Folks, don't forget the DT880 & DT990 are open Headphones. Their Pads were made / designed for open Phones to guarantee the sound signature, they intended. The DT770 is a closed Phone, its pads are made for closed phones. If you want to keep the bass of the Q40, you should go with the Shure 840 pads. The Q40 looses a little bit of its bass with 770 pads, but its nothing that would be worth to be mentioned. But if you put on 880 / 990 Pads . . . the Q40 looses a significant amount of bass. I liked that, because the Q40s bass is a little bit too much for me. But with the 880/990 pads, you don't only loose bass, the isolation is completely gone then. They turn the Q40 into an open Headphone. Everyone around you can hear your music and you can hear cars driving and people talking. You should consider these things, before purchasing any of these Pads.
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Gear mentioned in this thread:post #1367 of 164512/18/13 at 5:57ampost #1368 of 164512/18/13 at 7:23am
Exactly, you can't make any conclusions about the sound before you've tested the pads, then it's also down a lot to preferences and whether how much of a perfectionist a person is about the sound.
I'm quite a bit perfectionist since I've kept mastering a lot of tracks for newcomer producers and are tweaking EQ values of 0.1dB adjustments on a daily basis so yes my ears are trained to hear small differences. For others it's maybe important with the comfort and sound quality comes 2nd hand, for me it's almost the opposite, I rather sacrifice comfort for sound as it's difficult enough for me to find a headphone that have close to my preferred sound. The Q40 have very close to that ideal sound signature, just mostly lacking in soundstage department and open-ness (air) up top but for me is pretty perfectly balanced after the simple stock pad mod to make it slightly less warm (highs get slightly bit more presence compared to stock Q40).
Ultrasone Signature DJs could possibly be an upgrade to me, I'm just worried it hasn't got enough forward midrange for my tastes, especially the S-Logic I'm worried about that it takes too much away from the up-front / in-your-face sound I tend to like due to it being much more engaging for me to listen to (makes me wanna dance and I enjoy when I get that feeling).
Perfect Sound D901 is the other option which probably fits my preferred sound signature but it's hard to get hands on as an european and it also has problems with creeking sounds from the metal construction and I'd probably find that quite a bit annoying as I tend to move along with music I really enjoy so then I don't want that creeking to take away my groovin'.
Besides these I can't say for sure there are any good alternatives for me to Q40. TH600 and TH900 for example I'd expect I'd appriciate the sound quality upgrade but not sure the sound signature is close enough to my preferred sound in order for me to really enjoy them more than the Q40. The M100 probably a sidegrade at best, old Denon Dxxxx series is just too subbass oriented for my needs and probably slightly too bright (not enough up-front sounding due to gently laid-back mids) and the new ones doesn't seem to deliver the same kind of caliber of SQ for me to really wanna give them a try.
Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 12/18/13 at 7:31ampost #1369 of 164512/18/13 at 7:44am
Yeah mine is falling apart too the left side has a distorted sound sometimes but when i press the back it clicks and is ok again....so don't think will buy another pair they seem to have issues....
For gaming and movies it's a ******* beast,got the Fidelio X1 too and still the best for gaming because of open headphones,but if you wanna get scared a lot in horror movies or big action movies Q40 is really fun...haha
Edited by dailysmoker - 12/18/13 at 7:47ampost #1370 of 164512/18/13 at 10:05amI'm thinking of swapping my pads out for 840 pads, how hard is it to swap the pads? Just pull out old shove in new or is it Harder than that? On an unrelated note I'd like some thicker pads for my portapros which ones are compatible?
Edited by slyr114 - 12/18/13 at 10:06ampost #1371 of 164512/18/13 at 10:32amQuote:
Just bring the flap of the 840 pads over the edge of the Q40 cups. Don't bother trying to fit it in the crack like the stock pads. Very easy to install.post #1372 of 164512/18/13 at 10:34amSo just slip the new pads over the old ones? Also what are some good replacement cables or cable mods? The stock one is too long for anywhere else besides my bedroom.
Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 using Tapatalkpost #1373 of 164512/18/13 at 10:37amQuote:
No, take the stock pads off. Buy a V-Moda cable for $12.post #1374 of 164512/18/13 at 10:48ampost #1375 of 164512/18/13 at 11:39am
It slips in so carefully pull it out and then the new one in....not that hard
And why put them over the other ones,then the sound is even more blocked because of the older pads under it...weird idea..?!
Edited by dailysmoker - 12/18/13 at 11:40ampost #1376 of 164512/18/13 at 12:09pm
Just wanted to mention, that i tested the Q40 with the Pads i mentioned above (DT770 Velour & Pleather, DT880, DT990, Custom One Pro Pleather, Shure SRH440 &840 Pleather Pads). So everything i say / write, comes from testing/experience. Not only theory or storytelling ;Dpost #1377 of 164512/18/13 at 12:35pmQuote:Originally Posted by Natsukawa
Just wanted to mention, that i tested the Q40 with the Pads i mentioned above (DT770 Velour & Pleather, DT880, DT990, Custom One Pro Pleather, Shure SRH440 &840 Pleather Pads). So everything i say / write, comes from testing/experience. Not only theory or storytelling ;D
Good point. Many give opinions without actually doing or experiencing.
I've tried over 10 pad combos on the Q40 and the only "bad" was the velours as they leaked and killed the bass. Alpha's and Shure 840's were good improvements, not only in comfort but I thought the sound improved as well.post #1378 of 164512/18/13 at 1:10pm
@Oregonian . . . . i totally agree with you, i too ended up with 840 pads on my Q40, because i don't like the leak of sound of the other pads (Beyer Velours). Never tried Alpha Pads though, i hear only good stuff about them. But they're sooo expensive here in Germany :-( They're probably the best option for the Q40. Are they? Is the difference big between the 840 Pads, soundwise? comfort-wise the alphas should be much much better i guess?
Edited by Natsukawa - 12/18/13 at 1:14pmpost #1379 of 164512/18/13 at 1:34pm
The 840 pads have a pretty balanced sound with the Q40 (similar to stock) but with slightly muffled highs. The Alphas have a more V-shaped signature with more bass and more treble than stock. I really like it though. Super comfortable and super rumbly. IME, DT770 velours are bass and only bass. Everything else was muffled out. Probably because the dust filter is about 5mm thick...
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