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post #106 of 187
Some people have suggested that the Shure 940 got its detail from a boosted treble. But that only works when the detail is suppressed without the boost. If you start with a headphone that has good detail and normal treble and boost the treble, you won't increase real detail, just aggravation.
post #107 of 187

SRH-940's just arrived!

 

First impression after 60 seconds of listening coming from HD 650s... these are VERY good :D

 

Edit: Definitely seems on par with 650s resolution, if not more. Not even slightly siblant to my ears, which is really good. Ultrasone Pro 900 for example is unbearably painful for me for more than 30 seconds. I'm also surprised that people say this has light bass. The bass almost sounds more than my HD 650 but I think it's due to the better extension.

 

However this is unamped since I don't have mine with me. I'll wait to critically test in a quiet environment with my DAC/Amp before posting my review :)

 

The only thing that annoys me is the pressure on the top of my head. I wonder if there's a way to bend it so this doesn't happen. It seems to be made out of rubber or something but I wish I could make it just a little more bent by default, and these would be perfectly comfortable.


Edited by ac500 - 9/8/11 at 2:47pm
post #108 of 187
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SRH-940's just arrived!


I'm also surprised that people say this has light bass. The bass almost sounds more than my HD 650, but maybe because of more extension.

 

The bass is just a bit in background compared to mids and high. Try with different music. Try especially a track with lot of percussions and bass, you'll see what dominates . Great that you find the bass fine.  Even more than hd650, really ?

post #109 of 187

Well like I said I still need to compare while they're amped + DAC and in a quiet environment (important for HD 650's at least), but I think that impression was due to slightly more flat extension into bass. The "mid" bass isn't stronger, however I still don't think there's anything even slightly recessed about it to my ears.


Edited by ac500 - 9/8/11 at 3:27pm
post #110 of 187

What a bummer, we finally received new stock of HD600's, so on lunch break I decided to finally compare them to the srh940's I was hyped up about for the last few months. And well, I much prefer the hd600, and was really expecting the shure's to blow them away. I just found the shure's unnatural and mainly disliked the comfort. Kinda sucks, I kind of started disliking sennheiser for what they do, realized my IE8's are meh. But now I kind of understand the senn fanboyism. HD600 vs beyer dt880/600 ohm, which should I get?

post #111 of 187

HD600 all the way

post #112 of 187

I'm curious to know a more detailed comparison of HD 600 vs SRH-940. With the 940 being claimed to be almost as good as an HD 800, I don't quite understand why the HD 600 would be better than the 940. I'm almost tempted to buy a HD 600 and compare now... Hmm.

 

Anyway I've been listening for a while now, and the SRH-940 is an amazing headphone IMO. 

 

Although the sound is more fatiguing than the 650 due to the treble, it's really not bad. Sadly comfort-wise they don't really compare to the 650. The HD 650 is amazing in that I can barely feel them on my head - they fit like a (lightweight) glove. The SRH-940 would be almost perfect if it wasn't for the headband mashing down on the top of my head, and the fact that my ear is smashed slightly by the drivers.

 

There's not much to add to existing reviews I guess. What I found particularly surprising is how good the bass is... I actually prefer it to my 650's (sub)bass in some ways. It's not stronger overall, but it extends further and is overall more fast, crisp, and flat all the way down. Having the presence of treble the HD 650 doesn't have is quite nice for some things, giving a fuller sound in places where it matters. My HD 650 is still amazing for some songs and pure comfort and zero fatigue, but these make a nearly perfect complement to them.

 

The only problem I still have is that the comfort is really not so great. It's not bad... but getting used to my HD 650's spoiled me I guess. I'm almost tempted to try HD 600's to see if it compares to the SRH-940's sound with the bonus of comfort, but of course the 940's are great for my closed headphones.


Edited by ac500 - 9/8/11 at 9:51pm
post #113 of 187
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I'm curious to know a more detailed comparison of HD 600 vs SRH-940. With the 940 being claimed to be almost as good as an HD 800, I don't quite understand why the HD 600 would be better than the 940. I'm almost tempted to buy a HD 600 and compare now... Hmm.



I've compared the hd600 and the shure but haven't heard the hd800s. Lots of people prefer the hd600 to the hd800 though.

post #114 of 187

My experience with the srh940 is just better when using some reverb.

I just created a new thread explaining in a lengthy way how I use the M7 impulse set inside foobar.

You  get:

more neutral result  , less fatiguing sound, and expanded soundstage.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/570881/improving-srh940-experience-with-m7-reverb-and-perhaps-other-headphones

 

 


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 9/8/11 at 10:15pm
post #115 of 187
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I'm curious to know a more detailed comparison of HD 600 vs SRH-940. With the 940 being claimed to be almost as good as an HD 800, I don't quite understand why the HD 600 would be better than the 940. I'm almost tempted to buy a HD 600 and compare now... Hmm.

 

Anyway I've been listening for a while now, and the SRH-940 is an amazing headphone IMO. 

 

Although the sound is more fatiguing than the 650 due to the treble, it's really not bad. Sadly comfort-wise they don't really compare to the 650. The HD 650 is amazing in that I can barely feel them on my head - they fit like a (lightweight) glove. The SRH-940 would be almost perfect if it wasn't for the headband mashing down on the top of my head, and the fact that my ear is smashed slightly by the drivers.

 

There's not much to add to existing reviews I guess. What I found particularly surprising is how good the bass is... I actually prefer it to my 650's (sub)bass in some ways. It's not stronger overall, but it extends further and is overall more fast, crisp, and flat all the way down. Having the presence of treble the HD 650 doesn't have is quite nice for some things, giving a fuller sound in places where it matters. My HD 650 is still amazing for some songs and pure comfort and zero fatigue, but these make a nearly perfect complement to them.

 

The only problem I still have is that the comfort is really not so great. It's not bad... but getting used to my HD 650's spoiled me I guess. I'm almost tempted to try HD 600's to see if it compares to the SRH-940's sound with the bonus of comfort, but of course the 940's are great for my closed headphones.


The Shure 940 is not almost as good as the HD800. Just because some guy plugs the HD800 and 940 into an iPod and writes about it doesn't make it set in stone. Take it with the large grain of salt it deserves. The Shure is a good closed 'phone and is a good value. That said, it's not in the same league as the Senn HD800. Saying the two are close is not the consensus.
post #116 of 187

Well I'm curious now in comparing the 940's to the HD 600. I don't know if it's due to the brighter sound compared to my 650, but I can say that on my DAC/Amp, the SRH-940 sounds considerably better than my 650 in the mids (female vocalists for example). Honestly, I really didn't want this to be true because my 650's are so comfortable, but I have to admit it (so it's not new-toy placebo :) ).

 

I wonder if it's due to the NFB-12 being insufficient amplification for my 650. I noticed that NFB-12 vs. macbook headphone plug isn't a massive difference with my 650s, but rather subtle. However SRH-940 out of NFB-12 vs. headphone jack is actually a very noticeable difference to me especially in the highs - the NFB-12 has much more detail and resolution (I think this is the DAC part).

 

In any case, I'm definitely gonna be keeping these :). The problem is now I'm conflicted wondering whether the HD 600's would sound better than my 650's under my current amplification :/ ... or if the 940's are simply truly better than the 650's and 600's in mids (well the bass is tighter too, to my ears).


Edited by ac500 - 9/8/11 at 11:18pm
post #117 of 187
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The problem is now I'm conflicted wondering whether the HD 600's would sound better than my 650's under my current amplification :/ ... or if the 940's are simply truly better than the 650's and 600's in mids (well the bass is tighter too, to my ears).


Lot of people prefer the hd600 to the hd650. Also the hd650 "scales better" with amping, which means. that there will always be a jerk suggesting that you should try a more expensive amp.
post #118 of 187
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Well I'm curious now in comparing the 940's to the HD 600. I don't know if it's due to the brighter sound compared to my 650, but I can say that on my DAC/Amp, the SRH-940 sounds considerably better than my 650 in the mids (female vocalists for example). Honestly, I really didn't want this to be true because my 650's are so comfortable, but I have to admit it (so it's not new-toy placebo :) ).

 

I wonder if it's due to the NFB-12 being insufficient amplification for my 650. I noticed that NFB-12 vs. macbook headphone plug isn't a massive difference with my 650s, but rather subtle. However SRH-940 out of NFB-12 vs. headphone jack is actually a very noticeable difference to me especially in the highs - the NFB-12 has much more detail and resolution (I think this is the DAC part).

 

In any case, I'm definitely gonna be keeping these :). The problem is now I'm conflicted wondering whether the HD 600's would sound better than my 650's under my current amplification :/ ... or if the 940's are simply truly better than the 650's and 600's in mids (well the bass is tighter too, to my ears).


Heya,


If you like the SRH940, and really want to get some qualities of the HD600, then you should check out the HE-300.

 

Very best,

 

post #119 of 187

This hobby is getting really expensive ;)

 

Maybe I should just save up and get a $1000 headphone. I don't know.

 

Anyway thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into that. P.S. I don't necessarily want qualities of the HD 600 because I haven't heard it. I was just wishing I could take the crisp detailed mids and tighter bass from the 940's and put them into my ultra-comfortable 650's, while toning down the highs just a bit :)


Edited by ac500 - 9/9/11 at 12:01am
post #120 of 187

And then there are a few people that possibly would like an hd600 over an he500(probably me since I didn't like the he6). As for hd650 vs 600 mids, 650 upper mids are more recessed than the hd600s while the hd650 is slightly warmer in the low mid area all the way down to the midbass.

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