With the Shure 840 pads, the Somic EFi-82 has arrived!
Out of the box, these Somics did not impress. They were too forward in the mids and a bit too lacking in bass for my taste. After burning in for about 100 hours, they were somewhat better, but still not enjoyable. Today, a nice little box from Amazon showed up in the mail with the Shure 840 pads. And the difference is astounding! The bass is full and deep and the mids have receded. And these pads are much more comfortable than the terrible RED ones! lol I have been listening for a few hours today, and am really enjoying my Somic/840s.
FYI, I do not have what might be called "golden ears" and my experience with headphones is quite limited. I have never before had the opportunity to listen to music through full-sized headphones. For the past year, the Monster Miles Davis Tributes have been my main headphone. Very big bass, very lush mid range and very smooth. However, they are tuned for intimate jazz performances, not a very accurate sound stage, but quite involving. Some call them "Romantic" and I do not disagree. My amp is a Little Dot 1+, usually with Mullard cv4015 tubes, but for the last few days I have been getting reacquainted with the Northern Electric 408A.
So, coming to these with a tube amp and ears accustomed to the Monsters, the Somic/840 sounds very good to my ears. I have absolutely no regrets and I recommend the Somic/840 without hesitation.
But again, as my experience is very limited, I am patiently waiting to read the impressions of our "gold eared' colleagues.
I have to agree with the Shure 840 pads.....initially on open box I tried them, and there was too much bass for me. I then went to HM5 pads, which actually fit a lot better. Then back the the Shure 840 pads, beautiful sounds coming out with a huge soundstage, detail, clarity, vocals, imaging, all very good!
I had the AD900X here to compare at the same time.....sold the AD900X last night in favor of keeping the Somic's, which imo have a much more natural sound that what i was hearing from the AD900X. So as far as I am concerned consider the Somic's are mid-fi capable!
Edited by cute - 1/31/13 at 12:28pm