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My official shure srh840 impressions after 2 months (includes pictures)

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I know i gave these a bad reputation a month ago. Back then i didn't do as much listening in and trying different songs and genres, i figured out why songs sounded bad and it was the recordings. 
But now here is my
OFFICIAL IMPRESSIONS
Pros: clear sound, comfort, perfect bass, good midrange, good highs, around the ear design
Cons: durability, very revealing, sibilance, strident upper mids/lower highs can be a little annoying

Disregard my earlier hate for these have come to appreciate these for what they are.

P5040078.JPG

COMFORT

To start off my review i would like to say my opinions on comfort with these. Lots of people complain about them being uncomfortable or heavy, the truth of the matter is they feel rather light to me. Are people here really weak or something? i find these really comfortable, but just like all pairs of headphones i have tried they become irritating on my right ear after a while. This is due to my ears lately being really sensitive to touch, and is not the fault of the headphones. 

P5040079.JPG

 

DURABILITY

Lets go to the next thing on the list, Durability. the common belief is that these are highly durable and can take a bit of a beating. yes to some extent this is true, the headband is very bendable and can survive day to day bending and twisting. BUT the plastic extender is very cheap feeling to me and i feel it could snap with the slightest twist or stretch. I also find the metal piece that connects the headband to the headphones is rather weak and with slight pressure it would snap. I know these things occur as i have read about it occurring from members of this site, and i can see it happening. I also fear for the cords jutting out the side of these headphones, i feel that the slightest pull or snag of that cord would cause it to rip or snap. Overall i give the durability/design a 3/5 as its not bad but still has it's faults. These headphones can last a long time with proper care, but be careful.

P5040077.JPG

 

SOUND QUALITY

Time for the most important feature of any pair of headphones, HOW IT SOUNDS. The sound is very clear for the most part. They emphasize mid range so vocals and guitars stand out really well. These have the perfect amount of bass for me, although bass heads wouldn't be satisfied. The highs are presented well also. But for all the good of these headphones there is still some bad. these are very revealing so if you listen to a lot of poorly recorded music it will sound bad. These have strident upper mids/lower highs which cause a bit of irritation, they don't bug most people but they sure as heck bugs me. These are also sibilant, but that is understandable when musicians use these to record their albums. In terms of genres these sound good with, these do everything fairly well, but these tend to be a little slow for fast genres of music.

I found classical and old country/rock sounds really good with these.

Rap also sounds good as does pop.

Rock sounds good but like i mentioned its a little slow and some people might not like it.

Metal is the same as rock.

Folk music sounds impressive.

Unfortunately i haven't tried jazz.

But i have come to appreciate these for what they are and ignore the shortfalls. These are excellent for the money, especially if you get them for what i got them for. For $130 i can't complain. 

P5040081.JPG

 

VERDICT

If you are a beginner in the field of audio and want something to start with these are a good buy, is there better out there? You bet, but for the price to performance ratio of these you can't go wrong. They don't do anything to badly and are decently cheap. They also make a good alternative to the Audio Technica ATH M50 as these are more neutral and have better mids. I would say these are great for entering the field of audio. Anyone have any doubts? Then go try a pair at a local shop if you can, you might just wind up with a pair.

P5040076.JPG

 

 

 

Edit: Now includes pictures


Edited by bcasey25raptor - 5/4/11 at 5:41pm
post #2 of 64

Any pictures Casey? Loved the reivew, thanks


 

post #3 of 64
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Originally Posted by cifani090 View Post

Any pictures Casey? Loved the reivew, thanks


 



I can take some and upload them if you would like.

 

Edit: There is now pictures.


Edited by bcasey25raptor - 5/4/11 at 5:43pm
post #4 of 64

If you get a better source you'll find that these are some very relaxed and smooth sounding headphones.

And they really open up and not sound so stuffy I would call it.

Any harshness is using stock PC soundcards or mp3 players.

They are pretty forgiving too.

Yeah some albums are overly loud and brickwalled but a lot of those albums can still be enjoyable.

Its a shame sure but not many albums are as bad sounding as Metallica Death Magnetic,Rush Vapor Trails,Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication as a few examples.

 


Edited by mibutenma - 5/4/11 at 5:33pm
post #5 of 64
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Originally Posted by mibutenma View Post

If you get a better source you'll find that these are some very relaxed and smooth sounding headphones.

And they really open up and not sound so stuffy I would call it.

Any harshness is using stock PC soundcards or mp3 players.

They are pretty forgiving too.

Yeah some albums are overly loud and brickwalled but a lot of those albums can still be enjoyable.

Its a shame sure but not many albums are as bad sounding as Metallica Death Magnetic,Rush Vapor Trails,Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication as a few examples.

 

I noticed that when i used an M-Audio M-Box. it sounded cleaner, and i was using Youtube.
 

 

post #6 of 64

Youtube stuff sounds pretty bad and the stuff that sounds decent low quality mp3 rips directly from CD sound way better.

post #7 of 64
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Originally Posted by mibutenma View Post

Youtube stuff sounds pretty bad and the stuff that sounds decent low quality mp3 rips directly from CD sound way better.



Ya i know, but it wasn't my computer so i couldn't use my music library.

post #8 of 64

Pretty good review. i liked the SRH840 when I tried it.

but I swear you better not hate it next month or i will go crazy

post #9 of 64
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Originally Posted by ssavage View Post

Pretty good review. i liked the SRH840 when I tried it.

but I swear you better not hate it next month or i will go crazy


 

OK deal, trust me i have settled on these now. I am quite satisfied.

post #10 of 64
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Is there anything in my review that you agree or disagree with? Would you change anything?

 

The reason why i ask is i am new to writing headphone reviews so i like to hear readers feedback.

post #11 of 64

Nice review - and I agree, they're great all rounders.

 

When you do your next review, once you move on from the 840's, try using them as a reference point - and then compare.  I find the best reviews (or the ones I get the most from) are the ones that are able to compare the SQ / signature to other cans.  Then I get a good reference as to what they are "likely" to be comparable to.

 

You'll probably be like me at the moment - I've only heard about a dozen or so different cans/IEMs - so it's hard quoting a reference point.  But as your experience with other cans grows, it should be a lot easier.

 

Good review though - and looks great with the pics.

post #12 of 64
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

Nice review - and I agree, they're great all rounders.

 

When you do your next review, once you move on from the 840's, try using them as a reference point - and then compare.  I find the best reviews (or the ones I get the most from) are the ones that are able to compare the SQ / signature to other cans.  Then I get a good reference as to what they are "likely" to be comparable to.

 

You'll probably be like me at the moment - I've only heard about a dozen or so different cans/IEMs - so it's hard quoting a reference point.  But as your experience with other cans grows, it should be a lot easier.

 

Good review though - and looks great with the pics.


thanks for the recommendations, but i probably won't get many new cans for a while. i need to save up for living on my own in 6 months.

 

post #13 of 64
Thread Starter 

my audio nirvana has been realized. my school has wicked sound cards in the computers so i tried my shure srh840 with them on those computers and all the harshness disappeared.  also i could tell the difference between youtube and 320kbps better as youtube no matter what song sounded dull in comparison. seriously these cans are freaking amazing when given a proper source. the difference was night and day between my ipod classic/laptop and the school computers. if the fiio e7 gives me this same sensation i am sold and may not need new headphones for a long time. i now realize why these are considered top of the line for the price. if i ever say anything bad about these it is because i am stuck with my laptop and ipod's sound quality for a while more. i can't wait to get a fiio e7.

post #14 of 64
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Originally Posted by mibutenma View Post

Youtube stuff sounds pretty bad and the stuff that sounds decent low quality mp3 rips directly from CD sound way better.



U-tubes SQ = compressed trash audio recording SQ = free music. There is no free lunch, period.

 

How can you guys tolerate that kind of SQ?

post #15 of 64
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Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post

 

I know i gave these a bad reputation a month ago. Back then i didn't do as much listening in and trying different songs and genres, i figured out why songs sounded bad and it was the recordings. 
But now here is my
OFFICIAL IMPRESSIONS
Pros: clear sound, comfort, perfect bass, good midrange, good highs, around the ear design
Cons: durability, very revealing, sibilance, strident upper mids/lower highs can be a little annoying

Disregard my earlier hate for these have come to appreciate these for what they are.

P5040078.JPG

COMFORT

To start off my review i would like to say my opinions on comfort with these. Lots of people complain about them being uncomfortable or heavy, the truth of the matter is they feel rather light to me. Are people here really weak or something? i find these really comfortable, but just like all pairs of headphones i have tried they become irritating on my right ear after a while. This is due to my ears lately being really sensitive to touch, and is not the fault of the headphones. 

P5040079.JPG

 

DURABILITY

Lets go to the next thing on the list, Durability. the common belief is that these are highly durable and can take a bit of a beating. yes to some extent this is true, the headband is very bendable and can survive day to day bending and twisting. BUT the plastic extender is very cheap feeling to me and i feel it could snap with the slightest twist or stretch. I also find the metal piece that connects the headband to the headphones is rather weak and with slight pressure it would snap. I know these things occur as i have read about it occurring from members of this site, and i can see it happening. I also fear for the cords jutting out the side of these headphones, i feel that the slightest pull or snag of that cord would cause it to rip or snap. Overall i give the durability/design a 3/5 as its not bad but still has it's faults. These headphones can last a long time with proper care, but be careful.

P5040077.JPG

 

SOUND QUALITY

Time for the most important feature of any pair of headphones, HOW IT SOUNDS. The sound is very clear for the most part. They emphasize mid range so vocals and guitars stand out really well. These have the perfect amount of bass for me, although bass heads wouldn't be satisfied. The highs are presented well also. But for all the good of these headphones there is still some bad. these are very revealing so if you listen to a lot of poorly recorded music it will sound bad. These have strident upper mids/lower highs which cause a bit of irritation, they don't bug most people but they sure as heck bugs me. These are also sibilant, but that is understandable when musicians use these to record their albums. In terms of genres these sound good with, these do everything fairly well, but these tend to be a little slow for fast genres of music.

I found classical and old country/rock sounds really good with these.

Rap also sounds good as does pop.

Rock sounds good but like i mentioned its a little slow and some people might not like it.

Metal is the same as rock.

Folk music sounds impressive.

Unfortunately i haven't tried jazz.

But i have come to appreciate these for what they are and ignore the shortfalls. These are excellent for the money, especially if you get them for what i got them for. For $130 i can't complain. 

P5040081.JPG

 

VERDICT

If you are a beginner in the field of audio and want something to start with these are a good buy, is there better out there? You bet, but for the price to performance ratio of these you can't go wrong. They don't do anything to badly and are decently cheap. They also make a good alternative to the Audio Technica ATH M50 as these are more neutral and have better mids. I would say these are great for entering the field of audio. Anyone have any doubts? Then go try a pair at a local shop if you can, you might just wind up with a pair.

P5040076.JPG

 

 

 

Edit: Now includes pictures



Nice job.

 

Now keep the Q tips and a bottle of earwax remover for audiophile handy.biggrin.gif

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