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post #1936 of 2136
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Originally Posted by jibzilla View Post

I love these headphones! After trying out several open cans I think I have found the one's for me. I am a studio guy and jude did say that these would cater to studio guys but I also use them just as much for casual listening and would have sent them back if they were not good for that. I will also agree that jude and david's B grade was a fair grade at the $699 price. You have the he-500 at that price and it is dynamically superior to the shure. However I felt the sound stage was quite small and boxy and to me that's where the 1840 shines. It has an awesomely big soundstage, only the HD-800 had a larger soundstage, and wonderful air to it.

 

To me there isn't a whole lot of difference in sq between the akg and sennheiser usual suspects. Just different flavors. Going up price wise imo there's only a few percentage points between the following headphones. 1. HD-700 2. Akg "annies" 3. HD-650 4. HD-600 5. Akg q701. Is the HD-700 15% better than the q-701? Imo yes but you really have to pay through the nose to get there. More importantly there was just not quite the sound (flavor) I was looking for. I found the sound I was looking for with the HD-800 but yowza megowza the price. I was really looking forward to what the HD-700 had to offer but only found a slightly more refined 650 with a smear on it.

 

To me the 1840 sounds just like the 800's little brother. Not quite as good but close and voiced similarly, even more similar than the 700 imo. If your like me and you thought the 700 was a bit wonky sounding and don't have the cash for the 800 this is your solution. Best part is the B rating has allot of vendors selling demo's now. I had to call 5 vendors but I found a demo 1840 for $525, a price I felt was reachable and in 30min. was. At $525 I think jude and david would have a hard time not giving this headphone an A-. 

 

Strange, I had the opposite impression - the Shures don't have a very wide soundstage at all. On par with the HE-500s IMO. I haven't tried the HD800 on a great setup so I can't say for sure (a demo at J&R) but the K/Q701 definitely has a wider soundstage than both the 1840 and 1440.

post #1937 of 2136
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Originally Posted by viralcow View Post
 

 

Strange, I had the opposite impression - the Shures don't have a very wide soundstage at all. On par with the HE-500s IMO. I haven't tried the HD800 on a great setup so I can't say for sure (a demo at J&R) but the K/Q701 definitely has a wider soundstage than both the 1840 and 1440.


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 5:11am
post #1938 of 2136

Interesting comparisons guys - I think my opinion would sit somewhere between the two of yours.  I haven't heard the Annies, or the HE500 or HD800 - but am a past owner of both K701 and Q701.

 

I'd say my SRH1840s have a smaller sized sound stage than both the K701 or Q701 (both are far more expansive) - but I wouldn't call the SRH1840 stage small.  If anything it reminds me a lot of the HD600 in width and depth.  If anything the AKG stage is overdone.  The SRH1840 (similar to the HD600) stage size is perfectly 'believable' IMO.

 

Where the SRH1840 shines though is in detail and imaging.  The SRH1840 absolutely outclasses the K/Q701 in imaging for me.  I'll have to hear an HD800 for myself one of these days just to see how much better it is.

 

@jibzilla - I wonder if the smaller stage you're experiencing on your Annies is more down to the memory pads.  More closed = more bass, and most times .... smaller soundstage.

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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 5:11am
post #1940 of 2136
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

I'd say my SRH1840s have a smaller sized sound stage than both the K701 or Q701 (both are far more expansive) - but I wouldn't call the SRH1840 stage small.  If anything it reminds me a lot of the HD600 in width and depth.  If anything the AKG stage is overdone.  The SRH1840 (similar to the HD600) stage size is perfectly 'believable' IMO.

 

Where the SRH1840 shines though is in detail and imaging.  The SRH1840 absolutely outclasses the K/Q701 in imaging for me.  I'll have to hear an HD800 for myself one of these days just to see how much better it is.

 

Completely/fully agree on this! ;)

 

I definitely want to try the big boys (HD800, T5p, etc) one of these days just to compare and experience more clarity and/or bigger soundstage that the SRH1840/HD600 already provides. I think that was the biggest "fault" I found on the Shures... too similar to the HD600s at a higher price...

post #1941 of 2136
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post
 

 

Completely/fully agree on this! ;)

 

I definitely want to try the big boys (HD800, T5p, etc) one of these days just to compare and experience more clarity and/or bigger soundstage that the SRH1840/HD600 already provides. I think that was the biggest "fault" I found on the Shures... too similar to the HD600s at a higher price...


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 5:10am
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i got mine earlier today. it sounds good to me. compared to the T70p that i returned, the T70p sounded a bit brighter. the 1840 is indeed the most comfortable one that i have tried out so far but still not as comfortable as my old HD200. my ears still touches the inside of the 1840 and i can feel cartilage strain after 2 or 3 hours. but at least it's not pressing down on my ears like the T70p and to a degree the UE6000. i think i just need to get used to the comfort. the headband does not put as much strain on the top of my head as the HD558. the HD558 has a very soft headband padding which surprised me when i was getting a headache after about an hour or 2 of listening.

 

i do have one question though. the quick cable release that Shure put on the headphones, are they designed to be connected and disconnected constantly or are they more for occasional disconnects when replacing worn cables? i don't want to wear out the ports on the headphones but since the headphones came with 2 cables, i'm thinking of leaving one at work and another at home but that would require constant connects and disconnects everyday.

post #1943 of 2136
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Originally Posted by flipteg View Post
 

i got mine earlier today. it sounds good to me. compared to the T70p that i returned, the T70p sounded a bit brighter. the 1840 is indeed the most comfortable one that i have tried out so far but still not as comfortable as my old HD200. my ears still touches the inside of the 1840 and i can feel cartilage strain after 2 or 3 hours. but at least it's not pressing down on my ears like the T70p and to a degree the UE6000. i think i just need to get used to the comfort. the headband does not put as much strain on the top of my head as the HD558. the HD558 has a very soft headband padding which surprised me when i was getting a headache after about an hour or 2 of listening.

 

i do have one question though. the quick cable release that Shure put on the headphones, are they designed to be connected and disconnected constantly or are they more for occasional disconnects when replacing worn cables? i don't want to wear out the ports on the headphones but since the headphones came with 2 cables, i'm thinking of leaving one at work and another at home but that would require constant connects and disconnects everyday.


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 5:09am
post #1944 of 2136

^ If you've ever owned the original E500 IEM or SRH-940 you would probably not have that opinion. 

post #1945 of 2136
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Originally Posted by jibzilla View Post

Shure makes very durable products.


That's a lot like saying Microsoft Windows is the most reliable operating system for your computer.

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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 5:08am
post #1947 of 2136

I would not recommend disconnecting the cable every day.

 

However, I would recommend contacting Shure, their tech customer support is very easy to reach by email or phone.  Ask them about it.

 

BTW, I find the biggest issue with the SRH-1840 is that the rigid metal yoke that seems to give it such pinpoint imaging, also is too rigid to conform to the listeners head.   So, it might not fit some people correctly - which might be the origin of some of the negative comments earlier in the thread.  Even when it does fit, it benefits significantly from experimentation - try the cups higher and lower and forward and backward on the ear...

post #1948 of 2136
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post
 

I would not recommend disconnecting the cable every day.

 

However, I would recommend contacting Shure, their tech customer support is very easy to reach by email or phone.  Ask them about it.

 

BTW, I find the biggest issue with the SRH-1840 is that the rigid metal yoke that seems to give it such pinpoint imaging, also is too rigid to conform to the listeners head.   So, it might not fit some people correctly - which might be the origin of some of the negative comments earlier in the thread.  Even when it does fit, it benefits significantly from experimentation - try the cups higher and lower and forward and backward on the ear...


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 5:05am
post #1949 of 2136
These are indeed a comfortable set of headphones. At first, I had it adjusted too high which is why I could feel some pressure on my ears. Once I lowered it a good amount so that the pads are putting more pressure on my jaw line, the headphones became quite comfortable. The inside still touches the top of my ears but I don't feel the strain on the cartilage anymore.
post #1950 of 2136
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Originally Posted by flipteg View Post

These are indeed a comfortable set of headphones. At first, I had it adjusted too high which is why I could feel some pressure on my ears. Once I lowered it a good amount so that the pads are putting more pressure on my jaw line, the headphones became quite comfortable. The inside still touches the top of my ears but I don't feel the strain on the cartilage anymore.

Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 5:03am
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