Ultrasone Edition 8 Ruthenium S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Closed-back Headphones with Leather Transport Bag
- 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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
The ed8 is absolutely amazing, not only in its performance on an amp and portable dac, but even when it is powered by a normal ipod. Indeed, once your system gets past a certain level(I would say somewhere around $2500), the senn hd800 and grado ps1000 would surpass these, but on a cheaper system, especially one that is on two batteries instead of 110v, the ed8 are better because they aren't nearly as demanding as some 300ohm cans.
Overall, the sound is ultrasone at its best - clear, balanced, cold, with a hint of metallic feel. Not the best sound for Justin Bieber, but great for any metal or orchestra, and even some operas. Bass is quite and reserved ("German"), perhaps too less for rock and hip-hop, but then again, it depends on your liking.
An iphone would drive the ED8s to a good, sturdy sound, but it would not do them justice. A good portable amp (such as the rsa sr-71a I currently use) and an ipod dac would bring these cans to a level most would never have imagined possible on battery. With my system they sound totally better than my old ah-a100s (great cans though, love the finish). Worth $1600? Most likely not. Great sound and a work of art? Yes indeed.
Also, these have the build quality of a top-notch Mercedes. If you can spare the money I strongly suggest you to buy these instead of the ruthenium one. Those sound exactly the same, but the finish attracts fingerprints so easily they become ugly within minutes of use. And the ruthenium surface is extremely easy to scratch.
If any of you happen to read Chinese, there's a detailed review by me on China's headphone forum erji,net. If you don't, there are still lots of pics by me. The link's [...]
I will be buying the Schiit Lyr amp and Bifrost DAC to go with this. And once I get enough $$$ I will be buying the Audeze LCD-3 for my office. I'll relegate the 8's to travel and portable use only (I travel alot for work) for which they are simply perfect. The are small, sturdy, I can wear them all day comfortably, and they are really good looking. I heard another pair of Ultrasone's about 6 months ago and I did not like them: the fit or the sound. These are really different. Ultrasone nailed this one. Good Luck!
Especially since the most important factor, sound quality, is pretty much the same for all of them since they use the same cup design, driver & pads. I'm sure some audiophile with golden bat ears will claim there are differences, but not really for normal people enjoying their favorite music. And that sound quality is alas not the greatest: the mids (where vocals are, my most important concern) are good, there is a bit of excess bass (though not -extension-, the response curve drops pretty sharply on the lower end) which I can live with (and most listeners actually prefer), but the issue lies with treble, which is a bit rough in certain frequency bands, and thus results in noticeable sibilance on some tracks (admittedly not the best recorded ones) In short, their S-Logic Plus technology isn't really that "natural" at all (and more specifically, it definitely doesn't actually give a "more spacious" sound field than any other well-designed headphone)
Now to put this in perspective for non-hardcore headphone audiophiles: of course the above is relatively subtle since these are definitely in the higher end of the spectrum (regardless of actual price), and I have listened to headphones as expensive or more that actually sounded worse to me, but I definitely have heard better. Alas, all the better-sounding ones are completely open, i.e. not only can you hear all outside sounds but sometimes more importantly, the outside can hear all your music... and some "closed" headphones are actually barely isolating in the real world.
So in the end the ED8s may still be the best compromise for now, for me, when it comes to a properly closed, comfortable to wear, good-sounding headphone! Even at a cost that is a bit excessive for what you get, IMHO of course.
(P.S.: Those looking for a quality alternative with a different sound signature may want to check out the much more affordable Sennheiser Momentum I also recently tried: It offers equal isolation, very good mids, even more excess bass (both amount & extension) and very (too much...) subdued treble, so almost the opposite... I wish somebody would come up with a hybrid between both :) Comfort-wise, the cups are smaller than the Ed8s, thus too small and somewhat uncomfortable to me.)
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