I was really looking at the 1840 as my upgrade from the 940s which I love a lot. Just hated that it gets too bright with some songs. Tried the 1840 in Hong Kong as it was available there for demo and I loved it. I love everything about it apart from the lack of visceral impact on the lows. Finally settled and got the he500. Wanted something with nice mids. Both the 1840 and he500 has nice mids. 1840 wins on comfort but the he500 wins on bass impact and extension.
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Yep. IMO if the 1840 had more sub bass impact I could've seen myself being very happy with that for quite some time. I don't consider myself a basshead, but lack of bass impact always leaves me dissatisfied. The 1540 has issues, but for me, with a new cable on the way, it's good enough for now