PLEASE DO NOT VOTE COLD BECAUSE YOU THINK HEADPHONES ARN'T WORTH THIS MUCH / YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THESE ARE FOR!
Brand new professional monitoring headphones from Shure! These RRP for £200, and are the cheapest I could find :-)
The SRH840 is Shure's reference studio headphone, specifically engineered for critical listening and professional recording. With its precisely tailored frequency response it delivers accurate sound reproduction in demanding studio applications
Precisely tailored frequency response: rich bass, clear mids, extended highs
Closed-back, circumaural design: optimal sound isolation
Adjustable and wide, padded headband: superior comfort over extended periods
Collapsible design: easy storage and portability
Detachable, single-sided coiled cable: easy cable replacement
Threaded 6,3 mm gold-plated adapter
Carrying bag and additional pair of earpads included
The only hands-on review is from a head-fi.org member who got a sneak peak:
Most importantly, how does the SRH840 sound? It sounds like something SHURE's Matt Engstrom had his hands and ears on, which is a very good thing. For those of you who don't know Engstrom, he's not just a musician or the Category Manager for Listening Products at SHURE--he's also one of us, and has a great pair of ears. When I listened to the SRH840 for the first time, I knew he was involved with it, even before Engstrom confirmed it to me.
The SRH840's deep bass extension and slam is everything you'd expect from good closed headphones, but still very detailed and controlled. Though bass is north of neutral, it never strikes me as overbearing, being much better damped than Ultrasone's PRO 900, with even more accuracy down low than Ultrasone's very expensive Edition 9 (which is another of my few favorite closed headphones). The SRH840's midrange is fuller than Sennheiser's new HD 380 Pro, and is simply a better headphone than Sennheiser's latest pro audio entry. Full though it is, I wouldn't call the SRH840's midband bloomy, which, for what it is, is just how I'd want it. There was obviously some effort made to make sure the SRH840's treble has sparkle, something not often associated (by me anyway) with closed headphones. The SRH840 actually reminds me of the SHURE's own SE530 in-ear monitor, but with sparklier treble--fuller than neutral, but still with excellent detail. It's also like the SE530 in that it has very good passive isolation, blocking out the world very well, and just about completely so when any music is playing.
Don't let the SRH840's pro audio roots and appearance trick you into thinking it's not an audiophile-type headphone, as it most certainly is, to these ears. I don't often use closed headphones to listen to delicate chamber music, but am perfectly comfortable doing so with the SRH840. In fact, at this moment, I'm actually listening to the SRH840, being fed by the Lavry DA11 DAC and Ray Samuels Audio Apache headphone amp, playing a Mozart Minuet recording by Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields Chamber Ensemble. The new SHURE does the more gossamery stuff very well, which I'm not apt to say about closed headphones in general.
What criticisms do I have about the SCH840's sound? Well, it's a closed headphone, and I'm definitely more of an open headphone kind of guy. It has good soundstaging for a closed headphone, but, of course, it's simply not as open and free sounding as an open headphone. So far, no closed headphone has been able to pull me away from my preference for open headphones, and that hasn't changed. That said, the SHURE SRH840 is currently the only closed headphone in my main rig (that isn't a custom in-ear monitor), and it scales well, moving from portable rigs to high-end desktop rigs adeptly.