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The JVC HA-S500 thread. - Page 528

post #7906 of 8319
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Originally Posted by ahunatu View Post
 

 

The highs on the S500's are not harsh to me at all. I consider them balanced headphones with a slight emphasis on the bass. I haven't tried any of the other hp in your post. 

 

I would def recommend the S500's for any electronic music their forward presentation and bass emphasis fits well with that type of music. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post
 

+1 Very nice for EDM

 

how are they for hip hop and classic rock?

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Sorry I don't listen to Hip Hop. But I do play some Rammstein, Disturbed, A7X and Opeth on them from time to time. I use these strictly as portable headphone, so through the grocery store with some Infected Mushroom is the usual scenario.

I use my PortaPros at work as the S500's isolate too much and the Boss doesn't like to have to throw things at me to get my attention. biggrin.gif
Edited by TrollDragon - 1/7/14 at 8:03pm
post #7908 of 8319
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

Sorry I don't listen to Hip Hop. But I do play some Rammstein, Disturbed, A7X and Opeth on them from time to time. I use these strictly as portable headphone, so through the grocery store with some Infected Mushroom is the usual scenario.

I use my PortaPros at work as the S500's isolate too much and the Boss doesn't like to have to throw things at me to get my attention. biggrin.gif

 

i listen to some avenged also and have portapros as well. how do the s500's compare to the sound of the portapros?


Edited by dpure - 1/7/14 at 8:49pm
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Originally Posted by dpure View Post
 

 

i like to some avenged also and have portapros as well. how do the s500's compare to the sound of the portapros?

 

waynyes world sums up the Porta Pro / S500 comparison nicely.

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Originally Posted by waynes world View Post
 

 

I had the Porta Pro's for a few weeks. I enjoyed the warm signature. The only problem I had with them when on the headband was that the bass could get congested/bloated, and the treble seemed to fall off quickly. I tried them on the ksc75 earclips, and liked that quite a bit (I suppose that would essentially be the same as the ksc35). Even though the bass still could get bloated at times, it was a nice sound, although I didn't find is super-detailed. I ended up getting the Senn PX100-II which has a similar signature (the bass is still there, but better controlled and more details). My go-to phone before getting the S500 though was my ksc75 on headband - they sound great to me - very nice, detailed and forward mids.

 

The S500 is a different beast altogether. Strong bass (and sub-bass), but very well controlled. As are the mids and the highs - everything is well controlled with lots of detail (and this is with maybe only 50 hours of burn in). The thing that strikes me about them compared to my ksc75's or px100-ii's is (a) the sub-bass and (b) a certain depth to the sound - kind of a 3D-like quality. I liken my ksc75's to watching a great high def HDTV in 2D, and the S500 to watching it in 3D. Kinda goofy analogy, but heh.

 

I am getting the ATH leathers to try out for a bit more comfort and because they might make the mids a bit more forward. But no, you don't need different pads - the stock pads sound great and are comfortable enough.

 

Edit: I did get the ATH leathers (pleathers, whatevers!) onto the S500. I have only listened to this combo for half a day now, but based on the change in sound, I have to revise my above statement to the following: The S500 + ATH leathers is amazing. If you think that maybe you could get a bit more out of your S500's, or that the bass is a bit much, or that you wish the mids were a bit more forward, then just do it: get the ATH leathers.

 

People are really impressed when I let them listen to the Porta Pro's. They say "Wow there is so much sound from such a little headphone!", then I pass them the S500 and the first thing out of their mouth is "Where can I get these!" :D   

post #7910 of 8319
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post
 

 

waynyes world sums up the Porta Pro / S500 comparison nicely.

 

People are really impressed when I let them listen to the Porta Pro's. They say "Wow there is so much sound from such a little headphone!", then I pass them the S500 and the first thing out of their mouth is "Where can I get these!" :D   

 

sounds like a big difference. i've owned my porta pros for years but they never quite did it for me.

post #7911 of 8319
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Originally Posted by dpure View Post
 

 

 

 

how are they for hip hop and classic rock?

They're very good for hip hop as well. Classic rock I can see a more neutral or mid focused headphone sounding better but to me they're a jack of all trades. 

post #7912 of 8319
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Originally Posted by ahunatu View Post
 

They're very good for hip hop as well. Classic rock I can see a more neutral or mid focused headphone sounding better but to me they're a jack of all trades. 

thanks for the input. i will probably give them a try.

post #7913 of 8319
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Originally Posted by Lifted Andreas View Post
 

 

Well I'm in the UK and I paid £7 for mine I think.

I have no idea why, My country Audio technica cant be contact through phone and email... So which alternate country should i try? :/

post #7914 of 8319
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

+1 Very nice for EDM

+2!

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Originally Posted by Whaleshark12 View Post

I have no idea why, My country Audio technica cant be contact through phone and email... So which alternate country should i try? :/

You can try AT service UK, I'm pretty sure they can ship international.
post #7915 of 8319
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Originally Posted by Lifted Andreas View Post


+2!
You can try AT service UK, I'm pretty sure they can ship international.

But shipping would probably cost more than the pad itself right? :(

post #7916 of 8319
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Originally Posted by kong View Post
 


This. Or use a Japanese forwarding service like Tenso. The total cost could be lower than eBay's if the headphone is on sale on amazon.co.jp


So basically if I understood correctly, even though Amazon (or some other sites) does not ship to Serbia, Tenso works like a "middle man" and makes shipping possible to my country?

post #7917 of 8319
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Originally Posted by Whaleshark12 View Post
 

But shipping would probably cost more than the pad itself right? :(

 

Dont know.

 

You have to find out by calling them!

 

 

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Originally Posted by TokyoSun View Post
 


So basically if I understood correctly, even though Amazon (or some other sites) does not ship to Serbia, Tenso works like a "middle man" and makes shipping possible to my country?

 

Yes that is correct, there are a few "middlemen" out there for hire. ;)

post #7918 of 8319
Yet another update on my HA-S500's.

I have burnt them in for several hundred hours and the bass bloom and mid-fi-ness has diminished but it is still there.
Deep bass still there and appealing. Perhaps this is a cheap basshead can, but I have little experience with basshead phones so I may be mistaken.

A very close, on top of the drum kit, sound-stage presentation. But you cannot point to the instruments, just that they are 'somewhere over there'. The sound and detail of the instrument blobs is very good, however. Not a lot of high-end sparkle.

The sound-stage has tightened up but the diffuseness of instruments is still there when compared to a CAL, SuperLux, KSC-75 or Takstar Pro80.

These are, however, VERY good cans if you want to upgrade someone from their mid-fi setup.

A good first step into good sound as they retain the bass bloom so commonly thought of as 'good sound' by low-fi and mid-fi fans. A good portable, over-ear can for smartphone listening on the go. Not as good as anything else I have, but not terrible.

To repeat myself, they need a long burn-in. 200+ hours easily. Perhaps that nano-coating. The titanium-coated KSC-75's burnt-in with only a few hours.

I won't be selling mine, will use them occasionally when I don't want to have IEM as I travel.

The HA-S500's have their place in a collection.
post #7919 of 8319
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Originally Posted by TokyoSun View Post
 


So basically if I understood correctly, even though Amazon (or some other sites) does not ship to Serbia, Tenso works like a "middle man" and makes shipping possible to my country?

This seller will ship to Serbia...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/JVC-Kenwood-HA-S500-JVC-Stereo-Headphones-Brand-New-Genuine-Shipment-from-Japan-/161183257086

 

This is the seller I bought mine from, he will ship to Serbia as well.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Victor-JVC-HA-S500-B-Black-Carbon-Nanotube-Stereo-Headphones-/360829474176

:beerchug: 


Edited by TrollDragon - 1/8/14 at 1:28pm
post #7920 of 8319
I found a good use for my S500's.

I am listening to some old Punk/Surf Rock. Agent Orange's Living in Darkness, Los Saicos, etc. The highs will drill a hole in my head when on mp3.

I use the JVC as a filter, it peels off the burn and adds the bass that is certainly not there on the tape.
Edited by marone - 1/13/14 at 7:20pm
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