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Ya guys the sounds that are coming out of this combo it just freaking blowing my mind! lol!.I am gushing yes I know. This tune is freaking me out it has so much depth and emotion to his voice Without reservation. Sell your blood. Sell a kidney. Do what it is you need to do to try n get this DAC.. $90..Mow your neighbors yard for the next month. Do it.!

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Gotta resisets temptation.......:0 y me smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Just USB for now. Crazy freaking sound just from USB. It has Optical I will try out soon as well.

Audio nirvana from a $90 DAC and $50 headphones. You guys now know why they call me.

Are those HD25 velour pads on your S500? In what way do they affect the sound?
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Are those HD25 velour pads on your S500? In what way do they affect the sound?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621063/the-new-jvc-ha-s500-40mm-carbon-nanotubes/1005#post_8671820

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I have the HD25 velours on my Amazon wishlist....resisting the temptation at least for today....lol.

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I had a feeling just from the design stand point that there would be sound differences from the HD25 velours and the ATH pads but I had no idea just how much. It is drastic. The HD25 is much more musical sounding to my ears vs a much more analytical one in the ATH pads. The most drastic difference is in the mids. dnullify I know you are sensitive to treble so I would suggest if you end up getting velours for more comfort, the HD25. The sound on the ATh pads are however more balanced out and the bass is reduced to a mere portion of what it was. It is interesting as it opens up the lower mids quite a bit making the sound much more flatter.. Guys that enjoy Jazz, classical might enjoy this particular tuning using the ATH velours.  Guys that enjoy rock pop edm and hiphop will much prefer the HD25 pads.

 

I was not joking when I mentioned how it now sounds like the AD700 which has similar characteristics to the HA-S500 with the ATH velours. Much more linear in sound..Is it coincidence that the pads were made to fit an Audio Technica? I think not.

 

If you guys think about what the pads were originally made for it makes much sense that it would tune the sound to their parent headphones. The carbon nanotubes in the HA-S500 is so transparent that to think you can just tune the sound to your liking by switching out velours is quite amazing if you think about it. This is not a slight sound tweeking I am talking about like what you get by changing tips on an iem. We are talking complete change in sound signature.


Edited by Dsnuts - 9/4/12 at 10:15pm
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I had a feeling just from the design stand point that there would be sound differences from the HD25 velours and the ATH pads but I had no idea just how much. It is drastic. The HD25 is much more musical sounding to my ears vs a much more analytical one in the ATH pads. The most drastic difference is in the mids. dnullify I know you are sensitive to treble so I would suggest if you end up getting velours for more comfort, the HD25. The sound on the ATh pads are however more balanced out and the bass is reduced to a mere portion of what it was. It is interesting as it opens up the lower mids quite a bit making the sound much more flatter.. Guys that enjoy Jazz, classical might enjoy this particular tuning using the ATH velours.  Guys that enjoy rock pop edm and hiphop will much prefer the HD25 pads.

 

I was not joking when I mentioned how it now sounds like the AD700 which has similar characteristics to the HA-S500 with the ATH velours. Much more linear in sound..Is it coincidence that the pads were made to fit an Audio Technica? I think not.

 

If you guys think about what the pads were originally made for it makes much sense that it would tune the sound to their parent headphones. The carbon nanotubes in the HA-S500 is so transparent that to think you can just tune the sound to your liking by switching out velours is quite amazing if you think about it. This is not a slight sound tweeking I am talking about like what you get by changing tips on an iem. We are talking complete change in sound signature.

Did not yet hear the HD25 pads, but the ones that sell as replacement for the AT I commented upon few posts back do basically exactly what you are describing. The description of complete change in sound signature is correct.

 

You really are doing great job, dsnuts ! Thanks!

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No Analog I would like to thank you. You have given much insight to this thread and also shared some artists with us that sound amazing with these HA-S500s. You have been a welcomed addition to headfi and I hope you feel at home on these threads. I like to think you are among people that appreciate your knowledge.

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Then ATH's pads is what i need, i am missing the treble happiness and the upfront mids ofthe fx40.
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That DAC sounds interesting. Too bad the seller doesn't ship to the UK frown.gif

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Here you go!

 

Thanks so much. That was exactly what I needed!!!!!

 

Used this to test out my new velours that I got over the weekend... Not so sure about the sound of them so far. They're comfy, but they take a little of the edge and sparkle off of the highs. 

 

I think the only answer now is for JVC to release a circumaural version of these. Maybe with a larger driver even? I'd happily pay a whole heck of a lot of money for those.

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That DAC sounds interesting. Too bad the seller doesn't ship to the UK frown.gif

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FIRE-PHOENIX-DAC-02-CS4398-LM4562-MINI-USB-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-/170712309180?pt=UK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL&hash=item27bf3f1dbc

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Ooh thanks!

 

This is a noob question (I am a noob afterall tongue.gif) but would I also need an amp or is that already part of the device?

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Reason #58972 I love these S500's. At about 2:00 in this video the bass player progresses down the scale and you expect the headphone to just stop responding...nope, there's that big low note in all of its bassy glory.

So I've ordered the ATH velours from e-bay now since the HD-25 covers a little more of the highs than I would like. At this point I'm on pace to spend more on pads than I did on the headphones + shipping :D

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Ooh thanks!

 

This is a noob question (I am a noob afterall tongue.gif) but would I also need an amp or is that already part of the device?

It is also a headphone amplifier, so just plug in and enjoy the music  gs1000.gif

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