Before we get into this review, you can view our testing process by heading here. It outlines how we test the headphones, and what we typically look for.

The Specifics

Who: Ultrasone.

The product: Ultrasone Performance 880 Headphones.

What comes in the packaging: A 3m detachable long cable with gilded 3.5 mm plug, a 1.2m detachable short cable with microphone and remote control, a 3.5mm gold-plated angled plug for mobile use, a gold-plated 6.3 mm screw adapter, 1 x Super Comfort Velor Ear Pad Memory Foam Set, and a neoprene carrying case.

What are they selling us: "It does not matter if you want to listen to music or do it yourself - this headphone will support you with a balanced, pleasant sound. The precise, detailed illustration pleases the musician as well as the music listener. Whether for private enjoyment or professional use, the Performance 880 offers the pinnacle of performance."

Things We Liked

Soundstage: Oh boy, these headphones sound wonderful. There's certainly a lack of warmth on display, but in its place is an incredible amount of detail. The spacing is spot on too, with everything given room to breathe.

It's very rare for a pair of headphones to run through our test playlist without hitting a few roadblocks, but the Ultrasone Performance 880 headphones somehow managed to sidestep any issues with ease. I suppose if I was nitpicking I'd like the bass to be a bit more frightening, but that's not what these headphones are all about. The Ultrasone Performance 880 headphones were built to provide balance and detail, something you'll notice straight off the bat.

Build-quality: Headphones are either super light and prone to breaking, or heavy and built to last a lifetime. With the Ultrasone Performance 880 headphones, you get the middle ground. Robust but not at all heavy.

Design: They look so damn great. The black and grey colourway is spot on, and the Ultrasone branding somehow managed to stand out whilst not being garish. How did they pull that off?

Things We Didn't Like

Comfort: The ear-pads themselves are very comfortable, but I found the fit a lot tighter than I'm used to. It's not painful, it just means that fatigue starts to kick in around the 2-hour mark - which should be fine for most people, just not for studio use, or for people that work for companies that are fine with headphone-use during business hours. The silver lining being noise-cancellation, but mostly because it feels like they're locked around your ears.

Is It Worth The Money?

Given the comfort factor, €379 is pretty steep. However, the sound is so perfect that it's hard to really argue against these cans. If your listening sessions are relatively short - perhaps your daily commute - then these will certainly be a great choice. However, if you listen to a lot of 10-hour prog-rock epics, you might need to find a pair to test out before investing.

You can purchase the Ultrasone Performance 880 headphones by heading here. They retail for €379.