The Logitech UE 6000 come in a very well presented box. Opening the package is a great introduction to the headphones with a magnetically capped flap. In the box is a black neoprene bag with a bright blue zipper with the headphones inside; a bright blue connector cable (hence the zipper) and a small manual; written in all the languages of the earth; english comes first and lasts for all of 3 pages.
Opening the neoprene bag you find the headphones collapsed down; and there is an evident batter protection strip you need to remove in order to use the noise cancelling feature. The bright blue cable has an iPhone / Modern Apple computer inline remote on it, as it uses standard connectors you can substitute with another cable - or if like me you find the cable is the first point of failure you can easily fix your headphones by buying a new one rather than spending a great deal more on a new set of headphones.
I left the headphones running on an old iPod for a day to warm up. I was delighted to see that you could use the headphones without the noise cancelling feature turned on - something that my Bose QC15's can't do - and likely saved me a Pair of AAA batteries. I had a set of Philips M1's
to review last year; they are a similar price to these UE6000's and they have wormed there way to be my day to day headphones. Like these Logitech's they are on the large side; but their sound is impressively neutral - more so than the B&W p5's. These Logitech's have a Jekyll and hide personality; without the noise cancellation turned on they sound almost neutral; they are a bit base boomy - for the kids - and the boomy base tends to slightly overpower any midrange your music has going on - but its not . Your music is there it just sounds a bit stodgy; the Philips are smoothies and the B&W's attack you with every note. Each set of phones has a target set of customers.
When you turn on the noise cancellation the headphones become overwhelmingly Base at the expense of; well the music. I think they did it to offset the base you lose when on a plane; sadly they came a week to late for me to test on a plane and my next trip is a few weeks out; so I had to pit the noise cancelling against my office Air Conditioner at full blast and a rattly extractor fan. Against the Air conditioning which is a loud-ish hum they cancelled it out very well. Against the fan it had some impact but not nearly as much as the Bose QC15's do. It wasn't as good as my Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones B&W
either and they don't have active noise cancellation.
For last 3 days I have listened to a huge swathe of my music collection at work and on my commute to see how things went; with Bowie and Iron and Wine which don't use an awful amount of base the UE 6000's sounded pretty great. The brittle strings of Phillip Glass were overwhelmed at times by the larger instruments. Trying Robin's "We Dance to the beat" the bass pad overwhelms all others. I ended on "Suite for a Robotic Girl" by Davide Rossi / Royksopp; this has everything - chorus, strings, double bass, bass pad's and quite frankly on the UE6000's with noise cancelling it was a muddled mess even distorting at high volume. On my more balanced headphones it was the 4 minutes of bliss I know it to be. Without the NC it sounds like I switched on a base booster but wasn't terrible.
They come in white and Black - I went to white as I use a white iPhone. The white plastic looks surprisingly good and the general materials in the headphones are a step up from cheaper sets; but plastic is plastic - something in wood or aluminium would have looked good. Behind the white plastic of the left ear cup is a Pair of batteries (supplied) that are easily swapped out by pressing a button and lifting the case.
I know the trendy headphones all come with bags of bass; and so the NC mode is in line with current trends. Happily without the noise cancellation the UE6000s are slightly boomy rather than going all out as they do in NC mode. With the NC engaged things do get quieter - though if you can afford and travel enough to justify them you should look at the Bose QC15's. Sadly with NC engaged your music goes all to pot.
So Jekyll and Hide it is; ideally like to give them 2.5 stars so the UE5000's get 3*'s for not being as good as it gets for reproducing my music faithfully enough and the NC not going quite as quiet NC should go. If you like a bit more bass (you use a bass enhancer eq say) then these may be the phones are likely 4 or 5*'s for you.