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Shure SRH1840 Professional Open Back Headphones (Black)
- Individually matched 40 mm neodymium drivers for unparalleled acoustic performance with smooth, extended high-end and accurate bass
- Open-back, circumaural design for exceptionally natural sound, wide stereo image, and increased depth of field
- Lightweight construction featuring aircraft-grade aluminum alloy yoke and stainless steel grilles for enhanced durability
- Steel driver frame with vented center pole piece improves linearity and eliminates internal resonance for consistent performance at all listening levels
- Ergonomic dual-frame, padded headband is lightweight and fully adjustable for hours of listening comfort
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|Item Dimensions||6.5 x 10.5 x 11.25 in||1 x 1 x 1 in||10.2 x 4.9 x 12.8 in||6 x 6 x 4.5 in||4 x 7 x 8.5 in||7.83 x 4.45 x 4.76 in|
|Item Weight||4.4 lbs||0.5 lb||1.63 lbs||1.1 lbs||0.64 lb||0.52 lb|
|Additional Features||DJ-Style||foldable||stereo, lightweight||Noise-Isolating||DJ-Style||—|
The flagship headphone from Shure, the SRH1840 Professional Open Back Headphones feature individually matched drivers for unparalleled acoustic performance with smooth, extended highs and accurate bass. Developed with premium materials and precision engineering, the customcrafted design is extremely lightweight and durable. A replacement set of velour earpads, and an additional cable ensure years of uninterrupted listening enjoyment.
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1. The price - is the $500 price tag justified ?
I have personally not tested out some of the high end headphones these would and should be compared to. I have however compared it to the Philips Fidelio X1 and the Shure SRH 1440. Now, keep in mind that the Fidelio X1 initially came out for ~ $600, and then dropped in price to $500, and further down to about $250. The Shure SRH1440 costs $300. ($200 less than the 1840)
The price also generally stays consistent. Shure doesn't seem to want the resellers drop the price on these. I have not seen the price drop. Having said that, I bought mine for less than $400. For that price, I can justify the purchase. (Kinda)
Now, like the 1440, these come with an extra pair of earpads and cables. They also come with a case to put them in - all of which is great.
The sound quality is top notch. For some reason I can't quite put my finger on, these just sound nicer than the 1440. When compared to the Fidelio X1, these do lack the sub-bass. I think depending on the track, I enjoyed these on tracks that had more vocals and I enjoyed the Fidelio for tracks that had a deep sub-bass to them. String instruments sounded better on the Shure as well, in terms of tonality, and also the space between the instruments.
These are insanely light weight. They are much lighter than either the X1 or the 1440.
The one downside I can think if is the leather headband - it doesn't seem to be replaceable. I wonder if that will give out first. Time will tell.
The other small complaint I have is that both the cables are the same length. I don't mind it not coming with a headset. I don't plan to use this for gaming, or for phone calls. But I would have liked a shorter cable for use with Portable DAPs
Overall a great pair of headphones.
Update - 2016-10
I picked up a pair of AKG K7120 pro's a while back, and they are very good headphones really. They can cost you anything between $300 and $500. The pair I bought was made in Slovakia. If price is a concern, you might want to look at the K712 pro's as well. The K712 pro sounded nearly as good as the SRH1840 to me. It did seem to have a wider soundstage that I didn't really like as much. I finally decided to keep the SRH 1840 and sell the K7120 pro - I think if you need just ONE headphone for all around duty, and are not constrained by a budget, this is the one to get.
I've since bought a pair of SE846's and while it is not a reasonable comparison, (IEM vs Open Back), and the bass of the SE846 is superior, I find myself gravitating to the SRH1840's almost all the time when I'm at home. I simply love the open and airy sound of open back headphones. The one thing I would change about these headphones is also include a shorter cable that is similar to the SE846 cable - (I actually wish I could use the SE846 ones with these, but you can't - you can actually use these cables with the SE 846 though :D I've not listened to music through it)
Update for October 2017:
I have since upped my DAC game and after bouncing between the Chord Hugo and the Schiiy Yggdrasil I bought the latter and still use the HR-2 amp. The Yggdrasil only made me love the SRH1840, Se846, and SE535 model more. After nearly two years on, I actually have developed a preference for the laid back bass of the SRH1840 vs the se846 and would strike my original comment about bass accuracy. Especially for mid range to quieter output levels the 1840s have only been bested by from what i have personally heard Sennheiser HD800 for full range coherency.
After a few weeks I tested them on a Meridian Prime headphone amp and compared them to the Audeze LCD-2 and was shocked at how well they stacked up. On several songs I preferred the Shures from a sonic standpoint and on EVERY song I preferred them from a comfort standpoint. These are great if you will be wearing them for an extended period of time.
Very highly recommended.