With its Ultimate Ears 4000 (opens in new tab), Logitech is looking to produce a sound that appeals to everyone – if most people have an Apple in their pocket, that is.
In targeting the iDevice crowd, the experience for Android-users is less than favourable. A slight delay in playback and lack of inline volume control are a let-down.
But we hook up our new iPod Touch and things seem a little better. Playback is smoother, and overall it’s less of a frustrating experience with the controls.
They are comfy, however, and look smooth and glossy enough to impress. And as well as a detachable cable with controls and a mic, there’s also a cable splitter for sharing and a fairly nice travel pouch.
A blast of Kanye West’s Power and the 4000s offer solid bass weight and presence. But there’s a lack of clarity and definition there, too. Play Plan B’s rousing Prayin’ and the vocals feel submerged in the mix.
Feed it LCD Soundsystem’s Get Innocuous, and there’s a lack of propulsion and detail. We want to be swept away; instead, it’s a more subdued experience.
In spite of their amiable sound and style, the UEs lack real conviction, and there are cans that offer a more engaging sound.