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Originally Posted by penmarker View Post


But my humble opinion is that the bass will resonate long enough to be a little 'slow' for the rest of the music. So it kinda got left behind when the other notes had reached your ears. I've only tried making lenses out of sponge and nothing denser like felt, paper/fabric, or others, so I didn't get as much bass enhancement.
Sure changing pads is alright, but I wouldn't want to change the opening of the drivers. I believe the engineers have something in their heads when they created the vents in the outer layer of the inside plate.



Yes after I taped the ports I listened to them and noticed it didn't sound quite right but after I stuffed with the PTs it sounded perfect. I've noticed that if the cushions are stuffed a little off you may hear the difference. This is how I discovered the port interaction when one of the untapped ports became uncovered when the PT left it open. As for what the engineers had in mind I believe it was to reduce the impact to make them more long term listening. The sound signature sounds similar to stock but with a fuller balanced more powerful lower end that restores the balance with the AKG pads and reveals all the lower resolutions.
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post


You can redeem yourself by trying musubi1000s mod and give us a full report back on the results. LoL

Nah doc you know we love ya' can't stay mad at those puppy eyes. LMAO

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Originally Posted by WAYNENUMM View Post

No, you can come back. We had a board meeting and decided that it's not your fault that your hearing has gone wonky. So welcome back Doc! :-)

Oh good. Thanks. Still waiting for those brainwavz pads............
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Could someone help me out here? *Bit of a newb * Was a about to pull the trigger on the S500s.... and then I stumbled on the S400s and saw all the rave about them too. Can anyone help advise me on which to get? I'll be using them just for music, and would prefer a fairly balanced sound. I'm also willing to do pad swaps etc to get the desired sound.
Help much appreciated.
post #2824 of 8097

Just grabbed a pair HAS500 off ebay "slightly used for 4 hours" for $57 shipped. :)


I can't wear to burn mine in, they also came with a pair of AT pleathers so I'm all set to try them out!

I chose these over the Sennheissers of the world etc...I'm a professional studio engineer so I'm very curious to see how they measure up as reference cans for mixing/mastering etc...

 

Surprisingly quite a few folks use headphones for reference monitoring, despite their access to professional studio monitors. 

I will report back with my findings, regarding translation etc...They should be here the 8th of this month :)

 

The upgrade the one guy did with the Blue pads and blue cable is MIGHTY enticing simply for the coolness factor alone. I was born in 1977 so I'm totally into 80s aesthetics when it comes to color scheme and lets face it these things come from Japan so why not play it up a bit with some color? I wish there was a kit floating about that you could just buy and perform the upgrades, somebody listening???

 

Peace

Illumination

post #2825 of 8097
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Oh good. Thanks. Still waiting for those brainwavz pads............

 

Cool. And I was just joking about your hearing going wonky. I know that you still like the S500's, but they just don't rank as high into your criteria of "over performing" headphones as much as the uptowns now do for you. We're all cool with that! smile.gif

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Originally Posted by WAYNENUMM View Post

Cool. And I was just joking about your hearing going wonky. I know that you still like the S500's, but they just don't rank as high into your criteria of "over performing" headphones as much as the uptowns now do for you. We're all cool with that! smile.gif

You don't have to tell me that smily_headphones1.gif I'ts all fun, at least I added some excitement and drama to the thread lol.. I got lost on all the mod variations a while ago but I still watch popcorn.gif
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Ok so I did some A/B testing with my scotch taped ports only drivers. The AKG pads by themselves revealed more space and clarity but lost bass presence I think we all agree. I think that stuffing the seal on the backside of the pad is an important step (thanks sfwalcer for this tip) actually this makes perfect sense as you wouldn't want any leakage. Now using the taped port drivers without any stuffing the sound is thin and nothing to write about. but after I first stuffed these I shoulda wore a helmet cause they BLEW MY MIND!!  sfwalcer used a felt pad that seemed to create the same power from what he described. Pen Marker mentions a Bass Lens and from what he mentions it reminds me a similar effect of corner loading a sub woofer. 

 

 To stuff cushions I used a bounty paper towel rolled a sheet up as tight as I could and lined the inside of the pad. after I completely lined the perimeter of the pad I cut the excess PT and made sure the ends met snug. Together this trio of mods have made these something to write about. I have been bringing these to work each and every day and my co-workers have been sampling everything I've been doing. They were impressed with them stock but as I've modded them step by step they've heard the improvements as well.  Since this last mod the first thing everyone asks me with their jaws open and expressions on their face is what I did to bring the bass to the party. 

 

edit: to stuff the seal I used a thin rolled PT to build the bulk in the overly larger seal.


Edited by musubi1000 - 11/5/12 at 10:44am
post #2828 of 8097
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Originally Posted by musubi1000 View Post

Ok so I did some A/B testing with my scotch taped ports only drivers. The AKG pads by themselves revealed more space and clarity but lost bass presence I think we all agree. I think that stuffing the seal on the backside of the pad is an important step (thanks sfwalcer for this tip) actually this makes perfect sense as you wouldn't want any leakage. Now using the taped port drivers without any stuffing the sound is thin and nothing to write about. but after I first stuffed these I shoulda wore a helmet cause they BLEW MY MIND!!  sfwalcer used a felt pad that seemed to create the same power from what he described. Pen Marker mentions a Bass Lens and from what he mentions it reminds me a similar effect of corner loading a sub woofer. 

 

 To stuff cushions I used a bounty paper towel rolled a sheet up as tight as I could and lined the inside of the pad. after I completely lined the perimeter of the pad I cut the excess PT and made sure the ends met snug. Together this trio of mods have made these something to write about. I have been bringing these to work each and every day and my co-workers have been sampling everything I've been doing. They were impressed with them stock but as I've modded them step by step they've heard the improvements as well.  Since this last mod the first thing everyone asks me with their jaws open and expressions on their face is what I did to bring the bass to the party. 

 

edit: to stuff the seal I used a thin rolled PT to build the bulk in the overly larger seal.

 

Damn it, I really want to try out your mod in its entirety but still can't get over how amazing my mod is sounding to me right now. Too lazy/ scared to mess with it. haha I need a 2nd set of S500s BADDDDD!!! Let me get over what I am hearing from my S500s, give me a week or so, I got yo' BACK meng! I'll be there right with you real soon.  beerchug.gif

 

edit: oh and welcome back doc, not like you ever left. haha


Edited by sfwalcer - 11/5/12 at 12:06pm
post #2829 of 8097

for people in the US or canada, how long did it take to ship after paying?

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Originally Posted by fuzzyash View Post

for people in the US or canada, how long did it take to ship after paying?

3 days from "Made In Japan" Online Amazon store to get from Japan to LA. Took 5 days for LAX customs to release them to me though. frown.gif
post #2831 of 8097
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Originally Posted by adman164 View Post

Could someone help me out here? *Bit of a newb * Was a about to pull the trigger on the S500s.... and then I stumbled on the S400s and saw all the rave about them too. Can anyone help advise me on which to get? I'll be using them just for music, and would prefer a fairly balanced sound. I'm also willing to do pad swaps etc to get the desired sound.
Help much appreciated.

Hmm, I'm not sure if you can get the fairly balanced sound signature of the S400 by modding the S500 since they both have very different driver diameters. (1cm is quite large when it comes to headphones)

What I can recommend you is, though I haven't experienced it, is to get the S500 and buy the Brainwavs HM5 pads. Both cyloh and cute loved the results, and cyloh described them as "ATH A2000X, some crazy space aged flagship. The HM5 S500 is 85%~90% there." this is through pm between me and him. With the pads you get the same sound signature but enhanced to a full sized can.

 

The ATH Pleathers also help tame down the bass if you don't like it to be too bassy. If all else fails and you cannot buy pads, just eq.

post #2832 of 8097

I got the Panasonic HTF-600 thanks to DSnuts' thread about them. They are really great headphones with amazing sound and they were quite cheap.  Looking at Ebay prices, these are actually more expensive than the Panasonics, so I wonder how these compares to them, lows, mids, highs, soundstage?

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The only thing the HTF600 has on these are sound stage and perhaps the bass end but these have the better quality bass end. These are in a different class altogether in sound quality. These would be a nice upgrade for you for certain. Much higher end resolution on the sounds. Worth the jump in price.

post #2834 of 8097
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Originally Posted by penmarker View Post

Hmm, I'm not sure if you can get the fairly balanced sound signature of the S400 by modding the S500 since they both have very different driver diameters. (1cm is quite large when it comes to headphones)

What I can recommend you is, though I haven't experienced it, is to get the S500 and buy the Brainwavs HM5 pads. Both cyloh and cute loved the results, and cyloh described them as "ATH A2000X, some crazy space aged flagship. The HM5 S500 is 85%~90% there." this is through pm between me and him. With the pads you get the same sound signature but enhanced to a full sized can.

 

The ATH Pleathers also help tame down the bass if you don't like it to be too bassy. If all else fails and you cannot buy pads, just eq.


I was wondering if the pad-on-pad mod is working with stock s500 pads and HM5's, I would prefer to have the option to have both full sized cans and portables without buying two different sets of pads.

post #2835 of 8097
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Originally Posted by TigerA View Post

I got the Panasonic HTF-600 thanks to DSnuts' thread about them. They are really great headphones with amazing sound and they were quite cheap.  Looking at Ebay prices, these are actually more expensive than the Panasonics, so I wonder how these compares to them, lows, mids, highs, soundstage?

 

Dsnuts will be your man for that info!

 

I haven't listened to any high end phones before getting the s500. The other day I braced myself to be disappointed when I listened to some headphones at futureshop. I started with the $50-$100 phones. Wow - bass bloated vileness. I then jumped up to the $300-$400 Senns, Monsters and Bose's that they had available for listening. Only one sounded pretty good to me: the Senn HD 558 (over the ear). But listening to my S500's now, I am still rather blown away by them. Impactful yet tight bass and sub-bass, lovely, fast, detailed mids and treble. I'm really quite amazed at these phones. I fully plan on taking them to some other audio stores and trying them out alongside other phones. Hopefully I won't eat my words, but honestly I think these things punch way above their weight.

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