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I received these headphones three days ago and since then I have been listening to them almost constantly.
Firstly I'll talk about the sound quality. Ultrasone have a reputation for providing good amounts of bass with their headphones and this particular pair don't disappoint. However, if you are looking for overpowering, booming bass then these cans aren't for you. The bass is all their, with good extension, but doesn't overwhelm the rest of the music.
The mids, are quite good in my opinion. The one thing I've noticed with this headphone is that the vocals are incredibly clear compared to anything else I've listened to before. I can actually clearly hear the lyrics to songs, where before the vocals would be blurred with the rest of the music making it indistinct. Also, I can clearly hear when artists layer vocals, it is almost like I can hear them singing in a centre channel, and then off to the left right channels and slightly behind. It's really enjoyable going back through old music and picking up new details I hadn't heard before.
Finally, the highs, I think the highs are slightly recessed, to be honest, but I think this is partly because I am coming from listening to my stereo that had incredibly bright, horn tweeters. I had to turn down the higher frequencies on my amp as the speakers made some music sound incredibly harsh. In comparison, this headphone seems to lack the detail in the highs that my stereo does, however, it also lacks the harshness and over-emphasis. So I guess it will come down to individual taste, and what you want from your headphones. On the plus side, it does mean that these headphones aren't very fatiguing. I can listen to these for hours on end quite comfortably.
To sum up, the sound is very, very good. I haven't had the opportunity to audition a lot of other headphones, but these sound better than anything else I listened to.
As for comfort, I have to say these are very comfortable headphones. It took a while to get used to having something so large on my head, as I had never had circumaural headphones before, but once I wore these for a while, I can fall asleep with them on. I would say they are a little loose, which is probably the norm for larger headphones, (I also have a fairly small head) so don't expect to go running or exercising with these on. Also these headphones are very large, which may or may not suit your fashion tastes if you wear them in public.
Finally I think the product details for this headphone need to be updated. They now come with an 80cm straight cord with a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 3 metre, partly coiled, cord, with a 6.35mm headphone jack. There is no headphone jack adapter included anymore, however, you now get a shorter straight cord, which is much more convenient for my purposes as I am using these with my ipod. I also have to say that the included hard carry case is a very nice addition.
So to finish, I wholeheartedly recommend these headphones, unless you are looking for something with more detailed highs.