Ask It: Ultrasone Edition 8 Headphones Take on Sennheiser

Gadgetman -- Wed, 08/05/2009 - 15:15

Tom just published a First Listen viewpoint on the $1499 Ultrasone's that go head to head with the Sennheiser HD 800s. If you have questions about these interesting high-end headphones, post them here and we'll do our best to answer.

Lear -- Wed, 08/05/2009 - 21:20

How is the comfort?

Tom Martin -- Thu, 08/06/2009 - 07:53

Comfort is very good. The Ultrasone earpads are pleasantly soft, and while they seem to be made of leather I didn't notice perspiration as a problem (and I'm in Texas where we've been over 100 degress for 40 days). The diameter of the earcup is a little small, so this might be an issue for some ears (it wasn't for me). Clamping force is moderate, and I thought it struck a nice balance between the high-ish clamping of the HD 800s and the very low force of the Denon AH-D5000s. The earpads distributes this pressure well, unlike the Grado SR-225s we have in the lab. The headband is nothing special; it isn't bad, but this was the point of discomfort for the Ultrasone's, as it was with the Denon's. The HD 800s can place slightly uncomfortable pressure on your neck (and the headband eventually is a pressure point). Fortunately, headbands can be moved a bit to resolve this.

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