Shure SRH940 Headphones

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Customer Ratings
Our Ratings
Overall Rating
Comfort & Fit
Noise Isolation
Build Quality
Bass - Lows
Vocals - Mids
Treble - Highs
Customer Ratings
Our Ratings
Overall Rating
Comfort & Fit
Noise Isolation
Build Quality
Bass - Lows
Vocals - Mids
Treble - Highs

Overview

Shure SRH940 Headphones


The premium SRH940 reference headphones are designed for critical listening, studio monitoring and mastering.

Features

  • Accurate frequency response delivers tight bass and smooth, high-end extension, with minimal distortion
  • Lightweight, ergonomic fit with premium padded headband for comfortable, extended wear
  • Collapsible design with 90-degree swivel ear cups for easy storage and portability
  • Replacement set of velour ear pads included for long product life

HIGHLIGHTS

  • For critical listening and studio mastering
  • Tight bass, smooth high-end extension
  • Most comfortable headband tested
  • 2 Year Warranty with ES Invoice
  • Collapsible design w/ 90-degree swivel ear cups
  • Extreme comfort
  • Replacement set of velour ear pads included
  • Coiled and straight cables included

Specifications

SRH940 Specifications

SRH940 Specs
  • Driver size: 40mm
  • Frequency Range: 5Hz - 30kHz
  • Closed-back design
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB
  • Impedance: 42 Ohms
  • Input Power: 1000 mW
  • Replaceable ear pads
  • Straight Cable Length: 1.4 meters (4.5 ft) detachable
  • Coiled Cable Length: 3 meters (9.84 ft) detachable
  • Collapsible

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OVERALL

10 out of 10 (100%) reviewers recommend this product

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Nickname
Zach
Summary
Classy Sounding Cans
Location
Calgary, AB
Posted on
7/29/2012
Recommended?
Yes

Firstly, to give you a little background, I record music for a living - but I don't consider myself an audiophile. I bought these hoping for a headphone that was a little more "Hi-Fi" then my current go-to pair - AKG K271's, but I also own some Westone 2's. These have delivered in every area except one (I'll come to that later). The included case is very nice, I appreciate the included extras - especially a second pair of the felt ear covers. The case is probably too bulky to ever travel with, but still nice. The headphones themselves don't necessarily look as expensive as they are - if that's important to you. They look classy, but rather unassuming. Most importantly, the SOUND is really quite special. I found my K271's to have a sort of low-mid hump that made everything sound rather boomy or boxy. These - despite being a closed design - are extremely flat, representing all frequencies accurately. To my ears they sound like the high end goes much higher then the K271's, which is exactly what I was looking for. The bass end is present and well represented without being overpowering. More importantly you can hear the real bass, I mean down below 80-100 Hz. It's truly just a joy to listen to music with these headphones. I find myself turning up the volume more and more because as you go louder - they just sound better. Dangerous for my ears. Definitely usable without an amp if that's a concern - as usual the better the source the better these sound. My one concern is with the comfort. Although the headband is padded, it seems to sit oddly on the top of my head, which leads me to "search" for the right spot for the headband every time I put them on. Once I find the right spot, they feel fine, but it feels almost like it's pushing down on my head otherwise. Again, coming from the K271's, these are much less comfortable. Not unbearable mind you, but I rarely forget that I'm wearing them. The ear cups are great, the cord is a good length, no issues except the above mentioned headband. Perhaps the greatest endorsement I could give is that despite the fiddly "adjusting the headband" routine, I still love these headphones. All my other cans are sitting neglected. Shure really has a winner with these SRH940's. Pros: They SOUND great! Cons: Require some work to get comfortable.

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Gabriel Garde
Summary
Spectacular...
Location
Austin Texas
Posted on
4/19/2012
Recommended?
Yes

I bought the SRH 940'S and by god there incredible headphones. The quality from the headphones is not at all like your really there, its more like you enter a whole different world when putting them on. The best way to describe it, is you are truly listening to the purest of audio. The 5hz-30khz response is no lie. Yes it seems a bit excessive, but you get exactly what you pay for. Ive compared these to the SRH840's, and the Sony 7506's. These are warm, have absolute fantastic high and low end, and unbelievably more isolated. You can not go wrong. Pros: QUALITY Cons:

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Nickname
Doug
Summary
Great !
Location
Indianapolis, In
Posted on
3/5/2012
Recommended?
Yes

Very comfortable, but a bit on the heavy side. Sound quality on good recordings very good. Running an amp makes a big difference. These headphones sure show how lousy most mp3 recordings are.. No regrets here. Pros: Cons: a bit heavy

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Nickname
Adrien
Summary
Westporter
Location
Connecticut
Posted on
2/9/2012
Recommended?
Yes

My new Shure 940s are incredible! I normally use my Shure in-ear 530s, which I also find incredible but I wanted to try out a high quality headphone-and I was not disappointed. To my surprise, they both provide different presentations-the most noticable difference is that I found the 940s richer and slightly fuller throughout the entire music range on all types of music. However to realize the maximun benefits of the 940s, I found using the new Foster HP-P1 amp a great benefit. The amp is totally uncessary on the 530s which perform perfectly by themselves. I highly recommend all three, the 530s for listening anywhere, the 940s with the Foster HP-P1 at home. Pros: Absolutely everything. I'm used several other in-ear and headphones and NONE come close! Cons: Nothing

Rating
Nickname
Lion
Summary
Shure SRH940 Headphones - Absolutely Spectacular!
Location
Big Island, Hawaii
Posted on
2/5/2012
Recommended?
Yes

These headphones are astounding. I have never written a review for a product, however, the sound of these headphones inspired me to do so. I produce music and I have honestly never heard music sound this clear across all frequencies. They are absolutely perfect for recording, mixing, production or for just casual listening. I had the AKG K271 headphones for years and, to be honest, there is absolutely no comparison. On the Shure's, bass is present, true and rich but not overpowering; mids are incredibly detailed and rich; highs are perfect -- not to mention an amazing soundstage. I can't say enough about these headphones, I absolutely love them! Pros: The sound is absolutely exquisite. Unbelievable actually. Cons: The headphone band causes some slight discomfort on the crown of my head over time. I have to move it around to avoid continued discomfort.

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Chris O;Brien
Summary
Shure SRH940 Headphones
Location
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Posted on
1/14/2012
Recommended?
Yes

Excellent sound! Deep bass and mids and treble. Would recommend these to all my friends!! Pros: Very comfortable and light . I like the extra ear pads, Nice/ rugged case- these headphones should last me a long time! Cons: The coiled cord could be a bit longer(for me, that is!)

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Kenny Nelson
Summary
Great reference headphones!
Location
Houston, TX
Posted on
8/11/2011
Recommended?
Yes

These are some seriously transparent headphones. Being reference, they don't accentuate any particular frequency and can sound a bit flat when it comes to fullness but that is mostly due to not having a decent audio drive, i.e. high quality DAC, amp... These do 'open up' quite a bit after a thorough burn in so take a little time to do it. Cup placement on your head will make a difference in the character of the sound so experiment with that along with the angle relative to start front-to-back to suit your needs. Pros: Outstanding reference quality headphones. Cons: Felt can get a little warm. Would like to have balanced inputs.

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Nickname
Sir Cecil
Summary
Simply wonderful sound.
Location
San Francisco
Posted on
7/29/2011
Recommended?
Yes

These are the first headphones I've owned that present highs as I've always waned to hear them – crystal clear but with not the slightest trace of harshness. Clarity without exaggeration, fullness without bloat... everything sounds natural. For anyone who has the SRH840, the newer phone is a big advance in contruction and comfort too. Even small details like the headband adjusters have been improved with more positive detents. I would say these headphones have excellent bass, superbly controlled and beautifully integrated into the overall sound. Some might mistake this quality for a lack of bass as I did at the start), but after a few days of listening to the SRH940 it's hard to go back to the SRH840 which suddenly sounds overweight and flabby in comparison. Pros: Great detail without a trace of harshness. Beautifully balanced and natural sound. Stunning realism when listening to acoustic instruments, especially of the plucked string variety. Female voice is marvelously presented. Cons: Only that the sound wasn't so excellent straight out of the box. I'm not a great believer in "burn in" theories, but these headphones certainly sounded sweeter after 30 hours or so of use. Now, after a month, my ears couldn't be happier.

Rating
Nickname
Angel
Summary
Pretty revealing headphones but a bit bright...
Location
San Antonio, Puerto Rico
Posted on
7/4/2011
Recommended?
Yes

After having the 440s from Shure for more than a year (and using them heavily) I decided to step it up a bit and go to the next level. I stayed with Shure because I liked their sound signature. The first thing that strikes you once you open the box is... great content! This is one of the most complete packages I've seen as it includes the cans, 2 different detachable cables, an extra set of ear pads, etc. and the big case to store everything. I hooked these babies up to my Archos 7 PMP and quickly notice a difference, they seemed harder to drive and a bit bright (Archos players are made in Europe and they restrict their volume over there). Once I connected the cans to my PC, my laptop and my recording interface (Lexicon Omega), I noticed a few things. Still a bit bright but soundstage (comparing them to the 440s, Grados SR60 and others) was definitely bigger! The lovely mids made vocals (especially female) stand out more. I could notice more clarity in the mid to upper regions but bass was quite anemic. Don't get me wrong, I can put up a Kaskade track and enjoy the songs a whole lot because the bass that is present is perfectly clear but if you are a "basshead" or simply demand a lot on the low regions, you might be disappointed. Still, I can safely say that these live up to the product highlights for 'critical listening' as they provide a lot of clarity and a great experience. If you enjoy the Shure sound, go for it. (and remember that with earphone solutions coupon codes you get these cans at the best price I've seen!) Pros: 1) Bring clarity and detail to your music especially acoustic, strings, vocals. 2) Great content included (extra ear pads, cables, etc.) 3) Expanded soundstage (compared to previous Shures) 4) Very good mids! (love vocals and guitars on these cans!) Cons: 1) Weak on the lower end 2) Can be a bit bright for some 3) An amp might be necessary if your Portable Media Player is not up to stuff

Merchant Response:

Thanks Angel for the great review and pics! :)

Rating
Nickname
Donna
Summary
Shure SRH940 Headphones
Location
Corpus Christi, TX
Posted on
6/18/2011
Recommended?
Yes

You can't beat these for the price. The clarity is remarkable. As an owner of the SRH840's, I didn't know if Shure could improve on these but they have. The comfort is better than the 840's too. Great headphones! Pros: Cons:

Question & Answers

Questions on Shure SRH940 Headphones

Questions on SRH940

7 Questions  |  7 Answers

Q.

Are these headphones powered? (selfpowered=amped) Looking for reason to justify the big $300. price tag....

asked by Peter

A.
Tech Support answered:
No, these are passive headphones (no built-in amp). However due to their high efficiency, these can be driven by an iPod. The price has to do with the precision of the drivers. These were originally designed for professional studio engineers, hence lots of detail.
Q.

i usually listen to heavy,death,thrash and melodic death metal music and i was wondering if these would be the best headphones for those genres?i plan on using them as everyday headphones with my 16 gb ipod nano and whats the inner headband made of? because where i live its usually -20 or more and i dont want it to snap.

asked by trystan

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Tech Support answered:
These are very crystal clear and made for critical listening usually used by professional engineers. If you want more thumping, look at the less expensive SRH840, otherwise the SRH940 will excel in detail.
Q.

How much will be the charge for international shipping to Taiwan on the above item? Is there sales tax for the above item for a buyer in California?

asked by JW

A.
Tech Support answered:
We cannot ship this product outside North America.

No sales tax if a shipment is going to California. As a matter of fact, no sales tax when shipping anywhere outside Florida.
Q.

I wanna find a headphone for casual listening. I've used a Bose Supra before. My favorite kind of music is rock ballads, acoustic, audiophile and other kind of romantic songs. I wanna use it with my Samsung Galaxy Note and lossless music (.flac, .ape, .wav ...). So should I buy this SHR940? Thanks in advance.

asked by Minh

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Tech Support answered:
Yes. Aside from being very efficient, the Shure SRH940 is extremely detailed making it one of the top choices of sound engineers. Now if you are looking for more bass and less clarity, the SRH840 would be our recommendation. But if you want detail on mids and highs, the SRH940.
Q.

Does the sale price include the headphone case included in the product images? It looks like a semi-rigid case - is that true?

asked by Paul

A.
Tech Support answered:
Yes, it does. This case is actually one of the best ones we have seen so far.
Q.

Would you say that these headphones are suitable for studying in dorm rooms and coffee shops? I tend to listen to jazz and classical and occasionally pop. I am also curious about the amount of leak and seal these headphones produce/

asked by Caleb

A.
Tech Support answered:
Yes, these will do a pretty decent job on the sound leakage due to the fact that they are a closed back design headphone. Its sound signature pairs really well with the styles you described, specially jazz.
Q.

I have a moderate hearing loss (mostly from aging) in the high frequencies (including human speech). Don't use a hearing aid, but miss parts of conversation, have to turn up the TV/ radio. While I enjoy a solid bass, I'm wondering if I should choose a headphone that excels in the mid and higher frequencies. I listen mostly to jazz (instrumental and vocal) , R&B, acoustic /folk/ pop, blues, Celtic, and middle Eastern music. No classical, opera, or metal. Sources: LP, CD, Internet radio via laptop. I want warmth and clarity. Suggestions under $400 ? So far, the 940 appeals to me.

asked by Margy

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Tech Support answered:
Yes, the SRH940 has a bright sound signature and provides a clear sound.