HD579 vs. SRH 840

HD579 vs. SRH840

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Hey, I've decided I'll buy a pair of headphones, and I was looking for some clear sounding with good soundstage. The two I'm left with is the HD579 and the SRH840. The reason I wan't to get the HD579 is because of the soundstage, I've heard it's very small on the SRH. The reason I want to get the SRH is because of the clear vocals. Are they much clearer than the HD579? I like the frequency response of the HD's too ( flat with slight emphasis on treble ). Could anyone help me out in some way? :)
 
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The HD579 and the SRH840 are sort of apples and oranges. Do you know if you prefer an open or a closed headphone?
 
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Honestly I don't really mind either, since I do private listening. Although I'd like them to have a nice soundstage, so I'm guessing I should say open :beyersmile:
 
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Well then I would think something like a 579/598/599 would probably suit you best. You won't be sacrificing much of anything on vocals with one of those IMO.
 
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Ok, thanks :D I also heard the SRH's aren't that comfortable for extended periods of time.
 
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Open headphones and closed headphones tend to sound noticeably different. I prefer open as it sounds more natural to my ears, and so I recommend HD 579 over Shure SRH840 (which are excellent closed cans for the price, though) for that reason. Also, the comfort on the HD 5 series is SUPERB, I had the HD 518 and still have the HD 558, and the HD 579 are very similar to the HD 558.
 
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I would not say it is super-bright. Brighter than an HD599 is, though, IMO.
 
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Yeah, that's what I'm looking for. Like flat with little emphasis on treble?
 
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I would say in absolute terms it is pushing up against bright but without sibilance. The mids are good with some slight upper-mid compression. The low end is tight and controlled. That's how I hear it, anyway. It is a nice-sounding headphone and it does compare fairly favorably to the more expensive 599 (though the big brother has a more refined high end, IMO).
 
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