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post #256 of 3844
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post




 

$299 and all that plastic kind of hurts...Sorry, I had to say it.

 

 


 

 


I see your point but...

 

There's cheap plastic and then there is solid plastic, and this certainly isn't the cheapo kind.  The Shures are quite sturdy and not too heavy (although much heavier than my Senn HD448 and CharterOak SP-1 which are both featherweights).  Also, the frame on my even more expensive SP-1 is made of a lightweight plastic material...

 

To be honest, this doesn't really bother me.  I'd rather more time (money) be put into things like the design of the driver and enclosure for sound reproduction rather than paying extra for an aluminum frame.  From a personal standpoint, the sound reproduction is what I'm mostly paying for... especially when a perfectly comfortable headphone can be constructed out of lightweight plastics.

 

post #257 of 3844
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Originally Posted by R-Audiohead View Post

I see your point but...

 

There's cheap plastic and then there is solid plastic, and this certainly isn't the cheapo kind.  The Shures are quite sturdy and not too heavy (although much heavier than my Senn HD448 and CharterOak SP-1 which are both featherweights).  Also, the frame on my even more expensive SP-1 is made of a lightweight plastic material...

 

To be honest, this doesn't really bother me.  I'd rather more time (money) be put into things like the design of the driver and enclosure for sound reproduction rather than paying extra for an aluminum frame.  From a personal standpoint, the sound reproduction is what I'm mostly paying for... especially when a perfectly comfortable headphone can be constructed out of lightweight plastics.

 



I second this big time.  The Shure line will likely not win any beauty contests, but when it comes to sound reproduction, build quality and overall value they are tough to beat.

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Originally Posted by R-Audiohead View Post




My guess is probably late next week I'll post a review unless I feel like I need more time with them.  I should have an opportunity to not only put them against my SP-1 but also against a buddy's HD650 (although an open headphone).

 

Should be posting a review about the SP-1 around that time as well, which might be relevant because I'm guessing most are not familiar with the CharterOak... and reading it might help one better understand the comparisons I will be drawing.  I'll probably fit my HD 448 in there as well just to give an idea of where the Shure stands.  Wish I had an 840 to compare!

 


Thanks! Will be waiting for the review.

 

post #259 of 3844
Somebody please write a review on these. I'm dying here!
post #260 of 3844
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Originally Posted by smilelizzy25 View Post

wow,so nice,how about its price?


They're $299 pretty much everywhere and given how incredible the rest of the SRH line is, the SRH940's should be ridiculously awesome. I'll probably buy them on that alone honestly.
post #261 of 3844
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Originally Posted by Germancub View Post

Somebody please write a review on these. I'm dying here!


I know for me at least I want to spend a good chunk of time with them before I go reviewing just to make sure the review is accurate.  Physically there is no doubt they are quite impressive, and although I never tried the 840 on I'm guessing the 940 fixed the bad comfort issues.  They're still a tad big and when put up against my other headphones are quite a bit heavier, but it isn't like they weigh a ton.  I'd say weight and comfort are both "fine".

 

More on the sound when I write a review

 

post #262 of 3844
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Originally Posted by R-Audiohead View Post





I know for me at least I want to spend a good chunk of time with them before I go reviewing just to make sure the review is accurate.  Physically there is no doubt they are quite impressive, and although I never tried the 840 on I'm guessing the 940 fixed the bad comfort issues.  They're still a tad big and when put up against my other headphones are quite a bit heavier, but it isn't like they weigh a ton.  I'd say weight and comfort are both "fine".

 

More on the sound when I write a review

 


I actually really respect that and I am absolutely excited to read your review.
post #263 of 3844
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Originally Posted by complex View Post

I'm awful at describing sound and I only listened to them for an hour or so before I left work but they sound quite good. As people have said, the highs do seem to be more emphasized than the 840. Plus, they're definitely more comfortable.

 

I want to compare them directly to the 840 but mine is in for repair so I don't know how long it'll be before I can do that. For now I can compare to DT 250-80, K 271 MK II, and PX 200-II.



Hi complex, I'm really interested in a comparison of the Shure SRH940 and the Beyer DT250-80!

post #264 of 3844

I think what the community really needs is a detailed comparison to an SRH840.  smily_headphones1.gif  If anyone wants to borrow mine, you're welcome to them (I'll ship one way, you promise to send them back).

post #265 of 3844

Some first impressions regarding sound quality would be highly appreciated. I'm deciding between these ones and m50s... I would also like to know whether they sound good without amplifier as well..

post #266 of 3844
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Originally Posted by Vaya View Post

Some first impressions regarding sound quality would be highly appreciated. I'm deciding between these ones and m50s... I would also like to know whether they sound good without amplifier as well..



I'll write something rough on the spot for you then--

 

To me, the sound signature of these Shures is definitely oriented in the upper registers.  The treble extension is impressive to say the least, and the detail in the upper mid to high frequencies is also above average.  This emphasis in the highs is achieved without making these headphones feel bright, which in my opinion is the best part (sonically) of the SRH-940 so far.  The lower midranges have a warm touch to them, and this carries up until the upper mids, where the warmness seems to turn over into a colder presence (which might have something to do with the detail they have to offer up here).  I warn bass-lovers to know what they're getting into with this headphone, as I am leaning toward categorizing these headphones as "bass light", and this is coming from the guy that thinks my SP-1 flirts with the edge of "bass light" and not (some qualified ears do indeed render the SP-1 bass light and I find it hard to be surprised).  That being said, the bass in the 940 is quite nice... more snap (think speed, not tone) and less thump and the Shure does a great job at layering low end in my opinion, just not with much force.

 

The attack and speed of the driver seems to be somewhere in the middle to me, being neither extreme of athletic or relaxed.  The notes are definitely faster, more detailed, and seem to carry less weight than my HD 448 - which seem to favor the more relaxed/rich type speed.  At the same time, the Shures can't match the nimble SP-1 in the detail department and in comparison seem a little more "windows rolled down on a Sunday afternoon" and less "Autobahn" speedwise.  The Shures also lack the fat vocal ranges the SP-1 has to offer, but with that being said the Shure extends much further in the higher frequencies while remaining controlled (this is QUITE nice for high hats... which in my opinion can get way out of control in many rock songs).  Soundstaging in the Shures isn't bad, but the SP-1 leaves it in the dust in this department... especially in separation and less so with imaging... probably most likely due to the seal the SRH-940 makes around the ear in comparison to the SP-1 which has just about zero clamping force.  Yes, the Shures isolate substantially better than the SP-1 even with the velour pads.  Overall they definitely land in the middle of the two headphones in terms of sonic character, which is kind of nice.

 

The bottom line is that the Shure will offer you a pretty different presentation than the M50 you're thinking about.  My limited experience with the ATH-M50 remembers a headphone which emphasized the low mids, dips a little (although not a lot) in the midranges and then gives a small bump to the higher frequencies.  In comparison to the Shures, I would expect the M50 to present the music as heavier - more emphasis on the percussion/low notes and a slightly recessed vocal range and potentially emphasized high hats.  The Shures will be more likely to bring the vocals up front and sit the lower frequencies to the back... leaving the midranges to tie them together straight from point A to point B.  I do think if you're looking for a studio monitor there are better options (even my Sp-1 [GMP 450 PRO cousin]) but there is a character to the Shures that is hard not to like with the treble extension, yet remaining shy of bright.

 

Also important to note:  The M50 will be quite a bit easier to drive out of a portable device than the Shure, although I can get it to decent levels right out of my DAP.  Right out of my portable device, it seems to lose almost all of the already lightweight low end.  Portable amplifier recommend if applicable.

 

I could say so much more but I'll save it for the review

post #267 of 3844
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Originally Posted by eucariote View Post

I think what the community really needs is a detailed comparison to an SRH840.  smily_headphones1.gif  If anyone wants to borrow mine, you're welcome to them (I'll ship one way, you promise to send them back).



I'm slightly reluctant to say this, but at the same time I think the community really would benefit a lot from some sort of opinion on A/B of the 840 to 940.  I might be willing to take you up on this, although not for another week at least.  Maybe someone out there who is a die hard Shure fan and has an 840 will make the purchase soon and make the comparison without you having to ship off a pair of your cans to stranger.  If it doesn't happen soon I'd be willing to do this however.  If it does happen I'll be sure to exchange every bit of contact info with you to ensure safe arrival/departure of your equipment :)  We'll stay in touch and see what happens!

post #268 of 3844

Thanks for your impressions - and I'm really looking forward to the eventual 840 vs 940 comparison.  I'd offer to ship mine if I wasn't so far away ....

post #269 of 3844

Thanks a lot, this is all I needed to know. I'm sure SRH-940 are great headphones but m50s will probably suite me better for now. However I might get one later after I get a decent DAC/AMP or perhaps I will look for something open like K701. Well thanks anyway.

post #270 of 3844
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Originally Posted by R-Audiohead View Post

I'm slightly reluctant to say this, but at the same time I think the community really would benefit a lot from some sort of opinion on A/B of the 840 to 940.  I might be willing to take you up on this, although not for another week at least.  Maybe someone out there who is a die hard Shure fan and has an 840 will make the purchase soon and make the comparison without you having to ship off a pair of your cans to stranger.  If it doesn't happen soon I'd be willing to do this however.  If it does happen I'll be sure to exchange every bit of contact info with you to ensure safe arrival/departure of your equipment :)  We'll stay in touch and see what happens!


Sounds good, keep me updated & I'd be happy to send them to you.  One note- I live in Atlantic Canada & the cheapo shipping option would take well over a week to arrive in Oregon.  So give me advanced notice & I can put them in the mail anytime.

 

Alternatively, someone can loan me their SRH940 to compare & review.  evil_smiley.gif  I actually tried to buy one in March when Shure almost released them for this very comparison, but have since blown my closed headphone budget on a pair of Edition 8 (ouch). 

 

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