Originally Posted by WAYNENUMM
I find that I can listen to the s500 with ath pleathers for as long as I like. The only discomfort I get is if my eye-glass arms are between my ear and head, but then I just raise the arms a bit higher, and I'm good to go.
I haven't had enough experience with headphones (folding or non-folding) to comment on the durability. They seem pretty durable for home use though (I can't see breaking mine unless I sit on them or something). The cable is really nice and thick and seems quite durable.
If you do get the s500 and end up wanting to sell it, I'm sure that somebody on head-fi would buy them from you to spare themselves the hassle of buying through ebay. I think there is (and will continue to be) some demand for these phones. Heck, some people are wanting two pairs just so that they can go nuts modifying one of them lol.
Hmm... the resell value does indeed seem to be quite good for these. I guess vsls would be one of the first in line for them
Originally Posted by Doc-holliday
Ya he has got a point on the S500. You could prolly easily make your money back trading or selling them back if you don't like them.
Honestly they are for sure brighter than the uptown which is a more laid back high end. The bass is a bit loose on the uptown as well which is prolly what you don't like. Comfort wise, the S500 are harder to get a good position on your head to achieve a good seal. They don't particularly clamp hard or anything.
I have taken the S500 apart in just about every piece you can disassemble them into . they are pretty durable. You don't want to sit or stand on them but they should be fine folded up in your bag as an example.
Easy to take apart. If, heaven forbid, you even yanked out one of the cables, they are super easy to fix. In fact if you aren't into soldering and all that, you could send them my way and I wouldn't mind doing it for ya real quick for free.
To me, I am thinking you are looking for a more mid-centric
headphone than either one. Maybe there are other great deals out there you could try like maybe one of JVC's flagship models or those new iems for real cheap.
I'm not sure I would say "mid-centric". In general I would consider myself an "audiophile basshead" (stole the term from somewhere, because it fits so well), which is why I also got my friend to get me the sony XB90EX :). Currently I'm also breaking in the MH1Cs and I must say I do like their signature. Which I think is more V-shaped than mid-centric? Don't know if this is right. I'm still trying to get my head around the different stuff and lingo one has to understand in this forum. Up until now I knew "i like it" and "i don't like it" .
Also thanks for the soldering offer but I work as an embedded system engineer and I'm lucky to have a rather good soldering lab at my workplace
Thank you both for your input! This is why I like it here so much: people trying to help one another in finding the right stuff!
[EDIT] Just asked my friend if I could add an item more to the list. If she says yes, I'll get the S500. The price is just to good not to try them. @WAYNENUMM Do you have some links for these alternative pads you were talking about?
Edited by kwerdenker - 11/5/12 at 3:47pm