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post #1381 of 1638
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

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...


Good then I don't need to test 840 pads at least, not sure I need more bass but slightly more highs is welcomed compared to stock Q40, not going to gamble with Alphas as I'm happy with stock modded pads! :)


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 12/18/13 at 4:06pm
post #1382 of 1638

What do you think of the HM5 pads? Any good? i have a pair of them lying about.

 

Funny in the earlier posts(yes i almost read it all) people loved the beyers. ow it seems the Shure 840. The alpha dogs are bit to expensive.

post #1383 of 1638
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Originally Posted by tan1415 View Post

What do you think of the HM5 pads? Any good? i have a pair of them lying about.

Funny in the earlier posts(yes i almost read it all) people loved the beyers. ow it seems the Shure 840. The alpha dogs are bit to expensive.

If I remember correctly I didn't like them with the hm5 pads at all. I've written about them somewhere in this thread. I really like the comfort on the hm5 pads and use them on quite a few other cans but no luck with the q40's.

That I didn't like them doesn't mean you won't so if you have them anyway give them a try.
post #1384 of 1638

840 pads or HiFiMan Velours? What do you guys think? How do the HFM velours compare to the DT770 ones? If they are less 'stiff' that would be great.


Edited by Mackem - 12/19/13 at 8:04am
post #1385 of 1638

The DT770 velours are much much much softer than the stiff HFM velours. Over time though, the HFM velours start to soften up and they do sound better than the DT770 pads IMO. I didn't do a long listening session with those pads, however, since I needed them back on my HE-400's. peter123 could give a better explanation as to how they sound comparatively (though I'm sure he's already made the comparison earlier in this thread).

post #1386 of 1638
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post

The DT770 velours are much much much softer than the stiff HFM velours. Over time though, the HFM velours start to soften up and they do sound better than the DT770 pads IMO. I didn't do a long listening session with those pads, however, since I needed them back on my HE-400's. peter123 could give a better explanation as to how they sound comparatively (though I'm sure he's already made the comparison earlier in this thread).

Yes, I did the comparison earlier. Don't remember exactly but I'd ended up using the HFM veluor permanently because I liked them the best of all the pads I've tried.

I'm sorry but I don't have the time to compare them again now. It should be easy to find my previous comparison with the "search this thread" function though.
post #1387 of 1638
Just to make sure...the pads are just to improve comfort right?
I mean using the original pads the sound and bass is good right?
Asking because I want to listen and decide if I want the headphone before investing in extra pads.
Edited by tan1415 - 12/19/13 at 12:01pm
post #1388 of 1638
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Originally Posted by tan1415 View Post

Just to make sure...the pads are just to improve comfort right?
I mean using the original pads the sound and bass is good right?
Asking because I want to listen and decide if I want the headphone before investing in extra pads.

The initial goal is to improve comfort, but they do each change the sound somewhat. The best way to keep the sound the same and add comfort is to do RPGWizard's paper towel mod.

post #1389 of 1638
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Originally Posted by tan1415 View Post

Just to make sure...the pads are just to improve comfort right?
I mean using the original pads the sound and bass is good right?
Asking because I want to listen and decide if I want the headphone before investing in extra pads.


Pads affect comfort + sound + isolation. A pretty significant amount in all 3 cases. Stock pads aren't necessarily worse sound-wise than some other pads, it's a mix of gear you're using with the headphones and what preferences in sound you have which decides whether which pads you like or which works best when it comes to sound. If you use a warmer sounding source, you may want a pad that gives a little brighter sound or vice versa. When it comes to timbre, Q40 is roughly neutral and the source + amp + pads can either make it go from slightly on the bright side to a bit on the warm side of neutral, pick your preference! Pick something like O2 or BH2 amp + a velour pad and it goes a little to the bright side of neutral or pick for example E11 + Hifiman pleathers or stock unmodded pads or Shure 840 and you have a bit on the warmer side of neutral balance.
 

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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

The initial goal is to improve comfort, but they do each change the sound somewhat. The best way to keep the sound the same and add comfort is to do RPGWizard's paper towel mod.

 

 

But it doesn't sound the same! I don't mod the stock pads with papertowel mod cuz of comfort issues but because of the sound changes! xD Unmodded or not I can wear them for hrs but I probably belong to the more lucky camp when it comes to comfort regarding Q40 but after getting used to the pain of a AKG K518 DJs, the Q40 seems very comfortable in comparison.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 12/19/13 at 12:20pm
post #1390 of 1638
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post
 

But it doesn't sound the same! I don't mod the stock pads with papertowel mod cuz of comfort issues but because of the sound changes! xD Unmodded or not I can wear them for hrs but I probably belong to the more lucky camp when it comes to comfort regarding Q40 but after getting used to the pain of a AKG K518 DJs, the Q40 seems very comfortable in comparison.

Whoops! Should have said it will sound "closest to stock" if you perform that mod vs. switching pads. :D

post #1391 of 1638

Tempted to buy the Q40s just because they're £49

post #1392 of 1638
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Originally Posted by Mackem View Post
 

Tempted to buy the Q40s just because they're £49


I would buy a backup pair in an instant if I could get it for that price but that place doesn't ship to Finland, it would cost me around 100 EUR which still is a good price for what you get but for a backup pair it still feels somewhat non-temptive.

post #1393 of 1638

Think I may give the HiFiMan velours a look this time around (If I do buy the Q40s).


Edited by Mackem - 12/19/13 at 4:18pm
post #1394 of 1638
I've just bought the Q40's again after a bad experience last time and sending them back. Both pairs broke but I had to try again because they sound perfect to me. I'm asking for some advice on them here for obvious reasons. Was I just unlucky last time on two pairs, did I do something wrong to break them? I was very carefull last time to screw in the jack securely (but not overly tight) and placed the headphones on my head carefully, again not too tightly. Both had one of the drivers cut out and I have no experience fixing electronics.

I fear this will happen again but I'm willing to take the pain in the hope that they don't break because of how amazing they sound. I've had the PRO 700 MKII and they don't even come close to the amount and quality bass of the Q40's. I was very disappointed after owning the Q40's and reminisced about them all the time.

I feel like I may have just been unlucky and I actually just got them for £49 from Music Matter. I hope they last because I've still not found anything that comes close to that sound. smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by frenchjay - 12/19/13 at 5:21pm
post #1395 of 1638

I think it's the stock cable, not the drivers that crap out. The stock cable is known to be bad. I've had my Q40 for maybe 2 years now, the cable has been swapped long ago for some other one.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 12/19/13 at 9:14pm
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