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post #1351 of 1680

I have to agree they sound dark and muffled to me, they sound anything but neutral to me. You just confirmed what my ears told me about their sound. The $80 AKG K514 MKII made me realize that everything I've been listening too in the past is too dark, muddy, unnatural sounding, lacking range, and lacking detail. The AKG is a far superior headphone for a lower price. I honestly regret buying the HM5s as I think they are bad for the price.
 

post #1352 of 1680

After some initital listening I must say that dark and muffled is very far from how I would describe them.

 

I guess different people just have different preferences.

 

So far I would also say that theyr're the most comfotable headphones I own!

 

For USD 100 included shipping and stand they're really good value to me.

post #1353 of 1680

I can see how many people will like them. I've had them for like 6 months now with 100s of hours of listening time and thought they were great, but comfort issues is what got me looking for different headphones, they clamped too much, caused pain on the area around my right ear, and they are stuffy to me. I got my AKGs like a month ago and I have to say, they are far better than the HM5 in both sound and comfort to me. They also made me realize the HM5s are dark sounding, which seems like most lower end headphones are. I do have to give the HM5 credit for not showing sibilance and never sounding harsh, but that comes at a cost of clarity, detail, transparency, range, and the treble. This is what my ears tell me, I'm not saying I'm right or that they are bad, I'm just saying they sound simply okay and bad for their price to my ears. I paid $140 for them, if I got them for $100 or less I would consider them an okay deal. I am going to keep them in case I may want to listen to something different.

post #1354 of 1680

Having got the Jaycars + Shure pads for under $100, I can say that it is a good value headphone.

 

I do like the darker sound they have.  It is great for my moody/chill music.  If I want some clear highs, I throw on my MS1.

 

 

That said, I still think the HM5/Jaycar have a decent amount of detail for the price.  Everytime I let someone use these for the first time, they are amazed.  I think these are great for hi-fi noobies because they have a great sound, without being too harsh or bright. 

 

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post #1355 of 1680

hmm interestingly enough.. I still rate the hm5 as one of the best valued Headphones out there. it has a kinda dark sound in the beginning however after 100+ burn in time, I feel that HM5 does lean toward neutral. Tho I have to admit there are other headphones that can bring out more details than HM5 but those usually cost more than the HM5 itself. 

 

I tinkered with some wood cups which actually in my opinion improves the sound by quite a lot. Also recabling helps clear up the sound as well.. 

 

 

I enjoyed my HM5 more than my MS1, goldring 150, and my ATH50s LE. however... my HM5 looks like this now... and it sounds awesome.. 

 

post #1356 of 1680
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I enjoyed my HM5 more than my MS1, goldring 150, and my ATH50s LE. however... my HM5 looks like this now... and it sounds awesome.. 

 

 

Heya,

 

Nice, care to share what cups you used? Are those FA002W cups? Did the job yourself or had someone else?

 

Very best,

post #1357 of 1680

I use merbau wood. it is not exactly the fa002w cups, since it has flat ends on the cups, tho I asked for the 8 stepped to be made for the inside of the cups. I tried with the roughly the similar design of the fa002w ( rounded ones) first then made the flat one to decrease the weight. Sound wise.. both gives better soundstage, and color the sound to lean towards being warm. the round one maintain the details abit better however vocal feels abit further away while the flat ones makes the vocals very forward and  gives an intimate feeling. 

 

I am lucky enough to work in a factory that has a workshop division that has some cnc milling machines, so I asked the manager to make me some samples.. the wood finish abit crude.. but it still looks nice.. (got the materials from a friend who has door and furniture making business)

post #1358 of 1680
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This looks amazing.

What's the price estimate if I asked you to make me those very same cups and ship them to me (U.S.)?

Just send me a pm if you're considering it.

post #1359 of 1680
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Those look awesome. I wish I could hear for myself the effects of changing the cups on these as well. That would be very interesting I think.

post #1360 of 1680

well I can always make more.. if you're interested.. but gotta warn you it's not exactly as cheap as I thought it would be in the beginning.. lol... 

 

but yeah it does change the sound.. and I enjoy it alot more with the wood cups.. so for me it's worth it.. 

post #1361 of 1680

 

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post #1362 of 1680

oooo nice velour pads... and i love the headphone stand

post #1363 of 1680
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oooo nice velour pads... and i love the headphone stand

 

The Shure velour pads are wonderful, so comfortable and the sound that comes from them is great.  The stand was from the "Deals Thread", only $5 shipped from Best Buy.

 

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post #1364 of 1680

which shure? 840???

post #1365 of 1680
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which shure? 840???

 

SRH940.

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