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||4.7 x 9.4 x 11.2 in||4.02 x 7.48 x 10 in||4 x 10.5 x 8.5 in||6.5 x 7.48 x 3.74 in|
|Item Weight||1.75 lbs||2.45 lbs||0.62 lb||6.4 ounces||1.5 lbs||0.63 lb|
|Additional Features||Dj-Style||lightweight||Adjustable Headband||lightweight||foldable||foldable|
Top Customer Reviews
I tried perhaps eight pair to sample before buying. I perhaps used up some of the good will in returning products. Each was a top in class headphone for closed cup over the ear, as rated at http://www.head-fi.org/. It was a very interesting experience to experience such world class headphones.
There are some very complete reviews of these headphones here and elsewhere. Perhaps the most value that I can write is that I finally chose two pair of headphones, this being one of them. The sound is outstanding, and they are good for digital devices, they don't need amplification. Some people may prefer headphones with more thumping bass, but I tend to avoid that so I can hear the clear highs. Also, bass can do more damage to your ear drums. The bass is excellent, a very clear reproduction of the sound, but it is not overly pronounced. I would have loved these with rock music a few years ago, but not now.
The mid-range and highs are also excellent, giving a rather flat reproduction of the sound, without Shure trying to emphasize any type of range for particular tastes. What you hear is pretty much the way it was played. They are very well built, and very comfortable, being worn for 8-10 hours at a time.
Bottom line,is head-fi.org rates these headphones as being the 10th best out of over a hundred pairs, many of which cost over well over $500. I liked these better than higher rated headphones, and these cost less than $200. I use these instead of my other pair when I want more noise blocking. These aren't noise cancelling, but they do shut out a lot of sound.
I bent a cord jack inadvertently, and could replace the cord for $20, which helps make them future proof. Parts that tend to wear out are replaceable.
I love these headphones.
To compare with my old Sony MDR7506, those one have a better bass, so-so similar mids and less clear highs. Overall it ok. Bass good for the organ music, violins acceptable, speech in movies are clear. Volume is good enough.
The BIG difference if you use it with laptop output or headphone amplifier.
I use it with the external creative card and Lehmann amp. With standard sound output, it sounds much worse.
Also, it was heavier that Sony, and it was uncomfortable for the first time. Then I was adapted to the weight and its ok.
However, from the $200 headphones, I expect the better build and material quality. It was used very carefully but become broken in a year. Same issue as the other people report: the plastic handle broken. Look at the picture. Plastic just cut in the middle.
Now, in detail:
I bought these for my girlfriend, since she before this just used a pair of earbuds that came with her iPod. I was looking for something that would deliver good sound across the range, clear detail, and reasonable soundstage. Also - had to be closed for use away from home.
My personal experience is rather far-reaching - I heard almost every single model from Grado, Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, AKG, Stax, Ultrasone, Audiotechnica. I heard some of the Bose models - but they were not even close to the same level, and Skullcandy just sounds plain bad. Most equipment is very polarized - it tends to be great with some genres/records, and horrendous with others. Other equipment - like Sennheiser HD650 can be phenomenal if you can put $2-3000 of equipment behind it. And all of this is not practical if you want one headphone to solve all your problems, and do so for reasonable amount of money. If you were a home listener, HD600 or Beyer DT880 would do, but they are open.
Shure SRH840 solves this problem elegantly though: it is closed and foldable, and its sound provides uniform experience across all uses. Bass is strong but not overbearing (unlike say Bose), midrange is present, although slighly recessed. Treble is clear but not too sharp (so it isn't painful). The sound is not perfectly balanced, but really good nevertheless. Impact is great on sound effects in movies and games - and the sound is directional so you can feel immersed in the experience. They get loud on computer soundcards and TVs, and they get plenty of volume out of my mp3 player (iAudio 9).
In addition - replaceable cable, which is great, because that is the part that typically breaks on all headphones. These will last you a long time.