Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › Opinions on Ultrasone Headphones...?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Opinions on Ultrasone Headphones...? - Page 2

post #16 of 123
Bottom line if you have good hearing you'll love em, they are extremely detailed.
post #17 of 123
I love both the Zino and HFI-780.

About S-Logic:
I've asked the chief physician of the ENT department about the reduced pressure on the eardrum.
He said that loudness does not necessarily mean that you have more pressure on your eardrum (so it's true what Ultrasone says in contrast to what the review on anythingbutipod says), but that hardly matters at all as headphones don't damage the eardrum in the first place but they're only a threat for the middle ear.

Meaning from a medical point of view Ultrasones aren't (much) healthier than other headphones.
post #18 of 123
Owned the Pro 750s a while ago. They weren't bad by any means, as good accuracy and transient response as my ER4Ps probably, and generally nice bass, but two things bugged me.

Sibilance. Lots of it. These were pre-owned by 2 other owners so I'm sure they were burnt in enough, but on some songs with cymbals they were excruciating. Also comfort, they weren't bad but I had to readjust them constantly because they'd shift to an uncomfortable position on my head. Mids sounded maybe a tad hollow also, but it's not a big deal really, and I guess the accented highs and lows is part of why some people like them so much.
post #19 of 123
I agree about the sibilance and a bit hollow mids for my pro 900, but imo they wouldn't be studio headphones if they didn't have the ability to bring out such flaws in recordings. Other than accidentally buying their pro series when I really wanted something in their HFI series, the only issue I might have with Ultrasone is that I don't think the cables they use do justice to the bass potential of their headphones (but the stock cables do sound very neutral and neutral presentation).
post #20 of 123
Denon D5000/7000 are know for their bass. How does Ultrasone compare? I have Denon, I'd like to know more before I venture. Thank you.
post #21 of 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ultrazino View Post
I love both the Zino and HFI-780.

About S-Logic:
I've asked the chief physician of the ENT department about the reduced pressure on the eardrum.
He said that loudness does not necessarily mean that you have more pressure on your eardrum (so it's true what Ultrasone says in contrast to what the review on anythingbutipod says), but that hardly matters at all as headphones don't damage the eardrum in the first place but they're only a threat for the middle ear.

Meaning from a medical point of view Ultrasones aren't (much) healthier than other headphones.

You lucky so and so.

Currently i have the Proline 750's, HFi15G (stunning and the most comfortable headphones I have!!) and the iCans. I'm currently looking at a Ray Samuels Predator, and then either the 780's and zino's, or the 900's.


Ultrasone full size headphones are full size, and heavy, and not the most comfortable headphones (in terms of weight). T be honest, don't be put off by all that s-logic stuff ... marketing hype and there a means ans ways of getting around it with (what look like) simple mods. however 'modding' for me is changing the ear pads that's as brave as I get.

For me it wast he entire package of extra ear pads, and a choice of two cable. I'm afraid i love coiled or braided cables!

deep and lush as the sound goes. The go-vibe V5 was my first headphone amp, and i felt it tightened up the 750's bass, and took the edge off the highs. I would recommend an amp of some sort as they're not the easiest headphones to drive.

But at the end of the day, i do love them (750 and HFI-15G). I would like to get my hands on the Zino's just to see if they're as good as the HFI's, but I would recommend Ultrasone to anyone, but leave some of your budget on an amp as well ... but you can buy that later.
post #22 of 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by Enigma3 View Post
Thanks a lot for the feedback guys.
@Krackatus

I am into New Age and Indian Instrumental music as well as artists like Enigma and Loreena McKennitt. One thing is for sure, to me these genres require powerful bass and clear highs in order to sound great.

One thing I must mention though my ONLY use for headphones are on my computer speakers. I am not into the professional aspect of music nor do I desire to purchase an amp however I do need above average quality sound when listening to my music.

I am a kind of guy that cannot get through a day without listening to at least an hour of music as weird as that may sound....
The 900s has both covered.
For stuff like Enigma, the 900s are extremeley good. They have quite a laid back sound. REALLY good for ambient/techno music - due to the tight impactful bass, and spacious soundstage they have. In fact i can't think of a better headphone (that i've heard) for that genre.
Just don't expect guitar crunching mids from these things. Although it dosn't look like you listen to that sort of music anyway. I should mention, that the Kees mod 'apparently' solves this problem of slightly recessed mids, but I havn't got round to trying it yet.
post #23 of 123
i own the 780's and have done for 6 months now.

when i got them they were very VERY sibilant which put me off them quite a lot, but after a very long 300+ hour burn-in, they have settled tremendously.
the bass is awesome. its very accurate and tight, got masses of punch, very quick, and it can do lots of it when its needed, however its not overpowering.
they are crazy detailed. listening to classical music, i can hear people turning pages, stools creaking, peoples breathing, the conductors suit moving as he raises his arms in a couple of recordings. its madness.
on other recordings you can hear people talking and laughing in the studio, and it just makes you smile to know your hearing something probably less than half a percent of listeners have heard on that track!
they do not require an amp. they sound better, but not by a huge amount. i own an ibasso D10 and although it improves bass and detail my ipod classic is a plenty good enough source. so long as your source is good, (a good DAC is important, D10 rocks for this!) you should have no trouble powering them.
i recently listened to the denon 1001's which were roughly the same price when i bought the ultrasones, and im so glad i didnt get the d1001's. flappy, inaccurate muddy bass, weak treble extension, veiled top end mids.... it was just boring.
on top of that they felt like they would snap if you looked at them too hard.

now the down sides. they are very heavy which makes them uncomfortable after a while, and the headband digs into your head from the weight. the flip side is that they are built like tanks.
they are most certainly not portable. the huge size, weight, and the 14 foot cable are not pocket friendly.
your source is important. laptop soundcards sound TERRIBLE. really, honestly, night and day, terrible. i now use an ibasso D10 (which is way overkill but it serves my stereo too) and its amazing the difference that makes. anything is an improvement over a laptop soundcard though. i had an Emu 0202 for 2 weeks before it packed it (it was second hand from a school) and that made an enormous difference. nearly as good as the 5x priced D10.
post #24 of 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by roosta View Post
they do not require an amp. they sound better, but not by a huge amount. i own an ibasso D10 and although it improves bass and detail my ipod classic is a plenty good enough source. so long as your source is good, (a good DAC is important, D10 rocks for this!) you should have no trouble powering them.
I agree with everything you said regarding the detailed sound, this I think is what every headphone should aspire to reach, an unresolvable headphone is a boring one. Regarding amping, my Zero Amp/DAC improves these tenfold compared to plugged directly into the computers sound card or ipod/Zune... they turn from being somewhat lifeless to unleashing the beast within... while they may sound better than 50% of headphones unamped I would absolutely recommend something along the lines of amplification for these. Desktop amp for full sized headphones, portable amp for IEM's.

Quote:
Originally Posted by roosta View Post
now the down sides. they are very heavy which makes them uncomfortable after a while, and the headband digs into your head from the weight. the flip side is that they are built like tanks. they are most certainly not portable. the huge size, weight, and the 14 foot cable are not pocket friendly.
I disagree, these things are light... they did dig into my head at first but a simple adjustment fixed that issue. Try extend the headband by 1 notch on each size and move the headband further up your head, it sits comfortably removing the weight the headband issue.
post #25 of 123
Quote:
my Zero Amp/DAC improves these tenfold compared to plugged directly into the computers sound card or ipod/Zune...
i reckon thats more to do with the better DAC than the increased power output though. itunes --> D10 DAC --> D10 AMP sounds far far better than iPod DAC --> D10 AMP. everything is an improvement. D10 amp is a poor match to its awesome DAC, but thats for another topic.
post #26 of 123
I wouldn't miss much if Ultrasone vanished from the market.
post #27 of 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by nickchen View Post
I wouldn't miss much if Ultrasone vanished from the market.
You wouldn't miss much if your head fell off your shoulders.
post #28 of 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by nickchen View Post
I wouldn't miss much if Ultrasone vanished from the market.
Coming from someone who use's the poorest built phones in the world.. Says alot right there. I could say the same about Grado! But meh im not out to argue, just enjoy my 780's.
post #29 of 123
ive been reading up alot about the hfi 780's and asking alot of questions to current owners, Graphicism and roosta have been very very helpful in making my decision, my trip is almost confirmed for bangkok (where i plan to demo hopefully and buy the pair) even if i dont manage a demo, im gonna pick the 780's coz i dont know one person who owns them and is not happy with em. almost everyone that ive spoken told and said that i listen to electronic music , they have recomended me the 780's so its really a no brainer, cant wait to pick these up! will keep u updated guys.
post #30 of 123
Just got some HFI-680s sitting unopened (Saturday delivery FTW). Hope to get some initial listening in tomorrow.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphones (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › Opinions on Ultrasone Headphones...?