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post #3721 of 8117
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Originally Posted by Baycode View Post

Should I remove the stock S500 first? Or put the HM5 pads over them?


most people have been putting the hm5 pads over another set of pads
so thats 2 pads per side

or if you want a tighter fit for them, get o-rings off ebay
post #3722 of 8117
In that pic,I think Cyloh had already sewed them up and stuffed them with cotton. That's one option that kind of mars the pads, so you might prefer the o-rings. You can avoid all the hassle by doing pad-on-pad, but I've got to say it sounded thin to me like that. I'm evidently the odd one out with this opinion. No harm in just giving it a go.
post #3723 of 8117

I have both my S500 and S400 with HM5 pads and $150 Baldur MKII upgrade cables, unbelievable for HP's under $30....sound is beyond anyone's comprehension!

post #3724 of 8117

When using the o rings and the HM5 pads, are there any other things I need to do? I'd like to avoid too much extra modding because I'm not much of a DIY, but a good sound is still important to me.

post #3725 of 8117
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Originally Posted by 7S Cameron View Post

When using the o rings and the HM5 pads, are there any other things I need to do? I'd like to avoid too much extra modding because I'm not much of a DIY, but a good sound is still important to me.


LoL i still don't exactly how that o-ring thing works on these HM5 pads, do you put in on the inside the ear cup area or do you use it to on the lip area of the pads to tighten the seal??? I need pics to visual it. haha C'mon someone with these mod/ combo post some pics please.

post #3726 of 8117
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Originally Posted by hatefulsandwich View Post

In that pic,I think Cyloh had already sewed them up and stuffed them with cotton. That's one option that kind of mars the pads, so you might prefer the o-rings. You can avoid all the hassle by doing pad-on-pad, but I've got to say it sounded thin to me like that. I'm evidently the odd one out with this opinion. No harm in just giving it a go.

You're right to say they sounded thin as is, without pad-on-pad. But try eric clapton's unplugged or dark side of the moon. Soundstage and imaging heaven for me.

 

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Originally Posted by Baycode View Post

Should I remove the stock S500 first? Or put the HM5 pads over them?

 

 

Either way. Go ahead, mix and match to find your preferred sound.

post #3727 of 8117
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post


LoL i still don't exactly how that o-ring thing works on these HM5 pads, do you put in on the inside the ear cup area or do you use it to on the lip area of the pads to tighten the seal??? I need pics to visual it. haha C'mon someone with these mod/ combo post some pics please.

He mentioned in an earlier post that you put it in the groove/lip where the pads go. So I understand that part I just wanna make sure it will have a good sound if that's all I do.

post #3728 of 8117
Have there been any comparisons between these and the Brainwavz HM3/FA-004? They are both similarly priced portables so I though someone might have some thoughts.
post #3729 of 8117

IMHO the HM5 sounds boring, off, artificial, muted, and boring (twice)... with the AKG550 (for different reasons) my least favorite headphone.

 

S500 are far more enjoyable; have one of the best bass that I have heard and, although it's tonality isn't very natural,l I find them extremely fun and perfect as portable headphone to be used in less than perfect listening conditions.

 

Edit:

 

Uuupsss, you meant the HM3... heard them once, nice sound, didn’t impress me as much as the JVCs.


Edited by andkoppel - 12/14/12 at 6:03am
post #3730 of 8117
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Originally Posted by 7S Cameron View Post

When using the o rings and the HM5 pads, are there any other things I need to do? I'd like to avoid too much extra modding because I'm not much of a DIY, but a good sound is still important to me.

you can tape up the ports for more bass if you havent already done so
easy to do
post #3731 of 8117
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Originally Posted by fuzzyash View Post

you can tape up the ports for more bass if you havent already done so
easy to do
I haven't tried that yet, but I'm worried about a congested sound as a result. I'll probably try it once I get the HM5 pads to see what it sounds like. I don't know how well it would work with my HD25 velours.
post #3732 of 8117
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Originally Posted by 7S Cameron View Post

I haven't tried that yet, but I'm worried about a congested sound as a result. I'll probably try it once I get the HM5 pads to see what it sounds like. I don't know how well it would work with my HD25 velours.

im not too experienced but didnt sound congested to me
go back the original stock pad bass amount
others in this thread have done it and for the most part, its just bass quantity affected
post #3733 of 8117
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Originally Posted by jayaaron1 View Post

Hmm.. I'm wondering, did anyone try to compare the S500s to Grado SR60? Is this better than the Grado?

I'm using a old SR80, bass kind of boomy when play trance.fm. Still waiting for my S500 to arrive.
post #3734 of 8117
S500 arrived today. Got some sennheiser hd 25 blue pads on with an effort. these are very tight, very balanced from what I can tell (only 15 mins on them) can't believe the price . prefer these I've my old CALS and V-80's based on first impressions.
Clamping is spot on for me, Not hd 25 Clamping but not as loose as V-80' s.

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post #3735 of 8117
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Originally Posted by vsls View Post


Of course not, but I didn't consider myself as a basshead and that's strange!

Also I was expecting the stock pads to be way uncomfortable or unbearable judging by everyone's posts here. So far I really enjoy them and I like that they are a bit stiff and not so cushion-like. Probably I won't try the ATH pleather mod. The HM5 of course seems still promising!

Everyone says ATH pleathers are mory comfy than the stock pads, they also open up the sound stage a bit. wink.gif
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