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post #406 of 1583
To put my minor sounds issues in perspective. On my LG G2 I have set the EQ as follows:
31hz - flat
125hz - flat
250hz - +2db
500hz - +1db
2000hz - flat
6000hz - -1db
16000hz - -2db

If I thought it worth the effort I would get a larger band EQ but these settings pretty good. On my PC I use a similar amount of adjusting just in finer increments with more bands.

The bottom line is I am not tweaking these much to bring them in line with how I like my music.
post #407 of 1583

HI:
First time poster long time observer.  I just ordered the 1540's it's my first high end over ear headphones.  I have a pair of Westone 4's that I use now.  I wanted to get a portable amp or a combo amp/dac for these headphones and wanted some support on which one to get.  I listen to jazz, female and male vocals, some pop and some classic rock.  Mainly I will use the headphones in bed late night while I am reading or surfing the net using my iPhone 5, Macbook Pro or iPad as the source.  Even though I have searched this forum its still hard for me to understand what I am looking for.  Do I need the amp/dac combo or will and amp just do......  I know these are subjective questions but any advice for me to use as a starting point would be much appreciated.  My budget is in the range of 150-300 give or take.  Many thanks,

post #408 of 1583

Suprisingly, the iPad has a very good headphone port.  That may be all you need.  Try the 1540s with that first and see if you like it.  If not, then you can upgrade to a more dedicated amp, but the 1540s don't need a lot of power.

post #409 of 1583
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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post
 

Suprisingly, the iPad has a very good headphone port.  That may be all you need.  Try the 1540s with that first and see if you like it.  If not, then you can upgrade to a more dedicated amp, but the 1540s don't need a lot of power.

Thanks, I will do that.  With that being said if I wanted to upgrade using an amp how would I even start to make that decision?  All the info out there on amps feels overwhelming to someone who is new at  trying to upgrade their sound experience.  Is there a difference between the iPhone headphone port and the iPad port?  Many thanks,


Edited by angler1 - 5/4/14 at 6:59am
post #410 of 1583

I think with the SRH1540 something with slightly forward mids, like the C5 would be great, if you can afford it. The C5D could be a good choice too if you want a DAC. Its a little ungainly to use with apple devices, though doable. 

 

For just an amp, there is the Fiio E12DIY which has more than enough juice to drive almost any headphone and you can have fun playing with switching out opamps. 

post #411 of 1583
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

I think with the SRH1540 something with slightly forward mids, like the C5 would be great, if you can afford it. The C5D could be a good choice too if you want a DAC. Its a little ungainly to use with apple devices, though doable. 

 

For just an amp, there is the Fiio E12DIY which has more than enough juice to drive almost any headphone and you can have fun playing with switching out opamps. 

Thanks, would you mind explaining what you mean by the DAC part of the C5D being ungainly with apple devices. That is what I would be using it with.  Do I really need a DAC for what I am trying to accomplish or would an amp be sufficient for my first upgrade?  Thanks for your support I appreciate it!

post #412 of 1583
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Originally Posted by angler1 View Post
 

Thanks, I will do that.  With that being said if I wanted to upgrade using an amp how would I even start to make that decision?  All the info out there on amps feels overwhelming to someone who is new at  trying to upgrade their sound experience.  Is there a difference between the iPhone headphone port and the iPad port?  Many thanks,

I love my Schiit Audio Asgard 2 ($250) with my 1540s.  I have listened to a friend's C5 it does sound nice for a portable amp.

post #413 of 1583
Thanks, I will check it out.
post #414 of 1583

Just received my cans!  It's only been an hour but I can't keep them off my head.  First time with nice headphones, new world just opened up.  Could be an expensive habit hanging on this forum.  Good thing I have a job :).  I think it will be a long night need my wife to go out with the girls for a couple days. LOL

post #415 of 1583
Glad you're liking them! smily_headphones1.gif
post #416 of 1583

Just received my Hrt Micro Streamer.  Pairs nice with the cans.  Surprised how plug and play the little device is.

post #417 of 1583
Had mine for a good time to give good impressions. These are fairly airy, spacious sounding. They have a warm, bassy sound. These phones are very detailed and gorgeous giving vocals a clean and pure sound to them.

The bass is strong, but controlled but could also be considered a headphone enthusiasts bass head phone.

The mid range is organic, clean. It's not forward neither is it recessed. I'd say maybe an ever so slightly V shaped so the mids are just a tad below the the other two but these are overall balanced.

The treble is fine, airy, detailed with a hobt of sharpness at higher volumes.

Overall all a balanced Hifi closed back.

I recived a pair of W1000x today and spent 5 hours listening and comparibg to my 1540. Some have asked hoe they compare so here's some early impressions.

The 1540 are airy but the W1000x sound almost scary airy! I dod some gaming and thr soundstage on the W1000x eas wide, deep and really 3D like. The 1540 has a good stage, even excellent but the W1000x was clearly larger, more airy.

The mids on the 1540 are clean and nice with good detail. They sound just right for a headphone of this level. The W1000x has mids that totally trash anythong I have heard outside of the 650 and LCD2. They sound thick, liquid and seductive.

Treble wise again both preform in this area. The W1000x just has so much air and detail that the 1540 just falls short. The 1540 is still excellent.

Overall both have a place in my collection since they 1540 are more portable friendly and do bass better. The W1000x is just better to me. Both are hifi level but thw W1000x just does it all amazing.
post #418 of 1583
yay! I was wondering how the 1540 compared to the w1000x :3 glad the w1kx comes out on top ^^... minus the less than linear sub bass ofc. although I own a modded D2k to compliment my w1000x
post #419 of 1583
They both compete well but these woodies are something else. I hooked them up to my mixamp for gaming and they sounded close to open.

The 1540 do bass so well. I prefer them to the D2k and D5K. Both my 1540 and W1000x compliment eachother well. All I need now are the HD650 then I'm done!
Edited by DJDREEM - 5/9/14 at 5:56pm
post #420 of 1583
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Originally Posted by DJDREEM View Post

They both compete well but these woodies are something else. I hooked them up to my mixamp for gaming and they sounded close to open.

The 1540 do bass so well. I prefer them to the D2k and D5K. Both my 1540 and W1000x compliment eachother well. All I need now are the HD650 then I'm done!

Well actually, I have a heaviliy Modded Wood Back D2k that has the highs and sound stage of the W1000x with that nice Denon Sub Bass and the mids of the Shure 1540 [slighty recessed]

 

I think you would REALLY enjoy the Wood Back Laton Modded D2k honestly, that said though I also own the W1000x and D2k for simmilar reasons :3 the two closed backs do compliment each other, but I use my HE 4 for my home needs! I'd highly recommend you maybe skip the HD 650 and go for a Hifiman Headphone, the HE 500 used might be a super duper good deal for you, although the HD 650 is cheaper 

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