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post #271 of 492
It's funny how we all hear things differently. Having a lot of treble is the last thing I would say about these. And I find the bass only slightly boosted. They have much less bass than all of the denons and also less bass than the fostex. I initially found the treble slightly subdued. I definitely wouldn't say they have a lot of treble. I find the mids to be just about right, neither boosted nor recessed.
post #272 of 492
Beagle, you said too much treble. So it's not rolled off?
post #273 of 492
To my ears there was never a treble roll off. It was a little subdued out of the box. But it became more present after burn in. It's not aggressive and in your face, but also definitely not rolled off. This again to my ears.
post #274 of 492
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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post

To my ears there was never a treble roll off. It was a little subdued out of the box. But it became more present after burn in. It's not aggressive and in your face, but also definitely not rolled off. This again to my ears.

Thanks. Am still really tempted to try them out. Just that apparently here in the Netherlands they won't be available till end of this year, or probably even early next year. As much as I like my 7520, I feel like they could be a bit more comfortable (the earcups should have been deeper, otherwise they're certainly big enough). And the 1540 seems like it could be really comfortable, with the deeper earcups and they seem large enough for my ears.

post #275 of 492
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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post

It's funny how we all hear things differently. Having a lot of treble is the last thing I would say about these. And I find the bass only slightly boosted. They have much less bass than all of the denons and also less bass than the fostex. I initially found the treble slightly subdued. I definitely wouldn't say they have a lot of treble. I find the mids to be just about right, neither boosted nor recessed.

 

He seems to turn the volume way out, so no wonder he gets a lot of treble and mid.

 

I have two questions:

 

1. Is there bass bleed (i.e., does the bloated bass affect the mid such that the cans sound dark and/or muddy)?

2. Can someone compare these to competent closed back designs such as M500, P7, and T50RP?

 

Thanks!

post #276 of 492
The bass is not as tight as some of the better headphones out there(w3000 for example). But it's still pretty tight. I would rank it ahead of the the d7000 in that regard.and more importantly, it doesn't bleed into the mids. So it still pretty transparent and doesn't sound thick. The mids are the highlight of these cans for me. Very smooth, organic with just a touch of warmth.
post #277 of 492
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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post

It's funny how we all hear things differently. Having a lot of treble is the last thing I would say about these. And I find the bass only slightly boosted. They have much less bass than all of the denons and also less bass than the fostex. I initially found the treble slightly subdued. I definitely wouldn't say they have a lot of treble. I find the mids to be just about right, neither boosted nor recessed.

 

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Originally Posted by starfly View Post

Beagle, you said too much treble. So it's not rolled off?

 

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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post

To my ears there was never a treble roll off. It was a little subdued out of the box. But it became more present after burn in. It's not aggressive and in your face, but also definitely not rolled off. This again to my ears.

 

They sound better today. The sound is very rich and full but across the full spectrum. All the ranges sound full, even the treble (but do no misconstrue that to mean bright, it's not). Summed up.....smooth and full-bodied. Bass is full but not bloated....I will still use the scaled-up Momentum analogy. I suppose it took me a while to come to grips with a Shure having big bass presence....rather threw me for a loop.

 

But you will hear no harshness, grain, bloat/mud, no midrange dip, no treble screech....everything sounds full, warm, smooth and nice.....on every recording. Therein lies the rub. I would say the 1540 is romanticizing the sound. Some will like this, some won't. Like dleblanc343 said, the pads are playing a large role in this.

post #278 of 492
Yeah, they do need a little time to settle in.
post #279 of 492

Looking for a new pair of great headphones... gonna get an o2 + dac to power whatever i do get.

 

how are the srh1540s? they look incredible and just what i'm looking for.

 

i've been looking at beyerdynamic 770s, 880s, and some others too

 

my budget is $500ish, and the srh1540s are pretty new so there are limited input/reviews...but it's all been positive. anyone i've talked to said shures are **** in general, or that since these are new they're bad.

 

would really appreciate some advice...kinda new to all of this, but the shure brand seems great, and the 1540s seem like a great pair

post #280 of 492
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Originally Posted by gambiit08 View Post
 

Looking for a new pair of great headphones... gonna get an o2 + dac to power whatever i do get.

 

how are the srh1540s? they look incredible and just what i'm looking for.

 

i've been looking at beyerdynamic 770s, 880s, and some others too

 

my budget is $500ish, and the srh1540s are pretty new so there are limited input/reviews...but it's all been positive. anyone i've talked to said shures are **** in general, or that since these are new they're bad.

 

would really appreciate some advice...kinda new to all of this, but the shure brand seems great, and the 1540s seem like a great pair

If you like a brighter headphone such as the Beyers, you may also want to check out the B&W P7.

post #281 of 492
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Originally Posted by gambiit08 View Post
 

Looking for a new pair of great headphones... gonna get an o2 + dac to power whatever i do get.

 

how are the srh1540s? they look incredible and just what i'm looking for.

 

i've been looking at beyerdynamic 770s, 880s, and some others too

 

my budget is $500ish, and the srh1540s are pretty new so there are limited input/reviews...but it's all been positive. anyone i've talked to said shures are **** in general, or that since these are new they're bad.

 

would really appreciate some advice...kinda new to all of this, but the shure brand seems great, and the 1540s seem like a great pair

If you are eyeing up the DT880's, does this mean closed headphones are not a necessity? 

 

I bought the SRH150's because I need a closed headphone. I am very nocturnal and I don't like disturbing people in my house.:veryevil:

 

The day I get my own place I will buy open headphones instantly.

post #282 of 492
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Originally Posted by TwelveTrains View Post
 

If you are eyeing up the DT880's, does this mean closed headphones are not a necessity? 

 

I bought the SRH150's because I need a closed headphone. I am very nocturnal and I don't like disturbing people in my house.:veryevil:

 

The day I get my own place I will buy open headphones instantly.

I'd honestly rather have closed.. i only live with my gf but i plan on watching movies/some gaming with them possibly as well, and if she's doing something else or sleeping and i'm not... it'll really bother her/anyone else over.

 

how are the 1540s in terms of isolation, quality, how an amp helps it along, etc... thanks

post #283 of 492
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Originally Posted by gambiit08 View Post
 

I'd honestly rather have closed.. i only live with my gf but i plan on watching movies/some gaming with them possibly as well, and if she's doing something else or sleeping and i'm not... it'll really bother her/anyone else over.

 

how are the 1540s in terms of isolation, quality, how an amp helps it along, etc... thanks

Well if you like a closed can, the 1540s are pretty sweet.

 

They do pretty much everything better than my DT770's and HD380's (at least to my ears). Although the DT770 is nothing to sneeze at and I will cherish my pairs forever.

 

They isolate very well. The comfort and lightweightness of the 1540's is really what sold me. I would have loved to try some Mad Dogs or Alpha Dogs but I am really turned off by leather/pleather in a $200+ headphone. I use my pleathery HD380's all the time when I'm on the go or with my Nintendo 3DS, but for my main cans I like some soft pads. The 1540's "Alcantara" pads are really sublime in this way.

 

The 1540s really do not need an amp at all. I am using them with my Schiit Asgard 2 in low gain mode and this does sound better than plugging them straight into an ipod, but if you are pumping too many watts into these things you will get an audible noise floor. Now, the Asgard 2 put about 250 mW into 32 ohms in low gain mode (1 Watt in high gain). The Objective 2 puts 613 mW into 33 ohms. So it is possible the Objective 2 could be overkill for the 1540's. I'm only saying it's possible, as I have never used this amp before, and I don't know much about electricity.:biggrin:

 

What is your source? High efficiency headphones have typically sounded fine from my computer soundcard (X-Fi Titanium (Non-HD)) but my desktop's onboard audio sounded absolutely abhorrent with any headphone before I purchased a soundcard.

 

EDIT: I think the Objective 2 does have a low gain setting so this amp probably will be fine after all.


Edited by TwelveTrains - 11/20/13 at 10:30am
post #284 of 492
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Originally Posted by TwelveTrains View Post
 

Well if you like a closed can, the 1540s are pretty sweet.

 

They do pretty much everything better than my DT770's and HD380's (at least to my ears). Although the DT770 is nothing to sneeze at and I will cherish my pairs forever.

 

They isolate very well. The comfort and lightweightness of the 1540's is really what sold me. I would have loved to try some Mad Dogs or Alpha Dogs but I am really turned off by leather/pleather in a $200+ headphone. I use my pleathery HD380's all the time when I'm on the go or with my Nintendo 3DS, but for my main cans I like some soft pads. The 1540's "Alcantara" pads are really sublime in this way.

 

The 1540s really do not need an amp at all. I am using them with my Schiit Asgard 2 in low gain mode and this does sound better than plugging them straight into an ipod, but if you are pumping too many watts into these things you will get an audible noise floor. Now, the Asgard 2 put about 250 mW into 32 ohms in low gain mode (1 Watt in high gain). The Objective 2 puts 613 mW into 33 ohms. So it is possible the Objective 2 could be overkill for the 1540's. I'm only saying it's possible, as I have never used this amp before, and I don't know much about electricity.:biggrin:

 

What is your source? High efficiency headphones have typically sounded fine from my computer soundcard (X-Fi Titanium (Non-HD)) but my desktop's onboard audio sounded absolutely abhorrent with any headphone before I purchased a soundcard.

i could get a good sound card as well, but definitely not one that's 200 dollars or something like that especially if i might be getting the o2 amp + dac combo.

 

I'm trying to convert all my music into wav as well, but EAC (exact audio copy) only decompresses some of the stuff, and on a lot of my stuff that's also mp3s, it just says that i's already uncompressed... so i'm really not sure what to do with that.

 

 

plus, it wont let me decompress my entire library at once, is there another program that can just do an entire library at once decompressing/converting mp3s to wav. also, need a way to tag all of the uncompressed files afterwards because i have 12k+ songs, and i dont want to relabel them one by one...

post #285 of 492

Well I just did some research and it looks like the Objective 2 does have a low gain mode, so you might be fine with that after all.

 

As far as audio file format goes, you might find another thread to help you out more in that department. I have mostly lossy (AAC and mp3) files on my computer... 

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