JVC HA-SW01 Headphones

JVC HA-SW01 Headphones

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Crafted by the award-winning audio engineers at JVC, the HA-SW01 headphones harness the natural characteristics of wood to deliver detailed and powerful audio. Inside, each headphone features 40-millimeter wood dome drivers with an impedance of 56 ohms—ideal for driving with today’s desktop amps Read More

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SCARED_8988
5
Jun 22, 2021
The JVC HA-SW01 headphones are made in China, they had stopped production for couple of years since now as reminded by the note left in the box when I purchased the headphone new. It had became my daily driver for half a year and still lookin mint! I loved her. I'd recommend a pad swap. I personally choosen a thicker milk farbic leather hybrid pads to avoid the driver from touching my ear flap, reduced the harshness, increased the soundstage and tune the bass down. This is a headphone that can produce both quantity; fun, and quality; textured and impactful bass without distortion all-around-the-spectrum and its deep with excellent vocal clarity (even more clarity and presence when paired with a terminated 4.4mm penta and pure silver cable), sparkly treble, detailed with excellent/ accurate tonality from instruments such as brass and timbre instruments, images well too. It's not a warm n'or dark sounding but the upper mids are recessed a little from the pad swap. It's an amazing headphone as it's small, doesn't require a dedicated amp to power it, built solidly and look like an Audio Technica MSR7; looks like a sleeper, but has soundstage as wide (or wider than) as an open-backed Hifiman HE400i (2020) in my opinion. Also, it's awesome that it can use M-Series pads and headband covers. But there's a Catch, it might get peaky sometimes but that issue has been solved through brain or headphone break/burn-in or, concluded by me and several JVC HA-SW01 owners. It gets warm during long sessions; could make someone sweat, unless an M-Series Gel pads were swapped. But most importantly, it's pricey at ~640USD at Asia and other regions, and ~500USD in America (AND LUCKY BASTARDS AT DROP WHO COULD BRING IT DOWN TO 400USD). Alternatively, people could get the Beyerdynamic DT-1770 or DT-1990 or other brands that share similarities with the JVC HA-SW01, such as the Tesla Magnetic Flux Density Drivers. For the sound signature, I'd say it's fairly neutral but at stock is as bassy as the HD650 in my opinion till the point that you can feel the drivers vibrating your head, with a scoop of 1K-2K region; vocals being recessed or placed behind the instruments caused by pad change. When I listened to the intended genre for this headphone, which was Jazz, ones with vocals. Everything was alive, my heart was warmed by the vocals and I was spooked by the near-extreme clarity, I felt a little bit of my heart beating to the bass attenuation (You will drowned in air and your ear will commit die, if you play Hip-Hop + bass boost at a unreasonable 90-100db) and the trumpets and horns sounded energetic and original by the sparkle of the treble. Thanks for reading my experiences and I'd hope we could sign the partition to reproduce the HA-SW01 to make VICTOR/ JVC will be much more relevant in the audio community. Feel free to ask me about which track I've used to audit the headphone or recommend me one and I apologize for my very poor writing. Happy Listening! -Totally not from JVC marketing division, just a random 17 year old kid. Here are the variants of JVC WOOD Series Premium headphones: HA-SHR01, HA-SW01, HA-SW02.
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badheinz1985
33
Jun 4, 2021
I have a stupid question - what's the difference between this and the JVC HA-SW02 model?
Fayne
2035
Jun 4, 2021
The HA-SW02 has less wood in the internal design. The SW01 has wooden baffle boards and bass bars that the SW02 doesn't have. About 10 grams of them. https://www.jvc.com.hk/en/products/ha-sw01-s274
https://www.jvc.com.hk/en/products/ha-sw02-s163
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SCARED_8988
5
Jun 22, 2021
HA-SW01 has better tonality and wider soundstage than HA-SW02, based on what I recalled when I audited them in my opinion but some people liked the HA-SW02 more, I forgotten their reasons.
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Fayne
2035
Jun 3, 2021
Sure, I'll be a rube and get these. I've been about as happy as I can be with the JVC HA-FDX1, so I might as well give these cans a whirl. Worst case they end up in the closet with all of the other crap cans I've bought. Plus, I'm a big sucker for the wood components in cans. That $100 in drop rewards points for buying them is fairly nice, bringing the cost to $399, which is pretty acceptable in my opinion.
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SCARED_8988
5
Jun 22, 2021
LUCKY!!!
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mrcrunch08
132
Jun 3, 2021
These are the drops I don't understand. Why do a drop with a wait for an item that is already available for purchase at the same price or cheaper from other reputable sellers? If there was a cost savings then I guess I could understand but the price is the same $499 and the alternative can be delivered in days not weeks.
Starfall119
45
Jun 3, 2021
That's why you... hmm, use them?
mrcrunch08
132
Jun 6, 2021
You actually have to get them to use them. Still waiting on the points from photos and reviews people are supposed to get. Not only do I not get points for some headphones I have purchased all those extra ways of earning points rarely ever result in points being added. Ignoring the fact they are iffy with their points you only get a savings if you commit to spending more money before they decide to take your points away. It seems those points only have value to addicts of drop. If I had the points I should have then maybe my opinion would be different but I don't so it isn't.
caseythe1
10
Nov 11, 2020
Is this drop of JVC HA-SW01 made in Japan?
SCARED_8988
5
Jun 22, 2021
They're made in China.
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phoenixsong
986
Nov 10, 2020
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/jvc-ha-sw01-wood-01.825976/ Seems like stock sound isn't ideal but can be salvaged with pad changes if this is true
SCARED_8988
5
Jun 22, 2021
Yes, replace the pads because stock pads will deteriorate and headband leather too. You can also get them to sound better with different pads, cables and positioning of the drivers towards your ears.
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shionmu
2
Nov 10, 2020
This can reminds me of my RP HD10K Panasonic. So, there is no way I would value this can at 499 USD. Many similar headphones have good diaphragm but lacks of strong magnetic which now I care the most. My next upgrade will be Headphones featuring Tesla units. For examples, th900 & Breyerdynamic t1. I don’t know what sound signature they produce but science can’t lie about performance.
mrcrunch08
132
Jun 6, 2021
Idk, I didn't find them all that muddy. Maybe compared to the previous models but even then it just seems more warm and full rather than muddy. They are the first Beyerdynamics that I would consider for a relaxed listen. My only complaint is the area between 2k and 5k could use a couple db boost to balance things out. They sound amazing with eq. With that said I do think there may be a driver performance benefit of the older models. Maybe it is just the extra treble tricking me but the older models seemed a bit more precise. Oddly even the drivers in my old T90's seem to have better potential. With both Eq'd to my preference I actually prefer the T90 and that is something I don't recall being true with the gen 1 I had.
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SCARED_8988
5
Jun 22, 2021
The JVC HA-SW01 drivers has 1 TESLA OF ENERGY so this ain't just a good diaphragm, it's also a very strong magnet. I would describe the presence and clarity as very good, if factoring it with a silver cable, even with crazy amount of bass I still can hear the mids and highs clearly.
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galapac
28
Nov 10, 2020
Anyone have any experience with these or are they brand new? They look cool...
HrumHrum
45
Jun 22, 2021
Welllll, story is more complex as one can take in a single podcast. There are many divisions of jvc, evenly audio, they make home, cars, personal. Home and cars are considered one of top brands. O. The other hand tv for example, is wild west, goes from extra budget to their own take on led technology. JVC is just not present heavily on North American market. Asia and Europe is their main base
SCARED_8988
5
Jun 22, 2021
and also KENWOOD!!!
trellus
357
Nov 10, 2020
Not a lot of reviews out there on these but found some customer reviews on Amazon that can be translated from largely Japanese it appears to English: https://www.amazon.com/JVC-Hi-Res-corresponding-headphone-HA-SW01/dp/B017XB5530#customerReviews And there's a thread with some impressions on Head-Fi here: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/new-j-v-c-wood-01-and-02.792512/
SCARED_8988
5
Jun 22, 2021
You can read my comments above, I own this headphone and I would like to spread the word to you.