Shure SRH1840 Open-Back Studio Headphones

92 out of 100. Incorporating 400+ ratings and reviews.

Gearank Recommendation

The SRH1840 first appeared on our recommended list for Open Back Headphones from June 2017 until January 2021 when they had been out-ranked by other headphones.

These headphones were also on our list for Studio Headphones from February 2018 until January 2021.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Sam Inglis 90/100
TapeOp Andy Hong 96/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


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.

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.


  • 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
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.

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