After Logitech’s acquisition 2008, many were sceptical about the future of the Ultimate Ears, thinking that it would lose its niche in high quality earphones and in-ear monitors for professionals and audiophiles. Logitech is still more prominently a mainstream PC peripherals market, and earphones and audio products could not be in their core area of expertise. However, it has been almost half a decade since the acquisition, and Logitech’s management over the new brand couldn’t have been better. Logitech has successfully brought the Ultimate Ears brand to a whole new level, having products in its name across a vast market segment. Even though there are now lower consumer focused earphones from the same brand, the top of the line Ultimate Ears earphones still has its premium status remains. They continue to custom make earphones for professionals based on their different needs and is a household brand for audiophiles.
Looking at one of the later offerings from Logitech Ultimate Ears, UE 900 is a high end in-ear earphones, just a level below the rankings of expensive custom In-Ear Monitors (IEM). Thanks to its four-armature speakers per ear, it is said to produce a “clean, well-rounded, textured sound”. Does it really perform as good as what it says on paper? Here’s a look at the premium earphones and our thoughts on it.
The UE 900 uses an ear-loop design so that the earphones would not drop when you’re on the go. UE 900 is able to blow any one off once you realise what’s inside the set of earphones. In each earpiece, there are four drivers, namely two woofers for low frequencies, one for mid-bass and one tweeter for highs. Simply mind blowing.
Inside the package
|Inside the box|
- Earphone type: In-ear
- Internal speaker configuration: 4 proprietary precision balanced armatures
- Impedance: 30 ohms, 1 kHz
- Sensitivity: 105 dB SPL/mW, 1 kHz
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Connection: 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) gold plated
- Noise isolation: 26 dB
- Cable lengths: 48 inch (121.9 cm)
- Weight (cable and earbudsw/ eartips): 17.7 grams
- Sensitivity (mic): -58 dBV/Pa
Drums sounded well with its
accurate response, producing taut bass, meaning that bass is not muffled
with music. However, UE 900 may not be suitable for people who are looking
for more bass for their club music.
Cymbals were clear and
pristine. It was above the usual range for treble and it was suitable for
my enjoyment of music. However, some people many not appreciate it as it may
be deemed as ear piercing.
Vocals of singers were amplified and brought to the foreground of the
whole musical composition, allowing us to
hear distinctly the natural voice of the singers.