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post #76 of 94

i've tried the 440 and 840 pads.

the 440 are slightly more comfy than stock. less bass, highs and stage opened up. fit perfectly. probably most neutral sounding

the 840 are very comfy. highs slightly opened, bass is less muddy. fit a little loose but best sound. 

post #77 of 94

haha my m50 pads look exactly like yours

post #78 of 94

do you know if this earpads are in ebay?

post #79 of 94

Yea, the 840 pads are definitely uncomfortable. Sounds great, but kills my ears.

post #80 of 94

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Originally Posted by julioforo View Post

do you know if this earpads are in ebay?


I don't think they can be found on ebay... I got mine from Sweetwater for ~$15 (Shure 840).

 

Personally I found the stock pads to sound much better than the 840 pads.  I couldn't tell whether or not the soundstage was better between the Shure's and the originals, but to my ears the Shure's decreased the bass too much.  I used them for 2 weeks before going back to the originals (about an hour ago) and don't think I'll go back.

 

Now, to find a tissue box to stretch out the headband smily_headphones1.gif .   I'm going to miss the comfyness of the 840s...

post #81 of 94

Hmm I've gotta try this. I can't even listen through a whole album with the M50's without my ears getting sore. Thanks for the idea!

post #82 of 94
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneOutput View Post

Hmm I've gotta try this. I can't even listen through a whole album with the M50's without my ears getting sore. Thanks for the idea!



What part of your ears?  I can wear them for at least a few hours comfortably.

post #83 of 94
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneOutput View Post

Hmm I've gotta try this. I can't even listen through a whole album with the M50's without my ears getting sore. Thanks for the idea!



Someone in another thread suggested rotating the earpads. My right ear would get sore around the edge after a couple hours. After I rotated the earpad, the discomfort disappeared.

post #84 of 94

Edit: I just got the 840 pads today. I'll tell my initial reactions here and maybe go into detail later. Okay first of all the comfort is amazing. It's great that you can't even notice the pressure anymore and the pads don't even touch your ears! Definitely loving the 840 pads on here. As far as sound goes, I can't notice any changes right off the bat. Maybe by next week I'll give a listen to the old ones and see what I hear.


Edited by Kubiak - 3/4/11 at 2:24pm
post #85 of 94

Okay I've been using the 840 pads for a good 16 days and I can say without a doubt that there is a sound change. I could tell immediately when I changed the earpads because it has a similar effect to changing the EQ. Here I'll list some differences.

 

Sound with the stock M50 pads (Compared to a 2 week 840 listening experience)

  • The sound stage is noticeably smaller; the highs (Acoustic Guitar) feel right next to your ear, maybe even louder.
  • I can tell the mids are recessed because my ears are paying more attention to the highs than the vocals.
  • Time to put on some electronic music :: Listened to LCD Soundsystem's "I'm Losing My Edge" first with M50 pads
  • The bass is easily louder and more punchy. Feels soft now that I'm on the 840s
  • The other sounds aren't as loud and in your face. (At the moment I'm attributing this to the fact that the pads make the drivers further away than stock pads

 

Verdict: With the soundstage being larger, a lot of the sounds are recessed but the mids do come forward; vocals are increased. The comfort level of the 840s is a huge improvement. Overall the M50 pad's sound is my favorite of the two. The sound is louder, clearer, closer. It doesn't give the sound much room to breathe but that's the way it was meant to be heard, as studio monitoring. I really wish these pads were more comfortable because I really just can't stand it after a few hours. I'm probably going to be switching these a lot more often, or I'm going to fork out some $$ to get the M50 replacement pads (more expensive than the 840 pads).

 

If I were to suggest anything, I'd say just re-buy the stock M50 pads if you're happy with the sound but not happy with how thinned the padding has gotten. If you want something really comfortable but wouldn't mind an EQ change, get the 840 pads. To me, comfort is overall the deciding factor. I listen for hours long and if the driver is touching my ear it's not good.

 

*Note: I think the fact that the driver is so close actually adds to the ear-hurting factor at loud volumes

*Wipe down your pads often; don't want them cracking.

 

I can do further analyzing if people want.

post #86 of 94

are there any other pads than the shures that are more comfortable than the m50 stock pads but don't degrade the sound?

 

also is there a velour alternataive

post #87 of 94

Owning both the shure srh840 and audio technica ath m50 i have spare 840 pads. Knowing this i put them on my m50s. The sound on the m50s is improved by a lot and comfort is substantially better. They are no longer harsh and i can listen longer and louder.

post #88 of 94

Can someone please inform me if the M50 leak any more/less with the SRH 840 pads on? thanks.

post #89 of 94

bump

post #90 of 94

I would imagine they leak more with the 840 pads because they don't fit as tight. Check out my impressions of the 940 pads here.


Edited by FuzzyD - 1/31/12 at 4:24pm
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