What's funny is that today I switched to a docked Ipod Touch (line out) to my Fiio E9. The sound definitely felt like it was downgraded when switching from the DAC (from PC). Less detail and the sound was even less clear. No big surprise there. The Ipod Touch does seem to add in a little extra bass (no EQ). Wonder why because I always though they were neutral. I don't know if I'll be able to go back to using an Ipod Touch anymore.Only used it for portable use anyway.
Strangely enough I switched from a Belden 1192A to a Mogami starquad cable and the mids were a tiny bit less forward and slightly less fatiguing (so far). Call me crazy, but I always felt those Monoprice thick cables added in a tiny bit of bass. Surely some people on here use the $1 Monoprice cables right? On very few headphones can I actually hear any difference between interconnect cables. Just the D2000, Sextett and now the SRH-940. I like the Mogami because it only costs under $5 to make. Redco also sells them for under $8 too if you don't like soldering. It seems like when I used Belden for recables on headphones with forward mids it made them a little more fatiguing, but using them as interconnect cables shouldn't make much difference.
BTW one funny thing I just noticed is that the mids are a little thinner sounding on the E9 when switching from the Headroom Micro Amp. Kind of interesting, but I need to do more testing. I hate to see what they're like straight from a portable device.
Right now so far the Micro Amp makes them sound the best. I bet my Airhead would make them sound quite similar too.
It's funny because I was reading a review where they said some may want more colored mids than what the SRH-940 offers. I was thinking to myself..if they were any more colored they'd be an HD-650! Maybe these will sound totally different for everyone depending on amping or source. Who knows...that's my guess. These things love my amp..I guess that's good news for me.
Fiio E9 is a nice match for them too. Totally not required of course.
Overall I like their sound a lot, but it's a bit different than what I normally like. Yet on paper it seems to match my perfect headphone. They still don't seem too neutral to me. Maybe straight from a portable player they will be.
Biggest disappointment of the SRH-940 is the overall sound clarity (on any amp) and the soundstage. Just good in both areas. I guess I can't have everything.
I think tonight I'll compare these to the HD-598 for gaming.
Feels weird how much better (and different) these sound with a different interconnect cable..and they say cables make no difference?! Seriously try a $5 Mogami and tell me if you see an improvement or not. Can't get over how less fatiguing they are now. Ok, it's like an under 5% difference, but it's definitely noticeable.
I was listening to them though with the Fiio E9 and the resulting sound felt a tiny bit more neutral than the day before. Almost kind of boring to listen to. Switched to the Headroom Micro Amp and it's a huge improvement. Probably less neutral, but that's OK with me. With this amp it's hard to complain about the bass of the SRH-940. Not that I would. Too bad very few people here seem to use Headroom amps. I like them a lot. It seems that many years ago they were more a little more common.
My advice is to try another amp, source or cable if you don't like how they sound
Edited by tdockweiler - 9/20/11 at 12:27pm