Recently I posted about getting a pair of the ultrasone edition 8. Seems like a number of 'professional' and 'non-professional' reviews had them as having superb quality. And I was really set on getting them. For a while my local audio store didn't have any as they were constantly sold out so I could never try them out. But luckily I stopped by yesterday and they had one (brand new) in which was going to be a floor model. I was the first person to try out a brand new ultrasone 8
Normally when I'm listening with my Westone 4 I have the volume on my iphone set at 30% volume. So with the ultrasone and their '40% reduction of sound pressure level' I figure 30% volume would be quite loud. At 30% with the Ultrasone I can barely hear anything, it was like a whisper. I had to turn the volume up to about 50-60% depending on the song that's playing. That's a 2x increase in volume. As for the noise isolation, I have small ears so the headphones fit really well but it doesn't isolate that well. I asked the sales person at the store to see if there were any gaps between the phone and my head and there weren't any. So it can't be leakage that's letting me hear outside noise. So I'm not sure what's going on there as there are reviews where people say with the ultrasone on they can barely hear any outside noise.
Comfort is great but the sound quality is soft, really soft. At first I thought maybe I needed an amp. So I pulled out my Fiio E7 (the same one I use with my westone 4). Normally it's at about a 3-4 in volume but with the ultrasone I had to go up to a 9 or 10 in volume. I can't even focus on the quality of the phones since I'm always fiddling around with the volume.
Was this ultrasone 8 defective? I can't believe a $1000K headphone act like this