by Lory Gil
October 15, 2012
Welcome back to the Musician’s Corner, where we talk about apps and accessories for musicians and music lovers. Lately, we’ve been spending a lot of time with hands-on reviews of music accessories. First we told you about the tiny workhorse in the Mobile Boombox. Then we reviewed the, slightly larger and more powerful Boombox. Incidentally, I took the Boombox with me to a basement show and used it between bands. It worked perfectly. Well, music fans, the fun isn’t over yet. Today we are going to compare two high-quality headsets from Logitech|UE.
Logitech UE 6000 This compact headset is made for “around the ear” comfort and is intended to be small enough to fit into small spaces. The unit folds down to a very small size and comes with a convenient carrying case for mobility. Surprisingly, this is the lower-end model of the two headsets I’m reviewing today. Surprising because the laser-tuned drivers create a full and deep resonance in your head so that your tunes can be kept at low volume while still producing sound quality that feels like a stereo system. The 6000 features noise canceling technology that is almost frightening. I used these babies while riding my bike at 5:30 in the morning for a week straight. I couldn’t hear cars approaching from behind, even when listening to podcasts. I suppose this could be a bad thing for safety. Comfort-wise, the headphones fit comfortably around my ears, not resting on them. My tiny head has trouble fitting a lot of headphones and this model was no exception. It was just a little bit loose, making it seem like the headset might fly off if I start rocking out too hard. When I shake my head, it slides around. Keep in mind that my head really is small. If you aren’t known for your “baby skull” then you will probably be fine. The headphones plug into your device with a thick, but lightweight cord. You can tell that Logitech|UE is trying to create visual branding by making a blue cord. The cord is 5-feet long and features a mic with on-cord volume controls. You can pause music, answer the phone, and turn up the volume, all without taking your iPhone out of your backpack. This is extremely useful for using while bicycling. The sound quality of the 6000 model is full, rich and resonates. The fact that the whole thing folds down to about 6 x 8 inches makes it convenient for taking with you where everyyou go. I brought this headset with me on a road trip where I had stuffed a bag full of travel gear and still found room to shove it in without taking up too much space. It is reasonably priced for the quality you get at only $199. Music fans that have been looking for a top-notch, comfortable and portable headset should check these out. Order them from the company’s website today.
Logitech UE 9000 This higher end over-the-ear headset blew my mind right out of the box. The Bluetooth-enabled music listening device is better than anything I’ve ever heard. I’m not kidding. I have a fairly good set of Bose speakers for my home stereo, and even those didn’t compare to the sound that comes out of the 9000 headphones. This music listening device features noise cancellation, amplification and noise-isolation design. The level of clarity is unbelievable. While listening to The Low Anthem and The Decemberists from my iPhone I heard layers in the songs that I’ve never heard before in years of listening with different sound systems. Even the quietness of Camera Obscura’s subtle bass was deep, full and crystal clear. Of course, I had to see how good Slayer was through these headphones. Seriously, it was better than hearing them live. The thrashing thump of the double-pedal drumming was unbelievably clear. Comfort-wise, the 9000 model fits comfortably around my ears and sits tightly on my head. I appreciate that these headphones are a little tight. They didn’t feel like they would fall off with my head banging antics. Even though they are a snug fit, they do not hurt, even after hours of music listening. The headphones also include the soon-to-be iconic blue cord for microphone usage and for when the battery starts to die before you get a chance to recharge. The 9000 model also comes with a 1/4- inch jack adapter so you can plug the headphones into a non-Bluetooth-compatible stereo. The only bad thing about these headphones is that, as the battery starts to fade, the audio tends to cut out. It would be a lot nicer if there where some kind of alert, like a blinking red light, to let you know that it is time to recharge so that you don’t have to listen to choppy sound quality. The 9000 model is a bit pricey, but for the unbelievable sound quality, it is worth every penny. If you have an extra $399.99 to spend, you won’t regret buying these headphones. Order them from the company’s website today. Thanks for checking in with Musician’s corner again. If you are in the market for a serious set of headphones, the Logitech UE 9000 model will produce unbelievable sound quality and clarity. If you can’t afford the higher end model, the 6000 also delivers deep, rich resonance and has the added convenience of being ultra portable. If you think your headphones are better than the ones I’ve just reviewed, send me an email at Lory@appadvice.com with the make and model and I’ll try to get a review unit for comparison.