Hey Guys, just received my pair of SRH940s and me and a friend spent an hour comparing it with the Alessandro MS2s. We plugged em both into my HUD-MX1 together and switched headphones to make a comparison.
Our first impression was that at the same volume at which i listen to the MS2s (bout 10-11 o clock), the 940s sounded distant and a little recessed. The MS2, in comparison had more punch in terms of bass and treble. We were both a little shocked at what a stark difference it was. However after turning the volume (bout 12-1 o clock) the 940s started to open up. and sound alot more alive. Still didnt quite have the impact that the MS2s had though, and at that volume, hissing from tracks became more obvious and the 940 started to leak sound through the velour pads. That said, the mids on the 940s without burn in, easily trumped the MS2s, voices had alot more depth to them, only catch was that more volume was required to drive them to that sweet spot.
Any of you guys own both headphones and have thoughts on this? I'm guessing the 940s still need to be burnt in and they are meant to sound more neutral than the MS2s. I'm a little surprised by how much i prefer the 'fun' sound to a more 'netural' one though. I'm guessing i'm too used to my MS2s
If you like the grado sound, or any heavily colored sound signature, Shures will not be your cup of tea as they are the complete opposite. That's why there are so many headphones out there! Personally, I grew tired of grados (look at my sig), and found them to be painfully fatiguing and the neutral open sound of Shures was like angels singing. But, we all hear differently and that's what makes this hobby so much fun. I hope wherever you got them from has a good return policy.
I spose ur rightI Just cross checked it with my SE535s though, the 535s sound a lot more forward than these babies. That said, it may not be a fun sound, but i'm pretty sure it is accurate. I just plugged it into my ipod +IQube and immediately could hear the difference in the Ipod DAC vs the MX-1 DAC. The former's bass came off distorted in comparison with the latter's. This difference wasn't that obvious on my MS2s, you can tell the 940s were built for reference.
I'll probably hold on to them for awhile to burn them in and find more nuances in my equipment.