Ultrasone Zino

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Music lovers, concerned about the effects that ear buds have on their hearing, will be glad to know a safer and better sounding headphone solution is here. Ultrasone introduces a new portable headphone called Zino. Designed for use with iPods, MP3 players and other portable music players, Ultrasone’s Zino features the company’s patented S-Logic™ and ULE™ safe listening technologies in an ultra-mobile design. Ultrasone has given the Zino a sleek, modern look with gunmetal black, brushed aluminum ear cups and silver colored diamond-cut aluminum nameplates. Even though the Zino was designed for mobile applications, it features two powerful 40mm gold plated drivers, which most commonly are found in full-sized studio headphones. The Zino’s foldable design allows for easy storage and safe transportation in the included hard carrying case. Despite its small size, the Zino utilizes Ultrasone’s patented S-Logic™ technology. Rather than directing the sound to the listener’s ear canal, as most conventional headphones do, S-Logic technology employs decentralized drivers that direct audio to the listener’s outer ear. This technology not only gives the user a natural surround experience in a stereo headphone by utilizing the ear’s anatonomy, but it also reduces sound pressure on the eardrums by an astonishing 40%. Additionally, the Zino features MU-Metal shielding (ULE technology) that reduces the amount of radiation directed to the listener by up to 98%, as compared to conventional headphones.

Latest reviews

Pros: sound quality, looks
Cons: build quality
These are pretty nice portables, but not for use on anything but computers and portable players. The S-Logic sound takes a little getting used to until they're burned in, after that they're just fine. They can sound artificial though, and I 'm glad I didn't pay any more for these (they MSRP'd at $100).
 
They've taken a hit in reviews for build quality, due to the cable connection, I can verify this. However, Ultrasone has 5 YEAR warranty on this product, so I simply sent it back and got repaired with a better connection than I originally received it.
 
Ultrasone has discontinued this model. If you were looking for an open-back on the ear portable at the time I was, I think this was the pair to get -- now I'm not so sure.

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