AudioMedia - February 2012 - (Page 31)
ULTRASONE SIGNATURE PRO
ALISTAIR McGHEE wants to have his cake and eat it, when it comes to headphones. Or his sticky bun. But in the Signature Pro series, he gets it.
blame Starbucks really for headphones like the Ultrasone Signature Pro. Who would have thought people would be willing to pay so much more for a cup of coffee? It turned out the secret was a decent cup of coffee in the right setting, choice, and free wifi. Coffee had me wrong-footed – headphones too it turns out. While the hifi market has always had high-ticket price headphones from Stax, in the pro world can buy you a pretty decent pair of cans.
Not Just A Casual Purchase
So, although the Signature Pro is not anywhere near the most expensive headphone that Ultrasone makes (that would be the Edition range) but it’s not a casual purchase and qualifies in my book as ‘grande’. The Signature Pro is all about packaging the Edition tech in a pro-friendly beverage. To look at the Pro is subdued and business like. Sturdy, solid, and closed back – the Ultrasones look like a tool for people who have a job to do. There’s a new headband, drivers from the Edition series, S-Logic PLUS, and a noteworthy contribution from Ethiopian sheep. I kid you not. And joy of joys, a detachable cable with a B-Lock connector at the headphone end that seems to have a twist lock action, and you get two cables – a long one and a short one. Genius. Actually, at the risk of spoiling someone’s party, when might a magnetic connector (a la Macbook’s power cable) become an option for headphones?
O ver And Above
So back to the Signature Pros, they’re expensive but not flashy, but what do they sound like? Brilliant. Every time I put them on I end up listening, if you know what I mean. These are philosophical headphones. They answer ‘why’ questions. ‘Ah, so that’s why they put the hand claps in.’ Guitars have more of the essence of guitar in them – you hear the ur-guitar if you like. Toms have more discernible tuning. Annoying buzzes on live recordings become even more annoying – ‘Touch and Go’, what were you thinking Clive? The bottom end is as secure as money in the bank. Actually a lot more secure than money in the bank – more like gold sovereigns sewn into your trousers, heavy and reassuring. The mid and top provide a wealth of detail and that elusive monitoring experience of revealing things that you can hear on lesser systems, but don’t notice until something like the Signature Pros shine a light in the dark places of a mix. The Ultrasones do not smooth the top end away. When I first put them on I wondered if the top end would intrude with extensive listening, but it didn’t. They fit snuggly and are comfortable for long periods, and solid enough to take on the road. Value for money? I don’t know... some people don’t like coffee. Mine’s a double espresso. And a sticky bun. ∫
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£ GB . (inc.VAT) A Ultrasone AG, Bernrieder Str.b, D- Tutzing, Germany/Bavaria T + () W www.ultrasone.com A UK Distributor: Synthax Audio (UK) Ltd T + () W www.synthax.co.uk
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AU D I O M ED I A F EB R UARY 2012
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AudioMedia - February 2012
Audio Media - February 2012
Special Report: BVE
Cut Scene: PS Vita
New at NAMM
NAMM Show Wrap-Up
RND Portico 5024
Untrason Signature Pro
Final Cut: Drive
Allen & Health GS-R24
Product Sampler: Broadcase Consoles
ClassicCut: The Haunting
AudioMedia - February 2012