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Originally Posted by Pratt View Post

 

I don't find the percussion over done, I just find it more detailed than with other phones. But it doesn't sound disjointed.
 

When listening to title "In the closet" by Michael Jackson, I found the percussions disjointed compared to the bass on background. This impression decreased with time , either because of burning or because I'm getting used to the sound.

 

Regarding your statement about DAC/Amp: well the sound from my xonar stx was better than my cowon s9, then obviously something matters. I have noticed slight changes with amping (I mean high gain , instead of normal gain on xonar stx) , but not necessarily good ones, so I prefer to "not amp".

 

About burning: I observed drastic changes from burning with my sennheiser IE7, on first few hours. I believe it evolves in a logarithmic way, i.e the more you burn, the less and less there are improvements, until you notice nothing.

 

About blind test, I do not completely trust this kind of test for various reasons:

- you must concentrate on samples and compare, which doesn't represent an overall and natural experience

- hearing fatigue: yep you ears are less and less sensitive, when you replay the same samples endlessly

- the way your brain become "biased" by expecting differences even when they aren't.

- infrasounds , from wikipedia: "Infrasound has been known to cause feelings of awe or fear in humans. Since it is not consciously perceived, it can make people feel vaguely that supernatural events are taking place."


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 9/3/11 at 12:14pm
post #1142 of 3844

I got the Sennheiser HD 598s about a month ago, they are my first pair of audiophile grade headphones, and I love them. However I was interested in getting another pair of headphones that had even more detail than the 598s and that could be used for critical music listening and analyzing, as I intend to do some light musical production soon. After looking at the different reviews on head-fi, I was convinced that the Shure SRH 840 was the right headphone for me price/value wise, but then I noticed that there is a more high end model and at the last minute after trying to decide whether the extra $150 for the 940 was worth it, I just pulled the trigger and ordered it online.

 

So the SRH 940s arrived today and Ive started listening to them for the past 30 mins....

 

To be honest, I'm a little underwhelmed. Dont know how to put it in technical terms but they sound a bit more flat than my HD 598s....I know some headphones need burn-in time but with all the rave reviews its been getting I thought these would blow my mind as soon as I took em out the box and put them on. I know CD audio and FLAC files have the best audio quality and the songs I'm listening to are mostly 320kbps mp3s, and 256kbps AACs from the iTunes store, but all these songs sound stellar on my HD 598s, so I dont think thats the problem.

 

However, I think I had the same initial feelings with the HD 598s. Out of the box, I dont think they sounded that good...they sounded rather flat and I kinda thought I wasted $200 on a pair of pretty white plastic headphones....but as the days went by with continuous playing of music and pink noise, the sound and bass started to mature and now they sound absolutely terrific.

 

Hopefully the sound on these 940s will improve considerably too as the days go on...I want to hear the fantastic mids and highs everyone on this thread raves on about. If it does then I will be a true believer of "burn-in".

 

Also let me note that I've never used a dac/amp for any of my equipment yet...however I plan on getting the Fiio E7 sometime next week and if needed the E9 later....or does any one have any good amps to recommend for desktop use with the SRH 940 and HD598? I've heard somewhere that tube amps offer more pristine sound that SS amps, is that true?

post #1143 of 3844

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Originally Posted by DarkAndroid View Post

I got the Sennheiser HD 598s about a month ago, they are my first pair of audiophile grade headphones, and I love them. However I was interested in getting another pair of headphones that had even more detail than the 598s and that could be used for critical music listening and analyzing, as I intend to do some light musical production soon. After looking at the different reviews on head-fi, I was convinced that the Shure SRH 840 was the right headphone for me price/value wise, but then I noticed that there is a more high end model and at the last minute after trying to decide whether the extra $150 for the 940 was worth it, I just pulled the trigger and ordered it online.

 

So the SRH 940s arrived today and Ive started listening to them for the past 30 mins....

 

To be honest, I'm a little underwhelmed. Dont know how to put it in technical terms but they sound a bit more flat than my HD 598s....I know some headphones need burn-in time but with all the rave reviews its been getting I thought these would blow my mind as soon as I took em out the box and put them on. I know CD audio and FLAC files have the best audio quality and the songs I'm listening to are mostly 320kbps mp3s, and 256kbps AACs from the iTunes store, but all these songs sound stellar on my HD 598s, so I dont think thats the problem.

 

However, I think I had the same initial feelings with the HD 598s. Out of the box, I dont think they sounded that good...they sounded rather flat and I kinda thought I wasted $200 on a pair of pretty white plastic headphones....but as the days went by with continuous playing of music and pink noise, the sound and bass started to mature and now they sound absolutely terrific.

 

Hopefully the sound on these 940s will improve considerably too as the days go on...I want to hear the fantastic mids and highs everyone on this thread raves on about. If it does then I will be a true believer of "burn-in".

 

Also let me note that I've never used a dac/amp for any of my equipment yet...however I plan on getting the Fiio E7 sometime next week and if needed the E9 later....or does any one have any good amps to recommend for desktop use with the SRH 940 and HD598? I've heard somewhere that tube amps offer more pristine sound that SS amps, is that true?

I think each headphone have strength and weakness, don't jump too fast on conclusions. Also experiment with different kind of music.

In term of "bang for the buck", I'm happy with all the extras that the srh940 provide. I hope they are more robust than my hd595 (stupid cracking on headband, and even on earpads) , time will tell.
 

 


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 9/3/11 at 2:49pm
post #1144 of 3844
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Originally Posted by DarkAndroid View Post

I got the Sennheiser HD 598s about a month ago, they are my first pair of audiophile grade headphones, and I love them. However I was interested in getting another pair of headphones that had even more detail than the 598s and that could be used for critical music listening and analyzing, as I intend to do some light musical production soon. After looking at the different reviews on head-fi, I was convinced that the Shure SRH 840 was the right headphone for me price/value wise, but then I noticed that there is a more high end model and at the last minute after trying to decide whether the extra $150 for the 940 was worth it, I just pulled the trigger and ordered it online.

 

So the SRH 940s arrived today and Ive started listening to them for the past 30 mins....

 

To be honest, I'm a little underwhelmed. Dont know how to put it in technical terms but they sound a bit more flat than my HD 598s....I know some headphones need burn-in time but with all the rave reviews its been getting I thought these would blow my mind as soon as I took em out the box and put them on. I know CD audio and FLAC files have the best audio quality and the songs I'm listening to are mostly 320kbps mp3s, and 256kbps AACs from the iTunes store, but all these songs sound stellar on my HD 598s, so I dont think thats the problem.

 

However, I think I had the same initial feelings with the HD 598s. Out of the box, I dont think they sounded that good...they sounded rather flat and I kinda thought I wasted $200 on a pair of pretty white plastic headphones....but as the days went by with continuous playing of music and pink noise, the sound and bass started to mature and now they sound absolutely terrific.

 

Hopefully the sound on these 940s will improve considerably too as the days go on...I want to hear the fantastic mids and highs everyone on this thread raves on about. If it does then I will be a true believer of "burn-in".

 

Also let me note that I've never used a dac/amp for any of my equipment yet...however I plan on getting the Fiio E7 sometime next week and if needed the E9 later....or does any one have any good amps to recommend for desktop use with the SRH 940 and HD598? I've heard somewhere that tube amps offer more pristine sound that SS amps, is that true?


I don't wish to become involved in subjective comments on whether the SHR940's are "bass-light" or "bright", I will just say that I very much enjoy them with the genres of music I enjoy: (classical, instrumental, acoustic, jazz)   I am using the Project Sunrise tube amp with a Psvane 12AU7 tube and the combination sounds, to my ears, superb and well able to hold its own against headphone/amplifier combinations costing far more than this modest pairing.  

 

post #1145 of 3844
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Originally Posted by DarkAndroid View Post

After looking at the different reviews on head-fi, I was convinced that the Shure SRH 840 was the right headphone for me price/value wise, but then I noticed that there is a more high end model and at the last minute after trying to decide whether the extra $150 for the 940 was worth it, I just pulled the trigger and ordered it online.


They really aren't a straight upgrade from the 840s, they sound very different. I've heard the 940 described as an upgraded 440, but I'm not sure what a step up from 840s would be. I'm hoping it's going to be the dt250, but we'll see.
 

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Originally Posted by DarkAndroid View Post

 

To be honest, I'm a little underwhelmed. Dont know how to put it in technical terms but they sound a bit more flat than my HD 598s....I know some headphones need burn-in time but with all the rave reviews its been getting I thought these would blow my mind as soon as I took em out the box and put them on. I know CD audio and FLAC files have the best audio quality and the songs I'm listening to are mostly 320kbps mp3s, and 256kbps AACs from the iTunes store, but all these songs sound stellar on my HD 598s, so I dont think thats the problem.

 

I thought they took some time getting used to, but over time I really liked them. Personally I loved the balance and clarity of the midrange, and the treble was beautiful. But they are very unforgiving, which is why I didn't keep them. Immaculately produced music will sound better than ever, but with anything else you'll hear all the warts.

post #1146 of 3844

It would be wise to pair the srh940's with an amp e7/e9 combo for starters would be good. It should become noticeably better. Oh and burn-in is definitely not a myth, so give it a bit more time and they will get better; just like your hd598's did.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkAndroid View Post

I got the Sennheiser HD 598s about a month ago, they are my first pair of audiophile grade headphones, and I love them. However I was interested in getting another pair of headphones that had even more detail than the 598s and that could be used for critical music listening and analyzing, as I intend to do some light musical production soon. After looking at the different reviews on head-fi, I was convinced that the Shure SRH 840 was the right headphone for me price/value wise, but then I noticed that there is a more high end model and at the last minute after trying to decide whether the extra $150 for the 940 was worth it, I just pulled the trigger and ordered it online.

 

So the SRH 940s arrived today and Ive started listening to them for the past 30 mins....

 

To be honest, I'm a little underwhelmed. Dont know how to put it in technical terms but they sound a bit more flat than my HD 598s....I know some headphones need burn-in time but with all the rave reviews its been getting I thought these would blow my mind as soon as I took em out the box and put them on. I know CD audio and FLAC files have the best audio quality and the songs I'm listening to are mostly 320kbps mp3s, and 256kbps AACs from the iTunes store, but all these songs sound stellar on my HD 598s, so I dont think thats the problem.

 

However, I think I had the same initial feelings with the HD 598s. Out of the box, I dont think they sounded that good...they sounded rather flat and I kinda thought I wasted $200 on a pair of pretty white plastic headphones....but as the days went by with continuous playing of music and pink noise, the sound and bass started to mature and now they sound absolutely terrific.

 

Hopefully the sound on these 940s will improve considerably too as the days go on...I want to hear the fantastic mids and highs everyone on this thread raves on about. If it does then I will be a true believer of "burn-in".

 

Also let me note that I've never used a dac/amp for any of my equipment yet...however I plan on getting the Fiio E7 sometime next week and if needed the E9 later....or does any one have any good amps to recommend for desktop use with the SRH 940 and HD598? I've heard somewhere that tube amps offer more pristine sound that SS amps, is that true?



 

post #1147 of 3844
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Originally Posted by DarkAndroid View Post


 

Also let me note that I've never used a dac/amp for any of my equipment yet...however I plan on getting the Fiio E7 sometime next week and if needed the E9 later....or does any one have any good amps to recommend for desktop use with the SRH 940 and HD598? I've heard somewhere that tube amps offer more pristine sound that SS amps, is that true?

I second the recommendation for the FiiO combo.  It is a slick two piece unit that is very affordable. Combined with the line out dock (L7) it is a handy unit-- having the freedom to be a DAC that is easy to transport, and offers up an entry level portable headphone amplifier as well.

 

Plenty of juice if you ever feel like getting something that has more electrical resistance too.

 

post #1148 of 3844

@extrabigmehdi @HiFlight @200poundsofamp @dleblanc343 @R-Audiohead thanks for your replies. When I've listened to the 940s for another week or two and I've gotten my amp I'll post back here and tell you how it sounds then. I do believe these headphones are really good though whether my ears hear it right now or not.....too many people have said good things about the 940. There was one review where the guy said the 940s are almost as good as the  almighty Sennheiser HD 800 headphones sound quality wise, so I'm pretty certain these are capable of great sound. I guess one thing I'll have to try and do is buy more of my music through physical album cd's instead of downloading from iTunes and other sources, as it seems CD audio is uncompressed and is the best quality source of music at the moment.

being an audiophile can be an expensive hobby.....but I love it. :-)

post #1149 of 3844
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Originally Posted by DarkAndroid View Post

There was one review where the guy said the 940s are almost as good as the  almighty Sennheiser HD 800 headphones sound quality wise, so I'm pretty certain these are capable of great sound.


That guy's review is all over the place; Amazon.com, Headphones.com, Innerfidelity.com.

 

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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post




That guy's review is all over the place; Amazon.com, Headphones.com, Innerfidelity.com.

 


Add to the list: headfonics.com, sgheadphones.net, headphiles.org .

Just search with google the exact expression (i.e with quotes) : "The Shure SRH-940 compares favorably to the Sennheiser HD-800"

 

 

 

post #1151 of 3844
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post




Add to the list: headfonics.com, sgheadphones.net, headphiles.org .

Just search with google the exact expression (i.e with quotes) : "The Shure SRH-940 compares favorably to the Sennheiser HD-800"

 

 

 



Is that Mr-I-ran-the-940-and-HD800-out-of-an-iPod?
post #1152 of 3844
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Originally Posted by baka1969 View Post


Is that Mr-I-ran-the-940-and-HD800-out-of-an-iPod?


I had a dream, and this dream was that I bought something as good as the hd800 for only 250$ . Now stop nitpicking with such details. wink.gif
post #1153 of 3844
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post



I had a dream, and this dream was that I bought something as good as the hd800 for only 250$ . Now stop nitpicking with such details. wink.gif

I had dream that Pink Floyd would get back together, write songs, make an album and go on a world tour. But we all know that can't happen. smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by baka1969 View Post



I had dream that Pink Floyd would get back together, write songs, make an album and go on a world tour. But we all know that can't happen. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Hey, you should be happy.  Your Phillies look primed to win it all this year(assuming you're a fan correct me if I'm wrong).
 

 

post #1155 of 3844
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Originally Posted by Digital-Pride View Post



 

Hey, you should be happy.  Your Phillies look primed to win it all this year(assuming you're a fan correct me if I'm wrong).
 

 


My avatar didn't give it away? smily_headphones1.gif

I've been a Phillies/Eagles fan since inception. Never wavering. No matter where I've lived or how good/bad the team was. Let me simply say that I remember the pajama uniforms. That's how old I am.
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