Portable audio has been a huge part of society for more than a quarter of a century. From the battery demolishing, shoulder supported "Boom Box" and original Walkman through the iPod and MP3 players to the latest tablets and smartphones we love listening to music on then move. Of course for every device that has been sold there is the potential for manufacturers to also sell a set of headphones or earphones which look to build on the experience offered by the average bundled items.
One example of aftermarket headsets done right, whether you look at it on a hardware level or simply as a marketing project, has been Beats audio. You can’t look anywhere nowadays without seeing their logo on the street, tv and even devices such as HTC smartphones and HP laptops.
Also Looking to get a decent chunk of the portable audio market are Logitech with their Ultimate Ears range. Featuring an over the ear design and iPod/iPhone compatibility the Ultimate Ears 6000 also include active noise cancellation and amplification for those looking at maximum audio quality. Today we have a set on our test bench and will find out if they delivery on the promised audio excellence.
Packaging and Bundle
Logitech package the UE 6000 in a large, sturdy box which gives us a nice clear image of the headset on the front. Various feature and specification sections can be found elsewhere on the outside and from inside we slide out another box. It folds open to reveal the headset packaged in a padded travel pouch.
Also bundled with the Ultimate Ears 6000 is a short manual, a splitter so we can share our audio with another listener and the main rubber coated audio cable (1.5m). Around 15-20 cm from the headset end of the cable we find a control pod. This pod allows us to increase or decrease the audio on compatible devices as well as answer calls and navigate between tracks. Where our device doesn’t support the controls we simply get standard audio pass through.
Also built into the pod is a small microphone which allows us to make and receive calls with the UE 6000.
Kingston have been known for some time now as a manufacturer of high performance memory and with their HyperX brand have added some stylish modules to their range. In more recent times we have seen them branch out into SSDs and now they are taking another leap, this time with the release of a headset. The HyperX Cloud.