Well, here I am again. Right now, I'm listening to my beloved SRH-940s, which are unfortunately starting to physically wear out. Shure just didn't build these things to last.
Right now I have $350 saved up, and will be dumping another $150 into that once I get some junk sold off. I've got a budget of $500, no more, unfortunately. ATM, I can't afford to care how much better your $1000 electrostatics are, nor how much you think they're worth the money - I'd probably agree, in all honesty, but a college student like myself only has so much to work with.
Right now, I'm almost set on buying a pair of SRH-1540s; based on Jude's review and everything else I've heard, they sound like the headphones I've always wanted - a warmer pair of 940s that actually has some substance at the bottom end. Neutrality may be nice, but I want something fun to listen to - I love my 940s, but at the same time, they are admittedly a bit flat, thin, and airy.
On that same note, though, I'm having trouble convincing myself that the upgrade would be worth it, replacing a cracking pair of $300 closed backs with a $500 one. BTW, I need all the isolation I can get up here, trust me. I've been flipping through Schiit's site, and am absolutely enamored with their Bifrost/Asgard2 setup, but thats unfortunately a couple hundred above me with USB (I lost optical SPDIF with my headphone jack)... I could, however, pull off a Modi+Asgard2 - I'm avoiding the Magni due to the fact that I don't actually need the gain for any of my headphones, and the Asgard's low-gain setting would be great. Granted, I only have two - a pair of M50s, and my 940s - but none of them are hard to drive in any sense of the word. Now, I listen to my music on an Asus G75VW through a headphone jack I literally crushed, superglued together, crushed again, and then soldered back in place (computer engineer ). I have to say there aren't any problems with it, but I feel like I could do better. The plug on my 940s' cable has proved more durable than the jack it's stuck into.
What would you do if you were in my position? I'm not unhappy with my 940s, but I'd like something a bit different, and the 1540s sound literally perfect in every way for me. On the same note, I'm not unhappy with my laptop's audio, but again I could do better with an Asgard setup for $~350 and just go on saving for a new pair of cans in the future. Any thoughts? I've been brewing over this for a month now... I've almost blown the money on building a suplus Xeon workstation-server-bastard-child twice now, but have managed to stop myself both times. I'm not sure I can hold off much longer.
Much appreciated, as always!