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PRO 500 High-Fidelity Premium Over-Ear Headphones (Racing Blue)


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  • Michael T.
  • 8/20/2014 5:20:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsnice sounding cans

Pros: Sound
Name
Color

Cons: ABS
Reinforcement?
broken band

Other Thoughts: didn't have any luck registering product for warranty
site said that the item # was invalid
Headband broke while hanging on my door knob when a gust of wind slammed the door shut (no additional force behind it) Was a crack that led to inevitable failure i dont know how the headband is reinforce and the metal plates with hobby screws are interesting...there is only one layer of ABS the material below is foam and rubber...do not see reinforcement as the company claims. Broken headbands are a drawback to expensive headphones. Trying to repair using republic track bands. Had some luck with metal rods.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/16/2013 12:17:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThe best portable Hi-End headphones, only 23 Ohm of resistance - my SG3 drives those easy, no PowerAmp pre-amp boost is needed

Pros: The best portable Hi-End portable headphones, use only 23 Ohm of resistance - my Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 drives those easy, no PowerAmp pre-amp boost is needed. I compare to 64 Ohm Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, where I have to boost PowerAmp pre-amp all the way to the top for headphones to open up and expand, in other words, to achieve the full covered frequency range.

With rich bass, wide stereo field, Yamaha PRO 500 sound is fantastic, coming in your ears, appear in your head out of nowhere - you don't feel "pointed-in-your-eardrums" sound of music, it is rather that wave after wave envelopes your eardrums, making you stop and listen, kinda like then you were a child and you wanted to hear what is coming next in your mother's bedtime story. 500 PROs are that good. Nice array of accessories, detachable cables. Cables are very high quality, thick, beefy, substantial and light at the same time, with nice silk-screened Yamaha logo, gold-coated jacks, flexible but both cables do not pass sound of touch along to headphones - what I mean is if you touch or bump cables 3-4 inches away from headphone cups, you cannot hear the that - cable isolation material is sound-deadening - unlike on many of mine IEMs, where sound of touch or bump will travel all the way to the ears from any distance of the cable being touched or bumped.

The PRO 500 is an around-the-ear, circum-aural design, very comfortable to skin and ears, though you will feel some slight pressure on the top of your head, seem to only happen during long listening periods. Adjusting the band helps, ear pads are very plush, so is the underside of headband, overall the around-ear design works just as good for comfort and the overall listening experience as Senns HD 280 PRO larger-more-around-the-ears design, sound isolation also on par.

The materials used and the surface finish on the PRO 500 are top-notch. Mine were chosen in racing blue, and the paint job is NICE - has two-tone, automobile quality finish, looks super to the eyes, and is durable - I already banged them on my head into the walls and corners (by accident, not intentionally :-)(headphones sit quite high and wide on the head, easy to hit objects with them), I thought I made a dent or at least scratched the finish, but no, even the clear coat lacquer finish didn't show no blemishes after those hard against the hard-objects knocks.

I got mine 500 PROs after having carefully reviewed hours after hours of reviews on Momentums and PRO 500 on amazin, CNET..US (for 500 PRO review) and CNET..UK (for Senns Momentums review), Newegg and PC.Mag (Thanks for the excellent review, Mr. Gideon), I bitten the bullet and got 500 PRO. I have 500s' for over a month now, use them daily. Very happy now. Thank You, Yamaha team, you made my life more bearable with better and nicer sounds of music to my ears !!! :-)

Cons: NO ANDROID powered remote. Yamaha, do you listen ??? I paid top buck for 500 PROs, I will pay top buck to get my Android-compartible remote, please make sure I can buy those separately once you produce this Android remote, and please make it happen soon, Thank You, Yamaha !!! :-)))

On Android-powered GS3 the remote's middle button works (play/pause/next track/previous track), volume buttons do not work. I always think of Thinksounds' Ts-02 mic/remote, where the genius inventor made them work with Android-powered Samsung S3 AND IPhone 5 at the same time, what a genius that guy is ... Even Yamaha couldn't do it ... and Yamaha is the world biggest music equipment creator for pros ...

Other Thoughts: In my life I use In-Ear Monitors are Thinksound TS-02 with mic, Klipsch S4-A Image with mic, and Klipsch Reference S4 Premium, on the go driven by Samsung GS3 US spec (Qualcomm DAC, not Wolfson DAC, as in International version - I presume 500 PRO will sound even better with Wolfson DAC), at home I listen to Yamaha Pro 500 headphones driven by Yamaha RX-V671 Receiver, Bi-Amp wired with C2G 12AWG speaker wires to Polks Monitor 70s Series II. PC-Build rig is used with Senns 280 Pro (for movies, games, music, all driven by Creative SB Zx).

Thank You, Yamaha team, you made my life more bearable with better sounds !!! :-)

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