I absolutely love these earphones. I use these for studying at starbucks and they work wonders. I’m able to study in my own little world with these little babies on. I’m very happy about the price i paid for them $25. Like what some other posters have mentioned, the bass is pretty good after breaking them in. A definite must buy for those that don’t go for inflated bass provided by other sets. They were a little uncomfortable to start off with, but i quickly gotten used to them. I would definitely buy this again if my current one ever breaks down.
The altec lansing uhp606 backbeat pro reference earphones are a new entry in the world of premium earphones. Unfortunately, i found these somewhat disappointing and not a significant upgrade over altec lansing’s less expensive dynamic earphones. Note that during listening sessions with the uhp606’s i compared them with a set of altec lansing uhp326 backbeat titanium earphones (one step below the pros in the backbeat series) and more expensive ultimate ears 700 noise isolating earphones. When appropriate below i will note comparisons to these competing earphones. The phones are made of plastic, mainly black except for gold trim around the tips. The cord is covered in a standard ‘plastic-y’ substance, which is preferable to the sticky rubber covering on some iem cords. The cords for the left and right ears are symmetrical with a total cord length of about 51′. Sound – the backbeat pros feature a single balance armature driver, which typically provides better highs than cheaper dynamic earphones. And in fact i was happy with the treble response, which was natural and clean. However, the midrange and lower midrange seemed too emphasized or ‘forward’ for my taste. In addition, there seemed to be significant emphasis in the mid-bass (causing some boominess) but not much deep bass. In this respect the bass was not as balanced or accurate as the ue 700s, but more surprisingly i preferred the bass response of the less expensive backbeat titaniums to these. Note that i tried foam comply tips (not supplied) with the backbeat pros, but these did not significantly alter the sound. Fit / accessories – the backbeat pros come with four sets of neoprene tips (s, m, l, dual flange).
After experimenting with the various size ear pieces i finally found the answer to the bass problem referenced by others: the bass is in the fit. With the right size ear piece the sound is well balanced across the spectrum. While not as good as my bose qc2 over the ear headphones these babies are damn fine for the price. Here are the specifications for the Altec Lansing UHP606 Reference Earphones:
- Lightweight and Tangle-Free
- Compatible with Computers and MP3 Players
- Comes with eight-piece fit kit with neoprene ear tips (small, medium, and large)
- Professional tuning and design create stage and studio quality sound from a single balanced armature
- Musician-grade reference quality sound
- 8-piece fit kit with multiple ultra-comfort neoprene ear tips (S, M, L), plus one set of dual flange tips for extra noise reduction
- iPod and MP3 players with a standard 3.5 mm connector
Because altec calls these earphones ‘reference’ i had high hopes that they would live up to that designation. When i saw the price, i was surprised that they were so affordable in comparison to other products like the etymotic research er4s micropro reference earphones. What i liked about these earphones:- they came with a handy padded case to store them and the assorted earpads- the build quality looked solid and the black/gold design looks cool- high and mid-frequency come through crisp and undistortedwhat i did not like about them:- like other reviewers, i had the same experience with the burn-in process to improve the bass response and i’m cool with having to do that. I have a pair of jbuds j2 premium hi-fi noise isolating earbuds (onyx black) which needed that setup step too. I’m not too happy with having to tweak the eq to use these and even after the tweaking the sound was not what i would attribute to a ‘reference’ quality set of earphones. – i had a frustrating experience getting a good fit in my ears, no matter which earpads i used. Overall, these are just average earphones and were probably labeled reference as a marketing move to attract those who are looking for high-end affordability. My opinion is that there are other earphones in this same price range that will give better performance.
The sound quality is great and they are well made. So for most people this is a great buy. I think they could have better noise isolation though. I’m a welder and i wear them in the shop, and although they do block out some noise they could be better.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Good for $ 25 but sucks for MSPR
- If you sit completely still they’re great
- Has the cord changed? Some of the best earphones for the price
These earphones sound excellent, especially considering their low price. To my ears, they sound flat across the entire audio spectrum. Bass is clean and crisp, unlike other earphones with boosted artificial sounding ‘boomy’ bass. Mids and highs are open and clear and voices and instruments sound natural. The uhp606 also provides a wide soundstage, similar to my sennheiser hd497 on-ear headphones. Comfort and noise isolation are very good. The soft case provides convenient storage. Overall, i am very pleased with these earphones – they are far superior to the sony earbuds that they replaced.
These buds are exceptional for presence and balance. They are true to claim of a balanced ‘monitor’ type sound. My music ranges from 50’s sun studios blues and rockabilly to the latest ecm piano trios. In the latter case, the crystal clear productions of eicher come through sweetly with beautiful piano midrange and excellent high cymbal sparkle, accurate bass. I listened to some acoustic base such as renaud garcia-fons and the clarity of the fretwork and bowing was wonderful. I always find folks need much more bass in this era of lo-fi hip hop recordings, so buds can never come close to the bass of a set of good headphones or home speakers, but if you want an inexpensive set of buds which really replicates intricacy of acoustic and well recorded electric music these things rock. When i listen to out of balance speakers or stereos the ear fatigue sets in fast-i do not get that with these. Ps if you like the sound of crappy i-buds (i cannot understand why apple includes such crappy buds in their $500 iphones or ipods) then you will be just as happy with some 10 dollar buds but if you spend time really listening to your collection these are pretty dern good. I paid quite a bit more than this at xx-xx (ubiquitous electronic retailer).
The backbeat pro is simply the most amazing earphone in the price range sold here. Just to be clear, i got it for $25. I am the one who always looks out for premium earphones to be on this sort of a discount. I have a budget of $20 and i know i cannot get any decent earphones for that price without a discount sale. I got a jvc hafxc50b for $5 before this and i thought it never gets better than this. Ive never had premium quality earphones before. Getting to the earphones itself, the quality was decent in the 1st try. It had some bass but the thumping i expected was missing. The backbeat pro has a great low and mid range. This being top notch from altec lansing distinguished all the minute sound differences from a 320 kbps mp3 song. Since it was the bass that was missing and a little bit of high range i broke it in. Here’s what i did:- 12 hrs of repeating a playlist mixed with metal and hip hop at 80-85% max volume. – 4 hrs of repeating a playlist of only selected bass test music (mostly mid and low end bass) at again 80-85% max volume. – 2 hrs of fm static at 80-90% volume.
For variety, the altec lansing uhp606 backbeat pro reference earphones are a fine change from my ultimate ears superfi 3 studio noise isolating earphones when my ears need an alternate bud phone. If the lighterweight and more flexible cables are bent and wrapped around the back of the ear as they are with the ultimate ears, the length is just about equal. These are simply the cables into the ear buds. Both have a mini plug w/ a right angle, but the altec lansing is about 1/2′ further extended when inserted. The cables are less rigid than the ultimate ears and are encased in clear plastic rather than the more usual black. The sound, on the other hand is only average. I like the zippered small case which is included and most ears likely will have a satisfactory fit from the included assortment of silicone tips. External sounds are restricted with a nice tight fit, but the range of this audio could be improved. The price is what i expect to pay for an average pair of ear buds which are better than many, but not the best available.
I usually give my headphones and speakers time to break-in to make use of their full potential but these take a long time. I was leaving them hooked up to my pc and playing over night many times on top of using them as much as i can and i was beginning to think that they really lacked any highs or bass, they would easily distort even at medium levels but after about a few weeks of use they ended up sounding pretty solid and balanced. Make sure you experiment with the fitments of the different ear plugs, for all of these types of earphones they must fit very snugly in your ear. If they’re loose or you pick the wrong size than there won’t be enough of a seal and you’ll lose sound quality especially bass. Lack of bass is a common complaint of many earbuds because many don’t know about how earbuds work, your ear canals are like speaker box’s where the sound bounces off of them to shape up the rest of the frequencies especially bass. Very different from how normal over the head heaphones work. There are times where i wish the highs came in clearer but overall it’s a pretty balanced and as described monitor style earphones meaning it isn’t bias towards bass or high’s. At under $30 it’s a steal and i’m comparing them to a pair of premium ultimate ears earphones i use with my iphone that i thought i lost.
I ordered the altec uhp606 back beat pro earbuds for my wife (christmas) after she tried my own last year and had to get herself a pair. I’m sure there are others that sound as good or better (you can spend hundreds on a pair), but we both really like these. Plus – i got an amazing deal at amazon, nearly 2/3 off the $99. 95 suggested retailand now they are being offered here as low as $20 (really) – well below what they’re worth in my opinion. I’ll confess that mine were purchased elsewhere for 50% off, at fry’s electronics in silicon valley in late summer or september, but no one beats the amazon deal. Admittedly earbuds are a very subjective thing to rate – the fit, the bass strength, quality of high range, noise isolation, etc. But it’s not easy to make earbud comparisons, the way speakers can be compared. They almost always have to be purchased first, so several would have to be purchased in order to compare the sound. These really do the job for me and my ipod very well, staying in my ears as i move around too. It’s amazing how good small earbuds can sound these days.
I bought this set for my son with a prize much cheaper than many stores.
I bought these headphones primarily because i was looking for decent headphones with cloth-covered cables. A friend of mine had the lower-end backbeats and i loved the cable on them. They don’t tangle and do not retain the curled shape after they’re taken out of a pocket. These headphones were supposed to ‘improve’ on that cable by having cloth-wrapped cables that are also covered by plastic. This design was supposed to improve the one flaw of cloth-wrapped cables: they produce more noise than regular cables when rubbed against clothing, etc. However, the result was that these cables are even more tangle-prone and stiff than regular plastic ones. They remain kinked after they are unwrapped and never straighten out. Either the execution or the whole concept of plastic on top of cloth has not worked. On the other hand, the sound from these headphones is not too bad. They are bass-heavy and i wouldn’t recommend them at their msrp.
Lemme lay down why i actually bought this: this earbuds have garnered many favorable reviews from tech critics such as cnet – with its good build quality and sound quality. After my v-moda bass freq have gave up on me after a year, i decided to switch to this brand. Pros (+):+ affordable price* (currently) – although it is being sold at around $23, its launch retail price may not be worth it (~$90)+ plastic-coated cloth cables increases durability+ isolates most of the background noise+ backbeat pro comes with a carrying case+ 2-year warranty+ decent sound qualitycons (-):- mediocre bass quality (not enough thump)- weak volume quality – meaning you may have to increase your volume level to get decent sound levels- cables still get tangled up nonetheless.
Pros: very well constructed headphones – the different earbuds are sure to fit anyone, and the cable is solid. The noise isolation is very good, and they’re decently loud. Cons: wow, there’s almost no bass – like someone turned the treble knob all the way up. Clarity and range is great – except for the darned basstotally worth the.
Bought a quality product from an amazon supplier. Quick & painless transaction.
These headphones sound great, maybe not as good as a $500 pair of headphones, but very good overall for the price range.
The altec lansing backbeat pro reference earphones are nice set of headphones at a moderate price. The sound quality is superb with nice high frequency and good middle frequency sound quality. The one main problem with these earphones is that they lack any significant low frequency bass. While this may be good for protecting your hearing, it certainly is not ideal for audiophiles or for anyone trying to appreciate the full range of their music. Nonetheless music does sound crisp with these earphones and if you can live with only mild bass then you will be pleased. *** positive points include: ***- comfortable fit that allows for extended listening- very good noise isolation (this is passive noise isolation which means they act like ear plugs not active noise cancelling that some other models have)- comes with a nice case and plenty of different size earpieces so you can get a perfect fit- great high frequency and mid frequency response. *** negative points include: ***- lacks deep low freqency (bass) response- price is a bit highoverall: i compared these earphones with a few cheaper alternatives that i have in my collection. They outperformed nearly all of them in terms of sound clarity but they definitely did not have the bass response expected for today’s music styles. For this price you would want it all.
I have to laugh at some of the reviews on here. For the price (around $25), there isn’t a better earbud out there. I have two pairs (and have dumped a handful of other brands that cost 3x the price) and they sound great. I use these on day hikes (4-6 hrs x 3-5 days a week) and i’m really pleased at their durability after being yanked out of my mp3 player numerous times while in dense brush. Finally, after a year, the left earbud wire wore out – couldn’t ask for better.
I was about to purchase another pair of these earphones to give as a gift and noticed that the recent reviews (reviews dated 2010) there are complaints about the noise transmitted through the cord. Does anyone know if something has changed in the manufacturing of these earphones?. The two pairs i have do not have any problems with noise from the cord. Are these the best sounding earphones?. Are they worth the msrp of $99. But for the purchase price of $24. 95 you would be hard pressed to find a better set of earphones. The sound is good, maybe a little light in the bass, but good. They are very comfortable to wear, no problem with sound transmitting through the cable and the build seems decent. They also do a good job of isolating outside noise. 95 purchase price, i find these a great set of earphones.
I got these for 27 dollars and i am pretty satisfy with what i purchased. I agree with the others that the bass is lacking. After use and use, the bass becomes crisp and balanced (just right, but not too much) one bad thing about this is that the ear tip falls off. But im currently using the double flanged tip which does not easily fall off due to the fact that it isn’t just one silicon band holding it to the earphone (i don’t know if that made any sense). I did some comparisons between the itouch earphones and these earphones with my itouch. While the altec did greatly reduce outside noise, i can’t really tell the difference between the two (bass and highs sound the same). But then, i do hear the difference when i test it on my laptop with a dedicated sound card. The altec has a wider range than the apple earphone and the bass is overwhelming compared to the apple’s seriously, the apple headphones sounds like garbage when connected to my laptop. Still i’m disappointed that i hear no difference on my itouch.