Originally Posted by smallcaps
i'm a bit more curious about its construction. can the pads be easily removed? is the cable connector to the headphone a mini-jack? at that price, i think it would attract some modders and hopefully get a community driven modding market going. i would love to see them woody-fied and cant wait to see what the drivers look like.
smallcaps, the pads can easily be removed. The pads on the SRH840 are nicer than those on the SRH440 (in my opinion), so I'm going to put the extra set that comes with the SRH840 on the SRH440. (The SRH840 comes with a spare set of pads, but the other two models do not. Also, the SRH840 pads fit the SRH440, but their pads do not fit the SRH240.)
The main plug side of the cable is a mini plug (with a screw-on 1/4" adapter). The headphone side is not a mini plug, but looks like one of those mini
mini plugs (I can't remember the diameter of those off-hand). Here's a photo of both sides of the cable (click to see larger version):
As for modding: A small enough plug body on the headphone side might work fine--the potential issue is the twist-to-lock mechanism on that side. Edwood is probably more qualified to answer the possibilities there (on the headphone side of the cable), as he's the tweaker type, whereas I am a danger with a soldering iron.
I'll try to take photos of the drivers today. From what I can tell, they don't have an outward appearance that is much different than other dynamic headphone drivers I've seen. I was told there were innovations related to the driver (with a couple of patents being sought for them) that directly had sonic benefits. I pressed for more details on this, but nobody at SHURE budged. All that can be seen (without dismantling it) is the front of the driver, and, again, the appearance from the front of the driver looks pretty unremarkable.