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post #616 of 629
Another used one for sale:
US $399.99
Buy It Now


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-MDR-SA5000-Headband-Headphones-Silver-Black-/251820157764

post #617 of 629

Any idea if Audeze pads would fit sonys? Long time ago I tried sa5000 with some huge leather pads that to my recollection increased the bass amount alot and widened the soundstage but maintained the speed and detail I love sa5000 for.

 

Heh, I just noticed that jvc ha-rx900 pads are a nice fit for sa5000. On a quick listen there were no notable differences in sound but I'm sure more in debth listening would reveal some differences. JVC pads have slightly bigger padlip so vertically the pads are just a bit loose but the fit is so close that these could be mistaken for stock pads by someone who doesn't know sa5000 that well.


Edited by Roderick - 2/7/15 at 5:53am
post #618 of 629
It's quite funny really, I've had my SA5K since about 2008 iirc, and they've just been sat there gathering dust, with barely any time on them at all (less than 50hrs for sure!), but - seeing this thread in my subscription list, just plugged them into my Hugo, and whilst a little sharp on the treble, they're really pretty good - I have to say that I like the bass that they offer - seemingly awesome for EDM - so, they could well be my go to can for that smily_headphones1.gif

[Edit] Holy Smoke Batman - what've I been missing with these? - they sing really sweetly out of the Hugo - great soundstage, great tonality (turned them down a little and that treble seems tamer now)... Hmmph, if only I'd have thought about this when I got the Hugo a few months back, probably wouldn't have spent out on the Denon D7100, Philips X1 or the Shure 1840!! - Definitely nicer to these ears than the Z1000 that I thought would've replaced them a few years back!!

Oh well, live and learn smily_headphones1.gif

[Further edit] Going back a few years, I remember the selling point of these being the speed of the drivers, and - yup, can hear that - with the guitar that I'm listening to at the moment, really spot on start / stop / transients - makes me wonder how close these are to the [actual rather than perceived] speed of BA drivers...
post #619 of 629
The ear pads definitely make a difference with these. I honestly prefer the originals myself, but you can buy Sony CD3000s pads on eBay and they will fit this. I think it's a simple matter of measuring the dimensions of the retaining lip and ensuring that they are similar between both. At least that the inner circumference is smaller than the lip. Good luck!


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Any idea if Audeze pads would fit sonys? Long time ago I tried sa5000 with some huge leather pads that to my recollection increased the bass amount alot and widened the soundstage but maintained the speed and detail I love sa5000 for.

 

Heh, I just noticed that jvc ha-rx900 pads are a nice fit for sa5000. On a quick listen there were no notable differences in sound but I'm sure more in debth listening would reveal some differences. JVC pads have slightly bigger padlip so vertically the pads are just a bit loose but the fit is so close that these could be mistaken for stock pads by someone who doesn't know sa5000 that well.

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Edited by Roderick - 2/21/15 at 8:42pm
post #621 of 629

Anyone know if I can get my SA5k's repaired? Something is up with the left driver, it loses sound sometimes

post #622 of 629

Propably a cable/connector issue. The cable is known for breaking eventually. 

post #623 of 629
Its probably loose crappy solder in the Y-cable joint:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/163945/sony-mdr-sa5000-cable-repair-rant
post #624 of 629

  I have been intrigued by what I have read about these headphones for some time and I finally found a pair that are "mint in box" and ordered them. I have a week or so to wait before they arrive. I am eager to say the least. It is a little freighting to get something so long out of production though.

  Right now my "best" headphones are LCD-2's and I like them, but they are not very comfortable for me. I plan on listening through a RWAK240+ with a Cypher Labs Duet amp.

post #625 of 629

The Sony SA 3/5k are some of my favorite headphones, I only wish I'd bought more when they were in production. Out of interest how much did you pay for them? 

 

Great to see this thread still trucking along!

post #626 of 629
Hi. I paid $599.00 for them. I hope I did not overpay, but they were like new in box and had all of the paperwork with them.
post #627 of 629
A polarising product, but in my mind, some of the best treble found on any headphone, oh and speed... Wow, you couldn't get these to be slow and wallowy even if they were towing a tank...
post #628 of 629
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Hi. I paid $599.00 for them. I hope I did not overpay, but they were like new in box and had all of the paperwork with them.
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A polarising product, but in my mind, some of the best treble found on any headphone, oh and speed... Wow, you couldn't get these to be slow and wallowy even if they were towing a tank...

New streetprice was $699, the NOS here $1500:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-MDR-SA5000-Headband-Headphones-VERY-RARE-SUPER-AUDIO-STUDIO-HEADPHONES-/191660836221?

The porous diaphragm is able to reproduce lifelike SQ with air but not the stock, unmodded the ruling pierching/spiking/fatigue treble ruined the whole soundspectrum, caused by inner sound reflections/intermodulation resonances in the diaphragm from the hard plastic front housing plate.

You can easily test it, you can't listen without EQ, short/long period at medium/loud volume without that distorted pierching treble will kill your ears!
Without mod sooner or later you'll be looking for something else!

After the closed-back and inner damping mod, the true porous diap. SQ potential is phenomenal where, a balanced real-lifelike 3D surrounding SQ.
3bd62550_IMG_20150411_145943.jpeg
http://www.head-fi.org/t/128397/the-sony-mdr-sa5000-appreciation-thread/289
post #629 of 629
I'm trying to adjust to them now. They are so comfortable, but so different sounding from the LCD2s. To me they almost seem fragile compared to the Audezes.
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