Excerpt: These headphones are accurate, balanced, detailed, smooth and seem to disappear into the music. Rock, soul, classical, jazz, they faithfully reproduce the entire spectrum of sounds from the tiniest percussive shimmer, to the lowest pipe organ notes, and every breath and enunciation of the human voice. Imagine for a second that you are standing on the sidewalk outside of a nightclub with live music. You can hear the music being played inside the club.
Burrell Brothers and B Wax South Records, B&H Photo
16 November 2013
Excerpt: I've been making music all my life. I've had the opportunity to work with cheap stuff and the most expensive stuff... I just need it to work, period. I needed to finish mixing a project but we just had a new baby, so monitors were out. I took a chance and bought these headphones and I have to say... AMAZING accurate representation of what's REALLY going on in the record. If it's there, it's there... if and it's not... turn it up. DEAD ON representation.
Pros: Comfortable, Get A Pro Mix, True To Ear, Very Accurate
Summary: I was looking for a pair of over-the-ear cans for use at work. I wanted good sound and some isolation -- both incoming, to enjoy the music more, and outgoing, so as not to disturb others. In looking at the reviews here and on other Web sites, I was drawn to the SRH840. Now I have them, I think they fit the bill perfectly. The sound is typical Shure (as I remember from many V-15 cartridges): realistically detailed, yet smooth and nonfatiguing; i.e., low distortion.
Excerpt: I purchased these about a year ago to be my first "real" headphones. (Audiophile friends had mocked my cheap habits.) Unfortunately, I've can't enjoy using these headphones because they are actually painful to wear. The headband has a bizarre design whereby any adjustment of the earpiece position makes the headband wider and shorter, causing unpleasant pressure on top of my skull. I just don't like wearing them, regardless of how good their sound may be.
Summary: The Shure 840, which retail for around $150, is a very faithful reproducer of one's LPs, CDs, and portable bits. They offer no exaggeration, good build quality and a fine warmth that does not offer any kind of bass boosting. If you prefer a sound that has the low-end, er, pronounced as one finds in the Beats by Dre line you will probably not enjoy these. They sound ruler flat.
Excerpt: I've used a number of pairs of headphones over the years in the $200 range, including some great Sony models and some by AKG. I use them for recording and mixing audio at a computer, for bands or video. These are among the best in this price range, and the extra pair of pads is nice because all headphones wear out with heavy use (I use them several hours a day).
Summary: I bought these to use mainly for listening to TV & Music late at night. They work very well for this purpose with the exception of the 3.5 plug being a bit large so it doesn't fit my iPhone (that I use around the house when listening to music) when I have a case on it. I bought a small adapter at Radio Shack and solved the problem, so now I'm good to go! These phones are very comfortable and I can wear them for long periods of time with no problem.
Excerpt: I compared the srh840 and srh940 side by side. They both very light but the 940 is more comfortable thanks to being slightly bigger (so it doesn't touch my ears while the 840 does) and the material used in the hearpads feels a lot better to me. Build quality wise they seem to be even with again the 940 taking the lead since it doesn't have the driver cable exposed like the 840.