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Originally Posted by MrPhilicorda View Post

 

Thanks for your reply. I wonder if there is a general rule of thumb that the ones with impedance stamped on the outside are always 300 ohm, and the ones with the value stamped behind the earpads are always 600 ohm (can't really determine from your picture if it's 300 or 600).

 

Since I'm looking to buy through an online auction site I'm thinking it might too much to ask from the seller to dismantle the headphones to find out, and if he or she do not speak English it would be hard to explain anyway. What I'm getting at is if there is a way to find out the impedance by just looking at pictures of the exterior (provided such pictures are available). 

I've seen both 300 and 600 ohm versions of Ref.1 marked on the outside. The earliest units made were all 600 ohms, so there was no need for external marking when they were all the same impedance. I believe the outer marking only started when both impedance versions became available. I'm not sure whether Sennheiser ever made 300 ohm Ref.1 units that were unmarked on the outside, but I haven't seen one. The Ref.2 didn't need outside marking because they were all 300 ohm.

 

By the way, the unit in my picture is 300 ohms.

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Originally Posted by Bostonears View Post
 

I've seen both 300 and 600 ohm versions of Ref.1 marked on the outside. The earliest units made were all 600 ohms, so there was no need for external marking when they were all the same impedance. I believe the outer marking only started when both impedance versions became available. I'm not sure whether Sennheiser ever made 300 ohm Ref.1 units that were unmarked on the outside, but I haven't seen one. The Ref.2 didn't need outside marking because they were all 300 ohm.

 

By the way, the unit in my picture is 300 ohms.

Thanks, that was useful information. So staying away from the unmarked ones seems to be the way to go for me. Now I just need to keep my eyes peeled for a good specimen and hope the prices won't be crazy.

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Yay, just made a purchase for a very nice pair of 540 Reference II with velour earpads! They were not exactly cheap but from the pictures they look immaculate, even the original box that is included looks brand new. :) I need to ask the seller what the history of these headhones is.

 

Can't wait to have them in my hands and on my ears!

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HD540II is one of the most enjoyable headphones ever made IMO. I feel that they should retail for £200 GBP if they were to still be made as they are an extremely competent reference headphone for the genuine professional. Within their physical limits, they are truly excellent. It took an AKG K1000 to sway my loyalty from these.

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Originally Posted by o0CosmoMemory0o View Post
 

HD540II is one of the most enjoyable headphones ever made IMO. I feel that they should retail for £200 GBP if they were to still be made as they are an extremely competent reference headphone for the genuine professional. Within their physical limits, they are truly excellent. It took an AKG K1000 to sway my loyalty from these.


I hope I will feel the same once I get them!

 

Can anyone say how they compare to a pair of AKG K240's? I have used the K240 Studio for music production & mixing for several years so I'm very familiar with them. I really love them but it would be nice to have second pair of headphones as an alternative. I'm hoping the HD540II could be my new mixing buddy.

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If any of you need replacement earpad foam to restore their shape, I'll be selling away my stock foam soon. Got enough for quite a few pairs and I can take you through any methods, step by step. The K1000 is limited edition with less than 12000 units in the world so I cannot recommend them as they're rather unobtainable. Therefore the HD540II is still at the top of my headphone recommendation list. Have patience with tweaking them and results are amazing.
post #892 of 896

I'm looking for 600Ohm driver for 540 Ref. II, do you have any for selling?

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The Reference II model only has 300 Ohm drivers, as far as I am aware. And I no longer have a spare single Reference I driver; it was sold.

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Originally Posted by MrPhilicorda View Post
 

 

Can anyone say how they compare to a pair of AKG K240's?

I've used K240 DFs for mixing now for well over 10 years, but I haven't tried mixing with the HD540 (admittedly I have the mk.1 HD540).

 

It's all a matter of what you're used to - I imagine the HD540-II will be just as good for spotting details, mixing might take a bit more practice with the headphones. They have more bass than the old K240 DFs but I always found myself EQing up the bass on my desk for those anyway.

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Originally Posted by SteveHiFi View Post
 

I've used K240 DFs for mixing now for well over 10 years, but I haven't tried mixing with the HD540 (admittedly I have the mk.1 HD540).

 

It's all a matter of what you're used to - I imagine the HD540-II will be just as good for spotting details, mixing might take a bit more practice with the headphones. They have more bass than the old K240 DFs but I always found myself EQing up the bass on my desk for those anyway.

If they have more bass than my K240's it's a welcome feature. I love the K240's for their ability to focus in on mids and highs but sometimes it's a bit of hit and miss if your trying to tidy up things in the bass department in a mix.

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Originally Posted by frobek View Post
 

I'm looking for 600Ohm driver for 540 Ref. II, do you have any for selling?

 

Originally Posted by o0CosmoMemory0o View Post
 

The Reference II model only has 300 Ohm drivers, as far as I am aware.

CosmoMemory is correct that the Ref. II was only made in 300 ohm. If frobek has a Ref. II with a 600 ohm driver, it must have been transplanted from a Ref. I.

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