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post #511 of 8034
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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post

If it can play Telarc 1812 cannons at realistic levels that correspond to correct replay for the symphonic orchestra, then I have finally found the end-of-chain-transducer of my dreams. The only time I have heard it at anything like approaching real thing was on Klipschorns at my friend's and to somewhat lesser degree on Infinity IRS V at audiofair in Milan, Italy. Not that listening to cannonfire represents any appreciable portion of my listening, but it proves JVC HA-S500 has enough headroom even in bass to be able to correctly reproduce any musical instrument. And equally important, ability to play at very quiet level(s) at the same time - my definition of Delicate Sounds of Thunder.

 

I did not have the audacity to ask anyone to try 1812, now it seems like it will at least not end up in smoke on this track. How does it survive the Das Boot digitally remastered soundtrack on DVD ? If one quarter of what guys who have it say is true, this should scare the s***t out of the listener.

 

And if it really is true, I will use it for monitoring of forthcoming recording of the new mass by a young Slovene composer, scored for children and female choruses, organ, brass band, electric bass and extremely large percussion section. The finale with big drums is awesome - I was wondering just what could possibly give it justice. 

 

If it proves to be true, this will be all time bargain purchase and best overall purchase in my audio history spanning 35 + years.

 

Simply - nuts ( pun very much intended) !

 

I will not spoil anything for you my friend, I will only say I've never heard Telarc digital cannons sounding this good other than when it was coming out of $20K+ speakers systems.

 

When yours arrives, burn them like theres no tomorrow !!!   ...100 hrs at least, then sneak a listen (Full resolution track, without any compression no less) I would love to hear your impression of their ability to reproduce the actual cannon burst.    ...it can only get better from there on ! biggrin.gif

post #512 of 8034
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Originally Posted by rickdohc View Post

 

Please add me to the list, the only problem is that i live down here in central america so it would take me a few weeks before they arrive...  so i am waiting... and more waiting...................

 

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+1 after my vacation wink.gif

 

LOL !   ...I didn't realise my post has somewhat mutated into a S500 users roll-call. biggrin.gif

 

It was originally in reply to another Head'fier who doubted me when I mentioned "10 out of 10 reviewer" of the S500.

 

Oh well, it could be fun adding names to the list I guess (you guys could simply copy, paste and add your names to the list so that we know you're digging them headphones! ) beerchug.gif

post #513 of 8034
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Originally Posted by Ghostfit View Post

 

I will not spoil anything for you my friend, I will only say I've never heard Telarc digital cannons sounding this good other than when it was coming out of $20K+ speakers systems.

 

When yours arrives, burn them like theres no tomorrow !!!   ...100 hrs at least, then sneak a listen (Full resolution track, without any compression no less) I would love to hear your impression of their ability to reproduce the actual cannon burst.    ...it can only get better from there on ! biggrin.gif

SAY WHAT???!!!   CAN NOT COMPUTE. 

 

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Originally Posted by Ghostfit View Post

 

 

LOL !   ...I didn't realise my post has somewhat mutated into a S500 users roll-call. biggrin.gif

 

It was originally in reply to another Head'fier who doubted me when I mentioned "10 out of 10 reviewer" of the S500.

 

Oh well, it could be fun adding names to the list I guess (you guys could simply copy, paste and add your names to the list so that we know you're digging them headphones! ) beerchug.gif

Add only the faithful to this list and the heretics to cough cough ........... very_evil_smiley.gif

 


Edited by sfwalcer - 8/16/12 at 9:48am
post #514 of 8034

Mine are apparently stuck at 

 

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 KANSAI INT APT Departure Scan - August 15, 2012 1:08:00 AM

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post #515 of 8034

I just received mine   bigsmile_face.gif

 

a quick listen to these headphones before they go to burnin.

They sounds absolutely brilliant,  its no sibilance and the mids are very clean, the bass has some mid-bass but nothing to complain about and the sub-bas is a chapter for itself, so good!.

All I can say that these are a real diamond, and they sound too good to be true for the price.

 

Thanks Dsnuts for all the great finds!

post #516 of 8034

Nice confirmation.  Thanks !

 

I have a ad hoc test recording of that new mass - various speaker based systems in our premium audio store spanning system value from approx 50  to 100 grand were incapable of reproducing the finale adequately. The recording is not perfect - it did get overloaded a bit in the finale, but speakers clearly demonstrated their limitations prior to that overload point.

 

Yet I can see there is fair possibility the  $ 23.50 onears will do it justice.

 

No worries about burn in - I will check sound upon arrival for DOA only, then 4 day (96 hours) burn in prior to any critical listening.

 

Enjoy yours ! Waiting for my pair will be an exercise in patience, though.

post #517 of 8034

My pair arrived yesterday. Out of the box they sound amazing. This is the first pair of anything other than IEM's for me and hopefully I'll adjust to the fit. Right now my ears hurt like hell after about 20 minutes. I have velour pads coming on Monday. Maybe those will help. If not I'll try and fabricate a circum-aural pad to fit them. Off to burn-in until Monday.
 

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A small update as I've been burning in, probably about 40 hours now with 20 of those listening and 20 actual burning in at a couple notches above listening levels with DnB.

 

1) At open box I thought these were a little bass-shy and rather toppy.

 

2) A few hours of burn-in these changed in the other direction, somewhat muddy/bloated in the bass, and the mids were congested.  After this I started more aggressive burn-in

 

3) Along the way from #2 everything seemed to improve bit by bit.  For the most part I'm doing a sound check on these against some decently burned in FXD-80s and some relatively fresh GR07 MkIIs.  The bass has definitely been reduced a bit and tightened up and the mids are a bit more transparent.  

 

For the most part where things stand are these appear to be something I would classify as a slightly colored fun headphone.  They really reproduce the sub-bass well which is a treat for on-ear cans that don't isolate all that well.  I'm actually reminded a bit of the L3000s I had for 1.5 years, to really reach low like that.  And they're tight and textured here *almost* in the same ballpark as the GR07 but with more drive.  Mid-bass there's a bit of a hump.  I'm finding the mids to be somewhat recessed, like the FXD80s, but maybe not quite to the same degree.  Female vocals come out more upfront, but male vocals can be back in the mix a bit.  Guitars also can be a bit back.  They're not as toppy/sparkly as the FXD80s, but I don't notice a roll-off.  No weird peaks/valleys to my ears.  Basically where things can go from here to make them closer to a reference sound - the bass needs to be reigned in a bit more to be more neutral with the mids.  The mids could do with a touch more clarity - I guess overall it would be what people might call more 'speed'.  Detail retrieval is quite good but I'm on the fence if it's quite as good as the GR07, but they don't quite approach the scalpel-like precision (for a dynamic) of those.  It does seem better than the FXD80s which sound a bit smoothed out overall.  

 

These are pretty freakin' spectacular for the price and I really wonder how they compare against HD25-IIs or 1350s.  I wouldn't be surprised if they played ball.  More aggressive burn-in is in store, I'll report back at hour 100 probably sometime next week.


Edited by bobeau - 8/16/12 at 8:04am
post #519 of 8034

I received mine today biggrin.gif.....but I wasn't available at the time so I now have to collect them frown.gif  I'm going to collect them tomorrow.

post #520 of 8034

Looks like bobeau is giving the most adequate impressions. Please don't forget to write down your last impressions. And if you own tf10 & er-4p please compare to them, thank you.

post #521 of 8034

Mine arrived last night as well. I'm not a golden-eared head-fi guy, but bobeau's summary sounds spot on for me so far, with the exception that mine started out pretty much in phase 2 of his description. They were never bass shy, but they are bloaty. I'm anticipating that tightening up with burn-in.

 

From early impressions they seem pretty spectacular for the price range.

 

I bought a pair of Philips Downtowns last week, and they are already packed up to be returned to Amazon after getting these. Those are the closest I had to compare to, with both of them being on-ear closed phones. The Philips are actually pretty nice, but totally lack the punch these have. My other phones aren't comparable types (KSC75, PortaPros, Yuin G2A, Monoprice 8323, AD700), but if the bass tightens up and the mids improve a bit, these could end up being my favorites.

post #522 of 8034
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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

Mine are apparently stuck at 

 

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ahahahahaha same here. popcorn.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by Norml View Post

My pair arrived yesterday. Out of the box they sound amazing. This is the first pair of anything other than IEM's for me and hopefully I'll adjust to the fit. Right now my ears hurt like hell after about 20 minutes. I have velour pads coming on Monday. Maybe those will help. If not I'll try and fabricate a circum-aural pad to fit them. Off to burn-in until Monday.
 

Cools that you'll are getting your sets so quick, can't wait to hear more initial impressions. 

Oh I am going to just try and mod the pleather pads with some fluffy socks 1st to improve comfort like this.....

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/grado-diy-project-starving-student-audiophile-gives-new-meaning-music-page-2

http://www.head-fi.org/t/560806/sr60-mod-part-ii/1335

 

It did wonders for my cheapo superlux HD 668B/ 681F, no more sweaty ears and more comfy. SOCK IT BABY!!!

If may be, the velours are my last desperate option cuz I am a slickdealer cough... cheap... cough. heeeeeee.   


Edited by sfwalcer - 8/16/12 at 10:25am
post #523 of 8034
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/grado-diy-project-starving-student-audiophile-gives-new-meaning-music-page-2

http://www.head-fi.org/t/560806/sr60-mod-part-ii/1335

 

It did wonders for cheapo my superlux HD 668B/ 681F, no more sweaty ears and more comfy. SOCK IT BABY!!!

If may be, the velours are my last desperate option cuz I am a slickdealer cough... cheap... cough. heeeeeee.   

 

That sock mod is awesome!

 

However, given the amount of time it would take, and probably frustration for a guy like myself, I think the velours at $23 will be a bargain. smile.gif

post #524 of 8034
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Originally Posted by jwong View Post

 

That sock mod is awesome!

 

However, given the amount of time it would take, and probably frustration for a guy like myself, I think the velours at $23 will be a bargain. smile.gif

Yeah it took me a little while to get the hang of it at 1st, but once I got the ball rolling it was literally like cut and paste easy.  Oh yeah this mod did wonders for my monoprice MHP-839 as well, really saved me big bucks esp. for cheapo cans.  biggrin.gif

post #525 of 8034
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post

ahahahahaha same here. popcorn.gif

 

 

Cools that you'll are getting your sets so quick, can't wait to hear more initial impressions. 

Oh I am going to just try and mod the pleather pads with some fluffy socks 1st to improve comfort like this.....

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/grado-diy-project-starving-student-audiophile-gives-new-meaning-music-page-2

http://www.head-fi.org/t/560806/sr60-mod-part-ii/1335

 

It did wonders for my cheapo superlux HD 668B/ 681F, no more sweaty ears and more comfy. SOCK IT BABY!!!

If may be, the velours are my last desperate option cuz I am a slickdealer cough... cheap... cough. heeeeeee.   

Thanks for posting the sock mod link. I'm going to try it out as soon as I'm done with work. If it works out you just saved me 25 bucks (will return or sell the unused velour pads).

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