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post #271 of 393
Its more than enough ;D even my sansa & ipod is enough to drive them. Its loud as hell <3
post #272 of 393
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Originally Posted by FirstClass View Post
 

I ordered one of these but I'm a complete noob. Will my mac mini (latest-gen) going to be able to drive these headphones? Should I return them and get ones with lower impedance? I wanted an improvement from consumer grade equipment but I never knew about impedance and such technical details. 

 

No worries, all Shures headphone are relatively easy to drive. They're quite revealing to the source though

post #273 of 393

That's a great relief. I still don't have the headphones but knowing that I don't have to pay 50 more $ for a headphone amp is nice. I can't wait to get them. From the comments all around the web, it sounds like a perfect headphone for me. (I listen to classic rock, jazz, classical music, blues) Thanks for the replies btw. :)

post #274 of 393
Please let me know, how you like the sound when your 440 arrives ;D

I got a third NEW sealed pair now for 50 euros, i wil compare all three to see, whats wrong. Will the new one be bass-balanced like my pair? Or neutral like the second pair, that i bought for my friend? In 2 days they''ll arrive, I'll let you guys know ;D
post #275 of 393
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Please let me know, how you like the sound when your 440 arrives ;D

I got a third NEW sealed pair now for 50 euros, i wil compare all three to see, whats wrong. Will the new one be bass-balanced like my pair? Or neutral like the second pair, that i bought for my friend? In 2 days they''ll arrive, I'll let you guys know ;D

 

If I was you, I'd take out a small Philip screw driver and disassemble both of them. I'd then compare every little detail to see if there is a construction difference.

 

My bet is yours are missing the foam plugs inside the drivers.

post #276 of 393
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Originally Posted by KimLaroux View Post

If I was you, I'd take out a small Philip screw driver and disassemble both of them. I'd then compare every little detail to see if there is a construction difference.

My bet is yours are missing the foam plugs inside the drivers.

Interesting idea, i'll do that. Until now, i only removed the pads to see if there are marks of modding/opening etc., nothing to see. Good idea to open that thing, to take a closer look ;D
post #277 of 393
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Originally Posted by FirstClass View Post
 

That's a great relief. I still don't have the headphones but knowing that I don't have to pay 50 more $ for a headphone amp is nice. I can't wait to get them. From the comments all around the web, it sounds like a perfect headphone for me. (I listen to classic rock, jazz, classical music, blues) Thanks for the replies btw. :)


Yes of course, the Shures will sounds good on those genres!

post #278 of 393

I pulled the SRH440 out today for a bit of a listen, and they sound so good. I've had them for a couple of years but I haven't listened to them properly for at least a year. They are so clean across the whole frequency spectrum, very neutral AND natural.

 

I was A/B'ing them with my Ultrasone HFI-580, the Shure's sound so effortless, whereas the Ultrasones have a massive treble boost, which makes them sound artificial. Both have great bass, but the Ultrasone's bass is tighter, deeper and has better impact. Apart from the bass, I think the Shure's destroy the Ultrasones in all areas. Mids are more natural and the treble is much less harsh. Comfort is also better on the 440. 

 

The Shures were my favourite full-size headphones until I got the Audio Technica A500X, which IMO have sweeter mids and a fuller bass, not to mention great comfort. For build quality, the Shures still win against the AT's because they are built like a tank. 

 

This was a bit of a random post, but it's nice to know that I can still pull these babies out and enjoy them. 

 

Some eye candy:

 

post #279 of 393
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Originally Posted by sacrifice13 View Post
 

I pulled the SRH440 out today for a bit of a listen, and they sound so good. I've had them for a couple of years but I haven't listened to them properly for at least a year. They are so clean across the whole frequency spectrum, very neutral AND natural.

 

I was A/B'ing them with my Ultrasone HFI-580, the Shure's sound so effortless, whereas the Ultrasones have a massive treble boost, which makes them sound artificial. Both have great bass, but the Ultrasone's bass is tighter, deeper and has better impact. Apart from the bass, I think the Shure's destroy the Ultrasones in all areas. Mids are more natural and the treble is much less harsh. Comfort is also better on the 440. 

 

The Shures were my favourite full-size headphones until I got the Audio Technica A500X, which IMO have sweeter mids and a fuller bass, not to mention great comfort. For build quality, the Shures still win against the AT's because they are built like a tank. 

 

[...]

 

I have dissasembled my SRH440 to the smallest pieces possible. I can tell you with high certainty that the Shures are NOT built like a tank. They make you think they are by their design, but they are not. All the high-stress parts are made of plastic. The hinges, the adjustments, the screw holes... all are plastic and very easy to break.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/679752/modified-shure-srh440/

post #280 of 393
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Originally Posted by KimLaroux View Post

I have dissasembled my SRH440 to the smallest pieces possible. I can tell you with high certainty that the Shures are NOT built like a tank. They make you think they are by their design, but they are not. All the high-stress parts are made of plastic. The hinges, the adjustments, the screw holes... all are plastic and very easy to break.

http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/679752/modified-shure-srh440/
Well I've had them for a couple of years, and in that time they have gone through a lot of use and abuse, and they are still working just as well as when I first got them. Thanks for your assurance but I stand by what I said.
post #281 of 393
Compared to my Ultrasone Pro 750 my SH440 feel flimsy. That being said, I do not see them fail, they surely can take a beating and the Pro750 really set a very high bar. However my personal "tank" rating goes to the Ultrasone. Ask yourself the question: would you throw your headphone across the room without fearing them to break?
post #282 of 393

I used to have 840 as my transportable can and it's fine as long as you don't use it in "hardcore" ways

post #283 of 393

Sooooo i have my 3rd pair of 440s and i've tested them for some days now. They were new and sealed and they sound exactly like my first pair = bass is perfect. So what now, coincidence? Maybe  the second, thin / too neutral / bassless pair i bought for my friend, was an exception? i opened them all and they looked all exactly the same. Nevbertheless . . . it feels good to have a good sounding, new, second pair as backup <3

 

What i have learned from this: There are different sounding 440s out there and i believe thats the reason, why some people claim that the 440 is a bassless, too neutral sounding headphone. This is just not true. In fact, i think the bass is perfect as it is. I tried all the bassmods out of curiosity and i didn't liked it, it was too much bass. Its perfect out of the box, sometimes even boomy when necessary (Electronica is awesome with the 440s). If I wouldn't know the 440s and I would listen to them the first time with electronica stuff, I swear I would think it's a basshead can. They're that good with bass, but only when it's necessary.

 

There are other cans, where different sounding versions exist, K701 for example. There are Bassheavy and neutral versions of it. But in 440s case, this is much, much more extreme than with K701s. The difference of Neutral & Bassy Version is really shocking.


Edited by Natsukawa - 12/19/13 at 1:40pm
post #284 of 393

I've been using my 440's for the last 5 days and I must say that they are amazing. Reading the comments here, I thought the bass would be low. But I am really surprised. It is much higher than I've thought. It is just the right amount of bass that I needed. Also the build quality is nice. The cable quality is really really high compared to the other headphones and in-ears i've used over the last few years. The only concern I have with these headphones is the headband (idk if this is the right word for that part). It is extremely stiff. After few hours of use, it starts to drill into my head. The ear pads are pretty comfortable for my ears. They don't get too hot even after hours of use but the headband is just awful. For now, I'm just hoping that it will get softer in time. The carrying pouch that came with it is a cool extra. I don't really take out these headphones outside but when I want to take them to work, I can easily carry them in the pouch. 

 

So overall I'm very satisfied with these headphones. A friend with good ears (who's been in the music business for some time) tried them and he too liked them a lot.

 

Edit: I've tried these headphones with all kinds of music. They are amazing with country, classical music, classic rock, blues, hard rock and especially vocal jazz. Frank Sinatra sounds just amazing with these headphones. :)


Edited by FirstClass - 12/19/13 at 1:42pm
post #285 of 393
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Originally Posted by FirstClass View Post
 

I ordered one of these but I'm a complete noob. Will my mac mini (latest-gen) going to be able to drive these headphones? Should I return them and get ones with lower impedance? I wanted an improvement from consumer grade equipment but I never knew about impedance and such technical details. 

 

Ofcourse, I got the flagship model (Shure SRH 1840) and it works fine straight out of my Macbook Pro using the headphone output. 


Edited by ubs28 - 12/19/13 at 1:59pm
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