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post #1996 of 2016
Matthew at Forza AudioWorks will do you lovely new cable for your 1840. wink.gif
post #1997 of 2016

Could anyone recommend an amp that pairs well with the 1840?

Does it scale well with higher end gear?

 

So far I am not hearing a difference switching between my phone unamped and portable amps

post #1998 of 2016
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Originally Posted by airo View Post
 

Could anyone recommend an amp that pairs well with the 1840?

Does it scale well with higher end gear?

 

So far I am not hearing a difference switching between my phone unamped and portable amps

 

I can't recommended an amp or dac that scales well with these headphones, because imo, it sounds great with anything.


Edited by ubs28 - 1/29/14 at 11:37am
post #1999 of 2016

Little Dot Mk I +

 

A great battery powered amp that makes my shure 1840 sound great!

 

Also use the Little Dot Mk IV (super duper version - and forget the full name)

post #2000 of 2016
Question about the Shure SRH1840, SRH1540, SRH1440, SRH940, SRH840 and SRH440.

Several reviewers have mentioned that the 840 is very good for vocals and that the 440 is excellent for imaging.
Do the other cans in the lineup have the same SQ or are there different strengths and weaknesses?

I am looking for a specialised can for vocals like the Koss DJ100 and want to know if the upper range SRH's do that as well as other aspects of better SQ.

TIA!
post #2001 of 2016
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Originally Posted by marone View Post

Question about the Shure SRH1840, SRH1540, SRH1440, SRH940, SRH840 and SRH440.

Several reviewers have mentioned that the 840 is very good for vocals and that the 440 is excellent for imaging.
Do the other cans in the lineup have the same SQ or are there different strengths and weaknesses?

I am looking for a specialised can for vocals like the Koss DJ100 and want to know if the upper range SRH's do that as well as other aspects of better SQ.

TIA!

 

For vocals (especially female) I found that the SRH940s are the winners in the whole line-up!

For an "even" sound signature with extremely good imaging and wonderful mids, the SRH1840s were the best but if you can find Sennheiser's HD600s cheaper, both are extremely similar and in fact, at the time, I sold the SRH1840s to keep my HD600s...

New SRH1540s are their "bassy" headphone but they also provide an even transition from mids to highs and imaging is excellent, similar to SRH1840s. The 840s is basically a LESS refined SRH1540 with less sub-bass.

 

So depending on your budget and preferences is the way you'll probably go.

Check my signature for a few reviews.

 

I do have to say that I love most of the Shure headphones I have tried so I might be a bit biased! ;)

post #2002 of 2016
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post
 

 

For vocals (especially female) I found that the SRH940s are the winners in the whole line-up!

For an "even" sound signature with extremely good imaging and wonderful mids, the SRH1840s were the best but if you can find Sennheiser's HD600s cheaper, both are extremely similar and in fact, at the time, I sold the SRH1840s to keep my HD600s...

New SRH1540s are their "bassy" headphone but they also provide an even transition from mids to highs and imaging is excellent, similar to SRH1840s. The 840s is basically a LESS refined SRH1540 with less sub-bass.

 

So depending on your budget and preferences is the way you'll probably go.

Check my signature for a few reviews.

 

I do have to say that I love most of the Shure headphones I have tried so I might be a bit biased! ;)

 

I guess this is one area we'll have to disagree. There's a reason I left the SR940s off my portable closed headphone comparative thread. ;)

post #2003 of 2016
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

 

I guess this is one area we'll have to disagree. There's a reason I left the SR940s off my portable closed headphone comparative thread. ;)

 

I thought it was because they were not very portable! LOL! ;-)

 

I guess this one is a bit polarizing. Tyll from Innerfidelity didn't like these guys either... too bright it seems, but again we are talking about headphones for either producing, recording and/or mixing, not for enjoying them portably while listening to your fave tracks (i.e. I no longer have them so that should also tell you something... :p though I'd probably buy them again because I actually still like them, just not as much as my current favorites.)

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/ShureSRH940.pdf

 

From my original review (2011):
 

"I really think that for music recording these are a great addition to your arsenal since you will be able to clearly listen to any defects you might have (being brought due to those forward highs!). If you play your cards right, you can even mix a bit with these just have in mind that these are not bassy so don’t overdue the bass quantity! Isolation is not the best ever so I wouldn’t record vocals with these on just in case any sound leaks. But I was really surprised with how “listenable” they are. "

 

And that opinion still stands for me. :)


Edited by gelocks - 2/18/14 at 6:44pm
post #2004 of 2016

srh1840 over k712?

post #2005 of 2016
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Originally Posted by sofastreamer View Post
 

srh1840 over k712?

I cant really Say but i have heard the K702 and I really liked them alot but they were using a Picolino cable ( not sure how to spell it) which costed more then the HP itself hahaha, But I find I enjoy the Bass of the 1840 to my DT880 the Dt880 bas sound messy compared to the 1840 but i always find my self using the DT 880 for gaming as the 1840 makes the game sound to hyper realistic and the DT880 ass that "movie theatre bass and strength" to the game making it sound better IMO =P

post #2006 of 2016

Hey all! I'm interested in the SRH1840. For those who've heard both the HD600 and SRH1840, do you think the SRH1840 is better or just different? I'd be listening to a ton of classical strings. I can get the 1840 for around $400 new so am really tempted. (I've read the references to HD600 on the thread and there is a lot of "At 700...the SRH1840 is not worth it compared to the HD600" but what about at $400?)

post #2007 of 2016

If you have a marble head that cannot be dented by the Sennheiser headphones - try them! But I couldn't wear them for more than 20 minutes at a time without allowing blood to circulate around my ears.

 

The Shures are much easier on the head.

 

At this price range - all headphones are really nice and differ by small degrees, in my opinion. Seasoning to taste if you will.

post #2008 of 2016
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

Hey all! I'm interested in the SRH1840. For those who've heard both the HD600 and SRH1840, do you think the SRH1840 is better or just different? I'd be listening to a ton of classical strings. I can get the 1840 for around $400 new so am really tempted. (I've read the references to HD600 on the thread and there is a lot of "At 700...the SRH1840 is not worth it compared to the HD600" but what about at $400?)

 

Bear in mind that you can find used HD600s for less than $300 most times... ;)

If at a similar price, I would choose the SRH1840s just because, as mentioned, they are a bit more comfortable and because I actually liked the mids more than my HD600s (imaging was tops as well!!). But to my ears they are indeed very very close. It will all come down to personal preference methinks!

 

Good luck!

post #2009 of 2016
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

Hey all! I'm interested in the SRH1840. For those who've heard both the HD600 and SRH1840, do you think the SRH1840 is better or just different? I'd be listening to a ton of classical strings. I can get the 1840 for around $400 new so am really tempted. (I've read the references to HD600 on the thread and there is a lot of "At 700...the SRH1840 is not worth it compared to the HD600" but what about at $400?)

 

Hi Isaiah

 

Owned both - ended up selling the SRH1840 and keeping the HD600 (like gelocks).  There is more similarity between the two than differences.

 

From my notes .....

 

  • Tonally very similar - HD600 has more mid-bass, SRH1840 is flatter over entire range.  Shures sound slightly brighter - but think that may be more because of the flatter bass.
  • As far as comfort goes - I'd give it to the HD600 - the headband on the SRH1840 is pretty good - but they still don't have it quite right.  After a couple of hours, I'd have to adjust it.  We all know how comfortable the HD600 can be after getting rid of the clamp.
  • Soundstage is very similar.
  • Shures are slightly easier to drive (sounded pretty good straight out of an iPod/iPhone.
  • Timber/realism - HD600 continues to reign - they truly sound natural.
  • Imaging - I'd actually give this to the SRH1840 - the imaging and clarity was what I liked best.  Really good for gaming.
  • Speed - Shures are faster, especially so in the bass (less impact, more accuracy)

 

If you've heard the DT880s - I'd say that the SRH1840 would bridge the gap between the HD600 and DT880.

 

The only reason I sold my 1840's was because as the time I could get more (price) for them than the HD600s.  If they were both priced the same or similar - for me it would really be a toss-up.  If the HD600s are significantly cheaper - HD600s hands down.

 

Like the DT880 and  HD600, the SRH1840 is another headphone that would be tempting for me to repurchase:
* if my HD600s for any reason broke
* if I could get them at the right price ($350 is as low as I've seen used - tempting at around that price)

* if I didn't have my current headphones (quite happy with DT880, HD600, HD700 - no need at this stage to revisit)

 

Hope some of that helps.  I did genuinely enjoy the 1840s.

post #2010 of 2016
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post
 

 

Bear in mind that you can find used HD600s for less than $300 most times... ;)

If at a similar price, I would choose the SRH1840s just because, as mentioned, they are a bit more comfortable and because I actually liked the mids more than my HD600s (imaging was tops as well!!). But to my ears they are indeed very very close. It will all come down to personal preference methinks!

 

Good luck!

 

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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post
 

 

Hi Isaiah

 

Owned both - ended up selling the SRH1840 and keeping the HD600 (like gelocks).  There is more similarity between the two than differences.

 

From my notes .....

 

  • Tonally very similar - HD600 has more mid-bass, SRH1840 is flatter over entire range.  Shures sound slightly brighter - but think that may be more because of the flatter bass.
  • As far as comfort goes - I'd give it to the HD600 - the headband on the SRH1840 is pretty good - but they still don't have it quite right.  After a couple of hours, I'd have to adjust it.  We all know how comfortable the HD600 can be after getting rid of the clamp.
  • Soundstage is very similar.
  • Shures are slightly easier to drive (sounded pretty good straight out of an iPod/iPhone.
  • Timber/realism - HD600 continues to reign - they truly sound natural.
  • Imaging - I'd actually give this to the SRH1840 - the imaging and clarity was what I liked best.  Really good for gaming.
  • Speed - Shures are faster, especially so in the bass (less impact, more accuracy)

 

If you've heard the DT880s - I'd say that the SRH1840 would bridge the gap between the HD600 and DT880.

 

The only reason I sold my 1840's was because as the time I could get more (price) for them than the HD600s.  If they were both priced the same or similar - for me it would really be a toss-up.  If the HD600s are significantly cheaper - HD600s hands down.

 

Like the DT880 and  HD600, the SRH1840 is another headphone that would be tempting for me to repurchase:
* if my HD600s for any reason broke
* if I could get them at the right price ($350 is as low as I've seen used - tempting at around that price)

* if I didn't have my current headphones (quite happy with DT880, HD600, HD700 - no need at this stage to revisit)

 

Hope some of that helps.  I did genuinely enjoy the 1840s.

 

Thanks for all the help guys. I got a HD600 currently, only a couple months old with about 10 hours on it; I know I could sell it for $275. I can get a SRH1840 new for $385. So we're looking at basically a $110 difference. I like the HD600 a ton. I've owned it several times; sometimes I get annoyed that it could have a little more detail and less warmth, sometimes it gets uncomfortable,and it gets annoying when I don't have a good amp for it. But I would like a little more planar in my HD600, like the T50RP mods. A little less grain, a little more clarity. Basically, I'd like a better HD600, with a little more clarity but without losing that basically neutral sound and natural timber. I'm tempted by the speed and imaging of the SRH1840...but I'm such a sucker for timber of the HD600, and some of that includes its warm bass. I would hate though anemic bass, like the K702 or ER4S/PT. Sometimes, the SRH1840 sounds like the ER4S: "It's quality not quantity" and in the end there is just no sub-bass at all. I'm just not sure that the SRH1840 is noticeably better. The description of it between the DT880 and HD600 is tempting though...

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