Excerpt: German headphone maker Ultrasone’s HFI-580s block out noise without plugging up your ear canals or using active cancellation circuitry. The S-Logic “natural surround” technology and radiation shielding may seem gimmicky, but these great-sounding cans give our trusty Sennheiser HD280 Pro’s a serious run for their money.
Pros: Veyr lively and wide sound; attractive design; earcups fold into headband
Cons: Extreme deep bass could use some extra power; headband padding is hard
Excerpt: Well, here's an interesting thing. The issue of open- versus closed-backed headphone designs (open sounds better; closed doesn't inflict your music on others) offers you a pretty clear choice.
Pros: Solid construction, comfortable fit, clean, clear and entertaining sound
Cons: Lacks the midrange realism and detail of the best