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Shure SRH840 Review

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If you’re looking for an honest Shure SRH840 Review, you’re in the right place. As I found out, dealing with Shure is more or less like dealing with a deserving pioneer in the headphone business. True, the company may not be as famous as other better-known brands in the industry. However, when discussing professional audio matters, Shure is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious companies you can think of. You can take that to the bank.

Not surprisingly, down till 2019, Shure SRH840 headphones are still selling like hotcakes, and therefore, quite current. Considering that, it is only fair to put the product through some testing procedure. The result should justify my comments above, regarding the value status of this widely popular brand of headphones.

I speak with a degree of authority as one who has used Shure headphones for several years. In particular, the Shure SRH840 headphones has been my favorite brand for about a decade now. Indeed, I have taken the time to carry out some comparisons with some of the other popular models. I am convinced, in the end, that Shure deserves a place in the high table. The information presented below should suffice to attest to that.

First Impressions

When viewed from the standpoint of a studio engineer, Shure headphones are quite attractive. The SRH840 device folds up beautifully across a plastic hinge that lies at the top of the earcup. The cups swivel sharply around 180 degrees. In this way, it easily allows you to listen to a single channel without much interference. You will find that the cable is removable if you use a twist-to-lock mechanism and 2.5mm stereo connection to stop them from getting yanked-out accidentally. The coiled cord stretches to 3m, and features 3.5mm to 6.35mm jack converter that you can screw on to offer maximum flexibility.  At the same time, you will find that Straight 3m replacement cables are offered with the device for less than £20.

There is, however, a part of the SRH840 that seems rather vulnerable for these brand of headphones that are generally superb. You will discover that some thin cables poke out of the earcup and snake around into the outside of the headband. Presumably, this functions to let the folding mechanism move more freely, without risking the cable. Nevertheless, it all leaves you worried that a sharp snag might end up leaving you with some useless pair of cans. Aside from the headphones, jack converter, and cable, Shure offers a primary plastic-leather case and one pair of extra slimline earpads. These are useful for slightly reducing how far the headphones can stick out from your head.

Audio Quality

The sound quality is probably the best thing about the Shure SRH 840 headphones. The sound is clear, natural-sounding, and crisp. It does not go over the top, regardless of the frequency range.  If you want a pair of headphones that provide excellent sound quality, go for these. They sound like a dream! The bass sounds great. Admittedly, while a completely natural-sounding pair of headphones would offer a little less, once you get used to it, you can adjust your mixes to preference.

The mid-range is pretty well-tuned. It has a slight warmth to it. Regardless, it is not enough for it to sound muddy. The high-mids are crisp, without being too dominant, which would be problematic.

The high-end is equally beautiful. The top frequencies are similarly super clean and clear. This helps the vocals and guitars to shine through in the mix.  The cymbals sound quite clear without being piercing. Shure SRH840 headphones are closed-back. This means they offer noise isolation. Regardless, if you wish to cut out the outside noise completely, you may have to find a pair of some active noise-canceling headphones.

Performance

The Shure SRH840 headphones are generally comfortable. The clasp is not tight, and while the device is pretty heavy, there is some padding on the headband to prevent this from becoming a significant issue.

The earpads can be replaced so, in case they are worn out, you are safe. In the years that I have used them, I found some wear and tear on the headband. That is, however, normal for headphones.

Overall, the Shure SRH840s are relatively comfortable. While they are not very light, that is not a big issue. Compared to most other home or studio headphones, the Shure SRH840 headphones are more compact. They will fold up and fit well inside a carry case. If you have to carry them out to another studio, you can do that quite easily. Each flip is around 180-degrees; therefore, while mixing, you can comfortably listen with one ear. The Shure SRH840 headphones will encase your earlobes with some foam-filled leather pads. Unfortunately, these pads don’t seem to be genuine. Although they sound good, plugged into a simple MP3 player, they are not intended for use out and about. They work better indoors, preferably in a compact room.

There are some reasons for this. The headphones are not very light and, despite a reasonably tight-fitting headband, will find their way off your head if you attempt to move around too fast. The Shure SRH840 is large. A traditional, non-bulbous design kind of hides this fact, but they eventually stick out away from your head. Even though you cannot describe them as bad-looking headphones, they are certainly not very cool to wear. Apart from the inconvenience of indoor use, the headphones also feature a tightly-coiled cable. It hangs somewhat heavily and is meant for use in the studio rather than at home. Remember that, less trailing cable comes with less likelihood of tripping. There is, definitely, a downside here.

Conclusion

For certainty, you will not find anything perfect here. However, the Shure SRH840s comes pretty close.  And the price is reasonably good. The headphones are truly well-built, beautiful, and quite comfortable. The sound quality is incredible. The headphones sound natural and are a great pair of reference headphones for use in the studio. They are, similarly, a great pair of listening headphones for using at home. Overall, the Shure SRH840 gives excellent value for money. They certainly sound much better than many headphones that cost double their price. Yes, the Shure SRH840 headphones deserve a place in the high table.

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