The JVC HA-S500 thread.
Oct 3, 2012 at 2:28 PM Post #1,951 of 8,352
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Aurvana's are good headphones especially when bought for the sale price of $60 or so. But in all honesty the drivers in the HA-S500 are superior..I only wish the Ha-S500 had bigger cups like the Aurvana lives but the most important part of the headphones win here which is the sound.
 
Over all detail is better over the Aurvana lives. Especially in the bass end. Aurvana lives bass end can sound somewhat flabby if not grainy on low bass tracks. Not so on the HA-S500. Overall I would say the sound is tighter, cleaner. I think where the Aurvanas win is the housing design as they are over ears. But a simple pad change fixes the on ear issues. I do hope JVC brings these great headphones to the Western world.

 
Aurvana Live Graphics
 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/CreativeAurvana.pdf
 
Oct 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM Post #1,952 of 8,352
Does anyone remember which page there was a post with roundup of most pads tested here? like to see also added the blue pads :)
 
Oct 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM Post #1,953 of 8,352
who has them other than us two pal?

are yours gunmetal or black? I can't tell. Mine are black


We are the only two with blue One other guy has black hd25 pleather. I agree with u that those pads do wonders for the mids so ive been trying to get others to try em.

This fine gentleman to be exact:
Gotta disagree on the HD25 velours. For me mids and highs are noticeably recessed. The bass is there but not quite as impactful. Switching to the HD25 Pleathers I was suddenly reminded of how much I was missing with the velours. The veil was lifted back off of the sound. I miss the comfort of the velours, but with the HD25 pleather I can still wear for 4-5 hours without any pain, they just get a little warm.
 
Oct 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM Post #1,954 of 8,352
I finally read through the entire thread!  You guys definitely made it hard with your constant praises for the S500!
 
I'm considering this, but am fairly new to the scene.  I do have an M50s and an AKG K550 (recently obtained the K550 and am about to get rid of the M50s), and from what I've read this mops the floor with the M50s, but how do these compare to the K550?
 
Oct 3, 2012 at 3:06 PM Post #1,955 of 8,352
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I would love to be able to give them a message about how they should use a new PAD for these headphones. Just from changing out 5 different pad configurations. The pads from the ATH- SJ5 ends up making these sound even better. Almost too good to believe actually. The stock pads seems to work for the HA-S400 but the HA-S500 definitely benefit from wider pads. Thanks for your work Tyll. I have enjoyed so many of your reviews..The ultrasone edition 10 being the best. Perhaps the best video review I have ever seen. Check this out guys.
 
Thank goodness these HA-S500 don't make you cringe like this. Lol!. Love this.

 
Thanks Dsnuts!
Tyll - that was beautiful
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Oct 3, 2012 at 3:06 PM Post #1,956 of 8,352
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Oct 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM Post #1,959 of 8,352
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I'm not sure that anyone said mids are recessed?
 
The frequency response shows recessed areas and those of emphasis. In this case, compared to most FR's, they are average, probably above average. 
 
The 30Hz square wave is best for looking at bass and midrange performance. In this case the line is sagging which indicates a slightly loose bass response (ideal is a straight line), and declines a touch quickly which indicates a little lack of bass extension (ideal is a small downward slope).
 
The 300Hz square wave is best for looking at highs and mids. In this case it looks mostly nice (ideal is a straight horizontal line) it lacks any initial spike which would indicate somewhat lacking treble response. The hump towards the end would indicate midrange emphasis.
 
%THD+noise (harmonic distortion) looks pretty good, outstanding performers usually stick about to the .1% line, so the 1% low frequency distortion is undesirable.
 
More info on Square Wave Response at Innerfidelity.
Criticism of my interpretation is welcome!
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Amen


Thanks again man, just spent some time reading about Square Wave, i still need more time reading but i got a better idea.
 
Oct 3, 2012 at 3:22 PM Post #1,960 of 8,352
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I finally read through the entire thread!  You guys definitely made it hard with your constant praises for the S500!
 
I'm considering this, but am fairly new to the scene.  I do have an M50s and an AKG K550 (recently obtained the K550 and am about to get rid of the M50s), and from what I've read this mops the floor with the M50s, but how do these compare to the K550?


Well I hope a $300 headphone beats out a $55 one. It better right. What makes these worth getting. It is one of the best headphones in sound quality for anything under a $100. I would even venture to say even $150 plus cans.. But only cost $55. There are advantages of full sized headphones and bigger drivers/ cups. I don't know how these HA-S500 would stack up against your K550. But I do know they sound amazing and has the ability to satisfy most if not all of us so far in this thread. Including one Tyll Hertsens. The only complaint really being the on ear thing. A problem remedied through other pads. I think I can speak for the collective here. These are very great headphones which don't come around for this type of price. These don't cost $200 or $300 but they sound and perform like a higher end headphone in my book. 
 
I said this before and I will say it again. It will not surprise me if these take over your favorites. 
 
Oct 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM Post #1,961 of 8,352
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Well I hope a $300 headphone beats out a $55 one. It better right. What makes these worth getting. It is one of the best headphones in sound quality for anything under a $100. I would even venture to say even $150 plus cans.. But only cost $55. There are advantages of full sized headphones and bigger drivers/ cups. I don't know how these HA-S500 would stack up against your K550. But I do know they sound amazing and has the ability to satisfy most if not all of us so far in this thread. Including one Tyll Henderson. The only complaint really being the on ear thing. A problem remedied through other pads. I think I can speak for the collective here. These are very great headphones which don't come around for this type of price. These don't cost $200 or $300 but they sound and perform like a higher end headphone in my book. 
 
I said this before and I will say it again. It will not surprise me if these take over your favorites. 

 
Thanks for the quick response.  I was just wondering because some people have compared the S500 to full size headphones and am waiting to hear how they compare to the K550.  I do like the K550's sound signature a lot, so knowing that, should I veer towards the S500 with AT leathers or the S400?
 
Also, I'm highly considering getting the Fire Phoenix DAC, but that may have to come later down the road. 
 
Oct 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM Post #1,962 of 8,352
That is the million dollar question. Which one would be better for you. The HA-S400 or the HA-S500. I am still waiting on my pair but from what the guys that own them say. Those should be even a better value as they are even cheaper. If you want to just try one of these headphones out you can go HA-S400 or spend a bit more plus pads for a HA-S500. I should have my pair in a week or so. I will certainly post impressions of them when I get them. I think either way you will be surprised by their sound. So far the word is the HA-S400 has less bass and maybe more mids. But that is what happens when you add the ATH pleathers to the HA-S500.. The HA-S400 can be had for much cheaper however.
 
Fire Phoenix is to the DAC world what the HA-S500 is to headphones. The sound that comes out of this box is shockingly great. The guts of this DAC is pure gold. I would love to hear the $800 Marantz Dac that has this same chip to compare to. It wouldn't surprise me if the sounds are very much the same.
 
Oct 3, 2012 at 4:43 PM Post #1,963 of 8,352
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That is the million dollar question. Which one would be better for you. The HA-S400 or the HA-S500. I am still waiting on my pair but from what the guys that own them say. Those should be even a better value as they are even cheaper. If you want to just try one of these headphones out you can go HA-S400 or spend a bit more plus pads for a HA-S500. I should have my pair in a week or so. I will certainly post impressions of them when I get them. I think either way you will be surprised by their sound. So far the word is the HA-S400 has less bass and maybe more mids. But that is what happens when you add the ATH pleathers to the HA-S500.. The HA-S400 can be had for much cheaper however.
 
Fire Phoenix is to the DAC world what the HA-S500 is to headphones. The sound that comes out of this box is shockingly great. The guts of this DAC is pure gold. I would love to hear the $800 Marantz Dac that has this same chip to compare to. It wouldn't surprise me if the sounds are very much the same.


These Marantz, uses the same CS4398  (yea.. whe know, it also depends on quality of constuction)
 
http://www.whathifi.com/review/marantz-cd6003
http://www.hifigear.co.uk/media/uploads/CD6003_infosheet_en.pdf
 
Oct 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM Post #1,964 of 8,352
Thot I would post it here before the I stick this on the deals thread. Anyone still lookin for a Clip 8gb? 32 dollars refurb newegg. Free ship.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16855125187

I got one. The 4gb one I got for $20 from tigerdirect came up as "backordered". I called and told them I wanted a full refund and to send back the 8gb card I got for 4 bucks. They gave me full refund and said just keep the card cuz it would cost them almost that much to ship it back. Good service. Anyway, if anyone is in the market I'll be putting it on the deals thread a bit later.
 
Oct 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM Post #1,965 of 8,352
Hey, on the Amazon pages for the American HAS400s, it mentions having a neodymium driver. What's up with that?


Hey Cash, I have an oppurtunity to get some Uptowns+Downtowns in trade for my M50. You posted at one time that the S500> Uptowns. What about those do you not like? I wanted a portable circum and like the comfort of the uptown but I haven't actually listened to them.

Thanks.

Doc
 

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