Ultrasone HFi 780
Looking for high-end sealed monitoring headphones to handle all your music and production work? The Ultrasone HFi-780 is a great candidate if seeking sealed cans with clean acoustics across all frequencies with a lively 'up-front' tone and enhanced 'S-Logic Plus' surround imaging. With slight emphasis in the presence regions and strong dynamic balance overall, the HFi-780 should satisfy demanding critical listeners and pro audio fiends alike given the beefy build and easy foldability.
- Very good sound with a detailed 'forward' presentation
- Strong isolation ability for monitoring use and listening privacy
- Rugged construction folds down for easy storage & transport
- 2-year manufacturer warranty. 100% manufactured in Germany
What's In The Box:
- 1/4" full-size plug adaptor
- Ultrasone storage/travel bag
- Owner's instructional CD
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The Ultrasone HFi-780 delivers impressive sealed headphone sound quality and a gigantic 'return-on-your-investment' value, easily offering the audio performance of many sealed headphones at twice their price. Plus the swank HFi-780 looks don't hurt any either in the club or out on the streets and you can expect clear-as-day tonal/timbral textures and an accurate rendition of all music genres without over-coloration, boxiness, or low-end bloat. Given their price, it's actually a headphone well worth considering for everyone from budding audiophiles jamming Lossless files on iPod or iPad to serious DJs and producers needing great-looking but a high-performanc accurate set of sealed/closed 'monitoring' cans. The HFi-780's efficient 35-ohm impedance and large 40mm drivers respond cleanly even without dedicated amplification. Still, any quality headphone amp will help maximize the Ultrasone's dynamic 'quickness' and fully open its wide frequency range extension potential. The proprietary Ultrasone S-Logic Plus and ULE [Ultra Low Emmissions] technology as demanded by European Union standards provide a more 3-dimensional presentation of the soundstage within the headphones while minimizing electrical field emmissions emanating from the headphones -- it's a unique feature set exclusive to Ultrasone and one that many audio pros working with headphones all day will actively seek out.
The Ultrasone HFi-780 cool black on metal-flake aluminum cosmetics make it a must-have for nightclubbing or for just attending groovy headphone parties, not to mention just casual listening at home or on the streets. The full-size circumaural collapsible earcups fold into the headband for storage or transit. The non-detachable HFi-780 headphone cord measures only 1 meter long [3 ft] as ideal for minimizng cord slack for short run situations. The included Ultrasone extension cord is 4 meters long, allowing the whole cable to extend about 15 feet, if needed; it's one of the longest 'stock' headphone cables provided by any manufacturer. The HFi-780 cord has a 'mini-plug' 1/8" [3.5mm] termination with a screw-on 1/4" jack full-size adapter provided. Ultrasone logo travel bag and instructional CD also included. If purchased from true authorized Ultrasone dealers (like HeadRoom!), the free 2-year product manufacturers' warranty will be serviced at no charge exclusively through Ultrasone Audio worldwide.
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 35
- Detachable Cable: No
- Cord Length: 10 ft. (3 m)
- Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
- Weight: 285 grams w/o cord
- Noise Cancelling: No
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
- Cord Type: Straight Y
- Coupler Size: Large
- Acoustic Seal: Closed
- Microphone: No
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Warranty: 2 Years
- Wireless: No
- Headphone Type: Full Size
- Isolation: -10dB ~ 15dB
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Posted by Up in the Air Again from White House Station, NJ on 2011-06-14
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Great sound, good sound seal, very comfortable
Cons: Well, they ain't small...
Casals' Brandenburg Concertos this morning were as alive and intimate as they are on my large home audio system - you can hear him grunting and humming, and I could hear individual violins' attacks. Another version of the Brandenburgs, the recorder floated out over the orchestra clear and distinct, something I've not heard from any other headphones I own, other than through my old Etymotic friends. The bass on CSN Fairgame and Dark Star has always been a test I use for speakers, and I didn't think I'd ever have headphones that had the same "hear the string release from the finger" clarity I look for from speakers. Even my Etys don't match up on that test. The 780s do sound louder for a given volume setting than other headphones, something that Ultrasone says the S-Logic does. I worried that it'd be a fatiguing over-emphasis kind of thing, but it's not noticeable itself - just by noticing where I have the volume set.
Comfort is excellent too - a couple hours on my morning flight, two hours of writing in the afternoon, and now a 5 hour flight cross country, and no problems. I often have discomfort top of my (pointy, no doubt) head from even the cushiest headphone bands. They look nice, although I hate wearing large logo'd advertising on something I paid my money for - pay ME if you want me to wear your ads... but I'll put up with it for this sound.
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Posted by Rob from Chicago, IL on 2010-05-28
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Extremely lightweight, detailed separation
Cons: Mostly plastic construction
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Posted by A HeadRoom Fan on 2010-01-27
Recommend Product: Yes
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