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post #736 of 1608

Genius!  I did this and it really works, thanks!

post #737 of 1608
Are those 2 thin wires around the fork delicate?
post #738 of 1608

They are rather delicate and they get caught in the forks quite often. I'd say that this is the biggest design flaw of these headphones.

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Are those 2 thin wires around the fork delicate?
post #739 of 1608
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They are rather delicate and they get caught in the forks quite often. I'd say that this is the biggest design flaw of these headphones.

Yeah, I noticed that when I had my two pairs. The wires around the forks would get caught all the time in the sizing mechanism. I sometimes question when people say that some headphones are "built like tanks" or "sturdy and durable." with those two wires standing out like that.

post #740 of 1608
Is there any way to alleviate the problem?
post #741 of 1608

Well... you could simply be careful? The cables are a bit delicate and prone to getting caught in the forks, but if you're careful they should last you a long while. Otherwise, an obvious solution would be to recable them.

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Is there any way to alleviate the problem?
post #742 of 1608

I've never had mine caught in the forks but then again I never use them outside my own room and never fold them up. I wouldn't recommend these other than for home use personally. If portability & durability is a huge concern I'd stear against Denon HP700 as long as you can sacrifice some subbass response (in return you get improved soundstage and clarity, maybe slightly too much sparkle for some, perfect for others) and a more reasonable size of the headphones.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 5/29/12 at 8:10am
post #743 of 1608

I actually returned my Q40 today.  The bass was sooo good, the mids and highs were decent and I didn't have the comfort issues that others have experienced, so why did I return them?  I couldn't get past the sibilance- very pronounced.  I was hoping it would go away after burn-in, but no go.  I tried adjust the EQ, but it only muffled the high end.  I really wanted to like them. 

 

I am thinking about the Audio Technica Pro700MK2 since they have awesome bass and no reported sibilance, but wondering if they are so dark that the high end would sound veiled?  If I don't get good feedback on those, I will have to make due with my B&W C5 in ears which are also great bass headphones until the V-Moda M-100 comes out.
 

post #744 of 1608

Got mine yesterday. The level of sub bass is not on par with atrio's mg7, wich is just thunderous.. I gues the q40 requires  more power to be driven properly, waiting for the fil0 e11 to hear the difference. For now I am listening from my HP dv5 laptop, using foobar with asio4all.


Edited by My3uka - 6/21/12 at 8:20pm
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Got mine yesterday. The level of sub bass is not on par with atrio's mg7, wich is just thunderous.. I gues the q40 requires  more power to be driven properly, waiting for the fil0 e11 to hear the difference. For now I am listening from my HP dv5 laptop, using foobar with asio4all.


The FiiO E11 will make a big difference in the bass, especially on the high setting.

post #746 of 1608

I'm sure it will, but maybe we can say that about the atrios as well , although not by the same margine, I just can't imagine how much bigger it can be. The q40 is better in the upper frequency range though

post #747 of 1608
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I'm sure it will, but maybe we can say that about the atrios as well , although not by the same margine, I just can't imagine how much bigger it can be. The q40 is better in the upper frequency range though


That's the other thing I like about the Q40.  It has solid bass without being dark.

post #748 of 1608

Maybe the highs are a bit too sparky for my tastes, but not a real problem for now.

post #749 of 1608
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Maybe the highs are a bit too sparky for my tastes, but not a real problem for now.

 

Try the simple mod to stuff a half piece of paper towel ark you roll up per side underneath the pads, gently tames spike around 8kHz area and helps with soundstage/instrument separation too and gives a better fit, highly recommended! Without the mod I also found it being ever so slightly too sparkly around the 8kHz area where it got a slight spike in the treble but with that simple mod it's PERFECT in my ears. It's crazy how beneficial such a simple mod can be. Burn-in wise I also felt it calmed down a little with treble, made it more smooth. These days at times I almost feel it lacking in sparkle, but only almost as I think it's pretty perfect for my liking as I like a bit warmer/smoother sound with a reasonably forward midrange despite being bassy which I think Q40 have.

 

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I personally also think these respond well to amping and doesn't sound overly great without one, it's as if dynamic range is poor without an amp, with ZO2.1 which is perfect candidate with this headphone (yea ZO2.1, not ZO2.3, big difference) everything just starts to sound more detailed, midrange comes alive and shoots you in the face with details which seems more subdued without one and bass gets stronger and punchier and better controlled at the same time. Unsure how E11 pairs, I'd say it prefers ever so slightly warmer amp which brings the lower-midrange a bit more forward which ZO2.1 does. On the cheap I can see Gary's PA2V2 doing very well, wish I still had it to be able to test but yea this amp strengthens especially mid-bass & lower-mids area a bit which would pair well with Q40. 


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 6/21/12 at 9:48pm
post #750 of 1608

I already did that, thanks to you and your postings.. :) I don't really mean it is an issue, but since I'm used to an extreme volume listening, that extra sparkle becomes noticeable, even with the mod. I also tried the beyer dt770 velour pads, I have 2 pairs of them, but both silver, doesn't match well these cans.

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