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post #1636 of 1646
I am also still enjoying these headphones. I personally did not care for the HM5 pleather and have since moved in to the HM5 new velour pads, which allow for more air and soundstage at the expense of isolation; they are also quite comfortable.

And I still do like the Beyer DT770 pads as well.

These headphones are amazing for electronic music.
post #1637 of 1646

To much mid and upper bass for me, i dont listen to them anymore, i prefer AKG Y55, they have more sub bass and no bass bleed into the mid range.

post #1638 of 1646

I got bored and thought hmm maybe switch the pads from the JVC HAMR77X to the Q40 and it fits pretty good ( the Q40 pads fit on the JVC but not perfectly because of the angles it has but it works)  tried the sounds and not bad more - dare I say more bassy IMO - would like to see if anyone has tried this combo and their thoughts :)

post #1639 of 1646
Is there anything even close to how these headphones sound? I've currently got these hooked up to a FIIO E17K, and a Little Dot 1+ abs they are just amazing. Im scared to buy another pair of headphones incase they don't sound like this. The bass is extremely good on these headphones with any kind of House / Techno!
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Is there anything even close to how these headphones sound? I've currently got these hooked up to a FIIO E17K, and a Little Dot 1+ abs they are just amazing. Im scared to buy another pair of headphones incase they don't sound like this. The bass is extremely good on these headphones with any kind of House / Techno!



You're in the same boat as me but I gave up looking personally, that's how well I think they sound, especially if you're into electronic kinda music then these have a very very nice fitting sound signature. I'm addicted to their punchy/impactful bass and non-recessed meaty mids and non aggressive smooth natural highs that lets me listen at a reasonably loud vol without getting ear-fatigued and that's what eletronic dance music needs IMO. I prefer these over Signature DJs that often are seen as some kind of "king for electronic music" but to me the highs were slightly too aggressive and while the bass quality was close to Q40 I still think it was slightly worse, in the sense it wasn't quite as tight and punchy, sounded slightly more bloated as in bleeding into the rest of the music but it was the closest to Q40 bass quality I've heard so far but the mids/highs balance was more U-shaped and Q40 sounds reasonably balanced to me so.

 

I'm personally into euphoric hardstyle music and they do the kicks of hardstyle so nicely!

 


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 1/15/17 at 4:36am
post #1641 of 1646
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You're in the same boat as me but I gave up looking personally, that's how well I think they sound, especially if you're into electronic kinda music then these have a very very nice fitting sound signature. I'm addicted to their punchy/impactful bass and non-recessed meaty mids and non aggressive smooth natural highs that lets me listen at a reasonably loud vol without getting ear-fatigued and that's what eletronic dance music needs IMO. I prefer these over Signature DJs that often are seen as some kind of "king for electronic music" but to me the highs were slightly too aggressive and while the bass quality was close to Q40 I still think it was slightly worse, in the sense it wasn't quite as tight and punchy, sounded slightly more bloated as in bleeding into the rest of the music but it was the closest to Q40 bass quality I've heard so far but the mids/highs balance was more U-shaped and Q40 sounds reasonably balanced to me so.

I'm personally into euphoric hardstyle music and they do the kicks of hardstyle so nicely!


 

I've been through a few pairs of headhphones to get to this specific sound. Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic etc. But they were always off the mark. Lack of bass, sharp highs and generally underwhelming for what I was after.

I'm dissapointed there's nothing quite like these, and I've checked this thread for years hoping something would come up.
post #1642 of 1646

xb500 is similar but a little bit over the top

post #1643 of 1646
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xb500 is similar but a little bit over the top

 

I've used XB500 before and still own the pair, the Q40 packs in an entire different league as far as sound quality goes while still providing that nice bass impact (quantity of bass isn't as much as XB500 but the impact vs quantity bass ratio is better though). The XB500 requires EQing to get a decent sound while the Q40 doesn't need any EQing. I did enjoy XB500 for a little while when I had dialed in the perfect EQ settings but when swapping to Q40 it was like no turning back ever.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 1/15/17 at 3:42pm
post #1644 of 1646

overall xb500 is similar in that it have smooth bassy sound, without recessed mids or harsh treble, the problem with xb500 is that it has to much mid and upper bass, easily corrected with eq, q40 needs aftermarket earpads to truly shine

the problem for me with q40 was the small soundstage and rolled off treble after 10k

and they needed sub bass eq, they start to roll off below 50hz, xb500 has no roll off at all

xb500 can output 20hz sine wave strong and clean without distortion and eq

the q40 driver (similar to xb500) is incredibly powerful, it can literally shake your head without distortion


Edited by FastAndClean - 1/15/17 at 4:30pm
post #1645 of 1646
Does anyone own the Q40's and the Fostex TH-X00? I'd like to know how different these two are. It seems like the bass maybe better on the Fostex from reading, but I'm unsure.
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Does anyone own the Q40's and the Fostex TH-X00? I'd like to know how different these two are. It seems like the bass maybe better on the Fostex from reading, but I'm unsure.
Had both, totally different ball game when it comes to bass. Fostex has a ton more bass.
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