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Ultrasone HFI-450 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Closed-back Headphones with Transport Bag by Review Summary ,  Sep 1, 2015

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Ultrasone HFI-450 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Closed-back Headphones with Transport Bag
Report Date: 12/09/2015
Based on 242 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 7.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Portable5.0   above average
Audio4.8   above average
Weight4.7   average
Range4.6   above average
Surround4.6   above average
Video4.6   above average
Noise4.5   above average
Sound4.5   average
Listening4.3   average
Comfortable4.2   below average
Design4.2   average
Plastic4.2   exceptional
Price4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Music4.1   average
Cable4.0   above average
Vocal3.8   below average
Fit3.6   below average
Treble2.7   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"Although I could see how those listeners that would belong in the car audio SPL subwoofer crowd might be disappointed."
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"The audio is wonderful."
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"They work well with portable devices and amazingly with our home audio video system."
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"I got these headphones based on a recommendation from a friend, and I was impressed by the audio quality at this price range."
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"This is a quality brand, and good quality audio for the price, but the comfort factor was just not present for me."
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"The Audio Technica ATH-M50 is a better headphone if accuracy and neutrality is what you want, but with a little bass emphasis."
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Cable

Cable:
"The fixed one is about one meter long and it is not enough for most things, but the extender cord is long and compensate this problem."
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"Are they the best sounding headphones I own - noDo they have and excessively thick and long cable that is a bit of a pain - yesDo they look stylish - not reallyAre they cheap - noHowever are they comfortable -yes and yes againAre they durable - best I have hadOut of a collection of 20 plus headphones of many higher end brands this little pair has had the most useBelieve it or not I have used these headphones for the last 14 months for running and walking - yes a minimum of a 10km run per day in hot ,cold and misty rain with the impacts this brings."
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"If anyone had told me that you could run with these I would have said not a chance - As I have gone through many pairs of in ear and on ear sports headphones all failing in the cable or speaker failing I gave these a couple of months but despite all the rough treatment the original pads are still attached and nothing has failed."
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"- I seriously hate the cord."
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"My only complaint is that the cord is 3 meters long which is a bit too much considering I plug it into my Macbook pro and 3 meters is just overkill."
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"There are a few other problems as well: The cord is extremely short, which makes it difficult to use when doing anything other than sitting at home listening to music."
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"Pros: Really nice compact hard case-great for traveling (best feature), detachable Kevlar cord with controller, very lightweight, very comfortable, good looking, sound good with an equalizer."
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"Extra long cord, great to get lost in your favorite album or on a long flight, very nice."
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"They have a long cord and are really comfortable on the ears."
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"Perfect size and cord length."
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"Overall the clarity is great, the extra length cord is greatly appreciated."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"good comfort can get a little painful if ears do not fit inside headphone cup."
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"A high end headphone for sound, comfort and price (unfortunately)."
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"And yes, I recommend buying the Ultrasone HFI-780 although these aren't the best in comfort."
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"I am not quite sure why people complain about the comfort on these cans."
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"While comfort was improved, I didn;t find them uncomfortable to begin with so I modded them again and I've stayed here for a month or so with a pretty nice result."
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"Where they fail in my opinion is in the comfort."
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"I've found that I like Sony monitors better, both for their accuracy and comfort."
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"I may keep these...maybePros: Sounded the best of all right out of the box, nice mid vocals, comfortable for small heads, nice wide soundstage, folding cupsCons: Band is a little snug even on my small head, so I think they'd be tight on big heads."
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"Pros: Really nice compact hard case-great for traveling (best feature), detachable Kevlar cord with controller, very lightweight, very comfortable, good looking, sound good with an equalizer."
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"The sound is amazing, very very deep bass really its forte, crisp highs but may be annoying to sensitive ears , nice clear detail in the voices and instruments, the soundstage and separation of instruments are average but that is to be expected because of the closed design, the sound isolation is excellent, in comfort they are ok at the beginning a little of clamping force but with time I was able to use these for hours, average size ear-cups and that is coming from someone with a little bigger ears than average, a little note the badge with the hfi 580 peels of very easily and a portion of the top padding fell off after like half a year of use, the cord is really long."
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"I don't want to go in depth so here is a pro-con listPros-clarity, bass, comfort, easy to driveCons-really bright and fatiguing highs, recessed mid range"
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Design

Design:
"It's truly a terrible padding design."
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"something made it painful inside of the ears and due to headphones design, it was also uncomfortable to wear them."
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"These are very light, and the semi open design is great; my ears stay relatively cool."
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"The sound is amazing, very very deep bass really its forte, crisp highs but may be annoying to sensitive ears , nice clear detail in the voices and instruments, the soundstage and separation of instruments are average but that is to be expected because of the closed design, the sound isolation is excellent, in comfort they are ok at the beginning a little of clamping force but with time I was able to use these for hours, average size ear-cups and that is coming from someone with a little bigger ears than average, a little note the badge with the hfi 580 peels of very easily and a portion of the top padding fell off after like half a year of use, the cord is really long."
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"Definitely was excited for these but when I got them the build quality was different then what I thought it would be, the sound is there & sounds decent but what you'll have to get used is their sound design in their cups that are like a diamond shape which projects the sound into your ears, but for me it just doesn't get the job done .. You don't feel the music & the sound like you should if you it was the classic design of going straight into your ears."
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"They are not noise cancelation but I've used them on an airplane and on a train and the closed, over the ear, design efficiently block out virtually everything."
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"Materials are very high quality ones, design is simple and perfect."
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Fit

Fit:
"Fit is a little tight for me and are not comfortable for a long period."
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"good comfort can get a little painful if ears do not fit inside headphone cup."
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"However the fit on these headphones was unbearable."
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"My only two complaints would be that the ear pads fit too tight over your ears."
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"My average size ears don't fit completely inside them, and that (along with the excessive pressure and lack of cushioning) make them pretty hard to recommend."
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"There is a metal band under the plastic cover on top that can be bent for those complaining of a too snug a fit."
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"Very comfortable (if they fit...see below)."
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"These were perfect except for the fit."
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"Fit: The way the earpads slide down is great imo, they slide up and down on the end of the headband, and these should fit the vast majority nicely."
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"Love the comfort too, fit perfect for me."
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Listening

Listening:
"I hope to someday try the closed-back version for traveling or what not, but for now I am happy with listening to them at home when I can."
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"Listening to female vocals sound terrible, incredibly unnatural."
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"There's also very little sound leakage, so unless the person is standing uncomfortable close to you, they won't be annoyed at what you're listening to."
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"When you first wonder what you are missing by listening to you music with those ear buds that came with your iPod, you can find yourself on a rewarding (and expensive)journey."
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"I have tried the Bose Triports ( way too basey, supressed hi's- a joke for $179); Grado SR80 (love them for sound- natural base and crystal sharp hi's; not comfortable for extended listening, but I kept them); Koss portapros (recommended by reviews, but too basey for my liking); Sennheiser Px100 (unimpressed) and Px200 (horrible, hollow sound w mimimal base (despite a 72 hr burn in); and these Ultrasone's (recommended by my brother- a professional musician)."
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"I tried other bass headphones that sound pretty good with hip hop but sound likeGarbage when listening to anything else."
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"Let me just say these headphones are absolutely perfect for what I use them, which is listening to dope music and watching movies on Netflix."
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"FABULOUS PRODUCT THAT MAKES LISTENING TO MUSIC A GENUINE PLEASURE."
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"It is particularly beautiful on symphonic music and jazz (listening to Frank Morgan as I write)."
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"I've had a very great listening experience with these headphones so far."
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Music

Music:
"It's a good thing that my music taste has been shifting from rock (in which the bass would be annoying and the Grados would reign supreme) to electronic, pop, and jazz."
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"No it is not as good as my open ended for music."
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"I imagine if you were to stay awake (though I wouldn't recommend it) for a week straight (lol) and listen to music for a week straight, these headphones would never bother you."
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"Maybe the only weak point is at classical music, where the highs generated by violins do not sound as clear as I expected, but it is still acceptable."
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"Couldn't agree more, I feel like these are ideal for EDM house... they don't sound too great with other music like rock or anything lyric based but for my style of music, I couldn't be happier."
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"Both sets lack mid-range response but the M50 covers it by seeping the bass into the mids and the result is just not enjoyable for most kinds of music in my opinion."
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"Let me just say these headphones are absolutely perfect for what I use them, which is listening to dope music and watching movies on Netflix."
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"FABULOUS PRODUCT THAT MAKES LISTENING TO MUSIC A GENUINE PLEASURE."
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"It is a truly marvelous experience to find something new in a song track that you had never knew was present, and it is a real pleasure to be able to listen to music and ACTUALLY HEAR EVERYTHING!"
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"It's a good thing that my music taste has been shifting from rock (in which the bass would be annoying and the Grados would reign supreme) to electronic, pop, and jazz."
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"Over quality and build is ok fills good on my ears and trust me when i sat i listen to music for hour my break in time is some where around 300,000 hours lol.. great cans if you love your music to sound good and not like some standard sony earphones for $20."
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Noise

Noise:
"mp3s can have a whooshing noise in the background because mp3's are a compromise between file size and quality, so try and use higher vbr mp3's."
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"Not recommended for use on an airplane or other noisy environment."
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"I'd like to have noise cancellation for flying, but decent noise isolation may be a better option because I'd rather have high quality sound instead."
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"Perfect for working out and you can still hear outside noise which is a bonus."
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"I understand that the clamping helps isolate noise (and it does very well, making studying in cafes and such enjoyable), but it sometimes hurts."
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"I wanted solidly built headphones that were portable, sounded good with some prominent bass (not like the Senheisser 280s for example, which my brother has), isolated noise, had no sound leakage, and was clear."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"There is a metal band under the plastic cover on top that can be bent for those complaining of a too snug a fit."
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"I first tried their ICans, but were uncomfortable because of it's inflexible,square shaped over-head plastic."
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"The build quality is nice and robust despite being mostly plastic drop these a few times and no problems whatsoever."
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"I played it straight out of computer (High end aftermarket motherboard), Fiio E11, 1 4 out of high end Yamaha home theater reciever, phone (LG G2).Pros:Sufficient low endMids are decentComfortable but not for much longer than an hour and halfCable is plenty longGood tough plastic builtPretty decent quality for moneySing wonderfully once ampedLook awesomeCons:Slightly bright for my earsMids bleed poorly into highsPlastic build makes me nervous about breaksThere should be two cable lengthsSlightly more low end would be niceThose are the primarily things that come to mind when I listened to these."
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"I'd always kept them safely tucked away and they are in great condition except for the plastic that cracked on one side of the flexible portion of the headband and the other side broke completely."
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"Build: It's 100 percent plastic, but pretty rugged, and lightweight."
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Portable

Portable:
"For those using a portable media player, it's not a problem, but for those people using it in a professional setting who depend on 1 4, it will likely be an issue."
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"They work well with portable devices and amazingly with our home audio video system."
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"I wanted solidly built headphones that were portable, sounded good with some prominent bass (not like the Senheisser 280s for example, which my brother has), isolated noise, had no sound leakage, and was clear."
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"If you are after a well constructed portable and comfortable set of open on ears these are definitely worth considering"
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"Even without the portable amp, these headphones are incredible and can satisfy a wide range of music"
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Price

Price:
"Couldn't find a more reliable pair of headphones for this good of a price! "
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"A high end headphone for sound, comfort and price (unfortunately)."
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"I got these on sale for $143 with $3.99 overnight shipping (I'm a prime member) and for that price its EXTREMELY hard to beat , in fact I would say at that price you really won't find anything close to it without spending more money."
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"I'm going to up my review by one star , I can't believe how great these sound for the money."
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"They are a little lesser known what with Sennheisers and other well known brands making high end cans, but for the price, the HFI-450's are hard to beat! "
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"Excellent sounding headphones for the money."
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"Great sound, great price! "
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"These Ultrasones are a very versitle headphone at a very decent price."
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"I got these headphones based on a recommendation from a friend, and I was impressed by the audio quality at this price range."
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"This is a quality brand, and good quality audio for the price, but the comfort factor was just not present for me."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not comfortable, and too pricy for quality."
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"Some complained about the build quality."
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"Sound quality is good, but not excellent."
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"They don't scratch easily, and I have been absolutely delighted with the overall feel of quality materials and construction."
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"The construction is superb and high quality in every way, the only downside to this is that it creates some extra weight...still worth it to me."
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"The sound quality is pretty good, but if you're looking for a pair that can blockout outside noises, then this isn't the headphones for you, cause you can hear pretty well things around you,even with the music loud, which is pretty weird with headphones, but the sound quality still remains excellent."
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"The secondary cord is straight, without ability to extend and contract on demand and unlike the shure's is less convenientOverall quality of product is pretty satisfying."
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"Excellent sound quality overall."
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"The build quality is nice and robust despite being mostly plastic drop these a few times and no problems whatsoever."
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"Wonderful sound quality."
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"I got these headphones based on a recommendation from a friend, and I was impressed by the audio quality at this price range."
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Range

Range:
"I agree with the others on these headphones for 1] very light weight, 2] extremely comfortable, 3] wide range sonic response, BUT...they're VERY inefficient with my PC not able to drive them to acceptable volumes, and for DVD viewing, my separate full size amplifier headphone out connection--usually set at '25'--must be over '30' before the volume is acceptable."
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"Clear, good range and seperation."
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"I use this particular model in the field because they are sturdy, have great range and isolation, and they are fairly inexpensive to replace."
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"Even without the portable amp, these headphones are incredible and can satisfy a wide range of music"
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"In my opinion, these are the best headphones you can get at this price range."
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"The ear pads are about equivalent to those in the 99$ price range with around the same level of comfort."
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Response

Response:
"The second drawback to open-back headphones is that the bass response is usually not as resonant as those on IEMs (in-ear monitors), or closed-back cans."
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"I agree with the others on these headphones for 1] very light weight, 2] extremely comfortable, 3] wide range sonic response, BUT...they're VERY inefficient with my PC not able to drive them to acceptable volumes, and for DVD viewing, my separate full size amplifier headphone out connection--usually set at '25'--must be over '30' before the volume is acceptable."
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"The sound is clear with exceptional bass response."
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"If you watch a lot of movies on a computer or ipad, I would guess based on the frequency response that the 780's would definitely work well."
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"First impressions: bass is very clean and smooth , frequency response for instrumental files is very good , treble etc ."
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"Gun shots cracked, and explosions boomed with great bass response."
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"My criteria were:-closed cans (good isolation, low to negligible leakage, compact enough for travel).-efficient (easy to drive, high sensitivity)-FUN frequency response, with engaging sound."
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Size

Size:
"If you have never owned a good pair of full size headphones, I highly recommend it."
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"mp3s can have a whooshing noise in the background because mp3's are a compromise between file size and quality, so try and use higher vbr mp3's."
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"The earpieces are soft and big enough, covering my not so small ears well and without much pressure."
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"I may keep these...maybePros: Sounded the best of all right out of the box, nice mid vocals, comfortable for small heads, nice wide soundstage, folding cupsCons: Band is a little snug even on my small head, so I think they'd be tight on big heads."
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"The sound is amazing, very very deep bass really its forte, crisp highs but may be annoying to sensitive ears , nice clear detail in the voices and instruments, the soundstage and separation of instruments are average but that is to be expected because of the closed design, the sound isolation is excellent, in comfort they are ok at the beginning a little of clamping force but with time I was able to use these for hours, average size ear-cups and that is coming from someone with a little bigger ears than average, a little note the badge with the hfi 580 peels of very easily and a portion of the top padding fell off after like half a year of use, the cord is really long."
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"Perfect size and cord length."
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"For gaming they have very accurate positioning and for mixing and tracking they do a great job at leading you to the best possible mix small adjustments are very noticeable."
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Sound

Sound:
"I think Bose are overpriced and not as good sounding, so I'm not considering those."
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"Terrible sound out of the box."
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"They had the 1)sound isolation 2) no leakage 3) solid construction 4)portability due to the convenient hinges 5) clear, dynamic sound, but at the same time, there were some things that bugged me, mainly:1) discomfort."
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"Are they the best sounding headphones I own - noDo they have and excessively thick and long cable that is a bit of a pain - yesDo they look stylish - not reallyAre they cheap - noHowever are they comfortable -yes and yes againAre they durable - best I have hadOut of a collection of 20 plus headphones of many higher end brands this little pair has had the most useBelieve it or not I have used these headphones for the last 14 months for running and walking - yes a minimum of a 10km run per day in hot ,cold and misty rain with the impacts this brings."
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"A high end headphone for sound, comfort and price (unfortunately)."
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"My recommendation, buy the ADH -2000's (they were out of my budget).These headphones sound pretty MEH (~ not good) through a Galaxy S3, compared to a computer DAC."
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"The sound is pretty good."
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"and they are holding up really well..The sound from these lightweight, unobtrusive headphones is stellar."
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"Cons: Too low-mid-boomy (like Beats), not enough highs, band is loose for small heads, they leak more sound than othersUltrasone HFI-580: Sounded great right of the box, but bright."
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"Full sound, deep bass, good mids but a bit bright."
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"Pros: Really nice compact hard case-great for traveling (best feature), detachable Kevlar cord with controller, very lightweight, very comfortable, good looking, sound good with an equalizer."
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Surround

Surround:
"So not only did they have no surround sound, they weren't even good for my music."
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"Extremely comfortable since they surround your ear instead of on your ear."
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"The surround sound it great, especially for live shows."
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"Build quality, 5 year warranty, They go LOUD, decentralized drivers reduces listening fatigue hearing damage(Ultrasone claims 40% less and I agree), Surround Sound does work well, very good sound isolation (keeps your music in and cuts background noise).CONSComfort is mediocre, they are not uncomfortable but can become uncomfortable if you listen for extended periods of time."
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"I wanted to still be able to enjoy as close to surround sound whenever I wanted to after getting married, as I'm a gamer."
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"Pros: great soundstage, nice punchy bass that's not overwhelming, the surround effects are very well done and have none of that cheap DSP effect sound to them - since they are actually firing the drivers at angles rather than directly into your ears."
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Treble

Treble:
"This headphone has horribly uneven frequency response with severe peaks in the upper midrange and treble and nasty resonance (certain frequencies lingering and not decaying properly) which make them very painful to listen to for anyone with a discerning ear or anyone sensitive to FR peaks."
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"However, if you are really picky about sound, I think you'll find that the treble is really disappointing."
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"At the same time, I'm also hearing detail that was not there before in good recordings.3) The recessed mids, which stress the treble."
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"However, the problem begins with the treble."
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"Pretty much all treble is extremely pronounced with these cans, and that is not a good thing."
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"Mids - Like the treble, the mids were quite disappointing out of the box."
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"Overall:Treble- good, clean, crisp, and sparklyMidrange-good, no complaintsBass-Tight, controlled, yet plenty of bass."
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"Clear, crisp mids and trebles with adequate bass."
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"First impressions: bass is very clean and smooth , frequency response for instrumental files is very good , treble etc ."
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"The treble does have some good clarity, and poorly recorded EDM and rock is going to reveal itself."
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"Now the best way to describe this headphone is detail , treble is well presented and full."
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Video

Video:
"Not great for monitors, but great for games and movies."
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"They work well with portable devices and amazingly with our home audio video system."
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"excellent for movies voices easily heard."
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"Sound is great for movies like it is advertised for."
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"The mid is recessed but I don't think mids sound good in a closed headphone anyways (get the seashell effect).As for the 780', sound is great for movies like it is advertised for."
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"The cord is about three feet which is perfect, and there is a long extension which works nicely for watching movies."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"It's almost as if they warn you only seconds into a strong vocal track that they will not perform their best for songs like this."
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"Listening to female vocals sound terrible, incredibly unnatural."
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"These headphones aren't perfect though; genres that depend on vocals and guitars may suffer due to slightly recessed mids."
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"I may keep these...maybePros: Sounded the best of all right out of the box, nice mid vocals, comfortable for small heads, nice wide soundstage, folding cupsCons: Band is a little snug even on my small head, so I think they'd be tight on big heads."
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"Vocals also come through very clear."
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"i love the way my jazz, jazz vocals, chamber music play...like i can hear the air of every vocal breath, and i swear i can sense the shifting of the air around every pluck of a bass."
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"Vocals are wonderful to listen to, even with the bass."
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"At any rate, if you listen to vocal extensively then don't get these, there are better alternatives (I'm listening to Mia Martina's Burning and due to her vocal frequency the song sounds outstanding)."
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Weight

Weight:
"The construction is superb and high quality in every way, the only downside to this is that it creates some extra weight...still worth it to me."
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"and they are holding up really well..The sound from these lightweight, unobtrusive headphones is stellar."
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"Pros: Really nice compact hard case-great for traveling (best feature), detachable Kevlar cord with controller, very lightweight, very comfortable, good looking, sound good with an equalizer."
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"Exactly what I wanted: lightweight with great sound."
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"They are lightweight and look good too."
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"When compared to the old Technics I used when I DJed in college, they are very light weight and easy to wear for a long time."
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