hellooo nurse. pure can pr0n. was going to blow my load on the denon d2000s but i think i just might hold out a bit till i can wrap my face between a pair of those beauties.
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4/21/09 at 12:51pm
First off I'd like to introduce myself. I am Michael Johns the Product Manager for the newly anointed headphone category at Shure. I've been at Shure for close to 9 years, and work for the much mentioned (in this thread) Mr. Matt Engstrom.
|Pricing: Yes, the pricing is official as Jude listed them. We are aggressively getting into this market as these prices dictate. These prices reflect the US STREET prices only and don't reflect what the prices are going to be in other regions of the world. Please check with the authorized distributor in your region for official pricing.|
|Beta vs. Production units: Please note that we have made significant changes to the design since Beta Testing, which is kind of the point of doing Beta Testing in the first place... The sonic signatures remain unchanged but one notable change is the microphonics in the cable. Thanks to all the Beta Testers such as Jude and Ed Wood for pointing this out. You will find the production units have FAR LESS microphonics in the cable compared to Beta Test units. Beta Testing confirmed our assumption that the cable as-is, was not suitable for production.|
|Cable Details: The side of the cable that goes into the headphone assembly is a 2.5mm, 3-pin connector. It attaches via a locking "bayonet" style mechanism. The cable is easily removed and replaced but only intentionally meaning that you are not going to have the cable dislodge from the headphone assembly during normal usage.|
Now that the cat's out of the bag, I can talk about the SRH840 now.
I had the opportunity to test out the SRH840 for a couple of months.
Here's a brief run down of my impressions:
Huge soundstage for closed headphones. Smooth sound, incredible bass response. Plenty of slam, but without being overly boomy sounding. With the sub $200 price point, the SRH840 offers the best bang for the buck for all full sized cans.
As with any "DJ" style closed headphones, they can be painful to wear for some with sensitive ears. And since it's isolating, the clamping pressure is uncomfortable to wear for those that wear glasses. The coiled headphone cable was heavy, awkward, and very microphonic.
Styling leaves much to be desired. The first time I saw them, I expected them to say "Sony" on the sides. I understand that the SRH840 is aimed towards the studio monitoring market, but it doesn't mean that they couldn't have received some proper Industrial Design treatment.
All in all, the big sound out of sealed, closed headphones is the most amazing part. And they roll up into a pretty portable size for tossing into one's bag.