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Ultrasone Limited edition 8

post #1 of 23
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This is my first high end pair of headphones. I also have the ultrasone Ultra pro 900, but I wanted something that pairs better with my iphone without having to use an amp and was smaller than the more fuller size 900's. My question is, does break in really make a difference on these higher end cans. I am not yet blown away by these. While I can see that they will pair better with my portable devices without an amp, I have noticed that at higher volumns, the highs are almost to high. I was listening to some vocals where is is almost hard to listen to. Being my first higher end pair, should I just be patient and give them a chance. The look and feel great. 2 out of 3 wont cut it though.

 

Steve

post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by stickersteve View Post

This is my first high end pair of headphones. I also have the ultrasone Ultra pro 900, but I wanted something that pairs better with my iphone without having to use an amp and was smaller than the more fuller size 900's. My question is, does break in really make a difference on these higher end cans. I am not yet blown away by these. While I can see that they will pair better with my portable devices without an amp, I have noticed that at higher volumns, the highs are almost to high. I was listening to some vocals where is is almost hard to listen to. Being my first higher end pair, should I just be patient and give them a chance. The look and feel great. 2 out of 3 wont cut it though.

 

Steve

 

Heya,

 

They won't change.

 

Your perception of them will change though, while listening, as your brain gets used to what it's hearing and adapts.

 

That said, if you're sensitive to treble, which is what you're describing, Ultrasone is not the way to go; as they virtually all have very spiked, sibilant treble. Ultrasone is a very love/hate sound signature really.

 

Hope you can return them. Otherwise, explore equalization. Drop treble frequencies a bit until it's listenable.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 

Mal, that is very interesting. Thanks for getting back to me with that info. I keep hearing people talk about a break in period with their headphones so maybe it my ears that need a break in period. Funny thing is, I have noticed a chance just since I did that first post in the sound. I picked the edition 8 over some others because of the size and not needing an amp and I did not want to spend over $1000. I got them from Amazon so there should be no problem returning them, but I will give it some more time.
 

post #4 of 23

The curious part about burn in is that it occurs on two stages, both the drivers physically settling in, as well as the brain getting used to the signature.

 

But I do agree that EQing is a good way to correct your treble issues, and they do handle (rational) EQing nicely.

 

I advise you to leave the headphones playing music when you're not using them, at slightly higher volume than what you usually listen to, that will speed up the burn in process. This is especially important since Ultrasone headphones are one of the headphone brands that do benefit from burn in.

post #5 of 23
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You mean messing with the EQ on my iphone? There is not a lot there to mess with other than changing the preset eq settings. I usually just keep that off. Remember, I bought these for portable listening which most of the time is my iphone. I bought a pair of the Bowers & wilkins which have a very nice sound but they hurt my ears so I will probably sell those. I also have an in ear Ultimate ears UE 900 for portable portable listening and those are excellent. I just hate changing the iphone settings back and forth. I really am noticing a difference though with these ultrasones while I have been changing music back and forth.
 

post #6 of 23

You can use higher quality EQing on iPhones. Apps like EQu provide more and better control over frequencies when compared to the stock EQ. You can create your own custom presets for each pair of headphones, having then optimal sound for different headphones without having to manually adjust the EQ again.

post #7 of 23
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I actually already have that app but I never used it. I guess I should learn. I think though it only works for music that is in my itunes library on my phone. I just did a quick test with it. A lot of my music I stream with MOG because of its higher quality, but I have to figure out if there is a way to get it to work with the streaming also.
 

post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by stickersteve View Post

This is my first high end pair of headphones. I also have the ultrasone Ultra pro 900, but I wanted something that pairs better with my iphone without having to use an amp and was smaller than the more fuller size 900's. My question is, does break in really make a difference on these higher end cans. I am not yet blown away by these. While I can see that they will pair better with my portable devices without an amp, I have noticed that at higher volumns, the highs are almost to high. I was listening to some vocals where is is almost hard to listen to. Being my first higher end pair, should I just be patient and give them a chance. The look and feel great. 2 out of 3 wont cut it though.

 

Steve

 

Actually, I've heard 2 brand new pairs of Ed. 8LEs and both changed over 50-75 hours or so with regards to the treble smoothing out. I kinda noticed it the first time I heard them, but paid PARTICULAR attention to the second pair I had and made notes along the way to confirm my findings. So, if you can, give them 75 or so hours first and then pronounce judgement. 

post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 

Do you think the edition 8 is a pretty good choice for driving portables without an amp? I did not want another big set like my 900's. Something smaller that I could walk around with easier yet still have something higher end. There is just so much to choose from and no real way to test them out. I just had to make a pick.
 

post #10 of 23
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I should also have mentioned that I was hoping to get a higher end pair that had the inline mic/volumn buttons for answering calls on my iphone which the edition 8 does not have. I dont suppose there is a cable that can be added inbetween the phone and headphone jack that would accomplish this is there?

post #11 of 23

Ultrasone Edition 8 Romeo and Juliet models have a mic and remote cable, might be of interest to you.

post #12 of 23
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Roller, I saw those, but they are almost twice the price of the existing edition 8. I could just not bare to pay that much more for a cable.
 

post #13 of 23

Hum, I haven't checked their prices as I expected them to have similar prices or slightly higher markups. If it's not the case, then it's certainly not good news.

post #14 of 23
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I saw them listed at $1799 and they are not even available yet. I paid $995 for mine so I cant see justifying that extra cost.
 

post #15 of 23

That is too much, no doubt.

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