Originally Posted by Seyumi Hello,I posted this same question in both the Ultrasone 900 and 2900 Appreciation thread since I need people with experience on both of these headphones. I’ve asked this question on another non-audiophile forum but getting some pretty generic responses.I’m looking for a new pair of headphones. I’m using them for computer gaming primary but I love listening to electronica music as well. I consider myself the “Compromised Gamer” and I want headphones with good directional sound but has great bass to go along with it.I’ve narrowed it down to 2 choice. Either the Ultrasone Pro 900 or the Ultrasone Pro 2900. I currently own an Ultrasone HFI-700 and very impressed with it but want to upgrade. I know the 900's are closed-back and the 2900's are open-back. I don’t care about sound leakage or whatnot. I am looking for the highest quality sound with good bass. I haven’t seen many comparisons between the two headphones. I've noticed though that the 2900's are not nearly as popular as the 900's. The 2900’s are more expensive than the 900’s though. Does anyone have any experience with these two headphones? Which would be better primary for gaming if price isn't a factor? Thanks.
Both image very well (and similarly), both are comfortable, both are very good with gaming and electronica. The 900 have more bass, offer isolation, but have somewhat withdrawn mids; the 2900 sound a bit more open, have less bass, and more present mids. Really either is going to be a good candidate. Price-wise, at current prices (they're actually the same list price), the 900 are probably a better "value" (I hate discussions of value though) - simply because they're ~$200 less via Amazon today. For just gaming, unless you have both to sit and A/B, I'm not sure you'd really notice a difference - both will be very good (especially compared to most of the "gamer headphone" garbage that's been put out over the years). For music listening, the 2900 have a bit sweeter voicing, but at the expense of bass slam (don't get me wrong, both are fairly bassy headphones). For electronic music this different isn't a huge problem imho, but for some genres the 2900 will probably have an edge.
Finally you must remember that the 900 and 2900 are both fairly unforgiving and bright headphones - nails driven on demand. If you listen to a lot of poorly mastered, heavily compressed, etc audio, the HFI-2400 would be a MUCH better suggestion (for gaming they're going to be just as good as the more expensive PROline models, but they're more forgiving, which will lend to listening to a wider variety of music - honestly you don't need high-end cans for quality gaming audio).
So the easy answer is "either" unless you're concerned about isolation (imho it's a good thing for gaming), or "neither" if you're intending to feed low quality media into them.
Originally Posted by bareyb
I know right? Can we trust anything from Headphonia now?
Having said that, I DO agree that the 900 has the best spacial qualities of any closed back phone.
Honestly I'm more inclined to agree with Headphonia than the "rule of hype" that says the 900 are "bass and nothing else - bass!" While they aren't my favorite headphone for swing, jazz, or rock - they aren't slouches (and my primary complaints are similar to my complaints regarding the 2900 - they're somewhat dry and aggressive, and relatively unforgiving). The extra bass isn't mud-and-blood, and doesn't push itself in where unwanted; they get a bum rap as being good for nothing but modern bass-blast genres simply because they have good bottom-end extension and impact.