Shure SRH-840: Conclusion

shure_srh840_4One problem that I had previously with the SRH-840, that I forgot to mention on the previous article, was that somewhat the lower bass frequencies didn’t show themselves. Either the lower bass was recessed, taken over by the over-dominant upper bass, or the lower bass was rolled off, I am not sure. What I’m sure is that when playing classical music, the missing lower bass is really annoying. With mainstream music, this is not as bad, only a big problem with classical music. Good thing is that after 300+ hours, I don’t hear this problem anymore.

At this point, the SRH-840 has take over the position of the Sennheiser HD25-1 as my favorite closed phone, and I would give it a strong recommendation for the headphone to try at the $200 price range. Just give it some time to burn in, because this is one of the headphones that benefits a lot from burn in.

This article has two other articles that precedes it:
Shure SRH-840: 50+ Hours
and
Shure SRH-840: Out of the box

4.8/5 - (6 votes)

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20 Comments

  • Reply March 10, 2011

    Brycon Slaughter Casey

    has the sibilance improved

  • Reply March 10, 2011

    Stephenmacks

    i have just bought these and so far i like them more than my grado sr125i

    • Reply March 10, 2011

      Anonymous

      They are indeed very nice, and more well-balanced than the SR125i.

  • Reply March 11, 2011

    Donunus

    300 hours? Oh no! I might have sold mine too fast at 100 hours. I thought they sounded too dry and the midbass was a little chunky and imprecise typical of closed headphones. Does that change from 100 to 300 hours? I am now wondering if I should get another one or whether it was just not my cup of tea and no burn in could change what I would think of them? hmm

  • Reply September 23, 2011

    Alf

    how bout srh440

  • Reply October 23, 2011

    DodgersKings323

    Well that certainly makes things interesting………..they’re $70 cheaper than the HD-25 with similar isolation? Better soundstage and i would much prefer an over ear phone. + Foldable for portability

  • Reply November 24, 2011

    DodgersKings323

    Hey Mike what percentage of the 840 do you think the 440 give? And what percentage of the HD800 do you think the 840 give?

  • Reply December 21, 2011

    Jess

    Excellent reviews man. Was considering purchasing a pair sometime soon, but now I definitely will! I am sure I will be back to post my thanks after 1+, 50+ and 300+ hours of listening myself 🙂

    • Reply December 21, 2011

      Mike

      Hi Jess, 
      This was my very old way of doing a review. Glad  you enjoy it. 🙂 

  • Reply June 12, 2012

    Jack Knight

    is it the same character with goldring dr150?

  • Reply January 7, 2013

    Pkrdlr

    Mike, A belated happy new year. I picked up the SRH-840 that you recommended to me and like them very much, not at the 300 hr. burn in yet but getting there. I now have $ 250 max for an amp and dac either separates or combo, portable or desktop. Music is classical and acoustic flac files from my HP mini netbook. Thx, Rick

    • Reply January 7, 2013

      Mike

      You’re welcome, Rick!

      • Reply January 7, 2013

        Pkrdlr

        Mike, So what combo / seperates do you recommend for the SRH-840’s per my post ?. Thx, Rick

  • Reply January 8, 2013

    Pkrdlr

    Mike, So what combo / separates do you recommend for the SRH-840’s per my post ?. Thx, Rick

  • Reply January 25, 2013

    Pkrdlr

    Hi Mike, Current rig is Topping D1 2 + Shure srh-840 + Laptop. The 840’s sound great for Jazz, Instrumentals, and Acoustics. Looking for a couple recommendations to pair up with the Topping D1 2 for 60 – 70’s Rock. My budget is $200 usd. Thanks, Rick

    • Reply January 25, 2013

      dalethorn

      The SRH840 seems like a nice more or less neutral sound with a mild upper bass emphasis and some fairly strong output around 8 to 10 khz. It looks like a good candidate to be replaced with a Beyer DT770-32LE. Better bass, and more detail above that. Maybe slightly above budget, but worth the extra dedication.

      • Reply January 25, 2013

        Pkrdlr

        dalethorn, Thanks for your reply. I’m not looking to replace the 840’s but to compliment them with a headphone to pair with the Topping D1 2 for 60-70’s rock.

        • Reply January 25, 2013

          dalethorn

          I have a lot of 60s and 70s rock. The tracks I have play well with a variety of headphones, and I’m thinking it’s more a flavor choice than anything. With a good DAC and rock music I wouldn’t want a bright headphone or one that has a light bass. The ATH ESW9a I have is good that way and exactly $200. Better sound (especially bass) than the B&W P5 or v-moda M80.

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