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post #436 of 1583
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

$430 is an awful lot for the 940, is it just due to where you live or is that in another currency?

 

shure 1840 is $1000 (cmiiw). sennheiser is overpriced here (grossly). almost any other brands than sennheiser is MSRP inflated by some percentage. (10~25% i'd say) i wouldn't call it fair but yeah...

 

so yeah i wouldn't want to be OCD over a seemingly flawed designed headphone that makes me $430 poorer... lol.

 

oh shure 1440 here is $550. is that as good / better than shure 940 for female vocals / jazz / slow guitars / folk pop / classicals...?

seems like it's better build than 940... i couldn't audition though... and i hvn't read the reviews for 1440 yet... does 1440 use pleather?

post #437 of 1583
The 1440 is better because the headband can't break. But my 1440 didn't take before it started to feel loose and sloppy for adjusting the size.
post #438 of 1583
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

The 1440 is better because the headband can't break. But my 1440 didn't take before it started to feel loose and sloppy for adjusting the size.

 

You mean better than the 940 right? Not better than the 1540...?

post #439 of 1583
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

The 1440 is better because the headband can't break. But my 1440 didn't take before it started to feel loose and sloppy for adjusting the size.

 

LOL. seriously...  how about the sound though? is it different than shure 940..?

 

i was about to use shure 940 for folk / female vocals / jazz / acoustic / a little bit of classical...

can 1440 be used for that and does it do it better?

 

*i mean if it's hd600 ~ hd650 situation then there's no point for me getting 1440

(read from some reviews that hd600 is good for folk / accoustic / female vocals while hd650 is good for rock...)

post #440 of 1583

my brain is melting at this point as im getting confused which open shure is getting compared to what closed ones and vice versa. Thank god i was able to remind myself this is a Shure 1540 appreciation thread and that's the one I own so i'm not really lost. ^^

post #441 of 1583
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Originally Posted by rptlead View Post
 

my brain is melting at this point as im getting confused which open shure is getting compared to what closed ones and vice versa. Thank god i was able to remind myself this is a Shure 1540 appreciation thread and that's the one I own so i'm not really lost. ^^

thank you for the reminder :bigsmile_face:

post #442 of 1583
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post

Yea and I didn't think they were good. In fact, the D600 sounded better to me.
I've got the D7100 on now and my D600 while similar is not as refined or musical sounding. The D7100 sounds thicker too. I don't get how anyone can say the 600 sounds better unless they want a thinner sound.

The 1540 sound a bit more balanced but I'd say the 7100 is thicker, more musical and engaging then the 1540. I wouldn't say one is better then the other but both are just different. The D7100 looks nicer but both are about the same comfort wise.
post #443 of 1583
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Originally Posted by DJDREEM View Post

I've got the D7100 on now and my D600 while similar is not as refined or musical sounding. The D7100 sounds thicker too. I don't get how anyone can say the 600 sounds better unless they want a thinner sound.

The 1540 sound a bit more balanced but I'd say the 7100 is thicker, more musical and engaging then the 1540. I wouldn't say one is better then the other but both are just different. The D7100 looks nicer but both are about the same comfort wise.
I am glad you enjoy yours.
post #444 of 1583
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

You mean better than the 940 right? Not better than the 1540...?
Sorry yes, the 1440 is better than the 940 for build quality but is no where near the quality of the 1540.
post #445 of 1583

Got a 1540 today, and it ripped my head off. First of all, it's probably the best physically-designed headphone for less than $1500, taking into account materials, construction, and comfort. Then, SQ is stupendous. It's a bit fun-shaped, with nice bass out-of-the-box that can take a lot of gain as well, and a bright quality that I love (in contrast, I disliked the V-Moda M100s primarily because of their darkness). Transparency, precision, energy, and lift are unreal. It wipes the floor with my DT770-80, which I still think is an excellent product. I can't imagine anything less than a grand would sound better (excepting some open cans, perhaps, but I need closed). Plus it does well with all genres, I tried metal, rock, pop, classical, EDM, rap, world, which is important, since my tastes are very wide. I immediately ordered a second pair to use at work.

 

Only thing missing is the ability to amp the bass to face-melting levels for rap. But of the handful of cans on, say, HawaiiBadBoy's list that can do this to my satisfaction, I don't think any would approach this overall SQ for under twice the price (namely the Sig DJ or ED8).


Edited by Stereolab42 - 5/16/14 at 10:57pm
post #446 of 1583
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Originally Posted by rovopio View Post
 
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

$430 is an awful lot for the 940, is it just due to where you live or is that in another currency?

 

shure 1840 is $1000 (cmiiw). sennheiser is overpriced here (grossly). almost any other brands than sennheiser is MSRP inflated by some percentage. (10~25% i'd say) i wouldn't call it fair but yeah...

[...]

 Which country (and area/region) do you live in?

post #447 of 1583
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Originally Posted by Stereolab42 View Post

Got a 1540 today, and it ripped my head off. First of all, it's probably the best physically-designed headphone for less than $1500, taking into account materials, construction, and comfort. Then, SQ is stupendous. It's a bit fun-shaped, with nice bass out-of-the-box that can take a lot of gain as well, and a bright quality that I love (in contrast, I disliked the V-Moda M100s primarily because of their darkness). Transparency, precision, energy, and lift are unreal. It wipes the floor with my DT770-80, which I still think is an excellent product. I can't imagine anything less than a grand would sound better (excepting some open cans, perhaps, but I need closed). Plus it does well with all genres, I tried metal, rock, pop, classical, EDM, rap, world, which is important, since my tastes are very wide. I immediately ordered a second pair to use at work.

Only thing missing is the ability to amp the bass to face-melting levels for rap. But of the handful of cans on, say, HawaiiBadBoy's list that can do this to my satisfaction, I don't think any would approach this overall SQ for under twice the price (namely the Sig DJ or ED8).

I also love the build. They are on par with the DT770 for build. Don't quite have the soundstage or positional accuracy of the 770 either but they are much more refined. I think the 770 is so good, best price/performance out of any headphone IMO. The 1540 is almost a side grade to it.
I think Shure finally picked a winner, hopefully they can thicken the minds and make them more liquid.
post #448 of 1583

As for mods... there's a leatherette snap-on headband sold on Amazon that I originally bought for my DT770s but it fits the 1540 as well. Nothing wrong with the 1540 headband but the padding doesn't seem replaceable, so I prefer to cover it up completely to protect it from wear.

 

I also have Alpha pads in the mail, am curious to see how they affect sound/isolation. Will they just slip on or is surgery required?

post #449 of 1583

Alpha pads refine the sound without changing much of the frequency, while also adding isolation and reducing leakage.

 

The fit, however, is a different story. You will first have to stretch out the headband to loosen the fit, so there will be room for the thickness of the alpha pads. Also, they will have to be placed with the angle of the pads facing upward, to compliment the shape of the headphone and your head.

 

post #450 of 1583
I tried the Alpha pads, thought they thickened the sound too much, lost the openess of the 1540, also became hot and not as comfortable, put the stock back on. Curious what others think
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