Well, well, lookie what we have here...
Thanks to Change Is Good for the opportunity to try/review the 1840, as well as lending me the Asgard 2 for an upcoming review of another headphone or two.
So, as you can see, both the Shure 1540 and 1840 pads fit the MA900.
Both of the pads have a felt cover, which don't match well with the MA900 which already has it's own cover. The 1540 pads = bassy as hell MA900, weird/recessed mids. The 1840 pads are closer to the stock MA900 pads, but not completely and could still be better. THAT BEING SAID
, the 1840 comes closer to the MA900's stock pad sound, and I believe may be worth looking into acquiring and attempt removing the felt pad cover... I may do just that, as the 1840 pads are around $25. This may be what puts the MA900 as a 9.9 in comfort. .1 for the headband still needing something.
BTW, the MA900 with the Shure pads = THE MOST COMFORTABLE HEADPHONE IN EXISTENCE. Bar none, game over, don't look elsewhere. There is no comparison.
The Shure pads keep your ears from bottoming out on the MA900's driver cover, so no more partial on ear feels here.
As for the 1840? Comfort = legendary, if a little below the MA900s.
Sound on the 1840? w/1540 pads, bass bloat, dark mids, mid recession = not worth it, IMHO. Stock 1840? Clean sounding so far, airy as anything I've heard outside of the Ad700, slightly bright, and the bass is tight and a bit reserved, definitely doesn't go too deep. The MA900 is a basshead can next to the 1840.Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/17/13 at 3:06pm