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Ultrasone Proline 750 and Edition 8 Wake Forest NC

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.

Neuwave Systems, Inc
(919) 878-8747
2800 Highwoods Blvd
Raleigh, NC
Services
Central Vac, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Telephone Systems, Home Automation / Systems Integration, Home Networking
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Denon, Klipsch, Control 4, Lutron, Sony, Integra, Russound, Episode, Mirage, Pioneer, Sharp, Toshiba, Sonos, Epson
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Blake Heath, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Audio Designs
(919) 571-3373
3721 Lynn Rd.
Raleigh, NC
 
Magnolia Home Theater
(919) 782-4323
4325 GLENWOOD AVE
Raleigh, NC
 
Innovative Systems
(919) 785-1077
6405 Westgate Rd., Suite 119
Raleigh, NC
 
Audio Advice, Inc.
(919) 881-2005
8621-117 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC
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Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Kenneth Whelan, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Sound Profiles, Inc.
(919) 876-8002
6308 Falls of Neuse RoadSte. 150
Raleigh, NC
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Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
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Denon, Marantz, JVC, Elan, Control4, Berkline, BenQ, Lutron, Music & Sound, AirVac, Russound, Polk Audio, Proficient Audio, RTI, Universal Remote, Samsung, Pioneer, Fujitsu, Sharp, Panasonic, Xantech, Draper, OnQ, Monster Cable,
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Michael Cummings, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

i2 Installation Included, Inc
(919) 906-8788
13200 Strickland RdSte. 114-101
Raleigh, NC
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Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
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Draper, InFocus, Pioneer, Samsung, Denon, Adcom, JBL, Boston Acoustics, Mordaunt-Short, Niles Audio, Xantech, OnQ, Viewsonics, Panasonic, Universal Remote, Russound, Lutron (to name a few)
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Randy Richardson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
(919) 804-6039
214 HINTON OAKS BLVD
Knightdale, NC
 
Audio Advice
(919) 881-2005
Audio Advice
Raleigh, NC
 
Best Buy
(919) 686-2089
7980 SKYLAND RIDGE PKWY
Raleigh, NC
 

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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