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post #886 of 1830
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Originally Posted by Mortalcoil View Post

 

If the Signature series is simply relegated as a portable hp I can see why it does not receive the accolades it should.  If considered and used as a stay at home,  long sit down listening session type of hp I feel its merits will become more obvious to the unacustomed.

 

 

I definitely agree with you. 

post #887 of 1830
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post


How Do You Use Your Ultrasone Signature [DJ/Pro]??

I'm wondering if these headphones are stuck in-between two levels of audio enthusiasts/audiophiles. I took my SigDJ back to Oz to show to some Head-Fi members there. They happen to be Audeze owners and they didn't like the DJ sound at all. On the other hand, I have another friend in Tokyo who more recently started to get serious into this hobby (although a long term closet Head-Fier) loves the Signature series (the Pros more so than the DJ).

I should have done a better survey to ask the Ozzies what genre of music they listened to but the Tokyo SigPro owner listens to hiphop, electronica, etc.

I personally have not been using my DJs for music but more for movies & YouTube documentaries when I want isolation from a screaming baby. For audio, I tend to use my TH-900/Zana Deux or SR-009 when no one's home.

Initially I intended on the SigDJs for outdoor use but I tend to use IEMs more during such times.


This is an excellent question.  I don't consider myself as much of an audio purist, but more of an enthusiast.  For me, the "fun" aspect holds high importance.  I listen to my Sig DJ everywhere which might be their most unique feature in that such a high end sound isn't practical for portable use with other summit-fi cans.  IEMs would absolutely be more practical for portable use, but for some reason I now find having those in my ear annoying, plus I was never able to achieve a good fit and the sound deteriorates quickly as they slowly lose their seal.

 

I think that Ultrasone's reputation of harsh highs precedes them and the Signature line is dismissed my some without being heard which is a shame.  Since I have not auditioned Audeze and Stax, I can't comment on a comparison.  In fact, I don't doubt they could be somehow superior in many ways based on their design and pricetag.  However, I have listened to lesser headphones with a variety of sound signatures and find my ears are tuned to require that deep bass punch provided generously by the Sig DJ along with their exceptional overall SQ.

 

Regarding genre, I never listen to classical/instrumental and can see how this would not be the Signature line's strong suit compared with high-end open headphones.  I listen primarily to pop and rock from the 60's to present with a healthy dose of current pop/dance/EDM and a bit of hip hop while exercising.   I find the versatility of the Sig DJ remarkable in that I can listen to 70's singer/songwriter artists with no perceived exaggerated bass and enjoy the bountiful soundstage with detailed vocals and acoustic guitar, then switch over to EDM like David Guetta and be bowled over by the bass punch without touching EQ.

 

For my taste and lifestyle, the Sig DJ is simply the perfect headphone.


Edited by Craigster75 - 5/17/13 at 8:22am
post #888 of 1830
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post


How Do You Use Your Ultrasone Signature [DJ/Pro]??
 

 

Hey AnakChan.

 

I use both at work most of the time. Cowon C2 --> Schiit Magni

Listen to a lot of different genres as I am one to just start my mp3 player, configure to "Shuffle All" and go through my day. That means that I can be listening to Rage Against the Machine at a given time and then Fiona Apple might start playing... Listen mostly to pop, pop rock, electronica, DnB, alternative, punk rock, post-hardcore, metalcore, hard rock, Merengue, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, Bohemia/Bolero, spanish/Latin Rock and a bit of Blues/New Orleans-sound. As you can see, usually no classical tunes out of my mp3 player. Of course I also alternate with my Mad Dogs which are more laid back, but I feel they do Ok with most of what I listen to.

 

Since I haven't auditioned Stax nor Audeze's I don't know how they perform with those genres above. But considering that MOST of the mainstream listen to the above, I don't know how they wouldn't go hand in hand with this Ultrasone series. I feel that the Pro would do excellent with Jazz and classical too due to the more "neutral-ish" signature. But I guess that people are indeed "scared" of the Ultrasone name. Not only that, but we have to keep in mind that most of their "premium" headphones are priced slightly above what other people would pay for competing cans (in the case of the Sig Pros --> Mad Dogs, HD600s, Shure SRH1840s, etc ... but with less bass impact; in the case of the Sig DJs: V-Moda M100, M-Audio Q40s, Yamaha Pro 500s, etc ... but with less mids, details and sound stage.)

post #889 of 1830

It would be interesting to add the reasons why those people did not like the Sig DJs. It might help some people to go in the right direction when looking to spend more on headphones.

 

I use the Sig DJs at home, listen straight from the comp until I can get a decent dac/amp combo. I'm pretty happy so far.

 

I like the fact that if I want to use them on the street, I could. But probably will not be doing that so much. I was on a trip a week ago and used them on the plane, though. But I was being so careful, even carried the case in a bag so I wouldn't have to hang them around my neck.

 

My favorite genres are definitely bass-heavy. Mostly electronic music, reggae, some rock as well. The reason I bought these is because I needed that bass slam. But I agree that they are somewhat picky with the source. You can definitely tell the different ways some tracks are mastered. And my phone has kind of a hard time driving them to their full sound. The comp does a lot better.

 

Also, I want to say thanks to craigster. His search for headphones helped me out a lot in my decision. He deserves recognition for being so active and informative, providing comparisons and reasons why he liked or disliked a headphone.


Edited by erod - 5/17/13 at 10:46am
post #890 of 1830
On some tracks, I prefered my Signature Pro's to my HD800'S, they don't have the super wide soundstage of the HD800's, but the detail retrieval is compairable.
post #891 of 1830

I like the Swiss army knife concept for all of my gear. I want things that work under all conditions, not only under some. The Signatures can play very good music  straight out of both of my computers, out of all three DAPs I own, even better when the DAPs are paired with the Meier Audio Stepdance. They do well straight out of my ancient Technics CD player. They play all genres from classic to electronica, they are decent for gaming and movies......

And they fit very comfortable on all ears I personally own.....beyersmile.png

 

I have both even though I would only need one of themblink.gif

 

But I cannot decide which one...atsmile.gif

post #892 of 1830

Guys, what's the consensus on the best/cheapest place to buy the sig DJ's?? Used to be RMC but they don't sell them any more apparently.

post #893 of 1830
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Originally Posted by customNuts View Post

Guys, what's the consensus on the best/cheapest place to buy the sig DJ's?? Used to be RMC but they don't sell them any more apparently.

Lowest iv seen would be soundearphones when they do that once a year gizmodo buy giftcards deal but it still shows them as out of stock.  Gizmodo giftcard thing would of brought them down to $800.

Only place in the US i see with them in stock is moon and B&H.

Dosnt look like youd really save much if you imported them from japan.

 

Im hoping moon has a sale sometime soon.

post #894 of 1830

There is 1 Sig DJ available like at $800 or so on our Forum Trade boards! Do a search there. I've also posted an IC for the Signature Pros, the DJs brother ;-). Other than used deals or the "gift cards" deal mentioned (which is not in effect now), there's no other way to get them below $1000 as far as I know.

post #895 of 1830
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Originally Posted by tattare View Post

Lowest iv seen would be soundearphones when they do that once a year gizmodo buy giftcards deal but it still shows them as out of stock.  Gizmodo giftcard thing would of brought them down to $800.

Only place in the US i see with them in stock is moon and B&H.

Dosnt look like youd really save much if you imported them from japan.

 

Im hoping moon has a sale sometime soon.

Thanks mate. Bummer.

post #896 of 1830

Pretty new to this thread.  Can someone point me to the post # where the DJ and the Pro are compared?  Thx..

post #897 of 1830
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Pretty new to this thread.  Can someone point me to the post # where the DJ and the Pro are compared?  Thx..


Here is one:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/ultrasone-signature-dj/reviews/7773

 

I have heard both and they are both great.  The Sig DJ has a bigger soundstage and "beefier" low end, but doesn't overwhelm.

post #898 of 1830

Thanks.  

 

So would you say the Pro is more balanced across the FR?

post #899 of 1830
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Thanks.  

 

So would you say the Pro is more balanced across the FR?


Yes, greater transparency.  If you are not at least a bit of a basshead, the PRO may be more to your taste.  However, the Sig DJ bass comes out mostly when called upon, so it is more subtle than lesser headphones with a DJ moniker.

post #900 of 1830
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Thanks.  

 

So would you say the Pro is more balanced across the FR?

 

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Originally Posted by Craigster75 View Post


Yes, greater transparency.  If you are not at least a bit of a basshead, the PRO may be more to your taste.  However, the Sig DJ bass comes out mostly when called upon, so it is more subtle than lesser headphones with a DJ moniker.

 

Agreed.

My compare --> http://www.head-fi.org/t/623238/ultrasone-signature-dj/675#post_9300553

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