Logitech UE 6000 review: stylish headphones with deep bass
Logitech Ultimate Ears (UE) 6000 are a stylish set of DJ Headphones that provide excellent bass, superb treble and active noise cancellation in a stylish package.
We like the design of the Logitech UE 6000. Our test unit came in shiny black with a matt grey headband and blue cable (a white unit is also available). The have an angular style that is somewhat reminiscent of Alienware design.
The design is not for everybody. We imagine these earphones are designed to sit in the same market as Monster Beats Beats By Dre and are mostly bought by teenagers, but they are well built and will deliver to that audience.
Along with the headphones themselves you get a padded carry case and an audio splitter. We’re particularly pleased to note that they come with a replaceable audio cable (3.5mm mini jack) so if your cable breaks - and cables always break on headphones eventually - then it’s just a case of getting a replacement rather than a whole new set of cans. The supplied cable comes with built in iPhone controls.
The unique feature on the Logitech UE 6000 is the presence of noise cancellation technology. It requires two AAA batteries to operate but can cancel out external noise for up to 40 hours. It is active noise cancellation so it works by examining the surrounding ambient audio and counter-balancing the noise via the audio.
Switching on noise cancellation changes the audio quality slightly (we found audio sounded a little crisper with it switched on), but you won’t really notice the difference much in day to day use. Where this technology comes into its own is when there is a persistent drone in the background, such as when you are in a flight or on a train. Then it works its magic.
There is one criticism here, and that’s the Logitech UE 6000 are a very heavy set of cans. We weighed them in at 300grams which is a good third heavier than the similar AKG K67s that we reviewed recently. You certainly notice when you’re wearing them.
Logitech UE 6000 sound quality
Now that we’ve got the bad out of the way, let’s get on to the good. The audio quality on these headphones is superb. As long as you like bass.
If you like bass you’ll be in heaven, because the Logitech UE 6000 delivers in abundance. We listened to an old “The Sound Of Movement” album drum and bass album which was an absolute belter (if you like that sort of thing). Roni Size’s Brown Paper Bag is usually a pretty good test for any speaker or headphone system and the Logitech Ultimate Ears 6000 passed that test with flying colours.
Bass overload is very much a personal thing, and we’ve seen some reviews being quite negative towards the bass levels on the Logitech UE 6000. But they put a smile on our face. These earphones seem custom tuned for Dubstep and Skream’s Midnight Request Line sounded particularly special (being able to combine heavy bass with crystal clear treble this well is a rarity). We get the feeling that they’ve been custom tuned for this deep bass with high treble dance music.
Because they do the bass and treble better than the mid-range they’re better for dance and pop music than traditional rock and vocals: Kool and the Gang sounded great, whereas Florence and The Machine sounded okay at best. So as long as you’re into bass, dance or classic pop you’ll be fine. If you like traditional rock or vocal-based audio you might be better off elsewhere.
But the audio is genuinely really good on these earphones, certainly good enough for us to forgive them for the weight. The style is a personal choice although we think they’re a bit smarter than something like Beats By Dre, but fashion is a personal choice. If you like your bass you’ll find these offer something special.
We liked these headphones a lot. They combine stunning bass and treble audio with nice styling and the noise cancellation technology makes them ideal for long journeys.