and I couldn't properly use their SRH840 headphones because the music volume was too loud at their display stand. -.-
However, I did get to try out the Shure SRH750DJ headphones with my own source (iPod Touch) since they didn't have it on display, and they sounded pretty darn amazing. Clear vocals (though the soundstage seemed pretty small), excellent bass punch, I couldn't detect much sibilance, and I noticed that the highs and lows were much more detailed compared to my current Sennheiser CX300 IEMs. Everything about them was superior to my CX300 and my Skullcandy Hesh 'phones (though I was expecting these results). One thing that bothered me was how quickly their ear pads heated up. After only about 8 minutes, my ears were starting to get hot and when I took the 'phones off my ears, there was some moisture already accumulated on it.
I also tried out the Pioneer HDJ-1000 DJ's, SRH440's, ATH-M45, ATH-M30, Beyerdynamic DT770, and a few AKG 'phones. I can't say much about their SQ since they were playing their own music (I think I heard an Infected Mushroom song in the playlist) and to me it didn't sound very clear (perhaps they were using a bad source or their music wasn't hi-fi?). Also, they claimed that they no longer have Ultrasone headphones in stock...but it's advertised on their website the last time I checked. That was a bummer since I was hoping to try out some of their 'phones to check out all the S-Logic hype.
From my brief initial comparisons:
- The SRH440's were less comfortable than the 840's and both seemed pretty well-built...though it comes at the cost of bulkiness and weight.
- The AKG's were fairly light in weight on my head
- The Pioneers had pretty good sound isolation despite having a shallow earcup (whereas the other headphones had a hole large enough for my ear to fit into)
- The velvet ear pads of the DT770 were very comfortable but the weight of the headphones themselves was uncomfortable on my head
- The Audio Technica 'phones were pretty comfortable and had decent sound isolation as well.
- With every pair of headphones they had on display, they were MUCH more comfortable than my Skullcandy Hesh's pleather and their clamping forces were much lower than my Hesh's as well (which is a good thing for long durations of headphone use)
All in all, I was somewhat disappointed with my first visit since they didn't have most of the headphones I wanted to test and with the ones they did have, I couldn't use my own source. I do have to give credit to their employees though who were friendly and helpful during my visit. :)
Does anyone have suggestions as to where else I could test headphones before I make my purchase?
Edited by miceblue - 3/14/11 at 2:11pm