Originally Posted by Painful Chafe
Well, I knew this would happen. I've been mainly an IEM guy. I purposely stayed away from cans because I knew I wouldn't be to control myself. Well, I just ordered a set of K545s and HP50s. If they are substantially better than the S680, I might be putting the JVC's up for sale.
The S680's may have been my gateway drug. Damn you, nanotubes!!!
Nice. I've been considering getting the NAD HP50 to replace the JVCs as a portable can. The JVCs sound pretty great, especially with EQ applied to reduce the bass a bit (IMO, since I'm not much of a basshead), but the NAD HP50 look damn promising, especially considering that they're Tyll Hertsens' (the Jesus Christ of the headphone community) all-time favourite sealed over ear can. He even prefers them to the Denon D5000, a 'phone which I believe retailed for over $1000! What's great is that the HP50 cost just $300 and don't even require an amp. If they're as good as everyone's saying, they must be an insanely great bang-for-your-buck, game-changing 'phone.
But I think my next audio purchase will be a pair of JBL LSR305 active studio monitors, another supposed game-changing product that just hit the market that's apparently a huge bang-for-your-buck and sounds way more expensive than it costs. They're essentially mini versions of JBL's flagship monitors which cost $20,000 per pair but these, thankfully, can be bought for just $300 (or less) a pair. However, many professionals say they sound like they're worth between $1000-$1500.
Most 'phones hurt my ears after a while; I'd like to have high-quality speakers to listen to during those times I'd rather not use 'phones.
Anyway, back on topic.
The other day while performing a slight mod to my JVCs (I stuffed the pads with paper towels to see what effect it would have on the sound signature), I, unbeknownst to me, scratched the heck out of the screen / mesh / whatever (you know—the thing that prevents hair, dust, etc. from falling into the driver grill) on each pad. Apparently, one of my nails had a jagged edge which caused the damage . I didn't make any holes in the mesh, but some of the tiny perforations in it seemed to have closed up from being scratched. Aesthetically, these marks annoy the heck out of me and I find them to be an eyesore. But do you think they could decrease sound quality? I can't tell and have no way of being able to tell since I have no spare pads to make comparisons. I'd like to replace my pads since I'm very OCD when it comes to stuff like this, but I somehow doubt JVC makes replacement pads for these 'phones.
It annoys the heck out of me that something like this happened so quickly! I baby my stuff and absolutely hate it when even little things (or, at least, what would be little things to most people) like this happen.
Edited by Aillas - 1/30/14 at 9:57pm