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Ultrasone Pro 900 balanced headphones from B&H photo video

Poll Results: Is it worth it to buy the 'balanced' Pro 900's over the regular ones?

 
  • 25% (1)
    Yes
  • 75% (3)
    No
4 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hey yall, I was just looking at the B&H website and saw that they were selling a pair of Ultrasone Pro 900 headphones that were touted as 'balanced' . . . I would like to know if those phones have a significant difference in sound quality over the regular Pro 900's. And if so what is their sound signature? Also I would like it if yall would answer my poll.

post #2 of 17

I think that they will sound more neutral than the stock.

post #3 of 17

I have a pair of 900's I  got balanced by Drew at Moon Audio. The difference before and after was dramatic. The bass cleaned up nice and become much more precise and the high end was tamed down quite a bit. I also started to hear some of the elusive mids. I was so impressed with the results that I then bought the new Signature PRO's and had Moon Audio balance them as well. Now they sound RIDICULOUS and I have a pair of balanced 900's for sale lol.


Edited by raelamb - 3/5/12 at 7:06am
post #4 of 17

Are these being sold used/on consignment? How much is being asked for them? 

 

Those things should be considered in context - remember that you can have a brand new set sent out to be re-cabled/balanced (or DIY if you're into that), so the price has to be "right" if that makes sense.

 

 

post #5 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by raelamb View Post

I have a pair of 900's I  got balanced by Drew at Moon Audio. The difference before and after was dramatic. The bass cleaned up nice and become much more precise and the high end was tamed down quite a bit. I also started to hear some of the elusive mids. I was so impressed with the results that I then bought the new Signature PRO's and had Moon Audio balance them as well. Now they sound RIDICULOUS and I have a pair of balanced 900's for sale lol.

I can't find balance options for headphones on the moon audio website. Can you show me where?
 

 

post #6 of 17

Just call there and speak to Drew. Black Dragon balanced cabling cost me $ 270.

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

In answer to your questions obobskivich, they are new headphones not used and they cost $700 . . . so I guess it would be cheaper to buy a cheaper unbalanced pair and send them in to get balanced by Moon Audio?


Edited by KingOfTheWild - 3/5/12 at 11:03am
post #8 of 17

FWIW, Ultrasone Pro 900 balanced or unbalanced: http://bhpho.to/AC8vdO

 

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I forgot to mention that . . . they do have unbalanced and balanced versions of the Pro 900's . . . thank you henryp.

post #10 of 17


Given that Pro900's can be found for $300-$400 brand new, and recabling is probably $300 or less, you might save *some* money by buying them separately and sending them in. But it isn't likely to be substantial. What I'd be more interested in is what other options you have a $700; that's getting into electrostat territory (Koss ESP/950 and STAX SR-207/307 are both within that range), as well as a few planars (which I have no experience with) and is starting to approach "flagship dynamic" turf (AT W1000X/A2000X/AD2000/W5000, Ultrasone Ed8/SigPro, Denon D7000, etc); there's a lot of options at that price point. So basically what I'd be asking myself, if this were me, is "do I really love the sound of the Pro 900?" - if the answer is yes, this is probably the choice for you, if the answer is no, I would probably at least consider some of the other options given the price. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by kingalekay View Post

In answer to your questions obobskivich, they are new headphones not used and they cost $700 . . . so I guess it would be cheaper to buy a cheaper unbalanced pair and send them in to get balanced by Moon Audio?



 

post #11 of 17

Depends on the amplifier and source you're using. Going balanced does not necessarily guarantee improvements over SE.

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


Given that Pro900's can be found for $300-$400 brand new, and recabling is probably $300 or less, you might save *some* money by buying them separately and sending them in. But it isn't likely to be substantial. What I'd be more interested in is what other options you have a $700; that's getting into electrostat territory (Koss ESP/950 and STAX SR-207/307 are both within that range), as well as a few planars (which I have no experience with) and is starting to approach "flagship dynamic" turf (AT W1000X/A2000X/AD2000/W5000, Ultrasone Ed8/SigPro, Denon D7000, etc); there's a lot of options at that price point. So basically what I'd be asking myself, if this were me, is "do I really love the sound of the Pro 900?" - if the answer is yes, this is probably the choice for you, if the answer is no, I would probably at least consider some of the other options given the price. 

 

 



 


I don't care about either electrostatic or planars as I want portable headphones.

 

post #13 of 17


Then you should not buy balanced headphones, at all, they shouldn't even be on the table; very much a desktop/home-use thing. Hence the suggestions to look elsewhere.

 

If you want the Pro900, get the Pro900; they're $300-$400 when on sale, and $400-$500 when not on sale. If you want to spend more money just to spend it, the Signature Pro would probably be a good place to start.

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Originally Posted by kingalekay View Post


I don't care about either electrostatic or planars as I want portable headphones.

 



 


Edited by obobskivich - 3/5/12 at 11:47pm
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 

Why does that mean I shouldn't get balanced cans? I want as balanced as I can get with a portable full-size pair of headphones.

post #15 of 17

I just bought a Ibasso amp for walking and may be interested in your balanced 900 if still available?

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