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post #481 of 1362
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post
 

will easily rival my vintage DT990 and T20RP for head-time.

 

Knowing we share opinions of the vintage DT 990, you need to hear some of my modded phones. Or maybe I need to hear your HD 520.

post #482 of 1362
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Originally Posted by vid View Post
 

Knowing we share opinions of the vintage DT 990, you need to hear some of my modded phones. Or maybe I need to hear your HD 520.

My DT990 is at work, so I'll have to bring the 520 along with me for some in depth AB'ing.

I'm expecting the 990 to win on sound, but the comfort of these 520's.... oh the comfort!...

 

But yes, I would love to hear your Hok80/HD600 one day! :D 

post #483 of 1362
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Originally Posted by moriez View Post
 

Guys, I have a few 540 and 540 II parts on offer. In this case I rather mention it in the thread than on the FS forum. What's in store:

 

2 x 540 driver/housing/silver ring

2 x 540 II driver/housing/silver ring

1 x 540 headband/pad

1 x 540 cable (fatty plug)

 

All goodies went to our man ''down South'' rocksteady65!

 

 Thank you Maurice. You're a Gem! :beerchug:

post #484 of 1362

The German hifi mag Stereoplay in September '86 rated the HD 540 as "Spitzenklasse II" along with the Unipolar 2000 (unmodded!) and the DT 880. One step above that, in "Spitzenklasse I" were the K 240 DF, DT 880 S, and DT 990. Above that, in "Absolute Spitzenklasse" were some Stax phones like the Lambda Pro.

 

Happened to notice this when I was leafing through some Unipolar stuff.

post #485 of 1362
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Originally Posted by vid View Post
 

The German hifi mag Stereoplay in September '86 rated the HD 540 as "Spitzenklasse II" along with the Unipolar 2000 (unmodded!) and the DT 880. One step above that, in "Spitzenklasse I" were the K 240 DF, DT 880 S, and DT 990. Above that, in "Absolute Spitzenklasse" were some Stax phones like the Lambda Pro.

 

Happened to notice this when I was leafing through some Unipolar stuff.

 

Interesting...I wouldn't question the ranking of the Beyerdynamics, but the K240 DF above the HD540? Hmmm, not convinced...

post #486 of 1362
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Originally Posted by rocksteady65 View Post
 
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Originally Posted by moriez View Post
 

Guys, I have a few 540 and 540 II parts on offer. In this case I rather mention it in the thread than on the FS forum. What's in store:

 

2 x 540 driver/housing/silver ring

2 x 540 II driver/housing/silver ring

1 x 540 headband/pad

1 x 540 cable (fatty plug)

 

All goodies went to our man ''down South'' rocksteady65!

 

 Thank you Maurice. You're a Gem!

Too much credit really but you're most welcome! :beerchug: 

post #487 of 1362
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Originally Posted by vid View Post
 

The German hifi mag Stereoplay in September '86 rated the HD 540 as "Spitzenklasse II" along with the Unipolar 2000 (unmodded!) and the DT 880. One step above that, in "Spitzenklasse I" were the K 240 DF, DT 880 S, and DT 990. Above that, in "Absolute Spitzenklasse" were some Stax phones like the Lambda Pro.

 

Happened to notice this when I was leafing through some Unipolar stuff.

The HD520 manual also states that the headphone is designed with 'loudness diffuse-field equalization', so it's not like the K240DF should have a significant advantage over other diffuse-field headphones.

I guess the magazine writers preferred the bass-lean 'reference sound' from the 70's. 

post #488 of 1362

The Stereoplay reviewers shot down the Unipolar 2000 in no kind terms for lacking bass and having an obnoxious treble, which I agree with, so I'm not sure if they were totally into a bass-lean sound. Never seen their review of the HD 540.

 

I wouldn't rate the DF on the same level as the DT 990, either, but I also have a suspicion the original '80s DF was better than the later ones - even transplanting newer DF drivers into the '80s-style cup was enough to improve sound quality. As far as diffuse field goes, there's no standard curve for it, and for sure the DT 990 that were also designed for diffuse field sound quite different from the DF.

post #489 of 1362
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Originally Posted by Hairspray View Post
 

 

wow..! very nice collection...

just two questions:

1) is the 540 Ref I G 600 ohm?

2) are those HD430 pads?

 

Anyway, the popularity of this thread is far beyond my expectations.

Glad so many people care about realism (timbre, imaging, FR transition, coherence, etc.) and not only about "crystal clear treble", "tight punchy mid-bass", "rumbling low bass" and other stuff from the HPs marketing terminology.

1 & 2 : yes

post #490 of 1362
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Originally Posted by Mahay View Post
 

I did compare the HD800 of a friend with my HD540 reference and HD540 reference II out of my Pioneer SX1250 (link here) and I can say that I have nothing to lose with my HD540 and glad that I didn't fall into purchasing the overpriced HD800. We both thought that if the sound from HD800 worth $1500, then the sound from HD540 should worth more than $1400. I am learning that the best way to enjoy audio is to go vintage. People say vintage phone are old and can die anytime, but I think that this is just BS. They can last for generations, they are built like a tank (better built quality than most of modern headphones). As long as you don't abuse and crank the volume to the maximum all the time (which is actually also valid for any modern headphones), they are your best choice (trust me, you will thank me for that!!!). I have a shure SE535 that I use for outdoor, but the sound is nothing compare to my indoor cans. The shure is my very first expensive purchase and I regret it all but I kept it as reminder. FYI, I was tempted for a long time to upgrade the shure with a custom JH-13 or JH-16 pro, but a friend who sold his JH16 pro discouraged me that it is a waste. I used the money to purchase the SX1250 instead and I thank him for that.  The shure is good but I wasn't that impressed when I compared it to my very very first headphone Sony MDR-G57 that I still use when I do my exercise (that is why I wanted to upgrade).

 

A friend raged at me:"Stop saying how good the vintage Sennheisers are on the forum!"

because he is looking for a HD540 gold, the price will go high if I keep talking this LOL

(he has the HD800s too, & his 800s are collecting dust after he got the HD430s)


Edited by pkshan - 6/12/14 at 4:53am
post #491 of 1362
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Originally Posted by vid View Post
 

The German hifi mag Stereoplay in September '86 rated the HD 540 as "Spitzenklasse II" along with the Unipolar 2000 (unmodded!) and the DT 880. One step above that, in "Spitzenklasse I" were the K 240 DF, DT 880 S, and DT 990. Above that, in "Absolute Spitzenklasse" were some Stax phones like the Lambda Pro.

 

Happened to notice this when I was leafing through some Unipolar stuff.

Was the Sennheiser HD 540 in this review a regular HD 540, or was it a HD 540 Reference?

Just curious.

post #492 of 1362
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Originally Posted by pkshan View Post
 

(he has the HD800s too, & his 800s are collecting dust after he got the HD430s)

 

:eek:

 

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Originally Posted by daltonlanny View Post
 

Was the Sennheiser HD 540 in this review a regular HD 540, or was it a HD 540 Reference?

Just curious.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong but as far as I know there's only HD540=HD540 Reference and HD540 Reference II.

post #493 of 1362
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Originally Posted by pkshan View Post
 

 

A friend raged at me:"Stop saying how good the vintage Sennheisers are on the forum!"

because he is looking for a HD540 gold, the price will go high if I keep talking this LOL

(he has the HD800s too, & his 800s are collecting dust after he got the HD430s)

 

 

Ha ha! yes, I can relate to that. I would also like to get my hands on a nice condition HD540 Gold but the chances are that the prices will go up if we keep on praising the HD540! Quite a predicament...:rolleyes: 


Edited by rocksteady65 - 6/12/14 at 2:36pm
post #494 of 1362
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Originally Posted by daltonlanny View Post
 

Was the Sennheiser HD 540 in this review a regular HD 540, or was it a HD 540 Reference?

Just curious.

 

They are the exact same thing. Sennheiser have traditionally added a "Name" to their higher models, such as Reference, Linear, Ovation, Precision, Signature, etc. It would seem that they have abandoned this practice with the HD600/HD650, and rightly so in my opinion, for I do not believe these are worthy of such "noble" naming! :cool: 


Edited by rocksteady65 - 6/12/14 at 8:36pm
post #495 of 1362

To be fair, the naming system probably does more harm than good as far as the consumer is concerned.

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