Shure SRH-940: Detail Monster

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From big time microphone manufacturer Shure comes a new headphone designed to top the Shure SRH-840. Big thanks to Harris and Franky over at Shure Indonesia for lending us the unit used in this review.

I was really impressed with the semi hard case that they include with the SRH-940. A very welcome addition over the plain leatherette pouch I got for my SRH-840. And like with the SRH-840, you also get an extra set of pads with the SRH-940 except that the 940 comes with verlours instead of leather. In photographs or in real life, the dark silver finishing looks classier than the SRH-840’s matt black finish. But when you hold the two headphones in your hand, the SRH-840 feels more solid than the SRH-940. I don’t know if Shure lightens the plastic walls on the SRH-940 to get an overall lighter headphone, but the SRH-940’s lighter weight and clamping force is far more comfortable than the SRH-840. Since the pads on the SRH-940 are oval shaped, I find them to be more comfortable than the circular verlours on the Beyer full size headphones. Good stuff.

The hardcase is very nice.

 

 

Inside of the hardcase.

 

 

Removable cables with locking mechanism.

 

 

The changes in the sound signature is quite obvious. The SRH-940 is clearly a brighter headphone overall than the SRH-840. You get more treble, more clarity, more sparkle. The bass loses some body but it’s a lot clearer than the bass on the SRH-840. The result is a headphone that feels a lot lighter in the sound but is overall quicker in pace and even perceived transients. When I did the Closed Cans Shootout, one of the things that I wish was different is the presentation of vocals on the SRH-840, which was quite laid back in relation to other headphones like the Shure SRH-750DJ or the Audio Technica M-50. In this case, the SRH-940 has gotten the vocal presence just perfect. The vocals are forward and engaging, not too close or too glaring, and the instruments properly laid down on a different layer behind the vocal.

From a monitoring perspective, the SRH-940 is definitely an improvement over the SRH-840, and quite a big improvement too. Not only you get better clarity on the treble, but also very noticeable on the bass regions. For music listening, however, though vocal presence has been vastly improved, but the SRH-940 is dryer sounding than the SRH-840, so that’s something to keep in mind. The SRH-940 is also more critical of the recording and source quality, and although it’s a very desirable trait for a good monitoring headphone, the SRH-840’s more forgiving stance would be more preferable to us music listeners. Obviously Shure was building the SRH-940 to be a monitoring headphone, and in that sense I think the SRH-940 is a much better product than the SRH-840.

Although I’m used to listening to the Sennheiser HD800, still the amount of detail that you get from the SRH-940 is just staggering. I know that the HD800 is better in translating ambiance in the recordings and things like micro details, but even the HD800 doesn’t push all the details in the music out like the way the SRH-940 does. Now you need a good recording to hear all of this effect and for that 24/96 Classical music files are best, but even a moderately well recording like Jewel’s Spirit album is giving me goosebumps from the SRH-940 & Audinst HUD-MX1 combo. When I first listened to the SRH-940, I thought the headphone was a bit dry. But after some ~24 hours later, I think the dryness has subsided though it still is not as smooth as the SRH-840, mainly due to the verlour vs pleather pads differences.

SWAPPING PADS

When I received the SRH-940 and noticed that you get an extra sets of pads, I quickly thought that it would’ve been nice for Shure to give us pleather pads from the SRH-840 instead so we get to choose between verlour and pleather. After all, verlour is known to make sound brighter and reduce bass boominess (also takes out some bass body), while pleather does the opposite: darkens the sound and add bass body. But, guess what? I tried swapping the pads from the SRH-840 to the SRH-940 and vica versa, and I didn’t like the result. The effect I anticipated was there, the SRH-940 gains bass body, but it was more like an abrupt 3dB bump throughout the bass frequencies. Yes, you get more bass, but gone is the balance in the tonality and the smooth transition from the mids to the bass. Not recommended.

The opposite is also true with the SRH-840. Less bass with SRH-940 pads gives you better detail on the bass, but it did sound like an abrupt EQ to lower bass quantities, resulting in a somewhat hollow feeling on the low frequencies while adding some low treble to the mix. Let’s face it, the engineers at Shure knows their business and both the SRH-940 and the SRH-840 work best with the stock pads on. If you happen to feel that one headphone is not quite right, the best solution is to change to the other model entirely.

END THOUGHTS

Overall the SRH-940 is still primarily a linear headphone geared more toward monitoring, as most music listeners would prefer a fuller and punchier lows, more mid coloration, and a less intense treble, even if that means less detail levels and looser bass. In that sense you can take something totally different like the heavily warm and colored B&W P5 headphone, and feel that music flows better out of the P5. But there are times when we want to hear those details in the recordings, and in a way, the SRH-940 gives me almost the same detailed sensation I hear on the Beyerdynamic DT880 headphone, except with better mids and vocal reproduction.

Quite a winning product, in my opinion. Just remember that given the accurate, monitoring stance of the SRH-940, the headphones are very picky about your source and recording quality. Most of the harshness, sibilance, and extreme compression on mainstream recordings will be very audible through the SRH-940s. Likewise, old analog based recordings also don’t sound too good out of these.

AVAILABILITY

The Shure SRH-940 is available for $299 from Amazon.com, while the SRH-840 is available for a mere $140.74 from Amazon.com (down $109.26 from the $250 list price). I do think that the street price of the SRH-940 should be lower after a few months (in the US, at least).

GEARS USED FOR REVIEW

Headphones: Shure SRH-940, SRH-840, Sennheiser HD800, Audio Technica M-50
DAC/Amp: Fostex HP-A3, CEntrance DACMini

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000709124030 Chevon James

    thank you.

    but to go into more detail, 90% of my music is rock. particularly post hardcore and screamo  ” Of Mice & Men, Asking Alexandria, Woe is Me” etc etc. so can the srh940’s deliver the bass i need or should i get the ath m50s?

    another thing. if the answer is the m50 then should i get the pro700 mk2 “seeing as they manage to go even harder.” and OMG sorry for rambling but i think this would be better in a list instead lol

    for hard rock and screamo – srh940, ath m50 pro700 mk2?

    are the  pro700 mk2 so bassy that they are muddy and decrease quality of the music because clarity  to me is everything.?

    what music are srh940’s made for?

    what other headphones are great for rock?

    • Anonymous

      Chevon,
      I think the DT1350 is perfect for the stuff that you listen to. Not the SRH-940, not the M-50, not the Pro 700mk2.

      Other headphones you may want to look into is the HD25-1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000709124030 Chevon James

    one more question before i leave you alone lol

    i recently ordered the sennheiser hd598 but i never has time to research seeing as they were on auction for 140 =) so have you had experience with them or know what music they are used for?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mehdi-Imed-Guessous/100001382801050 Mehdi Imed Guessous

    I  got my srh940, and  I  realize that the word “monster” in the title isn’t necessarily positive.  I found the  exaggerated treble , hurting the musicality of some song.  On some pop music,  I  hear  almost only percussions, and bass is  drown in the background.  I  got a more satisfying sound using an eq, in fact a vst chain, but is it anymore the  “original” headphone ? Also I  didn’t find the trebble that much impressive, I  didn’t see the point of over emphasizing it.  I  was lured by the fact that these headphones were supposed to be good for professionals, but I  think it’s misleading.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the comment, Mehdi. But did you actually read the review?

      Copy and pasted from the review:

      Overall the SRH-940 is still primarily a linear headphone geared more toward monitoring, as most music listeners would prefer a fuller and punchier lows, more mid coloration, and a less intense treble, even if that means less detail levels and looser bass. In that sense you can take something totally different like the heavily warm and colored B&W P5 headphone, and feel that music flows better out of the P5. But there are times when we want to hear those details in the recordings, and in a way, the SRH-940 gives me almost the same detailed sensation I hear on the Beyerdynamic DT880 headphone, except with better mids and vocal reproduction.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mehdi-Imed-Guessous/100001382801050 Mehdi Imed Guessous

        Dear headfonia, the thing I retained the more from you article is the final “Quite a winning product, in my opinion”.  Every other descriptions were more or less technicalities I couldn’t understand or be convinced until I tried them (I’m a noob regarding  high end headphones) .   Also explain me how they are supposed to be good “professional monitors”,  because how could you ensure that the music “sound right”  in  your recording , if from the begin the treble is over-emphasized  ?  In that regard , I  find that my hd595 are better if you wish to remaster a track (it’s more neutral from the start).  Anyway I’m not saying that these are bad headphones, I’d say that I was somehow surprised.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000709124030 Chevon James

    i own a zunehd and the shure srh940’s and i was wondering what amp i should get

    the headstage arrow 12he “EXPENSIVE YIKES”
    the Fiio e7 or e11
    or something else you’d recommend “for rock music”

    • Anonymous

      Hi Chevon,
      The E11 would be nice for Rock. Or the PA2V2. http://www.headfonia.com/music-on-a-budget-sub-100-portable-amps-shootout/

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000709124030 Chevon James

        great ! so my set up is a zuneHD, Fiio E11,and a pair of Sennheiser HD 25-1 ii.
        is there anything else i need to complete my rig for rock music?

        • Anonymous

          That would be enough for now.

          You can try the DT1350 if you have the extra budget. Also the upcoming Audinst AMP-HP portable amplifier would make for a nice upgrade over the E11 Fiio.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000709124030 Chevon James

            do you know any good desktop amps for a man on a budget?

    • Hapster

      You shouldn’t need an amp really, they’re only 42 ohms

  • Dleblanc343

    Hi there. So I was thinking about getting these, but then the grado ms2i’s caught my attention. And well, now I’m also somewhat interested in the k702. From what I understand, the shure’s would be the most detailed, while the ms2i’s would probably be the most neutral? The k702’s are comfortable from what I heard, but what are it’s main strengths? I am looking for something different than my srh440’s, lack of bass is not a problem, but I’d like to hear it lol :P. I want something neutral- somewhat trebly; something detailed but not necessarily overkill. I tried the 940 at a local audio shop briefly, tried them with my e7/e9, sounded good, but I can’t compare to the other two. It wasnt too bright for me, but very revealing when tried with older recordings.

    So to be more clear, what can you say about each headphone, and their respective strengths and weaknesses when put against eachother?

    • Anonymous

      Long and complicated question there. :)

      Okay so MS2i, K702, and SRH-940.

      SRH-940: Trebly, neutral, detail, sharp.
      MS2i: Trebly, engaging, musical
      K702: Neutral, less trebly, big wide soundstage.

      That’s probably how I’m going to describe them. The MS2i would be the most musical sounding of the three, but the driver resolution and refinement is not up to the K702 or the SRH-940’s level.

      • Dleblanc343

        And how about the dt880 among all this, and how would you rank each headphone in terms of your preference?

        • Anonymous

          For music listening, I’ve always have a problem with the DT880’s thin mids and very bright presentation.

          I would probably rank them, based on personal preference: MS2i, SRH-940, K702, DT880. For music.

          • Khubmai

            Hi Mike. For music your personal preference: MS2i, SRH-940, K702, DT880. .

            If I add MS-pro, ATH-AD900, What is your rank for resolution and refinement?

            What headphone is beautiful sound for acoustic?

            thank you.

            • Anonymous

              Roughly (because it also depends on what music)

              MSPro, AD900, MS2i, SRH-940, K702, DT880.

              I think the MS Pro is very good for acoustic, but it is very expensive.

  • Simon Guilmain

    Hello Mike. I currently own the SRH-940 and I appreciate the detail and balanced tehy offer. I fine them musical but would like a bit more presence in the lower frequency. I’m not a Bass head (Far from it) but they are my only pair of full-size close headphone and with some genre of music the extra bass would be nice. I owned the Denon D5000 before and just trade them for MS-Pro (And I’m very happy with that trade ;^p). My question is would you recommend the Sony Z1000 or the Audio Technica W1000x to replace the SRH-940?  Here’s a sample of the music I listen:  Dave Matthews Band, Marillion, Porcupine Tree, Radiohead, Morcheeba, Mogwai, Pat Metheny, Yo-Yo Ma.

    Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Hi Simon, 
      If you’re looking for a closed headphone then the Z1000 is one of the finest and the most balanced around. 

      Otherwise you can also look at the HD600, it will give you the detail and the resolution and all the good stuff (though it’s darker than the SRH-940) but with a very good bass impact which you don’t get with either the Shure SRH-940 or the Z1000. 

    • Anonymous

      Hi Simon, 
      If you’re looking for a closed headphone then the Z1000 is one of the finest and the most balanced around. 

      Otherwise you can also look at the HD600, it will give you the detail and the resolution and all the good stuff (though it’s darker than the SRH-940) but with a very good bass impact which you don’t get with either the Shure SRH-940 or the Z1000. 

  • Kid

    Heya! Some questions here. I listen mostly to Jpop music and it seems like this genre is kinda wide with some  more into bassy (like abit of techno) and and some with guitar/piano cover and the most important is the female vocal. Wanted to upgrade form SRH-440 and currently looking into this SRH-940. Looked into forums and saw it was kinda bass-shy. So is the SRH-940 suitable for J-pop genre or SRH-840 will do the job or any other headphones? Thanks!

    • Kid

      And mostly J-pop music surely has band instruments. So wanna get headphone with this criteria: 
      – Vocal presentation and separation (mid)
      – instrument separation
      – just enough or little bit more bass like SRH-440
      – Detailed sounding
      –  average soundstage is alright

      Or do you have any ideas on amp that can make this SRH-940 sound more bassy which is closer to SRH-840 or SRH-440? 

      Thanks in advance. (new in these too many questions too ask, my bad.)

    • Anonymous

      Hi Kid, 

      Jpop is mostly high energy, full of beat, fast paced music, except for some bands and female vocalists. Rather than finding a headphone based on individual bass-vocal-soundstage-separation aspect, it’s best to find a headphone that will work well with the energy of Jpop music. 

      I think the DT1350 would be a good headphone to look at for Jpop. The Shures simpy won’t work. Not the 840, not the 940. Not to mention that the monitoring headphones (like the Shures) will show you every bit of the sibilance prevalent in Jpop recordings. 

      http://www.headfonia.com/beyerdynamic-dt1350-death-to-the-hd25-1/

      • Kid

        Thanks for replying, have any recommendation for full size one’s? Still I quite enjoyed using SRH-440 listening to Jpop music. Will try and check DT1350 out.

        • Anonymous

          Something full size.. weird I can’t think of any at the moment.

          • Kid

            Take you time man, no worries! Your suggestion helped me alot! Cheers.

          • Anonymous

            I just posted the question on my twitter, see if anybody has a good suggestion:

            http://twitter.com/headfonia

          • Kid

            Is it possible to get the bass of SRH940 nearby the SRH840/440 by using the fiio E10 or the upcoming E17? Or getting the Sennheiser HD600 will do the job?

            • Anonymous

              The E10 or E11 with bass-boost would help boost the bass level to make it more SRH-840 like yes, but it won’t be the same as the SRH-840.
              The HD600 is a different headphone with different characteristics and sound.

  • madriz

    Hi Mike,

    Between the SRH940 and DT880, which one is more detailed? Or are they in the same level?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Madriz,
      Very close but I think the DT880 still has a slight edge. I can hear better ambiance details on live recordings on the DT880, but for studio recorded songs the difference is probably irrelevant.

  • Neoavlaon

    I really do have a STUPID question. I was gonna buy pxc 450 which normally priced at 279. Then all of sudden, Amazon raised their price to 319. I gave up and start to looking for alternatives. I stumble upon SRH940. Made the purchase, and Crazy Amazon lower the price of PXC450 to 243. No I am thinking to cancel my order and switch back to PXC450, if you were me what would you choose?

    Isolation is kind important to me. 

    Thanks

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Wow, I don’t think I can answer that for you.

      • Neoavalon

        please, allow me to elaborate.

        If you are force to choose b/w pxc450 and SRH940 which one would you choose?considering 1.isolation/noise reduction is most important then SQ then comfort then durability MANY THANKS! 

        with all due respect,  I need your answer to make the final call.

        ESL student, please forgive me if i said anything wrong. and I am a little bit agitated. 

        • Neoavalon

          I think by now there is still a window of opportunity for me to cancel my order.

          Maybe I should see a therapist regarding “how to make decisions” . I know. But now, I just could not make the call. I admire PXC450 isolation. But at the same time, I am impressed with SRH940.I mostly listening to jazz, new age, classical, and vocal.

          • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

            Screw the Senn then, go with the SRH-940.

          • Neoavalon

            Thank you, sir!

            now I have some inner peace and shout out “screw amazon! ”

            lol.

            Really appreciate your opinion and reply so promptly!!!

            • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

              You’re welcome. :) I happen to be online and reading the pages. :)

              But usually comments are answered within 24 hours.

          • Neoavalon

            Yeah, I am feeling lucky!

            Again Thanks a Million Times!

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

          I think you should go with the PXC450 if travel headphone is what you are looking for. The SRH940 is a monitoring headphone.
          Better yet, go with this one:
          http://amzn.to/ruhRZm

  • http://www.facebook.com/Producerchuck Charles Smith

    Hey I’m a sound tech at my church and a DJ at a radio station. I currently use the shure srh440’s I have been thinking of upgrading to the 940’s I also listen to my iPod with them on a regular basis. Any advise?

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Sounds good Charles. I think you’ll like the SRH940s. They make a far better monitoring headphone than the SRH440. Perhaps add a good amplifier for your Ipod set up.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BLLR77JWL4VR5C7SHSBPVWCFCI shing111

    Many people said Shure Srh940 is a bad headphone and overpriced. Do you agree?

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Nah, it’s a good headphone. Just have to know what it’s designed for and what music it plays well with.

      • Guessous Mehdi Imed

        My first impression with the srh940 was depressing , but then I  enjoyed them much more  after modding them. Could you try this easy , and reversible mod ? I  just increased the depth of ear cup, by inserting piece of rope basically in each cup (1 cm thick, roughly, 24 cm length). I  found them better balanced after that, and also clarity was improved (don’t be skeptical without trying). If you can’t or don’t want to try, well never mind.

        Also I  bought recently the hd25 II  1 you were recommending me instead of the srh940, I’ll admit they are much more fun and put me in a good mood (vs the “depression” I  got first when trying the srh940) . Off the three “full size” headphones I  own now :  hd595, srh940, hd25 II, I  think the hd25 II  is the one I  like the best.

  • Jazzeroo

    Firstly, I will not say this 940 has got staggering detail as I personally find its musical presentation almost designed to please all and is probably geared more towards a longer listening rather than a full -on detailed examination the recorded material. Nothing wrong with that but as far as monitoring headphones it claims to be,  it just passes in my opinion. It is pleasant and enjoyable enough to warrant an endorsement.

     Treble it has plenty but it lacks attack and precision. They are all there but they are not all there and in some cases, the 940 seems confused and noisy instead of delivering clarity. Cymbals (ride or crash) tend to sound almost similar when really harmonics have a lot to do with cymbal tones and pitch rather than just treble and the 940 is found wanting in that area.
    So you get this wash of highs with no specific tone in some busy passages.

    As for bass, that it has plenty too, but again fails to disclose precise notes expected of it at the low end and instead tend to sound lazy. The mids and high-mids are quite good and anything strummed, plucked, vocalized and bowed are lush and pleasing.  Just don’t expect snare hits that will chop your head off.  It hasn’t got that intensity.

    Like I said, maybe the designers deliberately chose this sound signature to be less fatiguing rather than being articulate and precise which could get tiresome as is mostly the case with too precise a  musical presentation.
    I guess maybe my 940s need more time to burn-in as it seems to get better every time I use it or also maybe I am getting used to its signature sound rather than expecting it to be any different.
    It still is my first-call headphone for most applications and its closed back keep out enough noise to make it enjoyable and others not to be disturbed on planes and crowded places. It is almost portable. Soundstage and imaging like these in a headphone are seldom portable.
    These Shure SRH-940s certainly belong in the high-end world of headphones, and justifiably so for their price and sound, but just enjoy the musical experience rather than the absolute details.
    The AKGS and Senns tend to do those slightly better—just.

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Thanks for sharing Jazzeroo.

  • juan salazar

    hey! nice page bro.
    can you give some advice i’m looking for a monitor headphone that is less colored for mixing purposes. I’m interested on the 840, 940, Akg Q701, and i would like to know what are your thoughts about the sen HD380 and their relation with the ones above.

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Any of the headphones you mentioned are good. The two shures and the AKG are relatively neutral with their own signature presentations .
      As for the Senn HD380 I actually have never heard of it. :)

      • juan salazar

        thanks dude!

  • juan salazar

    I did it! Lol!
    I bought the SH940! and they are amazing!!!! crystal clear! i love the detail very nice for mixing, monitoring and just hearing music. As a musician when a i hear music i like to catch the details and with this ones you surely can. Thanks for your review is very accurate as what i’m hearing now with this cans.

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Good to hear that, Juan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eyal1983 Eyal Sade

    I have a question: how does it compare with ATH-A900X ?
    Eyal.

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      It’s a very different headphone to be honest. I don’t even know where to start.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eyal1983 Eyal Sade

    When comparing the 940 to the Beyers-‘880.. is the latter more detailed?
    Also, which is more Comfort. and, which gives better separation?

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      It’s a very close comparison. The Beyer may be the more detailed one, but honestly I’m not so sure. I think the bottom line is that both headphones are very comfortable and very detailed. Detail level should be more than enough, unless you are really trying to find spots in the recording.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.thompson.5815 Eric Thompson

    So from what I’m understanding… get the DT880’s? : )

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Well it may seem so on paper, but for music listening I’d go for the Shure. The DT880 sounds extremely spacious, too spacious often that it diffuses the energy of the music if you listen to Rock. The Shure on the other hand focuses the energy pretty well and the PRaT factor is great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eyal1983 Eyal Sade

    and how does it compare with the KRK KNS-8400 ?

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Hi Eyal,
      Sorry no experience with the KRK.

  • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

    SRH940 all the way. I didn’t really like the T70, and people’s impressions have been quite similar as well.
    So for the Tesla Beyers, so far it’s only the T5P and the T1 that’s good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anders.stovring Anders Støvring

    Drill a hole 1,4 mm in each cup, and you’ll get subbass, but still a balanced sound. That way they become really outstanding.

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Anders.

  • breizh

    hi Mike,

    how would you compare the shure srh940 with the AKG K550, especially for the bass quality/quantity and the soundstage ?

    do you think one is better than the other for classic rock (stones/dylan …) ?

    thanks a lot !

    richard

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Richard,
      For classic rock like stones and dylan, definitely go with the Shure SRH940. The K550 is too wide (the soundstage) and the bass a bit slow in pace and weak in punch, it doesn’t really suit rock. The SRH940 is a much better choice for Rock.

      • breizh

        ok, thank you very much Mike, that’s clear !

        richard

  • SSA

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks a lot for the review. It has been a huge help for me to make a shortlist for the headphones I am planning to buy. I am currently stuck between AKG 550 and the Shure SRH 940. I know you previously said that for rock music SRH does the job better, how about other types? Classical, solo piano and jazz? Which one would you go with? Or would you reccomend Focal Spirit One or P5 of B&W over the initial two?

    Your opinions much appreciated.

    SSA

    • Trent_D

      I could be very wrong, but a recommendation for the Beyer DT770 AE might be in your near future.

      • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

        That headphone does it all! I’m listening to it right now with the WA2

        • SSA

          Trent,
          Thanks a lot. But it seems to me, Beyer DT 770 would need an additional amp to drive, is that correct or would I be able to use it on the go without additional amp?

          • Trent_D

            I used to own the K550. It’s a nice headphone, but it also needed an amp. Not to drive it, as it, like the dt770 is easy to drive, but it was quite revealing of its components. What will you be plugging these into? Ipod? e10?

            • SSA

              Hi,

              Yes, likely an Ipod/Iphone, but also the amp at home. I thought at 80 ohms, I may not be able to use it without an amp. I may get an additional headphone amp down the line but for now, it will be plugged in a mobile device or a rather old integrated amp (with which I use either a pc or a cd player to play music)

              If I may, what is it that makes you feel that one should go with Beyer and not AKG (or Shure, Focal, P5 for that matter). Did you have problems with K550? I did test-drive it and one thing, for instance, that scares me is the force of the clamp. Was that a worry for you as well?
              Thank you for your time.

              • Trent_D

                I didn’t think it the K550 clamped that hard, not sennhesier hard anyway. I wanted more bass impact and fuller mids. That’s why I sold the K550.

              • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

                The DT770 AE is 32Ω and works with no amp, but an amp is still recommended.

                Maybe it’s best if you read the review:

                http://www.headfonia.com/the-beyerdynamic-we-love-dt770-anniversary-edition/

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Classical, Solo Piano and Jazz the K550 is quite nice. What Trent said though, you should look into the DT770AE.

      • SSA

        Thanks a lot Mike. I am giving it a look now, do you think its good on the go though? (as well as home use).

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

          It’s a bit big for walking around but still manageable. At least more manageable than the K550.

  • http://www.facebook.com/T.Vanich เหนื่อยนัก ก็พักก่อน

    Hey Mike! I really want to know which portable amp will suit this headphone? I want more bass impact and bass quantity. Is C421 the right choice? Thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/T.Vanich เหนื่อยนัก ก็พักก่อน

      And what about alo mk3 that have bass adjustment knob or objective o2? I will soon try all of them at MunkongGadget. Which one you recommended? Thanks!

      • dalethorn

        If you already have the SRH940, adding bass may present difficulties and introduce distortion, since the low-cost analog amps will generally muddy the 940’s bass, and a DAC/amp like the Dragonfly will make it even tighter or thinner. In my opinion a better thing would be to reduce the very bright treble, which will make the bass more apparent, and add much less distortion.

        • http://www.facebook.com/T.Vanich เหนื่อยนัก ก็พักก่อน

          Thanks dalethorn! I tried c421 with srh940 this morning and I found that c421 added more bass quantity and impact but srh940 got a blacker background with absolutely zero distortion when paired with this amp. I also tried this with fiio e11 and found that this amp added more bass quantity but less bass impact than c421. But I am now having no chance to try it with o2 and alo mk3 yet. So I want to know how srh940 sound when paired with these amp?

          • dalethorn

            http://headfonics.com/2011/08/shure-srh-940-our-man-is-comparing-it-to-the-hd800-is-he-mad/#comments

            Scroll down here to the comment by ‘Amclaussen’. His lengthy comment will tell you what you need for best results with the SRH940.

            • http://www.facebook.com/T.Vanich เหนื่อยนัก ก็พักก่อน

              Thanks again dalethorn! But there’s no Lehmannaudio BCL amp to be auditioned in my country and this is not a portable amp also. I upgraded srh940 from my old ath-m50 so I seek a portable amp for more bass impact to make srh940 sound more engaging like my old m50. What I really impressed on srh940 is that there is no sibilance on treble which is sometimes too bright for my taste so I fixed it by EQ-ing and mid is very forward (after EQ-ing) on srh940 when compared to m50 which is my preferred sound signature.

              • dalethorn

                The 940 may improve on the *impression* you have of its impact with a different amp, but at most it will be a miniscule change, and because the M50 bass (especially the deep bass) is so much stronger than the 940, it will not make much difference. The only practical way to be assured of a better match is to audition several amps in person.

  • Bahadir

    Hi, I have a question about the build quality. Because other than that I am sold when it comes to Shure. I have a pair of 6 year old Shure IEMs which needed service once after the warranty expired because of the cable and Shure replaced the cable for free.

    So, is there anyone here who’s been using the 940’s for a while and had a problem with them? There are forum topics on a cracking issue and I don’t know if people are abusing these headphones or something but it seems like a common problem. I wouldn’t want to buy 250 Euro headphones just for them to break in a year so please comment if you’ve had any experience with this.

    Thanks.

    • dalethorn

      I had the 940 for 6 months or so, and donated it to someone who needed a headphone. No durability issues at all. The Shure headphones seem very good to me in build quality. I’ve had the 940, 1440, and 1840.

    • Kartoffelmao

      Yes, mine broke easy… The tuning on headband breaks very easy just from normal use of taking the headphones on and off my head. Even though the sound is terriffic im rather gonna go for the Philips Fidelio X1 or the new Fidelio L2.

      • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

        Please try the L2.

  • Gabriel

    how would you compare the soundstages of the SRH940 and the SRH840?

    • dalethorn

      I haven’t heard the 840 but the soundstage of the 940 is unusually good for a closed headphone. The reason I replied even though I haven’t heard the 840 is because I want to suggest that a lot of the impression of soundstage with the 940 is due to the strong treble (i.e. why it’s called the detail monster). I’ll bet if you EQ’d the treble of both headphones to be more comparable, the soundstage would also become more similar.

      • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

        840 soundstage is a bit wider but less depth than the 940.