Pros Open sound with greater depth of sound, extremely comfortable
Cons Semi-open design allows those around you to hear
Summary As an owner of the Ultrasone HFI700's, Sennheiser PX200 and ShureE3c I was looking for the best of all worlds for travel. They are the most comfortable barely feeling them rest on your head. They obviously do not have the complete sound of the full sized HFI700's, but they retain the surround sound providing a relaxed listening experience. I agree they are a little bulky for travel, but workable. But they are sooo comfortable.
The bass is a little weak, but there is very accurate sound reproduction. A piano is always a good test, and it easily beats the Sennheiser.
Being semi-open, not only do those around you hear the music, and you have less isolation from the sounds around you.
These phones provide a unique product position that are good to add with the varying applications one might have. Ultrasone has done well. Now they have to market their products so more become aware of their offerings.
Pros way better than standard ipod phones, comfortable, cool case, high quality materials
Cons square headband shape, seems fragile to adjust, expensive
Summary I bought these at Sam Ash after seeing Cnet and Popular Science give the high praise.
Sam Ash let me try them before I bought them. I tried them with my 30 meg iPod.
I had been listening to my iPod with some good quality Sony clip ons. These sound better than virtually any headphone I have heard. I am a musician and really listen carefully to sound and sound quality. I typically use in ear monitors when I am on stage. IEMs sound great but I don't like having something in my ear. If you don't mind having something in your ear, you may be better served by some Shure's or other high quality in ear phones. Back to these phones... I really was amazed by the sound, full, balanced with more presence than standard headphones. The materials are high quality and they are beautifully made. They seem flimsy at first glance, and have very specific instructions on how to fold and adjust the phones. They even have a huge pink sticker that covers one ear giving you instructions. Unfortunately, you have to fold them back to the factory setting everytime you put them in the case.
According to their website, the nice metal case is designed to hold your iPod and the headphones. The cord is thin and seems like it could break easily. My Sony clip ons have a metal sheathing on the cord it seems much stronger. I was concened about breaking them; si I bought an extended warranty for 15 bucks at Sam Ash.
Ultrasone does not inlcude an adapter to go to quarter inch. That seems chinzy, especially for a 130 dollar headphone. They are extremely comfortable but the square headband looks like orthodontic head gear. It takes some getting used to. Good news is that they sound amazing.
If want great sound quality and can get used to the square headband look, these headphones are pretty amazing. They sound as good as headphones can. I have a high end audio system and the ICans sound almost as good as speaker driven sound. I would recommend getting a warranty just in case.
Still take the time to put them on and to listen to them if you want to be sure.
"very flimsy"on by pelachsia
Cons bad design/construction
Summary If you can get these phones to fit your head the sound might be satisfactory for you. But the phones did not sit properly for me, with the left side bending off/away from the ear. Even when pushing the phones against the ears I found the sound inferior to the competition and overpriced.
Then there is the crummy construction that feels like it could break at any moment.
Pros sound that none of my other headphone could match
Cons large head band.
Summary ive owned & tried every brand of
headphones.even some high end headphones
some costing up to 200$.
i havint herd nothing that could compare
to these.they have the smoothes midrange/treble/bass.my older cds sound new.
i use my icans with my mini disc.and my computer.ive heard the new bose headphones
i like these beter.Updated
i like these beter than the bose 240$
headphones while the where conected to an
ipod.they didnt empress me as much as
the icans did.i own grado80s.
but i cant stay away from the i cans.
Pros Icans have great sound and classic design
Cons Thin wire prone to break at base of ear piece.
Summary Because cheap wire is on the iCans, I now own three pair that only work on one side. Think I am going to Boze.