Shure SRH1840 Open-Back Studio Headphones
Resounding echoes of "It's a budget Sennheiser HD 800" populate message boards and social media groups which propelled the popularity of the SRH1840 with the home hi-fi and audio engineering crowd.
The SRH1840 are open-back headphones made for mastering or critical listening. They have matched neodymium drivers for smooth and accurate frequency responses.
Built with an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy yoke and stainless steel grilles, these headphones are both lightweight and durable. The headband also has a padded and ergonomic design for extra comfort.
Their use of dual exit cables provides security and detachability for easy storage or replacement.
With impedance of just 65 Ohms, they're well suited for use with home consumer grade gear and even mobile listening.
- Type: Open-back
- Driver Size: 40 mm
- Magnet Type: Neodymium
- Frequency Response: 10Hz - 30,000 Hz
- Maximum Input Power: 1000 mW
- Sensitivity: 96 dB
- Impedance: 65 Ohms
- Weight: 9.44 oz
- Cable and Connectivity: detachable 6.9 ft Cable, 1/8" Gold-plated stereo mini-jack
- Best For: Mixing, Mastering
Many users were impressed with the SRH1840's sound quality. These headphones produce a good balance between the high, mid and low frequencies. They reproduce instrument timbre with great accuracy, clarity, and detail when used for mixing, monitoring or listening to different genres of music. With their simple and ergonomic design they were seen to be very comfortable. Many comparisons were made with the top-tier Sennheiser HD-800 in terms of sound signature which makes them slightly less analytical sounding for mixing but what they do well is how they handle dynamics. Tweaking compressors, reverbs and delay levels becomes more intuitive with better perception of fast impacts. In his Sound on Sound review, Sam Inglis mentioned the lows are "solid, well-defined, fast, and nicely integrated with the rest of the sound. The mid-range is detailed and rich without being overstated, and high-frequency extension seems excellent, as is the presentation of transient". When it comes to build, a lot of reviewers discussed how durable, lightweight and comfortable these headphones are. Most of them found the detachable cord convenient for easy storage.
Some users found the headband and ear cups allowed only minimal adjustments and they're not foldable enough to be portable. A few disliked the dual-exit cable and prefer a single-exit cable saying it is prone to get tangled or snagged.
If you want a pair of headphones with a fast response time to be able to perceive transients better, the Shure SRH1840 is a great pick; especially for those who want to get the absolute best sounding percussive sounds right in their tweaking. Fast transient responses allow you to make better compression tweaks and the Shure SRH1840 prioritizes that.
Although these were previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guides to The Best Studio Headphones and The Best Open Back Headphones for Mixing and Mastering.