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Ultrasone Edition 8 Ruthenium S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Closed-back Headphones with Leather Transport Bag


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  • S-Logic Plus technology
  • Dynamic principle, closed
  • Frequency range 8 - 42000 Hz
  • Impedance 32 Ohm
  • Sound pressure level 98 dB
  • S-Logic™ Plus Natural Surround Sound
  • Safer hearing
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Technical Details

Style: Ruthenium | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Noise-Isolating

Product Details

Style Name: Ruthenium
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.3 x 2.4 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0026P4670
  • Item model number: Edition 8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Style: Ruthenium | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

The 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The sound is really very nice.
L. Topper
That being said, these are the best portable headphones you can get.
tdudnyk
The sound beautifully depicts the highs and mids.
Dustin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By eric on January 19, 2012
Style Name: PalladiumProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
To get one point out of the way: I have much cheaper headphones than these that offer comparable or better sound quality, particularly my Grado RS1i's ($695; comparable), Westone ES5's ($975; better), and my Audez'e LCD2rev.2's (roughly a grand; better).

If your primary concern is sound quality, don't buy these; they're a terrible value. If, however, your primary concern is sound quality in an easy-to-drive, well isolating, portable headphone with unsurpassed comfort and rich aesthetic appeal, then these start to make sense.

Think of these as a niche designer product with admirable performance. You're paying a hefty premium here for build quality and aesthetics, not sound. Although the sound from these is quite nice: I couldn't quite describe them as natural sounding, but are really fun to listen to. Don't take "fun" as a negative, though. These cans are highly resolving and competent, unlike consumer-level "fun" cans (Beats.) While they're not neutral sounding, no part of their frequency response is really neglected, just less favored. To elaborate on that, I find their mids a little recessed compared to Shures I've used and their bass and treble to be a bit exaggerated - this is commonly referred to as a V-curve amongst headphone enthusiasts and is quite common in aggressive sounding closed headphones. Due to their level of detail, though, these cans show sibilance more often than I'd like, although they'll never add it to tracks that don't inherently have it. Sibilance that hurts on these is somewhat discernible on even my most polite headphones - the Sennheiser HD650's.

The ultimate question here is whether or not you want a quality closed back headphone for portable use and if their design premium is worthwhile for you.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By L. Topper on October 10, 2009
Style Name: RutheniumProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging
These headphones have not been broken in, but right out of the box, they sound wonderful. They seem to have a very balanced clear sound that is fine on the top end. I live the bass response. They are comfortable and classy looking.

However, at $1,499.00, they qualify for people that feel they have to have the "best" of everything. I have many top end headphones from many manufacturors. These headphones "sound wise" hold up very well, but it is very difficult to justify the expense.

I have been listening to them on a very reasonably priced hybrid solid state power sourced, tube powered headphone ampplifier. The sound is really very nice.

The packaging is really quite skimpy. The headphones come with a very pedestrian cable in a white cardboard box with a glossy looking cardboard sleeve over it. At this expense, they could have put it in a nice case.

Style wise, they are much cooler looking than the edition 9. They sound is a little less bass centered. It is more balanced sounding that the Edition 9 which is also a very nice headphone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P N on November 30, 2012
Style Name: RutheniumProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging
Let me start off by saying I'm your normal "budget" audiophile. I want to know the best equipment I can buy at a certain price. I can appreciate good equipment.

I will also say I think part of being an audiophile is the buying experience / longing for something. Most people can't just go out there and buy whatever they want. I happen to be blessed with a great father in law who gave me these as he accidently bought two on Amazon. It's one thing to want and long to buy something you've always wanted and another to just receive something out of the blue. At first I have never heard of Ultrasone, I really only knew grado's (as I always wanted some sr80i). After doing a bit of research I realized how expensive these really were. That means I can objectively take out the whole "I just paid xxxx amount for these headphones so they have to be great".

I have some older Sony MDR-v700 dj's and Shure SE215s and that's the extent to my headphone/in ear purchases. Those both are decent. I'm going to go over some quick pros/cons (as this is what I like to look for in an amazon review) and then go over everything in detail.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dustin on February 8, 2011
Style Name: RutheniumProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
These are excellent headphones that sound pretty good out of the box. The sound beautifully depicts the highs and mids. The bass is very punchy but never overwhelming. The edition 8 will play your music in a way that is every bit as true and accurate as the top reference headphones but does so in a unique way that is less technical and isolated but more intimate and (for a lack of a better term) fun. I found myself more compelled to moving my head to the music, if that makes sense. It is sonically on par with the top open-back headphones, which is incredible given that it is a closed back design. The closed back design gives the headphones a compactness to the design and allows for better sound isolation and prevents sound leakage. This is great for the user and people around them. It is one of the top "portable" headphones on the market that sounds great even without a top end amp. They cost a lot and that is about the only thing I am grading down on. Gorgeous headphones whose looks are surpassed by their sound.
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