound as good as these, they do have the upper hand when it comes to noise cancelling technology.
    Thank you for checking out this review!