As they come. (With stock pads) they are clearly incomplete design/idea.
With a proper pad they become better. The Sound Science section of this site considers a pad change a Lvl 1 mod that has clear effects of headphone sound sigs.
It's true with these.
However, as I have and will always say these are bass first
They are being re-marketed towards that crowd as they should have from the start.
JVC is very close to clueless when it comes to marketing.
You better love bass.
Have a Hip-Hop heavy library (IMO)
and like your bass LOUD/shaking/Thumping
I don't know about movies since having a driver cage on your ears for 2 hours seems too uncomfortable. Maybe it's the movie theater THX/Dolby SFX booms and bang rumbling that you feel in the theater being replicated in the cans?
1. Increase to add more fullness to lowest frequency instruments like foot, floor tom, and the bass.
2. Reduce to decrease the "boom" of the bass and will increase overtones and the recognition of bass line in the mix. This is most often used on loud bass lines like rock.
1. Increase to add a harder bass sound to lowest frequency instruments.
2. Increase to add fullness to guitars, snare.
3. Increase to add warmth to piano and horns.
4. Reduce to remove boom on guitars & increase clarity.
1. Increase to add fullness to vocals.
2. Increase to add fullness to snare and guitar ( harder sound ).
3. Reduce to decrease muddiness of vocals or mid-range instruments.
4. Reduce to decrease gong sound of cymbals.
1. Increase to add clarity to bass lines especially when speakers are at low volume.
2. Reduce to decrease "cardboard" sound of lower drums (foot and toms).
3. Reduce to decrease ambiance on cymbals.
1. Increase for clarity and "punch" of bass.
2. Reduce to remove "cheap" sound of guitars.
1. Increase for "clarity" and "pluck" of bass.
2. Reduce to remove dullness of guitars.
1. Increase for more "pluck" of bass.
2. Increase for more attack of electric / acoustic guitar.
3. Increase for more attack on low piano parts.
4. Increase for more clarity / hardness on voice.
5. Reduce to increase breathy, soft sound on background vocals.
6. Reduce to disguise out-of-tune vocals / guitars.
1. Increase for vocal presence.
2. Increase low frequency drum attack ( foot / toms).
3. Increase for more "finger sound" on bass.
4. Increase attack of piano, acoustic guitar and brightness on guitars (especially rock guitars).
5. Reduce to make background parts more distant.
6. Reduce to soften "thin" guitar.
1. Increase to add attack on low frequency drums ( more metallic sound ).
2. Increase to add attack to percussion instruments.
3. Increase on dull singer.
4. Increase for more "finger sound" on acoustic bass.
5. Reduce to decrease "s" sound on singers.
6. Increase to add sharpness to synthesizers, rock guitars, acoustic guitar and piano.
1. Increase to brighten vocals.
2. Increase for "light brightness" in acoustic guitar and piano.
3. Increase for hardness on cymbals.
4. Reduce to decrease "s" sound on singers.
1. Increase to brighten vocals (breath sound).
2. Increase to brighten cymbals, string instruments and flutes.
3. Increase to make sampled synthesizer sound more real.
A common solution is to cut out the muddy frequencies: Solo the kick track, set the EQ's Q to 1 and the frequency to about 250 Hz, and cut about 6-8 dB. Then move the frequency knob until the kick has a tighter sound.
Using a ATH-W1000X as a "reference"
And the above eq chart...very simple but very effective..I went back at a simple jazz track being played off the sit down station.
Instruments are few.
Considering the content of the piece...I went to work
The T1 (That is not a realistic challenge clarity wise..I would be wasting my time. The T1 are the best I ever heard at this track and I heard enough titans of the HP world playing this to say that...at least IMO)
The W1000X ( a Top 10 among 27 High end cans (IMO) ) $600ish and raved about and been criticized. It was perfect to target.
Using the eq chart above. Considering the simplicity of the piece and it's being in my head so much because it has been a track I have heard at 3 different places I went at it.
I talk about Hip Hop all the time and forget/ignore the fact that some bought this with aspirations for more. I made the $250 sz200 sound almost identical to the $600ish? W1000X
Straight out curve
I like this guy. He seems to not be full of ****. His review matches what I thought spot on. It's weak points made it approachable but these are in-fact audiophile grade cans. I just mimic-ed them to near identical sound using the dual driver sz. I woulda been surprised if I couldn't.
Give it a shot.
I'll be going back to head slamming Hip Hop now
Edited by Hawaiibadboy - 5/6/14 at 4:50am