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Ya Lets all flame on DOC. He needs a good flamin!

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Lol guys... yes wayneumm you can flame me just for the hell of it if u want..... im ready:

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Just a heads up. I saw the the S400's for $18.10 shipped. http://www.costpi.com/collections/headphones/products/dhhas400b

Not really familiar with Costpi but I ordered one so I will be the guinea pig. Hard to resist at that price.

post #529 of 1441
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Hey bud I know what you mean. For some reason everyone is agreeing that the S500 is "balanced" with those AT pads on them.... I have just shut up about it, I am not going to argue with other people's perception but having owned several pro sets that are known as being balanced (a similar term for neutral which is what is misleading you) the S500 is FAR from neutral.
You would be happier with the S500 overall. It is a very FUN sounding headphone IMO. I don't care how many hours you burn it in. It is just a great sounding v or u shaped headphone way above it's "income status bracket".
I agree with just about everyone that those AT leather pads are very nice in a lot of ways but they still don't bring the S500 anywhere near neutral. Mids are still aback with bass emphasis present albeit less emphasis.
That being said the S400 is certainly a good buy for the money. But it is for sure more laid back than the S500 and less exciting in the highs.
Guys that don't agree, fine.... flame on.

Do you think that the +$17 is a fare price to pay for that difference in sound? Also I'm afraid for JVC's prices in EU, since they launched s400 at 40EU=$52 I can't imagine what will be for S500. Of course I don't exclude the buyfromjapan @ eBay

post #530 of 1441
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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post

Just a heads up. I saw the the S400's for $18.10 shipped. http://www.costpi.com/collections/headphones/products/dhhas400b

Not really familiar with Costpi but I ordered one so I will be the guinea pig. Hard to resist at that price.

Seems like a legit site, my god that's cheap shipped!!! LoL

 

http://www.resellerratings.com/store/CostPi

 

@vsls

 

LoL, I was thinking about buying those Superluxes 661s for the longest time as well, but I read that the wing headbands has some comfort issues and that they are more balanced in sound, unlike the HD668B that is a little bit more bass centric. So that means their sound is not gonna be as "fun" if you listen to more modern types of music.  Which is a deal killer for me cuz I listen to lots of hip hop. Then I held off buying headphones for a while and the S500s came along and there you go end of my desire to buy those 661s whatsoever. ha

 

For me personally I would buy the JVC S400s over 661s, even though Superlux makes solid headphones at great prices I am still not a converted fan after I got their 681Fs and the 668Bs.

 

BUT the 661 seems to be over-ears, while these S400s are on-ears, not sure if this is a big deal or not just saying...............

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Originally Posted by vsls View Post

Do you think that the +$17 is a fare price to pay for that difference in sound? Also I'm afraid for JVC's prices in EU, since they launched s400 at 40EU=$52 I can't imagine what will be for S500. Of course I don't exclude the buyfromjapan @ eBay

I really do bud. Over a period of weeks, months, years... you are going to get that extra $17 worth of enjoyment out of those many times over. The extra few bucks for the AT pleather pads are worth it too. Even just the comfort improvement is worth it.

Also, I have already said I won't even listen to those s400's without those AT pads whereas it seems that with the S500 people have a lot more success trying different things they like with them. So that also gives you more flexibility down the road if you want to try a different sound by choosing the S500
post #532 of 1441

Hey doc weren't you waiting for a crazy stupid cheap deal on these S400s looks like jant71 found it for you. Now it's time to see "how low can you go" haha..............as in prices for these CNTs.

post #533 of 1441
naw u got the wrong doc there..... i got my 2 pairs of s400 from that place that got them in nebraska when they first showed up in the states... just to think if I would have waited I could have bought myself a coffee (or at least a downpayment on one at $tarbucks)
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@sfwalcer
I had the same thoughts about the comfort of 661s since almost everyone was complaining about that wing system and the pads. Also the 661s are now the most expensive choice from Superlux, still cheap but not as low as almost half priced 681s. Since I listen to 0% of electronic/dance music I didn't care that much for that issue of the sound. Since I'm gonna use them indoors I don't really mind if they are over or on ear I just need a descent/good isolation for "home" noises. I don't want to transform the thread into Superlux comparison but I think that both are fighting at the same field. Or not? :)

 

@Doc

Of course $17 is not such big a deal and I don't really want to start modding s400 just to achieve a better sound. A pair of pads for a couple bucks is not an issue but I need a ready to wear HPs with no experiments of any kind hehe. I prefer the flexibility and the options to change a bit the sound signature but without "transplants" or filters etc. Of course my initial budget for a pair of HP was around $45 and now I'm heading towards $70 so I always have second thoughts! Audiophiles with extremely limited budget is a bad combination


Edited by vsls - 10/24/12 at 3:38pm
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@sfwalcer
I had the same thoughts about the comfort of 661s since almost everyone was complaining about that wing system and the pads. Also the 661s are now the most expensive choice from Superlux, still cheap but not as low as almost half priced 681s. Since I listen to 0% of electronic/dance music I didn't care that much for that issue of the sound. Since I'm gonna use them indoors I don't really mind if they are over or on ear I just need a descent/good isolation for "home" noises. I don't want to transform the thread into Superlux comparison but I think that both are fighting at the same field. Or not? :)

 

@Doc

Of course $17 is not such big a deal and I don't really want to start modding s400 just to achieve a better sound. A pair of pads for a couple bucks is not an issue but I need a ready to wear HPs with no experiments of any kind hehe. I prefer the flexibility and the options to change a bit the sound signature but without "transplants" or filters etc. Of course my initial budget for a pair of HP was around $45 and now I'm heading towards $70 so I always have second thoughts! Audiophiles with extremely limited budget is a bad combination

Well you already answered your own question and picked which headphone you want then. For me comfort is most important factor in a headphone, and these S400s are light as a feather and is really comfy. The only down side to them are the stock pads, which tbh is not really as bad as people make then out to be. They are dirt cheap in price, comfortable, has really good sound, AND improves in sound quality with a simple pad change as people on this thread have tried. Unlike the superluxes, you can basically sound tune these S400s to your liking with just new pads and the paper towel stuffing mod which takes seconds and is completely reversible. 

 

Since you already know that the 661s are not that comfy, not as portable, more expensive and probably is similar or not as good sounding as the S400s. Therefore overall these S400s seems like a better/ smarter choice esp. due to it being more versatile. So at least foe me the S400 is a no brainer pick over the 661s.

 

Oh I remember someone else also asked me about these S400s when compared to the superluxes as well, I think it was henry, maybe he can chime in on this matter. haha

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sfwalcer you are right,

 

I'm just trying to persuade myself that this is the right choice, since I've searched for about a month and now I must make a last second change! Also the price is exactly the same.

 

I was just wondering if a "flagship" model from Superlux is better than an entry-level from JVC. Of course the two companies cannot be compared by no means not the different technology of the HP

I am ready to sacrifice portability, build quality and a bit of comfort for a better SQ but since s400 is overall better probably there's no such question.

 

If the price in EU was $25 I wouldn't even ask, but here is the double so I think it makes sense!


Edited by vsls - 10/24/12 at 7:03pm
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sfwalcer you are right,

 

I'm just trying to persuade myself that this is the right choice, since I've searched for about a month and now I must make a last second change! Also the price is exactly the same.

 

I was just wondering if a "flagship" model from Superlux is better than an entry-level from JVC. Of course the two companies cannot be compared by no means not the different technology of the HP

I am ready to sacrifice portability, build quality and a bit of comfort for a better SQ but since s400 is overall better probably there's no such question.

 

If the price in EU was $25 I wouldn't even ask, but here is the double so I think it makes sense!


Yeah vsls do what you gotta do. Hope you are happy with your final purchase at the end. beerchug.gif

post #538 of 1441
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post

Well you already answered your own question and picked which headphone you want then. For me comfort is most important factor in a headphone, and these S400s are light as a feather and is really comfy. The only down side to them are the stock pads, which tbh is not really as bad as people make then out to be. They are dirt cheap in price, comfortable, has really good sound, AND improves in sound quality with a simple pad change as people on this thread have tried. Unlike the superluxes, you can basically sound tune these S400s to your liking with just new pads and the paper towel stuffing mod which takes seconds and is completely reversible. 

 

Since you already know that the 661s are not that comfy, not as portable, more expensive and probably is similar or not as good sounding as the S400s. Therefore overall these S400s seems like a better/ smarter choice esp. due to it being more versatile. So at least foe me the S400 is a no brainer pick over the 661s.

 

Oh I remember someone else also asked me about these S400s when compared to the superluxes as well, I think it was henry, maybe he can chime in on this matter. haha


..I think that was me sfw...I have absolutely pounded the ha-s400 probably to the point of stressing or damaging the drivers with heavy drum/bass as per DS when we were talking about the fx-40...I couldn't be more thrilled with these "as is" (stock everything)...I really think pounding these into submission really made a difference...they really knock my socks off and this is only direct from my Sansa Clip+ with no amplification...everything has really come into focus and smoothed out...and oh what mids!!!...yowsah!!!...and yes they are much better than the Superluxes...I really think there is no contest and that's quite a statement coming from me...I am a big Superlux fan...listening to Jason Mraz right now as I'm writing this and what an impact these have on live music...I guess what I am trying to say is that everyone should have a pair of these especially in "white"...I get so many compliments and inquiries when I am out and about with these...I just tell them they were a limited edition and only 100 pairs were manufactured worldwidebiggrin.gif...great headphones but I'm starting to think your mileage may vary in accordance to how you break them in...haven't these gotten jacked up in price already?...I will try the s500...w-h-e-n....it becomes available in whiteL3000.gif....probably never I know...and remember...please don't ever let your mind stop you from having a good time!....

post #539 of 1441
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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post

Just a heads up. I saw the the S400's for $18.10 shipped. http://www.costpi.com/collections/headphones/products/dhhas400b
Not really familiar with Costpi but I ordered one so I will be the guinea pig. Hard to resist at that price.

Thanks for the tip. I took the chance and order one myself.
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Originally Posted by hershey22 View Post


..I think that was me sfw...I have absolutely pounded the ha-s400 probably to the point of stressing or damaging the drivers with heavy drum/bass as per DS when we were talking about the fx-40...I couldn't be more thrilled with these "as is" (stock everything)...I really think pounding these into submission really made a difference...they really knock my socks off and this is only direct from my Sansa Clip+ with no amplification...everything has really come into focus and smoothed out...and oh what mids!!!...yowsah!!!...and yes they are much better than the Superluxes...I really think there is no contest and that's quite a statement coming from me...I am a big Superlux fan...listening to Jason Mraz right now as I'm writing this and what an impact these have on live music...I guess what I am trying to say is that everyone should have a pair of these especially in "white"...I get so many compliments and inquiries when I am out and about with these...I just tell them they were a limited edition and only 100 pairs were manufactured worldwidebiggrin.gif...great headphones but I'm starting to think your mileage may vary in accordance to how you break them in...haven't these gotten jacked up in price already?...I will try the s500...w-h-e-n....it becomes available in whiteL3000.gif....probably never I know...and remember...please don't ever let your mind stop you from having a good time!....

 

haha my bad hershey22, i swear it was henry from my memory. biggrin.gif Well there you go, even this superlux superfan is completely sold on the S400s. I am still pounding the hell outta my S400s as we speak, but they already sound really nice as of now. 

 

Damn chicks must have been all over you cuz of these cheapo white JVCs LoL, and if you have a white iphone to go with these, peps are gonna be drooling.  Good luck waiting for a white version of the S500s, cuz it's gonna be a forever longgggg time. I wish there was a sexy white version of the S500s as well, but for now I just want JVC to release the damn things in the US as they did for the S400s. When I do get a 2nd set of these S500s, I think i am gonna go pad crazy like cute. Pads pads everywhere.  LoL

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