You can remove the ear pads? I just tried to coax mine off without success - I believe they intend to resist me.
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Aha, I see. Thanks for the tip!
BTW, where did you find the ear pad part number? I wonder if there are any other colors available. If not, I may just have to resort to some Color Bond for a truly custom look.
Yeah I was thinking the same thing . . . red or [nuclear] orange or [Ferrari] yellow in that order of preference for me. But even assuming we can change the pads and the cable, what about the headband padding? Might just be my OCD, but it seems somehow incomplete without changing that strip doesn't it?
This is gonna be good, love your unboxing videos. Those who want one can live vicariously through you. Those who have one can relive memories. Either way, very informative.
Don't worry about the muted red, you can always photoshop the pics when you post them for us.
Yeah, and what's stranger is that we seem to have a sudden collision in terms of Pioneer models in general. SE-Mj751, SE-MJ721, and SE-A1000. I've got an SE-D10MT which is more or less equivalent to you SE-MJ5 (though the SE-MJ5 comes with a lot more stuff in the package I think). And I have the SE-MJ591 and I'm thinking about picking up the HDJ-2000, whereas I think you're in the reverse situation. Kinda funny how the universe works sometimes. One of my favorite things about all of the above models is that they have ridiculous max input power ratings - especially given that a lot of the above units are standard consumer electronics. For me that's just awesome as it means just about everything they have is amp-friendly.
I think so as well. I've always been partial to the way DJ headphones look. They're like custom-built tools for a specific purpose - very utilitarian, industrial and sometimes minimalist looking. They're definitely not urban fashion or a cardigan on sunday afternoons. In fact, I wouldn't mind having a pair of HDJ-2000s for home listening and HDJ-500s to abuse on the road.
Actually now that I think about it, I'm one of those guys that really doesn't care whether others look at me or not. I'd have no problem walking into a business meeting with something like MDR-SA1000s on.
Wait a second! Your unit doesn't have any headband padding? That's kind of odd. If anything I would think that the Japanese version would have the headband padding and the US version wouldn't. Maybe that's one of the changes they put in for the Steez brand.
I agree, not nearly as much bass. But then again the 751 has an additional bass driver in each ear so it totally makes sense. Coming from the SE-MJ751, I find that this has less LF response overall. For me, the mids are a bit muddier and recessed. And of course, it rolls off earlier on the high end so I don't get the same sparkle that the 751 has. I'm not saying its bad. Its much better sounding than some of its competitors (lower end Sony MDR-Vxxx), but it is tonally quite different from the 751s.
I do wish that both the ear pads and headband pads were a bit plushier like the 751, but now I'm just being nitpicky. At half the MSRP - and with a street price of $45 now - it was a good buy. And of course, being Pioneer, it has excellent build quality for its price range.
P.S. - It does get looks and double takes. Because Beats have become so commonplace here (SoCal), people hardly notice them anymore. But these get quite a few looks and stares because they're new and different looking. So for anyone that's into that kind of thing, there you go.
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Yup, sure is. You know that texture you have on the top (black) part of yours? My entire unit is that color and texture - with the exception of the circular ear cups (which are glossy like yours - but black). Still, it's not the same high-gloss finish that's on the 751. Maybe Pioneer sells that headband padding as a separate part?
FYI, if you're gonna spray some varnish on it, you should know that it won't look completely smooth (like the 751). I've got a little injection molding experience, and I can tell you that the slight texture on that plastic is enough to prevent a smooth finish . . . unless you spray on many, many thick coats but even then it's not guaranteed. Believe me, I wish that were not the case as I kind of want to do that myself. It'll look shiny, but not smooth, know what I mean?
I know this sounds strange, but for me the best part of the 721 is the lack of the bass dial. Whenever I listen to the 751, I'm always wondering if I have the best setting for any given song. I try to just let it go, but OCD keeps me from fully enjoying the music without knowing that I have the bass dialed up (or down) properly. I'm the same way with headband clicks - regardless of how a pair of cans feel, I just can't deal with the knowledge that I have assymetrical headband lengths. Drives me freakin' crazy!
OT: You're a DJ?!