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Designed for professional audio engineers and musicians, the SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones from Shure are optimized for studio recording and critical listening. A precisely tailored freque... Click To Read More About This Product

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Designed for professional audio engineers and musicians, the SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones from Shure are optimized for studio recording and critical listening. A precisely tailored frequency response and 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers combine with total comfort and durability to provide the ultimate listening experience. The replaceable cable and included set of replacement ear pads ensure a long-lasting lifetime of use.

Features
  • Precisely tailored frequency response delivers rich bass, clear mid-range and extended highs.
  • Wide, padded headband provides ergonomic fit for superior comfort over extended periods
  • Closed-back, circumaural design rests comfortably over the ears and reduces background noise
  • Collapsible design for easy storage and portability.
  • Legendary Shure quality to withstand the rigors of everyday use
  • Bayonet Clip securely locks cable into ear cup
  • Replaceable ear cup pads included to ensure long product life
  • 3m (10ft) coiled detachable cable provides plenty of length and easy storage and replacement
  • Carrying bag protects headphones when on the go or not in use
Specifications
  • Transducer type: Dynamic neodymium magnet
    Driver size: 40mm
    Sensitivity (1kHz): 102 dB/mW
    Impedance (1kHz): 44Ohms
    Max. input power (1kHz): 1000mW
    Frequency range: 5Hz - 25kHz
    Net weight (without cable): 0.7lb. (317.5g)
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One year warranty on wireless mics, mixers, and circuitry products.
2 year warranty on wired mics.
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ShureSRH840 Studio Headphones
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best in the price range

After trying several pairs, these are the best in the price range! As far as construction, they have an indestructible headband and all the important parts are replaceable, making them long lasting....Read complete review

After trying several pairs, these are the best in the price range! As far as construction, they have an indestructible headband and all the important parts are replaceable, making them long lasting. They're a bit on the heavy side, but not so heavy that they get uncomfortable. I've worn them for several hours with no discomfort or fatigue. The padded headband and super-soft ear pads help with that a lot. The sound quality of these cans are great! The lows are a bit less powerful than other price-comparable headphones, but not so low as to be lacking. The frequencies are very balanced. In the mids, the SRH840s really shine. They are much more responsive than other phones and it really shows in critical listening. They may not be best for monitoring, but they'll make your music sound GREAT. After 10000 Hz, there's a bit of a drop to quieter than most, but once again still enough response to sound wonderful. You're not missing out on any subtleties in the music, you will hear everything! All in all, these are great headphones. Not the best for monitoring due to a bouncy response curve, but great sounding and the most comfortable thing to wear out there. Shure quality, sound and design really show.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not worth the money.

I got these headphones a little over 3 weeks ago as a replacement pair of studio monitors because I had finally managed to break my pair of Sony HD's. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the...Read complete review

I got these headphones a little over 3 weeks ago as a replacement pair of studio monitors because I had finally managed to break my pair of Sony HD's. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the exact model because Sony had stopped manufacturing them, so I decided to go with a different name brand. I'm a big fan of Shure's mics, so I decided to go with their headphones.

The first thing I noticed about these headphones was the nice packaging and sturdy build quality. These headphones are probably the strongest pair I've used so far. It comes with it's own detachable cable, replacement ear pads, 1/8"-1/4" adapter and leather pouch. So far, off to a good start.

I plugged these monitors into my PC and started listening to music to test their range and I was immediately disappointed. The lows were overwhelming, making bass drums sound like they were being played in massive rock caves, the guitars being barely audible, and overall making everything I listened to sounding like amateur hour.

When I bought these, I reviewed the spec's and fully understood that I would not be getting the treble range that I was looking for, (the freq range of these is 5hz-25khz as compared to my previous pair of Sony's which had a range of 5hz-80khz, and were also cheaper.) but these are severely lacking the high mid freq's/ultra high freq's that you want in a pair of studio headphones. If you want to 'monitor' the idea of how music will sound with these headphones, you need to run some sort of eq to boost the high ends.

Or maybe it's just personal preference, I don't know. I feel like these don't accurately represent the sound of how things sound through other sound systems, or maybe I'm just used to other monitors/systems. The best way I can describe these is imagine taking a set of powered speakers, duct taping them over your ears, and just letting them sit like that. Which actually segue's really nicely into my next complaint with these!

These things hurt if you wear them for too long. There isn't enough space for your ears, so the pads tend to press down slightly on the outside of your ears. It's not like 'on the ear headphones' kind of bad, but if you're looking to do extended audio sessions of any kind, these will frustrate and hurt you.

The only other positive thing about this I can think of is that these are surprisingly noise cancelling, which makes for a decent pair of drum or live headphones.

Overall, I'm severely disappointed in Shure's product. Unfortunately, you do pay for a name brand, and for the price these are definitely not worth it. If you're looking for a pair of good studio monitors, aim higher, look at the freq response range, wider is better, name brands don't matter. If you're looking for good live headphones, aim lower. You don't need all the fancy lows and highs of studio monitors, anything with 20hz-20khz will be fine.

These make for a nice backup, but I'll still be looking for a good, solid pair of nice monitors for a replacement of my old reliables, and I don't think I'll be looking at Shure's product line for headphones in the future.

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(1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not worth the money.

By Noodle

from South Burlington, VT

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy
  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

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

Comments about Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones:

I got these headphones a little over 3 weeks ago as a replacement pair of studio monitors because I had finally managed to break my pair of Sony HD's. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the exact model because Sony had stopped manufacturing them, so I decided to go with a different name brand. I'm a big fan of Shure's mics, so I decided to go with their headphones.

The first thing I noticed about these headphones was the nice packaging and sturdy build quality. These headphones are probably the strongest pair I've used so far. It comes with it's own detachable cable, replacement ear pads, 1/8"-1/4" adapter and leather pouch. So far, off to a good start.

I plugged these monitors into my PC and started listening to music to test their range and I was immediately disappointed. The lows were overwhelming, making bass drums sound like they were being played in massive rock caves, the guitars being barely audible, and overall making everything I listened to sounding like amateur hour.

When I bought these, I reviewed the spec's and fully understood that I would not be getting the treble range that I was looking for, (the freq range of these is 5hz-25khz as compared to my previous pair of Sony's which had a range of 5hz-80khz, and were also cheaper.) but these are severely lacking the high mid freq's/ultra high freq's that you want in a pair of studio headphones. If you want to 'monitor' the idea of how music will sound with these headphones, you need to run some sort of eq to boost the high ends.

Or maybe it's just personal preference, I don't know. I feel like these don't accurately represent the sound of how things sound through other sound systems, or maybe I'm just used to other monitors/systems. The best way I can describe these is imagine taking a set of powered speakers, duct taping them over your ears, and just letting them sit like that. Which actually segue's really nicely into my next complaint with these!

These things hurt if you wear them for too long. There isn't enough space for your ears, so the pads tend to press down slightly on the outside of your ears. It's not like 'on the ear headphones' kind of bad, but if you're looking to do extended audio sessions of any kind, these will frustrate and hurt you.

The only other positive thing about this I can think of is that these are surprisingly noise cancelling, which makes for a decent pair of drum or live headphones.

Overall, I'm severely disappointed in Shure's product. Unfortunately, you do pay for a name brand, and for the price these are definitely not worth it. If you're looking for a pair of good studio monitors, aim higher, look at the freq response range, wider is better, name brands don't matter. If you're looking for good live headphones, aim lower. You don't need all the fancy lows and highs of studio monitors, anything with 20hz-20khz will be fine.

These make for a nice backup, but I'll still be looking for a good, solid pair of nice monitors for a replacement of my old reliables, and I don't think I'll be looking at Shure's product line for headphones in the future.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great cans

By MarkInTheGardens

from Florida

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Removable Cord A Plus

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • Critical Listening
  • Home Studio
  • Mixdown
  • Mobile DJ
  • Monitoring

Comments about Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones:

Added these cans as an upgrade from similar headphones from another maker. The street price for these is about double my previous set but the sound is several times better. Its a treat to get new, higher quality monitors or headphones because I always hear things I missed before. These do not disappoint. Excellent clarity. Highs are present without being strident. Lows are well controlled and the mids are spot on. I've been using Shure products for more than 40 years and they always make high quality, "bullet proof" gear. I expect these headphones to be no different.

 
5.0

Bring great sound into your home

By Tiger

from Delray Beach Fl.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Great Clear And Natural

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones:

Close your eyes and appriciate the great quaility of any music performance almost as it was live.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Followup on Previous Review

By Sacalait

from South Louisiana

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Awesom Customer Support
  • Clear Sound
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones:

    Everything I said earlier is true.

    Fast forward 18 months later... I had a client that came in for a voice-over session. I couldn't see him at the mic and he told me at one point "man, I think these headphones are broken." So I walked into the soundbooth and sure enough- one side is broken totally off- at the adjustable part of the headband. They were totally useless. I thought this guy had manhandled them but couldn't know for sure. I came close to throwing them away but decided- on a whim- to send them to Shure. They REPLACED THEM WITH A BRAND NEW SET! So I give two thumbs up and 5 stars for customer service! I will buy a couple more of these 840's because I like them that much! - and so do my clients!

    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Could of done better

    By Wolfgang

    from So. Mexifornia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones:

    [*]Plastic clip on the left side keeps falling down and the head band came apart. The sound isn't bad but I would not want to use in a professional environment.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Top Of The Line!!!

    By Phia Vang

    from St. Paul

    Comments about Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones:

    Everything is perfect!!! Mid, high, and bass are so natural, overall, it beat others as I've spent a good 2 hrs trying many other brand from the best to the least best, and this is the perfect headset to do anything in the studio. You won't be disappointed and shouldn't spent anytime wasting to listen and comparing the different between others as I've done it already. I've been producing, mixing, mastering, recording, and working with music in my studio for a good 10 years, and decided to upgrade, and this is what I've chose. Bought two of them and won't regret anything about it. I've chose them over my sony mdr, audio technica, seinheiser, and AKG. None of those are comparable to these. Trust me, you will have the same decision.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    a tank build and perfect sound, my favorite headphone now.

    By Josh Vincent

    from fillmore ca

    Comments about Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones:

    I always have been searching for that perfect sound. To reproduce every song in my collection with near perfect accuracy. Sony v6 fell short, so did my AKG K701, as well as all my sennheisers. 1: construction. These headphones are built, and i mean solid, these actually feel like a professional piece of equipment. Everything seems well made and putting them on and taking them off there is no creaking none at all. They are made of plastic but very sturdy plastic. 2: comfort. Due to the very solid build these headphones are heavy, but they are very comfortable, not quite as comfortable as say audio technica ad700's or the akg k701s but Ive had them on for 6 hours straight and had no fatigue. The headband is very thick and very well padded and rests on the head very comfortably, and that plus the well padded earpads disperse the weight very well. The earpads are made with faux leather and rest nicely on the head they dont seem to heat up my ears or put too much pressure. 3: Sound. Shure really has this one done right. The lows are deep, and punchy. The mids are crisp and clean not muddy or drowned out, and the highs are crystal clear. The soundstage is as expansive as the song is designed to be. Songs like steppenwolf born to be wild is presented in pure stereo, nicely reproduced every drum beat ever cymbol crash is heard with perfection, every guitar riff, every vocal perfectly represented. I heard things ive never heard before. Nightwish's ghost love score expanded the soundstage, and Tarja's voice finally didnt sound muddied or tinny. Lloyd's get it shawty was done very well on the srh840's, and surprised me. The bass was thumping, and did not overpower was just right. These headphones produce sound that is natural, uncolored and balanced. You hear every bit of what the song has, but also with bad recordings they pick out defects, you literally hear everything so i recommend good quality mp3s flac or aac, or what ever format because any compression flaws will be picked up by these. Which is not a bad thing, it just shows what great detail and definition these reproduce. They can be easily powered by ipod or smartphones, and sound great, even producing bass that can be felt where others seem to strain. Use a headphone amp and they sound even better. 4: the box contents: the srh840s come in a nice box with a ok faux carry bag, and a removable coil cord, which makes replacing the cord if your cat chews on it easy, its a bayonet mount and removes and installs easily. They also include spare earpads which was a surprising bonus. Conclusion: These are amazing headphones with sound and quality worth much more than their msrp. Long lasting build quality, and very good comfort, with excellent sound thats easy to power. Im very very happy and found my perfect jam partner. I highly recommend these headphones

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    All Pro!

    By Sacalait

    from South Louisiana

    Comments about Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones:

    I'm not giving a "10" because there are headphones that cost a lot more. But for the buck these are worth every dollar.
    Didn't give it a "10" because there are headphones that cost quite a bit... so I'd have to guess those would be 'better'. But after using these for a couple of months I'm thoroughly satisfied with how they perform. I'm a full-time producer. The Song 7506's have been my 'goto' tracking headphones for most artsts because they dig how 'bright but not harsh' they are. These are certainly not as bright but more balanced across the spectrum. I've worn these early in the morning for a couple of hours to get into the subtleties of a mix. Later in the day listening through monitors I find I was doing things right! They're comfortable and non-fatiguing. I'm using these for all the tracking with my artists.
    Great build quality. An extra pair of ear pads is cool although I hope (like the 7506's) I wont need to replace them but every 8 years or so... (I gotta give props to the Sonys... I've used and abused these things and after replacing the earpads they still SOUND brand new and now look brand new!...)
    A very good value. As you can read I'm a fan of the Sony cans too but these are a step above for about twice the price. ...and worth it.

    (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best in the price range

    By Eric

    from Topeka, KS

    Comments about Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones:

    After trying several pairs, these are the best in the price range! As far as construction, they have an indestructible headband and all the important parts are replaceable, making them long lasting. They're a bit on the heavy side, but not so heavy that they get uncomfortable. I've worn them for several hours with no discomfort or fatigue. The padded headband and super-soft ear pads help with that a lot. The sound quality of these cans are great! The lows are a bit less powerful than other price-comparable headphones, but not so low as to be lacking. The frequencies are very balanced. In the mids, the SRH840s really shine. They are much more responsive than other phones and it really shows in critical listening. They may not be best for monitoring, but they'll make your music sound GREAT. After 10000 Hz, there's a bit of a drop to quieter than most, but once again still enough response to sound wonderful. You're not missing out on any subtleties in the music, you will hear everything! All in all, these are great headphones. Not the best for monitoring due to a bouncy response curve, but great sounding and the most comfortable thing to wear out there. Shure quality, sound and design really show.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Cans in the Price Range!

    By Eric-R__uW

    from Topeka, KS

    Comments about Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones:

    As far as construction, they have an indestructible headband and all the important parts are replaceable, making them long lasting. They're a bit on the heavy side, but not so heavy that they get uncomfortable. I've worn them for several hours with no discomfort or fatigue. The padded headband and super-soft ear pads help with that a lot.The sound quality of these cans are great! The lows are a bit less powerful than other price-comparable headphones, but not so low as to be lacking. The frequencies are very balanced. In the mids, the SRH840s really shine. They are much more responsive than other phones and it really shows in critical listening. They may not be best for monitoring, but they'll make your music sound GREAT. After 10000 Hz, there's a bit of a drop to quieter than most, but once again still enough response to sound wonderful. You're not missing out on any subtleties in the music, you will hear everything!

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