They work quite well for both, actually.
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They work quite well for both, actually.
There's Japen and Stereo where I live but definately no JVC presences anywhere, if you're living in the same country as me, we could meet up and I'll gladly let you audit my S400 and S500
+1. I use them to watch movies and tv and the voice, dubstep, progressive, rock, whatever. They sound great. Jeez, I'm starting to sound like a fanboy :)
LoL, it's hard not to be one when they are this awesomesauce. Both my S400s and S500s are still freaking me out, never have i heard all of my music this amazingly presented.
Truly jacks-of-all trades that masterfully renders everything beautifully. T^T
@ spider fan
I love the MH1Cs but they can be toooo smooth to a fault, it get boring sometimes when everything is so unoffensive. If you know what I mean. They are an amazing find for sure, but my JVCs still can hold more than their own. I still like JVCs house sound a lot more than sonys MH1C.
The Grado SR80i (and its predecessor, the SR80) has been around for many years. While many reviewers think it's great for rock, some don't. Beauty is in the ear of the beholder.
Personally, I don't think rock music causes the stock S500 any problems. I haven't heard any mods.
I'm pairing the S500 with a tubeamp currently. They don't pair really well, the decay and highs aren't as sparkly as I liked.
After pairing it with a Goldring DR150 with Vero 150 cable, they sound superior. But we're talking about a pair of modded headphones a little more than twice the price of the S500.
Yeah the bass on them was crazy big the 1st couple of days while burning them in, but it has settled down a lot since then. It has become much more balanced, nonetheless I would not call them bass lite, these are pretty bassy iems, almost on par with the FX101s, just not in the sub bass department. For me personally the bass is perfect on them and I love my bass. Maybe I have became weak sauced. haha
Have any preferred rock tunes that I could test out with my S500's (and compare to my other phones and iem's)?
I don't have much in the way of blues, so if you could provide me with a specific blues tune, I'll find it somewhere.
Regarding Clapton and the S500 (with ath pleathers) versus PX100-II, I'm throwing on "Cocaine" and "Layla" mp3 files (approx 280 kbps) for a listen on my Clip Zip. I am using the "flat" EQ setting. I use the flat EQ setting all the time for my S500, but with the PX100-II, I normally EQ it to deal with the mid-bass hump. But to keep the comparison on an even scale, I'm using "flat" for both...
PX100-II impressions: Bassy. Bass bloats into the mids somewhat. More of a mid-bass hump. Enjoyable, warm, fun, laid back sound. More distant sound. No fears of sibilance. Not too detailed (really noticable in the mids and treble).
S500 impressions: Wider soundstage. More depth and instrument separation. Bass more well controlled, tighter and more detailed, but still with plenty of sub-bass. Mids (vocals, guiter) more detailed, layered and forward (don't seem distant or recessed like with the PX100-II's). Treble way more detailed. Overall way more engaging to me.
Note: I am somewhat sensitive to bright sounds. Some of the guitar at the beginning of Layla is pretty bright. With the PX100-II, not bright at all. With the S500 and ath pleathers, it was bright enough. I suspect that it would have sounded a tad bit to bright for me with the S500 and stock pads.
I haven't listened to the PX200-II. Hope this helps!
Me. And I stand by it.
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The M50s don't really cut it for me. Thin mids, piercing treble, lack of soundstage, creaky build, I could go on and on. They're not bad, but they're definitely not all that great to me.
JVC HA-S500s vs. Brainwavs HM5? Fair fight. I give the JVC's the advantage.
JVC HA-S500s vs AKG K240M? OK, that's closer. Still give the lead to the JVCs.
HA-S500s vs Pioneer Pro Monitor 10s? Ehh...it's a wash, to me at least.
HA-S500s vs. M50s? Hah. Yeah. That's a joke.
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