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CNET's Donald Bell offers his full review of the Zino headphones by Ultrasone.

Photo of the Ultrasone Zino headphones.
The Ultrasone Zino headphones have an unfortunate name, but a gorgeous sound. Ultrasone

Everyone from Dr. Dre to surfwear maker Roxy seems to be taking a turn at producing earbuds these days, but fewer and fewer companies seem to be making full-size portable headphones--or at least, nothing worth mentioning. Bucking the earbud trend is German manufacturer Ultrasone, which has just released a $99 pair of collapsible headphones named Zino.

Sure, the name conjures a collision between Zorro and Zima malt liquor, but the headphones themselves are dynamite. In typical Ultrasone style, the sound is remarkably open and natural, with oodles of high-frequency detail and a restrained, yet capable, low end, courtesy of Ultrasone's gold-plated 40 millimeter drivers.

But the Ultrasone Zino didn't grab a four-star rating on sound alone. To read all our praise (along with a few complaints), head on over to our full write-up at CNET Reviews.