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post #1561 of 1944
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

If you could you should try the Sig Pro as well.


That would save me some money so that would be good.redface.gif 

 

I am currently on vacation in my old home town of Toronto and I just visited my old local hockey shop that specializes in goalie equipment.  I just dropped over $1,300 on a chest protector, skates and a pair of pants.  It's not easy to buy this stuff in Hong Kong so I had to take advantage of this moment.  Now I have to decide if I should be buying a pair of Ed8 knowing that I will have some expainin' to do when my wife joins us in Toronto in just over a week.

 

Prior to the goalie gear purchase, I had my mind set on getting the Ed8 Limited Edition.  Now I have to consider minimizing my explainin' by settling for the Ed8 or just wait until that 'right moment' comes again to try for this purchase. 

 

So you think that I should give the SP a try too.  This is so confusing and such a hard decision to make.confused_face_2.gif

post #1562 of 1944

Hope you get a chance to listen to them both before deciding.

post #1563 of 1944

Are they good for classical or movie music ?  I guess there is no sound difference between the different editions.  

post #1564 of 1944

Between the different Ed8's no sound difference, between different Editions...9,7,10 big difference.

post #1565 of 1944
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Originally Posted by dallan View Post

Hope you get a chance to listen to them both before deciding.

Dallan, thanks for your recommendation.  Unfortunately it's not easy finding shops in Toronto that allow you to test out the higher end Ultrasones.  One of them was willing to let me try out a brand new pair but I didn't want them to open up a new one just in case I was not interested in them.  I was afraid that it would hurt their ability to sell it afterward.

 

So there is a chance that I will not get a chance to try out the Signature Pro in the next little while.  But among the differences that I have read between the SP and the Ed8, I actually like a fair amount of highs in my HP.  Therefore, I am still leaning towards the Ed8.

post #1566 of 1944

I just got the Ultrasone 8.  My sound preferences are similar to yours - it seems like you like bass but also the Grado aggressiveness.

I like the Ultrasone 8 very very much.  Definitely give them a listen though... I can see why there are so many varied opinions on it.

post #1567 of 1944

i do not agree with the saying between different ed8, there is no difference, but there is difference, if you prefer female vocals, you should get the Ed8 limited, but of course this is my opinion.

post #1568 of 1944
Are they comfortable to wear ?
post #1569 of 1944
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Originally Posted by utdeep View Post

I just got the Ultrasone 8.  My sound preferences are similar to yours - it seems like you like bass but also the Grado aggressiveness.

I like the Ultrasone 8 very very much.  Definitely give them a listen though... I can see why there are so many varied opinions on it.

utdeep, I think you are correct in that I like bass but also like the Grado aggressiveness.  I think the Pro 900 does a pretty good job at that and I wonder if the Ed8 will actually have less of the Grado aggressiveness that I am getting from my Pro 900.  Will it leave me wanting more (and going back to my Pro 900)?

 

When you say "give them a listen" do you mean the Ed8 or the SP?  And why do you think there are so many varied opinions on (the Ed8?)?

 

Look forward to your comments.

post #1570 of 1944

I really don't get how people call the Ed8 bright, or aggressive.  I find them warm but detailed, they are more balanced than one of my closed portable phones that is bass heavy and just plain better sounding than one of my other flagship closed non portable phones.  Giving me the choice to choose only one pair of headphones for all situations among those that i own(see profile) i would choose the Ed8 at this point.  They may not be the best phone i own (technically) but work great in all situations.

post #1571 of 1944
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Originally Posted by Audio-Omega View Post

Are they comfortable to wear ?

 

The ear cups are on the smallish side, not very deep and the adjustment for the headband is not that long, so if you have big head, big ears or ears that sticks out you are going to be in a lot of hurt.  It seems that the phone was designed with some sort of "model perfect" head size if you ask me, but if you happen to have that "perfect" head and ear size (or smaller) they are very comfortable and light on the head and the paddings are good and soft.

post #1572 of 1944

May be I should look into Beyerdynamic T5p.  

post #1573 of 1944

I have no idea of the SP.  I know it's getting good reviews but I also know it came out this year.  In the 11 years that I've been a member of this site, I've made it a rule to ignore any reviews of headphones or headphone amps that are written shortly after it comes out... unless the author is Jude or HeadphoneAddict because I understand their preferences and their descriptions resonate with me.  Every time I have violated this rule, I have regretted it.

 

After a few hours of listening to the Ultrasone 8, I'm pretty ecstatic.  They definitely don't go down as low as the JH16 Pros and are not as detailed but I definitely enjoy a lot more of my music with them.  Just like Grado's, I don't believe their sound is neutral.  However, I think the term neutral on this site means sitting front and center in an "orchestral hall".  I prefer my music to make me feel like I'm at the front of crowd near the speakers with the bass and wincing from the sharpness of instruments upon impact.

 

That's why I think they are a very polarizing headphone.  I hate the veil of the Sennheisers (never heard the 800) and I don't love the sterility of the JH16s or the feel of custom IEMs.  I think the Edition 8s are not worth close to $1500 but they are terrific at around $800.  I have not tried the Ultrasone 900 Pros.  I'm good for now.

post #1574 of 1944
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Originally Posted by dallan View Post

I really don't get how people call the Ed8 bright, or aggressive.  I find them warm but detailed, they are more balanced than one of my closed portable phones that is bass heavy and just plain better sounding than one of my other flagship closed non portable phones.  Giving me the choice to choose only one pair of headphones for all situations among those that i own(see profile) i would choose the Ed8 at this point.  They may not be the best phone i own (technically) but work great in all situations.

 



What music are you playing on it and what source are you choosing?

I brought this headphone mainly for portable usage which will be playing main stream MP3 files for the most of time. For all those pop and rocks, I found the sibilance is so harsh that it kills every single enjoyment of the music. I know that most of the pop and rock recording are done with very crappy equipment and remix so they can sound good on beat solo. However, I  was expecting more forgiveness form this phone since it is portable.

The phone also does not give me enough attack on the base which I will be expecting form an close can. Even there is warming tuning at the lower end, it just add more sub bass to it instead of going deep with body.

 

Over all, I found it lack of bass impact, very bright for most of pop recording and lack of detail for complex stages. I am comparing it with my UM Miracle, HD800 and Koss ESP 950. This phone seem to be the worse one I have own in every single aspect among them, while been the second most expensive one.

 

P.S.

Maybe I have not burned it in enough, since I have only played it for about 100 hours, but still, what i have is disappointment~~ Also, maybe my hair is 2 long to have the perfect fitting~~~~~ I do expect more out of it since it looks like a real art~~~~~~


Edited by AlanHell - 8/9/12 at 7:43am
post #1575 of 1944

My experience is pretty different.  I wonder if your fitting might be poor.

 

The bass definitely does not go as deep as some of the other headphones I own but there is better mid-bass.  There is some sibilance with instruments but the sibilance matches up with my experiences of hearing these instruments in the flesh.  I'm extremely sensitive to sibilance... the Sony CD3000 were phenomenal headphones but the sibilance was intolerable for me.

 

I listen to mostly 256 AAC files through an Audioquest Dragonfly which has added a lot of clarity and better staging to the sound.  Straight through the headphone jack of my Galaxy Note, iPad, or Macbook Pro, they don't sound as good.  My JH16Pros sound better for those purposes.  However, I am enjoying them more than any headphone I have had in years.

 

I've read two messages about this headphone being overly bright and one that says it is balanced.  As always, your experience may vary but my opinion is that they are slightly bright and I prefer it that way.  My musical preferences are Hans Zimmer, Yo Yo Ma, Prodigy, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Offspring, and Kanye.

 

I'm happy with them.  I still don't think any headphone is worth $1500.


Edited by utdeep - 8/9/12 at 8:44am
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