Originally Posted by Doc-holliday
Yea the FX40 only go on my list with the comply tips. They take the edge off of those highs. I thought the burn in process did help wtih this though I am not a huge promoter of the whole burn in idea usually. I'll add the panasonics to my list of iems to get my hands on.
Thought I'd give my S500's a rest for a bit (tough to do lol!) and try the memory foam tips on the FX40 as per your suggestion before giving up on them. Wow, what a difference! You are absolutely right that they take the edge off of the highs. They now seem to sound incredibly good! Very full, even sound. Great mids. And quite a good kick to the bass, yet the bass is still very tight. In comparison, I am now not feeling the love as much for the HJE355 - they now seem more treble happy (and insipid everywhere else). In fact, the FX40 now sounds kind of like the S500, but in my ears. Unreal. I guess this is the carbon nanotube effect. I can understand how changing pads on a headphone can change the sound significantly, but I find it amazing that changing the tips on an iem can make such a difference. Anyway, I am quickly becoming a jvc carbon nanotube believer. I suppose I will now have to start looking into the higher end jvc iems. Sigh!
I think I might make a section for phones that need mods to really be overachievers like the KSC75, the Fostex stozzer mentioned, and technically if an iem or a set of cans need new pads or tips to than what they come with, I would consider that a mod in itself. For example the JVC S500 only really shine with the HD25 pleather pads or for some people the AT pleather pads.
Good idea! I was already a believer in mods due to the ksc75's. When I had them on the clips, they didn't do much for me. But once I got them closer to the ears and did the driver cover mods... sweet - they still put a smile on my face due to their wonderful mids. I'm waiting for the AT pleather pads for the S500 - should be interesting. I may consider the HD25 pleathers also due to your opinions. I am really loving the overall SQ of the S500 with the stock pads, but if some of these pads can get the mids a bit more forward, that would work very well for me.
Anyway, thanks again for your suggestions!