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post #16 of 93

The Ed8s are tight enough to use for hearing protection on a gun range. 

post #17 of 93

Some of my phones are portable, but I worry that I must be careful to protect them, e.g., Grado RS2 and ED8.  I like the idea of being able to travel without having to worry constantly about protecting the phones from every minor bump.   


Edited by XLR1 - 6/14/12 at 9:25am
post #18 of 93

These make the jump to this price range much more difficult for me as far as deciding which headphone to choose.  Although I don't care for the way they look, I have read nothing but positive reviews about these and I generally like the way ultrasones sound.

post #19 of 93

I think all ultrasone headphones look a bit cheap for their price range (excluding the edition series) so I guess I'm not really surprised with these.  I really look forward to reading more comparisons with other high end headphones.

post #20 of 93

After several days of listening, here is my impression of the Ultrasone Signature Pro.  

 

I am very impressed with the sound quality of the Signature Pros.  They have a very full sound, but not muddy.  Each instrument is distinct and easy to pick out.  They sound better at medium or high volume than low volume.  The base is tight and goes very low.  I would like to see a frequency chart to know, but IMO the base is slightly elevated, which works well for me.  When I say slightly elevated, they still have less base quantity than than Adzes.  Also, they lack the mid base hump of the Edition 8.  Compared to the ED8, they are more neutral and analytical, but maybe a little less fun than the Edition 8.  I am very please with the mids/vocals, both low mids and high mids.  IMO women's voices were a little recessed with the Edition 8, but not so with the Signature.  At normal listening volumes they have no sibilance, which is a big plus for me.  Cymbals are very good, but have slightly less harmonics when compared to the HD800.  Being a closed headphone, as I expected the sound stage is much smaller than my open headphones.  Still, the imaging is very good and lead singers are centered.  They traveled very well and I believe they would take abuse without showing it.  Looks are OK but very plain compare to the gorgeous Edition 8.  My ears do not touch the inner lining.  The back of my ears do touch the back of the leather, but it is not unpleasant.  They seemed slightly heavy at first, but after a little time the weight feels exactly right.  I am more interested in sound quality than looks, so IMO I prefer the Signature Pro to the Edition 8.  Overall, I love these phones and highly recommend them for closed headphone application.


Edited by XLR1 - 7/12/12 at 3:09pm
post #21 of 93
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Originally Posted by XLR1 View Post

After several days of listening, here is my impression of the Ultrasone Signature Pro.  

 

I am very impressed with the sound quality of the Signature Pros.  They have a very full sound, but not muddy.  Each instrument is distinct and easy to pick out.  They sound better at medium or high volume than low volume.  The base is tight and goes very low.  I would like to see a frequency chart to know, but IMO the base is slightly elevated, which works well for me.  When I say slightly elevated, they still have less base quantity than than Adzes.  Also, they lack the mid base hump of the Edition 8.  Compared to the ED8, they are more neutral and analytical, but maybe a little less fun than the Edition 8.  I am very please with the mids/vocals, both low mids and high mids.  IMO women's voices were a little recessed with the Edition 8, but not so with the Signature.  At normal listening volumes they have no sibilance, which is a big plus for me.  Cymbals are very good, but have slightly less harmonics when compared to the HD800.  Being a closed headphone, as I expected the sound stage is much smaller than my open headphones.  Still, the imaging is very good and lead singers are centered.  They traveled very well and I believe they would take abuse without showing it.  Looks are OK but very plain compare to the gorgeous Edition 8.  My ears do not touch the inner lining.  The back of my ears do touch the back of the leather, but it is not unpleasant.  They seemed slightly heavy at first, but after a little time the weight feels exactly right.  I am more interested in sound quality than looks, so IMO I prefer the Signature Pro to the Edition 8.  Overall, I love these phones and highly recommend them for closed headphone application.


I haven't heard the HD800s nor the Ed 8s, but I agree with your assessment of the headphones and I also love 'em!

 

Enjoy!

post #22 of 93

I need help choosing an for the SigPro. I currently own a fiio e11, so I can either keep it and use with the SigPro when I buy it, or I can buy the fiio e17 which has a slighly worse amp but has a DAC. Is it worth upgrading to the e17, or will the e11 do just fine? I'm getting it for the DAC obviously since the amp in the e11 is slightly better, so is it worth buying the e17 for the DAC? Will there be a lot of change. I will be using it with my iphone.

post #23 of 93

for my ear. edition 8 are the evolution of the pro 900 ><

post #24 of 93
Sig pros on their way. I'll be sure to post a review and comparison to my ED 10s.
I'm guessing tube Amps go best with the sig pros as with all Ultrasone headphones?
post #25 of 93

You're the first person I've heard that thinks tubes are good for Ultrasone. With all that bass I have always heard solid state is the way to go to keep it nice and fast. What are your thoughts?

post #26 of 93
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Originally Posted by SoundFreaq View Post

You're the first person I've heard that thinks tubes are good for Ultrasone. With all that bass I have always heard solid state is the way to go to keep it nice and fast. What are your thoughts?
I've always found ultrasones to be very bright. Especially with the s-logic and s-logic plus.
In my opinion the tube amp(wa6se) dials em down to a comfortable level and makes them warm instead of bright. This is especially apparent with my ED 10s, which are known to be overly bright to the point of annoyance. I feel it also fixes the sibilance issue as well as dulls down the overbearing cymbals.
As far as bass response goes with the tubes, I feel that the lows receive better roll off without being distracting at all.
IMO tube amps are especially good for brands like Ultrasone and beyerdynamic
Sennheisers on the other hand benefit from solid states( excluding the hd800s)
I've heard people rave about the hd650s on tube amps but I find them to be a bad match in my opinion. I've read others reviews praising the hd 650s and I wonder if I'm crazy because I really am not a fan and I feel they lack vibrancy.
I'm interested to hear others opinions on this matter. Maybe I should buy a decent solid state for a true comparison.
As of now I'm just switching between my wa6se and hp-p1
post #27 of 93
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Originally Posted by Rawdawg3234 View Post


I've always found ultrasones to be very bright. Especially with the s-logic and s-logic plus.
In my opinion the tube amp(wa6se) dials em down to a comfortable level and makes them warm instead of bright. This is especially apparent with my ED 10s, which are known to be overly bright to the point of annoyance. I feel it also fixes the sibilance issue as well as dulls down the overbearing cymbals.

+1.. tubes are the way to go with brighter headphones like the Ultrasones.. the Sig Pros aren't as bright as the other Ultrasone offerings but the WA6SE can be just as fast with the right tubes and silky smooth at the same time.. something I have yet to hear a SSD do as well as tube amps.

post #28 of 93

Just got my sig pros and so far i'm having very mixed feeling about them. 

The earpads are extremely plush and comfortable however the headband leaves a lot to be desired as far as comfort goes. 

As far as the sound they are impressively crisp in the mids and highs with excellent clarity and a very good soundstage. They remind me of a slightly darker ED 10.

My only problem with the sig pros is the lack of "punch" in the low end. I'm getting almost no bass out of these whatsoever.

Now i've only been listening for a half hour so all of this is my initial impression.

 

Also i would like to add that the lack of bass speeds up the music in my opinion.  So far i am unimpressed.  

post #29 of 93
They're the exact two reasons why I let mine go, although the bass quality is very good the lack of quantity and punch was a deal breaker for me, secondly I also had a big issue with the comfort, I could never get that disappearing feeling which really affected me getting lost in the music.
post #30 of 93
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rawdawg3234 View Post

Just got my sig pros and so far i'm having very mixed feeling about them. 

The earpads are extremely plush and comfortable however the headband leaves a lot to be desired as far as comfort goes. 

As far as the sound they are impressively crisp in the mids and highs with excellent clarity and a very good soundstage. They remind me of a slightly darker ED 10.

My only problem with the sig pros is the lack of "punch" in the low end. I'm getting almost no bass out of these whatsoever.

Now i've only been listening for a half hour so all of this is my initial impression.

 

Also i would like to add that the lack of bass speeds up the music in my opinion.  So far i am unimpressed.  

If you're using the Sig Pros with the WA6SE the tubes make a huge difference in the amount of bass you hear - try to get your hands on some 6FD7s they are the best tubes for bass - with those tubes I never thought the Sig Pros bass was lax, on the other hand with the 6DR7s or 6EW7s they can sound very empty.. This is of course with my Sophia Princess (which also is prob the best rectifier for bass lovers). Like Noxa i didnt find them very comfortable one of the main reasons for the sell also for me the soundstage was lacking as well - otherwise one of the better headphones out there for the price.

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