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Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones (Black)
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|Item Dimensions||8.5 x 4.5 x 9.5 in||10.12 x 4.12 x 10.13 in||9.21 x 4.65 x 9.06 in||8.8 x 9.2 x 4.5 in||4.7 x 9.4 x 11.2 in||4.02 x 7.48 x 10 in|
|Item Weight||1.75 lbs||2.45 lbs||0.5 lb||—||0.62 lb||6.4 ounces|
|Additional Features||Dj-Style||lightweight||lightweight||foldable||Adjustable Headband||lightweight|
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A plus is the detachable cord and coiled cord. It can be replaced if needed. The only downside is that the connection can sometimes become loose from the headset. This is NOT a common thing, but of course it is an annoyance when it happens.
I considered these and some Audio-Technicas. Those had some nice bass and color to the sound. At the end of the day I'll probably buy those too. I don't think it's fair to compare the two since the feel and sound are different. To me it's about the type of music you are listening to and what kind of feel you want from it on a particular day. Those tended to be harsh at times depending on the music.
I decided to test the SRH840s with Paul Galbraith's Bach Sonatas and Partitas (solo 8-string guitar), which was a DDD recording. After the first 15 seconds I thought I was hearing some odd transients from the headphones and then realized that I was hearing Galbraith's breathing as he played. He always manages to hold his breath during single-note play, and during very quiet passages, but as he plays more aggressively, I definitely hear his breathing. I was absolutely stunned. I'd never heard that before. And all of this from the CD drive in my laptop with no tone controls.
I also used the 840s later to listen to amateur radio. I'm a General Class ham and picking out weak stations at night on 80 and 160 meters was quite a pleasure. Nothing compared to the cheap Audio-Technica ATH-P1s I had been using.
The only downside I can point out so far is that, for people like me who wear glasses, they're a bit tight on the temple and push the glasses against my head a bit more than I like. On the positive side, they definitely do a great job of sealing out ambient noise, and for catching any background noise that might have made it into my recordings.
Not for the fashion-conscious, they look absolutely goofy because they're designed to fit people with even very large heads, so they spread wide from the center point. But I don't care; I absolutely love the sound reproduction.
Update, 29 December 2009
I took a chance on the Sony MDR-7506 cans and I really like them as well. They're quite a bit lighter than the 840s, and I'll be more comfortable wearing the 7506s for longer periods, particularly for ham radio work when I'm moving around listening, writing down information, adjusting radio settings, working with the laptop on digital modes, etc. That said, the 840s seem to have a slightly richer sound, particularly for quiet music. Part of that effect may be that the ear seals are thicker and cut out more ambient noise than the 7506s
The bulk of burn in seems to have passed, the first thing to go was the fudgy bass, about two hours of pink noise, sorted that out... Since then the headphones are steadily becoming more "open sounding" and articulate and smoother in the treble... that treble peak and dip around it in the Frequency response on Headroom review and graphs looks really bad, in reality it is not that audible. Very strong female vocals (Jocelyn B Smith live version of When I need you) still squeeks a bit at the very high frequency and volume peaks - it has gotten better with burn in.
Reference recordings sound very very good. Comparable to my hi-fi in most aspects, obviously not soundstage and sense of scale, impact on drums can be better than hi-fi, Bass is nicely balanced on reference recordings , even though it doesn't go down quite as low 30 Hz plenty usable. The headphones lets you listen into the music picking up details about for instance minor set-up issues with my turntable. Treble is not quite at my hi-fi's level, but the two tweeters cost only a bit less than the headphones themselves. Also they are not as open and airy sounding as my hi-fi... they are closed headphones after all.
On compressed music you know all about it (stand up dave matthews band) if it is done poorly like lots of home recording mixes, you get earburn. Stupid mixing, fake reverb, fake strings... You know all about it. This is a good thing, this is why I got them. But I can actually get lost just listening to music...
I think something that sets them (and AKG 701) apart (at the below 400USD mark for headphones... at least the ones I checked is relatively good harmonic distortion. This is possibly why they make good monitoring headphones... I don't know.
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