- Jun 6, 2011
Yeah man, you've been busy! How's the East Coast right now? Brrrrr I would think, very brrr indeed!
It was actually not as cold as I thought it would be as the temps hovered from 30 to 50F... the bad thing is usually the Wind... But of course I'm from the Caribbean so anything less than 65F can be easily felt. But I like cold weather! (I just hate snow!) Thankfully I'm back home because I saw that the temperatures today were in their 20s LOL!!!
Sadly, that first point may be an issue.It's due to the low clamping force and fit. I've asked other people to try it on, and those with larger (wider) heads seem to have no issues with isolation fit or creaking.
As for number two, yeah that definitely doesn't sound right. You're under warranty right? Should be... I think you got yours in early Summer. Hold on, looking through business cards... got it! Contact Patty Chou over at Perfect Sound (email@example.com) about that. Not sure she's the right person for service issues, but she'd probably be able to connect you with the right person.
And as for number three, I'm curious about that myself. I tried pulling off the pad once but stopped when I hit too much resistance. Lemme try again and get back to you on that.
Ha! Is that a challenge I smell? I haven't heard the Sig DJ yet so I can't say, though I certainly wouldn't mind checking it out. Lemme see if anyone in the Audio360 crew can get one in-house for evaluation.
Yeah, I have a long-ish face, not quite round so everytime I move hard or something I hear the creaks or "knocks" as Mike says.
Regarding the "balance", I'm listening to them right now and cannot detect, so it may be specific tracks or my mind playing tricks.
Pads are NOT replaceable.
I had contacted Perfect Sound about that a while ago and they responded with:
"Thank you for your mail.
Actually our headphone ear pad is not changeable or replaceable.
May I know where you purchased our headphone d901?"
Cheryl was the one who corresponded with me but James and Patty were "CC'ed" on the email exchanges.
Admittedly, this was equal parts swagger on BOTH sides!!
Thanks for the compliment! We knew we were taking a chance (one commenter, a dealer, on the site, had an issue with our language): we're trying to offer up new ways to review components,
and your kind words mean a ALOT to me.
You've got a solid point on the "creaks"! In this case its more like knocks and clicks, so they feel strong and industrial,
but I can see how that would be a turn-off.
When these arrived and I put my hands on them I knew I was in for a treat!!
Thanks! We've been diggin these cans for awhile now and had alot of fun!
You should keep your reviews just like that! We don't want another 6moons nor Tyll styled reviews. Not that they are bad (Tyll's are not, for 6moons I usually keep a thesaurus around!) but just a different more "fun" tone to the writing.
Wonder if these or Ultrasone Signature DJs would be my personal holy grail, I'm a basshead, I demand a good bit of bass, actually if we quantitize it roughly around 8-10dB (peak) boost depending on the headphone a bit. I demand both midbass and subbass, ideally from testing various headphones and been very very satisfied with how Q40 outputs bass, it seems I ideally want the bass peak around 80Hz (what I consider the barrier between sub and midbass) to get similar amount of midbass and subbass presence. I like punchy, impactful, textured and averagely fast bass (not ultra snappy or ultra slow but rather ultra snappy than ultra slow).
Now I do care a lot also for the rest of the sound but being a basshead, it doesn't matter how beautifully the rest is done if bass is not there as well. Having said that I find it extremely picky to have a balanced mids and highs presence, I want a natural timbre, not too cold/harsh but also not too warm/smooth, I'm looking for what sounds natural there, in how I'd expect the music to sound live, I love the digiZoid ZO2.1's amp because it makes the mids very fullbodied and thick/organic why I ideally probably need tiiiiiny bit of U-shape to get a balanced end result. These seem to be a great candidate BUT Signature DJs also perfectly fit this description as well so it's very tough choice.
Besides those aspects I'm also allergic against things like creeking when moving my head (when I get in the groove with the music, hardstyle, I might very well start nodding/headbanging along with the music and then a creeking sound would definitely impact the experience a little bit). Another aspect sound wise I've had much issues with in various headphones (but not Q40) is resonating upper-midfrequencies especially around 2 - 3.5kHz range which makes female vocals distort, I hate that "nasalness" due to the reverb/resonating frequencies which make them seem much louder. Good thing they also offer black version as the white one would quickly turn yellow for me with the hrs I wear headphones daily.
Would be cool with a Dido vs Ultrasone Signature DJs battle to find out that that more "extreme" basshead champ headphone. I'm thinking it will be a very fierce balanced fight. From measurements the Ultrasone Signature DJs measure a 8dB peaked bass boost centered around 80Hz which looks good for my personal taste. Would be cool to find a FR measurement on the Didos for comparison and easier deciding.
The Dido's have more "up-front" highs when compared to the Sig DJs but not by much. Imaging is actually VERY VERY good on the Dido's and some people might prefer them over the Sig DJs. I actually do prefer them IF the music is NOT so bassy, why?, because with bassy tracks I feel that the sound gets a bit congested, especially in the mids, something that doesn't happen with the Sig DJs. Example of a genre I enjoy on the Didos over the Sig DJs:
Overall, both are detailed, both bring big bass BUT the Dido's actually provide a bit more Sub-bass and more slam. Basically I feel that in a straight-up compare, the Sig DJs are more "balanced" than the Dido's. I personally enjoy both and that's the only reason I haven't sold my Perfect Sound headphones. Now as for which ones you'd prefer, I think you'll enjoy the Sig DJs more than the Dido's based on your preferences and your love for the M-Audio Q40s.
Our good friend gelocks has both in his possession..........
As Chris Rock says, "A man is only as faithful as his options." [In this case, only speaking of headphones]
Ha! Love me some Chris Rock!