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Originally Posted by droido256 View Post

I was going to buy these, but my budget just couldnt. But, the SRH-840's blew my expectations, and every headphone, I own or have ever owned out of the water, vaporized them. So I really dont see a need to push for these. Esp how great the srh 840's sound.


No offense but what headphones have you listened to in the past?

 

I directly compared the SRH-840 and SRH-940 in the same listening session and for my tastes and preferences the SRH-940 were a significant increase in sound quality.

 

The SRH-840 was just like any old studio headphone to me and didn't do much for my music, it was like listening to MDR-V6 or something, plus they are pretty heavy, the SRH-940 brings your music to a whole different level, it's the second best headphone I've ever heard!

 

 

 

 

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No offense but what headphones have you listened to in the past?

 

I directly compared the SRH-840 and SRH-940 in the same listening session and for my tastes and preferences the SRH-940 were a significant increase in sound quality.

 

The SRH-840 was just like any old studio headphone to me and didn't do much for my music, it was like listening to MDR-V6 or something, plus they are pretty heavy, the SRH-940 brings your music to a whole different level, it's the second best headphone I've ever heard!

 

 

 

 

i don't think it's really a significant increase in sound quality more so then it is a boast in the treble. When you boast the treble it gives the impression of more details. Same thing occurs when you decrease bass. It does not mean it is better it just means it has boasted treble and decreased bass. Some people would still prefer more bass and less treble. I am not saying the shure srh940 is bad i just feel as though it is being over hyped due to having boasted treble for the most part. Like I said if you boast the treble it gives the impression of improved clarity when it isn't actually better.

 

 

Regarding the shure srh840 sounding like a generic studio monitor I can't tell you if that is true. But i can say that they are more then sufficient for fun use and are quite enjoyable to me and possibly to droido256 as well. At the same time though i much prefer my $99 Alessandro MS1 to them as they are brighter and give me an extra sparkle to the treble.

 

I still need to try the shure srh940 though. Only then can I make any fair judgements.
 

 

post #48 of 187

Well I am glad you are enjoying Versailles on the SRH-840 bcasey25raptor tongue.gif

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. Like I said if you boast the treble it gives the impression of improved clarity when it isn't actually better.


Even after taming down the high with an eq  they can be annoyingly revealing.

Now listening to "so long" by "mr scruff", I didn't realize there was so much noise in the background before. Quality of DAC  makes a big difference with ambient/atmospheric music in particular. Now I  don't know how they compare with the srh840, it's true that the boosted high makes the details more obvious.

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Decrease in bass makes it better in lower budget cans (300usd or lower). Significantly so. At least when tabbing notes. Boost in any area of the audio spectrum makes that one specific area more pronounced ie. "detailed", as it is perceived with less concentration on it. Of course this doesn't make the audio gear any more detailed overall. People just listen to such different things it's hard to talk about detail...

post #51 of 187

So my new pair of SRH 940s arrived today...

 

been listening to them for the past hour...and to be honest I'm a little underwhelmed. They sound a little flat.

I have a pair of Sennheiser HD598s and they sound terrific....but I've been using them for about a month now so perhaps its because they have had time to burn in.

Does anyone here have any idea about how many hours of burn-in it takes before the 940s really begin to shine?

I want to hear the crystal clear highs and mids that everyone says these headphones are capable of.

Also, I dont have an amp yet...but I'm thinking of getting the Fiio E7/E9 combo....are they a good match for the SRH 940 and the HD 598? Or does anyone have any other perhaps better suggestions for a dac/amp thats good for desktop use?

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Does anyone here have any idea about how many hours of burn-in it takes before the 940s really begin to shine?


Hello,

 

I didn't count/measure the hours specifically but my recollection was maybe 20 hours minimum, significantly less change after 50 hours.

 

Having started my head-fi journey with consumer Sennheiser cans (HD650/595), you may find that the Shure flavour is somewhat different, esp. the 940s. In relative terms the 940s are neutral and detailed without any augmented mid/lower bass.

 

I arrived at the 940s having effectively rejected (for my taste) open back consumer cans (650/k701/RS-1) and in the meantime found the pleasures of studio cans... HD250, DT150 and especially Beyer DT48.

 

For me, instruments sound natural and the detail makes them sound more really 'in the room'. Separation and vocal clarity are also big plus points. Extra warmth and ear-massaging bass?... probably not. rolleyes.gif

 

My 940s sound best with a decent DAC and via Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear, but I find they perform well from a portable amp or even directly from an ipod/iphone.

 

Let us know how you get on/what conclusion you reach. 

 

Best

 

James

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I'm very close to possibly purchasing a Shure SRH 940 as a closed-back complementing second pair to my Sennheiser HD 650's. My 650's are great for nice smooth listening, and having a critical/revealing/flat closed pair would be a good second headphone I think.

 

I've got a quick question, not super important I guess. My DAC/Amp is an Audio-gd NFB-12. Will this work well with the SRH-940?


Edited by ac500 - 9/4/11 at 2:19pm
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I'm very close to possibly purchasing a Shure SRH 940 as a closed-back complementing second pair to my Sennheiser HD 650's. My 650's are great for nice smooth listening, and having a critical/revealing/flat closed pair would be a good second headphone I think.

 

I've got a quick question, not super important I guess. My DAC/Amp is an Audio-gd NFB-12. Will this work well with the SRH-940?


Heya,

 

It'll work fine, and as I previously suggested, the SRH940 is the opposite of your HD650, which makes it interesting. However, if one thing holds true, it's that most people with bassy headphones that use them and then put on a pair of flat to bass lite headphones and listen, it's usually an immediate retraction as you're expecting that boom, and it's not there. So if you do take the dive on the SRH940, be prepared to simply listen to it for a while to realize there is very low end hitting bass, it's just not pronounced and boomy the way a bassy can is. The HD650 is dark with plenty of bass. The SRH940 is bright, very forward with highs/mids, and very bass neutral/lite with very low extension. Also the SRH940 doesn't need much amplification, and really benefits a clean DAC. Beyond that, it's a very easy can to drive. Focus more on having clean lossless audio. I didn't like the SRH940 for electronic music. But I loved them, absolutely loved them, for acoustic, female vocals, indie, folk and some jazz, anything where vocals and light detailed instrumentation was the focus. Ani Difranco comes to mind. Regina Spekctor. Dolores O'Riordan. Etc.

 

Where do you live? I might have a proposition that may interest you.

 

Very best,

 


Edited by MalVeauX - 9/4/11 at 2:26pm
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Thanks.

 

My first non-junk headphones was a Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, which I liked except for the brightness/fatigue (but now I don't care about that because I have HD 650's for long listening sessions). The 280 Pro had bass which wasn't too strong, but I'd be perfectly fine with even less. I've also heard Sony MDR-V6 and rather liked their sound, but I don't know exactly what the SRH940's sound like in person yet.


Edited by ac500 - 9/4/11 at 2:35pm
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Thanks.

 

My first non-junk headphones was a Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, which I liked except for the brightness/fatigue (but now I don't care about that because I have HD 650's for long listening sessions). The 280 Pro had bass which wasn't too strong, but I'd be perfectly fine with even less. I've also heard Sony MDR-V6 and rather liked their sound, but I don't know exactly what the SRH940's sound like in person yet.


Heya,

 

Where do you live? Might be able to work something out.

 

Very best,

 

post #57 of 187

I'm in the bay area, California.


Edited by ac500 - 9/4/11 at 2:52pm
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I'm in the bay area, California.


Heya,

 

Check your PM. Something interesting there.

 

Very best,

post #59 of 187

Tested the 940's out today and really loved them. I just did a quick test in-store with a few songs and was very impressed compared to other cans in and above that price range.

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