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He-500 is for sure less bright and more smooth, but brighter than the lcd's
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I have recently try to use back my old Shure SRH940 after about 7-8months with the HE-500, and turned out I am so spoiled by the HE-500 that I found my once loved SRH940 sounded so sibilant and unnatural, and with poor bass...

 

that said it's only a matter of getting used to the HE-500, but I found my self in an one way road with no return

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Oh my, I just turned down the volume -80db-ish on foobar instead of on windows, so then I went to facebook and played one of those vine videos....well....that was LOUD! Glad my ears AND the drivers are OK. The emo was at 12:00, if not slightly higher...

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Hey guys, I just wanted to apologize about a previous post, and that I just received a pair of alpha pads.

 

Currently they have the darkest sound out anything I've ever tried. I can only compare them to the jergpads, which are the only alternative I have on hand. As many of you may know, the alpha pads are stupidly comfortable. They actually stick onto the sides of your face, thus relieving a lot of the pressure that the headband applies to your forehead. But I won't go into much detail (comfort is a yes or no question, its either there or not). Sound wise, they're dark, somewhat congested, and lack air compared to the jergpads, 5k is almost non-existent (they lack aggressiveness, yet are aggressive in a different way; more on that later), they actually have less sound stage width than stuffed jergpads (depth and height on the alpha pads are actually better). However, Alpha pads have amazing texture and layering abilities, vocals are very well rounded, and feel very real. Instruments have amazing timbre, and sound very coherent. Displaying amazing 3-dimensionality. However the sound lacks clarity and air.

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Originally Posted by Chik0240 View Post

I have recently try to use back my old Shure SRH940 after about 7-8months with the HE-500, and turned out I am so spoiled by the HE-500 that I found my once loved SRH940 sounded so sibilant and unnatural, and with poor bass...

 

that said it's only a matter of getting used to the HE-500, but I found my self in an one way road with no return


Haha I'm on the same boat. Srh940 then upgraded to the he500 a few weeks ago.

I still love the srh940 for acoustic stuff though.

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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post
 

I just received a pair of alpha pads.

 

Now go try some Audeze pads :D

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The way some of you guys IMO overstate things, I'd think "Forget the cans, just wears the pads." :D Be nice, please.

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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

The way some of you guys IMO overstate things, I'd think "Forget the cans, just wears the pads." :D Be nice, please.

 

I tried it.  Pulled the pads off the HE-500s and just strapped 'em to my ears (thought about using carpet tape, but that schiit's worse than the stickiest Band-Aid when you're ripping it off).  My initial impressions are that the stock pads still suck.  No surprise there.  The jergulorX pads definitely fleshed out environmental sounds, making my surroundings almost 3D (hey! that's a big deal here in Flatland!).  Soundstage showed modest improvement, as did upper mids (coffee grinder, bird song, et al.).  The low end was not adversely affected.  Trucks on the street, not to mention the neighbor's subwoofer in his tricked out Honda Civic, were all realistic without being "b(l)oomy."

 

It was when I strapped on the AKG Q701 pads when things really changed.  These pads are already angled, and I did the vent mod, which adds just a smidge more.  Wow.  Soundstage is wide open, but audio cues (imaging) is out of this world.  Everything is just more focused.  Watching TV is a totally different experience.  I don't want to take these things off.  Even my wife wants a pair, but of course, they must be pink.

 

So, Staniel, get off yr ***** and start modding!!!

 

 

;)

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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 1:31am
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

I tried it.  Pulled the pads off the HE-500s and just strapped 'em to my ears (thought about using carpet tape, but that schiit's worse than the stickiest Band-Aid when you're ripping it off).  My initial impressions are that the stock pads still suck.  No surprise there.  The jergulorX pads definitely fleshed out environmental sounds, making my surroundings almost 3D (hey! that's a big deal here in Flatland!).  Soundstage showed modest improvement, as did upper mids (coffee grinder, bird song, et al.).  The low end was not adversely affected.  Trucks on the street, not to mention the neighbor's subwoofer in his tricked out Honda Civic, were all realistic without being "b(l)oomy."

 

It was when I strapped on the AKG Q701 pads when things really changed.  These pads are already angled, and I did the vent mod, which adds just a smidge more.  Wow.  Soundstage is wide open, but audio cues (imaging) is out of this world.  Everything is just more focused.  Watching TV is a totally different experience.  I don't want to take these things off.  Even my wife wants a pair, but of course, they must be pink.

 

So, Staniel, get off yr ***** and start modding!!!

 

 

;)

You guys act like without the mods the cans sound like Beats. :D 

Try an experiment. Create a small gap between the pads and your skin, use something like a pencil and don't stick it in your ear. Since these are open back, I wouldn't expect to get the Beats sound that way. What I mean is, not a night and day difference. Perhaps it's a little bit more on the subtle side?

When I hear mod, I think soldering iron, Is that how you make the holes? Something like woodburning?

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Damn, I think he's onto us...

 

OK, OK, you've found us out.  The whole point of all these mods, the threads, and their rabid proponents, is to make the HE-500s sound like Beats!  I, for one, am paid personally by Dr. Dre.  Mostly in coke and hos.  *knock knock*  Well, schiit, there he is now.  Gotta run.

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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

Damn, I think he's onto us...

 

OK, OK, you've found us out.  The whole point of all these mods, the threads, and their rabid proponents, is to make the HE-500s sound like Beats!  I, for one, am paid personally by Dr. Dre.  Mostly in coke and hos.  *knock knock*  Well, schiit, there he is now.  Gotta run.

So you've been up to monkey business? I heard that Dre is coming out with a modded pad that dispenses coke as you listen. It's supposed to give you an airy sound and pumps up the energy level of the music. It's DEA approved and will be made available for a summit-hi cans.

Edit: Your boss finds out about the hos, you'll be into more than jewelry.


Edited by StanD - 1/31/14 at 11:26am
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

So you've been up to monkey business? I heard that Dre is coming out with a modded pad that dispenses coke as you listen. It's supposed to give you an airy sound and pumps up the energy level of the music. It's DEA approved and will be made available for a summit-hi cans.

Edit: Your boss finds out about the hos, you'll be into more than jewelry.

 

:ph34r:

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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

I tried it.  Pulled the pads off the HE-500s and just strapped 'em to my ears (thought about using carpet tape, but that schiit's worse than the stickiest Band-Aid when you're ripping it off).  My initial impressions are that the stock pads still suck.  No surprise there.  The jergulorX pads definitely fleshed out environmental sounds, making my surroundings almost 3D (hey! that's a big deal here in Flatland!).  Soundstage showed modest improvement, as did upper mids (coffee grinder, bird song, et al.).  The low end was not adversely affected.  Trucks on the street, not to mention the neighbor's subwoofer in his tricked out Honda Civic, were all realistic without being "b(l)oomy."

 

It was when I strapped on the AKG Q701 pads when things really changed.  These pads are already angled, and I did the vent mod, which adds just a smidge more.  Wow.  Soundstage is wide open, but audio cues (imaging) is out of this world.  Everything is just more focused.  Watching TV is a totally different experience.  I don't want to take these things off.  Even my wife wants a pair, but of course, they must be pink.

 

So, Staniel, get off yr ***** and start modding!!!

 

 

;)

 

Are you saying that the Q701 pads are better than the jerg pads?

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Originally Posted by Ethereal Sound View Post

 

Are you saying that the Q701 pads are better than the jerg pads?

 

LOL.  Sure, why not, at least when they're attached to my head with no cans ;)

 

Jokes aside, I've been using Q701 pads on my HE-500s for a while now.  I like the sense of space inside as compared to my homemade jerg pads.  I can't comment on differences in sound, as I can't recall the jergulorX pads.  May have to switch 'em soon just to see.

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