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The PortaPros can't even compare to these.  First time I heard them from a friend I immediately don't like it. It sounds 'wrong'.

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Do the kramer mods on the portapro/sportapro divers and slap them on a parts express headband (less clamping force), and they sound rather awesome imo.
Edited by waynes world - 10/21/13 at 12:50pm
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I am noticing decreasing bass with continual break-in.  I have also noticed that the S500s get more comfortable the more you wear them...the clamping force is gradually dropping, which is obviously contributing to the reduction in bass.

 

I found these cans horribly dark right out of the box, so I welcome this bass reduction (and obviously the comfort improvement), as it brings the sound signature ever closer to neutral (IMO).


Edited by Darknecron - 10/21/13 at 1:07pm
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AKG 518DJ Pads, dont improve the SQ?

post #7565 of 8107
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AKG 518DJ Pads, dont improve the SQ?
I gave mine to my oldest son a few months ago, so I can't test the pads out to see if there's a sq difference.
post #7566 of 8107
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Originally Posted by Darknecron View Post
 

I am noticing decreasing bass with continual break-in.  I have also noticed that the S500s get more comfortable the more you wear them...the clamping force is gradually dropping, which is obviously contributing to the reduction in bass.

 

I found these cans horribly dark right out of the box, so I welcome this bass reduction (and obviously the comfort improvement), as it brings the sound signature ever closer to neutral (IMO).

I experienced the exact same thing while burning mine in. The bass was head-shaking at first, but now it's just plentiful. I'm not sure if that's because of the burn in or the loosening of the headband. Who am I kidding? It's probably both.

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I'll add a quick perspective of an older user.  I haven't had good headphones in decades, and based on reviews, I thought these would be an inexpensive choice to pair with an old JVC micro system that I have temporarily connected to an iMac. When they first arrived I tried listening through them right out of the box to a Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" CD.  There was some bass on the first track that at a moderate volume made my head feel like it was jammed into a huge bass drum that was tuned to the resonance frequency of my skull.  I almost returned the phones then and there, but having read this thread, I found a white/pink/brown noise recording on youtube that I ran through the 500s for about 8 hours a day. It took at least 40 hours for the bass to resolve somewhat, but the mids and highs still sounded "rough".  I then started playing and looping a variety of CDs (mostly classical and jazz) and internet radio. After another 40 or so more hours of break-in, everything had smoothed out and resolved wonderfully, and I began listening through and really enjoying these phones. When I get a new dac/amp (any day now) I'll soon be looking for a pair of non-portable open headphones, but I plan on keeping the JVC's.  They are great for the price, and have already afforded me many hours of pleasurable listening. Just note that as other people on this thread have pointed out, a substantial break-in period is mandatory. (PS - I'm listening to "Kind of Blue" as I write this review.) (PPS - i rarely listened to them during the break in period; they were mainly sitting on my desk, so I don't think that the reduction in bass can be attributed to the loosening headband alone.)


Edited by ed45 - 10/22/13 at 2:01am
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I experienced the exact same thing while burning mine in. The bass was head-shaking at first, but now it's just plentiful. I'm not sure if that's because of the burn in or the loosening of the headband. Who am I kidding? It's probably both.

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Originally Posted by Darknecron View Post

I am noticing decreasing bass with continual break-in.  I have also noticed that the S500s get more comfortable the more you wear them...the clamping force is gradually dropping, which is obviously contributing to the reduction in bass.

I found these cans horribly dark right out of the box, so I welcome this bass reduction (and obviously the comfort improvement), as it brings the sound signature ever closer to neutral (IMO).
I had the same impressions at first, I thought these will be my go-to basshead cans. But now that i have more than 150+ hours on them, there is definitely much less bass and the comfort got much better. You guys may find this good but I don't, I need moar bass wink.gif
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I had the same impressions at first, I thought these will be my go-to basshead cans. But now that i have more than 150+ hours on them, there is definitely much less bass and the comfort got much better. You guys may find this good but I don't, I need moar bass wink.gif

They do respond wonderfully to EQ tho! I hooked them up to my Arrow 3G yesterday. With the bass setting on II I almost blew my head off (and I AM a bass-head)!

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They do respond wonderfully to EQ tho! I hooked them up to my Arrow 3G yesterday. With the bass setting on II I almost blew my head off (and I AM a bass-head)!
Hello fellow basshead beerchug.gif

I also use EQ occasionally when a bass heavy song pops up. In fact I am listening to some Hardstyle with the bass boosted up right now, and it is awesome biggrin.gif
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I dont know what a bass-head is. I know for a fact that I hate to listen to people music Boom Boom that can shake the doors and rattle the windows.  But I appreciate the stand-out lows note in the music.

 

I best describe it as "warm-natural".  This headphone does exactly that.

 

I know for a certain that whenever I see or hear people car do that Boom Boom...I want to kick them in the face. Neither does my house stereos have that much Boom Boom.

 

I have to say the best thing in music is about the Lows (Bass-Drums of different kinds.) Also in music industry to Re-produce the correct "Warm-Neutral" Bass...is almost impossible.  Because it will most likely be artificial, too tight, or distorded or Muddy.  It is always easier to make speakers more responsive to Mids and Highs than Bass+High...and almost impossible for Bass+Mids+Highs.

 

I do truly hear "warm-neutral" Lows from this headset.  To me, it is almost Perfect

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I dont know what a bass-head is. I know for a fact that I hate to listen to people music Boom Boom that can shake the doors and rattle the windows.  But I appreciate the stand-out lows note in the music.

I best describe it as "warm-natural".  This headphone does exactly that.

I know for a certain that whenever I see or hear people car do that Boom Boom...I want to kick them in the face. Neither does my house stereos have that much Boom Boom.

I have to say the best thing in music is about the Lows (Bass-Drums of different kinds.) Also in music industry to Re-produce the correct "Warm-Neutral" Bass...is almost impossible.  Because it will most likely be artificial, too tight, or distorded or Muddy.  It is always easier to make speakers more responsive to Mids and Highs than Bass+High...and almost impossible for Bass+Mids+Highs.

I do truly hear "warm-neutral" Lows from this headset.  To me, it is almost Perfect

Boom boom is good good.
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Boom boom is good good.
+10 All I wanna do is a Zoom Zoom Zoom with da Boom Boom! biggrin.gif
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+10 All I wanna do is a Zoom Zoom Zoom with da Boom Boom! biggrin.gif
That's the spirit! L3000.gif
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That's the spirit! L3000.gif

Way to welcome the new dude guys! But seriously, I love the potential these pack! Even though I call myself a bass-head I do require clarity in separation in my bass! Check my sig! That's the kind of bass I'm into when I'm in serious mode. However, when I'm feeling naughty, I want gear that is able to go BOOM-BOOM-WUB-WUB-ZOOOOOOOoooooooooo..........._______!!! The 500's unEQ'd are fairly neutral, on the warmish side. But the CNT drivers can take a beating like no other!

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