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The JVC HA-S500 thread.

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  1. bobeau
    Alright, I'm in.  Just purchased a black pair thru ebay.
    Also en route is an FXD80 and GR07 MkII... hopefully all of these will complement my EPH-100 and DragonFly DAC well.
  2. Dsnuts Contributor
    Both are excellent upgrades from the FX101. But you have to ask yourself if your ok with on ear headphones. I know the cost of the 2 is similar. Either way you will be very happy.
    @Analogsurviver Your tracks sound great on these headphones as for measurements. Unless you want to send me a pair of calipers I don't have anything on had to do that with. Though for classical to shine you need a much more spacious and perhaps a bit more neutrality over these headphones.. These are closed after all but for portable use these will do just fine..Those same tracks using my HD595..Proper.
  3. analogsurviver
    I sincerely apologize for lack lack of "please" in my fitst post - I got carried away by something that does look it could be used in my project I have been postponing for couple of years now, due to the lack of a driver with desired high enough quality and dimensions that would fit. JVC HA S500  at long last looks like a good candidate.
    I also had to check quite a few recordings on youtube in order to find a couple that are sonically acceptable -  no easy task for me, as I can thankfully still get carried away by the quality of playing over technical excellence of the recording. None of the selected I was familiar with before, despite the fact I knew at least some work by both conductors from other composers.
    So, Dsnuts, if you accept my apology and find some time, please ...
    Best regards,
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  4. Dsnuts Contributor
    No offense taken. I have to admit the imagery and detail on these headphones do bode well for the precision that is needed for classical. It is just that because they are closed design they don't give you the stage needed for a big concert hall sound which is what is needed for bigger classical pieces. 
    I don't listen to classical nearly as much as I should but when I do I prefer my HD595s. Just majestic. The HA-S500 does a great job with the detail and imagery part of it. It is their stage that is needed to really make those pieces shine however.
  5. dnullify
    I do hope JVC sticks this new nanotube driver in some open back around-ear headphones - audiophile style.
    I shudder to think of the potential cost.
  6. DannyBai
    Couldn't resist the rave reviews and the nanotube.  Just ordered a pair.  I know I won't regret them.  Thanks fellas for finally getting me to cave in.  Happy listening.  
  7. Dsnuts Contributor
    Reverse psychology works. Lol..You are gonna love the way these sound. Think grander nanotube sound and you get these HA-S500.
  8. vlenbo
    Btw, thank you for making the fx40 thread, I just bought one for my aunt! So she could listen to it with her new sd card and hopefully a large library of music on her phone. 
  9. nihontoman
    so, would these be good for classical and jazz? I'm mainly into the mids and maybe some bass too - too much treble isn't really for me...
  10. vlenbo
    From the impressions and burn-in, he says that the mids are full, the highs are just right, and the bass is great. It's a full balance pretty much.
  11. Dsnuts Contributor
    It does Jazz better than Classical and I listed the reason why these aren't the best with classical but if you listen to a big variety of music like I do I can't recommend a better headphone right now. These are too great not to own.
  12. DaBomb77766
    I kind of wish I could afford these right now. :p
  13. Gee Simpson
    I don't mind really, as long as they are comfortable. Judging by your hype, the S500 are better? I'm putting words into your mouth here I know [​IMG] I'm looking for a detailed sound and prominent vocals as a contrast to the FX101's.
  14. Dsnuts Contributor
    Even if you owned the CKM500 I would still recommend owning one of these HA-S500. The greatness you will find out for yourself.
  15. lubczyk
    So Dsnuts, how does the Sony XB90 compare to the JVC HA-S500? I'm guessing the Sony has a bigger soundstage and more air due to the open/semi-open design.
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