Ultrasone Edition 8 Ruthenium

General Information

The Ultratone Edition 8 is a stunningly elegant, black and silver closed-back headphone employing Ultrasone's latest S-Logic Plus technology that results in an impartial acoustic feeling that allows the listener even more spacious tonal perception.Designed with the audio connoisseur in mind, the interior ear cups are covered in fine Ethiopian sheepskin, which provides the most isolation of any leather, while the outer ear cups are covered in Ruthenium, known for its brilliant metallic sheen and durable properties. These special edition headphones contain MU-Metal shielding (ULE technology) that reduce the amount of radiation directed to the listener by up to 98%, as compared to conventional headphones. Each Edition 8 headphone is individually stamped with its own serial number & comes in a leather bag for storage and transportation.

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TWerk

Headphoneus Supremus
The best headphones for EDM
Pros: Exceptional comfort
Exceptional Build
The most fun sounding high end V shape headphone
Imaging is stellar, amazing as a closed back
Separation of sound is also incredibly well done
Gorgeous looks
Bass is perfect, punches just right
Mids are clean and clear
Treble is sparkly, energetic, not fatiguing, crisp
Excellent resolution, sharp crisp detail
Transient attack is exceptional
Drivers are incredibly fast and do not trip over themselves
Dynamic and punchy sound
I absolutely love these things
Runs well on any gear you have
3 Dimensional Soundscape
Cons: Retail price is certainly too high, get them used
The midrange is clear and clean but not amazing
Other high end headphones can offer more texture to the sound
I can't put into words how much I love the Edition 8, my favorite headphones.

Ultrasone sound signature has always been my thing, and these edition 8 IMO are Ultrasone at it's best.

I have gone up and down the Ultrasone lineup as I love them, and this is the winner.

These are for people who listen to music for enjoyment, who like non-fatiguing sound that is presented in an extremely fun but detailed sound. They are the definition of fun if you are looking for that in a high end package.

They have the best imaging of any closed back I have tried, the sound localizes itself so well within the soundstage.

They are not the ultimate statement in resolution and detail but they have plenty of both.

If you love EDM, buy these, now. Every headphone I have tried in the past decade falls short of the glory of this headphone for electronic. These are fun headphones, they are not TOTL resolving monsters. For instance, Focal Clear MG resolves detail noticeably better and has more resolution and texture. Just know what these are if you're buying them and you're golden.

You can go up the path of more and more expensive headphones, you could find headphones with better resolution, but I think you will perhaps also come to the conclusion I have that these Edition 8 are special, absolutely addictive cans.

For me, personally, these are "the ones". Endgame closed for me.

(And yes, I love the edition 8 so much I couldn't help myself but buy a second of them - Carbon And Ruthenium).

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fogwall

New Head-Fier
Pros: Excellent bass, airy for being a closed variant, build quality, warranty
Cons: Soundstage not on par compared to open headphones
If you listen to dance/club/dubstep/etc you will love these headphones. The bass is fantastic and there is clarity and detail in all spectrums. Soundstage is good for being a closed variant. However, when listening to acoustic recordings, they sometimes seem rather boring/analytical if comparing with headphones with an open design.
 
The build quality is really top-notch. The manufacturer offers a free 5 year warranty extension.
 
Comfort is good and they look classy. No specific amp is required, just connect them directly to your mobile device. The isolation is a plus whenever needed.
 
I use these primarily when listening to studio productions and prefer my modded Grado PS500 or Sony MPR-F1 when listening to acoustic recordings.

tdudnyk

New Head-Fier
Pros: Soundstage
Cons: High highs can be a little sharp
Here is the deal. I really don't care how they look. I don't care how they are built (they are headphones for god-sakes). I don't care if they smudge or whatever else. So you won't see me wasting your time reading about that stuff. 
 
I will tell you that on their own, these headphones are good. That is until I made two very big improvements that made these lift off to the moon!
 
I started listening exclusively to MOG with is at 320 kbps but more importantly than that, it allows me to find really, really good recordings. 
 
Secondly, I bought the bel canto 1.5 DAC/headphone amp. Sweet baby jesus, I could not believe what I was hearing. Frankly, I never heard music sound this way. I have a 10K non-headphone system at home that cannot hold a candle to the sound I am getting out of this headphone combo. 
 
These two improvements made these headphones absolutely extraordinary. I even plugged in my Grado S60 beaters and they made them sound incredible (but without any bass). 
 
These headphones stay on my head for six hours a day and are never fatiguing and no one can hear my music (I listen at my office). I am so stoked on the sound that I am waiting on the asynchronous USB adapter from bel canto called the RefLink. If the sound gets even better, I think I will have a heart attack. 
 
Obviously, you can sense my enthusiasm for this setup. Lana Del Rey sounds like she is right next to me. Black eyed peas same damn thing. 
 
The tight bass on these headphones is really, really nice and the main thing I really like about them. I will trial the Audeze very shortly and if they are a clear improvement, I will get them. 

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