I've heard the UE700 and CK10 and yes their signature is slightly in common with the SRH-940, at least in the bass and treble, the 940 is more accentuated and layered in the mids, IIRC.
I am considering the 940 (and the 840) for a new pair of headphones. My sources are 320kbps MP3, FLAC, and 24/96 downloads. My music tastes are alternative and hard rock, metal, and grunge primarily (Smashing Pumpkins, Megadeth, Pearl Jam, 311, etc). I need a closed headphone for the home and office and on-the-go. In my demos of headphones I found the Denon 1001/5000 and B&W P5 to be too mids and bass-centric, but I did enjoy my audition of the Grado SR225.
I see lots of discussion about the elevated treble with some peolpe describing it as overbearing. The headphone graphs over at Headroom seem to suggest the 940 actually has less treble tilt than the SR225s except above ~15k, so I'm wondering if I liked the SR225 if the 940 would be a good fit. Overall, I want a headphone with better balance than the headphones I've auditioned- more detail and "quality over quantity" bass for sure. For my (primarily rock) uses, do you think the 940 would be a good choice, or is the 840 more recommended? Am I looking in the completely wrong direction and should look at another brand of headphones?
Thanks in advance for your honest feedback!
If you thought the SR225's were fine, I think you will like the SRH-940.
Personally, I really enjoyed both the 940 and the SR325, and the 940 doesn't have any of the screaming cat sibilance in the SR325's.
Indeed, the P5 is very mid-centric, I liked it, but I prefer the 940's, they are slightly mid-centric too, but have really high-quality bass and treble at the same time, female vocals, instrument tone and layering all sounds pretty top notch for a ~$250 headphone, competing with the more elite models out there.
The 840 doesn't have the same sound quality imho, however Shure's IEM's like the SE425 are pretty good.