Doc suggests I ask my questions in this thread. I'm currently choosing between S400/500, DT 235 and PX 200 II. I'd like to be able to wear a pair for 3+ hours without the common heat, sweat and pain issues. Therefore, lightness and comfort are very important. Although I'm not an audiophile, I'd prefer decent SQ when listening to classical, house, pop and rock. What would be the best for me? At the moment, I'm swayed towards DT 235. I'd also be grateful for safe shopping (i.e. where to buy a genuine product) advice.
Hmm, well I guess from your listening list, personally for me, the S500 doesn't really shine in classical and rock. Pop and house however they sound really good to me, some pop has annoying sibilance and highs, these will tame the highs well. I don't really get sweaty ears, though I live in a relatively hot climate country (Malaysia), but I understand when people say they do get it as the cans are closed and sealed with pleather pads.
The DT 235 looks pretty stiff to me. As for the S500, I'm pretty sure there are no fakes yet on the market, so the only thing you need to take heed now is the seller's rating. You can either buy them off ebay or amazon, should be ok.
Thanks for the response! Of course I'm not trying to mod a pair of HPs that I don't have, but the pad cost should be included since everyone agrees that it is useful change.
Is it possible to use HM5 alone with no other modifications?
I would give a pair to everyone that listens to Biebers and sits next to me then :)
cyloh did try to use the HM5 pads with the stock pads and he reported back that it still sounded good as full sized cans. I will try the HM5 mod cyloh did since we're living in the same state. I'll probably do the HM5 pads mod too, but I've got this new DAC + Tubeamp and now my Goldring DR150 sounds so much better than the S500 that I'm kinda hesitating to continue spending on them.
But we'll see how it goes.