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post #1516 of 1645
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Coolio.  Maybe others can chime in with their Alpha pad upgrade impressions too :etysmile:


I'd only add that it does tighten the bass up a bit, not make it more muddy.  You may want to try the combo..............most who have really enjoyed it.  Don't mean to be spending your money but it is a really amazing combo that I've never topped. This, coming from someone who has put Alpha pads on the following and never quite got the same amazing improvement -

 

Denon D2000

Denon D5000

Denon D7000

Fostex TH900

Ultrasone Pro900

Darth Beyer

post #1517 of 1645

In my case, alpha pads seem to make the sub-bass more noticeable, might be because of the better sealage compared to stock pads?

So if you like sub bass that could be good, but as a side effect, at least on my pair it makes female vocals sound a little more veiled? Not sure if veiled is the word Im looking for since Im not familiar with audio terminology. But in order to get female vocals to sound as clean/present as with stock pads I have to turn up the treble on my e17  a bit.
 

post #1518 of 1645

Just got my like new pair of q40. theyre pretty epic phones :)

I stuffed some tissue under the pads to get a little more comfort, kinda ghetto but it works

I'm considering buying the srh840 pads, is it really worth it?

post #1519 of 1645
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Just got my like new pair of q40. theyre pretty epic phones :)

I stuffed some tissue under the pads to get a little more comfort, kinda ghetto but it works

I'm considering buying the srh840 pads, is it really worth it?

IMO, no. The stock pads are actually really great if you can get more comfort with tissue/paper towel.

post #1520 of 1645
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

IMO, no. The stock pads are actually really great if you can get more comfort with tissue/paper towel.


This, if you have no problem of how it's done/looks like, then I wouldn't bother, as for me I am still using it like that (IMO it sounds best), very neutral timbre (mid/highs balance) and very slight improvement to soundstage/imaging and bass response quality.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 4/14/14 at 11:12am
post #1521 of 1645
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Originally Posted by PanamaHat View Post
 

Just got my like new pair of q40. theyre pretty epic phones :)

I stuffed some tissue under the pads to get a little more comfort, kinda ghetto but it works

I'm considering buying the srh840 pads, is it really worth it?


I do think it is worth it.  As is doing Alpha pads but some like RPG like the stock pads with just a little spacer.  Others like the Alpha and the hammer-like bass it seems to reveal.  Shure 840 pads are like $15 so worth a try.

post #1522 of 1645

what I don't quite get is the Q40's are said to be 'a basshead can done right', where bass doesn't leech much into the mids. Yet human voice is audibly lower in tone compared to Focal SP's. 


Edited by BrainFood - 4/14/14 at 9:07pm
post #1523 of 1645

I bought the srh840 pads just cus the vinyl pads feel very cheap. Wound up being $20 with shipping.

 

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what I don't quite get is the Q40's are said to be 'a basshead can done right', where bass doesn't leech much into the mids. Yet human voice is audibly lower in tone compared to Focal SP's. 

You're comparing $100 phones to $250 phones man. I'd be more disappointed if the focal didn't sound better

post #1524 of 1645
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what I don't quite get is the Q40's are said to be 'a basshead can done right', where bass doesn't leech much into the mids. Yet human voice is audibly lower in tone compared to Focal SP's. 


The question is which one is more "correct" though, Q40 too low in tone (not how I hear vocals on Q40) or FSP too high? :P Just food for thought.

post #1525 of 1645

I just used the FSP as a example because it's generally regarded as a neutral/ accurate phone that goes deep, as and when present in the source material.  

 

Anyhow, it's more an observation than criticism.  I like watching nature and science tv documentaries and couldn't help notice that voices deepened a bit more than I was expecting. 

 

 

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Edited by BrainFood - 4/15/14 at 8:01am
post #1526 of 1645
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what I don't quite get is the Q40's are said to be 'a basshead can done right', where bass doesn't leech much into the mids. Yet human voice is audibly lower in tone compared to Focal SP's. 

 

well it appears a malfunctioning DAC influenced the above impression.  With the offending blighter removed, the signatures of the two phones are much closer.  Human voice still goes slightly deeper but less than before :normal_smile :.

 

Finding the 40's mate well with acoustic Jazz, which benefits from the bass bump.

post #1527 of 1645
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Finding the 40's mate well with acoustic Jazz, which benefits from the bass bump.


Agreed, it does suprisingly good with acoustic + more intimate vocal-focused music like jazz, especially female even if it's perfect for the EDM music that I listen to as well. :P Jazz + EDM would be the two genres I'd point out like its key strength because in Jazz soundstaging tends to be much more intimate which is how Q40's are and for EDM the great bass quality/texture tends to stand out particularly well.

Let's put it this way, I've never really been a jazz listener (actually some of my least favorable genres in the past apart from blues & raggae) but the Q40 made me enjoy some of it! :)


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 4/19/14 at 1:27pm
post #1528 of 1645

So, stuck D2K pads on my Q40 because I stole the alpha pads for the D2K. Not actually too bad a result, and quite comfy too although not as comfy as the alpha pads of course. A bit like two cushions wrapping my ears. I don't remember if the sound has been changed from the alpha pads but my Q40s have been lightly modded by me so there might not be the same result as stock.


Edited by BucketInABucket - 5/10/14 at 1:06am
post #1529 of 1645

Nice.

 

What cable is that you're using?

post #1530 of 1645
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Nice.

 

What cable is that you're using?

Some cheap ebay cable I bought a while ago.

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