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Originally Posted by shockdoc View Post

Wow. Stick all the padding and tape you want on these babies...OR....order the ridiculously cheap ELE DAC. Just got mine today (after a 3 1/2 week wait from Hong Kong...but hey, free shipping-lol). I am seriously blown away. I've burned it in about 8 hours and it just keeps getting better. Resolution, sound stage, deep black background. If you don't try this you don't know what you're missing! 16 friggin' bucks for this little cheap looking piece of heaven.
wow it looks similar to the muse dac,
Less featurws but more streamlined.
Anyone have comparison comments on these.
post #4742 of 8092
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Originally Posted by gopanthersgo1 View Post

I've done it... made the vocals a tinsy bit less shouty, and tightened the bass and treble by a hair... smily_headphones1.gif
Looks like the s500 has better conditions then & I suppose it may be the housing was initially designed for those bigger drivers in the s500 and the s400 driver is not totally optimal for the headphones.
Pretty impressive nonetheless.

Does anyone know if the s500 will ever hit the states?
The only good thing is that the Japanese yen keeps falling so price should fall on all Japanese headphones. .
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Does the UE6000 in passive mode(!) have bass quality/quantity similar to the S500? I will try to get my ears used to the pressure for now, but maybe i have to go for the Logitech otherwise. I just love the stock pads sound, the HM5 mod doesn't really work for me
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Wait, so one person said HM5 mod made the bass a lot less, panthers says it makes it even bassier. Hmm...confused.gif

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The tape mod does raise the bass levels, but it still sounds a bit off/unnatural to me. Treble is a bit too harsh und the warm (deep)bass heavy sound is gone
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Originally Posted by journeyy View Post

The tape mod does raise the bass levels, but it still sounds a bit off/unnatural to me. Treble is a bit too harsh und the warm (deep)bass heavy sound is gone


Try taping only 1 or 2 vents on each side.

 

I felt the same as you and then it hit me that I didin't have to tape all the vents.

 

So I settled on taping just 2 on each side and left 1 open on each side.

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I will try that later. For those who are not total bassheads the sound of stock+HM5 without taping is very good though. I'll see if i can live with the little bit reduced bass. /enough spamming for now
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Wait, so what is this taping vents thing? Like, vents that the HM5 pads create, or is it other vents, like on the inside of the can? Link?

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If you take off the pads you will see 3 holes on L and R speakers. If you put tapes over them it increases the bass. :)

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Originally Posted by Maxx134 View Post

Does anyone know if the s500 will ever hit the states?
The only good thing is that the Japanese yen keeps falling so price should fall on all Japanese headphones. .

I emailed JVC a few weeks ago to ask just that and was given a generic statement that they're only sold overseas. If there is any plan to bring them here JVC US support either doesn't know or can't comment.

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Originally Posted by Xxxneoxxx View Post


I'm going to take this comment with a grain of salt and wait till the honeymoon phase is over with ya.. cool.gif Fell too often for comments like these, and members posting a more nuanced post after a few days/weeks after their first post. :P  Saves me money you know. tongue.gif

Don't blame you one bit. I'm usually the same way. Only decided to pull the trigger after reading many posts by DS and deciding "what the heck, it's only 16 bucks" when I ordered my HM5 pads. Made the biggest difference on my wife's Macbook but I was surprised how much it improved the sound on my Toshiba. Eventually I will want a small amp to pair with it but for now it's great AND it increased the volume a little bit on some of the softer tracks. Blew my mind how it even improved my picky Senn 580's. 

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Originally Posted by jtaylor991 View Post

Wait, so one person said HM5 mod made the bass a lot less, panthers says it makes it even bassier. Hmm...confused.gif
No, someone had HM5 pads, and found some other mods to get it as bassy as before, as HM5 pads take out a lot of bass. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by shockdoc View Post

Don't blame you one bit. I'm usually the same way. Only decided to pull the trigger after reading many posts by DS and deciding "what the heck, it's only 16 bucks" when I ordered my HM5 pads. Made the biggest difference on my wife's Macbook but I was surprised how much it improved the sound on my Toshiba. Eventually I will want a small amp to pair with it but for now it's great AND it increased the volume a little bit on some of the softer tracks. Blew my mind how it even improved my picky Senn 580's. 

+10. The ele dac is the real deal. Read about it in the discovery thread. Brings to life my s500's, uptowns, and ad900x's.
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Listening to The Lumineers on these is nothing short of magical.

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I use the rings over the stock pads and I don't lose any bass t all. The stock pads are basically touching your ear under the HM5s.
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