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post #181 of 5883
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Originally Posted by matt27 View Post

Just opened mine about an hour ago. The bass quality is very good and I think definitely beats my denons. I think they'll sound even better with burn-in. They are more comfortable than I was expecting. I used to own the Hfi-780s, which I never really found comfortable. I was afraid the comfort level on the 900s wouldn't be much better because they looked similar to the 780s in pictures, but they are bigger and the pads are much better than the 780s pleather pads. So far I am glad I dropped the cash on these!


Awesome. I'm glad you like them so far. I've only got 35 hours on mine (all on my head) and they still sound incredible. Refinement will follow.

 

Yeah, I did extensive comparisons between them and the D2000, and the Pro 900 has much deeper and more apparent bass. Simply said, it's just better.

 

Keep us posted on how you find these in the future when they get more time with you. I'm curious to see if people appreciate the bass on these as much as I do! biggrin.gif

post #182 of 5883

I just got mine a couple hours ago today too. I'm liking what I'm hearing... The bass is crazy big with these-- I actually hope it calms down a little and gains some control (this coming from a known basshead 'round these parts). I can confirm GerogeGoodman's recommendation above for the Headstage Arrow. Great pairing. I still have my HFI-780s and will do some comparisons tonight. But I have a feeling I'm going to find these in a whole other league. I was somewhat paranoid I'd find the top end strident and too harsh with some of the comments I'd read, but I don't find that the case at all. I do think there's more resolution and treble energy than the 780s, but it's nothing near like what I was expecting to hear after the comments which made me worry. 

 

These are definitely out-of-the-box impressions and I know things will change somewhat after some hours are on them, but I do like what I'm hearing. 

post #183 of 5883
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I just got mine a couple hours ago today too. I'm liking what I'm hearing... The bass is crazy big with these-- I actually hope it calms down a little and gains some control (this coming from a known basshead 'round these parts). I can confirm GerogeGoodman's recommendation above for the Headstage Arrow. Great pairing. I still have my HFI-780s and will do some comparisons tonight. But I have a feeling I'm going to find these in a whole other league. I was somewhat paranoid I'd find the top end strident and too harsh with some of the comments I'd read, but I don't find that the case at all. I do think there's more resolution and treble energy than the 780s, but it's nothing near like what I was expecting to hear after the comments which made me worry. 

 

These are definitely out-of-the-box impressions and I know things will change somewhat after some hours are on them, but I do like what I'm hearing. 

Let me ask, What happens when you turn on the bass boost and crossfeed on the Arrow? What happens when you max both of them at the same time?basshead.gifvery_evil_smiley.gifeek.gifbiggrin.gif If it blows your ears out, I am not to blame.
 

post #184 of 5883
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Sounds like it would be amazing very_evil_smiley.gif

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Is there any optimal positioning on your head for the pro 900s?  It might sound weird but the bass seems to differ when I position the cups over my ears in slightly different positions.  This thread also mentions it but I can't tell if I've hit that 'sweet spot':

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/204879/there-s-something-about-ultrasone/2895#post_2821957

 

It might just be in my head (I'm hoping it is; I just want to put on the phones and go) but has anybody else noticed this?

 

post #186 of 5883

A couple months down the track and I think I'll be selling mine. Heard a lot of new headphones recently at a meet and these just lack the "life" and excitement of some of the others I heard. These are great headphones, and decent all rounders, but I like a more lively sound.

post #187 of 5883
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Originally Posted by matthewh133 View Post

A couple months down the track and I think I'll be selling mine. Heard a lot of new headphones recently at a meet and these just lack the "life" and excitement of some of the others I heard. These are great headphones, and decent all rounders, but I like a more lively sound.


Out of curiosity, what are the other headphones that you are considering moving to that have the lively sound that you are seeking?

post #188 of 5883
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Originally Posted by matthewh133 View Post

A couple months down the track and I think I'll be selling mine. Heard a lot of new headphones recently at a meet and these just lack the "life" and excitement of some of the others I heard. These are great headphones, and decent all rounders, but I like a more lively sound.


Out of curiosity, what are the other headphones that you are considering moving to that have the lively sound that you are seeking?

 

I personally loved the sound of the RS1i and the AD2000. I heard absolutely no sibilance from the RS1i that people seem to find to be an issue with Grados. That being said, the PRO 900 sounds terrible with female vocals that I listen to. I wouldn't call it sibilant, but just unpleasant.

post #189 of 5883

Have you tried Kees modding them? http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/396267/how-bright-is-an-ultrasone-pro-900/60

 

If that is too much trouble, another highly recommended option is to stick small, 15mm felt dots on the outside of the metal plate and maybe cover a few holes. All you need to do for that is to twist off the earcups and then put the felt on the metal plate. Stick it on your jeans a few times to remove most of the stickiness, and then you can move the felt around and hopefully get a sound you like. All credit goes to Exit Pupil for the above described mod. Here is the beginning of it in the Pro900 thread, just read a few pages ahead to construct the full thing: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/356923/ultrasone-pro900/780

 

Exit Pupil also talks about burning them in at extremely high volumes, and says this helps as well.

 

I hope I put something up useful to you. If not, I may want to take them off your hands.wink_face.gif

post #190 of 5883
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Originally Posted by GeorgeGoodman View Post

Have you tried Kees modding them? http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/396267/how-bright-is-an-ultrasone-pro-900/60

 

If that is too much trouble, another highly recommended option is to stick small, 15mm felt dots on the outside of the metal plate and maybe cover a few holes. All you need to do for that is to twist off the earcups and then put the felt on the metal plate. Stick it on your jeans a few times to remove most of the stickiness, and then you can move the felt around and hopefully get a sound you like. All credit goes to Exit Pupil for the above described mod. Here is the beginning of it in the Pro900 thread, just read a few pages ahead to construct the full thing: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/356923/ultrasone-pro900/780

 

Exit Pupil also talks about burning them in at extremely high volumes, and says this helps as well.

 

I hope I put something up useful to you. If not, I may want to take them off your hands.wink_face.gif


I'm not really interested in modding too much, but the Kees mod is something I did consider for a while. I'd rather keep it as is so I can sell it in good nick haha. Thanks for the help though!

post #191 of 5883

Anyone have any recommendations on a good extension cable? the 900 cables are a little short for my taste.

post #192 of 5883
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Originally Posted by matt27 View Post

Anyone have any recommendations on a good extension cable? the 900 cables are a little short for my taste.


Not sure how the coiled cable that comes with the 900s could be too short for you, but NuForce makes some nice, cheap cables. You would want the Transient PP-MF-2M. If you're using the cable with the 1/4 plug already, though, it won't fit.

post #193 of 5883
I also had to buy an extension cable for it to reach my head on the computer. I just bought a cheap one from an electronics store and didn't notice any loss in sound quality.
post #194 of 5883
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Originally Posted by GeorgeGoodman View Post

Let me ask, What happens when you turn on the bass boost and crossfeed on the Arrow? What happens when you max both of them at the same time?basshead.gifvery_evil_smiley.gifeek.gifbiggrin.gif If it blows your ears out, I am not to blame.

 



With both maxed out, you get a blended, huge sound with ear pounding bass! It's too much for sure. These really show off the effect of crossfeed too, more so than any ear/headphone I've ever plugged into the Arrow. Crossfeed always seemed hardly noticeable at all, but with the 900s you really can hear the difference. It gives me new admiration for how well implemented the feature is on the Arrow. I think both at max almost did blow my ears out! Ha ha. 

 

So when are you picking up a pair of 900s? They're amazing, even fresh out of the box.

post #195 of 5883
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Originally Posted by GeorgeGoodman View Post

Let me ask, What happens when you turn on the bass boost and crossfeed on the Arrow? What happens when you max both of them at the same time?basshead.gifvery_evil_smiley.gifeek.gifbiggrin.gif If it blows your ears out, I am not to blame.

 



With both maxed out, you get a blended, huge sound with ear pounding bass! It's too much for sure. These really show off the effect of crossfeed too, more so than any ear/headphone I've ever plugged into the Arrow. Crossfeed always seemed hardly noticeable at all, but with the 900s you really can hear the difference. It gives me new admiration for how well implemented the feature is on the Arrow. I think both at max almost did blow my ears out! Ha ha. 

 

So when are you picking up a pair of 900s? They're amazing, even fresh out of the box.

I may get them soon or I may wait a bit. I already have great phones, including an ortho I want to mod. I think I might put some money into the phones I have by modding them and getting an equalizer and amp instead of buying a new phone. I will probably buy the 900s at some point, just not now. The orthos I have, the ubiquitous Fostex T50RP, can really put out some great bass, with the amazing ortho mids. That is why I am not strongly hankering for the 900s right now. Don't get me wrong, I have wanted a pair of Pro 900s for almost a year now, but I can wait for good things. 

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