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post #2716 of 3009

So the HM5's and Jaycar ones use same pads? Does changing to Shure pads make them more comfortable and sound better?

post #2717 of 3009
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Originally Posted by syryanyang View Post

So the HM5's and Jaycar ones use same pads? Does changing to Shure pads make them more comfortable and sound better?

The HM5's and the Jaycars use the same pads (I think it's the fischer that comes with two different pads. Leather and velour pads)

As for fitting the Shure pads on it, the Shure cups look a little rounder. The HM5 pads and cups are very oval shaped but they might fit. 

As for sounding better, I don't think it would make much of a difference when comparing the Shures and the HM5's. The Shure pads are a little softer but the stock pads on the HM5's are still very comfortable once you stretch the headband a bit

post #2718 of 3009
My next headphone purchase will probably be the most difficult one yet. I have narrowed it down to 3 sets: The newly popular Somic headphones, Technical Pro HPT990 and now, these. However, I am currently waiting on my Takstar Pro80 to come in the mail. A lot of Head-Fier's out there have said that the Pro80 is better than the FA-003, but anyway... If someone would like to PM me about these and how they sound compared to other headphones, I'd really appreciate it.

Keep this thread alive! smily_headphones1.gif -BiggBenn
post #2719 of 3009
Pro80 is different rather than better så it depends on what you want
post #2720 of 3009

I've been owning FA-003 for almost 1 year + now and I'm very impressed with it even until now. I was wondering will upgrading to Sennheiser HD 650 be any good?

post #2721 of 3009
Is there anywhere in Europe selling these besides Frogbeats, as they don't have any stock.
post #2722 of 3009
I don't think so
post #2723 of 3009
Hi dsync89. My two main sets of phones for HiFi listening happen to be hd650s and fa03. They're both great phones but the ones I tend to use more frequently, particularly for prolonged listening, are the hd650s. That said,
post #2724 of 3009
.......to continue last post....that said, the fa03s are an excellent substitute if you want to cut out more external noise. I tend to use them outside in the Summer. The sound signature is actually quite similar. If money is tight, you might want to consider hd600s. I understand these are very similar to hd650s and some prefer them -theyre a fair bit cheaper though.
post #2725 of 3009

Hey there Steve. It is a coincidence and lucky to own both cans :) May I ask why did you mentioned that you used HD650 for prolonged listening instead of FA-003. I realize that HD650 will not cut off external noise due to its open can nature. But is there any other difference between these two good cans besides this factor? If SQ and soundstage is alike I think it would not be a wise upgrade.

 

Put it simply, the upgrade from the plain old Philips can to FA-003 was like a day and night upgrade. That is obvious. But what of with the case of FA-003 and HD650. I've been reading that FA-003 share 'almost' similar sound signature with HD600. But how does it really fair with HD650, seeing how the price differs.

post #2726 of 3009

For those of you running balanced 003's what is your amp? I really want something to open up sound-stage on these things as they sound a bit too narrow

post #2727 of 3009
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Originally Posted by biggbenn74 View Post

My next headphone purchase will probably be the most difficult one yet. I have narrowed it down to 3 sets: The newly popular Somic headphones, Technical Pro HPT990 and now, these. However, I am currently waiting on my Takstar Pro80 to come in the mail. A lot of Head-Fier's out there have said that the Pro80 is better than the FA-003, but anyway... If someone would like to PM me about these and how they sound compared to other headphones, I'd really appreciate it.

Keep this thread alive! smily_headphones1.gif -BiggBenn


Are you talking about the MH463?

post #2728 of 3009
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

For those of you running balanced 003's what is your amp? I really want something to open up sound-stage on these things as they sound a bit too narrow


RSA SR71-B and RudiStor RPX-100 but I'm notoriously bad at judging soundstage so can't really say if it improves with balancing
post #2729 of 3009
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Are you talking about the MH463?

Yes I am.
post #2730 of 3009

You might want to be careful with those then.  I happened to get a defective pair (http://www.head-fi.org/t/637699/50mm-driver-open-air-full-size-cans-pop-out-of-nowhere-sound-amazing/165#post_9013011) so I decided to return them.  The seller mentioned to me that they had a similar complaint from another customer, so I don't really feel that they're worth the trouble.  Also, unless you plan to do some heavy EQ'ing, they're nowhere close to neutral, pretty bass heavy.

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