If you scoff at the idea of paying hundreds of dollars for a high-end set of headphones, then you're probably not going to pony up $2,749 for Ultrasone's new Edition 10 open-back headset. We didn't inadvertently mash an extra number on our keyboard, folks, these headphones run just shy of three large. Just what exactly constitutes a $2,749 pair of headphones?
"The outer ear cup is finished with galvanic Ruthenium plating and with a Zebrano wood inlay, which is coated with eight layers of clear lacquer for protection," the German headphone maker explains. "The Edition 10's inner ear cup, as well as the head-pad, is adorned with reddish brown Ethiopian sheepskin. This type of leather is known for being the most supple leather available, achieving the maximum level of comfort and sound isolation."
So there you have it -- part of the markup is due to the "supple leather," plus a gaggle of other marketing bullets, like Titanium plated drivers, Kevlar coated cables, and a hand-crafted Zebrano wood headphone stand housed in its own wooden box.
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