Hello Brooko. Nice to read you here. (How's those Alu Cups on the MS1?) on the topic Do you find the SRH940 more musical then the DT880? also how much less is the SRH940 Bass compare to the DT880? I owned the 880/600 and found them boring a bit like the K701 so I'm hoping the SRH940 will be more Alive.
Interesting comments - especially from those who haven't heard the SRH840, SRH940 or DT880. I've been fortunate enough to own all three.
In my review of them (SRH940) - I did say that I wasn't happy with the bass - I'll expand on that a little.
I'm not a bass-head. Never have been. My criticism of the SRH840 was that although they were nicely balanced (to me), the mid-bass hump tended to make them slightly boomy, and the bass if anything was slightly over emphasised. Mids were very good. Highs were sparkly enough.
The SRH940 on the other hand has the most perfect mids I've ever heard. Smooth, sweet rather than overly lush, and with vocals particularly brought to the front. Listening to any female vocals on the 940 is pure pleasure. The highs are good as well. I don't think they're overdone at all - I haven't found any sibilance with them. The detail is incredible. The sub-bass is fine for what I want - it extends low, and it's not rumbly or dominant. The mid-bass is where it's missing - and for me it makes the whole presentation seem slightly off. Like I said in my review - take Porcupine Tree's "Trains" - at one point there is rhythmic clapping. On the SRH940 the clapping sounds weak and dry and unrealistic. It's because the mid-bass is just a little too recessed. Everything else is great. Track after track where I expect some bass impact - I get the bass, but it doesn't sound realistic. That's my only complaint as far as SQ goes. I agree with Pratt's comments about the dryness - I think it's the missing/recessed mid-bass. I could fix it with bass boost to a certain extent, or better with EQ - but I'd rather continue my search for the ideal can - even if it means going further up the ladder.
For female vocals, for smooth jazz, even for classical - the SRH940 sound incredibly, wonderfully good. The problem is that I listen to far more genres than these. I already have the DT880s, and although they do not have the same detail, or the same sweet mids (the DT880 mids sound almost recessed in comparison to the SRH940), the one thing the DT880 has IMO is balance. And when I look across all the genres I listen to - they are better all rounders to me.
Others will have their own opinions. All I'd suggest is not to draw conclusions until you get a chance to hear them. IMO if you crossed the DT880 with the SRH940 you'd have my ideal can ....
DT880 bass, SRH940 mids, somewhere between the two's highs, DT880 comfort, SRH940 design (replaceable cables, swivelling cups) - I'd never look for another headphone again.