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Shure SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones

You Pay: $299.99
Product Highlights
  • Lightweight, Ergonomic Construction
  • Collapsible Design
  • 40mm Neodymium Drivers
  • Closed-Back Earcups
  • Around-Ear Velour Cushions
  • Adjustable, Padded Headband
  • Coiled and Straight Detachable Cables
  • Gold-Plated 3.5mm Plug with 1/4" Adapter
  • Hard Travel Case Included

The SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones from Shure provide accurate audio, ideal for recording and mixing applications. The headphones use 40mm neodymium drivers to deliver an accurate frequency response with deep bass, smooth high end, and excellent transient response with minimal distortion.

The headphones have a lightweight and ergonomic design with replaceable around-ear velour cushions and an adjustable, padded headband for long lasting comfort. The closed-back earcup design and thick cushions also help to block out unwanted ambient noise.

A set of 2 detachable, single-sided OFC cables are included; one straight and one coiled for flexible wearing options and easy replacement. The cables provide excellent signal clarity and have secure bayonet clips to securely lock into the earcup. Each cable has a gold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini plug, and a threaded 1/4" adapter is included for additional compatibility. The headphones feature a collapsible design with swivel earcups for convenient storage in the included hard travel case.

Stylish and durable design, ideal for professional use
The 40mm neodymium drivers deliver an accurate frequency response with deep bass, smooth high end, and excellent transient response with minimal distortion
The lightweight and ergonomic design provides lasting comfort, thanks to the replaceable around-ear velour cushions and adjustable, padded headband
The closed-back earcup design and thick cushions help to block out unwanted ambient noise
A pair of detachable, single-sided OFC cables (1 straight, 1 coiled) are provided for flexible wearing options and easy replacement. The cables provide excellent signal clarity and have secure bayonet clips to securely lock into the earcup
Each cable has a gold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini plug for wide compatibility with a variety of audio devices. A threaded 1/4" adapter is included for connecting to pro-level equipment
The headphones feature a collapsible design with 90° swivel earcups for convenient storage and portability in the included zippered hard travel case
Type Around-Ear, Closed-Back, Dynamic
Frequency Range 5Hz - 30kHz
Impedance 42 Ohms
Sensitivity 100dB
Maximum Input Power 1000mW
Connectors Gold-Plated 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug with Threaded 1/4" Adapter
Cable Length Coiled: 9.84' (3 m)
Straight: 8.2' (2.5 m)
Weight 11 oz (320g) (Without Cable)
Shure SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones
  • Straight Cable
  • Coiled Cable
  • Threaded 1/4" Adapter
  • Pair of Replacement Ear Cushions
  • Hard Storage Case
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    ShureSRH940 Professional Reference Headphones
     
    4.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (4)
      • Professional recording (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
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      5.0

      Amazing Sound

      By Taylor

      from B'ham, AL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Shure SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones:

        As always. H&H provides a superior product with superior service.

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        5.0

        Great headphones for audio editing

        By Dan

        from MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Shure SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones:

          Very clear, makes it easy to edit audio files

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great monitors

          By David N

          from Melbourne, Australia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Shure SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones:

            Very comfy full sized headphones. It provides decent isolation and great details and is very neutral. Frequency range is very wide giving nice treble as well as bass details. Slightly less upper bass compared with srh440 and srh840 but the extra detail made me want to listen to my music all over again.

            The angled oval earcups provide much better fit and isolation then round cups like the srh550 and srh750, especially for average to small head. The Audio Technica A900 felt really lose and leaky by comparison while is also a very sounding headphones.

            Sales assistant tells me they are not on display for trialling because people do break them. Mine don't feel fragile but they do make a little crackling sound when being twisted. I intend to use them indoors so I think they'll be alright. Love the fact that the cable is only one sided and no tiny cable to each can like the srh440 and srh840, they are hidden inside.

            Velour pads are definitely very good. Not sure how to clean them but an extra pair is provided out of the box. Comes with coiled as well as straight cable. The case Is huge which makes it less portable. But it is very nicely made although I wish the pullers are slightly bigger hence stronger.

            Arguably not as pretty as some others but if sound is what you are after, you can't go wrong with them.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very good indeed

            By Dolande

            from Herndon, VA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Excellent Sound
            • Goodies
            • Great case
            • Low Distortion

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Shure SRH940 Professional Reference 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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              (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Shure SRH-940 Stereo Headphone

              By Dale

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Shure SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones:

                The Shure SRH-940 compares favorably to the Sennheiser HD-800, which costs five times as much on average as the SRH-940. The differences between the SRH-940 and the HD-800 are subtle at most over the entire spectrum. The HD-800 has a very slight edge in clarity of upper harmonics, and I don't know if that's due to superior driver design and manufacture, or whether it could be due to the placement of the larger HD-800 drivers in their large earcups and the sense of extra spaciousness which that creates. Either way it's not a difference that jumps out at me when switching between the two (each connected to an iPod Touch latest model playing the same tracks, and with the volumes set so they sound equally loud on most tracks) - you have to listen for the difference.The bass sounds the same to me with each headphone, and I compared them closely with tracks that have heavy, medium, and light bass. Besides the tracks listed below, bass-centric tracks include Donald Fagen - Morph The Cat, Afro-Celt Sound System - Inion Daughter, Medieval Babes - Isabella, and Pink Floyd - Speak To Me.The midrange differences are also subtle, with the HD-800 sounding slightly more open or airy, but again that may be due to the ambience the HD-800 adds by projecting its sound into those large earcups. My sense of the difference in balance is that the SRH-940 is up approximately 1 to 2 db compared to the HD-800 around 300 to 600 hz (my guess), and down about the same amount around 3 to 7 khz.Many of the SRH-940 reviews I've read talk about it being "analytical", "bright", or even sibilant on the high end. It doesn't sound that way to me. As best I remember the sound of the Sennheiser HD-600 and HD-650 (which I no longer have), the SRH-940 is very similar, very smooth and more-or-less neutral sounding, which may sound bland to people who expect more "punch" or other such things that grab your attention. If you have well-recorded music tracks with concussive bass, punchy mids, sparkly highs or other such qualities in them, the SRH-940 will reproduce those with their proper flavor and proportion. You won't miss anything.Caveats: 1) Some of my music tracks have moments of excessive brightness or sibilance with the SRH-940, so rather than try to guess whether it's the headphones or the music, I rely on comparisons to other headphones that I have to tell me whether the SRH-940 is worse, better, or the same. 2) My experience using the iPod Touch -vs- using various headphone amps is that the amps make a very subtle difference in the sound. People who report large differences are very likely experiencing impedance or phase problems due to any number of factors. If you use a headphone amp or something similar, test it first or make sure you can return it (or the headphones) if it doesn't work out.The only other headphone I compared the SRH-940 to (a very brief listen) is the B&W P5. The P5 sounds slightly hollow compared to the SRH-940, it sounds somewhat muffled on the high end, and sounds a little bit weak in the deep bass. Given that the P5 and SRH-940 sell for about the same price, and that the SRH-940 wins in sound quality on all counts (in my opinion), I'd say that the P5's advantage is smaller size and better portability.The SRH-940 will play at reasonable volume levels with portable devices such as most cellphones, iPods and so on. The straight cord feels strong enough to withstand some abuse, and with the earcups pulled all the way down and rotated against my chest, I can have the headphone around my neck all day long without it getting in my way when I'm not listening to it. It also comes with a coiled cord. Neither cord has an angled plug unfortunately. The other good news with the cord is that it's detachable. The other less-than-good news is that the detachable end is partially proprietary. The detachable plug is a standard sub-mini plug (next size smaller than a 1/8 inch mini-plug), but the plastic fitting behind that plug locks into the jack on the earcup in a way that would require DIY'ers to take the earcup apart if they want to use a different cable without the proprietary connector.The earcups of the SRH-940 completely surround my ears, and it's a close fit. The internal space for ears in each oval earcup measure 2-5/8 by 1-7/8 inches. I find the fit very comfortable, but people with much larger ears may feel very cramped. The carrycase that comes with the SRH-940 is fairly large, and would take up a lot of space in a carry-on bag for airline travel. If this is your situation, I'd recommend carrying the SRH-940 around your neck when boarding, or just wrap it in something thin to place in a suitcase, to give it minimal protection. The entire headphone seems to be plastic except for the velour earpads, and Made In China means they optimized the SRH-940 for lowest production cost. The good news is that it seems to be very well made, and given the sound quality, a real bargain at the usual prices. Isolation from external sounds is good even when not playing music. When playing music, I can't hear the telephone ring from 3 feet away, and the ringer is the old-fashioned kind - very attention-getting.In addition to the pop music tracks listed below, which I used mainly for detecting weaknesses or other problems with the sound, I played a wide variety of genres (Jazz, Diana Krall, Bill Evans Trio; Bach organ, Biggs; Beethoven 9th, Solti CSO; Chopin, Moravec; Reggae, Marley, Tosh; Country, Haggard, Yoakam; Verdi, Domingo; Sinatra and Bennett; Punk, Germs, Fear, Sid Vicious, Social Distortion; Medieval, Madrigali, Medieval Babes; Trance, Mylene Farmer, etc.)The following are some of the music tracks I tested with, and the main features I listened for with those tracks:Blues Project - Caress Me Baby (piercing guitar sound, handled well).Cocteau Twins - Carolyn's Fingers (guitar string detail and quality, excellent).Commodores - Night Shift (bass detail, excellent).Germs - Forming (raw garage sound, good).Lick The Tins - Can't Help Falling In Love (tin whistle, very clear and clean).Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side (bass impact, good; detail excellent).REM - Radio Free Europe (drum impact, very good).Rolling Stones - She's So Cold (bass impact and guitar sound, very good).U2 - With Or Without You (bass boom/high-pitched instruments/sibilants, handled well).Van Morrison - Into The Mystic (bass, moderate).Who - Bargain (voice trailing off: "best I ever had", very good vocal harmonics).

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                3.0

                Had to return

                By ferris646

                from New York, NY.

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Shure SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones:

                They sounded good but had to return because they made my ears itch.

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