For Sale: Sennheiser HD540 & HD540 II Reference
Will Ship To: CONUS
For sale are two separate headphones:
1. Sennheiser HD540 Reference - $85 plus shipping of $10 in CONUS ***SOLD!***
2. Sennheiser HD540 Reference II - $100 plus shipping of $10 in CONUS ***SOLD!***
I own multiple pairs of Sennheiser HD540 and HD540 II Reference headphones, and I've decided to sell off one of each. Both units are 300 ohms, so they're more suited to use with a separate amp rather than with just iPod output.
These headphones for sale both have brand new earpads installed: genuine Sennheiser 041299 velour pads (made for the HD560 model, but adapted to the HD540 as described by me in this post). If you've seen these models for sale on eBay or elsewhere, they almost always need new earpads, as the originals from the 1990s will have disintegrated. The earpads alone sell for at least $35 shipped, so please don't insult me with lowball offers comparing my price to some eBay or other sale without new pads. When I purchased these phones, I also disassembled them down to the bare drivers to thoroughly clean them, including removing residue from prior rotted foam. These phones are both in good condition, but they show some minor wear as would be expected of any vintage headphones from the 1990s.
I've owned a lot of headphones over the years, including the Sennheiser HD580 and HD650. When equipped with comparable cables, I still prefer the HD540 series over either of those. The HD540 models have great soundstage. They're not bass-head cans, but their frequency response is very well balanced. And because their round circumaural shape is larger than that of the 580/600/650 models, the 540 models don't tend to make your ears get as warm, and the pressure is distributed over a larger area, so they're more comfortable to wear. (Tip: to reduce clamping pressure on the 540, slide the adjustable part of the headband as high as it will go, then spread the headphones as wide as you can over some books for a day or two. If you do the same thing with the 580/600/650 models, you risk cracking the plastic part of the headband. The 540 headband is apparently more durable.)
The HD540 series can accept aftermarket cables made for Sennheiser 580/600/650, but if those cables use Cardas ends, you'll need to grind off some of the plastic on the Cardas ends for them to fit into the cable slots on the 540.
Differences between the HD540 and HD540 II (as far as I can tell):
- The HD540 was made in Germany, while the HD540 II was made in Ireland.
- Sennheiser offered the HD540 in both 600 ohm and 300 ohm versions. The HD540 II units were all 300 ohms. My units for sale are both 300 ohms.
- The HD540 II comes with a slightly nicer cable (better grade of wire) and has a 1/8" plug with a sleek 1/4" adapter. The HD540 cable just has a 1/4" plug.
- The HD540 has the brand and model logos printed on the top of the adjustable part of the headband, while the HD540 II just has plain graphics elements there. (See photos.)
- The HD540 has gray earcup housings. The HD540 II has greenish-blue earcup housings. (See photos.)
- Sennheiser made some minor changes to the drivers in the HD540 II model. If using the same cable, I'm not sure I could tell apart the drivers in a blind test.
PM me with any questions.
Edited by Bostonears - 2/8/13 at 4:58am