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Shure SRH840 vs Sony MDR-V600

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Here is my unbiased option after extensive A/B testing of these headphones without using EQ while listening to rock (from America to Zepplin, Radiohead to RAtM etc.)

Sony MDR-V600
-more comfortable (head-band has more curve so doesn't press down on the top of the head, bigger padding)
-more natural sound
-bigger soundscape
-more lively mids
-more air in highs (more highs in general)

Bass Extension6
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality7
Mids Quality7
Highs Quality8
Detail 7
Soundstage 7
Comfort 8
Durability 7


Shure SRH840
-better isolation
-more hi-fi sound, more punch
-much deeper bass
-muddy low-mids
-subdued mid-range

Bass Extension9
Bass Impact9
Bass Quality8
Mids Quality5
Highs Quality7
Detail 7
Soundstage 6
Comfort 5
Durability 9



So far I'm enjoying the Sony's more, which surprised me as they cost me less than half as much as the Shures!

I'll update this thread if I hear any change after I break-in the Shure longer.
post #2 of 14
subscribed!
post #3 of 14
subcribed too!
post #4 of 14
dang! What was your source?

btw, I thought the V6>V600.

Oh well. The SRH440 is unharmed.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by iHelp View Post
dang! What was your source?
My source is an E-MU 1616m PCI with a variety of .wav and 320kbps MP3s..


After a little more break in I keep going back and forth as far as my preferred set. If I want an in your face sound I definitely choose the SRH840, but I feel like I should have heard a bigger jump in overall quality for the money.
post #6 of 14
burn in?

Anyone know the main the difference between the V600, the V6 and the 7506? They all look similar and are very close in price. I assumed in order of "quality" they went 7506 > V6 > V600.
post #7 of 14
You really like the sonys more? I hated them. very plasticy sounding, IMO.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by pyrokid View Post
You really like the sonys more? I hated them. very plasticy sounding, IMO.
I had them (the V600)--twice. I was not at all impressed with the sound quality coming out of those particular Sonys: In this case, the mids, especially the lower mids, dominate the rest of the sound, and they also sound very plasticky due to their inadequate damping within their earcups.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by wordfool View Post
burn in?

Anyone know the main the difference between the V600, the V6 and the 7506? They all look similar and are very close in price. I assumed in order of "quality" they went 7506 > V6 > V600.
The V600 is not similar at all to the other two. It's a piece of junk, with overbearing plastic hinges and teardrop can housings that nothing else will fit. The V6 is outrageously successful and has been in demand for over a decade. Sony tried to get rid of it and so many complained that they brought it back. They made the 7506 in the attempt - it's a duplicate of the V6 except for a gold plug.
post #10 of 14
Understanding that sonic preferences obviously vary, having had experience with both the SRH840 and the MDR-V600, my ears don't agree with you.

I preferred the V6 to the V600 by a wide margin, and I prefer the SRH840 to the V6--by a wide margin.

I'm not trying to convince you, just offering another point of view for anyone considering these headphones.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by pyrokid View Post
You really like the sonys more? I hated them. very plasticy sounding, IMO.
+1. I tried them today at Sony Store. Terrible imo, and not that comfortable either. The SRH840 blows it away.

dL
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
I sold my SRH840.
post #13 of 14
Interesting! Thanks for posting your unabashed opinions.

I believe there is a fairly recent thread in which someone describes removing some internal padding from the driver area, which opens up the highs a bit. It may have been the V900's, but the principle is the same. Worth experimenting?

Thanks again for your honest post, and following up with your final verdict.
post #14 of 14
I have both of these and have finally got to test them after replacing the foam pads and head pad from the Sony V600. Honestly, I liked the Sony. It made me realized why I liked it more than many other headphones at the time I bought them new. Yes the bass is lacking, and the highs can be a little high, but it has that right balance in the middle that you can enjoy classical music or any general music short of hip-Hop.

With that said, did I like it more than my Shure SRH-840? No. Rest assured friends, the decades difference and the price difference did not go in vain. Shure's SRH-840 is a very dynamic pair of sophisticated headphones. Calling these as "cans" like so many others negates how unbelievably crafted this pair of resonating wonder really is. The 840 was able to be bassy when it needed to be and even gave just enough ear thumping short of a full hip-hop certification. The true beauty lies in the mids of the 840. It is able to be so dynamic and creative from the mids to the highs no matter what music you gave it. The highs weren't sharp in your ear and the mids are always at the right proportion.

If you just listened to V600 alone, you'd say it was a nice comfortable headphone to enjoy and listen for hours. Requires powered amp to get that bass going.
If you then listened to the Shure, you'd think that's a very nice headphone with improved bass and overall range dynamics.

In my opinion, the Shure SRH-840 really is the updated V600 for the modern times.


FYI: they both look silly with bulky designs.

*** Damn you BEATS. Why do you have to look so good and sound so $#!&&¥.
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