The exclusive design of the closed-back Ultrasone HFI-780 is accentuated by the polar-silver color....

Ultrasone HFI-780

Average User Rating:
3.88889/5,
  • The exclusive design of the closed-back Ultrasone HFI-780 is accentuated by the polar-silver color. The HFI-780 contains all Ultrasone technologies such as S-Logic Plus, ULE and safer hearing. The HFI-780 is developed from the studio sector and is distinguished by a frequency response that is specifically tuned for DVD and gaming. Sophisticated home theater and music enthusiasts are overwhelmed by the impressive sound that makes it appear as though you are listening to speakers placed meters away. Gamers are impressed by the exact sound reproduction, making the gaming world come alive. The low frequency ranges are raised in order to reach the highest possible synergies with DSP-Systems like Dolby Headphone and Yamaha Silent Cinema. Through S-Logic Natural Surround, the sound moves out of your head and into the room around you. Direction and distance are more easily perceived, giving the illusion of being at a live concert. With just a pair of Ultrasones and your favorite audio device, you can have genuine 3-dimensional aural enjoyment. The HFI-780 is equipped with thicker ear and headphone pads, and comes with a new velvet carrying bag.

Recent User Reviews

  1. messiach
    3.0/5,
    "Sounds Better Than It Measures"
    Pros - Punchy bass, Good Mids, Musical
    Cons - Highs can be harsh, Bass is not well extended, Fit is hit or miss for some
    This is a love it or hate it headphone.
    This headphone measures quite poorly according to the measurements I've looked at.
    This headphone sounds terrific!
     
    Fit / Comfort
     
    This is one of the areas where many find problems.
    I've worn this for extended periods and sometimes if I have it sitting the wrong way, I do experience some discomfort.
    I've also worn this for extended periods with no problems at all.
    The clamp is about as strong as a Beyer DT770.
    Though the headband has a cushion where it pushes down on the top of your head, the headband is what usually causes discomfort for me if I have it too far back on my head.
     
    Sound Quality
     
    Every time I listen to these headphones, I feel there they have a warmth and aggressiveness to them. 
    The warmth however really works well in my opinion to pull in the highs some so they aren't quite as harsh as I feel they could be.
    The mids are very present and coupled with the warmth, provide a very musical experience.
    Compared to headphones however that are more neutral, the mids are overshadowed here some by the highs.
     
    Vocals are very present and clear.
    Bass is punchy and mostly tight, however at times it seems a bit weak or dry in its presentation.
    I've heard better cans in regards to bass extension and tightness, however I feel these do an excellent job.
     
    I think what makes or breaks this for folks are the highs - harsh or sparkly/clear depending on the person.
    There are times when they are a bit much for me, but more often than not I fall in the latter group.
    Bottom line though is the presentation should be bearable and pleasant with as many types of music as possible - the 780s lose some points here as there are some genres where it's just too much to take.
     
    Build Quality
     
    I feel Ultrasone did a great job.
    The headband is sturdy, padding is adequate in my opinion, and the gimbals allow for the ear cups to swivel 90 degrees or flip upside down and up under the headband for transport and storage.
    The ear cups have a nice finish and style, though they can pick up scratches if you're not careful.
     
    The ear pads are not the softest synthetic or otherwise leather/pleather, but they are soft enough and fit quite comfortably around the ear.
    I would have appreciate softer and more comfortable earpads here but they do grow on you - if you've experienced better though it will take some time to adjust.
    For larger heads, I'm not entirely sure the ear pads would go completely around the ear - they are definitely a little smaller than some full sized headphones (DT770 for example).
    Overall though the ear pads isolate well, so these would work well in an environment where noise would be an issue.
     
    The headphone comes with a straight 3.5 foot cable.
    I prefer coiled cables, however this one is mostly adequate for portable use.
    You also get a longer extension cable and a very nice soft felt bag with the Ultrasone logo on the front for transporting the set around.
     
    Modding
     
    I haven't attempted too much with this headphone yet except a re-cable, which was fairly easy.
    The one thing I would mention is the ear pads are a bit tough to get off/on - something that just irks me a bit as I like to swap out the pads at time to try different things.
    Some folks have removed the small pcb that hooks up the incoming cable with the drivers, though I have not tried that yet and am not sure what the results sound like.
    I have also seen cotton and other dampening material used in the cups to help with the harshness/sharpness of the highs.
    I'll update this review if I ever get around to performing any of these mods.
     
     
    Overall
     
    I like these headphones.
    I can take the highs quite well and I really enjoy the smooth, warm, and musical sound I feel they have.
    The noise isolation is among the best I've experienced with a closed headphone, so you can really crank up the volume without disturbing others (just be careful with your own hearing).
    I feel they're worth the price is you can find a pair for $100-$120 range. 
    The original MSRP however is much too high and there are much better that could be found in that price range.
  2. beepover
    3.5/5,
    "Great for Movies and watching tv"
    Pros - Forward vocal presentation-Great for Movies, TV and good for Games
    Cons - Not the most musical
    It is a decent pair of headphones. Nice comfort, good to very good design and quality. Outstanding for Movies with forward vocals but theres better out there for musical.
    Hans-Austria likes this.
  3. voffkany
    3.5/5,
    "Ultrasone HFI-780 first impression"
    Some time ago, while reading head-fi.org  forum, I noticed that members were complaining that buyers of  HFI-780 disappear right after making a purchase and do not give feedback…
     
    Being a proud owner of AKG 702 for almost 3 years, recently I was forced to buy another pair of headphones.  This time I needed closed cans in order to use it at work.  “Ultrasone HFI-780 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones” was the item of my choice.
     
    The first impression, when I unpacked the package, was positive, but not that positive as I expected.   I know that HFI is almost $130 cheaper, but I still wanted something similar to AKG.
     
    HFI box includes demo CD, AKG does not. HFI cord is so terribly short that I cannot reach the amplifier while sitting at the table. AKG has a softer, longer and replaceable cord which I really miss on these headphones.
     
    My setup is FLAC-> NuForce Icon HDP -> headphones.
     
    Definitely HFI are nice cans. They have the same feature as AKG - as soon you plug it in, you simply cannot stand low quality tracks.     
     
    Currently, I cannot say much about its sound quality because I have to wait at least 100 hours of burn time.  However, during the first 2 hours HFI were producing muffled sound. On the 3[sup]rd[/sup] hour, the sound quality pleasantly increased.  By default HFI are noisy, I can hear slight background noise, and on the minimal amplifier power the right channel is louder.  AKG and Panasonic XBS (average price $5) do not have such problems.
     
    HFI is punchy, has good bass and treble, but IMHO it is lacking of mids. Lots of people recommend it for Metal.  I’ve tried it on Iced Earth, Dark Tranquility, Samael, In Extremo, Children of Bodom,Dream Theater. They are missing something… you can feel each guitar and drum, but in general the whole composition loses the style.  It is not Metal anymore, it is just good music.  They are missing something.  And you know… it was my amplifier.  It matches AKG but does not fit HFI. When I switched to a regular Realtek sound card, everything changed. Got lower quality, but it was Metal again.
     
    Country and blues, for instance, Dave Alvin, Little Axe,  etc – definitely downgrade from AKG.
     
    I must admit that AKG are very balanced, and, therefore, they are boring cans.  HFI are slightly colorful, so electronic music sounds great.
     
    Would I recommend it?  You can find less expensive headphones which are more comfortable than HFI-780 and have similar quality.  Also, even low-end headphones, such as my Panasonic, can bring you more fun than headphones that cost few hundred bucks. If you are buying it for Metal, I would say they are good but not the best.
     
    I returned it to the seller due to unacceptable noise level.

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