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post #196 of 659

If you look at my reviews I am always torn between midrange centric and bass centric gear. I would say the S5 is more neutral in the midrange and bass emphasized  making it a neutral oriented signature that won't disappoint lovers of deep quality bass. This means it won't be every ones cup of tea but what headphone is?

post #197 of 659
Hate to say it, but so far not all that impressed. Have tried 3 different tips so far and all are giving a good fit with a definite seal but the sound is not what I was hoping for. I'm still struggling a bit to get the EQ dialed in, but without EQ for me they are not listenable. The bass is too much and there seems to be a bit of forwardness in the 5k area that is quite annoying to my ears. Hopefully the bass will calm down and hopefully the upper mid range will smooth out with some burn in. I'll be running these off an old iPod when I'm sleeping and at work to speed the process which is not something I've ever done, but I'm willing to try.
post #198 of 659
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post
 

If you look at my reviews I am always torn between midrange centric and bass centric gear. I would say the S5 is more neutral in the midrange and bass emphasized  making it a neutral oriented signature that won't disappoint lovers of deep quality bass. This means it won't be every ones cup of tea but what headphone is?

 

  none simply none , last night i just saw some one complaining about the bass of re-400 , he says " i have my ass bend over but i just cant get the bass out of these phones " . no phone is perfect , with some burn in though s5 has improved , and mainly bass decay has improved .

post #199 of 659
It's actually not sounding to bad with the bass knocked down about 6dB and a narrow 3dB cut at 5k.

I'm really liking the build, fit, and comfort of these though, so I really do hope they get better with time.
Edited by jasonb - 7/12/14 at 7:56pm
post #200 of 659
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Originally Posted by jasonb View Post

Hate to say it, but so far not all that impressed. Have tried 3 different tips so far and all are giving a good fit with a definite seal but the sound is not what I was hoping for. I'm still struggling a bit to get the EQ dialed in, but without EQ for me they are not listenable. The bass is too much and there seems to be a bit of forwardness in the 5k area that is quite annoying to my ears. Hopefully the bass will calm down and hopefully the upper mid range will smooth out with some burn in. I'll be running these off an old iPod when I'm sleeping and at work to speed the process which is not something I've ever done, but I'm willing to try.

 

Let them burn in possibly? 

post #201 of 659
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

Let them burn in possibly? 

Yup, I plan on it. They are playing on an old ipod right now at a slightly higher than normal listening volume.

I think I mention burn in like 3 times in the post you quoted. I am not convinced that burn in will do anything but I'll try. Have nothing to lose by trying
Edited by jasonb - 7/12/14 at 8:16pm
post #202 of 659
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Yup, I plan on it. They are playing on an old ipod right not at a slightly higher than normal listening volume.

I think I mention burn in like 3 times in the post you quoted. I am not convinced that burn in will do anything but I'll try. Have nothing to lose by trying

 

Well, after burn in, they have gotten a little less boomy.  They still are bass heavy, but a bit tighter.  Hopefully it works out for you. 

post #203 of 659
I do think that listening volume has a lot of influence here. Because of the quite linear midrange - I was finding that (measured by SPL meter with constant tone at 3 kHz) I was generally listening to the S5 at around 6-7 dB louder than I would normally listen to earphones like the Alfa Genus or the new T-Peos Altone200. If I listened at the same "normal" volume then unfortunately a lot of the mid-range presence and focus just disappears behind the bass for me.

The increase in volume isn't fatiguing though - as for me the treble is definitely what I'd call 'polite'. Warm tone overall, and bassy - but not dark and brooding - more warm and comfortable.
post #204 of 659
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Remind me to do a more in depth comparison tomorrow.

Yes,thats more if it.......And the bass dept reminded me of S1....its not Bass heavy but its there,just like meelec M9,reminds me of........to me. YMMV. Appreciate for catching up the need of the hour.tongue.gif
post #205 of 659
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Originally Posted by suman134 View Post

  none simply none , last night i just saw some one complaining about the bass of re-400 , he says " i have my ass bend over but i just cant get the bass out of these phones " . no phone is perfect , with some burn in though s5 has improved , and mainly bass decay has improved .

Yeah looking at his comment (who posted somewhere,whoever,who knows rolleyes.gif) is a dumb arse who came from the arsy sound of b***s?may be, as who really dont know what a good sounding IEM is.
Edited by Shawn71 - 7/12/14 at 11:51pm
post #206 of 659
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Yeah looking at his comment (who posted somewhere,whoever,who knows rolleyes.gif) is a dumb arse who came from the arsy sound of b***s?may be, as who really dont know what a good sounding IEM is.

 

  my reaction too , but all i wanna say is people complain about many things , you just cant satisfy everyone .

post #207 of 659

  count me too , im complaining about s5's bass .

post #208 of 659
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Originally Posted by suman134 View Post

  my reaction too , but all i wanna say is people complain about many things , you just cant satisfy everyone .

yeah, I mean if thers to complain a gear truly there will be.....nothing can stop. But for a true gear there wont be,may be negligible....if any minor...
post #209 of 659
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Well then, it seems I'm one of the only ones who got the S5's balanced correctly, and I'm also the one who's had them the longest and played around with them the most. Keep plugging at it folks, you'll get a better, more palatable, warm signature eventually, as Brooko and myself have, I'm sure.

 

As a side note, I live with a certified bass-head, everything he listens to is based on bass, from his headphones to his stereo system to his car, that boy loves thumping bass all day long. He listens, for several days if he like them, to all of my test units, the S5's included. He likes the overall sound but thinks the bass could be much heavier for his taste, only EQ'ing them much lower made him happy. 

 

My conclusion on this is that everyone's different, and true bass-heads should look elsewhere. After a massive break in I find these warm, but not bass heavy, and that's MY opinion on them. You can disagree if you like, but that's all I'm saying on this subject. The S5's have a great sound to them, I love them and wouldn't change a thing about them in any way.


Edited by dragon2knight - 7/13/14 at 4:58am
post #210 of 659
I am already hearing a difference from letting them burn in for about 10 hours straight at probably about 25% higher volume than I'd ever listen at. This morning I no longer feel the need for the narrow 3dB cut at 5k, and instead of cutting the bass by 6dB, right now I only have it cut 3dB and it sounds good like this. I've sampled about a dozen or so songs listening at 40-47% volume on my Galaxy S4 and they already sound a ton better.

At 40% and slightly lower volume I could easily get used to using these with no EQ. This is of course due to our own hearing and the fact that at a lower volume a bit more bass is favorable. It's a loudness contour type thing. So that can be another factor that decides if you think these are bass heavy or not.
Edited by jasonb - 7/13/14 at 7:02am
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