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Affordable Ultimate Ears? We almost couldn’t believe it, either, but that’s what the series offers, depending on your definition of “affordable.” The 5 EB model ($200) is made for extended bass, and delivers. By comparison with the 5 Pro (iLounge rating: A-), which we’ve reviewed separately, you’ll take a hit on detail with the EB version, and also find their bigger bodies impossible to hide in your ears, but if you’re looking for thump, they’re superb – noticeably better than the FS1s or iM716s.

Our Rating

Highly Recommended

Company and Price

Company: Ultimate Ears


Model: Ultimate Ears 5 EB

Price: $199.99

Compatible: iPod 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G/color/photo, mini, 5G, nano, shuffle

Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.