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post #1921 of 3844
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Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post

The main thing i dislike about the srh840 is the midbass and 9khz spike. I also hated the lack of treble. Looking at frequency graphs the srh940 looks perfect for me. They seem to have fixed the main issues.



I loved mine at first - but the missing mid-bass in the end was what got me.  To me they sound un-natural - lovely mids, but highs too emphasised, and while the lower-bass is there (and nicely extended/defined), the overall bass is something I couldn't live with - it just sounds 'off' on a lot of my tracks.

 

FWIW - while I'll still eventually look for a closed can (thinking FA003) - I won't be going back to the SRH940.  A lot to like (mids) - but I had them for a month and the more I listened the more I disliked them.  I may even go back to the SRH840 - tonally they were very nice.

 

Like I've said many times before - the SRH940 are a polarising can - you'll either love them or dislike them. Only way you'll know is to try them.

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Hm yea... I wonder what SRH-940 and HM-601 synergy is like...

 

 

Will have to bring my HM-601 next time I go to that store...

 

post #1923 of 3844
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Originally Posted by Headphoner View Post


Because I wear glasses, strong clamping force can be uncomfortable after a while.


 

My taste in music is classical, Broadway, and folk.


I wear glasses at night and I find the 940's to be very comfortable with them on. This might depend on the thickness of your glasses' arms though (mine are pretty thick).

 

I think the 940's present classical and most folk music genres very well.

 

post #1924 of 3844
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Originally Posted by driver 8 View Post



The durability isn't the best, though - the cable used across the SRH line is pretty rubbish, but they're replaceable and $15 on Sweetwater.  My SRH840 cable shorted out after about a year of use, which puts it a step above consumer-level headphone cables but still well below what I'd expect from something in its price range - it's the only high-end headphone cable I've actually had break on me.  Also, on that note, the 940 is the only high-end headphone I've ever had break on me; I was trying to get it around my neck quickly as someone was talking to me and the retractable bit of the headband snapped.  This happened a few weeks ago, but I just sent them off for repair today because I got Edition 8's and was feeling lazy about going to UPS.  I'm not anticipating any issues dealing with Shure.


Wait what? You had issues with the shure srh series cable? WTF were you doing to them. They are the strongest cord i have ever seen on a pair of headphones.

 

Also if they have durability issues like you mentioned the headband snapping i think i will avoid them no matter how good the warranty is. That only covers 2 years and if i am spending $300 on headphones they shouldn't break EVER.

 

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Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post


Wait what? You had issues with the shure srh series cable? WTF were you doing to them. They are the strongest cord i have ever seen on a pair of headphones.

 

Also if they have durability issues like you mentioned the headband snapping i think i will avoid them no matter how good the warranty is. That only covers 2 years and if i am spending $300 on headphones they shouldn't break EVER.

 

um, bcasey..they really aren't that strong, compare it to lets say, the hd25 cable
 

 

post #1926 of 3844
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Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post

um, bcasey..they really aren't that strong, compare it to lets say, the hd25 cable
 

 


 

Handling the cord right now i fail to see the cord breaking with even harsh treatment. It's thick and very well made. You must be doing something very stupid to break it.

post #1927 of 3844

  Wonderful Can (940)...not for use with entry-level gear IMO, as is to revealing. Haven't noticed any threadbare mid-bass from my example when used with anything from Standard Lisa w/LLP to Arete/Peak w/ Volcano. I can dig deep into the material and come away with the artist intent. Clean, clear with wonderful focus and above average instrumental outlines. Very revealing.....not fatiguing in the least. And can be had for much less than the $299.00 asking.

 

  Very comfortable physically also...a big plus for this kid. Comes with nice extras. I listen to mostly acoustic recorded in real space, not into rap, trance or hip-hop so you can find other Headphone examples to add flavor for those specific needs. This is not a phone for those colorations that modern Music almost demands and then does exploit. A lot of potential for not a lot of investment (IMO). 

 

  The pads do allow the wearing of glasses....

 

  


Edited by achristilaw - 10/27/11 at 7:43pm
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I am very cautious on buying this. Headroom gives these headphones a bad value rating (3.5/5) and tyll said these were bad headphones. If the experts who have tried many headphones think this i am very cautious about buying an overpriced product. I tend to buy only best bang for your buck kind of headphones.

post #1929 of 3844
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Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post

I am very cautious on buying this. Headroom gives these headphones a bad value rating (3.5/5) and tyll said these were bad headphones. If the experts who have tried many headphones think this i am very cautious about buying an overpriced product. I tend to buy only best bang for your buck kind of headphones.


 

Well... have you tried looking at the classifieds here?

You can check if Electronics Expo still has open box Shures for less than $200... call them up and ask if they ship to Canada too!

You don't have to spend $300!!!!!!!!

 

Link --> http://www.electronics-expo.com/make-a-store/item/SHUSRH940OB/Shure/SRH940OB/1.html

 

I love mine but as everything, if you don't try them, you'll never know...

And who cares what 1 "professional" say about a headphone??!? Maybe the one they are listening

too doesn't have THEIR specific trademark/taste... if it was for that I wouldn't have any of the headphones or gear

I own!

 

Get them, make your own mind! ;-)

 

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post

I am very cautious on buying this. Headroom gives these headphones a bad value rating (3.5/5) and tyll said these were bad headphones. If the experts who have tried many headphones think this i am very cautious about buying an overpriced product. I tend to buy only best bang for your buck kind of headphones.



  Make sure that you can return the item if it fails to meet your expectations. I don't know your gear or experience level...but most inexpensive phones are used with gear that is commensurate. These will screech right along with the gear they are used with, or scale appropriately with the more/higher potential that precedes them. I can see the polarization that a phone like this would muster. Caveat Emptor!  Revealing means revelatory...that is why I'm a source first kind of fella. The 940's quite revealing, for good or ill, of what is coming down the pipe. They are of a mastering ilk and that means non-soft and non-forgiving. The other side of the pillow is they are able to magnify (and clarify) a stellar recording/performance.  


Edited by achristilaw - 10/27/11 at 8:14pm
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

Yep - agree with Pratt here.  The highs aren't forward and not harsh.  Just emphasised (probably more apparent becuase of missing mid-bass).  I was really surprised how detailed they were without being sibilant or harsh.  And if anything is forward, it's the mids - forward, very warm and very nice.

 

Add some mid-bass and for me they would be a pretty good closed can.  Sadly without it, they still sound 'off' / unatural.


Agreed, except about adding the mid bass. I like the clean and clear open SS of these. However I do feel that they are slightly unnatural as well (and so far I have not found a truly "natural" or neutral can) in the sense that they lean towards "dry" or "crisp". However, I like this SS!

 

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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

 

Not nitpicking - but here's your post from previous page.  And I read that as you saying the highs are harsh.  I still say they're not - it's just that they're a very revealing headphone.  If your source is not good (youtube) - the 940's won't hide it.


I read his posts as stating this too.

 

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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post


Well, I  said before that  the high were harsh , but then I revised after this statement by saying that anything a bit harsh on a recording  is put forward by the srh940; sorry if that was confusing.  It's not only a problem of a "good  source", even when listening to some buddah bar compilations for instance, in lossless, I  notice from times to times,  that's it's not as smooth as you could hope. Not because the srh940 add new harsh materials, but because it makes anything not smooth obvious.

 


I agree in that I think they simply reveal more harshness in the recording than other more colored cans. Some are fine with this (I like a transparent sound) and others want a more colored "smooth/warm" presentation.

 

 

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Originally Posted by medic View Post

 

 

I've been listening to my 940 for a couple of weeks and I totally agree with them not being bass-light. I think they have the proper amount of bass (at least for me)

Previously I thought I was a basshead, but when I compare the 940 to my Ultrasone Pro 750 I think the Ultrasones sounds a bit bloated, and I actually prefer the bass of the 940s. Maybe I'm just getting older... but for me the Shure 940 is simply the best headphone I've owned (yet).


My best as well and I love the articulate and tight/taut bass these have. I "grew out of" my bass phase in my teens and especially when I started to get into truly hi-fi gear. Then I realized that I started to leave my sub off 80% of the time (unless I really wanted to rock out) and let my monitor speaker 2.0 setup handle the bass which they do very well. No need for the sub much of the time, and I have it set at a moderate volume/gain in any case.
 

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Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post

I just got my paycheck today for $400 and i want to buy the srh940. How good are they for metal? Hows the durability? Are they comfortable? Thanks


I think they are good for well recorded metal. They are clear, fast, biting, and tight...energizing. That's good for metal. However, poorly recorded metal (of which there is a lot of) is revealed for being, well, poorly recorded. For that material I reach for my Grado 225i's to help color over the sometimes horrid SQ. But with well recorded metal I use the 940's. Depends on what metal genres/eras you listen to imo.

 

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Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post

I am very cautious on buying this. Headroom gives these headphones a bad value rating (3.5/5) and tyll said these were bad headphones. If the experts who have tried many headphones think this i am very cautious about buying an overpriced product. I tend to buy only best bang for your buck kind of headphones.



bcasey these rank closely to the Beyerdynamic Tesla T5p and Sennheiser HD800, two headphones which both cost over $1000.

 

 

It seems like Tyll says every bright headphone is bad.

 

IMHO I don't understand how people can think the 840 is better than the 940 in any respect, from my listening audition.

 

 

 

post #1933 of 3844

How does Headroom rate their headphones? They only give a brief overview of the 940's and they don't give any reasons as to why it got a 3.5/5 rating.

 

For 3.5 stars: "A good headphone that is likely not to be the best in its app/price. It is suitable for its intended use, but has some limitation or area of underperformance that the customer should be aware of. It is a good value when chosen thoughtfully."

 

Readers are not given any reason as to why the 940's are not worth the price nor how they underperform.

 

If anything, they mention: "It's a great listening experience for any musical tastes but especially for classical afficionados, soundstage image details and 'room sound' depth will markedly improve with a HeadRoom headphone amp" and "Two detachable Shure headphone cables are provided in the package, one straight (2.5 meter length) and one coiled (3 meter length), along with a handy extra set of velour fabric earpads -- which means these headphones are built to last. A durable hard-sided valise case holds the cans securely during transit or storage."

post #1934 of 3844

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Originally Posted by baka1969 View Post

I think the 940 is a fairly versatile closed can. It works well with many genres.


Yes indeed. There isn't anything I've thrown at it yet that it has sounded bad with, save, again, poorly recorded material.

 

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Originally Posted by achristilaw View Post

The 940's quite revealing, for good or ill, of what is coming down the pipe. They are of a mastering ilk and that means non-soft and non-forgiving. The other side of the pillow is they are able to magnify (and clarify) a stellar recording/performance.  

 

Yep. Just like with good speakers they will make bad recordings sound like crap and great ones give you shivers.
 

 

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According to headroom, the SRH-940 has heavier bass than the Ultrasone HFI-780.

 

 

That says something about headroom.

 

 

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