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Which are more clear sounding?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Grado SR 80i or Shure SRH 840?

post #2 of 15

You get much better sound separation from the SRH 840.  The SR-80i is a fun headphone for rock and metal and that is about it.  They are horribly uncomfortable and extremely outdated.


Edited by NA Blur - 3/30/14 at 4:22pm
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post

You get much better sound separation from the SRH 840.  The SR-80i is a fun headphone for rock  and metal and to that is about it.  They are horribly uncomfortable and extremely outdated.

Hmm... a lot of people would disagree with that statement.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


Hmm... a lot of people would disagree with that statement.


Keep in mind I am not talking sound stage as much as clarity, detail, and resolution.

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post


Keep in mind I am not talking sound stage as much as clarity, detail, and resolution.

Is that what you meant by "outdated?" LOL
post #6 of 15
Depends on what you listen to: SRH840 is a great all rounder though it excels at nothing in particular. 80i is very good at metal, rock, organ music, and sometimes chamber music. Both need some headband modding for comfort.

Edit: 80i is clearer, but see above.
Edited by Claritas - 3/30/14 at 5:22pm
post #7 of 15

The Grado SR-80i is crystal clear!!!

I've never heard the Shure SRH-840, so I'm not comparing the two, just telling you about the 80i.

I own the 80i/325is/RS1i, and they all get equal use, thats how nice the 80i's are IMO.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

I have the sr60i which sounds a lot like the 80i.

I don't want to lose the clarity and details of the 60i while i upgrade to a better can.

Some people say - the shure's are not as clear as the sr 80i. that's what worries me.

what i am looking in a can is

1) clarity

2) accurate instrument separation

2) a little better soundstage than the grados.

3) more details

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

And I got only 3 choices to select from:

 

Shure SRH 840

Grado SR 80i

AKG K240 MKii

 

which one would be better for me?

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by xoriac View Post

I have the sr60i which sounds a lot like the 80i.
I don't want to lose the clarity and details of the 60i while i upgrade to a better can.
Some people say - the shure's are not as clear as the sr 80i. that's what worries me.
what i am looking in a can is
1) clarity
2) accurate instrument separation
3) a little better soundstage than the grados.
4) more details

I think it's a compromise. 80i will give you 1 & 4. 840 will give you 2 & 3. (I haven't heard K240 yet.)

Besides that, the difference between 60i and 80i are a matter of preference. 80i isn't so easy to recommend to a total beginner, but you've already used Grados.

If you're planning on keeping your 60i, maybe get the Shures for some contrast and versatility.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post


I think it's a compromise. 80i will give you 1 & 4. 840 will give you 2 & 3. (I haven't heard K240 yet.)

Besides that, the difference between 60i and 80i are a matter of preference. 80i isn't so easy to recommend to a total beginner, but you've already used Grados.

If you're planning on keeping your 60i, maybe get the Shures for some contrast and versatility.

That's a good idea.

BTW, would you consider the srh 840 to be more of a side grade to the 60i?or is it an upgrade?

post #12 of 15
Grados are so good (with a few exceptions) that I think of it as a side grade or lateral move.

The other reason is that open models start off with the advantage of being open. Amongst closed models, one probably has to buy something as costly as one of the new Focals to surpass 80i. That's $350 vs $100. So don't go closed unless you have to: if you need the isolation or you've heard the particular model and simply love it.
post #13 of 15

Grado has such in-your head sound that I don't really think it has the best advantage of open headphone compared to competent closed headphone like Shure 840, soundstage.

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by laon View Post

Grado has such in-your head sound that I don't really think it has the best advantage of open headphone compared to competent closed headphone like Shure 840, soundstage.

I have a higher opinion of SRH840 than most and there might be something to this line of thought, as I was comparing on ear open with over ear closed But the benefit of open isn't only soundstage: it's general sound quality, so I stand by my original post.
post #15 of 15

That's even more weird since most Grado's soundsig or strength isn't anything like any other open headphone. 

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