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post #8116 of 8124

It's fine orkboy, burn them in and compare the old and new one side by side. bring some friends for a blind testing too maybe. whatever your finding is up to you. i'm just trying to present an at-least-objective way to compare burning outcomes. 

post #8117 of 8124
Anyway, I'm still very disappointed with the Adidas pads. I really wish they would sound and feel as good as they look. I think if JVC made blue versions of the stock pads and changed to replaceable cables then these headphones would become my absolute favourite set.
post #8118 of 8124

Wow are these getting cheap or what? I might just have to pick up a spare.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Victor-JVC-HA-S500-Z-Gun-Metallic-Carbon-Nanotube-Stereo-Headphones-/131300048658

post #8119 of 8124
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post
 

Wow are these getting cheap or what? I might just have to pick up a spare.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Victor-JVC-HA-S500-Z-Gun-Metallic-Carbon-Nanotube-Stereo-Headphones-/131300048658

Yeah its probably because a lot of people have moved up to the HA-S680, which is the successor to the S500's. 

post #8120 of 8124

Okay, so I received my second pair of JVC HA-S500 and as promised I will share my experiences regarding burn in.

 

I've had pair A for 5 weeks. I've listened to them for roughly 4 hours every weekday, a lot more on the weekends. I'd estimate I've got at least 150 hours on them.

Pair B arrived two days ago. I marked the old pair "A" and the new pair with a "B" by using a small piece of masking tape on the driver housing, beneath the pads, without covering up any ports (on flat plastic). Both are identical and there is no way of knowing which is which without taking the pads off.


I prepared a simple test, not the most scientific, but I tried. I invited a friend who is also into headphones and I asked my sister to help. We each had a piece of paper and a pen, on which we attempted to write which pair we thought we were listening to. We each had a playlist of songs on our own DAPs (I figured we would be better able to identify differences using a set up we were personally familiar with) I used FLAC files on my Cowon C2, and he used 320kps files on his Ipod Classic. To start we both picked a pair at random (at this point there was no way of telling which was which) and listened to two songs from our playlists. I then asked my sister to take both pairs from us, go into a different room, take the pads off, jot down which one we had each listened to, put the pads back on, and using www.random.org, assign both of us a pair. We could either get a different pair, or the same pair.  We repeated this 10 times. She got very good at taking headphone pads on and off. Finally, after a break, we repeated the process 5 more times, this time listening to the same song every time.

 

To summarize the results for you: We were completely unable to identify which set we were listening to. After thorough discussion, we both agreed they sounded pretty much identical.  I can't help but wonder how different the results would have been if we had been told we were receiving a different pair each time. Would we have forced ourselves to find differences which didn't exist?

 

Granted, this is not a watertight test. By any standards. But is it any less objective than the usual personal accounts of burn in on this forum? "I listened to this set of headphones out of the box for 10 minutes and it sounded X, I then left it playing inside a drawer for 10 weeks straight and when I came back it sounded Y"

 

So there you have it. In this Ork's opinion there is no such thing as burn in. Enjoy your S500s straight out of the box, because they already sound great.


Edited by Orkboy - 10/8/14 at 4:55pm
post #8121 of 8124

I should probably do the same too when my next earphones come in the mail. I've had this habit of letting them play even when I'm not wearing them for the first few days or a week.

 

Though to be perfectly honest, a lot of people take their opinions as facts. There's a few people here who compared new and burnt in headphones reporting night and day differences. So you know guys, YMMV.

post #8122 of 8124
Personally I didn't really notice a difference in my S500s from just listening at typical volumes. It wasn't until I started blastind drum and bass and higher than comfortable levels of volume did they seem to open up. Mine have probably 600 of burn in not including listening time. I use bassdrive if you ate curious. Leave a pair burning in at as high of a volume you think they can take for a week. Then do another comparison. You may get the same results, but I'd be curious to see what you come up with.
post #8123 of 8124
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Originally Posted by Orkboy View Post

Okay, so I received my second pair of JVC HA-S500 and as promised I will share my experiences regarding burn in.

I've had pair A for 5 weeks. I've listened to them for roughly 4 hours every weekday, a lot more on the weekends. I'd estimate I've got at least 150 hours on them.
Pair B arrived two days ago. I marked the old pair "A" and the new pair with a "B" by using a small piece of masking tape on the driver housing, beneath the pads, without covering up any ports (on flat plastic). Both are identical and there is no way of knowing which is which without taking the pads off.


I prepared a simple test, not the most scientific, but I tried. I invited a friend who is also into headphones and I asked my sister to help. We each had a piece of paper and a pen, on which we attempted to write which pair we thought we were listening to. We each had a playlist of songs on our own DAPs (I figured we would be better able to identify differences using a set up we were personally familiar with) I used FLAC files on my Cowon C2, and he used 320kps files on his Ipod Classic. To start we both picked a pair at random (at this point there was no way of telling which was which) and listened to two songs from our playlists. I then asked my sister to take both pairs from us, go into a different room, take the pads off, jot down which one we had each listened to, put the pads back on, and using www.random.org, assign both of us a pair. We could either get a different pair, or the same pair.  We repeated this 10 times. She got very good at taking headphone pads on and off. Finally, after a break, we repeated the process 5 more times, this time listening to the same song every time.

To summarize the results for you: We were completely unable to identify which set we were listening to. After thorough discussion, we both agreed they sounded pretty much identical.  I can't help but wonder how different the results would have been if we had been told we were receiving a different pair each time. Would we have forced ourselves to find differences which didn't exist?

Granted, this is not a watertight test. By any standards. But is it any less objective than the usual personal accounts of burn in on this forum? "I listened to this set of headphones out of the box for 10 minutes and it sounded X, I then left it playing inside a drawer for 10 weeks straight and when I came back it sounded Y"

So there you have it. In this Ork's opinion there is no such thing as burn in. Enjoy your S500s straight out of the box, because they already sound great.
I meant to quote your post. My post was in reply to yours, but can apply to anyone.
post #8124 of 8124

Hi all, 

 

If anyone is interested, I just put an add in the classifieds to trade a Koss PortaPro and Philips SHE-3582 (blue 3580) for a set of JVC HA-S500s.

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