Originally Posted by gopanthersgo1
Yup those are them... Ebay probably has better service, as all Amazon sellers are in Japan. The have 2 color schemes, 1 being Black/Back and the other Black/Silver, I have Black/Silver, and they look nice. They are durable, as I slept with them on, while sleeping on my side, and have dropped them a few times, and they are in better condition (no blemishes at all) than my NEW HD650s (headband paint chipping). They will scale with an amp, but not too well... I had a friend who said that they sounded much better from his laptop than his phone, so a decent portable player is a worthwhile addition (My Clip+ works great with it though, on the thread we even had a HA-S500 + Clip+ party!) They did do amazing with the ZO2.3 portable amp also, as they literally vibrate your ears!
Burn-in is a must for these, as they have carbon nanotube coated drivers (20x stronger than steel) and need to loosen up. The other things are if you get them shipped from China/Japan it will take around ~20 days to get in (Some guy in the U.S. cancelled their order when they were already here, so it took 3 days!) and the other is comfort. They aren't the most comfortable headphones ever, but that can be fixed by switching out the pads (I'm fine with the comfort though, you don't feel it after a while). The pads you can get from Ebay
when you purchase the S500s, as they both get shipped from Japan/China. You can also get HM5 pads that go around your ears from MP4Nation
(The price is by the pad, so get 2). You also need 2 O-rings from Ebay
(Make sure to get the inside diameter of 2-5/8") to go around the first pads so the HM5 pads stay on better (Stock or ATH pads -> O-Ring -> HM5 pads (Yes, pad on pad!)). The different pads tone the sound differently, and there are tons of mods you can do to make them sound even better, but many people leave them stock! The HM5 pads increase soundstage, and make them real comfy, at the cost of looks, and the ATH pads take away some bass and push the mids forward, while the stock pads are a great all-rounder (I use them for vocals AND EDM!).
Originally Posted by yokken
Do yourself a favor and get some Koss KSC75s. Do the kramer mod, maybe do the headband mod if you want... heck, buy 2 pairs so you can have one with clips and one with the headband. Best $15 you'll ever spend.
Edit: YEEEEEE 500th post!!!!!!!!! You guys are da best!!!
I'm leaning towards the JVCs, but maybe I'll try some KSC75s too, they're only $15. I've worn clips though and I only remember literally not being able to tolerate the pain from the clips, since they only stayed on if I clamped them like vice grips to my ear. Otherwise, they just fell right off. Then again I was pretty young (15 now) so hmm...
Would that mod with the new pads be reversible? If so, how easy? That extra soundstage bit almost bought me until I heard less bass more mids. I don't even know what mids are at this point (as in I don't know how to distinguish them, I currently think of everything as either highs or lows). I'd kinda like to try both setups to see which I prefer. And BTW I couldn't find any U.S. sellers on eBay either. Search "jvc ha-s500" returns no results in North America.
From a review from Swimsonny on the amp:
"The warmth of the amp however does make everything sound more cohesive and full and nothing really feels lacking on the amp, it is like snuggling into bed on a cold day with a hot water bottle and overly fun and enjoyable experience capable of putting a smile on any ones face."
That bolded part is probably one of my dream sound signatures to hear. That's the only part of the review that didn't somehow turn me off from the amp though. Maybe I'll try it sometime, I mean for $100 it's not out of the question. Are you sure that literally head rattling bass won't damage the cans (let alone your ears!)? Anyway, sometime in the future (quite a while, won't have the money, even after this summer is a long shot) I wanna try a Fostex HP-P1 or some other outboard DAC like an AlgoRhythm Solo (but that lacks an integrated amp too). I will get an iPod Classic sometime in the future, might Rockbox it, and would just line out to a nice FiiO or maybe a Total Bithead or something (haven't read up on it but I like the $99 price and how it comes with little velcro feet to stick it to the back of your device, or something along those lines it mentioned). For a while I'd just drive it with the iPod Classic though, and before the iPod my HTC One X. Hopefully that will work for a couple months? I don't even know when I'll be getting any of these things though. My list in order of preference: iPod Classic (likely a modded 240GB) > New set of cans > amp > outboard DAC like the Fostex HP-P1. I'm currently 100 some-odd dollars in debt (daddy's credit card and I just pay him back ), and after that I have literally 17-20 CDs to buy, and for a while I've been trying to keep actual music above equipment in priority. They're all playlists on Spotify though so I have access to it, maybe I could make myself wait and get the iPod and JVC HA-S500s first, but I have to muster up my 100-something and then the $300 on top of that.
Anyone wanna buy a Razer Mamba mouse or working condition but not-so-great laptop? ;) (seriously though, I'd like to sell the mouse sometime)