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Shure SRH440 Impression - Page 12post #166 of 3073/12/10 at 3:04pmI also think my Shure SRH440 is good when it comes to soundstage. Not as good as my HD555 that I used to own, but still good.
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #167 of 3073/12/10 at 3:16pmpost #168 of 3073/14/10 at 3:09amJust received my 440's today, very pleased with the overall sound quality, just not too sure about the weight and the pads. Are the 840 pads worth getting? I read a few posts about them in here, but I'm undecided... They look identical to the 440 pads from what I've seen..? Not that this says anything though.post #169 of 3073/14/10 at 9:21pmWell, apparently the SRH840 pads are softer and made of memory foam. I've asked the same question on a different thread, and the responses from those who have the pads seem to be quite positive.post #170 of 3073/15/10 at 4:12pmThread StarterI would recommend the XB700 pads ^^, if you can mod 'em to fit. They have a bit of suction action, so on truly closed headphones I can imagine that they'll stick to your head, in a good way. If it wasn't for the heat discomfort, I could wear them for hours on end without realizing they're on. A person on my XB700 impression thread said he didn't have the issue of heat discomfort.post #171 of 3073/15/10 at 4:29pmQuote:I would recommend the XB700 pads ^^, if you can mod 'em to fit. They have a bit of suction action, so on truly closed headphones I can imagine that they'll stick to your head, in a good way. If it wasn't for the heat discomfort, I could wear them for hours on end without realizing they're on. A person on my XB700 impression thread said he didn't have the issue of heat discomfort.post #172 of 3073/15/10 at 6:51pmpost #173 of 3073/15/10 at 7:57pmQuote:Just received my 440's today, very pleased with the overall sound quality, just not too sure about the weight and the pads. Are the 840 pads worth getting? I read a few posts about them in here, but I'm undecided... They look identical to the 440 pads from what I've seen..? Not that this says anything though.
When I listened to these prior to getting my SRH840, I thought they sounded quite nice right out of my iPod.post #174 of 3073/15/10 at 8:05pmBass goes quite deep on the SRH440 when amped. I've had mine for 3 months now and yes it just got better over time (seemed to tighten up more... but this happened within 2 weeks of purchasing it). The sound-stage is good for a closedback. It sounds like sometimes sounds are actually right out-side your ear for me instead of having everything inside your head.
The detail is not bad. It does sound like you can hear everything, especially when watching sitcoms or live recordings. I just wish the mids were a bit more pronounced at times, but you can't have everything for cans under 100!post #175 of 3073/15/10 at 11:15pmQuote:I would recommend the XB700 pads ^^, if you can mod 'em to fit. They have a bit of suction action, so on truly closed headphones I can imagine that they'll stick to your head, in a good way. If it wasn't for the heat discomfort, I could wear them for hours on end without realizing they're on. A person on my XB700 impression thread said he didn't have the issue of heat discomfort.post #176 of 3073/17/10 at 11:45pmJust paid a visit to Bay/Bloor Radio today, where they had a pair of SRH840s on display. Although I didn't listen to them for fear of leaving gunk on them, I did feel the pads a bit. They're much softer than the 440s' stiff pads, and I think they would be a great accessory and increase the comfort substantially. I'd say they're just a tiny bit firmer than the XB700's pads, but at the same time, please don't overestimate that comment. Grado's 'bowl' pads are a good comparison; I'd say they're of similar consistency, but made of leather (or synthetic leather, at least; I don't remember) so they won't flake off on your head or make you itch.post #177 of 3076/15/10 at 1:59pm
If you want extreme comfort on the Shure SRH440 I suggest applying the Sennheiser HD600 headband cushion and the SRH840 earpads. Here's a picture of my modded Shure SRH440 with the HD600 headband and SRH840 earpads:post #178 of 3076/17/10 at 5:18pm
Looks comfortable, topside.
A little Velcro strategically placed might be more secure (and/or aesthetically pleasing) for the headband cushion. I may have to try this add-on, gav007... Simple, functional and obviously an improvement!
I've had the 840 pads on mine since day one. Way more comfort than the stock cushions and good iso to boot!
Edited by Judge Buff - 6/17/10 at 5:21pmpost #179 of 3076/17/10 at 5:42pm
I swear I've read at least several posts out of most of the threads one can find here on the topic of the 440... and the ATH-M50... so forgive me in advance if I've somehow missed a fine collection of the best comparisons of both.
I need to choose between the two in another 24 hours, am listening the the M50 now. I need a good, general purpose pair of cans. They can play nicely with my iphone (or other portable) but will spend most of the time amp'd by a Creek OBH-11. Some mixing, a lot of analytical listening (everything from Mozart to Metallica, Dead Can Dance to Diana Krall, and then some), and some gaming, all through the Creek too. I can demo the 440 at the store but only one pair will be coming home with me... if I want to keep anything like "happily" in front of "married" anyway. I like the M50 so far, not as much as my AKG-K701s but they are more comfortable and like my iphone better too.
Anyone spent a lot of time with both? Currently own both? Will they both play nicely un-amped over a broad range of musical genres?
Thanks in advance!post #180 of 3076/18/10 at 5:25am
Oktyabr, you really should demo the 440 before you decide to buy it. Don't worry too much about amping. Better concentrate on differences in sound signature/balance and choose whichever fits better to your preference and music.
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