I was just ready to go for the JVC, and now comes this! In EU there is a low price from the German Amazon and it is the same as JVC from Japan. If we add the pads cost then s500 is more expensive. Now I'm confused again Do you think that for the same price ($75) the Philips are still better?
I think, since this is going to be your main headphone, that you would be happier with the philips overall. If you can get them for that price yes it is worth it. The S500 is a great portable too so it kind of depends on what you are looking for. The S500 can be folded up and stored while the Uptowns have much better build quality and comfort in a semi-full-sized package.
The Mammoth JVC RX700s are really exceptional for their 30.00 price tag. The sound is very detailed and balanced IMO. I would pay 100.00 and still feel I got a great deal on them. Beats everything else I own including the Panasonic Htf 600s,Portapros and the KSC75s. The build quality is very sturdy beyond their asking price. They truly are a super value. The Koss Ksc75s are amazing in their own right and to ask for 15 dollars or less for that level of sound is crazy. The Portapros and the Htf600s sound too veiled for my liking and are not worth it. The monoprice 8320s are excellent with great clarity and with the tape mod, some really satisfying bass. Seven dollars for them are an absolute steal.
That is actually IMO a very nice looking headphone. Seems like they are built quite well. You think the SQ is really that good huh?