Should be at my doorstep within the hour. I'm surprised, I got them on pre-order and they shipped them the next day
I'll post initial feedback and photos when they arrive
Have had the time to tinker with them for a couple of days.
Purchased from mp4nation.net
Ordered: Friday 23 March, 2012
Shipped Out: Friday 23 March, 2012
Recieved: Tuesday 27 March, 2012 (2 business days) [via Fedex 2-7 day]
Package required indirect signature, came in great shape; never had a good package with EMS/DHL (packages always looked abused, half of the time the product was affected in some way; be it a loose internal cable to a cracked screen).
If you're buying from the US, save yourself the shipping return; use Fedex's services.
Outer packaging consisted nothing more than a Fedex jiffy (bubblewrap envelope). After opening I got what looked like a manual and a case, however after picking up it was merely case branding that hadn't been affixed properly. Not a bother for me, one less thing to remove.
The zippers were initially tied together, used a packaging knife to cut them apart.
Unzipping revealed the headphones, pads, cables, and warranty card; all of which was protected by a foam material. Great case to keep if you're going to lug these cans around.
Nothing much to criticize, everything about them looks great on the outside. The stitching is quite good, doesn't look hastily done by sweatshop workers. The inner plastic doesn't have a finishing like the exterior parts, not something you would need to care about. My pair of HM5's had glue residue on them, probably from the branding process. (used a cloth and scraped with my finger). Included wires are kinda cheap, I can see myself needed replacements after a few months.
I'll see after 250 hours of breaking the drivers in. What I can say so far is that there are better headphones in the $120 price range, I think the fischer fa-003 I auditioned sounded far different than these; although they both look the same.
In honest truth, the HM5s are disappointing to me; before I get bashed some let me explain why:
Living in the US, however 6 months ago I was in Amman, Jordan. In Jordan, I bought a pair of (insert chinese symbols) headpones for 14 JOD (~$20). They have the same patenting wing design as the ATH-ADX000; with the inclusion of a microphone. What is surprising is that they sound good.
When I compare these $20 headphones to the ath-ad700 or brainwavz hm5 I am disappointed because they aren't adding much to the sound quality. No I'm not bs-ing, they were $20 (USD); although uncomfortable they sound quite good. I'm not saying they trump either pair I bought, but if you compare price to performance...
I'm not going to compare build quality, those things were shoddy at best; will test some more after breaking in.
Edited by Yazen - 3/29/12 at 8:35am