Originally Posted by abchead
Could you say a few things about how SRH1540 compares to the M500? Obviously one is over the year and the other circumaural, but I would love to hear what you think (I am thinking of getting a pair of SRH1540).
In a nutshell, the M500 has a SQ that is more true-to-life with very good depth and stable spot-on imaging. For those looking for neutrality with bass that accurately renders the lowest recorded frequencies as well as offering superb instrument tonality, my choice is the M500. For bassheads and those who are looking for a more punchy and exciting listening experience and are not overly concerned with neutrality, the 1540 would likely be the better choice. I felt that the bass of the 1540 was overemphasized relative to the mids and highs and found that to be a distraction. I also did not feel the 1540 bass response was very well defined and somewhat boomy.
Both phones are easily driven, both have excellent build quality and both have about the same degree of isolation with a slight edge going to the 1540. For portability, the M500 folds to a more convenient carry package as the 1540 is a pretty good-sized phone. Both fit my head very well and offered similar levels of comfort, however if wearing glasses, the M500 is the hands down winner.
As the design and styling of the two are very different, this will certainly be a matter of personal preference.