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Are the Shure SRH 940's any good for ambient and acoustic music(guitar solos)?

post #1 of 12
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I aleady own the HD 598. I love them for ambient and acoustic music but however they are open back headphones that leaks sound.

I am looking for a closed can with somewhat similar characteristics. I have a few questions

 

1)  Do the srh 940's have more airy treble than the 598?read the treble on the 940's are comparable to the HD 800's treble.

 

2)  I think the 598 would have a bigger soundstage as they are open. but would the 940's atleast come close to them in soundstage?

 

3) Are they better sounding than the HD 598's?(an upgrade?)

post #2 of 12

I have both the 940 and the 598.

 

1. Yes. For sure. 940 has superbly extended treble, though you might find it a tad hot. Definitely class above 598's treble.

2. Kind of.... I won't say 940 has a wider stage, but they surely have a fairly wide sound stage.

3. Yes. It beats the 598 in terms of all technical elements, maybe excluding sound stage. Much better clarity, detail, and treble extension.

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

I have both the 940 and the 598.

 

1. Yes. For sure. 940 has superbly extended treble, though you might find it a tad hot. Definitely class above 598's treble.

2. Kind of.... I won't say 940 has a wider stage, but they surely have a fairly wide sound stage.

3. Yes. It beats the 598 in terms of all technical elements, maybe excluding sound stage. Much better clarity, detail, and treble extension.


Thanks. You have almost convinced me to pull the trigger on the srh 940.

Last question. Can I fairly drive them with the xonar DGX soundcard or Fiio E6?

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Thanks. You have almost convinced me to pull the trigger on the srh 940.

Last question. Can I fairly drive them with the xonar DGX soundcard or Fiio E6?

Yup. They're not hard to drive, so don't worry. Read my review on them too!

post #5 of 12
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Yup. They're not hard to drive, so don't worry. Read my review on them too!


that's all. buying them

where's your review?I don't see any 940 review in your reviews.

post #6 of 12
They have hot highs and poor build quality.

I think you'd be very well served by a ZMF.
post #7 of 12
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They have hot highs and poor build quality.

I think you'd be very well served by a ZMF.

Ah, yes. Build is a little weak. The highs, though are not really hot. If you are used to reference class gears like UERM and HD800, you will find 940's treble right. It sounds really close to UERM and HD800 in terms of treble, which is super impressive.

 

For build quality, make sure you buy them from an authorized dealer. Shure will replace them for free for 2 years.

post #8 of 12
I don't find the highs too hot with SHR940, I do however find it one of the most detailed headphones I've owned. Mine aren't going anywhere.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post

Ah, yes. Build is a little weak. The highs, though are not really hot. If you are used to reference class gears like UERM and HD800, you will find 940's treble right. It sounds really close to UERM and HD800 in terms of treble, which is super impressive.

Our experiences differ. I have UERM and there's nothing hot about it. Nor did 940 remind me of HD800, which also isn't hot. Bright yes, hot no. 800 can be fatiguing but 940 was painful. There are good things about it too, such as the micro-details, but not if it hurts my ears.
post #10 of 12
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Thank you, guys. I am ordering them soon.

I hope they are airier than my HD 598.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post


Our experiences differ. I have UERM and there's nothing hot about it. Nor did 940 remind me of HD800, which also isn't hot. Bright yes, hot no. 800 can be fatiguing but 940 was painful. There are good things about it too, such as the micro-details, but not if it hurts my ears.

According to the graph, the 940 and 800 have similar upper treble curves . if someone said - the treble on the 940 is dangeriously close to the HD 800's treble, i might believe that person.


Edited by xoriac - 7/22/14 at 1:08pm
post #12 of 12
Dude, people have been coming up with "HD800 killers" based on charts ever since there were HD800 charts because HD800 is that good.

Anyway, I hope it works out.
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