The most obvious direct competitor to the Edition 8 would be the Sennheiser HD 800. In side-by-side comparisons, here are some key differences I observed between the Edition 8s and the HD 800s:
The Edition 8 ear cups are soft and the clamping force is moderate. I thought they were comfortable for long periods, helped by their low weight. They might, however, aggravate pressure points after very long sessions.
The Edition 8s come with a one-meter cord and a mini-plug. If you’re using them in portable mode, that’s good; for everyone else an extension cord is in order. With an extension cord I didn’t like the fact that the plugs would yank the headphones if they fell off my lap.
I didn’t find the Edition 8s to be particularly amplifier sensitive. I used the Woo Audio WA22 prototype for much of my listening, but the Luxman P200 sounded very similar.
Ultrasone’s Edition 8 is a well-balanced headphone that gets out of the way of the music. You’ll have to look long and hard for flaws.
Ultrasone Edition 8 Headphones
Accessories: Mini-plug to phone jack extension cord, leather carrying bag
Weight: 260 grams
Sensitivity: 96dB (input unspecified)
Impedance: 30 ohms
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