Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 Extended Bass Noise Isolating Earphones (Black)




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  1. Douglas A. Greenberg says:
    52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    For extreme bassheads, February 28, 2006
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    Douglas A. Greenberg (Berkeley, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 Extended Bass Noise Isolating Earphones (Black) (Electronics)

    This is the Ultimate Ears Super fi model especially designed for “bassheads,” featuring a disproportionately large bass driver complemented by a more conventional driver for the middle and high frequencies. I don’t think UE would ever claim that what results is a balanced sound signature. Yes, the mids and highs are present and the quality is clean and reasonably detailed, but these frequencies are definitely recessed and with some kinds of music this can result in an unnatural kind of reproduction.

    On the bright side, however, the bass reproduction is marvelous. Not only is the quantity/extent of the bass frequencies as powerful as any headphones or earphones I’ve ever used, the quality is excellent. The bass is tight and pleasant, neither boomy nor thumpy. This overbalance toward bass frequencies renders the UE 5 EB’s ideal for use when listening to music in which the bass is presented “front and center,” including techno bass (aka “car audio bass”), drum n’ bass, and many types of rap/hip-hop. For music in which the basslines are prominent but comprise part of a more balanced presentation overall, opinions will vary. With rock music, for example, the strong bass is certainly a plus, but I have found that sometimes the bass overpowers the middle frequencies too strongly, and some detail is lost.

    It should be noted that this bass-dominated sound signature renders the EB’s a good choice for people who own iPods and feel that their music player is weak on bass. Without any EQ adjustment, the iPod suddenly is transformed into a player where the bass is PRESENT.

    In terms of build, the EB’s superficially seem well-constructed and designed. I have heard complaints, however, that the thinness of the wires and earpieces render them vulnerable to breakage. Be careful out there! Thoughtfully, EB has includes a variety of ear tips with these IEM’s (including foam, flanged, and plain) so that users with different sized ear canals can get a good fit. The EB’s don’t extend deeply into the ear canal, which is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, this means that if you get a good fit of the earpiece into the entrance to the ear canal, comfort is good and isolation decent. However, if the fit is not quite right both comfort and isolation will prove frustrating. Making the right choice of ear tip is absolutely essential when using the EB’s.

    Oh, and some people think that the EB’s look kind of strange when worn. Larger than the higher-priced Super fi 5 Pro model, the EB’s stick out a bit. Your call as to whether this is a problem.

    Like all of the UE IEM’s in this series, the EB’s are packaged with a nice set of accessories, including a 1/4″ adapter plug, a sound attenuator, a soft travel case, an earwax loop, and a silvery metal storage case which includes a winder that helps head off what is always a problem with IEM’s, cord tangling.

    It’s unlikely that the EB’s will prove satisfactory as your “everyday” earphone unless you listen solely to bass-dominant types of music. The truth is, however, that even for bass-heavy music the overall sound signature of the Super fi 5 Pros is likely to be more satisfactory for most users (I own both). But as a second pair specifically for use with bass-y music, the EB’s are well-designed and definitely fun.

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  2. E. G. Castillo says:
    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Extreme Bass!, November 23, 2005
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    E. G. Castillo (Virginia) –
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    This review is from: Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 Extended Bass Noise Isolating Earphones (Black) (Electronics)

    I received my pair of Ultimate Ears EB’s yesterday and have been comparing them to my old headphones, the Etymotic 6i’s. And since there are very few reviews out there that compare the two, I wanted to put in my two cents.

    My first impressions right out of the box are that the learning curve for getting a good fit and great sound out of the EB’s is extremely short. I put them on my ears and after a few seconds of adjustment got an amazing sound through my IPod. Compared to the Etymotic 6i’s, the 6i’s insert way into the ear, and getting a proper seal is extremely important to the way the headphones sound. The EB’s don’t require that kind of complete seal, so they are easier to use. The EB’s, however, do not give nearly as great a seal to outside noise as the 6i’s (do not believe the other review), so traffic and voices in a crowded coffee shop will leak through to your music experience. After hours of use, I actually found the 6i’s to be more comfortable, but the EB’s come with multiple earpieces of different sizes, so comfort is not a critical issue.

    Now sound–the EB’s will blow you away with the amount of bass they give out. I cannot describe how extreme the bass is with these headphones, especially compared to the Etymotics which have an extreme lack of bass. If you ask me if the bass is overexaggerated and unbalanced, I would have to say yes–you actually have to turn the volume way down in order to not destroy your ears, they are that powerful. But when it comes down to the detail of the sound–hearing echoes, acoustics, layers of sound, and different locations of sounds, I believe the EB’s do just as good of a job if not slightly better than the 6i’s.

    The bass, although extreme never distorts the mids and highs of vocals, other instruments, and other sounds–it is amazing to hear the huge thump of bass beside the echoed vocals of Portishead or detailed raspiness of Nas. Also, listening to acoustic tracks and instrumental jazz I believe is extremely well done by the EB’s. No detail is lost, and I actually believe the bass in those tracks are not overly unrealistic and add another layer to the experience. There is surprising a lot of bass in symphonic tracks and the drumbs of jazz tracks naturally–when heard in the jazz lounge or at the music hall themselves–that listening to them with very little bass does not do them justice. So I believe the EB’s actually do a better job of reproducing acoustic and jazz tracks than the Etymotics, because the latter has such a low amount of bass that despite the 6i’s great detail and sound separation a whole layer of music seems to be missing.

    The negatives about the EB’s is that, because of the huge amount of bass they carry and because they are overall louder than most headphones, one has to watch very very carefully in order not to damage one’s hearing. This is actually a concern with these headphones. The comfort is not amazing, but neither is it a problem. The wires are also very thin, even for these style headphones, so the wires are even more tangle-prone than normal. Overall though, these headphones produce very detailed sounds, from high to extreme low, sounds are well separated and located. These headphones, in general, add the bass to the detail of the Etymotics, and with that added layer of lows may even add slightly more detail than the Etymotics. Music like rap and rock and other bass essential music will definitely benefit with these headphones. Buy them, but watch out for your hearing.

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  3. C. E. Potter "Audiophile Texan" says:
    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best ear buds on the market, March 8, 2006
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    C. E. Potter “Audiophile Texan” (Richardson, TX USA) –

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    This review is from: Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 Extended Bass Noise Isolating Earphones (Black) (Electronics)

    After a few weeks of research, I came across Ultimate Ears on Amazon.com. Not sure of what they were, I logged on the UE website and was impressed by the technology behind the Super.fi 5 EBs in addition the bands listed as those using the UE products. I came really close to buying the Shure E2c’s, but was easily swayed not too (the Shure’s only received 3 stars compared to UE’s 5).

    Once receiving our new earbuds in the mail, I tried them out immediately on my ipod. I listening to majority of the music that bass heavy. Very impressed.

    The main reasons for purchasing the UE’s was so my wife could keep the earbuds in her ears while running, two-they are noise cancelling, three-they were a definite upgrade from Apple’s earbuds that come with the scroll ipod.

    Don’t buy from UEs website, you’ll be ripped off. Get the black earbuds from Amazon. I bought them at $30 discount. If I could, I would buy them again so my wife and I had our own pairs.

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