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post #196 of 765
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

Another UERM owner! I do agree that UERM is better then 1540, but do note that uerm costs twice as much...

Sure, this is obvious.. only didn't expected so big difference. Wondering if somebody just bought those and never heard UERMs before. It's just unfair :)

post #197 of 765
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Originally Posted by John Culter View Post
 

Sure, this is obvious.. only didn't expected so big difference. Wondering if somebody just bought those and never heard UERMs before. It's just unfair :)

In terms of presenting a wide and fun sound, 1540 does a superb job. Nonetheless, if you want to talk about detail and clarity, nothing under $1000 will beat uerm.

post #198 of 765

Ok, I still have a problem with visualizing the sound signature of the Shures. Are they dark, say like Philips L1, or are they more treble laid back as shures IEM like E500?

post #199 of 765
They are far from dark, but to those that are used to bright headphones/IEMs... they might complain as seen above...
post #200 of 765
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More impression with velour: 1540 becomes flat with 940's pads. Mid bass looses bit of impact, but sub bass still remains good. Treble now... it benefits greatly, to a level where all the negative review on 1540's treble just seem like non sense. Treble is so airy and extended. Mids are a bit more tricky. I don't know how to describe the mids. I'll report back after more listening.

post #201 of 765
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Who says SRH1540's treble is laid back? It's magical and smooth, but not recessed or non existent.

http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=3101&graphID[]=4273&scale=30

 

This is compared to SRH940, the shure known for beautiful treble.

post #202 of 765
Anybody had the possibility to compare the Shures to DT770 (80 Ohm) and Philips L1?
post #203 of 765
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Originally Posted by PsiCore View Post

Anybody had the possibility to compare the Shures to DT770 (80 Ohm) and Philips L1?

To me, the L1's aren't even the same league as the 1540s.  The DT770s would be closer but still not in the same league.  If the 1540s are the Majors then the DT770s would be "Double A" maybe "Triple A" and the L1's would be "Tee-ball"

post #204 of 765
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post
 

To me, the L1's aren't even the same league as the 1540s.  The DT770s would be closer but still not in the same league.  If the 1540s are the Majors then the DT770s would be "Double A" maybe "Triple A" and the L1's would be "Tee-ball"

I thought the L1 were horrible dude :eek:

post #205 of 765
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post
 

To me, the L1's aren't even the same league as the 1540s.  The DT770s would be closer but still not in the same league.  If the 1540s are the Majors then the DT770s would be "Double A" maybe "Triple A" and the L1's would be "Tee-ball"

 

Sounds nice ;)  Could you elaborate more: shures vs dt770? Bass. mids, highs? I like the Beyers and yeah the L1 weren't that good (put them to sell after one day of listening).

post #206 of 765
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Originally Posted by PsiCore View Post
 

 

Sounds nice ;)  Could you elaborate more: shures vs dt770? Bass. mids, highs? I like the Beyers and yeah the L1 weren't that good (put them to sell after one day of listening).

Well I haven't had the DT770's in a long time so I don't think it would be fair for me to go into anymore detail as it wouldn't accurate.

post #207 of 765
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

 

Comparison:

 

vsSRH940: Think of SRH1540 as a SRH940 with more bass, richer mids, and more tamed treble. SRH1540 are marginally better in almost all ways, besides clarity. I believe it's worth the price difference.

 

vsSRH1840: SRH1540 are obviously very different from SRH1840. SRH1840 have more flat sound. Both are superb. SRH1840 has better soundstage and imaging, while SRH1540 has better bass capability and detail.

 

vsKEF M500: Not a match here. M500 are great portables. Nonetheless, nothing is really comparable here. SRH1540 is better in almost all aspects, besides neutrality. M500 are more flat, but sounds muffled and harsh when compared to SRH1540.

 

vs(Request for something!)

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Bonus: The ear pads on all Shure headphones are interchangeable. Hence, I tried velour pads from SRH940 and put them on the SRH1540. The bass was tamed a bit, and treble gained bit more presence, making the SRH1540 a more flat sounding headphone. Definitely worth a try if you want a flatter sound. SRH1540 pads on SRH940 increases bass and tames the treble, making SRH940 a more balanced headphone as well.

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Closing Notes:

I feel like Shure has improved a lot. The SRH1540, in my opinion, are well worth the asking price. But if you are a total neutral head, looking for a flat sig, these are not it.

 

*Updated again, after 3 weeks of use. I've mostly updated my impression on treble. These are still my main headphones.

 

Really nice review, thanks!

 

Mine is still burning-in.  How long did you burn-in your SRH-1540 ?

 

Since they gave 2 cables, I cut one to make a balanced cable.  And to my huge disappointment, the cable at the mini jack end, has only 3 wires :mad: 

I really don't get it, since they already separated the ground wire for both drivers on the headphone's MMCX connector ends, why the joined them at the Y split end, and use only 1 ground wire to the headphone jack :mad: oh man...

Will terminate the cable I cut with 1/4" stereo jack.  Need to buy MMCX connectors to make a balanced cable...

post #208 of 765
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Originally Posted by earfonia View Post
 

 

Really nice review, thanks!

 

Mine is still burning-in.  How long did you burn-in your SRH-1540 ?

 

Since they gave 2 cables, I cut one to make a balanced cable.  And to my huge disappointment, the cable at the mini jack end, has only 3 wires :mad: 

I really don't get it, since they already separated the ground wire for both drivers on the headphone's MMCX connector ends, why the joined them at the Y split end, and use only 1 ground wire to the headphone jack :mad: oh man...

Will terminate the cable I cut with 1/4" stereo jack.  Need to buy MMCX connectors to make a balanced cable...

I didn't really burn mine in for more then 25hrs.

post #209 of 765
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My SRH1540 is up for sale!

http://www.head-fi.org/t/709384/srh1540-mint-shipping-to-us

 

I love them, but just don't use them any more because I'm mostly traveling, and use iems.

post #210 of 765
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Originally Posted by earfonia View Post
 

Since they gave 2 cables, I cut one to make a balanced cable.  And to my huge disappointment, the cable at the mini jack end, has only 3 wires :mad: 

I really don't get it, since they already separated the ground wire for both drivers on the headphone's MMCX connector ends, why the joined them at the Y split end, and use only 1 ground wire to the headphone jack :mad: oh man...

 

 

You may want to try an 1840 cable.  I had no trouble installing a 4-pin XLR since both left and right channels are separate on that cable.  Should be a cheap and easy solution.

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