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Drop + Ultrasone Signature X Headphones
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Drop + Ultrasone Signature X Headphones

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Bass is a big deal—especially in today’s music. Many headphones boost bass, but the results can be sub-par, all the way down to subs Read More

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T.Fernandez
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Collabs
Nov 17, 2022
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Introducing the Drop + Ultrasone Signature X.  Our first collab with legacy German Brand Ultrasone.  Something of a dark horse brand Ultrasone has been around for a long time but was less known in Audiophile circles.  They are known mainly in Europe for their professional DJ headphones and some uber high end models like the Edition 10.  After listening to several models within their Signature Series Line up we decided to try and make our own tuning that used the Harman Target as a reference point.  While the goal was not to get as close as possible but rather as a template for the low end response.  The engineers at Ultrasone went through several iterations before landing on the tuning for the Signature X.  The result was a slightly dark but wonderfully punchy sounding headphone that still has some shimmer to the highs.  They are well suited to many modern recordings and bass heavy genres but we also found them to be great with live recordings where the high energy and room acoustics shine.  Let your ears be the judge and give the Signature X a shot.  Let us know if you’d like to see more Ultrasone models in our store for future collaborations.
AXLIC
93
Nov 22, 2022
Around this price, you can choose studio or DXP, why do I buy this signature X?
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merfuxm
21
Nov 21, 2022
Just a word of advise, the headband concept will break in long run. I still have an old Ultrasone 550(still original headband) and a Beyerdynamic DT440 for which I had to swap it for a better design(DT770 headband). There is too much pressure in the pivoting points.
Evshrug
2866
Nov 21, 2022
Early Impressions:
Pros: +No harsh treble +Fun but clear bass +warm lower mids and polite upper mids. +low masking and decent resolution for the price +S-Logic works, fairly clear and good soundstage in a closed headphone +High sensitivity = easy to drive from laptop or smartphone dongle. +cushy headband +lightweight +most of the weight and clamp is distributed. +folding +easy to clean, pads aren’t sticky +my sample came with a 6.5mm coiled “studio” cable, a 3.5mm cable, and another 3.5mm cable with TRRS connector and an inline microphone on the cable for smartphone and gaming use. +sparkling gray circles around “Signature X” logo add fun pizazz. Cons -“No Nonsense” studio build reminiscent of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, tough and light plastic but creaks when adjusting. -Firm clamp. -Folding mechanism allows earcups to flop around when not in use. -The type of circumaural pads that press the edge of the outer ear flat on your head, so some of the clamp pressure is on your ears. Overall: I think people looking for a closed-back headphone that sounds more open than cheap closed headphones ought to take a look. It’s a good headphone to wear while walking around. The warmer sound signature was not what I was expecting from the brand, the tone is overall a pleasant surprise. The S-Logic 3 does seem to add a more “speaker like” feeling of soundstage, combined with the bass grunt. My first two cons aren’t really a problem while wearing the headphone, and I feel like it would survive school life or most studio life (folds to fit into a small bag, but the included case is nice!). If you want a artsy object, get the Meze Noir… but the rough and tumble Ultrasone sounds less “small space” and more open. I think it’s important people expect this to be a closed headphone that probably touches the outer edge of the ear, making YMMV very true here: I know some people can marathon this style of earpad, but I like to take a break and let my ears relax after every hour of listening. Anecdotally, my wife specifically found these earpads MORE comfortable and less weird than my fully circumaural headphones like the HD 560S. I have kept coming back to it because I’ve been enjoying the sound.
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Evshrug
2866
Nov 28, 2022
Good question, but “better” is in the eyes of the beholder, and what was the design/purchase priority. FAT BASS was the Cascades goal. Nothing wrong with that, and the Ultrasone will have less bass amplitude on a FR graph and a less meaty sound in practice, but the Signature X has the S-Logic 3 which is specifically designed to improve the perception of soundstage, and they’re bass boosted in a way I personally like. They are also aesthetically and ergonomically different… Just goes to show, rankings and overall scores are inadequate summaries when there are so many traits of quality, utility, and enjoyment. My songwriter friend just said on Saturday that he thinks the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro are too big for him to wear on stage… or maybe he felt some sort of guilt that I was leaving them with him on long-term loan (It was no problem, I didn’t need them and I just hoped he would get good use out of them!)? On the bright side, I now have another headphone for comparison, maybe I’ll try to make a video when I wake up.
Waddie
1
Nov 28, 2022
You're doing a good job of feedback and I thank you for it.. What about these vs Signature DJ/Signature Pro... 177X GO.... ?.. I think i am one of a breed of ANC cans users ( XM3 SONY et al) who want more from their music and its coming down to choices like these.. Easily driven from phone is a big point... But making sure of a sound upgrade is paramount and would consider paying up to Aeon Noires to get that audiophile difference from the previous ANC life. (And if need to get an amp to make sure so be it)
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Mr_Bill
1
Nov 21, 2022
Well the closest to a FR graph is the one Headphonecheck did on the model they base it on at https://www.headphonecheck.com/test/ultrasone-signature-pulse/ This just a guess since they re-tuned the original, but it's something. I hope they send advanced copies to a few of the big sites with good test equipment to check it out.
sghound
156
Nov 20, 2022
this version is a pad swap king. interesting https://youtu.be/vpuEujdv1YQ
Jdtx93
0
Nov 20, 2022
Why do these look like $25 tascam headphones? Almost the same except for the brand labeling and pads.
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D21es
5
Nov 20, 2022
Many headphone manufacturers used this headband. the oldest i remember is beyerdynamic dt660.
Evshrug
2866
Nov 21, 2022
It does look like the same headband, BUT the headband padding is a mesh, kind of like athletics wear? The cups also flare out wider.
Mr_Bill
1
Nov 20, 2022
Anyone seen a review with an advance copy? I'm just interested if they measure up to the Beyerdynamic DT860 which is my benchmark for 32 ohm headphones with the best bass. From the description, they sound like they're describing the DT860.
Evshrug
2866
Nov 21, 2022
I owned a DT 880 for awhile, sorry I’ve never heard the DT 860. I’m posting first overall impressions, after having it for like 5 days.
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Jimbob_54
39
Nov 19, 2022
I may be well off beam here but these sure do look like they share some parts with the AT M50. Hopefully the differences run deeper than just cosmetic.
mattris
1192
Nov 21, 2022
These type headbands are notorious for breaking at the point that attaches to the earcup gimble. No thanks, Drop + Ultrasone.
I have an ATH M50x on hand to compare. They are both of the Studio headphone style with similar method of folding and articulation. At first glance they do look quite similar but there are no identical parts shared between the two. Sonically they are quite different, the Signature X is warmer and fuller sounding. The soundstage is more 3D where the M50x is thinner, brighter sounding when A/B listening.
V2Schneider
25
Nov 18, 2022
I live close to the factory and wanted to support local brands but every headphone I have bought from them was disappointing, to my ears at least. When you hear Focal or Monolith or Hifiman XS you don't go back to these...sorry....
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