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Product-A-Day: Ultrasone HFI-15G Headphones

Posted on Wednesday, January 21 @ 18:44:32 PST by Duke_Ferris
Recently we've had a number of full surround-sound headphones come through the office, from the Plantronics GameCom 777 to the Tritton AX Pro, but I'm not using any of them.

Don't get me wrong, they're both good choices and a good alternative if you don't have the room (or the permission) to set up your home theater with surround-sound speakers in all the corners. The problem is that they're both big and heavy.

So while they work for a dedicated gaming session, for me they were just too much for everyday use at my desk - you know... just listening to music or watching the ridiculous YouTube links my friends send me. As good as they sounded, I began to dread wearing the giant things while watching The Daily Show during my lunch break.

So I went over to the product table and found the Ultrasone HFI-15G headphones. They're small, light, and have gentle padding. They're stereo headphones, and have no mic, so these are not gaming headphones, but they're perfect for wearing all day for simple listening purposes.

Instead of surround sound, they use something called S-Logic to create more natural sounding 3D ambiance. It's nice, but not really a substitute for surround sound. Which doesn't matter at all because your music collection isn't in surround sound anyway, it's in stereo just like these 'phones.

The sound quality is excellent, and should be since Ultrasone only makes high-end stuff, much of it for professional sound engineers and DJ's. The HFI-15G is their smallest, lightest offering, and at $90, not a bad price for cans that rival or surpass those made by  Bose, depending on who you ask.  For audiophiles who want to be able to wear headphones all day at work, these would make a great choice.

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