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post #106 of 1393

I can only listen to these with the AKG's or the AT pleathers after hearing everything else. They've spoiled me. According to Ghostfit burn-in will not transform these, only fine tune the signature.

 

If it's more bass you're after, then the AKG's are the ticket. That's what I use mostly. The AKG's will also give a more spacious open sound due to its loose fit.

 

These cans are incredibly sensitive to slight changes in pads. I wonder if the ebay AKG's are identical to the K81DJ's I have.


Edited by lmswjm - 9/29/12 at 4:55pm
post #107 of 1393

I have the HD25 velours on the S400 and ATH pleathers on the S500.  The S400's are more bassy now but I'm lovin' the comfort.  I really do like the ATH pleathers on the S500's and the comfort is not bad.  I think I'll stick with this for the time being.  I am curious about the AKG pads but I don't want anymore pleather pads.  I think finding real leather pads would be ideal for these or I might just grab another pair of HD25 velours.  Either way, the S400's are fantastic are keepers also.  Tired of pad switching.  tongue_smile.gif

post #108 of 1393
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Originally Posted by lmswjm View Post

I can only listen to these with the AKG's or the AT pleathers after hearing everything else. They've spoiled me. According to Ghostfit burn-in will not transform these, only fine tune the signature.

 

If it's more bass you're after, then the AKG's are the ticket. That's what I use mostly. The AKG's will also give a more spacious open sound due to its loose fit.

 

These cans are incredibly sensitive to slight changes in pads. I wonder if the ebay AKG's are identical to the K81DJ's I have.

 

Exactly how bassy would you say this combo is, I already have the AKG K518 DJ (aka K81) headphones? I optimally prefer slightly north of ATH-M50 or V-Moda M80 bass quantities, well similar to Ultrasone Pro900 and Q40 which measures about 8~9dB bass boost versus ~5dB M50/M80 or ~15dB Sony XB so quite there in-between.

 

Sounds like S400 + AKG pads would be the best for me rather than S500. I prefer 8~9dB so significant bass bump with neutral to slightly forward sounding mids and neutral highs (slightly warm sound signature but not too much so, I can tolerate too warm better than too cold/bright sounding though).


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 10/1/12 at 4:13pm
post #109 of 1393

Dare lord this thread is about to explode.  The flood gates are almost completely open, these S400s are now on pre-order in the states for lots of online retail stores around $25-$35.  And peps are hungry and is ready for a crazy feeding frenzy. very_evil_smiley.gif

post #110 of 1393
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post

Dare lord this thread is about to explode.  The flood gates are almost completely open, these S400s are now on pre-order in the states for lots of online retail stores around $25-$35.  And peps are hungry and is ready for a crazy feeding frenzy. very_evil_smiley.gif

 

Ya lucky americans, not available in europe yet.

post #111 of 1393
post #112 of 1393
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

 

Exactly how bassy would you say this combo is, I already have the AKG K518 DJ (aka K81) headphones? I optimally prefer slightly north of ATH-M50 or V-Moda M80 bass quantities, well similar to Ultrasone Pro900 and Q40 which measures about 8~9dB bass boost versus ~5dB M50/M80 or ~15dB Sony XB so quite there in-between.

 

Sounds like S400 + AKG pads would be the best for me rather than S500. I prefer 8~9dB so significant bass bump with neutral to slightly forward sounding mids and neutral highs (slightly warm sound signature but not too much so, I can tolerate too warm better than too cold/bright sounding though).

 I can only directly compare to the M50. The M80 has been gone a while and mostly forgotten.

 

There is more bass quantity and impact on the S400/K81 pad combo. The other frequencies are also more neutral than the M50 which is a good thing. That said, I wound not describe them as being warm at all, they sound just right to me.

 They look the same to me. The one is mislabeled as 40 mm.

post #113 of 1393

I found the M50's to be very distant sounding... How is that with the S400? I prefer a 'in your face up front' sound, preferably fun and engaging.

post #114 of 1393

My M50's are less than a year old. For whatever reason, I don't find them distant sounding. The S400 isn't much different from the M50 in that regard other than the differences I mentioned in FR.

post #115 of 1393
I am in the states and havent seen them yet.
Can you tell me where are those pre-order sites?
I only see Amazon has them.
thanks
post #116 of 1393
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Originally Posted by lmswjm View Post

My M50's are less than a year old. For whatever reason, I don't find them distant sounding. The S400 isn't much different from the M50 in that regard other than the differences I mentioned in FR.

 

Agreed, M50 was an intimate engaging experience and definitely not distant sounding, anything more "forward" and it would be impossible to process any decent soundstage. Actually I like this kind of presentation but optimally with a bit more expansive soundstage than M50 at least, Denon HP700 does excellent job with this with a forward/engaging/intimate presentation but with a reasonable expanded soundstage for a closed headphone. But yea I hate "distant" or laid-back sounding headphones (but I don't like bright headphones either, I don't mind forward midrange but don't like emphasized highs) as I want to be immersed with the music which to me personally is coming from a both a bit boosted bass range for increase of immersion with the "thumps" as well as a forward midrange for that intimate "feels like the singer stands next to you"-presentation.

 

How would you compare M50 vs S400 in highs? My interpretion of M50 is on the border of becoming bright headphone, it can have some sibilance due to a spike there somewhere around 8~10kHz range but otherwise it's on a fairly neutral level, I personally would optimally want a more even highs range compared to M50, the Q40 have very nice highs for me, like M50 but without the spike so overall Q40 feels very neutral in the highs, just hasn't got the best extension and rolls off at like ~15kHz so it lacks some of that "airiness" of open or highend headphones but to me that's not such an important aspect.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 10/2/12 at 6:31am
post #117 of 1393
post #118 of 1393

They are both the same headphone, JVC HA-S400-W (white)

The first one is a listing for sellers in Japan.

The second listing is if for Amazon selling the headphones themselves, when they stock the HA-S400 themselves, in one to three months.

post #119 of 1393
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They are both the same headphone, JVC HA-S400-W (white)

The first one is a listing for sellers in Japan.

The second listing is if for Amazon selling the headphones themselves, when they stock the HA-S400 themselves, in one to three months.

 

Yes that sucks I was ready to purchase but not want to wait another month so may have to pay that extra shipping for japan import

post #120 of 1393
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post

Dare lord this thread is about to explode.  The flood gates are almost completely open, these S400s are now on pre-order in the states for lots of online retail stores around $25-$35.  And peps are hungry and is ready for a crazy feeding frenzy. very_evil_smiley.gif

 

What stores have them for pre-order if you don't mind?

 

I see the Amazon Pre-Order for $35 right now: http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAS400W-Nanotube-Headband-Headphones/dp/B008P8EXJI

 

 

EDIT:  Found the MacMall Link for $25 from the HA500 Thread:  http://www.macmall.com/p/JVC-Head-Phones/product~dpno~9302956~pdp.hhjjifh  Though have to wait until they are stock if you want the free shipping.

 

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Edited by BloodyPenguin - 10/2/12 at 7:34am
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