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Ultrasone

Ultrasone Edition 8 Ruthenium Headphone

It's not often we get smooth, engaging, and punchy along with excellent musicality in a sealed headphone but that's exactly what you'll hear with the Ultrasone Edition 8. Featuring earpads and headband luxuriantly cushioned in soft Ethiopian sheepskin leather and scratch-proof earcups plated in rare, tough Ruthenium aluminum, the Edition 8 is just gorgeously stunning across the board. The sole cautionary note is the earpieces are compact so large ears may might feel a bit tight. But that also allows the Edition 8 the top isolation/noise-blocking/ listening privacy specs of any 'over-ear' headphones, so these are great for shutting out the world at the office or while commuting. Highly recommended for portable headphone lovers seeking the best sound quality for their iPod or iPad music.


Ultrasone's top 'portable-oriented' sealed headphone is the Edition 8 and, boy, these are just huge fun. Warm, punchy, sonically involving and easy to listen to for hours at a time, these cans are a joy to experience for any serious audiophile and remain a highly requested 'loaner' can around the HeadRoom offices. The Edition 8 bass response is tight, authoritative and slightly overemphasized, but that often can be a really good thing on headphones when tastefully done and properly rendered like on the Edition 8. The overall sound presentation is extremely coherent throughout the entire audio spectrum; mids are timbrally even and seamless with a gently lush tonality. The transition to the highs are likewise seamless, and without a trace of grain or edginess but slightly laid-back. It's a sound that is both accurate and musically enveloping -- actually a very hard combination to engineer correctly. The Edition 8 unique 'tri-bass-tube' 40mm titanium-vapor plated drivers are finely tuned at the Ultrasone factory and individually computer-matched to perfect tolerance for each set of headphones. All in all, a terrific audiophile master-level headphone for contemporary music of all types, delivering impact without glare, detail without harshness, and big bass heft without bloat. These are easily one of our HeadRoom favorite headphones yet from Ultrasone.

The polar opposite of typical mass-produced consumer headphones, the Edition 8 are exclusively hand-made in Germany and are individually serial-numbered. The Ultrasone Edition 8 are manufactured in small, stringently quality-controlled production runs meaning these incredible headphones can become hard to find -- so get yours! (The previous Ultrasone Edition 9 and Edition 7 models quickly sold-out and are now collector's items).

The German hand-built quality of these headphones is just lovely. Perfectly machined Ruthenium hard-plated parts with grey glove-leather headband and earpad covers made from Ethiopian sheepskin provide what may be one of the most distinctive looks and wearing experiences in the headphone industry. The Edition 8 headband fit is secure, but perhaps a tad tight and the earcups somewhat cozy for big-noggin owners. The advantage of the Edition 8's secure fit and deep-well earcups is its truly excellent isolation ability, perfect for supreme listening privacy without worrying about dreaded headphone 'leakage' disturbing your cubicle neighbor or airline seat mate. The Edition 8 headphone cord at roughly 3.5 feet [1.2 meters] is somewhat shorter than we'd ideally like -- but perfect for portable listening without tangling. 

Specifications:

  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Connector Type: 1/8
  • Weight: 260grams w/o cord
  • Isolation: -22dB ~ -30dB
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 30
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Length: 3 ft. (1.2 m)
  • Cord Type: Straight Y
  • Coupler Size: Large
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Acoustic Seal: Closed
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB
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