Glad you're enjoying the Q40's.
These are definitely keepers. Without a doubt one of the most fun sounding headphones in my collection, if not the most. IMO what really sets it apart other basshead cans is their overall tone. The timbre is good, the whole sound feels thick, heavy, and has a lot of authority. They have the most "body" out of all my cans.
Oregonian is right though, these aren't made to flutter paper . If you don't mind me asking, why do you test them like that? Don't you care about damaging the drivers?
Well, Oregonian's post to me as a new owner of the Q40 wasn't exactly "welcoming" but to answer your query of the bass/paper test.
The test is HBB's genius if you will - the premise - very simple - the test is a visual on SPL a bass moving air and the impact hitting paper gives you the idea of how hard it hits the ear/side of your face when playing deep sub bass genres popular amongst bassheads like the test track used mostly to current date - Wiz Khalifa's - "On my level", but the other aspect is simply - fun.
As for damaging drivers - 99% of bass/tests recorded and uploaded to YouTube are done with the drivers on the point of distortion but could be pushed much further (not recommended to anyone whom wishes to participate in providing a bass/test video - ruining good headphones is not the aim here at all), though there has been a few videos where drivers have been pushed a tad further than perhaps they should have been, myself being guilty of such on my v-moda m-100 video, though no damage whatsoever to any do my cans to date.
And the bass/paper tests do serve to a certain level a good purpose of dispelling many myths made about certain cans that have been touted way above what they are - called "cannons" or "face melters" - the test can lay such bravado claims up to light and suggest whether over enthusiastic claims are at play where an owner may have too much emotional investment in their headphones that colour their impressions regarding bass slam or otherwise.
The new test tracks are bass specific and more like the types used at car audio events - so in a way you could think of this as the headphone equivalent, and again it's as an informative visual on bass air transfer as it is fun.
The Q40 performed well under the bass/paper test, better than Sennheiser's new HD8 DJ, which did surprise me - which highlights the relevance of such tests - individual opinions put down in words can vary wildly from one to another - the bass paper test shows a cans slam for your eyes to see - what can't speak can't lie.
There will always be naysayers to anything that's new or contradicts longstanding claims - that's inevitable, but test purpose is not to upset anyone, it's just to offer a visual aid, and there has been a few members who have made an informed choice on what bass headphones to go for based solely on the various bass test videos and asking advice, which they have then posted back that they are very happy with their choice - so that's got to be a win
I have to disagree with your comment you agree with that Oregonian is right that the Q40's aren't made to "flutter paper" - the bass/paper test proves otherwise - trust your ears and your eyes, otherwise (with respect) you're fooling nobody but yourselves (no offence intended, I make this comment with tongue in cheek)
The bass/paper test videos do take a bit of time and effort to produce and it's great to get feedback from members whom feel this has been of assist to them or they just got a kick out of watching them and it's open for all to participate in, comment and enjoy, including Q40 fans and appreciators.
Edited by cb3723 - 7/14/14 at 11:33pm