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Shure SRH840 Review – You Need One For Your Productions!

Looking around for a quality pair of headphones for your music production? Or just needing one for casual music listening? Either way, if you are surveying for a product that offers the best value for money, then you have come to the right place. In today’s Shure SRH840 review, I will show you why this product will be an excellent addition to your home studio!

Product OverviewSRH840

The SRH series of Professional Monitoring Headphones from Shure, are specially engineered for professional audio applications, and the SRH840 is no exception. Targeted towards serous music enthusiasts and experienced audio engineers, the SRH840 is specifically designed to meet professional studio recording applications and critical listening requirements.

Well known for its emphasis on achieving optimum sound transparency, the Shure SRH840 has a precisely tailored frequency response, that will provide the clarity you need to hear in your mixes. The overall construction of the SRH840 is also designed to be durable and rugged, but at the same time ensures the maximum listening comfort for the user.

Product Specifications

  • 40mm neodymium driver
  • Close-back, circumaural design
  • Adjustable, collapsible headband
  • Replaceable ear-cup pads
  • 3.0m coiled, detachable cable
  • Includes 1/4″ gold-plated adapter

Next, we will be looking at the various aspects of the SRH840, to see what makes it a quality product!

Precise Sound QualityHeadphones

If you plan to use headphones to mix your music projects, then the Shure SRH840 monitoring headphones will not disappoint. These headphones are optimized to have a transparent frequency response, that delivers rich bass, crystal clear mid-range, and extended highs. It is very important (for monitoring and mixing purposes) that your headphones will be able to reproduce a true representation of the original mix.

The SRH840 is designed with a 40mm neodymium driver that is specifically engineered to meet the rigorous demands of professional music productions and critical listening applications. Together with its closed-back circumaural construction that provides excellent isolation from other sound sources within a noisy environment, the SRH840 has become a trusted product among the pros.

Long-lasting ConstructionAdjustment

The SRH840 headphones are not just designed to sound great, but they are also built to withstand the rigours of everyday use. Its headband is constructed to be adjustable and collapsible, which provides excellent comfort and also allows you to fold it into a compact size for easy portability. This feature is crucial, especially for live sound engineers who Collapsible headphonescarry their monitoring headphones to every live event.

Another great feature of the Shure SRH840, is its replaceable ear-cup pads. After using headphones for a long time, the ear-cup pads will deteriorate in quality. Hence, being able to replace them is a huge advantage as it assures that the SRH840 will serve you for a long time. Furthermore, the stock ear-cup pads are built with memory foam, which enhances sound isolation and increases comfort.

Useful AccessoriesReplaceable cable

When you purchase the Shure SRH840 headphones, it comes with a few additional useful accessories. One of the more notable ones is the threaded 1/4″ gold-plated adapter, which you can attach to the default cable connector very easily and securely. This allows you to plug the SRH840 into any external audio monitoring device (audio interfaces, mixing consoles etc.) that has a 1/4″ phono jack.

Another valuable accessory is the carrying pouch, that will hold the SRH840 headphones securely, while protecting it when you are bringing it along on your travels. To make it even more convenient, the 3.0m coiled headphone cable is designed to be detachable, for easy storage into the carrying pouch. Other than portability, the cable also provides plenty of length, and allows for a possible replacement in the future.

Here’s a great video review on the Shure SRH840!

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High quality and transparent sound
  • Durable and rugged construction
  • Features that ensures long-lasting use
  • Additional 1/4″ Gold-Plated Adapter
  • Comes with a carrying pouch
  • Replaceable ear-cups and detachable coiled cable
  • Comfortable and portable design
  • Overall great value for an affordable price

Cons

  • The “memory foam” ear-cups may take a while to adapt to the listener’s head shape
  • Not the best noise isolation as compared to other non-noise cancelling headphones

ConclusionPrice

I have a ton of experience using the Shure SRH440 monitoring headphones (cheaper version of the SRH840), and they have served me very well, throughout my early years as an audio engineer.

I trust the frequency response of the headphones in the Shure SRH series, and they sure do withstand a lot of abuse, especially when I bring it out to mix live performances and outdoor shows.

Looking at all the enhanced features of the SRH840, together with the additional accessories that come with it, its really very hard to find a reason to not own it any time soon. Packaged in an affordable price, I believe it is a fantastic choice for budding audio engineers and producers out there, who are looking to start monitoring their music through headphones, instead of speakers. I definitely recommend this product!

Thanks for reading this review. Do leave comments or questions below, and share this article of you like!

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Farhan

When I'm not rocking out to great music, I'd prefer to be sleeping on a field on a windy day =)

6 Comments

  1. Also heard a lot of good things about these cans – one of the top choices at the moment for the price (apparently!).
    I’ve always liked the legendary Shure quality of build – you sort of get the feeling that their products will survive a nuclear war! Great review – I’ll keep an eye out for these!

    • Hey Chris!

      Thanks for dropping by. Always awesome to have a fellow audio practitioner chiming in on my work. Yeah, I have developed a strong trust in Shure products throughout the years as well, they just do not disappoint!

      Do come back for more articles!

  2. Great review on the Shure srh840 headset.

    When I look at the price, I see they are similar in price to Bose headphones. Would you say they are a better choice over Bose in the same price range?

    I know I really like the fact that your product comes with memory foam for the ears and one other question.

    By any chance do they create a wireless version and if they do, would they sound as good?

    • Hi Travis!

      I have to say that Bose makes good quality headphones for consumers. However, from my personal experience, a pair of Bose headphones (within the same price range) will never be able to compete with the Shure SRH840.

      Shure is a brand that is very well established in the world of professional audio, and for a very good reason. They have been under heavy scrutiny by many audio professionals that have come before me, and their quality up to this point is just unparalleled.

      Bose is more catered to the music enthusiast or the common everyday music lover. However, that is not to say they lack in quality. Unfortunately, the SRH840 does not have a wireless version (as with most pro audio headphones) in order to ensure that only the truest audio quality possible, will be heard.

      Bluetooth technology has come a long way, however, it still isn’t able to compete with conventional wired connection. Especially in the pro audio world, wired connections are considered to be a standard.

      Thanks for dropping by, and do return for future updates!

  3. Wow, I’ve been looking for a thorough review about pair of quality-headphones. It makes such a huge difference what you’re using to listen to your audio tracks.
    In one instance you could treat your ears well with some amazing stuff.. on the other hand, take a wrong step with hardware & you could get shocked & scared away from albums that otherwise would sound great.
    Don’t you think so?

    It also makes it all a lot better that those headphones offer best value for this amount of money. Saves a lot & gets us the best results. Thanks for pointing it out & sharing great deal with us!

    I really can’t stress enough how important is long lasting construction on headphones. Not pointing any fingers but many products simply give up after repetitive use because they’re not exactly being built that durable. So this is a very big deal for me!

    Thanks again!
    Regards,

    • Hello Henry!

      Yeah man, I couldn’t agree with you more. A decent pair of headphones are very affordable these days, hence, there is no excuse to not be able to experience good quality music!

      And yes, there is no substitute for good build quality that will last. A cost effective design is also something that a lot of manufacturers are investing on these days, as not everyone will be able to afford top-end, prestige quality audio hardware.

      I am glad that you like my review, do come back for more!

      Cheers =)

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