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Originally Posted by noxa View Post

The Alpha Pads fit on the Q40?

Perfectly. I am not kidding when I say adding the Alpha pads made this headphone go from good to great.
post #47 of 123

Yes perfectly also on their website they name the Q40 and that users reported good fit and dito sound....:)

 

https://www.mrspeakers.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=63

post #48 of 123
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Yes perfectly also on their website they name the Q40 and that users reported good fit and dito sound....smily_headphones1.gif

https://www.mrspeakers.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=63

Now that's funny. I ordered three pairs of pads a couple months ago and got an email from Dan asking me what I was doing with the pads. Told him they were for my Q40 and Denon D2000! Good for him marketing them!
post #49 of 123

Yeah i guess you sold them completely out haha.....

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Yeah i guess you sold them completely out haha.....

 

I see what you did there >_>

post #51 of 123

SWEET MOTHER OF GOD THESE Q40 ARE AWESOME!!!

And stock pads are not bad as i thought they where not too comfi but till i get the alpha pads i am good atsmile.gif

post #52 of 123
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Originally Posted by dailysmoker View Post

SWEET MOTHER OF GOD THESE Q40 ARE AWESOME!!!

And stock pads are not bad as i thought they where not too comfi but till i get the alpha pads i am good atsmile.gif


Glad you like them.................way higher value than their price.  Alpha's make them amazing. 

post #53 of 123

Man this thing gives very good ear massages,just the right amount  :L3000:

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I got a pair of Q40's today courtesy of one of the bros here from Aus. Build quality is good but not great, the headband and hinges are solid but the cups feel a bit fragile to me. 

 

In the very short time I listened to it (25 mins tops), the first thing I thought of was "man I need to replace these stock earpads" :biggrin: and after a few minutes the second thing that crossed my mind was "I need to stretch this headphones a bit, this clamp is annoying".

 

So having said that, I believe that I should resolve this (personal) issues that I have with Q40's so that I can listen to it comfortably and give it's sound a fair assessment.  

 

I am thinking of using Brainwavz HM5 pads because the stock pads are too shallow and thin for my liking. I also got a vmoda cable the other day, but did not really notice any sonic difference when compared to the stock cable.

post #55 of 123

From my experience, V-Moda cable was a poor fit with Q40, I had to boost the onboard's EQ 1 step at 8-16kHz to get roughly equal highs presence, it rather needs the opposite like 1dB more highs presence than stock which is roughly how I percieve getting with Monoprice 8323 DJ headphones bundles cable (or the FiiO amp bundled cables but those are too short anyway).

Probably but not a big difference for the average joe but for trained ears it becomes noticeable. I'm mastering a lot of hardstyle tracks myself and dealing with EQing less than 0.05dB differences on a daily basis so the ears get used to listen to tiny differences and those tiny differences then becomes more of a deal.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 9/5/13 at 7:30am
post #56 of 123
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Originally Posted by Taveren View Post
 

I got a pair of Q40's today courtesy of one of the bros here from Aus. Build quality is good but not great, the headband and hinges are solid but the cups feel a bit fragile to me. 

 

In the very short time I listened to it (25 mins tops), the first thing I thought of was "man I need to replace these stock earpads" :biggrin: and after a few minutes the second thing that crossed my mind was "I need to stretch this headphones a bit, this clamp is annoying".

 

So having said that, I believe that I should resolve this (personal) issues that I have with Q40's so that I can listen to it comfortably and give it's sound a fair assessment.  

 

I am thinking of using Brainwavz HM5 pads because the stock pads are too shallow and thin for my liking. I also got a vmoda cable the other day, but did not really notice any sonic difference when compared to the stock cable.

The Q40 needs three things to make it great -

 

1. New cable.  I used the V-Moda and since I don't have the golden ears of RPG its the best solution on the planet and is $12.  Stylish too.

2. Stretch out the headband - simple enough.  No cost.

3. Pads - I've tried over 10 aftermarket ones and landed on Mr Speakers Alpha pads.  Great fit, great comfort, great bass.  $59 but worth it. 

 

These changes made the Q40 as good as most higher dollar phones. 

post #57 of 123
I have checked 2 ticks on your list already 😁 and if the HM5 pads don't work out then I will try the alpha pads. Cheers
post #58 of 123
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Originally Posted by Taveren View Post

I have checked 2 ticks on your list already 😁 and if the HM5 pads don't work out then I will try the alpha pads. Cheers

A much less expensive option are the Shure 840 pads. Nice step up from stock. Or HiFiMan pleathers. Shures are about $15, HiFiMans are about $20. Still recommend Alphas if you can.
post #59 of 123
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post

A much less expensive option are the Shure 840 pads. Nice step up from stock. Or HiFiMan pleathers. Shures are about $15, HiFiMans are about $20. Still recommend Alphas if you can.

Thank you for the suggestions bro, the only thing holding me back from ordering a pair of alpha pads is the cost and the shipping cost is more than a half than that of the pads...... So yeah bummer
post #60 of 123
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Thank you for the suggestions bro, the only thing holding me back from ordering a pair of alpha pads is the cost and the shipping cost is more than a half than that of the pads...... So yeah bummer

Try the Shures. Big improvement over stock. I put a length of climbing rope under the pads for some added depth and made the comfort and seal good.
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