Shure SRH 940

General Information

Designed for professional audio engineers and in-studio talent, SRH940 Headphones provide accurate response across the entire audio spectrum to deliver smooth high-end extension with tight bass. Superior transient response minimizes distortion. Collapsible, lightweight design with premium padded headband offers superior comfort and portability. Included detachable cables and replacement set of velour ear pads ensure a long product life.

Latest reviews

Pros: Generally good on top quality recordings
Cons: Slightly relaxed in the low register and harsh at times
The name Shure alone stands for its long time professional heritage and live components. So I was intrigued before listening. 
I listened to at least 5 different music tracks and three different sources (including my usual jds headphone amp).
I got consistent impressions this is a not in your face type of headphone. While it convey the sounds in a non offensive neutral manner, I can't say it is accurate in terms of dynamics in the lows or high registers.
When connected to a Pioneer amp, it became evidently a bit harsh in the high register.
The built quality seemed decent but for the asking price, I think the SRH940 could have done better.
Weird .... It's as if you listened to another headphone. Aggression is what I liked on these headphones.
These were the most aggressive I got before they broke.  ( I also have hd25, hd595, hd800, xb500)
Relaxed ? No way, I found they were fatiguing, when I tried them at first.
Perhaps you are using some exotic sources.
Pros: Detail. Accuracy. very bright (if you like that)
Cons: Headband a little uncomfortable. very bright (if you don't like that)
These headphones should be valued for providing an ultra-bright sound signature not offered by any other headphone that I'm aware of.

Comparisons with the HD800: If you compare the 30hz and 300hz square wave measurements from the innerfidelity charts between these and the Sennheiser HD800, you'll see that the two are almost identical. I own the HD800s and this, and I can say that the SRH940s are much much closer to the HD800s than their prices would suggest. The HD800s handle bass and mids better, and their treble is a little smoother, and they have better spatial characteristics, but the two are close, with the SRH940 being brighter.

More on their brightness: These are possibly the brightest headphones made today, which is something I appreciate. They are almost like taking the tweeter out of your stereo speakers and putting them up to your ears. OK that's an exaggeration but do not underestimate how bright these are. On their bass output, they're not like a clock radio that can't put out bass. If you play a bass heavy song you'll hear the bass notes and they can go quite deep on the frequency chart. But if you like to hear a bunch of bass on all your songs, then you'll need to use the equalizer to turn these into the headphones you want.

Ultimately, if you want to know what your music sounds like with excess exaggerated treble (and sometimes it sounds better) these are the headphones to own.

The only problem is that they put pressure on one spot on the top of my head if I wear them for a long time (the cushions were designed poorly and they focus the weight on one spot).
Pros: Sound Quality, Comfort, Bang for Buck
Cons: Low quality plastic, Bass may not be beefy enough to some
Bought at a local electronics network for 1000NIS ~ 275USD (including 17% VAT) in order to replace/supplement a pair of Grado SR80, these headphones sure provide a lot of sound for the buck.
Used mostly at home and driven by either Asus STX or Musiland 02 ("Dragon"), they are very accurate yet without harshness and provide a good soundstage. The bass, however may be too lean to some.
These headphones are a solid 5 stars on the money to sound scale, but lost 2 stars due to Shure's choice of low quality plastics for the headband. For like so many others, my headphones left plastic arm cracked and almost completely snapped off. It is now holding together with a generous amount of epoxy glue and a small piece of metal I stuffed inside the hollow arm. 


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