Altec Lansing Muzx Ultra

Dave Bullard
7 May, 2011
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Back in November, when I gave the Altec Lansing Octane 7 speaker system five mice and an ‘Editor’s Pick’ button, I said the company “would not want to compromise its reputation by making sub-standard home speakers” – and the same applies to its new line of Muzx earphones.

Top of the range is the Ultra (MZX606), a model immediately recognisable by a little arm on each earpiece that holds the (high-quality) cables and limits wear at the point of entry.

The design is pleasingly chunky, with a gloss-black-and-gold colour scheme. There are four sets of top-grade silicone tips in the box, so you’re bound to find a super-comfortable fit. All give very good noise isolation, though there is some sound leakage at higher volumes so you might get some dirty looks on the train.

A slim inline remote and mic lets you take calls, pause/play your music and control the volume. In-call audio quality is good, but I found incoming voices a little distorted. Not much to worry about, though.

Where most earphones use neodymium micro-speakers, the Ultras have single balanced armatures delivering a typical frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz.

The sound quality from bass to treble is uniformly excellent – warm and balanced, with bags of detail and a well-defined soundfield. They’re just a pleasure to listen to, and not in the least bit tiring. Adding to the audio pleasure is the complete absence of cable noise.

Rounding out the package is a soft, suede-feel carry case.

Macworld Australia’s buying advice

The Muzx Ultras can be best summed up in two words: Very pleasing. They’re my current favourite.

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