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post #11 of 68
I listened to the Eminem song with my RX700s. I completely missed the car horns the first time around, and only heard them the second and third time listening. The horns were present but nestled well into the background. I definitely did not turn my head to the left, thinking there was a car.

Sadness. Maybe I need to jump on these Ultrasones.
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Originally Posted by wongster;13089805 
I listened to the Eminem song with my RX700s. I completely missed the car horns the first time around, and only heard them the second and third time listening. The horns were present but nestled well into the background. I definitely did not turn my head to the left, thinking there was a car.

Sadness. Maybe I need to jump on these Ultrasones.

This headphone is head and shoulders above the RX700 and all the headphones I've owned up till now. I think this alone is going to start a whole string of spending which...I'm trying to resist lol

I noticed that with this headphone, my KPD in Battlefield BC2 has increased about 30-50%. I was usually a 1.8-2.0 KPD player with the HA-DX3 and RX900 but I've noticed myself getting about 2.5-3.5 a lot more lately simply because of the sound staging.
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post #13 of 68
It seems like the Ultrasone would be a good/great/fantastic upgrade to the RX700 I have. A lot of people were recommending the DT770 in my thread, yet the PRO550 seems to fit the bill just as well, at a cheaper price to boot.

Just curious, why would this cause you spend...more?

That's a pretty darn good improvement in stats (in my humble opinion), from just using different headphones. I have yet to play a game where I can utilize sound stage (what little I have of it in my headphones) to my advantage, unfortunately.
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post #14 of 68
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The fact that you have a Xonar D1 doesn't help matters either. The Xonar D1 is awful for positioning and FPS gaming. Just...awful. I'm pretty sure my STX that should be coming tomorrow is just as bad.

As for spending more money, I think I just want to look further up the Ultrasone line. I was so tempted to just drop $400 on an Ultrasone PRO 750 but didn't have the guts to do it. I know Ultrasone's sound (and S-Logic) is something that doesn't always work for people but it certainly works for me.
Edited by RallyMaster - 4/11/11 at 5:44pm
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What would u guys think about using these with a HT omega striker? Just curious if they would need an amp
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Originally Posted by OutlawII;13096622 
What would u guys think about using these with a HT omega striker? Just curious if they would need an amp

They don't need an amp. Running it straight from my Titanium HD sounds the same as running it from my amplifier.
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post #17 of 68
Since you've owned my soundcard (Xonar D1) and headphones (RX700) before, could you give me an impression of what I can expect for the sound if I jumped to the PRO550? Infinitely more details/sound stage, bass, etc etc versus the JVC? I know the PRO550 is a much better headphone and is in a different tier of headphones but I'm just curious to know exactly what parts of the audio experience I can improve if I make the jump.

Damn your review, you're making me think of spending money. Haha
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Hmm. From what I've experienced thus far on the same songs, the Xonar cards make them sound more closed in compared to the Titanium HD. I've gotten this feeling on both the Essence STX and the Xonar D1 so far (to be really honest, they sound pretty much the same except some minor details that the D1 misses out). The PRO 550 will still be a massive step up in sound quality from the RX700 but my initial impressions are the sound stage is smaller on a Xonar than it is on the Titanium HD.
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post #19 of 68
Thanks. I read somewhere that Ultrasones needed 300 hours of burn-in, which is kind of a long time. Maybe you could update us again at that point to see if anything has changed.
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post #20 of 68
Okay, so I bit the bullet and decided to pick up the 550s and try them out myself. To be honest, I'm not as impressed as I hoped I would be. It might also be that it needs burning in or I just need to listen to it more.

All my comparisons are to my RX700. Music sounds better for sure. It's not so much that I'm hearing details I didn't hear before, it's more like the details are more prominent. I like looks of the headphone (gray/black) and how it feels on my ears. The hard case is a nice touch. I'm quite happy at its bass performance. I can tell it has a larger soundstage, but I feel like it takes some effort and attention for me to appreciate it (which I find contradictory to relaxing and enjoying music).

Keep in mind these are just initial impressions. I really do like the headphones and how well it plays the music I listen to, it just seems like it doesn't warrant the price I paid (almost 5x what I paid for the RX700). I might also need to just suck it up and realize that the $150 I paid is nothing to what real audio gear costs.

When I compared the Eminem song in the OP with both headphones, I could tell the car horn was a bit louder and could position it better (spatially) with the 550s, but if I wasn't paying attention, it certainly wouldn't have grabbed my attention.

Hm, I don't know. Maybe I just need to give it more time.

Off topic: I used my MEElectronics M9 today for the first time and was blown away at how well $10 IEMs can sound. Just amazing. Roller coaster of audio emotions for me today.
Edited by wongster - 4/20/11 at 7:24pm
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