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post #3181 of 5935
The "other" Wayne here: Dex, the Ican is taking a fairly stiff
beating in the review circles, overpriced, questionable construction etc. Please keep us informed as I was considering the Ican for my son.
post #3182 of 5935
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Originally Posted by dw6928 View Post
the Ican is taking a fairly stiff
beating in the review circles, overpriced, questionable construction etc.
Indeed, but if one looks outside of Head-Fi, there are some favorable reviews to be found:

TechnoBrains

CNET

Laptop Magazine


Gadgetell

Yahoo Tech

And here's one less-than-favorable one that I'd also tend to agree with many of their criticisms:

TheTechLounge

I think it's a tough call. The looks have improved substantially with the introduction of the all-black "Naos" option, and I do think they sound better than they have been given credit for (but again, perhaps due to my own S-Logic brain burn-in! ). But it's hard to overlook the structural shortcomings presented by the fiddly folding mechanism and how they might hold-up under long-term portable abuse.

Of course, the High End Show in Munich is now just over 2 weeks away, and perhaps Ultrasone will introduce an improved iCans along with their other new models.
post #3183 of 5935
I knew I could depend on you.
post #3184 of 5935
Thread Starter 
I must confess that, although I haven't thought about the prospect of what the new Ultrasones might bring for quite awhile now, the turn of the new month finds me bristling with anticipation about what we might learn around the 18th or thereabouts!
post #3185 of 5935
I trust you will keep us informed of the introductions? I, too,
would love to add another to the stable.
post #3186 of 5935
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I trust you will keep us informed of the introductions? I, too,
would love to add another to the stable.
Naturally, I'd love to make the trip to Munich, but it's not terribly likely, so I'll be depending on the audiophile press coverage of the event and hopefully updates on the respective Ultrasone websites.
post #3187 of 5935
but for the beer?
post #3188 of 5935
Thread Starter 
Just noticed this new blurb on the Ultrasone USA iCans entry page, describing the Naos model as distinct from the others:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ultrasone USA website
Same great iCans sound with a black chrome finish and black headband. With new ergonomic earpad design for better isolation and bigger sound.
So perhaps this bodes well for a revamped iCans within the new lineup. After all, the iCans have been on the market now for about 18 months, which is effectively eons, when considered in terms of the useable lifespan of any iPod-esque accessory.
post #3189 of 5935
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but for the beer?
I live in Belgium, matey, so I could never use that excuse!
post #3190 of 5935
how about a field trip for your loyal Ultrasone following, myself included?
post #3191 of 5935
I called Northern Sound this morning for an update on the Edition 9s. He told me that they were supposed to be coming in this week. Maybe soon I will have them.
post #3192 of 5935
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by slwiser View Post
I called Northern Sound this morning for an update on the Edition 9s. He told me that they were supposed to be coming in this week. Maybe soon I will have them.
Fingers crossed that you will, sl.

Could you spare a few thoughts for us about your experience with the iCans?
post #3193 of 5935
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Originally Posted by Dexdexter View Post
Fingers crossed that you will, sl.

Could you spare a few thoughts for us about your experience with the iCans?
I can...iCans to me were very surprising. Everything I have read around here is bad about them. I think most around here have very high expectations being the perfectionist type of people that we have here. I am almost the opposite of that. If you have followed my posts you will see that I have a problem in that I seem to enjoy any can I am listening too. The iCan has good bass, nice highs and it is a little light in the mid range but over all a very pleasing listen. They do appear to be delicate. Having many cans one may forget how to handle them and trash them by mistake. If you only have them I am sure the handling issue would not be a problem. These are a little higher priced than I would like them in comparison with other cans with their quality range. But hey, I got them second hand for almost half price so I can't complain. They do leak a bit but not as much as other open phones since I am a believer in the Ultrasone technique of lowering the sound level requirement for proper music listening. So leakage is not as severe an issue with the Ultrasone headphones as others for the same listening pleasure for me. All in all, a very nice and attractive portable headphone.

Yes, I am looking forward to getting the UE9s and comparing them with my W5000s out of my AT-HA5000.
post #3194 of 5935
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Thanks for that, sl. I can (sic) recall some of the things that you've mentioned here from your previous posts, but it's always nice to have an update, especially since these are rarely discussed here. Nice to hear you got them 2nd hand, so the price was just about right!

Although I was pleasantly surprised by my brief encounter with them (well, expectations were ridiculously low), I'm hoping the next gen iCans will solve some issues and make them truly worthy of their asking price.
post #3195 of 5935
which is $150, correct?
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