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shure srh 840 final impressions after 1 month. (AVERAGE IMO)

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alright everyone i finally got the chance to hear these with an external sound card with a 1/4 inch adapter.

the sound card was an m audio m box for pro tools for mac.

 

Pros: build quality, detachable cable, good bass and mid range,
Cons: terrible highs, sibilant, design, cords jutting out the side.

 

i have had these for 1 month now and i believe a review is in order. i do not believe in burn in as i notice no difference over time, if anything they sound worse over time. so here it goes, first the positives. good mid range and bass. if i can be satisfied with anything on these headphones its the smooth mids and the bass is a perfect amount. built quality is ok, made out of a really good high quality plastic. only reason it gets deducted a point is due to the cables jutting out of the side. i love the detachable cable even though i always keep it connected i enjoy knowing its replaceable. 

for musical genres i listen to rock metal punk electronic folk and classical and i will go into more detail as to which sounds best.

lets start with rock, slow rock sounds fantastic, but hard rock sounds veiled.

metal music sounds good depending on the sub genre, harsh vocals sound bad on these while normal vocals are all right. as long as the singer doesn't attempt any high pitched singing. i find thrash metal from the eighties sounds best with these.

punk is also sounding veiled and lifeless.

electronic. these things sound better with with electronic then they do with rock and metal, to the extent it actually makes me want to listen to dreaded electronic beats.

folk, flutes and other wind instruments sound pretty bad IMO.

classical, classical sounds passable on these headphones.

 

the cons

the highs are very harsh so if you hear an instrument or vocalist attempting something high pitched it makes an annoying screeching noise.

vocals are sibilant and it really annoys me.

 

overall i wouldn't spend the full $200 s a comparison i got to try some audio technica ath m30s today and those are supposedly $60 and they were more bassey but much clearer and sounded better in my opinion.

the shure srh840 definitely benefits from higher end equipment. i find them terrible on a laptops built in sound card or an ipod. but the m audio m box definitely made them better but still wasn't better then the ath m30s on my ipod touch.

i also feel as though the shure srh840 is less muddy then the ath m30s but the ath m30s are not sibilant and overall are much better.

 

personally i find the audio technica ath m30 for $60 sounds better and is clearer. but that's just my opinion. i will keep these headphones as they are definitely an upgrade from my pioneer sem390 which cost me $79.99. but i do think these may be a little over hyped just like the ath m50 (which if they sound better then the m30s then will definitely be worth the money. the m50s and these are frequently compared. 

for those wondering i used to own the shure srh750DJ and they sound practically the same just with much more bass. of the two headphones i prefer these.

 

the build quality is alright but i am always afraid i will snap the plastic. i feel having a plastic extender to be stupid. the actually headband is solid though.

unlike most people i find these rather comfortable. and not to heavy at all.

 

im beginning to lose faith in you guys who praise the shure headphones. yes it is true they are ok value and sound alright but they soudn rather average to me. but at least they are better then bose and beats. overall i would give them a 3.5 out of 5

 

i hope you enjoyed reading my review.gs1000.gif

 

edit: if you have sensitive ears these are trash.


Edited by bcasey25raptor - 3/31/11 at 10:11pm
post #2 of 165

hmmm. i have the Audio Technica ATH M30s at work, and I just bought a pair of Shure SRH440s for home....and I think the Shures beat the pants off those ATs. But just to be sure, I'll bring the ATs home tomorrow and do some A/B comparisons. Maybe I'll be surprised.

post #3 of 165

I'm not sure if I agree with your comment about the highs. My 840s are very smooth with no sibilance, even on the most screechy songs in my collection.

 

Questionable review, but it's your 2cents. I've had the 750DJ and 840s multiple times, and the 750DJ is NOT the 840 with more bass. It's a different set all together.

post #4 of 165

Looks like you've encountered the pitfall of neutrality. The SRH840s are far from sibilant, though. Are you sure it's not the recording quality of the music?

Judging from your impressions, I think you're probably more of a bass lover or a 'v' frequency response kind of person. I think your signature drives home the point, though.


Edited by 12345142 - 3/31/11 at 7:48pm
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Looks like you've encountered the pitfall of neutrality. The SRH840s are far from sibilant, though. Are you sure it's not the recording quality of the music?

Judging from your impressions, I think you're probably more of a bass lover or a 'v' frequency response kind of person. I think your signature drives home the point, though.



the moar bass thing was meant to be a joke of the stereotypical teenager and does not reflect me in anyway. and i highly doubt its the recordings because i tried some flac files and they still do this. the athm30s sounded better in my opinion. and yes the srh750 was practically the same with more bass. the shure srh840 is a little clearer in my opinion. and i didn't like the srh750dj to much cause it had to much bass. please explain the pitfall of neutrality? and i am pretty sure it has harsh highs and sibilance. 

this song is really bad for it.

post #6 of 165

After that song..no sibilance here...everything sounds quite dynamic but nothing harsh stands out.

 

Trust me..the 750DJs are distinctively different from the 840s. You should know if you took some time out to analyze both of them


Edited by Jackquelegs - 3/31/11 at 8:10pm
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After that song..no sibilance here...everything sounds quite dynamic but nothing harsh stands out.

 

Trust me..the 750DJs are distinctively different from the 840s. You should know if you took some time out to analyze both of them


well then why do i hear screeching noises mostly on the vocals. i know my pair is legit because i bought it from an authorized dealer (best buy, future shop

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well then why do i hear screeching noises mostly on the vocals. i know my pair is legit because i bought it from an authorized dealer (best buy, future shop



i never found the SRH840's to be sibilant, the highs had a bit of sparkle to them, but they didn't sound harsh to my ears

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i never found the SRH840's to be sibilant, the highs had a bit of sparkle to them, but they didn't sound harsh to my ears

is it possible i am just sensitive to this cause you are all saying they sound better then i said they do. i will admit they sound ok and i would be happy paying no more then $100 for them but i feel they are not worth more.
i wish you could hear my set so i could be assured they are fine and that i am just hearing things.

 

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ok these are the most painful headphones ever it hurts to listen to music. the screeching and sibilance and harshness is very annoying and hurts my ears. i thought these were generally smooth headphones. if i could return these and get my money back in cash i would. but this really pisses me off. i think my ears are way to sensitive. and if i got a bad pair why is it i am the unlucky one. same thing happened with the 750djs. same sibilance harshness and screeching. in fact i don't think there is really any difference between the 2 headphones other then the 750djs having to much bass. i am ready to give up on good audio. my ibuds are less irritating and i can listen for hours with them without getting a headache or squinting my face in disgust. oh well i guess in order for me to be satisfied with headphones its going to cost me at least $600. hi end $400 headphones and an amp/dac. why do my ears have to be so damn picky. i want to hear the details but i cant listen for more then 5 minutes before i want to fling them across the room. looks like i will no longer be praising these. these headphones are trash and i regret buying them. hell i feel more satisfied with ibuds and that is just wrong. free ibuds shouldn't be better then $200 headphones that studios use.

post #11 of 165

it's obvious the srh840/750dj's aren't to your tastes due to the emphasis (slight) in the treble region, don't get scared off from other "high end" headphones as a result, find something with a emphasis on the bass or mids region

 

James

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Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post

it's obvious the srh840/750dj's aren't to your tastes due to the emphasis (slight) in the treble region, don't get scared off from other "high end" headphones as a result, find something with a emphasis on the bass or mids region

 

James



the thing is practically every pair of headphones i try are fatiguing. only thing i usually can stand is a pair of $20 logitech speakers. those sound way better then any $200 headphones i have heard. i do'nt know why people contradict this but from my experience speakers are better value for your money.

post #13 of 165

I hear no sibiliance on mine.  Could it be your source or amp?  I do know when I use high quality headphones on things like the ipod, it gets really sibilant regardless of the headphone.  With a good source and amplification the highs are smooth yet extended.


 

post #14 of 165

I have the 840s and the 390s as well.  In my view the 840s highs are less pronounced than the 390s and neither of these two cans are irritating to my ears.  The 840s, in my view, are far from sibilant.  The mids are a tad bit intrusive but that may be because my ears have grown accustomed to the smiley EQ curve of the 390s and the Portapros.  I had the opportunity to listen to the 840s back to back with some of pretty good cans and found that only the HD 650s and the HD 800s sounded better to me.  Compared to the Grados I listened to, back to back with the 840s, the treble was very mellow.  I felt that 840s did burn in to be ever so slightly more favourable, but not significantly so.  I do, however, find the 840s neutral sounding and somewhat boring but not in any way do I find them poor.  In a way, for electronic music, I find the 390s more entertaining.  However, bottom line they are good cans and worth the asking price. 

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Originally Posted by VanCitySound View Post

I have the 840s and the 390s as well.  In my view the 840s highs are less pronounced than the 390s and neither of these two cans are irritating to my ears.  The 840s, in my view, are far from sibilant.  The mids are a tad bit intrusive but that may be because my ears have grown accustomed to the smiley EQ curve of the 390s and the Portapros.  I had the opportunity to listen to the 840s back to back with some of pretty good cans and found that only the HD 650s and the HD 800s sounded better to me.  Compared to the Grados I listened to, back to back with the 840s, the treble was very mellow.  I felt that 840s did burn in to be ever so slightly more favourable, but not significantly so.  I do, however, find the 840s neutral sounding and somewhat boring but not in any way do I find them poor.  In a way, for electronic music, I find the 390s more entertaining.  However, bottom line they are good cans and worth the asking price. 


i find my 390s very muddy sounding. am i the only one who thinks this.

 

 

edit are you serious you thought they were that good. i thought they were good but comparing them to those is like asking for death. $200 cannot sound as good as $500. it just cant. and if they do then the hd 800 is my main viable option. damn this hobby is going to kill me.

 


Edited by bcasey25raptor - 3/31/11 at 10:50pm
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