Summary: After burn-in and listening to them for a hundred hours or so, plus live mix time this is my perspective on their audio.
Coming from Sennheiser HD280 Pros and Shure SE215s, these seem to be amazingly balanced.
They have the incredible Shure warmth and vocal clarity, but still extend their highs extensively.
Pros: Weighty, firm clamp, massive earcups. Shure sound, replaceable one-sided cable, great build quality. So cheap.
Summary: I bought these about a six weeks ago for $180 at Guitar Center (They retail for $250, and I have since seen them for $160) after reading a number of stellar reviews and trying them out in the store using my iPod. The Shures replaced a 10 year old pair of AKG K501, and are a very different type of headphone.
Pros: Consistent across the spectrum; Great bass; Extremely revealing; Very efficient (can drive easily with an iPod); Relatively modest price
Cons: May not be the best for full orchestra classical (which I don't listen to much)
Summary: These headphones boast a number of positive attributes. They have a clean sound, with a tight bass response and a good sound stage. They sound very natural and drums sound phenomenal in them. The one draw back is the cable that is included - its not that the cable is poor, but these headphones have a proprietary 2.5mm cable connection in the left ear cup that only allows you to use the shure proprietary cable unless you're willing to get your hands a little dirty.
Pros: Rich full sound, nice sound stage, very easy to modify
Cons: stock cable and 2.5mm proprietary input deisgn
Summary: Disregard my earlier hate for these have come to appreciate these for what they are.
To start off my review i would like to say my opinions on comfort with these. Lots of people complain about them being uncomfortable or heavy, the truth of the matter is they feel rather light to me. Are people here really weak or something? i find these really comfortable, but just like all pairs of headphones i have tried they become irritating on my right ear after a while.
Pros: clear sound, comfort, perfect bass, good midrange, good highs, around the ear design
Cons: durability, very revealing, sibilance, strident upper mids/lower highs can be a little annoying
Summary: I bought these headphones primarily for listening to Hiphop/Rap music. Theyre not bad for hiphop but definitely electronic and alternative come off as much clearer ( more comfy then beats, sound doesnt leak but beats do sound better with rap music). The music comes out clear, clearer than Beats By Dre Solo Hds. Bass is good, deep, can handle it well, I suggest customizing the bass with the itunes equalizer . The highs can be alittle scratchy at first.
Pros: Wire, electronic music, alternative music, rock music, price
Cons: hiphop, rap, high snares( rap music), alittle heavy
Summary: Keep in mind I am using a sony discman model number D-E456CK from late 1999 as source and no amp to speak of except the one in the discman itself. For classic rock like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd no problem what so ever but for aggressive stuff like Opeth's still life album or an Iron Maiden or even Judas Priest album you may want to look at a different can anyway.
But also keep in mind I don't own an external amp currently or even have one at my whim at the moment.
Pros: Great for the price. Comfort is above average for me. Does not require amp but will probably improve with one.
Cons: Exposed wiring. May not be comfortable for everyone. Heavy on the head. Might not be good for fast or aggressive music.
Excerpt: I listened to several head phones while on vacation in NYC. On returning home I wanted to do an extended listening to the Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser head phones. My local high end shop was closed so I proceeded to the Sam Ash down the street. They didn't carry the Beyerdynamics in the store. The sales guy said he used them in his home studio because they are very detailed and allow him to hear everything in a mix.
Summary: Hey. This is going to be a review of the Shure SRH840. Now, these are Shure's 3rd headphone in the '40 series. They are for everyone, including regular people and studio professionals.
To start off, i am going to talk about the overall value and what you get when you purchase these. In my honest opinion, these are worth the $200 price tag.
Pros: Smooth sound. Good build quality. Comfortable
Summary: These are very good headphones. If you don't need "basshead bass", just accurate , crisp bass , then these are for you.
Although they are comfortable around the ears, they are very heavy, not too big of a deal imo, the quality of sound and overall design of the headphones makes it alright.
Amp is not really required due to the low ohms on these too.
I opted to return them tho, as the bass was not powerful enough and they were too heavy.
Pros: Very Good sound quality, Very good isolation with little to no leaks, Accurate bass,comfortable earpads, removeable/coiled cable. amp not needed.
Cons: Very heavy headphones, bass is not powerful enough for bassheads like myself, poor aesthetics.