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post #16 of 27
Actually MuzlL0dr, I'd already figured out how to remove the entire earcup from your last post. I removed the padding, and was scared at first that I wouldn't be able to put it back on, but it snapped back no problem. I know what you mean about the size; I contacted Sennheiser and asked them if they offer any replacement pads.

I'd also prefer something other than the pleather. Has anyone had it rip on them?

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Also MuzlL0dr, I assume you're right about the plastic connectors. I'm sure if it's done properly each time (i.e. not in a hurry!) then everything should be fine. The half-spheres which keep them in the brackets aren't polished smooth or painted very nicely in the first place, nor would it matter much, since you're not looking at them.
post #17 of 27
abrichr, let me know if you hear anything about the pads. I've looked at them more than once trying to figure out how to get something else on there that would be more comfortable. I'd probably use my 497s a lot more if they were more comfortable. Then again, I have some ATH-A500s that I'll be getting in a couple days, and they might bump the 497s for now.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by abrichr
I found a pair on ebay for 150$CAN (125$US). It says the list price is 252$. The item is shipping from the States, so I'm assuming that this is in US dollars. Sound like a good deal?
I'm not sure about the current market, so I don't know if that's the best price you can get them at, but even at 150 CAD it's a steal. Keep in mind though, that the headphones are cheap, but driving them is not. You'll need a ver good amp to drive them.

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Could you explain to me what the soundstage is?
I'm not sure how to explain it really. The soundstage is having musical instruments etc coming from different places. Yea I can't explain it.. maybe someone else can.

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What does it mean to stock cable?
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I made a typo. I meant with stock cable, not which. Anyways the stock cables is the cable it comes with, opposed to an aftermarket one
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Originally Posted by abrichr
I find open headphones would work better in a classroom setting, where I have to be able to hear the teacher. Also, I understood that closed headphones distort the acoustics of the music?
I don't believe really in this open > closed headphone debate. Maybe at the lower end of the spectrum on headphones, but there are plenty of high end closed headphones such as the R10s and W2002s.
I don't understand why you would listen to music if you need to hear the teacher anyways. But for portability, I really dislike anything open because of the sounds coming in, and the fact you need to raise the volume of the headphones because of competition form the outside.
Anyways, I don't think the K501s are a headphone you should consider portably since youi'll need a beefy amp and the fact that they are very open.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by MuzlL0dr
abrichr, let me know if you hear anything about the pads. I've looked at them more than once trying to figure out how to get something else on there that would be more comfortable. I'd probably use my 497s a lot more if they were more comfortable. Then again, I have some ATH-A500s that I'll be getting in a couple days, and they might bump the 497s for now.
I'll post if I hear anything from Sennheiser. Enjoy your ATH-A500s!


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Originally Posted by Natsuiro
I'm not sure how to explain it really. The soundstage is having musical instruments etc coming from different places. Yea I can't explain it.. maybe someone else can.
Don't worry, I understand what you're talking about. Thanks.

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Originally Posted by Natsuiro
I don't believe really in this open > closed headphone debate. Maybe at the lower end of the spectrum on headphones, but there are plenty of high end closed headphones such as the R10s and W2002s.
I've tried some mid-end closed headphones, although I'm not sure which, and they sounded really tinny... But I've yet to listen to some more expensive ones. Where could I go to do this?

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Originally Posted by Natsuiro
I don't understand why you would listen to music if you need to hear the teacher anyways.
Bach helps me concentrate

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Originally Posted by Natsuiro
But for portability, I really dislike anything open because of the sounds coming in, and the fact you need to raise the volume of the headphones because of competition form the outside.
I also very much dislike this, which is why I'm thinking of purchasing a closed model myself, or at least one that doesn't have quite as much leakage as the 497s.

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Originally Posted by Natsuiro
Anyways, I don't think the K501s are a headphone you should consider portably since youi'll need a beefy amp and the fact that they are very open.
Well, I am considering getting an amp. I even started a thread to that effect here.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by crazyfrenchman27
I'd rather have a Grado SR60, even for classical music.

The Grados are just better, hands down...the HD497s are too dry and bleed bleed together instruments.
I'm no longer very impressed by the instrument separation of my SR80s for complex music, but I agree that Grados are probably a little better for classical than most give them credit for. I rarely use them for classical anymore, but I think the SR80 is still probably my favorite for Vivaldi, the violin just sounds so alive and exciting.

Also, Grados can be broken down in kind of the same way as the 497. I just recently started pulling the earpieces off the headband and packing the whole package away in a neat ball for portable use

Good 497 impressions, headphonegeek. They are very nice for the money.
post #21 of 27
I'm slightly confused about this 'instrument seperation' and 'bleeding' business. After all, digital or analog, your headphones aren't processing anything but a sound wave. Perhaps you mean that the different frequencies, which represent different instruments, aren't very clearly separated?
post #22 of 27
Hey guys! I am right now trying out the hd497:s and I like them. I compare them with the HD200 and they are at the same price but the HD497 sounds way better.

I am impressed that the HD497:s are so easy-driven... Works just fine with my iPod. I even think they look good!
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by svanerik
Hey guys! I am right now trying out the hd497:s and I like them. I compare them with the HD200 and they are at the same price but the HD497 sounds way better.

I am impressed that the HD497:s are so easy-driven... Works just fine with my iPod. I even think they look good!
And they get better with age. I just got my A500s and have stopped using the 497s for the time being. (Specifically I gave them to my girlfriend thinking that I could pick up another pair later if I so desired.) I must say that I miss the detail of the mids and highs that the 497s gave me. We'll see how some more burn in and amping work with the A500s.
post #24 of 27

So, how "natural" does it sound? How "neutral" is the bass? I need a good sounding durable pair for outdoor use, and this seems like a good contender. I need unbiased data on the accuracy of the sound reproduction.

post #25 of 27

Oh my god. You just dug up a 10 year old thread.

post #26 of 27
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Oh my god. You just dug up a 10 year old thread.

Holy fish, I guess I did... I am a necromancer!

post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by KlarkKentThe3rd View Post
 

Holy fish, I guess I did... I am a necromancer!

 

 

What the hell are you guys talking about it? 10 years old? What are you....time travelers or just crazy? :P

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