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Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones

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Product Highlights
  • Closed-Back Design
  • Foldable Construction
  • Neodymium Drivers
  • Swivel Earcups
  • Replaceable Around-Ear Cushions
  • Single-Sided Coiled Detachable Cable
  • Gold-Plated 3.5mm Plug with 1/4" Adapter
  • Carrying Bag Included

The SRH840 around-ear headphones from Shure provide high-quality audio ideal for professional applications, such as studio monitoring or DJ mixing. The headphones have large 40mm neodymium drivers that provide clear, detailed audio with a wide frequency response. The closed-back design helps to reduce ambient noise while the swivel earcups provide easy single-ear monitoring. The headphones can also fold down for easy storage in the included carrying bag.

The thick around-ear cushions provide long-lasting comfort and are easily replaced. The adjustable headband is generously padded and can fit virtually any head size. The coiled, single-sided cable provides a variable amount of slack and is resistant to tangles. It can also be detached for easy replacement, and has a bayonet clip to keep it securely attached to the earcup. The gold-plated 3.5mm mini plug and 1/4" adapter provide wide compatibility with MP3 players, CD players, computers, and more.

Ideal for professional applications such as studio monitoring or DJ mixing
Foldable design for easy transportation
Large neodymium drivers provide clear audio a wide frequency response
Swivel earcups for single-ear monitoring
Closed-back design for excellent noise isolation
Thick around-ear cushions provide long-lasting comfort and can be easily replaced
Adjustable, padded headband fits virtually any head size
Single-sided coiled cable provides a variable amount of slack and can be detached for easy replacement. A bayonet clip keeps the cable attached securely to the earcup
Gold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini plug with 1/4" adapter for wide compatibility
Carrying bag included
Type Around-Ear, Closed-Back, Dynamic
Frequency Range 5Hz - 25kHz
Impedance 44 Ohms
Sensitivity 102dB
Maximum Input Power 1000mW
Connectors Gold-Plated 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug with 1/4" Adapter
Cable Length 9.8' (3 m)
Weight 11.2 oz (318g)
Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones
  • Carrying Bag
  • 1/4" Adapter
  • Pair of Replacement Earpads
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    ShureSRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (8)
    • Easy to use (6)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (6)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Amateur recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    MMM MMM Good

    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...Read complete review

    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. He said he didn't like them for casual listening because they were too analytical and were not conducive to musical enjoyment. I only heard them briefly in NYC and thought that might be the case with extended use but boy were they comfortable to wear. Using my iphone I compared two Sennheisers models the HD 280 Pro and HD 380 Pro. I Preferred the HD 380 Pro, he then recommended I compare those with the Sure SR840 and SR440. My expectations were low. In years past my opinion of most of Shure's equipment was that it sounded muffled and unmusical. Lately though some of their stuff has impressed, so I gave them a listen. First up I chose some recordings that are overly bright and for me can easily cause the Bleeding Ear sensation. Musical detail is a wonderful thing but if you can only listen to a small population of well recorded music (because anything less requires pain killers) what's the point. The Shures presented the brightness but less aggravating so. Somehow these phones were able to dig into to the mix and find the bass line and provide a measure of musical balance more so then the Sennheisers. Next up I played some tunes that have exaggerated bass. These tunes cause lesser phones to turn to mud costing the song its musical flow and propulsion. The Shures didn't hide the big bass but I could easily distinguish the bass guitar from the bass drum and or bass synthesizer. Again the phones dug into the mix and presented the mid and treble information in a far more balanced and musical fashion then did the Sennheisers. On well recorded songs you could hear how well recorded the music was but not in a distracting way. The Sennheisers sounded more distant i.e. at what sounded like the same volume I would have to expend more energy to hear the music through the Sennheisers however the Shures were more relaxing making the music easier to enjoy, more accessible. Both Shure models are cut from the same sonic cloth having a very clear yet musical sound to them. However the SR840 were just more so and worth the price difference to me. Remember that this comparison was done using my iphone 4 to drive the phones. Introducing a headphone amp may have dramatically changed my preferences however I had no desire to lug an amp around with me. To my ears the iphone does not have the musicality of the ipods, so it was important to me that the new headphones were musical and easy to drive when plugged directly into the iphone. The Shures did that. At home the Shures sounded good out of the box and only got better with some break in time. They are comfortable for a closed back design and I can wear them for extended periods without getting sweaty. I actually have come to appreciate the coiled cord. It does not get tangled like straight cords. I have a fairly big head and the phones are at the end of their adjustment but still fit. On bigger heads it could be an issue.

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    hurt my head

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    5.0

    Another Superlative Product From Shure

    By Tom Davis

    from Chicagoland

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Balanced
    • Clear Sound
    • Detailed
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Listening
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

    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. Now, you pay your cover charge and step inside the club. This is the sensation the SRH840 headphones give you when you first hear them. Plus, the headphones are built like a brick doghouse. All of Shure's products are built to military spec, and these are no exception although they are as a result, rather bulky and heavy. I am extremely satisfied with the SRH840 headphones and recommend them without reservation. Check out "Electric Lady" by Janelle Monae for a superbly recorded and produced album. The SRH840s will make you say "Wow!"

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    5.0

    Multi-Platinum Producer with 30+ years

    By Burrell Brothers and B Wax South Records

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Get A Pro Mix
    • True To Ear
    • Very Accurate

    Cons

    • Needs A Hard Case

    Best Uses

    • Professional Mixing
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

    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. I'm never using my monitors for mixing again... just playback!

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    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    hurt my head

    By June

    from Massachusetts

    About Me Novice

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

          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.

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          5.0

          Excellent range, isolation

          By David

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

            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). They are comfortable to wear even with glasses, and I don't get bleed unless they're up very loud recording something quiet. I have used them in a professional studio as well (lower end models often don't have the impedance to match.)

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            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            i would certainly buy this product again

            By bill the flaneur

            from madison, wi

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Good value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Listening to music

              Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

              use these headphones to listen to classical music

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              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good overall

              By Dolande

              from Herndon, VA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Easy listening
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                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. On the sound the 940 definitively is brighter and more detailed on the mid to high frequencies but still very good on the low end. The 840 sounded as good as the 940 on the low end but not as detailed on the highs. Both have excellent sound and are very detailed in general so if you source is poor, you'll figure out pretty soon. At the end I chose the 940 because I preferred the highs and the added comfort. They both are excellent and I recommend listening to both.

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                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                best headphones ive had so far

                By jacenk

                from chicago

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                    great for a multi apartment place with thin walls

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Incredible

                    By IthacaDon

                    from Ithaca, NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound

                    Cons

                    • Bulky/Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                    I use the SRH840 on my computer and iPhone. The sound is incredible. I tested four other brands and these were the best. I don't miss the noise canceling audio-technica pair that broke after 2 years.

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Bulky but good sound/comfort

                    By tigerman

                    from New York

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Bulky/Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                    great sound quality and comfort but extremely bulky. will only be good in houses or studios where you are not planning on transporting them alot or wearing them on the go

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                    5.0

                    MMM MMM Good

                    By Ewe Again

                    from So Cal

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                        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. He said he didn't like them for casual listening because they were too analytical and were not conducive to musical enjoyment. I only heard them briefly in NYC and thought that might be the case with extended use but boy were they comfortable to wear. Using my iphone I compared two Sennheisers models the HD 280 Pro and HD 380 Pro. I Preferred the HD 380 Pro, he then recommended I compare those with the Sure SR840 and SR440. My expectations were low. In years past my opinion of most of Shure's equipment was that it sounded muffled and unmusical. Lately though some of their stuff has impressed, so I gave them a listen. First up I chose some recordings that are overly bright and for me can easily cause the Bleeding Ear sensation. Musical detail is a wonderful thing but if you can only listen to a small population of well recorded music (because anything less requires pain killers) what's the point. The Shures presented the brightness but less aggravating so. Somehow these phones were able to dig into to the mix and find the bass line and provide a measure of musical balance more so then the Sennheisers. Next up I played some tunes that have exaggerated bass. These tunes cause lesser phones to turn to mud costing the song its musical flow and propulsion. The Shures didn't hide the big bass but I could easily distinguish the bass guitar from the bass drum and or bass synthesizer. Again the phones dug into the mix and presented the mid and treble information in a far more balanced and musical fashion then did the Sennheisers. On well recorded songs you could hear how well recorded the music was but not in a distracting way. The Sennheisers sounded more distant i.e. at what sounded like the same volume I would have to expend more energy to hear the music through the Sennheisers however the Shures were more relaxing making the music easier to enjoy, more accessible. Both Shure models are cut from the same sonic cloth having a very clear yet musical sound to them. However the SR840 were just more so and worth the price difference to me. Remember that this comparison was done using my iphone 4 to drive the phones. Introducing a headphone amp may have dramatically changed my preferences however I had no desire to lug an amp around with me. To my ears the iphone does not have the musicality of the ipods, so it was important to me that the new headphones were musical and easy to drive when plugged directly into the iphone. The Shures did that. At home the Shures sounded good out of the box and only got better with some break in time. They are comfortable for a closed back design and I can wear them for extended periods without getting sweaty. I actually have come to appreciate the coiled cord. It does not get tangled like straight cords. I have a fairly big head and the phones are at the end of their adjustment but still fit. On bigger heads it could be an issue.

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                        5.0

                        Cannot be beat for the money

                        By Jim

                        from Indianapolis

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Build
                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Sound Quality

                        Cons

                        • The line is exposed

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Shure SRH840 Professional Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                        I use these for personal use. Sometimes with a computer, the hi-fi, iPod etc. I've had several sets of cans over the years and at this price point, I've never found anything as good. There is better for more money but there are worse at this point. They just sound great. I've not found anything I'd change besides the line being exposed on the phones. I'd have liked Shure to bury it in the plastic.

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