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post #1276 of 8117
Your're welcome gluteer. Enjoy..

Okay now.. I hope I am not the ONLY person who feels like fit is a flaw with the JVC's If I am, then just scroll to the end of this super-long post and pretend I don't exist.... If you want a better seal from your pads... read on:


Okay I did the mod to switch the left and right drivers. THe purpose of this mod is to allow the cups to rotate toward your face and not put as much pressure on the back of your ears and thereby leaving a gap where the pads touch your cheek. This results in a poor seal or in my case having to rotate the headband almost to the back of my head to get a proper seal.

I tried one meathod that DID NOT work which was to switch this piece:
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All I had to do is remove the 2 screws in that piece and the enitre driver and cup came right off. THat little plastic piece contains the stopper that causes the cup to rotate one way or the other. I switched that piece and put it back together.
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When you swap that little plastic piece instead of the piece rotating this way:
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It now wan'ts to rotate this way:
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All I wanted to do was switch the direction of the rotation and IT WORKED!.....sort of......

Basically it caused the cups to rotate the opposite direction allowing them to fit flush up against your entire ear and cheek. The problem is that you HAVE TO wear these things "BACKWARDS" in order to get the proper clamping force. The cups want to roll forward when you do this mod and you have the opposite problem. Instead of too much pressure on the back tips of your ears, it is all now transferred to your cheek and this produces a gap between the pad and the back of the ear instead of a gap on you cheek. Same problem in a different way.. Don't try it, trust me.

So I had another idea which was to switch the driver cup from one side to the other. In order to do this you have to remove this "cradle" part from the cup:
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(NOTE YOU DO NOT NEED TO REMOVE THIS PART FROM THE HEADBAND, I ALREADY HAD IT DISCONNECTED. It will be easier to keep it on the headband.


To remove this YOU MUST REMOVE THE DRIVERS by taking off your pads and removing 3 screws. IF YOU DO NOT REMOVE THE DRIVERS YOU WILL BREAK YOUR HEADPHONES.

Once the drivers are out, you can CAREFULLY pull this side out of the cup (the longer side of the cradle is easier to flex):
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Once you have flexed the cradle and have the longer side free, carefully wiggle the cradle back and forth until it releases from the shorter side.

NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT:

Now switch the cups from one side to the other..... YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THE CABLE SIDE IS DOWN so you will have to rotate them. Dry fit it before you actually re-attach the cups.

Once the Left cup and driver is on the Right and vice versa and you are sure the cable is facing DOWN you can reassemble the cup assembly. Put ur pads back on and ur done.

This mod WORKS. You will now be wearing them "backwards" but the drivers are now switched and the clamping force is now sufficient to hold the pads evenly against your ears. I now wear the headband comfortably almost straight up and down and not towards the back of my head.

Some people might want to just remove drviers by unsoldering them from the cable but this is a method to do it without having to do any soldering.
post #1277 of 8117

Hmmm... I don't have any problem with the way the S500's rest on my ears. But I DID have a problem with the way the Philips Downtown sat on my ears, and those are comfortable to most people. So maybe it just comes down to different ear configurations! I'll have to try the S500's backwards tomorrow to see though.

post #1278 of 8117

I have a razer piranha broken here at home ... and throw him closely resemble that of jvc ... is it the same size?
 

post #1279 of 8117
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Originally Posted by Baycode View Post


Thank you Ghostfit. I am about to pull the trigger for S400's. But have some more questions.

 

I will mainly use JVC's for listening to music. But I really like wide soundstage and depth.

 

My main portable open headphones are recabled, 75ohm added and kramer moded KSC-35's (same driver as PortaPro's). I love their sound signature and soundstage.

 

Did you hear any KSC-35's or PortaPro's? Are one of these JVC's sound signature and soundstage any close to KSC-35's (or portapros)?

 

(BTW I have a pair of K81DJ pleather earpads resting inside their box which I may use with JVC's)

 

Sorry, I don't have or listened to the KSC-35 or PortaPros so am not qualified to answer your questions.

 

I will say that the S400 are pretty close to some high end floor standing audiophile speakers systems I've heard.

post #1280 of 8117

The S500 remainds me the Koss Ks75, but in Steroids.   biggrin.gif

post #1281 of 8117
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Originally Posted by rickdohc View Post

The S500 remainds me the Koss Ks75, but in Steroids.   biggrin.gif

Except the KSC75 doesn't have this kind of bass.basshead.gif

post #1282 of 8117

I could not decide between the S400 and S500...

 

I really like expanded soundstage but will not prefer something sounds artificial or hides the details.

 

I do not prefer something which has mega bass as well...

 

I think something might be good for me in between the S400 and S500 confused_face.gif based on the things that I read...

post #1283 of 8117
Thread Starter 

I went back to the HD25 velours since Doc's post and I have to admit the mids being much more forward in this configuration is just awesome for vocals. I likes a lot. It is amazing to me that the sound can change so much using the same headphones with just different pads.

post #1284 of 8117
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Originally Posted by Baycode View Post

I could not decide between the S400 and S500...

 

I really like expanded soundstage but will not prefer something sounds artificial or hides the details.

 

I do not prefer something which has mega bass as well...

 

I think something might be good for me in between the S400 and S500 confused_face.gif based on the things that I read...

 

 

Get the S500 and try the ATH pads.

post #1285 of 8117
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Originally Posted by rickdohc View Post


Get the S500 and try the ATH pads.
Maybe we should all splinter off and make our own threads for S500 with ________ pads. 😜

I'll be "S500 with pleather HD25 pads."
rickdohc will be "S500 with ATH velour pads"
cute can be "S500 with leather pads"
dsnuts can take the "S500 with HD25 velour pads"
Edit:and finally achmedisdead will start the "S500 -- don't mess with em they sound good" thread

Since as ds said each one makes a totally different headphone... 😃😃😃
Edited by Doc-holliday - 9/18/12 at 1:13pm
post #1286 of 8117
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
 
Maybe we should all splinter off and make our own threads for S500 with ________ pads. 😜
I'll be "S500 with pleather HD25 pads."
rickdohc will be "S500 with ATH velour pads"
cute can be "S500 with leather pads"
And dsnuts can take the "S500 with HD25 velour pads"
Since as ds said each one makes a totally different headphone... 😃😃😃

 

 

bigsmile_face.gif

 

its not a joke...... cool.gif

post #1287 of 8117

Am I the only one that just uses the original pads? lol

I did try Grado "comfy" pads for about 20 minutes, and went back to the stock ones.

post #1288 of 8117
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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

Am I the only one that just uses the original pads? lol
I did try Grado "comfy" pads for about 20 minutes, and went back to the stock ones.

My apologies achmedisdead. I have edited my earlier post accordingly to include your sponsored dedicated thread. 😜
post #1289 of 8117
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post


My apologies achmedisdead. I have edited my earlier post accordingly to include your sponsored dedicated thread. 😜

No worries....lol.

I actually have some velours in my Amazon wishlist, that I think are the HD25 ones, but I haven't ordered them yet. 

post #1290 of 8117

i got a Coby CV185, i am going to try to use those pads.

 

For $10 bucks, they are more than Ok biggrin.gif


Edited by rickdohc - 9/18/12 at 1:24pm
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