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I was lurking over on Amazon's Electronics Gift Guide, and I happened upon these pairs of headphones. They just came out at the beginning of October; there has been some sporadic discussion about them here on Head-fi. They are supposed to have "LiveStage" technology, which is accomplished via two AAA batteries on the S500 or a built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery on the S700. I am doubtful that this is another gimmick. Hopefully not, considering JBL is in the Harmon/AKG family.

 

This CNET review by Steve Guttenberg gave some insights on the S700's: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57606553-47/jbl-synchros-s700-a-bass-lovers-headphone-par-excellence/

 

In addition, these Amazon reviewers seemed impressed by their build quality and sound:

 

S500: http://www.amazon.com/JBL-Synchros-S500-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B00FF9FFVA/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_6

S700: http://www.amazon.com/JBL-Synchros-S700-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B00FF9FI26/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_1

 

Anyone give either the JBL Synchros S300, S500, and S700 an audition yet? Thoughts? 


Edited by Soba - 11/11/13 at 9:24pm
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I bought the white Synchros S500 headphones a couple of months ago when I found them on sale at Fry's Electronics for $97 -- given that the price on Amazon was something on the order of $150 - $180 at the time, I couldn't pass up the deal (I have a developing addiction to picking up new headphones, it seems), and I was pleasantly surprised at the sound, having had experience with JBL previously only with their E40BT wireless model.

 

I still find myself going to the Synchros S500 when I want a bass-heavy sound. I don't think I am a "bass head" given that when I didn't like at all the Sony MDRXB950BT Extra Bass Bluetooth headphones I tested at Best Buy, but when compared to my Sennheiser HD 558 and HD 518 cans, the Synchros S500 definitely to my ear have more bass emphasis, and it's not what I would call "boomy" or bloated as they do not drown out the mids.

 

I especially find that the sound overall sounds "wider" when the "Live Stage" is turned on, and the sound is less congested and the separation better.  Not sure if I am describing that accurately, but most of the time when I turn it on, especially for my EDM, I found the sound noticeably better.

 

I've noted that there are few of the serious enthusiasts on here have even mentioned them, so I am guessing their more refined ears find the SQ on the Synchros S500 to be lacking. :)


Edited by trellus - 12/23/15 at 8:28pm
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I bought the white Synchros S500 headphones a couple of months ago when I found them on sale at Fry's Electronics for $97 -- given that the price on Amazon was something on the order of $150 - $180 at the time, I couldn't pass up the deal (I have a developing addiction to picking up new headphones, it seems), and I was pleasantly surprised at the sound, having had experience with JBL previously only with their E40BT wireless model.

 

I still find myself going to the Synchros S500 when I want a bass-heavy sound. I don't think I am a "bass head" given that when I didn't like at all the Sony MDRXB950BT Extra Bass Bluetooth headphones I tested at Best Buy, but when compared to my Sennheiser HD 558 and HD 518 cans, the Synchros S500 definitely to my ear have more bass emphasis, and it's not what I would call "boomy" or bloated as they do not drown out the mids.

 

I especially find that the sound overall sounds "wider" when the "Live Stage" is turned on, and the sound is less congested and the separation better.  Not sure if I am describing that accurately, but most of the time when I turn it on, especially for my EDM, I found the sound noticeably better.

 

I've noted that there are few of the serious enthusiasts on here have even mentioned them, so I am guessing their more refined ears find the SQ on the Synchros S500 to be lacking. :)

I agree love my S500. Best bass that can be heard clearly.

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Hello I need help I don't know what headphones should I buy I want them to hear music and play video games
Should I choose the dt 770 or the jbl s500?
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Rorschach348, you're not going to find a lot on head-fi about the JBL Synchros S500; I can tell you I enjoy them for music when I want bass-heavy headphones, but I'm not sure about their suitability for gaming.  The cord that comes with it is pretty short as it is really geared for smartphones.

 

I don't know anything at all about the DT-770 headphones, but there seems to be a lot of information on them here at Head-Fi, so I recommend searching the forums for information on them, and a quick perusal of Amazon revealed that there are apparently a number of versions of the DT-770 (250 Ohm, 80 Ohm, 32 Ohm at the least) and they are presumably geared for different uses.  

 

I have some brief experience listening to the DT-990 250 Ohm, as my nephew has those, and those definitely needed an amp, at least from his computer, and I got him a Schiit Magni 2 headphone amp for him to drive those DT-990 250 Ohm cans; I assume the same would be the case for the DT-770 250 Ohm.

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Rorschach348 Yes they'd be perfect for gaming. It has 3 settings to give you natural(off) and (2 on) LIVE surround type sound. These are amazing for what they sell for $50-60 on ebay. Could easily be 200-300. These are open back too. Yep cord is short get a extention at amazon for $6. Get the S500 they take 2 batteries, unlike the S700 which has a built in battery + the S500 measured better in SQ. Another great HOME ONLY would be the Pioneer SE-A 1000. They are big and not portable like the S500, but amazing for Games, Movies, TV and Music.


Edited by actorlife - 1/10/16 at 8:07am
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Actorlife&trellus Thank you i i couldn't buy the Beyerdynamics Or the JBL

Soo i whas thinking in the akg 271 mk2

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Actorlife&trellus Thank you i i couldn't buy the Beyerdynamics Or the JBL

Soo i whas thinking in the akg 271 mk2

What is your budget and are you in the US?

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What is your budget and are you in the US?


Nope im not in the US but i have like 130 dlls for budget

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Nope im not in the US but i have like 130 dlls for budget

You can't beat this price: http://www.ebay.com/itm/JBL-Synchros-S500-Black-Powered-Over-Ear-Stereo-Headphones-iPhone-6-5s-5c-5-4s-/361405408887?hash=item542570e677:g:3p8AAOSw~ZdVgIwh

or http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pioneer-SE-A1000-Stereo-Headphones-/252246786858?hash=item3abb14832a:g:EmQAAOSwZG9WlB3D

Also look in the for sale section in headfi.

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OMG I love you dude

The Pioneer are good headphones?

I will use them for light gaming music and movies what do you think?

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OMG I love you dude

The Pioneer are good headphones?

I will use them for light gaming music and movies what do you think?

Welcome! If I were you I'd get both. :) If it's only for home use I'd choose the Pioneers for TV/Movies/Gaming. Hard to beat the JBL 500's when it comes to music oh man...HEAVEN + Portable. I got both of them and would never sell them cause they are both that good.

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