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Shure SRH840

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Voted 'Best Headphone of the Year' by a high-end lifestyle magazine, you'll enjoy a lovely laid-back session with your music in pleasant, mellow isolation with the SRH840. These full-size sealed cans provide a lush, accurately textured tonal presentation. The balanced bass response extending into liquid mid-ranges and non-sibilant upper highs make for a very easy, non-fatiguing listening experience. The SRH840 are ideal for all-day office use, or studio and pro audio work and are very comfortable to wear for extended periods. Easily replaceable earpads + cords ensures a long product life. Amongst best sealed headphones under $200! Sorry, all Shure products can only ship within USA due to manufacturer restrictions.

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Product Features:

  • Lushly detailed and 'warm' tone, an ideal headphone for all-day office listening
  • Folds for easy storage; replaceable cable + earpads for extended life
  • Terrific build quality & ergonomics by fine headphone fabricator
  • Comfortable cushioning without undue headband clamping force
  • Free 2-year 'repair or replace' Shure manufacturer's warranty
  • Detachable coiled cable included

What's In The Box:

  • Shure storage/carrying soft pouch
  • 1/4" stereo plug adaptor
  • 1 pair replacement earpads
  • Owner's manual


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Shure have been leading the in-ear headphone category for years but the SRH series marks their introduction to the world of full-size headphones. The Shure SRH840 model sports plush oversize earcups and a fully flexible headband design that may be most comfortable wearing experience in circumaural sealed headphones under $250. The bass reponse is definitely large and sonically pleasing but not overly thick or wooly and the upper highs extension is well-rendered and simple-sounding without acoustic coloration or harsh grain. We'd likely consider the 840 the 'warmer-toned' big brother model versus the lower-priced SRH440's slightly brighter and (perhaps) more technically neutral sonic signature. The SRH840 40mm drivers and dynamically fast neodymium magnet transducers are optimized for critical listening as well as studio or home monitoring applications and deliver a fun and engaging musical experience. Consider these headphones for both home/office and portable use; they're especially well-suited for pairing with a headphone amp for truly impressive clarity, full-range dynamics, and precise musical detail resolution.

The all-black Shure SRH840 headphones have a 9.5ft detachable cord and a handily collapsible construction for ease of transit & travel. The easily removeable 3 meter coiled cord terminates to a 1/8" [3.5mm] gold-plated mini-jack; a screw-on 1/4" full-size plug adapter is provided in the package. The large earcups are padded in a soft leather-type material that remains comfortable for long listening sessions and also easily withstands heavy-duty usage. As a nice plus, the SRH840 model thoughtfully includes an additional set of replacement earpads in the box. The SRH840's hinged earcups fold up & inward towards the adjustable sliding headband for collapsible storage or transit. The Shure headband design remains a marvel of slick engineering and appears both extremely flexible (comfortable!) and durably built for the long haul. A Shure soft-sided headphone travel pouch is provided. The free 2-year manufacturer's warranty is serviced exclusively by Shure Audio worldwide ONLY when proof-purchased from verified "100% Shure-authorized" heaphone dealers -- like us here at HeadRoom since 1992!


  • Sensitivity: 102 dB/mW
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Connector Type: 1/8
  • Isolation: -12dB ~-16dB
  • Weight: 317.5 grams w/o cord
  • Detachable Cable: Yes
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 44 Ohms
  • Cord Length: 10 ft. (3 m)
  • Cord Type: Coiled Left-Side
  • Coupler Size: Large
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Acoustic Seal: Closed

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Mental health the Headroom way.....
Posted by Danzspkrman from Victorville, Ca on 2012-06-13

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Quick articulate fast sound, especially with Microamp
Cons: None yet.

Just unpacked these today.....I haven't taken them off for 3 hours...still listening. I am amazed at the clarity and detial these reveal, especially with the Microamp.

I just keep wanted to going through our entire library of files to hear what I am missing....these are only MP3's. I could only imagine what a high res file would sound like on these. Our first impression is the sound is very articulate and fast without listener fatigue. The only Hi Fi rigs that even come close would be $20.000 speakers from Wilson or similar quality painstakingly matched with the finest electornics. Very laid back without being boring by any stretch of the term. I could see why this product was developed for the studio, It rocks...leaves nothing to hide, but yet does not have in-your-face soundstage. Very easy to listen too at just about any volume. Smartphones and I-pods will drive it, but will not do it justice commpared to adding the absolute lushness of the sound of the Microamp.

I originally fell in love with the seducive airy sound of the Sennheiser HD 650, and the Hi Fi man HE 500. Their sound is a bit more liquid focused, and lush, typical of an open back can, but for hundreds less, I find this headphone a stupid good buy.

This phone is little darker and not as liquid as the other two phones.The Sennheiser HD 598 is the only thing that even comes close in its price range is also an excellent choice but not quite as detialed and just slightly more forward airy sound stage. I find these headphones a valuable asset to any home stereo(VERY LAVISH ONE), or mixing board. If you want the seduction of almost electrostatic sound in an closed ear design, these would be hard to beat. They also remind me of well set up Magnapans as well....scary good. Like a set of Maggies, or Wilson's these headphone's abilities are showcased with the use of a quality amp. Not to play louder, but to reveal what they are capable of. If you want to enter the kalidascope of sound the artist intended, without anything added or lost....This is the one finest choices I have heard in a closed ear design.

Be forwarned, make sure you have NOTHING planned the day you unpack them.
Another warning...these will handle a full watt of power, enough power to drive these things to around 130db enough to destroy your ears in minutes. Best part, Nirvana is experienced on mere MILLAwatts.

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Balanced, Involving and Relaxing . . .
Posted by Smilin' Kev from Lake of Egypt, Illinois on 2012-02-04

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Revealing, but not edgy; exceptionally durable; seductively listenable; improves your posture!
Cons: Weight discourages slumpy listening position and head-bobbing.

I'm relatively new to the realm of higher quality headphones. I purchased the SRH840s from HeadRoom on the basis of several reviews that seemed to place it as the next step up the ladder from the first headphone with which I fell in love: the Sony MDR-V6s (which I also purchased from HeadRoom). It seems to me that those reviews were correct. I find that the SHR840s offer the same general balance, vibrancy and detail-oriented listening experience as the MDR-V6s, but they move me further in each direction pointed out by the less expensive Sony model.

I use the SHR840s to listen to CDs via a TEAC CD-650 that feeds a HeadRoom Total AirHead amp (for now, but there's a Micro Amp in my future, for sure!). I've listened to everything from a cappella doo-wop to classical and contemporary orchestral pieces, but most of my time has been spent somewhere in between. For example, yesterday's "playlist" included "The Best of Marc Cohn," "The Allman Brothers Second Set," and the whiz-bang fun of a whole disc of remixes of Lady GaGa's "Bad Romance." Regardless of the kind of music that I feed them, the SRH840s produce a "total immersion" listening experience in which any sense of wearing headphones rapidly disappears - and I'm front-and-center before a believably wide soundstage in which individual instruments and performers are crisply defined and layered, but allowed to interact and overlap in a natural manner.

There's nothing missing from these headphones, as far as I'm concerned, I'm not a fan of bass-heavy headphones and I'm admittedly seduced by the kind of detail that I've learned to call "analytical." However, the SRH840s have excellent extension and power into the lower reaches of the audio spectrum - and the wonderful level of detail they can extract is never presented as anything dry or clinical.

The only limitation to the SRH840s, in my experience, is their sheer weight. As a result, I've deducted one star from the "Comfort" category. They are NOT uncomfortable and - as I noted above - the sensation of their weight rapidly disappears after you don them. However, any time I tip my head more than a little bit off center of a perfect point of balance over my neck, shoulders and spine, I'm jerked back to awareness that I'm balancing a bag of sugar atop my noggin! And forget about bobbing to the music, since it will make you involuntarily get your hands ready to catch all the weight that feels like it's going to plummet into your lap. This sensation may lessen as I spend more days, weeks, months, and years with the SRH840s - especially since they are, in fact, not going to fall off my head unless I jump up and down violently (e.g., these would not be good "mosh pit" headphones). They are very easy to adjust; they seal well and shut out a commendable level of background noise; and they clamp tightly enough to remain in place through almost anything. And I can wear them for several hours without any discomfort of any kind . . . as long as I practice "good posture."

Perhaps the best indicator of my overall regard for the SRH840s is that I don't find myself wanting to try to find anything better in a full-size sealed headphone. Although I definitely don't have "golden ears," the SRH840s let my "copper ears" hear and enjoy more in the music I own than I ever imagined was possible. I've kept my Sony MDR-V6 headphones around for the times when I want to bob, weave and dance the "hand jive" while I listen to tunes, but the SRH840s will be on my head the rest of the time.

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From excellent sound to comfy ears in the winter
Posted by vroepvroep from Netherlands on 2012-01-19

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Ultimate value for money, Sound quality, neutrality, comfortable, durability
Cons: Leaking portability

+ Value: These headphones are of such quality, you'll have to pay at least double (if not more) if you want a pair of cans that sound better than these.
+ Sound quality: This is is actually so good, I prefer them over my monitors. They show a wide variety of tone color, are very dynamic, and just sound awesome with any music style, wether is is Classical, or rock, it doesn't matter for these cans; everything is just as clear and distinct. Highs are clear and crisp, without being harsh. Low's are very warm and precise at the same time. The mid's... well, are just both.
+ Neutrality: Aside of great music listening cans, they are also great reference headphones; the cans don't overpower any music aspect, low's mid's and highs are just in perfect harmony. The music as it was meant to be.
+ Comfortable: Some people mention that these headphones are fairly heavy. This may be so, but the ultra-comfy headband and cans make up for the weight. At times I have them on like 3-4 hours nonstop, without a single ache, and as an additional con, you get warm ears in the winter.
+ Durability: despite their little capricious first-impression concerning durability, they actually make up to be very durable. The parts like ear pads and cable are all very easily replaced, which makes them immortal so to speak. The lesser first-impression was actually because the headphones are really easy to bend, but this turned out to be the geeky function of folding them, for easy transportation.

- Portability: no, these cans are certainly not for on-the-go use. When walking they may fall off, because they don't grip too tightly to the head, which is a good thing talking about comfort. Besides, especially when you have an above-avarge sized head like me, the headband makes kind of a square shape, which doesn't look too charming; so, restrict them to indoor use, wouldn't want them to expose to harsh weather anyway! ;)

If you are searching for the best value, sound quality which is worth double the price, excellent comfort, and great reference headphones, these are for you.

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