NEW!! Fun event for HA-S500, HA-S400 owners. Link here.
Introduction. These are the newest supra aural portable headphones from JVC and thanks to our good buddy Ericp10 who ended up getting a pair of these. His impressions of these had me curious to get these for myself. So how are they? Worth a thread. Yes fellas. These are just too good not to have their own thread.
40mm Carbon Nanotube Driver. Just fantastic!
1.2m. Cord. No pouch Ebay price $50-$55 plus shipping.
Owning many a great portable sets myself and some of the older JVC portables the HA-S600, HA-S700, HA-M750. These are the best I have heard from JVC and What makes these so special?
The Carbon Nanotube drivers in these reproduce music the way you want to hear them... JVC has used carbon based drivers in the older headphones with mixed results. Both the HA-S600 and the HAM-750 are nice for being $30, $50 headphones but nothing I would consider special. These, are special.
Without further ado let me get into why these get a thread from me.
Build.. These have a solid build right out of box I noticed these have weight to them. Not heavy mind you but the HA-S500-Z model I have here have gun metal for the out side cups. A very cool clean modern look to them.
The cord is just fantastic. The best thick cord I have seen JVC use on any of their headphones. The headphones themselves fold from the center of the headband and swivel 90 Degrees outward and fold up for easy storage. I can tell the build is simply tops for these headphones. Only wish they included a pouch for such a nice headphone but alas no pouch.
Sound..I know many of you guys are used to my threads being great bang for the dollar and these are no exception, These have one of the best dynamic headphone sounds I have heard on headphone to date. It has everything to do with the Carbon Nantube material JVC is using on these headphone. The HD moniker is on the packaging for a reason. These will not only pick off the detail you expect from your tunes but do it in a way that is not too common for portables. Don't let the smaller 40mm drivers fool you. These have a very clean balanced powerful sound more like a full sized headphone more than a portable
Highs. Articulate, detailed, extended oh so well. No sharpness or sibilance to make you cringe just the detail you want in your high end sound with absolutely no harshness whatsoever. Timbre detail on these are tops very similar to the new JVC earphones the FXD70 and the FXD80s. JVC tuning comes through with a very clean non fatiguing extended highs on these. Not sharp, not dull, just right. Can't complain here.
Mids. Oh lovely. These have a solid amount of defined mid section to make all your tunes sing. I noticed where these differ from the earphone versions is the depth and width of the mids on these are a step above the earphones. Vocals are lush with detail that only comes with higher end headphones. Again the Carbon Nantubes does a wonderful job of picking out the details you want from your tunes. Very full and lush to boot. No recessed nonsense here. These have the mid section that I find perfect for the presentation.. The overall sound is a bit north of a neutral sound. But done very tastefully and a high level of detail in every part of the spectrum. Imagery on the carbon nantube based headphones all of them have great imagery and these are no exception. Overall a very lovely detailed coherent sound altogether.
Lows. Fans of bass rejoice and these have some of the best bass end for portables. These approach the WS55 in bass easily and extends lower than them in the sub bass.. Carbon Nanotubes I noticed in all the different variants the FX40, the FXD70, FXD80 all have solid textured bass end and these having the biggest drivers out of all of them have the deepest fullest sub bass out of all of them. There is a bit of a mid bass but nothing that over shadows the rest of the sound. I have a feeling much like the FXD80 these need a burn in to smooth out the overall sound but to be honest. They sound lovely from open box. Lol! The sub bass is awesome on these. The extension in the sub bass is very satisfactory I think even for bassheads. These simply have some of the best full textured sub bass I have heard for portable or full sized headphones.
So in a nutshell the sound is a very complete and dynamic one..Extended articulate clean highs without being harsh in any way., A balanced lush full on detailed mid section with very great imagery and lastly some tight textured full bass end that will satisfy your music enjoyment for any tune. These are simply some of the best headphones I have heard in a while.. More impressions to come.. My advice.. Snap one up. Absolutely fantastic product from JVC. And this impression was from open box. Will only get better with a full burn cycle.. More to come..
Sound Measurements from Tyll Hertsens
Update (new) 12/28/12
First ever pic for cheapo gear was fun. Thanks to Waynenumm collecting the tracks.
Use this for your burn in. Worked wonders on the earphones and will do the job for S500. Thanks Bjaardker
Thanks to geko95gek for his mixes. Try this out fellas. http://www.mixcloud.com/liftedandreas/
It turns out that Sennheiser HD25 velour pads work perfectly with these headphones. The best comfort for the cash can be bought separately from online vendors. BnH. ebay.
Doc-Holiday. ATH pleathers http://www.head-fi.org/t/621063/the-new-jvc-ha-s500-40mm-carbon-nanotubes/1980#post_8749134
Edited by Dsnuts - 1/5/13 at 3:24pm