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CNET First Look
Ultrasone's top-of-the-line headphonesThe Ultrasone Signature Pro is a German-made Mercedes class set of headphones built for a discerning clientele.
Hey. I'm Justin Yu, associate editor for CNET and this is your first look at the Ultrasone Signature PRO headphones. The first thing you're gonna know about these is that they're not targeted at the average music listener. They cost $1,300 which makes them one of Ultrasone's top of the line models. With the pedigree that does reflect the price. This is definitely a headphone built for audio files that demand the best sound. Aesthetically, the signature pro does have a handsome design with glass trimmed ear cups that contrast (??) with the rest of the material. Most of the rest of the parts are black mat plastic. But the leather ear cushions and soft head band both exude a really professional appeal. And yes, I said the sides are made of glass. But the company tells me that the headphone can actually withstand multiple 10-foot drops and the build does not flex or creek like cheaper or new headphones. And its come with 2 cables. A 5-foot wire with a 3 and a half millimeter plug at the end. And a longer 10-foot wire with a 6.3 millimeter connector for studios. Now the port below the left ear cup is where you plug in the wire. And that also has a locking mechanism that prevents it from getting ripped out of the socket. Ultrasone likes to brad about it's etiologic plus technology that bounces the sound of the drivers off your outer ears instead of jamming them against your eardrums. That produces a more open less direct sound that other circumaural headphones. CNET, Steve Guttenberg put these through his listening test and found them every bit as precise and accurate as the marketing claims. he even goes as far as he called the sound transparency addictive. So that's still is the neutral enough so that it takes the shape of the music you pump in the drivers. The Signature PRO's off the sound impressive on iPod as well as at home through your headphone amplifier. It's dynamic punch and spacious sound space come across full with limited sound leakage and Steve's overall opinion is that they're actually worth the price if you're shopping for full type headphones to complement nearly any genre of music. You can check out all the details including comparison tests in our full review on CNET. But that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin Yu and we just took a first look at the Ultrasone Signature PRO headphones. Thanks for watching.