shure 1840 is $1000 (cmiiw). sennheiser is overpriced here (grossly). almost any other brands than sennheiser is MSRP inflated by some percentage. (10~25% i'd say) i wouldn't call it fair but yeah...
so yeah i wouldn't want to be OCD over a seemingly flawed designed headphone that makes me $430 poorer... lol.
oh shure 1440 here is $550. is that as good / better than shure 940 for female vocals / jazz / slow guitars / folk pop / classicals...?
seems like it's better build than 940... i couldn't audition though... and i hvn't read the reviews for 1440 yet... does 1440 use pleather?