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Originally Posted by Prakhar View Post

Does the bass of the S500s hit harder?

 

Well, they hit just like a cannon burst beside you with Telarc 1812.

 

Fast forward to 14:30 and listen to them cannons

 

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any damage equipment which are not up to the task of replaying these digital cannons, play and listen at your own risks.

post #1592 of 8106
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Originally Posted by BloodyPenguin View Post

Still trying to decide between the S400 or S500.

 

I like forward mids with as natural of a sound as possible.  I want realistic bass and no painful highs.  I want clarity

 

 

So of the two, which one would be best for me...  The S400?

 

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As at this moment, I would say S400 with stock padding is the closest to what you have describe. I am awaiting delivery of the ATH Leather pads before passing final judgement on which I prefer sonically.

 

Why not wait for DSnuts impression as he will receive his S400 in a few days time and if you're in the US, the local JVC dealers should have them in stock as well for $39.95.

 

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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Both will give you that me thinks. I am certain you are gonna have a spend a bit more for the ATH leathers but to me the way it sounds now was a bigger surprise than the ATH velours. I will have my HA-S400 soon..All these people on this thread can't be wrong...

 

Can't wait for your impression on these, more guys should get to know them thru you ! wink_face.gif

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@BloodyPenguin: I haven't heard the S400s but I can tell you the S500s have forward mids, colorful highs (not overly bright by any means), and bass that can reach low and hit hard when it's needed. It sounds like I am in the recording studio with the band, it is one of the most real sounding headphones I have heard. The sound is a little bassy/bloated/warm when you first get them (nothing a little eq work can't fix), but after burn in the bass gets tight and the sound isn't as warm or veiled.

 

The S500s have a very musical sound to them, I assume the S400s are a little more neutral.

 

EDIT

 

I am VERY sensitive to harsh highs. My Fx101s are completely burnt in and I feel like there's an overwhelming wave of static when I listen to them. The S500s highs are almost harsh (they're not), but it makes the sound more realistic.


Edited by 7S Cameron - 9/25/12 at 2:56am
post #1594 of 8106
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Originally Posted by Prakhar View Post

Does the bass of the S500s hit harder?

Yes!
post #1595 of 8106
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Originally Posted by 7S Cameron View Post

@BloodyPenguin: I haven't heard the S400s but I can tell you the S500s have forward mids, colorful highs (not overly bright by any means), and bass that can reach low and hit hard when it's needed. It sounds like I am in the recording studio with the band, it is one of the most real sounding headphones I have heard. The sound is a little bassy/bloated/warm when you first get them (nothing a little eq work can't fix), but after burn in the bass gets tight and the sound isn't as warm or veiled.

 

The S500s have a very musical sound to them, I assume the S400s are a little more neutral.

 

EDIT

 

I am VERY sensitive to harsh highs. My Fx101s are completely burnt in and I feel like there's an overwhelming wave of static when I listen to them. The S500s highs are almost harsh (they're not), but it makes the sound more realistic.

 

Nope, my 300hrs+ S500 still sound warm/veiled next to the S400, I would say its more colored rather than veiled, the S500 sounds like it has more bass due to the coloration but it doesn't have more details.

 

They are both very musical but the S400's strength are it's much better mids/vocals, they have this uncanny ability to reproduce the emotional nuance of the singer's voice such that the song becomes rather intimate.

 

Agree that the S500's highs are almost harsh (they certainly are during the initial burn-in) but the S400 are perfect from open box and burning only sees them getting more defined. Folks who are sibilance sensitive will love the S400 more than the S500.

I know all this sounds like fanboy talk but I wish you could somehow get to listen to a S400 and see what I'm talking about.

 

The S500 however excels at sonic effects, was listening to Telarc 1812 cannons with the S400 and they don't come close to the realism on the 40mm drivers of the S500.

 

Was lying in bed last night with them S400, listening to a CD of Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know     ...I got goosebumps at around the 2:40min mark due to the (insane asylum) sounds she made with her voice

 

Youtube censored version

 

Hi Res Uncensored version wink_face.gif


Edited by Ghostfit - 9/25/12 at 7:21am
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First of all, sorry about my english. I am new here and I dont write english very well. 

I would like to know if this headphone is appropriate to listen music in a subway or in the street. I would use to listen rock music.

Would you recommend me?

Thank you.

 

--Txipy

post #1597 of 8106
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Originally Posted by Ghostfit View Post

 

As at this moment, I would say S400 with stock padding is the closest to what you have describe. I am awaiting delivery of the ATH Leather pads before passing final judgement on which I prefer sonically.

 

Why not wait for DSnuts impression as he will receive his S400 in a few days time and if you're in the US, the local JVC dealers should have them in stock as well for $39.95.

 

 

Can't wait for your impression on these, more guys should get to know them thru you ! wink_face.gif

 

Thanks for the reply, I am awaiting DSnuts review of the two head to head.  Does look like the S400 is the one I will get.  Now I wait until next month when they are on sale in the US.

 

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post #1598 of 8106

Gohst, you are giving me a hardtime waiting for Octubre and those S400 hit the States.... i am like, "if he keeps talking about better mids iam not waiting till octuber"

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ME WANT.. White S400 with Blue Addidas Pads and Doc Blue Cables MOD...... RIGHT NOW!

post #1599 of 8106

I like the description of S400 but are the bass really similar as of S500? Some say S500 are bassier, others not, dunno what to believe.

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I have just ordered the red S400 and black S500 from an ebay seller...

 

If I really like both, I have NIB PortaPro (my 2nd pair) and a DJ100 to go :)

 

Head-fi always sucks my wallet :(
 

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Although this link has been translated, I can really understand the differences between the D70 and D60. Is there anyone here who can read Japanese and translate for me better what the differences in sound quality are based on this reviewer's thoughts? Thank you. 

 

http://kakaku.com/article/pr/12/09_fxd_series/index.html

post #1602 of 8106
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Originally Posted by Txipy View Post

First of all, sorry about my english. I am new here and I dont write english very well. 

I would like to know if this headphone is appropriate to listen music in a subway or in the street. I would use to listen rock music.

Would you recommend me?

Thank you.

 

--Txipy

 

The S500 is more of an on the ear headphone. It won't isolate quite as well as many over the ear headphones which completely cover the ears. Of course it's smaller and more portable than over the ear choices. 

post #1603 of 8106
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

I like the description of S400 but are the bass really similar as of S500? Some say S500 are bassier, others not, dunno what to believe.

 

Lol   ....if I may.

 

Assuming you have a pair of well burn S500 to compare to.

 

S400 - out of box = Very similar bass to the S500 in terms of mid bass quantity and sub bass quality = similar bass.

S400 - >150hrs burn = mid bass has settled and <S500, sub bass is similar = S500 are bassier.

 

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post #1604 of 8106
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Originally Posted by rickdohc View Post

ME WANT.. White S400 with Blue Addidas Pads and Doc Blue Cables MOD...... RIGHT NOW!

Wow.... If u get white with blue.... Im gunna be seriously jealous. 😭
That'd look pretty "spiffy"!

Btw i have a transplant idea that i think is going to work, be affordable, and hopefully anyone can do it.

Im waiting for my ath leathers and ath velours to come in before i start this one. Dont wanna get ahead of myself. Try one thing at a time ( No doc. Dont just order another pair of s500 for this..... Dont do it..... Discipline......). Oh did i say that out loud? 😳
Edited by Doc-holliday - 9/25/12 at 11:09am
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OK guys

 

As i told you all, i had a pair of Coby's CV185 around. The pads are the SAME size, but the hole in the center is wider and the pads are flatter, so you ears are closer to the drivers and there is no restriction coming out of the drivers

 

i still need to spend more time listen the sound change, but as for now:

 

1. More subass than midbass, thats something I AM liking.  i am hearing a big sounding subbass that hits more lower and cleaner.  the bass is bigger and it feels like "free", i get a feeling of a bigger sound.

 

2. No "boxy" sound,  that was something i had to get used and something i reported since day one, i felt some "boxiness"  not as server as the HTF600 and Xb500 but was present.

 

3. Ii am hearing more "details" or "things" more around my head, like the guitar is far more left than before in some of Eric Claptons songs.i am hearing more separtion and little more details.

 

4. MORE CONTROL of the sound.. dont know how to use the proper words here, but its like the sounds comes more free out of the drivers.

 

 


Again, i have switched like 4 times only, so i need more time , BUT i got a very good feeling about these pad change, and you can get Cobys for like 8 bucks...  i will post some pictures and give more impressiones cause i need to play more music and spend more time switching pads.

 

i will report back in a few hours.  as always, sorry for my crappy english, but "it is what it is" wink_face.gif
 


Edited by rickdohc - 9/25/12 at 12:18pm
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