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Sony MDR-V6 vs Shure SRH440?

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I have been trying out the Sony MDR-V6 for a week now and I like them a lot but can't stand the coiled cable.  Is the Shure SRH440 a comparable option - with the replacement straight cable?

 

Or is there another option I should consider?  I've read that the SRH440 really needs an amp and equalizer for good bass.  I am playing right from my iPhone or Macbook.
 


Edited by kdern - 5/18/11 at 9:34am
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I have the Sony MDR7506 (same as the V6) and the SRH440. I did not think I will like to coiled cable, since I hated the one on the Sony's, and like you planned on getting the straight cable. Once I got the headphones, I changed my mind. The Shure cable is great - I am not sure why, but I prefer it to any straight cable on any of the other headphones I have.

 

As far as the sound - I did upgrade to the SRH840 pads for around $16 from sweetwater.com (which is BTW a good place to get the straight cable as well) and that improved the comfort level and bass response. I don't amp them and I love the sound. They are not "bass monsters" but I don't think they lack to much in the bass department. The do not extend as low as the ATH-M50, but I prefer the Shure sound signature to the AT's.

 

They are quickly becoming my favorite musical headphones.

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Thanks for the feedback.  Do you feel that the sound quality of the 440s are as good as the V6's? 

 

If you had to buy again, would you get the 440's over the V6s?

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SRH440s do not need an amp. they are very low impedance.

 

btw, this thread should be moved to the full-sized headphone section, shouldn't it?

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Thanks for the feedback.  Do you feel that the sound quality of the 440s are as good as the V6's? 

 

If you had to buy again, would you get the 440's over the V6s?

 

SQ wise they are about the same to my ears. Their sound signature is different the Shure are slightly warmer while the Sony's have slightly more emphasized highs.

 

Since I got the upgraded pads for the Shures, they rarely leave my ears while I am at work. When I got my Sony's (13 years ago) they seemed to be the best solution for my needs (keyboard and recording). I just prefer the Shure for just listening to music. You do have to remember that tastes in headphones are different from person to person, as well as change over time.

 

Considering you can get the Shure's for around $60 - $70 I think it is fairly low risk to get them, make your own judgement and sell or return the ones you don't like, or just keep them so you can add them to your head-fi signature smily_headphones1.gif.

 

For your reference - here is a comparison graph from headphone.com:

 

graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=2811&graphID[]=1513

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Thanks - just ordered from Amazon to compare!

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