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Bought Ultrasone Signature Pro yesterday, still not confident

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

after years in midfi, i decided to Stretch my Limit and jump into higher end. i mostly use closed back headphones, as i live in a noisy City. yesterday i went to a local dealer and listened to beyerdynamic t5p and ultrasone signature pro right off my ibasso dx50.

 

the sig pro gave me somekind of wow-effect with ist very deep soundstage and excellent Separation. the beyer seemed on par with my beloved srh940 in almost every aspect. so i bought the sig pro.

 

today i first Thing i did was listening to the ultrasone, which is on my head right now. and what i hear today is not as Magic as yesterday anymore.instead i here the metallic somewhat hollow ultrasone Sound, that has never been my Cup of tea. it is not the case with classical orchestra, which suprises me, but with the other genre i listen to, complex ambient electronica.

 

so right nor i am a Little torn what to do. as far as i know the only higher end closed back These days would be the audeze lcd xc, but as it is too heavy and not portable at all, i guess i have to decide between the beyer t5p and the sig pro.

 

to be honest, i owned a srh1540 before and though it is a Little dark sounding and has too much bass emphasis for my likes, i feel, that Overall technical abilitys are slightly above t5p ans sig pro. the mids for example are much more neutral/natural to my ears and Imaging and Detail retrieval seems unmatched.

 

so do you have any sugestions? i do not believe in cable Sound and amplifiers should do what they are built for: amplifing without changing the Sound. so both things will not be the solution i am looking for. to be honest: i own a k701 for years and to me it sounds exactly the same straight of the dx50 compared to fancy 1000$ amps.

post #2 of 13

Depending on how much sound you need to attenuate from the background, don't forget about the Fostex TH-900 and TH-600 though I have not listened to the latter.

 

As for the Sig Pro, have you tried adjusting the earcups up and down? Perhaps you are not getting a proper seal, though I can't say as I haven't heard those either.


Edited by namaiki - 3/19/14 at 5:25am
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

thx. the fostex may be too bassy for me and Isolation is not the best from reading.

post #4 of 13

Was the SP you tried at your dealer brand new too ?

 

All Utrasone I tried need serious & long burn in ;) . I recently sold mine in order to save money to pay a new amp for my HD800. but when i'll be able to buy another Sig pro I'll oder it without any doubt. 

 

IME ,Sig pro treble stays slightly metallic even after burn in (It's the Ultrasone main gene) but never at the point of being so annoying.  I tried the TH900 two times and the two times I dislike its excessive treble energy. That been said , I know people who can't endure Ultrasone Signature pro's treble more than10 seconds.

post #5 of 13

return it and get a nad viso hp50

 

problem solved.

post #6 of 13

Or sock-drawer it for a couple of days at listening volume running of whatever device you have handy while it is plugged into the power. If 48 hours of music doesn't help things...

post #7 of 13
i take it you were listening to a demo pair at the store?

not exactly emphasized here, but ultrasone have poor quality assurance, there have been dozens of reports of people saying that one pair of ultrasone headphones can sound completely different to another pair of the same model, i have personal experience with 2 sigpro's, the pair i had was very sibilant, when i tried another pair, it was the opposite, lacked treble, still a very good closed headphone.

price of the sigpro has skyrocketed, anyone know why?
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by belisk View Post



price of the sigpro has skyrocketed, anyone know why?

 

 

Where ?

 

Here in France, the SP is priced at 885€ and before that it was 850€ .

post #9 of 13

I recently purchased the the SRH1540 and I also own the T5p. I actually consider the T5p better from a technical view point with better Mids. I think Beyer just have great mids in general across their Tesla range. The bass is obviously better with the Shures and their warm signature combined with my Burson Soloist SL sounds very good indeed. The Soundstage is pretty similar as the T5p. The T5p sounds a bit trebley at times and causes ear fatigue after an hour. The Shures treble does not extend as high so they work better for me.

 

I've seen a frequency chart which shows the SRH1540 and NAD HP50 to be very similar across the range. If you find the bass too much with the Shures then the NAD may be worth a try.

 

I may be selling my T5p soon. I also live in Germany so keep your eyes peeled on the Sale forums.

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

thx for reply! had the srh1540 as well as the nad. both are fantastic, but meanwhile i started loving the t5p and my love keeps on growing from day to day, could not be happier.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by sofastreamer View Post
 

thx for reply! had the srh1540 as well as the nad. both are fantastic, but meanwhile i started loving the t5p and my love keeps on growing from day to day, could not be happier.

:beerchug:

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

although i do think of getting the srh1540 again to compliment the beyer when i am in the mood to get my brain rattled :-)

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by belisk View Post

i take it you were listening to a demo pair at the store?

not exactly emphasized here, but ultrasone have poor quality assurance, there have been dozens of reports of people saying that one pair of ultrasone headphones can sound completely different to another pair of the same model, i have personal experience with 2 sigpro's, the pair i had was very sibilant, when i tried another pair, it was the opposite, lacked treble, still a very good closed headphone.

price of the sigpro has skyrocketed, anyone know why?

+ 1

 

I own a Signature DJ and it sounds nothing like another one I auditioned at the store. The store one had too much treble and the mids were strongly receded. I then heard another pair at the same store and it is much weaker in the treble than that one, and the mid range is fuller - I brought this one.

 

Sounds like the one you heard at the store sounds very different from the one you ended up with.

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