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post #91 of 396
A buddy of mine has one of these with his Shures and loves it:
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post #92 of 396
Just got the 440s today. Initial impression: not terribly comfortable, but the sound is very good. I think the bass is a little lean compared to my DT990 Pros, but it's certainly not bad, and I think it's probably more accurate. Detail is excellent. Highs are a little fatiguing, but I think this will be mitigated with burn-in. We'll file these under "great for the price."
post #93 of 396
I purchased these about a week ago so I put more than 50 hours of burn-in on the headphones.

I'm not using a dedicated amp for these headphones, basically running them off my Onkyo HT-R340 receiver. Using the Montego DDL (my ears really prefer the DDL stereo encoding mode for SPDIF...), I'm really proud of the sound I'm hearing.

There is a lot of details in the mids and highs. In fact, I like to make the highs a tad bit warmer because it's a bit too bright for my ears. The bass is pretty tight and defined. I'm very happy with my purchase, considering how much the phones cost.
post #94 of 396
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Originally Posted by Marximus View Post
Just got the 440s today. Initial impression: not terribly comfortable, but the sound is very good. I think the bass is a little lean compared to my DT990 Pros, but it's certainly not bad, and I think it's probably more accurate. Detail is excellent. Highs are a little fatiguing, but I think this will be mitigated with burn-in. We'll file these under "great for the price."
If you look around, you might be able to find a decent deal on the 840's ear pads. They do improve the comfort factor significantly for me... much softer but not mushy. The stock 440 pads were just too firm, especially under my ears.

I like these for the "bang for the buck," too. They are just good all round cans for the money. Mine were $75 shipped off of Amazon a few months back. Paired with my Zune and my Indeed amp, I am very satisfied with my budget-fi system.
post #95 of 396
I've definitely considered the 840 pads, but I'm concerned about the effect on the sound. I'll probably just get them anyway, though. I think the majority of the discomfort comes from the fact that the earcups are too shallow; my ears stick out a fair bit.
I paid $70 via eBay. As far as I'm concerned, the 440s rival my DT990 Pros (MSRP of ~$280) in terms of sound quality and the enjoyment I get out of them. The comfort is another matter.
post #96 of 396
Thread Starter 
My new impression is up. Enjoy the reading!
post #97 of 396
Thread Starter 
Ordered a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi USB for two reasons: I would like even better sound, and Creative is one of the best names in the industry of sound cards, and two, I'm tired of listening to music through my laptop's sound card. Ever since I built my desktop, it's no longer enjoyable to listen to music through my laptop. I'll post my impression of the XB700 sometime during this weekend (the card should come in on Thursday).
post #98 of 396
Just purchased an EF2A for the headphones. I'll try to chime in to supplement your great thread with impressions regarding that combination once I finish the burn-in .
post #99 of 396
I'm interested. They're musically pretty versatile, balanced, reveal detail and the bass has definition and sounds like bass, mostly. I'll buy an amplifier anyway.

Are these good mates with an MDR V6 and a Pioneer Monitor 10?
post #100 of 396
Thread Starter 
Haven't heard either headphones, but I read on a review site that the MDR-V6's bass is more present but not as clear as the SRH440. As for the Pioneer, I have no idea...

Edit:
Here's the review site, with two other headphones:
Right Between Your Ears » A Review of Four ~$100 Sealed Headphones: Denon AH-D1001, Sennheiser HD 448, Shure SRH440, and Sony MDR-V6 – Part 2.
post #101 of 396
Just received mine today. Not sure why so many call these lean on bass. I actually find them to be a bit bass heavy though the bass never overwhelms the midrange or treble. The midrange is very nice sounding for a closed can. Maybe a tiny bit recessed in the upper mids (need to do more listening). Treble is clear and has nice sparkle.

Soundstage is ok for a closed can but thats about it. They are still closed in and boxy sounding. They aren't particularly fast sounding either. Detail, clarity, and separation are excellent however. Comfort and isolation are decent and they don't clamp too much.

Overall they are a excellent closed headphones for the price but if you don't need closed there are better sounding open alternatives (MS-1, AD700, and DT440)
post #102 of 396
Thread Starter 
We all have different tastes, and comparing them to all the headphones I've heard, they sound pretty lean on bass to me. We all have different tastes in sound; for example, one person on this thread commented that the bass from the SRH440 was too much for his liking. That's a statement I could never agree with, but whether I agree doesn't matter. The good thing about having a thread that's like this is that you get to have impressions from a basshead (me), many people with neutral tastes, people who like "light" sounding headphones, and all the other shades of people I missed in between.

One thing about both the XB700 and the SRH440 is that they do both sound like closed headphones. By that I mean that the overall fidelity and vibrancy of some instruments just aren't there and it sometimes feels like you're listening to music through a pinhole (a rather big pinhole though, as the headphones sound very good despite being closed). I remember going to see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and just be astounded by the sound of the instruments and how powerful each sound spectrum was. The bass was strong, present, and encompassing (but you can never have enough), and it would be pointless of me to talk about the awe-inspiring treble and alto instrument sounds. Thinking about it now, it reminds me of both of my headphones short-comings in that they can't reproduce the experience of that symphony hall (if you want headphones that can, you'll probably end up paying the same price as a balcony seat in the costs of amps/dacs, sources, and headphones).

They cost ~$80 whereas a company could easily manufacture the same headphone driver (after re-engineering it a bit) and stick it in an open headphone for the same price and it will sound "better" than the closed version. So, it's not really fair to compare closed and open headphones of the same price level since more work and thus more money would have to go into the closed headphones to make them sound as good open headphones.

It's a given that headphones are compared to headphones of similar type. This is why I did not really compare the SRH440 to the XB700 as much as I could have since they are significantly different. I said that I prefer the XB700 over the SRH440 because of my taste in sound. Similarly, you wouldn't compare headphones to earphones (unless they are amazing earphones, in which case they would most likely cost a good bit of money and would still make an unjust comparison), you wouldn't compare speakers to headphones (that's a bit of an extreme example), and you wouldn't even compare supra-aural to circum-aural (that's dependent on the price range though. Some supra-aural headphones that I've heard sound as good as circum-aural for around the same price, but of course, they don't isolate as well as circum-aural). I prefer closed headphones simply because of the isolating factor (which is why I'm looking for a way to cover the holes on the XB700 without significantly degrading sound quality, some degradation is to be expected though) so I have nothing against open headphones except for the fact that they just don't isolate.
post #103 of 396
Good god why on earth would you want a bass boost on the Shure 400 or 840? Are you trying to kill yourself?
post #104 of 396
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Originally Posted by swbf2cheater View Post
Good god why on earth would you want a bass boost on the Shure 400 or 840? Are you trying to kill yourself?
Because the 440's have lean bass, like he wrote?
post #105 of 396
for me, the bass on the 440 is good but there's always room for improvement

but I love its signature. it resembles open cans
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