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post #361 of 423
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

Yup. Thanks!

So it's stock and it's still bass heavy.

How basshead is the bass heavy version? What's it like?

 

Since I just had it open I started to listen to it a bit for the last 1 hour. I wouldn't call it bass heavy - just definitively not bass shy. I also am using the 840 pads on it.

 

It's not a Ultrasone Pro900 and might not have the cleanest bass of them all, but it's fun, the texture is good, the highs are still very detailed. For the price of this headphone a very capable performer. If the mids would be a bit more forward they would be amazing. Better than I remembered and since I bought a few more expensive ones recently (T90, Momentum) I realize how good these cans actually are. And I also realized they have a removable cable (face palm) I had no idea after owning them for 2 years.

 

Cheers,

K

post #362 of 423

I wonder if the bassy ones use 840 drivers. (Does anyone know if the 840 has a bassport with/without foam on the back of the driver too?)

post #363 of 423
This is all interesting stuff. If shure knew that one particular version was going to be a big hit (looking at it most prefer the bassier version) would they've allow qc to slip. But then the price of the cans probably factor in that less scrutinised quality. Luck of the draw. I bought mine in Europe and with the 840 pads I find there's too much bass for my liking in most tracks. The highs suck too but that could just be my ears. As others have said with stock pads to me it sounds VERY good. If I'm listening to songs that need a bass boost I just flick the switch on my fiio e12 and I'm good. I'm wondering if the e12 could be messing with the highs with the 840 pads on. I'll try direct from my ipod with the 840 pads when I get chance.
Koolpep how do you rate your 440s against the momentums? I thankfully didn't pull the trigger and get them until I'd switched pads back but they have them in my local store and as they say "a fool and his money..."
post #364 of 423
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Originally Posted by marsboy View Post

Koolpep how do you rate your 440s against the momentums? I thankfully didn't pull the trigger and get them until I'd switched pads back but they have them in my local store and as they say "a fool and his money..."

 

Ok, the bass on the momentums is more controlled and overall more "round" it's certainly the more musical headphone. The highs are much more pronounced on the 440 and there is plenty of detail. The better headphone is the Momentum however the 440 at least in my version and with my little mods is pretty close. But in general more closer to the ATH-M50. Between them it's much closer.

post #365 of 423
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Originally Posted by rhiga View Post
 

Wow thanks, looks like the foam is all the way inside the hole, i'm surprised it didn't fall inside. I will try to replace that foam if something else, the srh440 is very picky when it comes to mods, even with u don't put the screws back, it will sound a little different.

 

 

According to @Natsukawa

Wow, can't believe the same headphone can sound that different! =)

 

I've had good results with a piece of cheap sponge from the dollar store. It's less dense than the stock plug, so it provides less flow resistance. I found it a good compromise between the stock plug which chokes the driver and no plug which bloats it.

post #366 of 423

I went ahead and emailed Shure. They responded quickly to me, but what the rep told me was... interesting.

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1) If the SRH440 sounds OK with your PC, then there is nothing wrong with the SRH440. If the SRH440 is defective, it will have poor sound no matter what the signal source is.

2) Based on your email, it is likely the the phone does not have adequate power to satisfy the SRH440, and that an external headphone amp is required.

3) There is only one version of SRH440. There are not regional models.

4) If you wish, you can send the SRH440 to Shure Service to be tested and compared to published specifications. If it does not meet spec, it will be replaced. Call 800-516-2525 to reach Shure Service.

 

He's right. My phone probably doesn't have the power to drive these. I probably should have done some research ahead of time to learn that these headphones need a decent power source. But what caught my interest was answer 3: "there are not regional models." That's... weird. I don't know what to think considering Natsukawa's experience. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he knows this for Shure (hahaha, please shoot me). Still, it begs the question: what's going on? Margin of error? Difference in manufacturing? Anyone have any ideas?

post #367 of 423

Hey folks, new member here. Originally posted this in the help forum. Re-posting to this thread as suggested by another member. Hope some of you can share your thoughts on my predicament. 

 

I recently purchased a pair of Shure SRH440 cans which I really like. But just came across quite a few reviews of it that state that the part where the end of the head band meets the part that holds the cup breaks rather easily. One reviewer actually had his Shures replaced 5 times within the warranty period.

 

Could this be a case of negligence or is it a design flaw? Any way I can avoid this? Really like them but I'm a bit concerned about its durability...which is also an important factor to me.  

 

Hope long-term SRH440 owners in the forum could chime in

 

Thanks in advance!

post #368 of 423

Well it all comes down to how you use your headphones. If you shove them in a bag and sit on them a few times, then yeah they may break. But then most headphones would.

 

I've had my pair for some 3 years now and haven't had an issue. I simply take great care of them, as I do with all my gear.

post #369 of 423
I had mine for over 3 years and I think they are even more indestructible than my sennheiser hd25-I.
post #370 of 423

Glad to know. Thanks for the replies! The SRH 440 though does seem more fragile than some of its counterparts from other brands. I have an ATH M40x that though lighter, will most definitely last longer than my Shure. The part that usually breaks on the Shures should be reinforced w/ metal like with other headphones. But in terms of sound, the 440 is much better in all respects IMO. Louder, more detailed, more organic sounding with punchier bass. Mine's not one of those bass heavy 440's though. The bass is not as prominent but is full and punchy.


Edited by dadsmail - 5/9/14 at 1:41pm
post #371 of 423
Ok so as no one appears to have tried the 940 pads on the 440s has anyone gone the next step and put 1540 pads on their 440s? These are super comfy I've heard but I suspect would do serious things to the 440s sound signature especially as I personally wasn't a fan of the 840 pads.
post #372 of 423
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Originally Posted by marsboy View Post

Ok so as no one appears to have tried the 940 pads on the 440s has anyone gone the next step and put 1540 pads on their 440s? These are super comfy I've heard but I suspect would do serious things to the 440s sound signature especially as I personally wasn't a fan of the 840 pads.

I did, and to my surprise the sound wasn't so different (though the comfort was much greater) because my stock pads were kind of stiff and didn't seal well so they lost bass; likewise, the 1540 pads tend to lose bass through the perforations in the woven alcantara. The sonic improvements were a slightly smoother treble and a minor increase in soundstage. I had the bright version--it's a very reasonable guess that the 1540 pads would affect the bassy version more.
post #373 of 423
You may well have sold it to me. It's at least worth a punt on the 1540 pads if what you say holds true to my ears.
post #374 of 423
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Originally Posted by marsboy View Post

You may well have sold it to me. It's at least worth a punt on the 1540 pads if what you say holds true to my ears.

 

I bought the pads separately and kept them.

post #375 of 423
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Originally Posted by marsboy View Post

Ok so as no one appears to have tried the 940 pads on the 440s has anyone gone the next step and put 1540 pads on their 440s? These are super comfy I've heard but I suspect would do serious things to the 440s sound signature especially as I personally wasn't a fan of the 840 pads.

 

*cough cough*

 

http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/679752/modified-shure-srh440/#comment-75239

 

Much more comfortable, much better seal. As the stock pad dries, it loses its ability to seal correctly. A lack of proper seal will change the sound signature of the headphone. So its not the pads themselves that will change the sound signature, but the fact that they seal around your ears. So, in theory, a 940 pad should give you the stock sound the 440 should have.

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