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Alternative to Shure SRH840?

post #1 of 11
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Now my work environment has changed I decided it's time to replace my Shures with something a tad more comfortable and perhaps with a tad more excitement to the sound signature.

 

I like the sound of the SRH840, don't get me wrong... they're fairly flat, smooth, not too analytical, but I never come away from a long listening session wowed by music (rock & electronic for the most part). Comfort wise they are not great for long sessions, and as quick-on'n'off 'phones for listening to the occasional youtube video at my desk they are clumsy and awkward. 

 

So what are the alternatives folks would recommend? I used to have grados and their sound sig is not for me. I still want something fairly flat sounding... no boomy bass or shrill highs, but perhaps something a little less flat than the Shures with a little more energy and warmth to the sig at a similar price. Anything jump to mind? Beyers perhaps? AKG? Denon?

post #2 of 11

From what I've read it sounds like the Beyer DT880/990 could be what you're looking for (the DT990's being open, the DT880's being semi-open). Do you have a preference on whether the cans are open vs closed?

 

I've also heard many good reviews (comfort-wise) about Denons, but the bass might be a bit much..

post #3 of 11
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open of closed not a huge issue... closed might be better overall, mainly because the open phones I've tried tend to be a bit bass-light for my liking (but granted I've not tried many). The Denon D2000 always get rave reviews for their warmth and I'd love to try a pair, but they're a bit out of my budget (<$200). I'm also not sure how they are comfort-wise... they look as big as the Shures

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open of closed not a huge issue... closed might be better overall, mainly because the open phones I've tried tend to be a bit bass-light for my liking (but granted I've not tried many). The Denon D2000 always get rave reviews for their warmth and I'd love to try a pair, but they're a bit out of my budget (<$200). I'm also not sure how they are comfort-wise... they look as big as the Shures

 

DT990 is open back, DT880 is semi open, and DT990 still has bigger bass.

 

D2000 will offer bigger bass/midbass (fairly a bit more sloppy than 840) and more reccesed midrange. Sound wise, I'll choose 840 any day, but when we talk about comfort wise, Denon is really good at this point.

 

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DT990 is open back, DT880 is semi open, and DT990 still has bigger bass.

 

D2000 will offer bigger bass/midbass (fairly a bit more sloppy than 840) and more reccesed midrange. Sound wise, I'll choose 840 any day, but when we talk about comfort wise, Denon is really good at this point.

 



How comfortable are the DT990s (assuming you tried them)? I always hear mixed reviews about Beyers... people seem to either love or hate them.  

post #6 of 11

My upgrade from the Shure SRH-840 was the Koss Pro DJ 100. No, I'm not joking. After I got the KRK KNS-8400 I compared all of them and kept the KRK and DJ100.

KRK would be better as a studio monitor than the 840, but the DJ100 is definitely not in that category, but is still quite balanced.

 

I'll definitely take a DJ00 over a SRH-840 any day. I never realized how laid back the SRH-840 was until I got the KRK and DJ100. I still love the 840 though, but I couldn't deal with the discomfort.

 

I've found that compared to the 840 the DJ100 has better bass, better mids, better soundstage, imaging, comfort, build quality and even more detail. Some may not agree with the last one.

 

Some have said the DJ100 has rolled off highs and they do slightly. The treble overall to me is far more fatiguing on the SRH-840 to my ears.

 

The #1 reason I prefer the DJ100 is how good vocals are on it. I think they have forward upper mids, but not as much as say the K601 or ATH-AD2000.

 

Best of all, the DJ100 is only $80. It does sound best with an amp though.

 

BTW I think people who love the mids of the K601 MIGHT like those of the DJ100. Maybe fans of the AD2000 (not the Denon!) might like the DJ100. I know I do!


Edited by tdockweiler - 1/5/11 at 4:39pm
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hmmm... interesting comments. I'll check out the Koss

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by TheMiddleSky View Post


DT990 is open back, DT880 is semi open, and DT990 still has bigger bass.

 

D2000 will offer bigger bass/midbass (fairly a bit more sloppy than 840) and more reccesed midrange. Sound wise, I'll choose 840 any day, but when we talk about comfort wise, Denon is really good at this point.

 



How comfortable are the DT990s (assuming you tried them)? I always hear mixed reviews about Beyers... people seem to either love or hate them.  


Beyer DT770/880/990, all of them have really good comfortablity. People who prefer forward vocal seems hard to like them.

post #9 of 11

I do wholeheartedly recommend the d2000. In my opinion they are one of the most fun and exciting cans you can find- if you like bass it's a definite must.

post #10 of 11

I have been reading a lot of good things about these:

 

http://www.aiaiai.dk/all-products/tma-1.html

 

Looks kill, sound apparently too, and easy of use/comfort. 

post #11 of 11
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I'm leaning towards the DT990, but am a little scared of the "harsh treble" comments everywhere, and some less-than-stellar professional reviews. Curious how the DT880 treble and bass compares to the 990... from what I've read the 880 is a more neutral sound, but are we talking as neutral/flat as the Shure 840?

 

D2000 is out of my price range, sadly. Still investigating the Koss. 

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