We have recently reviewed a pair of Ultimate Ears and were very satisfied with their overall quality along with their giving back to the community. They recently gave away 1000 pairs of their UE700 headphones which have an MSRP of $149. Needless to say, that was a pretty selfless thing of them to do. They now have come around and launched a series of 3 new affordable headsets.
These headsets range from $29.99 MSRP to $79.99 MSRP hitting the replacement headphone market on the head. Many people look to replace their stock headphones with something a little better without breaking the bank. Because of this, many companies have filled this space with a series of copies of each other?s products all derived from a simple ODM design that has been stamped and re-labeled dozens of times. This has recently been detailed by the expose called the secret scam of cheap earbuds. As such, Ultimate Ears offers a higher quality alternative to this approach and gives their customers the expected service even on a product that is only $29.99 as opposed to their pinnacle of $1,350. Ultimate Ears is a company that is used by artists and sound engineers across the industry and as such, they have the expertise in delivering the best quality audio. And as they continue to innovate, they are able to deliver better quality audio at a lower cost across their range of products as they have shown with each successive series of products.
The three mainly new lines of products they?ve launched are the UE 500 series which are available in a standard headphone design or a headset design for use with an iPhone or Blackberry. They also come with the standard expected 5 soft ear cushions along with the memory foam comply tips which we find to be the most comfortable and noise cancelling. Everyone we?ve spoken with is in love with these foam tips. These also come with a no tangle cord which is probably a product of UE?s synthesis with their parent company Logitech[LOGI] who is famous for their no tangle cords among other product innovations and customer service.
Next come the UE 350 series which there is only one model of but are designed specifically to boost bass. So if you?re into deeper bass and listen to music that requires better bass, these headphones should be for you. The UE 350s also come with the hard case to keep them nice and safe while working out at the gym or putting them in your pocket on the run. They are also designed to be sweat resistant with quite a lot of rubber so they are specifically targeted towards people who want to use them at the gym. Although, there is no mention of there being any foam comply cushions, which is a little saddening, but again these are also significantly less expensive than all of the other products UE offers.
Bringing up the bottom is the UE 200 series which come in two models, one being a headset [pictured right] and the other being headphones. The headset model, just like all other UE series products are denoted by the vi suffix to indicate voice capability. The UE 200?s also come in three colors, Black, Blue, and Pink and just like the 350 series are also designed to be sweat resistant and workout friendly.
The suggested retail prices for the Ultimate Ears 200, Ultimate Ears 350 and Ultimate Ears 500 are $29.99 (U.S.), $49.99 (U.S.) and $69.99 (U.S.) respectively. If you?re interested in a headset for your iPhone or Blackberry, the suggested retail prices for the Ultimate Ears 200vi Noise-Isolating Headset and Ultimate Ears 500vi Noise-Isolating Headset are $39.99 (U.S.) and $79.99 (U.S.) respectively. All of the new Ultimate Ears earphones and headsets are expected to be available in the U.S. in September.