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Ultrasone Proline 750 and Edition 8 Denver CO

Ultrasones are known for a sparkly, present sound, while delivering a tight bass. Even those who find them "bright" don't necessarily find them harsh, because the highs are smooth.

Cherry Creek Audio
(303) 758-4434
80206-5216
Denver, CO
 
Conundrum Technologies
(970) 926-2554
2732 Larimer Street, Suite A
Denver, CO
 
U.S. Tech
(303) 393-0522
111 S. Madison Street
Denver, CO
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
aboutGolf,ADA, Bay Audio, Crestron, Digital Projection,Draper, James Loudspeakers,Kaleidescape, Middle Atlantic,Monitor Audio, Panamax, Panasonic Digital Phones, Sonance,Sonos, Sony, Sony ES,Tributaries, and Vantage Lighting Control.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dave Darnell, CEDIA Certified Instructor, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Andrew Linck, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jeff Ripplinger, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional Designer

Listen Up
(303) 744-1179
685 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO
 
Electronic Integration
(303) 761-7277
1205 S. Platte River
Denver, CO
 
Cherry Creek Audio
(303) 758-4434
156 Steele St
Denver, CO
 
Dtr Technologies
(303) 573-6288
2525 West 6Th Avenue Dtr Technologies
Denver, CO
 
Listen Up, Inc.
(303) 778-0780
685 South Pearl
Denver, CO
 
Powder Networks, LLC
(303) 698-9900
4601 Quebec StreetUnit C2
Denver, CO
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Crestron, Runco, NuVision, Stewart Filmscreens, Marantz, Sonance, Middle Atlantic, Velodyne, SunFire, M&K, Russound, Polk, Harmon Kardon, Samsung, Philips, RCA, Sharp, Bose, Denon, Sony, Netgear, Lutron, D-Link, Dell, and others
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Keith Mossburg, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chris Wagner, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Blu Note Audio + Home Theater
(303) 825-7285
1243 S Colorado Blvd Blu Note Audio + Home Theater
Denver, CO
 

Ultrasone Proline 750 and Edition 8

www.ultrasone.com

Ultrasone_Pro-750Ultrasone headphones have a particular “character,” and as a result, people have strong reactions to their sound. But Ultrasone also incorporates a few unique features. Ultra-Low Emission technology dramatically reduces magnetic radiation from the headphone drivers; I don’t know if having significant amounts of magnetic radiation so close to your head is a health hazard, but there’s no harm in not having it. Ultrasone’s unique S-Logic Natural Surround Sound process is not about 5.1, but aims to reduce the “headphone effect” by giving a sense of distance. Instead of having the sound hit the inner ear directly, sound reflects off the outer ear’s surface beforehand; the company believes this is more realistic because we use the outer ear to locate the direction from which sound emanates. Ultrasone also claims this process gives the same apparent loudness with 3–4dB lower sond pressure levels. I can’t verify this, but the sound is definitely more “open” than other headphones (except for the AKG K 702, which exhibits similar “speaker-like” qualities but uses different technology).

Ultrasones are known for a sparkly, present sound, while delivering a tight bass. Even those who find them “bright” don’t necessarily find them harsh, because the highs are smooth. But if you like the sound of the 750, you’ll flip over the Edition 8. It’s a luxury item (Ruthenium-covered outer ear cups, Ethiopian sheepskin leathercovered headband, French goatskin carrying pouch) but so is the sound. It has everything people like about the 750, but achieves its balanced, neutral sound with exceptional detail—it recalls the 750, but with more refinement, especially from the lower mids on down. There’s absolutely no “peakiness” to the response.

Ultrasone_Ed-8The only disadvantage I found with the Edition 8 is an odd one: Where other headphones would sound terrible with excessive sibilance, the Edition 8 re-created it so neutrally it wasn’t objectionable. With the Edition 8, you could go through life thinking you never need a de-esser, and cymbals never sound harsh. As a result, if you plan to use these as a reality check, you won’t be hearing what other people will hear on inferior phones. Conversely, if you subscribe to the philosophy of mixing on the highest quality monitors possible because the accuracy will allow music to sound as correct as it can on lower-quality transducers too, the Edition 8 embodies that philosophy. Furthermore, it makes the whole process of listening and mixing enjoyable rather than just clinical. Granted, most of us won’t be able to afford them (I certainly can’t), but if you want to know what top-of-the-line buys you, these give a sound that’s stunning precisely for its lack of stun— what you hear is what was recorded. Fortunately, the 750 delivers most of the goods for a much lower price.

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