Ultimate Ears 700 headphones review

Ultimate Ears, known to many music lovers who are used to listening to music on the go, about a year ago expanded its product range, putting its new creation, the Ultimate Ears 700 headphones, in a narrow gap between the super.fi series and two triple.fi models. they are like an intermediate solution, the miniature sizes (smaller than a coin) are especially noted, and, of course, good sound quality. As in most other models of the company, emitters based on a balanced armature are used, there are two of them.

Packaging

Outwardly, the box is almost the same as the Ultimate Ears triple.fi box. It is just as easy to open it, and then consider the package. The latter, alas, has lost some weight compared to the older model - there is neither an extension cord nor a beautiful cover - everything is quite modest. Nozzles for all occasions, including the "foam" from Comply - it is short-lived and quite expensive (however, some people manage to wash it carefully and use it again), but at the same time it is convenient.

The case, in my opinion, is a little more useful than the "triples" - the dimensions are small enough to shove headphones there and not worry about taking up space in a bag or even a pocket.

Construction, appearance

Headphones are actually miniature, in such a case one dynamic emitter could hardly be accommodated - but the “armatures” fit here as many as two pieces. Logic dictates that they have the same frequency range, but working in pairs creates more sound pressure, and also probably reduces sound distortion due to synchronous vibrations of the bodies with a large membrane travel. A similar trick is used in the low-frequency section of triple.fi.

There is an acoustic filter inside the single sound duct to prevent wax, moisture and dust from entering the inside of the earpiece. It is unlikely that you will be able to replace it, so you should clean your ears more often and do not dip the headphones in various liquids.

It is interesting to note that the left and right headphones are slightly different in color: the left one has a blue tint, the right one is red.

The wire is thin and causes certain concerns about its fate after a few months of operation. It will not be possible to replace it, like the models of the super.fi and triple.fi series, but there is hope that Logitech, which owns Ultimate Ears, will replace the headphones without any problems. Unfortunately, there is no iPhone version on the market at the moment - in my opinion, this is a serious omission. A remote control and a microphone would have come in handy.

Ergonomics

Headphones are small in size, so it will not be a problem to place them in the ear. The tips are comfortable, tightly plug the ear, no tricks, as for the Etymotic fit, are required. As is usually the case, medium tips fit most people, just in case, a second pair of such tips is included in the kit. The wire is light and does not pull the headphones down, and sometimes it gets tangled - so you should not stuff the headphones into your pocket, the complete case is obviously not in vain.

Noise isolation is not bad, perhaps, inside the case is additionally filled with sealant, and the nozzles are not as thin as it usually happens. Switching from dynamic headphones, even with good noise isolation, to the UE700 is very pleasant. Yes, the metro breaks through - but mostly in the form of a light hum. The screeching sounds disappear almost completely. There is almost complete silence on the street and in the bus.

In this part of the review, by tradition, the sound of headphones with the Hifiman HM-801 player is described. No equalizer settings, no MP3s from the "left" sites - only good lossless recordings from trusted places. The main test tool is a selection of test recordings Prime Test CD1.

Without comparison to other headphones, the UE700s sound pretty good. Sufficiently transparent, smooth sound with low-frequency range present. There are problems with vocal reproduction - sibilants (whistles) periodically slip through, which makes it difficult to perceive music. In general, the sound is simple, but the UE700 pulls out a lot of small details, which allows their owner to hear a lot of new things in old recordings. Of course, this is correct for owners of simple dynamic headphones. The Fischer Audio Silver Bullet headphones, beloved by some people, not only make the brain sibilant, but also turn musical compositions into an indistinct mess. All this, of course, in comparison with the UE700.

If we compare the UE700 with the dynamic Monster Turbine, the difference in resolution is noticeable - the UE is noticeably "faster", more accurate. The low-frequency range of the "monsters" is richer, but also more blurred, the vocals also suffer from whistles. But the Monster Turbine Shorts in Ghana Pro Gold is very close to “armatures” in terms of its speed characteristics, and their sound is more balanced . So the UE700 does not look the best in terms of sound characteristics, the golden “monsters” play livelier, they have no problems with vocal whistles.

Now let's take the single-driver Phonak Audeo - as a result, we get the following picture. The added transducer made it possible, despite its small size, to get a greater return in the low-frequency range, while maintaining a transparent and clear sound in the rest of the spectrum.

Compared to the multi-driver UE11PRO, an interesting picture emerges. In fact, the UE700 plays much more simplified, but their speed is still quite high. Problems in the 700s arise when playing heavy genres, but that's all. Melodious music plays great on them.

Compatibility

Now let's talk about less good things - typical sources. The headphones were listened to for quite a long time not only with the Hifiman HM-801, but also with the iPhone 3G. In addition, on unfamiliar tracks, purely for broadening one's horizons, the Cowon S9 player was tested for compatibility with the UE700.

The results are as follows: for simple players, the UE700 fits perfectly: the combination of a fairly simple sound with high detail, transparent sound and a pleasant low-frequency range partially compensate for the problems of sources. For example, the Eurovision 2009 album on the iPhone 3G, as a typical representative of well-recorded, but very simple music, the UE700 reproduced perfectly. Again, I will complain about the lack of a remote control and a microphone, an iPhone would make a great pair.

Competitors

The headphones discussed in the “Sound” part are competitors of this model, I will only add that if you like a more lively and bass sound, and you are not chasing speed and fidelity, you can safely take Monster Turbine, if you want to keep “liveness” "and not lose in speed - then their Pro Gold modification. True, the sound insulation will be worse - but this is understandable. However, you can read about Turbine in the corresponding review, consider other alternatives.

Compared to the UE700, the Phonak Audeo headphones look nicer in terms of the absence of problems with vocals - there are no whistles, everything is extremely pleasant and generally caressing the ear. But the low-frequency range of “phonics” after the UE700 is no longer perceived as fully, it is audible that the solidity, integrity that the two-driver model gives, is leaving the sound.

Output

An attempt to screw the low-frequency range from the true "multi-drivers" to the middle and top of the "broadbands" was crowned with success. The sound successfully combines the features of the two types of headphones. There are significant differences from dynamic headphones. Of the models I've listened to, only the Monster Turbine Pro Gold can compete with the UE700 and other "armature" headphones.

The UE 700 costs about $200 abroad, with delivery to Russia a two-driver happiness will cost about $220. There are no official sales, so all the enthusiasm for the UE700 must be multiplied by the complexity of their delivery from abroad. It is difficult to say whether to recommend these headphones to a wide range of consumers. Their ergonomics are very good, but the sound for a couple of pieces of paper with portraits of Franklin could be better. In addition, for an additional fifty or a hundred dollars, you can already order triple.fi, and this is a different sound, closer to UE11, but worse ergonomics.

And for the third time I will write that these headphones do not have a version for the iPhone, I hope UE will correct this oversight - they would have an excellent symbiosis with this device.

Declared characteristics

  • Headphone type: in-ear
  • Frequency range: 10Hz-16.5kHz
  • Impedance: 40 ohms at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 113 dB/mW at 1 kHz
  • Weight: 11.6 g
  • Noise isolation: 26 dB
  • Cable: length 116.8 cm, mini-jack connector (3.5 mm), gold-plated

Ilya Tarakanov
Published - June 04, 2010

Ultimate Ears 700 headphones review

Ultimate Ears, known to many music lovers who are used to listening to music on the go, about a year ago expanded its lineup, putting its new creation, the Ultimate Ears 700 headphones, in a narrow gap between the super.fi series and two triple.fi models. they are like an intermediate solution, miniature sizes are especially noted (smaller than a coin), and, of course, good sound quality. As in most other models of the company, emitters based on a balanced armature are used, there are two of them.

Packaging

Outwardly, the box is almost the same as the Ultimate Ears triple.fi box. It is just as easy to open it, and then consider the package. The latter, alas, has lost some weight compared to the older model - there is neither an extension cord nor a beautiful cover - everything is quite modest. Nozzles for all occasions, including the "foam" from Comply - it is short-lived and quite expensive (however, some people manage to wash it carefully and use it again), but at the same time it is convenient.

The case, in my opinion, is a little more useful than the "triples" - the dimensions are small enough to shove headphones there and not worry about taking up space in a bag or even a pocket.

Construction, appearance

Headphones are actually miniature, in such a case one dynamic emitter could hardly be accommodated - but the “armatures” fit here as many as two pieces. Logic dictates that they have the same frequency range, but working in pairs creates more sound pressure, and also probably reduces sound distortion due to synchronous vibrations of the bodies with a large membrane travel. A similar trick is used in the low-frequency section of triple.fi.

There is an acoustic filter inside the single sound duct to prevent wax, moisture and dust from entering the inside of the earpiece. It is unlikely that you will be able to replace it, so you should clean your ears more often and do not dip the headphones in various liquids.

It is interesting to note that the left and right headphones are slightly different in color: the left one has a blue tint, the right one is red.

The wire is thin and causes certain concerns about its fate after a few months of operation. It will not be possible to replace it, like the models of the super.fi and triple.fi series, but there is hope that Logitech, which owns Ultimate Ears, will replace the headphones without any problems. Unfortunately, there is no iPhone version on the market at the moment - in my opinion, this is a serious omission. A remote control and a microphone would have come in handy.

Ergonomics

Headphones are small in size, so it will not be a problem to place them in the ear. The tips are comfortable, tightly plug the ear, no tricks, as for the Etymotic fit, are required. As is usually the case, medium tips fit most people, just in case, a second pair of such tips is included in the kit. The wire is light and does not pull the headphones down, and sometimes it gets tangled - so you should not stuff the headphones into your pocket, the complete case is obviously not in vain.

Noise isolation is not bad, perhaps, inside the case is additionally filled with sealant, and the nozzles are not as thin as it usually happens. Switching from dynamic headphones, even with good noise isolation, to the UE700 is very pleasant. Yes, the metro breaks through - but mostly in the form of a light hum. The screeching sounds disappear almost completely. There is almost complete silence on the street and in the bus.

In this part of the review, by tradition, the sound of headphones with the Hifiman HM-801 player is described. No equalizer settings, no MP3s from the "left" sites - only good lossless recordings from trusted places. The main test tool is a selection of test recordings Prime Test CD1.

Without comparison to other headphones, the UE700s sound pretty good. Sufficiently transparent, smooth sound with a low-frequency range present. There are problems with vocal reproduction - sibilants (whistles) periodically skip, which makes it difficult to perceive music. In general, the sound is simple, but the UE700 pulls out a lot of small details, which allows their owner to hear a lot of new things in old recordings. Of course, this is correct for owners of simple dynamic headphones. The Fischer Audio Silver Bullet headphones, beloved by some people, not only make the brain sibilant, but also turn musical compositions into an indistinct mess. All this, of course, in comparison with the UE700.

If we compare the UE700 with the dynamic Monster Turbine, the difference in resolution is noticeable - the UE is noticeably "faster", more accurate. The low-frequency range of the "monsters" is richer, but also more blurred, the vocals also suffer from whistles. But the Monster Turbine Shorts in Ghana Pro Gold is very close to “armatures” in terms of its speed characteristics, and their sound is more balanced . So the UE700 does not look the best in terms of sound characteristics, the golden “monsters” play livelier, they have no problems with vocal whistles.

Now let's take the single-driver Phonak Audeo - as a result, we get the following picture. The added transducer made it possible, despite its small size, to get a greater return in the low-frequency range, while maintaining a transparent and clear sound in the rest of the spectrum.

Compared to the multi-driver UE11PRO, an interesting picture emerges. In fact, the UE700 plays much more simplified, but their speed is still quite high. Problems in the 700s arise when playing heavy genres, but that's all. Melodious music plays great on them.

Compatibility

Now let's talk about less good things - typical sources. The headphones were listened to for quite a long time not only with the Hifiman HM-801, but also with the iPhone 3G. In addition, on unfamiliar tracks, purely for broadening one's horizons, the Cowon S9 player was tested for compatibility with the UE700.

The results are as follows: for simple players, the UE700 fits perfectly: the combination of a fairly simple sound with high detail, transparent sound and a pleasant low-frequency range partially compensate for the problems of sources. For example, the Eurovision 2009 album on the iPhone 3G, as a typical representative of well-recorded, but very simple music, the UE700 reproduced perfectly. Again, I will complain about the lack of a remote control and a microphone, an iPhone would make a great pair.

Competitors

The headphones discussed in the “Sound” part are competitors of this model, I will only add that if you like a more lively and bass sound, and you are not chasing speed and fidelity, you can safely take Monster Turbine, if you want to keep “liveness” "and not lose in speed - then their Pro Gold modification. True, the sound insulation will be worse - but this is understandable. However, you can read about Turbine in the corresponding review, consider other alternatives.

Compared to the UE700, the Phonak Audeo headphones look nicer in terms of the absence of problems with vocals - there are no whistles, everything is extremely pleasant and generally caressing the ear. But the low-frequency range of “phonics” after the UE700 is no longer perceived as fully, it is audible that the solidity, integrity that the two-driver model gives, is leaving the sound.

Output

An attempt to screw the low-frequency range from the true "multi-drivers" to the middle and top of the "broadbands" was crowned with success. The sound successfully combines the features of the two types of headphones. There are significant differences from dynamic headphones. Of the models I've listened to, only the Monster Turbine Pro Gold can compete with the UE700 and other "armature" headphones.

The UE 700 costs about $200 abroad, with delivery to Russia a two-driver happiness will cost about $220. There are no official sales, so all the enthusiasm for the UE700 must be multiplied by the complexity of their delivery from abroad. It is difficult to say whether to recommend these headphones to a wide range of consumers. Their ergonomics are very good, but the sound for a couple of pieces of paper with portraits of Franklin could be better. In addition, for an additional fifty or a hundred dollars, you can already order triple.fi, and this is a different sound, closer to UE11, but worse ergonomics.

And for the third time I will write that these headphones do not have a version for the iPhone, I hope UE will correct this oversight - they would have an excellent symbiosis with this device.

Declared characteristics

  • Headphone type: in-ear
  • Frequency range: 10Hz-16.5kHz
  • Impedance: 40 ohms at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 113 dB/mW at 1 kHz
  • Weight: 11.6 g
  • Noise isolation: 26 dB
  • Cable: length 116.8 cm, mini-jack connector (3.5 mm), gold-plated

Ilya Tarakanov
Published - June 04, 2010

Ultimate Ears 700 headphones review

Ultimate Ears, known to many music lovers who are used to listening to music on the go, about a year ago expanded its product range, putting its new creation, the Ultimate Ears 700 headphones, in a narrow gap between the super.fi series and two triple.fi models. they are like an intermediate solution, the miniature sizes (smaller than a coin) are especially noted, and, of course, good sound quality. As in most other models of the company, emitters based on a balanced armature are used, there are two of them.

Packaging

Outwardly, the box is almost the same as the Ultimate Ears triple.fi box. It is just as easy to open it, and then consider the package. The latter, alas, has lost some weight compared to the older model - there is neither an extension cord nor a beautiful cover - everything is quite modest. Nozzles for all occasions, including the "foam" from Comply - it is short-lived and quite expensive (however, some people manage to wash it carefully and use it again), but at the same time it is convenient.

The case, in my opinion, is a little more useful than the "triples" - the dimensions are small enough to shove headphones there and not worry about taking up space in a bag or even a pocket.

Construction, appearance

Headphones are actually miniature, in such a case one dynamic emitter could hardly be accommodated - but the “armatures” fit here as many as two pieces. Logic dictates that they have the same frequency range, but working in pairs creates more sound pressure, and also probably reduces sound distortion due to synchronous vibrations of the bodies with a large membrane travel. A similar trick is used in the low-frequency section of triple.fi.

There is an acoustic filter inside the single sound duct to prevent wax, moisture and dust from entering the inside of the earpiece. It is unlikely that you will be able to replace it, so you should clean your ears more often and do not dip the headphones in various liquids.

It is interesting to note that the left and right headphones are slightly different in color: the left one has a blue tint, the right one is red.

The wire is thin and causes certain concerns about its fate after a few months of operation. It will not be possible to replace it, like the models of the super.fi and triple.fi series, but there is hope that Logitech, which owns Ultimate Ears, will replace the headphones without any problems. Unfortunately, there is no version for the iPhone on the market at the moment - in my opinion, this is a serious omission. A remote control and a microphone would have come in very handy.

Ergonomics

Headphones are small in size, so placing them in your ear will not be a problem. The tips are comfortable, tightly plug the ear, no tricks, as for the Etymotic fit, are required. As is usually the case, medium tips fit most people, just in case, a second pair of such tips is included in the kit. The wire is light and does not pull the headphones down, and sometimes it gets tangled - so you should not stuff the headphones into your pocket, the complete case is obviously not in vain.

Noise isolation is not bad, perhaps, inside the case is additionally filled with sealant, and the nozzles are not as thin as it usually happens. Switching from dynamic headphones, even with good noise isolation, to the UE700 is very pleasant. Yes, the metro breaks through - but mostly in the form of a light hum. The screeching sounds disappear almost completely. There is almost complete silence on the street and in the bus.

In this part of the review, by tradition, the sound of headphones with the Hifiman HM-801 player is described. No equalizer settings, no MP3s from the "left" sites - only good lossless recordings from trusted places. The main test tool is a selection of test recordings Prime Test CD1.

Without comparison to other headphones, the UE700s sound pretty good. Sufficiently transparent, smooth sound with a low-frequency range present. There are problems with vocal reproduction - sibilants (whistles) periodically skip, which makes it difficult to perceive music. In general, the sound is simple, but the UE700 pulls out a lot of small details, which allows their owner to hear a lot of new things in old recordings. Of course, this is correct for owners of simple dynamic headphones. The Fischer Audio Silver Bullet headphones, beloved by some people, not only make the brain sibilant, but also turn musical compositions into an indistinct mess. All this, of course, in comparison with the UE700.

If we compare the UE700 with the dynamic Monster Turbine, the difference in resolution is noticeable - the UE is noticeably "faster", more accurate. The low-frequency range of the "monsters" is richer, but also more blurred, the vocals also suffer from whistles. But the Monster Turbine Shorts in Ghana Pro Gold is very close to “armatures” in terms of its speed characteristics, and their sound is more balanced . So the UE700 does not look the best in terms of sound characteristics, the golden “monsters” play livelier, they have no problems with vocal whistles.

Now let's take the single-driver Phonak Audeo - as a result, we get the following picture. The added transducer made it possible, despite its small size, to get a greater return in the low-frequency range, while maintaining a transparent and clear sound in the rest of the spectrum.

Compared to the multi-driver UE11PRO, an interesting picture emerges. In fact, the UE700 plays much more simplified, but their speed is still quite high. Problems in the 700s arise when playing heavy genres, but that's all. Melodious music plays great on them.

Compatibility

Now let's talk about less good things - typical sources. The headphones were listened to for quite a long time not only with the Hifiman HM-801, but also with the iPhone 3G. In addition, on unfamiliar tracks, purely for broadening one's horizons, the Cowon S9 player was tested for compatibility with the UE700.

The results are as follows: for simple players, the UE700 fits perfectly: the combination of a fairly simple sound with high detail, transparent sound and a pleasant low-frequency range partially compensate for the problems of sources. For example, the Eurovision 2009 album on the iPhone 3G, as a typical representative of well-recorded, but very simple music, the UE700 reproduced perfectly. Again, I will complain about the lack of a remote control and a microphone, an iPhone would make a great pair.

Competitors

The headphones discussed in the “Sound” part are competitors of this model, I will only add that if you like a more lively and bass sound, and you are not chasing speed and fidelity, you can safely take Monster Turbine, if you want to keep “liveness” "and not lose in speed - then their Pro Gold modification. True, the sound insulation will be worse - but this is understandable. However, you can read about Turbine in the corresponding review, consider other alternatives.

Compared to the UE700, the Phonak Audeo headphones look nicer in terms of the absence of problems with vocals - there are no whistles, everything is extremely pleasant and generally caressing the ear. But the low-frequency range of “phonics” after the UE700 is no longer perceived as fully, it is audible that the solidity, integrity that the two-driver model gives, is leaving the sound.

Output

An attempt to screw the low-frequency range from the true "multi-drivers" to the middle and top of the "broadbands" was crowned with success. The sound successfully combines the features of the two types of headphones. There are significant differences from dynamic headphones. Of the models I've listened to, only the Monster Turbine Pro Gold can compete with the UE700 and other "armature" headphones.

The UE 700 costs about $200 abroad, with delivery to Russia a two-driver happiness will cost about $220. There are no official sales, so all the enthusiasm for the UE700 must be multiplied by the complexity of their delivery from abroad. It is difficult to say whether to recommend these headphones to a wide range of consumers. Their ergonomics are very good, but the sound for a couple of pieces of paper with portraits of Franklin could be better. In addition, for an additional fifty or a hundred dollars, you can already order triple.fi, and this is a different sound, closer to UE11, but worse ergonomics.

And for the third time I will write that these headphones do not have a version for the iPhone, I hope UE will correct this oversight - they would have an excellent symbiosis with this device.

Declared characteristics

  • Headphone type: in-ear
  • Frequency range: 10Hz-16.5kHz
  • Impedance: 40 ohms at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 113 dB/mW at 1 kHz
  • Weight: 11.6 g
  • Noise isolation: 26 dB
  • Cable: length 116.8 cm, mini-jack connector (3.5 mm), gold-plated

Ilya Tarakanov
Published - June 04, 2010

Ultimate Ears 700 headphones review

Ultimate Ears, known to many music lovers who are used to listening to music on the go, about a year ago expanded its product range, putting its new creation, the Ultimate Ears 700 headphones, in a narrow gap between the super.fi series and two triple.fi models. they are like an intermediate solution, the miniature sizes (smaller than a coin) are especially noted, and, of course, good sound quality. As in most other models of the company, emitters based on a balanced armature are used, there are two of them.

Packaging

Outwardly, the box is almost the same as the Ultimate Ears triple.fi box. It is just as easy to open it, and then consider the package. The latter, alas, has lost some weight compared to the older model - there is neither an extension cord nor a beautiful cover - everything is quite modest. Nozzles for all occasions, including the "foam" from Comply - it is short-lived and quite expensive (however, some people manage to wash it carefully and use it again), but at the same time it is convenient.

The case, in my opinion, is a little more useful than the "triples" - the dimensions are small enough to shove headphones there and not worry about taking up space in a bag or even a pocket.

Construction, appearance

Headphones are actually miniature, in such a case one dynamic emitter could hardly be accommodated - but the “armatures” fit here as many as two pieces. Logic dictates that they have the same frequency range, but working in pairs creates more sound pressure, and also probably reduces sound distortion due to synchronous vibrations of the bodies with a large membrane travel. A similar trick is used in the low-frequency section of triple.fi.

There is an acoustic filter inside the single sound duct to prevent wax, moisture and dust from entering the inside of the earpiece. It is unlikely that you will be able to replace it, so you should clean your ears more often and do not dip the headphones in various liquids.

It is interesting to note that the left and right headphones are slightly different in color: the left one has a blue tint, the right one is red.

The wire is thin and causes certain concerns about its fate after a few months of operation. It will not be possible to replace it, like the models of the super.fi and triple.fi series, but there is hope that Logitech, which owns Ultimate Ears, will replace the headphones without any problems. Unfortunately, there is no iPhone version on the market at the moment - in my opinion, this is a serious omission. A remote control and a microphone would have come in handy.

Ergonomics

Headphones are small in size, so it will not be a problem to place them in the ear. The tips are comfortable, tightly plug the ear, no tricks, as for the Etymotic fit, are required. As is usually the case, medium tips fit most people, just in case, a second pair of such tips is included in the kit. The wire is light and does not pull the headphones down, and sometimes it gets tangled - so you should not stuff the headphones into your pocket, the complete case is obviously not in vain.

Noise isolation is not bad, perhaps, inside the case is additionally filled with sealant, and the nozzles are not as thin as it usually happens. Switching from dynamic headphones, even with good noise isolation, to the UE700 is very pleasant. Yes, the metro breaks through - but mostly in the form of a light hum. The screeching sounds disappear almost completely. There is almost complete silence on the street and in the bus.

In this part of the review, by tradition, the sound of headphones with the Hifiman HM-801 player is described. No equalizer settings, no MP3s from the "left" sites - only good lossless recordings from trusted places. The main test tool is a selection of test recordings Prime Test CD1.

Without comparison to other headphones, the UE700s sound pretty good. Sufficiently transparent, smooth sound with a low-frequency range present. There are problems with vocal reproduction - sibilants (whistles) periodically skip, which makes it difficult to perceive music. In general, the sound is simple, but the UE700 pulls out a lot of small details, which allows their owner to hear a lot of new things in old recordings. Of course, this is correct for owners of simple dynamic headphones. The Fischer Audio Silver Bullet headphones, beloved by some people, not only make the brain sibilant, but also turn musical compositions into an indistinct mess. All this, of course, in comparison with the UE700.

If we compare the UE700 with the dynamic Monster Turbine, the difference in resolution is noticeable - the UE is noticeably "faster", more accurate. The low-frequency range of the "monsters" is richer, but also more blurred, the vocals also suffer from whistles. But the Monster Turbine Shorts in Ghana Pro Gold are very close to “armatures” in terms of their speed characteristics, and their sound is more balanced. So the UE700 does not look the best in terms of sound characteristics, the golden “monsters” play livelier, they have no problems with vocal whistles.

If we compare the UE700 with the dynamic Monster Turbine, the difference in resolution is noticeable - the UE is noticeably "faster", more accurate. The low-frequency range of the "monsters" is richer, but also more blurred, the vocals also suffer from whistles. Here comes the Monster Turbine Shorts in Ghana Shorts in Ghana The Pro Gold is very close to armatures in terms of its speed characteristics, and their sound is more balanced. So, the UE700 does not look the best in terms of the combination of sound characteristics, the golden “monsters” play livelier, they have no problems with vocal whistles.

Now let's take the single-driver Phonak Audeo - as a result, we get the following picture. The added transducer made it possible, despite its small size, to get a greater return in the low-frequency range, while maintaining a transparent and clear sound in the rest of the spectrum.

Compared to the multi-driver UE11PRO, an interesting picture emerges. In fact, the UE700 plays much more simplified, but their speed is still quite high. Problems in the 700s arise when playing heavy genres, but that's all. Melodious music plays great on them.

Compatibility

Now let's talk about less good things - typical sources. The headphones were listened to for quite a long time not only with the Hifiman HM-801, but also with the iPhone 3G. In addition, on unfamiliar tracks, purely for broadening one's horizons, the Cowon S9 player was tested for compatibility with the UE700.

The results are as follows: for simple players, the UE700 fits perfectly: the combination of a fairly simple sound with high detail, transparent sound and a pleasant low-frequency range partially compensate for the problems of sources. For example, the Eurovision 2009 album on the iPhone 3G, as a typical representative of well-recorded, but very simple music, the UE700 reproduced perfectly. Again, I will complain about the lack of a remote control and a microphone, an iPhone would make a great pair.

Competitors

The headphones discussed in the “Sound” part are competitors of this model, I will only add that if you like a more lively and bass sound, and you are not chasing speed and fidelity, you can safely take Monster Turbine, if you want to keep “liveness” "and not lose in speed - then their Pro Gold modification. True, the sound insulation will be worse - but this is understandable. However, you can read about Turbine in the corresponding review, consider other alternatives.

Compared to the UE700, the Phonak Audeo headphones look nicer in terms of the lack of problems with vocals - there are no whistles, everything is extremely pleasant and generally caressing the ear. But the low-frequency range of “phonics” after the UE700 is no longer perceived as fully, it is audible that the solidity, integrity that the two-driver model gives, is leaving the sound.

Output

An attempt to screw the low-frequency range from the true "multi-drivers" to the middle and top of the "broadbands" was crowned with success. The sound successfully combines the features of the two types of headphones. There are significant differences from dynamic headphones. Of the models I've listened to, only the Monster Turbine Pro Gold can compete with the UE700 and other "armature" headphones.

The UE 700 costs about $200 abroad, with delivery to Russia a two-driver happiness will cost about $220. There are no official sales, so all the enthusiasm for the UE700 must be multiplied by the complexity of their delivery from abroad. It is difficult to say whether to recommend these headphones to a wide range of consumers. Their ergonomics are very good, but the sound for a couple of pieces of paper with portraits of Franklin could be better. In addition, for an additional fifty or a hundred dollars, you can already order triple.fi, and this is a different sound, closer to UE11, but worse ergonomics.

And for the third time I will write that these headphones do not have a version for the iPhone, I hope UE will correct this oversight - they would have an excellent symbiosis with this device.

Declared characteristics

  • Headphone type: in-ear
  • Frequency range: 10Hz-16.5kHz
  • Impedance: 40 ohms at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 113 dB/mW at 1 kHz
  • Weight: 11.6 g
  • Noise isolation: 26 dB
  • Cable: length 116.8 cm, mini-jack connector (3.5 mm), gold-plated

Ilya Tarakanov Published - June 04, 2010