(Reposting this from my own thread, I didn't see this until after I created it):::
- This - close to buying the Ultrasone 580...You guys who drop $2,000 on a pair every week don't think this is a big deal I'm sure but it's the most I've spent on phones. I have some more questions if anyone is nice enough.
After reading through zillions of threads I understand that the 580s are considered the go-to phones for wide, powerful, clean bass around $100??? True/false?
And a little scooped in the middle?
Sounds right up my ally, since I'm trying to run away from piercing upper-mids.
Before I press "buy" and feel all guilty for spending more money than I had intended to (as usual).
1. I hate the chrome/metal look. I like plain black plastic stuff. Guess I'm stuck in the '80s. Do you think it would be crazy if I applied some metal bluing/blackening solution to the silver parts? That is REAL metal right?
2. What on Earth is this "radiation shielding" feature Ultrasone talks about? I've never heard of anything like this before on headphones. I didn't even know they emitted harmful radiation. Can anyone fill me in?
3. Will running these straight from my $400 Windows laptop work or be a total waste? Is some sort of an amp mandatory? I need a new usb interface and some of them have some decent integrated headphone amps so it's not a major problem but I just want to know what I'm getting into. Basically, hows the sensitivity with low power?
4. I've seen mixed reviews about how rugged these are, ranging from "bulletproof" to "fell apart in a week", Since I'll be carrying these to college in a big goofy manpurse with my computer science textbooks this is very important. I'm not going to be scubadiving/wrestling with them or anything but they'll probably get bumped around a LOT.
Thanks in advance. This forum has been great, before I found it I was looking at all sorts of horrific crap.