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post #286 of 493
2 questions:

Would the 1540's have a good soundstage for surround PC gaming? My reference is the AKG K712 Pro's.

Would the 1540's sound good with the Schitt Lyr?
post #287 of 493
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Originally Posted by roman797 View Post

2 questions:

Would the 1540's have a good soundstage for surround PC gaming? My reference is the AKG K712 Pro's.

Would the 1540's sound good with the Schitt Lyr?


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post #288 of 493
The 1540 is nice for gaming with my mixamp on my ps3/ps4 but I always found myself going with the K712 because of its massive soundstage. Not to knock the 1540's soundstage, as it is actually one of the best I've heard from a closed headphone.

The 1540 is, however, excellent when you want an immersive and fun experience. Mine have broken in pretty well and I'm loving every second I spend with them.

And did I mention I sold my K712 and switched to the 1840? Yes, I turned into a fanboy for SHURE.
post #289 of 493

So do you think the 1840 is the better HP for gaming, vs the 1540's?  I do like bass, but I just don't want to loose out on positional accuracy.  Also, how does the 1840 compare to the K712 in this regard?

post #290 of 493
It depends on what kind of gaming you prefer. If you are strictly competitive and need accurate positioning I would say the 1840. The K712 is better, somewhat,because of it's larger soundstage.

I still preferred the 1840 because it had slightly less bass and slightly more forward mids which made it ideal for online FPS, classical music, and jazz. Those are the only times that I use an open headphone and to my ears the 1840 beat the K712 every time. I will say, however, that the K712 is a better all rounder. Since I already had the 1540 for fun and immersiveness, that made the 1840 a better compliment.
post #291 of 493
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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.gif

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...

Just a heads up, converting lossy to lossless will not improve SQ. When it was converted to lossy, some of the music "details" were deleted or removed to enable a smaller file size. So uncompressing them won't work.

Only way to go is re-download all of your songs in FLAC/ALAC/WAV.
Edited by myap2328 - 11/20/13 at 4:32pm
post #292 of 493

Can someone please give a comparison between the SRH1540 and the HD 650?

post #293 of 493
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Originally Posted by SoulSyde View Post
 

Can someone please give a comparison between the SRH1540 and the HD 650?

 

1540 has more bass presence but also a bit more midrange and treble presence, so to my ears it sounds more clear, articulate and spacious than the 650, and because of this, the bass mostly sounds balanced with the rest of the spectrum. I haven't listened to another headphone in over a week....I just keep enjoying the 1540 :smile:

post #294 of 493
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post
 

 

1540 has more bass presence but also a bit more midrange and treble presence, so to my ears it sounds more clear, articulate and spacious than the 650, and because of this, the bass mostly sounds balanced with the rest of the spectrum. I haven't listened to another headphone in over a week....I just keep enjoying the 1540 :smile:

 

Wow, more spacious than well respected open headphone!?  Nice.

 

Thanks for the impressions. 

post #295 of 493
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2 questions:

Would the 1540's have a good soundstage for surround PC gaming? My reference is the AKG K712 Pro's.

Would the 1540's sound good with the Schitt Lyr?

The 1540's sound just as good as my DT770's for games with OpenAL and CMSS-3D enabled. OpenAL with CMSS-3D gives insane positioning to pretty much every headphone I've tried.

I think the Lyr with the 1540's would be MAJOR overkill. I think I can safely say there would be a noise floor.
post #296 of 493
IMO what makes them sound so spacious is the sound stage depth. It does not have the width or airiness of a good open can. But the depth more than makes up for it. It really gives you an out of head experience. Everything is out in front with great layering. These are very 3 dimensional.
Edited by moodyrn - 11/23/13 at 6:34pm
post #297 of 493
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1540 has more bass presence but also a bit more midrange and treble presence, so to my ears it sounds more clear, articulate and spacious than the 650, and because of this, the bass mostly sounds balanced with the rest of the spectrum. I haven't listened to another headphone in over a week....I just keep enjoying the 1540 :smile:

Beagle, I see you also own the 7520. How does the 1540 compare to the 7520 to your ears?

post #298 of 493
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Originally Posted by SoulSyde View Post

 

Wow, more spacious than well respected open headphone!?  Nice.

 

Thanks for the impressions.

 

I think of lot of what we call spacious in an open can is due to being able to hear outside sounds.

 

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Beagle, I see you also own the 7520. How does the 1540 compare to the 7520 to your ears?

 

Bigger image, more open sounding, especially in the upper mid and top. 7520 is a more compact sound.

 

The midrange is the Shure's real strong suit. I have never heard vocals sound more lifelike than what the 1540 portrays. And since vocals are a midrange item, and most music resides in the midrange, you can imagine why I keep listening!

post #299 of 493
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I think of lot of what we call spacious in an open can is due to being able to hear outside sounds.

 

If that's true, those people should change their terminology.  What you're describing is isolation.  When I use the word "spacious" I'm discussing a general sense of "openness," "soundstage" or "separation."

post #300 of 493

So am I, but there is a tendency to hear more openness, soundstage and separation in an open can because it is, well, open.

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