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I use them at the grocery store all the time and they block out the constant chatter of people and the PA system very well.

They are not as isolating as a set of full size headphones or not as open as Porta Pro's.

On the scale of isolation with IEM's having the best isolation with a 90% blockage, these would be in the 65% range with Porta Pro's at 40%.
post #8102 of 8109

Thanks for the response. Isolation seems very nice indeed. Hopefully these guys can keep up the sound and comfort better than my fx40s

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I have a big head and the ear cups cover my ears. When I have them on I can't hear people talking to me. I tend to play my music halfway loud though. For the price I don't think you'll be disappointed. Just make sure you burn them in properly. 

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hello

It has been a long time since ive come here but im mighty suprised to see this thread still going on. I wanted to ask a question as my pads have worn out by now because of sweat and the atmosphere here. So what are the pads that most folks are using with these cans?

Hoping to hear from someone and thanks in advance

marcus

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hello

It has been a long time since ive come here but im mighty suprised to see this thread still going on. I wanted to ask a question as my pads have worn out by now because of sweat and the atmosphere here. So what are the pads that most folks are using with these cans?

Hoping to hear from someone and thanks in advance

marcus

As stated before, get a pair of ATH WS55 pads. They are slightly larger (oval) than stock (more comfortable) but fit perfectly, really soft, cheap, isolate well and semi-easy to get a hold of. I've tried a bunch of different pads (including ESW9a lambskins, which cost more than the headphones themselves!), and the WS55's take the cake hands down!

I got them by contacting my local (Swedish) Audio Technica support.

 

post #8106 of 8109

Hi, I got these (AKG-K518DJ replacement pads) and they fit and feel perfect. I can wear them for hours and hours. 

post #8107 of 8109
thank you for both the sugessions. Ill take a look at ti and buy one of them. most probably the at ones as it would be easier for me to source. Thanks a mill ^^
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I recently purchased an AKG K518 as a replacement to my S500's, because mine are in seriously bad condition. Anyway now that i've listened to both i can easily say that the S500 absolutely demolished the K518 in terms of sound. And comfort. And convenience. And portability. The only thing the AKG's do better is build quality. 

 

S500's sound better in almost every way. The bass is tighter (although admittedly hits less hard), the mids are MUCH clearer and the highs are more detailed and have better extension. I do give soundstage to the AKG's though, the s500's sometimes sound way too closed in and honky. So yeah, if you're looking for an alternative for these that sounds better, well there isn't :D you're stuck with them forever. 

 

Also tried fitting the K518 pads on the S500's. In short: Save you money, keep the stock pads (or if you really want to change get the ws55's pads). With the 518's pads, you lose out on the subbass but get a bit more midbass punch. The sound overall gets darker and the mids take a step or two backwards. However, soundstage is better by a tiny margin. Comfort is kinda the same actually. Ive had the s500's for a long time and the stock pads have gotten so soft its unbelievable. The 518's are harder but don't press against your ears as hard as the stock ones (mainly because they're larger than the stock pads). 

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Been burning these guys in like hell since I got them. Haven't kept track but pretty close to the 100 hour mark and I have to say that HeadFi hype doesn't disappointment yet again! :D 

 

I'll admit that when I first put them on I was frankly disappointed with them. Bass was so boomy that you couldn't hear the mids and highs. In other words, the bass just put a blanket over everything else. After burn-in though, that blanket is pretty much gone and you have extremely tight, punchy bass with lush mids and sparkling highs. Think less harsh Fx40s with more bass! 

 

Though Im curious, has anyone else experienced a headache on the top center of the head, AKA where the headband wraps over? And if you have, is there any way to solve this? 

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