$1,499 and $129 list (Edition 8 and Zino, respectively)
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Ultrasone is now shipping both Edition 8 and Zino headphones to North American retailers. The Edition 8 (pictured) is a black-and-silver, closed-back headphone that employs Ultrasone's latest S-Logic Plus technology. Designed with the audio connoisseur in mind, the interior ear cups are covered in Ethiopian sheepskin, which provides the most isolation of any leather, while the outer ear cups are covered in Ruthenium, known for its brilliant metallic sheen and durable properties. These special-edition headphones contain MUMetal shielding (ULE technology) that reduce the amount of radiation directed to the listener by up to 98 percent, as compared to conventional headphones. Each Edition 8 headphone is individually stamped with its own serial number and comes in a leather bag for storage and transportation.
Even though the Zino was designed for mobile applications, it features two 40mm gold-plated drivers, which are most commonly found in full-sized studio headphones. The Zino's foldable design allows for easy storage and safe transportation in the included hard carrying case. Despite its small size, the Zino utilizes Ultrasone's patented S-Logic technology.