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Originally Posted by wongster;13209836 
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 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 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).

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.
The general trend is that the higher up you move in audio, the less you stand to gain for the money you pay. I didn't think the PRO550 sounded all that amazing on my Xonar D1 either but it certainly made the Titanium HD seem like a much more capable sound card than the D1 than when I used other headphones I owned.

If the 300 hour burn-in statement is true, then we could both stand to gain some more performance out of these headphones than we have right now. I really wish I had the energy and time after work to even get on my computer for music and games frown.gif

I contacted Ultrasone about cloth earpads for the PRO550 and it seems that the PRO 750 pads do fit. However, they do change the sound signature and cost $32.95 + shipping. I'm not sure I want to spend that money though.

As for the Meelec M9's: I have them too. It's an interesting experience putting mine on because they're metal and they're cold when I first put them on. It does sound muddy in comparison with the PRO 550 though.
Edited by RallyMaster - 4/20/11 at 7:33pm
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Yeah, diminishing returns holds true for many many products. I'm well aware that audio gets expensive quickly with less gain for the money.

Hm, I don't think I would go for the cloth earpads unless of course you really would prefer it. I think the sound signature right out of the box is great, it hits a full spectrum (to my ears) and maintains a "fun" listening experience.

I agree the M9s are muddy compared to the 550, but it's probably not the fairest comparison. All I had to compare them was Apple earbuds, and they destroy those. I still need to get used to fitting IEMs in my ear though, it's still kind of a chore for me.

I'm going to continue listening to the 550s. I like the headphones and think they're a great improvement over the RX700. I probably just need to come to terms that good audio costs money, and the price I paid is actually just fine. If I returned them, I don't know what other headphones I could try.
Edited by wongster - 4/20/11 at 7:56pm
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Yeah, I definitely paid $300 in China for the HD595 that I ended up selling for $100. Probably should have just paid that $50 more for the HD600 that I would probably still have. While that was an improvement in some ways over the RX700 I had the time, I really didn't know what I was getting myself into just yet. Live and learn, I guess. smile.gif
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That's how it all starts, down the path to the dark side of spending money on a hobby. Actually, it probably all starts with joining some forum dedicated to a hobby.

Man, the 550 sounds really good. I've been listening for about an hour with various genres of songs. All sound great. I just wish the cable wasn't coiled and just a long straight cable.

I'm really surprised Ultrasone isn't a more popular brand (at least here), if this 550 model is anything to judge the rest of their lineup on. Everyone and their mom has either the 555, 595, or AD700 and they're all recommended in so many threads. Maybe different price bracket?
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That's how it all starts, down the path to the dark side of spending money on a hobby. Actually, it probably all starts with joining some forum dedicated to a hobby.

Man, the 550 sounds really good. I've been listening for about an hour with various genres of songs. All sound great. I just wish the cable wasn't coiled and just a long straight cable.

I'm really surprised Ultrasone isn't a more popular brand (at least here), if this 550 model is anything to judge the rest of their lineup on. Everyone and their mom has either the 555, 595, or AD700 and they're all recommended in so many threads. Maybe different price bracket?

The coiled cable definitely pissed me off after a while. I got [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Aurum-Cables-Female-Extension-Cable/dp/B003SGDAPU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1303357048&sr=8-4"]this extension cable[/ame] last week along with a 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter from RadioShack so my cable is now straight, 9 feet long and has the option for both stereo jack sizes. The extension cable is pretty stiff and is also made of cloth on the outside. Well worth it for $9 IMO.

The Ultrasone brand is known for being one of those "love it or hate it" type of brands in audio, from what I've seen. It's recommended often for electronica and other bass & treble heavy genres but the PRO 550 does pretty well at a lot of the genres I've tried.
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that headphone looks so sexy, I kinda want to buy a set to wear around, I want to see the reaction of the Beats crowd..
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that headphone looks so sexy, I kinda want to buy a set to wear around, I want to see the reaction of the Beats crowd..

It's definitely good looking but I think it takes some power to drive. I guess I can test it with my Zune HD sometime.
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It's definitely good looking but I think it takes some power to drive. I guess I can test it with my Zune HD sometime.

I have a portable amp.. Ibasso D2 Viper.. where did you get your pro 550? So tempting... Can you compare it to M50, my friend has one, and it sounds pretty good. Just using it as a baseline reference.. thanks
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I have a portable amp.. Ibasso D2 Viper.. where did you get your pro 550? So tempting... Can you compare it to M50, my friend has one, and it sounds pretty good. Just using it as a baseline reference.. thanks

Ah, excellent then. You should be in good shape. I got mine from Amazon. I don't have anyone around me that owns an Audio Technica ATH-M50 so I might be out of luck on that one.
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Yikes. After using the 550s for a couple hours, I just put my RX700s back on. A lot of the treble detail I had heard in songs were either really muffled, unclear, or just pushed into general background noise with the RX700s. What were clearly cymbals heard on the Ultrasone was a generic "noise" through the RX700s. I didn't even listen specifically for it; the instrumental separation and clarity were obvious.

Can you tell it's growing on me? A part of me is saying that it's just my mind trying to justify my impulsive buy, but it's one of those cases where I don't appreciate the new thing and I don't know what I'm really gaining until the new thing is taken away and I use the old stuff.
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