Update on the 'Signature Pro' as of yesterday Australian time
I spent a bit of time playing some 'Cyndi Lauper' through the Signature Pro's on a V800/V181 combo
and it did make a mess of things ~ this headphone really is not suited to female vocals ~ Cyndi's
voice warbled like she was singing through a drain pipe. The upside is that playing 'Grace Jones'
material showed that these cans lend themselves to a more male grave orientated voice, other
actual-male voices also sounded somewhat realistic but still well behind the authenticity of a DT880,
HD650 and T1 reproduction.
I'll finish on a high note though, Robert Miles 'Children' and 'Strange' (also by Grace Jones) were
the best I've heard thus far, the beat bass line is full, rich and detailed across the sub and mid bass,
it does significantly better than the Pro 900 in that respect.
General conclusion? If you wish to step up from the Pro 900 and keep the same signature, then
the Ultrasone Signature Pro deserves a look. It's a big departure from the Edition 8 and 10,
hardly the same vein though.
Thanks for the impressions Gwarmi. Although your findings are rather disappointing the information is nice to know. Compared to others on here I'm still a huge noob when it involves mid/high tier gear so please pardon my ignorance when I ask the following question. In your honest opinion do you think that the worbled female vocals could maybe be smoothed over with a different amd/DAC combo? Enough people seem to like to mix and match their gear to find as they put it the proper synergy for their headphones.
Ultrasone was at their best in my opinion with the Edition 9. It's got serious flaws--- most of which echo the impressions being given so far on the Signature Pros--- but I personally think the Edition 8 and ESPECIALLY the Edition 10 have even greater flaws which resulted from Ultrasone departing from their past template too much.
Sometimes it's advantageous to stick with what you do best. If I want to listen to a headphone for the utmost fidelity and neutral presentation, I'll grab my O2mk1. If I want one of the absolute best "basshead" cans for listening to beat-oriented music, then I'll go for my Edition 9. Variety is the spice in the dunes of life, as no one in particular says.
I'm quite glad to hear the Edition 9 seems to be making a return under the guise of the Signature Pro.
Lets be honest according to what I've read the Edition 10 wasn't just flawed it was a sibilant nightmare. Even Skylab with his huge collection of amps and DAC's couldn't find anything to make the Edition 10's sing like a good headphone should. As I remember it he sent it back and gave it a huge F grade because the sound for the money spent was that terrible. He even got into a bit of an argument with some of the resident Ultrasone fan boys for being harsh with his final impressions. Even Tyll gave it a failing grade and Tyll isn't the kind of person who likes to go out of his way to trash a product. Even when there's a sound flaw he'll usually try to balance his review with some kind of positive and in the case of the Edition 10 he didn't even feel it was worthy enough to do that. I think Ultrasone really screwed up with the EDition 10.