Logitech Ultimate Ears 9000
Comfortable; crisp audio; Bluetooth; good battery length; adjustable
Pricey for the average user
Logitech’s UE 9000 headphones are a class act – boasting a beautiful, sleek design; Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a rich, bold yet atmospheric sound.
Priced at $499.95, the noise-cancelling headphones are aimed at the top-end audiophile. While we haven’t spent anytime mixing in the studio, it is obvious they would not be out of place.
The design of the headphones is one of the standout features. The grey and black finish boasts sleek style, extenuated by blue bands that define the headsets. The bright blue cable included also offers a stunning colour focal point for those not utilising the headphones’ Bluetooth feature.
Logitech claims the Bluetooth range will extend to 15m, in our testing that seemed an under-estimate, as we were able to move around the office comfortably without the connection dropping out.
The headphones can be connected to any Bluetooth device wirelessly and also to devices without Bluetooth connectivity via a 3.5mm cable. The cable includes a three-button in-line remote that enables users to play/pause; move forward and backwards between tracks and increase/decrease the volume. Users are also able to answer and end phone calls with the middle button on the in-line remote.
The UE 9000s feature buttons on the right- and left-hand side of the headset as well.
While the right-hand buttons reflect those on the in-line remote, the left-hand side features a button to choose whether or not the audio from a Bluetooth-connected device comes through the headphones.
The buttons work with a very slight delay, but that is understandable when wireless is involved.
The UE 9000’s audio output is fantastic in its evenness and inclusiveness. Besides a soft bass, the headphones offer clear and precise audio that pronounces aspects of the music that many headphones miss.
The mid- and high-end ranges shine through the rest of the audio in a manner that suits all genres of music, aided by the headphones almost perfect noise cancelation.
The headsets are adjustable vertically, swivel 90 degrees and use malleable memory foam cushions to increase comfort for the wearer. While the UE 9000’s feel heavy in the hand, the deep earpieces and soft, gel headrest make these headphones very comfortable to wear – even for long periods of use.
The rechargeable battery is reported to last 20 hours with the 3.5mm cable attached and 10 hours of listening using Bluetooth. This is very close to the mark from our testing.
The battery can be recharged via a microUSB to USB cable included in the box, which can be plugged into the accompanying wall charger or computer. It took the headphones around three hours to fully charge, which we thought was reasonable considering the battery’s longevity.
Included with the UE 9000 headphones is a microfiber cleaning cloth, a moulded travel case and a 1/4in adapter jack for amps and electric guitars.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice
Logitech’s UE 9000 headphones are an excellent choice for the audiophile, but because of the price they will not suit everyone. The headphone’s comfort, style and connectivity options will have users forgetting their current environment and drift off to the music.