I just got the Shure SRH840 pads on... DAMN! What a difference! Putting cotton in the cups and mass loading the baffle helped with the sound, but damn the pads make a huge difference.
I have a question for the people that use the SRH840 pads. Did you cut out the backing fabric or did you leave them as is? The reason I ask is that now there is two layers between the driver and the ear. The stock fabric and now the fabric backing that is a part of the SRH840 pads.
So, mods as of right now:
-covered the small port hole on the baffle(s)
-outer cup vents have been left alone, so the felt is still there and all 4 slots are fully open
-mass loaded the baffle with a non hardening modeling clay
-stuffed the cups with a little bit of the Rite-Aid brand cotton roll
-put some foam in the deeper part of the cups
-rolled up a tissue and stuffed it in the rear of each SRH840 pad to angle them a little bit and give a better seal against my head.
using an E17 with them:
-medium gain, about half volume, which makes them seem just about as easy/hard to drive as the Q701
I really didn't see myself liking these more than the Q701, but damn are they fun. My Q701 isn't going anywhere though because it will still have it's time and place. These are ridiculous with the SRH840 pads though. The difference is so huge. I actually just taped up the outside vents and just poked 3 small pen tip sized holes in the tape. This seems to have tamed the mid-bass a bit, but preserved the awesome sub-bass.
What genre of music are people listening to with these?
Edited by jasonb - 2/26/13 at 5:28pm