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post #451 of 667
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Originally Posted by doctorjazz View Post

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

 

Goes to show we all have different preferences. I found the the 1540 with stock pads to sound a bit grainy with a loose bottom end, which the alphas smoothed and tightened as a result. May not be as comfortable as the alcantaras, but the slight sound effect and better isolation was a big plus for me.


Edited by Change is Good - 5/18/14 at 7:48pm
post #452 of 667
I may try them again, but my initial impression was mixed. I had wanted more bass, wasn't getting it because the fit on my head didn't give a perfect seal. I did get more bass, but thought they blurred the beautiful, open mids, and I got a better fit bending the frame little by little. I think you're right bout preferences, but I don't think people account for head sixe, shape, ear size and shape as much, I think that has a big part in different perceptions of the same headphone. Speaker sound gets to everyone's ears pretty much the same, but anatomy is a really big part of how a headphone sounds to you and differs for someone else.
post #453 of 667
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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post
 

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.

 

 

But it won't involve a knife, scissors, a glue gun, and the sacrifice of a pair of stock pads like it does with the Ultrasone 900 right? They just slip on?

post #454 of 667
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Originally Posted by Stereolab42 View Post
 

 

But it won't involve a knife, scissors, and a glue gun, like it does with the Ultrasone 900 right? They just slip on?

 

Not at all... just some bending of the headband for extra width is all...

post #455 of 667

 

 

 

Pics of my 1540s. Both have the (very high-quality) leatherette headband available from that Amazon seller. I use it to protect the apparently non-replaceable OEM pad. Be aware that it does take up some vertical space, and the Shure is a bit vertically challenged as it is. If you have a short head like me it will be fine, but if you're Peyton Manning then fuggedaboutit (go pick up some Yamaha Pro 500s instead, I loved their SQ but even at minimum extension they just flopped forward on my head.)

 

The 1540 on the right has the Alpha pads. First off, the pads are of superb quality, but I can't recommend them for the 1540. The problem is the angle is just too steep. Whether or not I have them angling forward or backward, the fit is not good, because the cups are almost dead-on in the horizontal direction, and so is the side of my head. I tried the suggestion made above about rotating them so they angle upward or downward, but then my ears don't fit because the cutout is rectangular, not square or circular... and I have medium-big ears (for example, the V-Moda M100 stock pads are very uncomfortable on me.) Oh well. I did not really notice a big sonic or isolation difference anyways, pressing the cups against my head to simulate a good fit. However I do love the genuine leather material, although the 1540 OEM pads are still excellent.

 

I am curious if the unangled Leather Dog pads fit better. Luckily MrSpeakers forgot to send me the third pair of Alphas I ordered, so I emailed him asking to send me a pair of Leather Dogs instead. I'll be keeping the two Alpha pairs in case they fit better with other cans I may own in the future.

post #456 of 667

Alpha pad angles are supposed to be facing up on the 1540, my friend. A little slight stretching and rotating will make it work.
 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


And the regular Dog pads are not of the same genuine lamb leather as the alpha pads...


Edited by Change is Good - 5/21/14 at 10:36pm
post #457 of 667

You must have different Alpha pads than I do, because when I have the big part on top, the ear opening is very rectangular in the horizontal direction, and my ears don't fit.

 

...

 

I wonder if there is a way to force the Alphas into the shape I want by putting a wire/coat hanger on the inside of the outside flap. If I hold a detached pad in my hand with the big part up, and squeeze sightly, the rectangle switches orientation and my ear does fit. I just need to figure out how to force that shape.


Edited by Stereolab42 - 5/22/14 at 12:24am
post #458 of 667
My pads are just like yours. They eventually adapt to the force of the pad placement and shape up nicely over time... becoming more square shaped like in the picture.
Edited by Change is Good - 5/22/14 at 12:29am
post #459 of 667
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Originally Posted by Stereolab42 View Post








Pics of my 1540s. Both have the (very high-quality) leatherette headband available from that Amazon seller. I use it to protect the apparently non-replaceable OEM pad. Be aware that it does take up some vertical space, and the Shure is a bit vertically challenged as it is. If you have a short head like me it will be fine, but if you're Peyton Manning then fuggedaboutit (go pick up some Yamaha Pro 500s instead, I loved their SQ but even at minimum extension they just flopped forward on my head.)

The 1540 on the right has the Alpha pads. First off, the pads are of superb quality, but I can't recommend them for the 1540. The problem is the angle is just too steep. Whether or not I have them angling forward or backward, the fit is not good, because the cups are almost dead-on in the horizontal direction, and so is the side of my head. I tried the suggestion made above about rotating them so they angle upward or downward, but then my ears don't fit because the cutout is rectangular, not square or circular... and I have medium-big ears (for example, the V-Moda M100 stock pads are very uncomfortable on me.) Oh well. I did not really notice a big sonic or isolation difference anyways, pressing the cups against my head to simulate a good fit. However I do love the genuine leather material, although the 1540 OEM pads are still excellent.

I am curious if the unangled Leather Dog pads fit better. Luckily MrSpeakers forgot to send me the third pair of Alphas I ordered, so I emailed him asking to send me a pair of Leather Dogs instead. I'll be keeping the two Alpha pairs in case they fit better with other cans I may own in the future.
We meet again, sir. So how do you like your Grace amp with the 1540s? I am curious how it sounds with them.
post #460 of 667

*sigh* You people are going to end up costing me a lot of money... :rolleyes:

 

Not to interrupt the discussion, but have any of you guys ever dropped a set of 1540 pads onto the SRH-940s?  I'm interested to see if anyone hears a similar difference in tone to what I'm picking up.  That said, I'm asking because the little $40 pad swap seems to have really warmed things up in general and taken a bit of the edge off of their treble... the treble on these poor cans was SIZZLING with the stock velour pads when I drove them on a fresh-out-of-the-box Maverick D1.  Not the best matchup, but it was the best I could do on a college student budget at the time, and it really made an immense difference once everything settled in a bit.

 

Purchase time coming up pretty quickly, I'm just surfing through the forums reading opinions on a good upgrade/change from my aging 940s... No way am I going to be able to keep my money contained until the next HF meet within a reasonable distance.  It's down to the A-Dogs, the 1540s, and possibly selling a kidney for a pair of Fostex TH-900s.  The latter is probably out, but this thread has otherwise been tremendously helpful in my quest to dispose of $500.  Leaning about 70/30 towards the 1540s right now... my epic score collection needs more hammer in the low end than what I have at the moment, and my head could definitely use something a bit more comfortable.  I'm just terrified of getting something so far away from what I'm used to in the A-Dogs, and that I might lose some of the soundstage and/or detail retrieval that I'm looking for.

 

Cheers!


Edited by TheAdmiralty - 5/24/14 at 8:52pm
post #461 of 667
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post


We meet again, sir. So how do you like your Grace amp with the 1540s? I am curious how it sounds with them.

 

Sounds great (aside from a couple of bugs with the amp's DAC that hopefully will be fixed quickly). What I'm looking for in a DAC/amp is something that will convert and amplify with authority and accuracy but with zero coloration. I'd be surprised if there wasn't any non-exotic headphone it doesn't work well with.

post #462 of 667
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Originally Posted by Stereolab42 View Post

Sounds great (aside from a couple of bugs with the amp's DAC that hopefully will be fixed quickly). What I'm looking for in a DAC/amp is something that will convert and amplify with authority and accuracy but with zero coloration. I'd be surprised if there wasn't any non-exotic headphone it doesn't work well with.
Cool and thanks for sharing!
post #463 of 667
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TheAdmiralty View Post
 

*sigh* You people are going to end up costing me a lot of money... :rolleyes:

 

Not to interrupt the discussion, but have any of you guys ever dropped a set of 1540 pads onto the SRH-940s?  I'm interested to see if anyone hears a similar difference in tone to what I'm picking up.  That said, I'm asking because the little $40 pad swap seems to have really warmed things up in general and taken a bit of the edge off of their treble... the treble on these poor cans was SIZZLING with the stock velour pads when I drove them on a fresh-out-of-the-box Maverick D1.  Not the best matchup, but it was the best I could do on a college student budget at the time, and it really made an immense difference once everything settled in a bit.

 

Purchase time coming up pretty quickly, I'm just surfing through the forums reading opinions on a good upgrade/change from my aging 940s... No way am I going to be able to keep my money contained until the next HF meet within a reasonable distance.  It's down to the A-Dogs, the 1540s, and possibly selling a kidney for a pair of Fostex TH-900s.  The latter is probably out, but this thread has otherwise been tremendously helpful in my quest to dispose of $500.  Leaning about 70/30 towards the 1540s right now... my epic score collection needs more hammer in the low end than what I have at the moment, and my head could definitely use something a bit more comfortable.  I'm just terrified of getting something so far away from what I'm used to in the A-Dogs, and that I might lose some of the soundstage and/or detail retrieval that I'm looking for.

 

Cheers!

Check the first page. I posted impression on swapping pads as well.

post #464 of 667
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

Check the first page. I posted impression on swapping pads as well.

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... SRH1540 pads on SRH940 increases bass and tames the treble, making SRH940 a more balanced headphone as well. ...

Derp.  Yep, you're right... I've been surfing so many of these threads that I'm forgetting who said what where.  My bad.  Outstanding review, by the way.

 

Back to lurking around.  Think I'll go see how a Mav D1 would pair with both the A-Dogs and/or 1540s... I might end up dropping money on a Schiit Asgard II or Valhalla depending on what I decide to go with.  I'm sure you must love having guys around here who can't decide what to drop $600 on, after the little debacle I read through in the first few pages of this thread.  :ph34r:

 

Cheers!

post #465 of 667
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TheAdmiralty View Post
 

Derp.  Yep, you're right... I've been surfing so many of these threads that I'm forgetting who said what where.  My bad.  Outstanding review, by the way.

 

Back to lurking around.  Think I'll go see how a Mav D1 would pair with both the A-Dogs and/or 1540s... I might end up dropping money on a Schiit Asgard II or Valhalla depending on what I decide to go with.  I'm sure you must love having guys around here who can't decide what to drop $600 on, after the little debacle I read through in the first few pages of this thread.  :ph34r:

 

Cheers!

Thanks!

 

Pondering is the best part of head-fi! I always ponder for hours before buying a gear. Don't we all wish we had all the money we want, so that we don't have to ponder?

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