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Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones (Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 16, 2015

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Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones (Black)
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 195 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 6.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Response5.0   above average
Fit4.8   above average
Audio4.6   above average
Frequency4.6   above average
Price4.5   average
Music4.4   average
Range4.4   average
Sound4.4   average
Noise4.3   above average
Comfortable4.2   below average
Quality4.2   average
Cable4.1   above average
Heavy4.0   above average
Listening3.8   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"I'm giving three stars because of a great audio quality product that has faulty physical engineering (sorry Shure).Pros:As a brand my opinion is that there isn't anything better than Shure for accuracy."
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"Stipulated: the audio is wonderful."
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"Shure is a great audio company with a long history of solid products."
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"I'm giving three stars because of a great audio quality product that has faulty physical engineering (sorry Shure).Pros:As a brand my opinion is that there isn't anything better than Shure for accuracy."
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"The 840's have better audio than the 440's but the durability of the 440's was superior and their audio quality was good."
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Cable

Cable:
"The replaceable cable solves this problem, but unfortunately it is replaced by another issue - the exposed wires coming out of both sides of the headphones."
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"My only complaint is there needs to be a cable four feet long for mobile devises."
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"The only drawback is the coiled cord."
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"The cable isn't extraordinarily long, which is good for use with an mp3 player and monitoring, I'm sure."
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"The cable is a coiled affair, which is kind of annoying for general use as you always feel tethered, but it makes sense for pro use since you usually plug them into your mixing sound interface at arms reach on your console or desk."
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"the cable is a quality piece that is hard to fault."
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"The coiled cable is very long, and while it is probably great to use in a studio, isn't always the most handy when in an airport or other busy places."
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"The cord is detachable which is a convenient feature, and the headphones have a nice amount of adjustment to them."
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"The coiled cable can be a bit cumbersome at times, but its good for studio use where you're running back and forth between different modules and rolling around in a chair."
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"The cord can also be replaced, and they come with a very nice carrying bag."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"For most personal listening, I'll probably stay mostly with my AKG k240s (not mk IIs); the sound is not nearly as good, but they are extremely comfortable over long periods of time: they rest very lightly on (around) the ears and are not completely sealed."
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"Awesome sound and comfort, but the earcup broke off for no reason (literally snapped while i was putting it on my head) right after the warranty ran out"
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"CONsweights like 300 gram , and comfort isn't the best for too long hours."
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"I've heard many complaints about comfort for these, and I can see where people are coming from, but they're definitely not uncomfortable."
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"What disappoints me is the comfort level."
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"great quality of sound and comfortable earpads...only problem is that these are very heavy, so for extended use they may be uncomfortable as i have found that it puts a lot of pressure on the top of my head... the headband is made out of a mesh or jersey material so it is not leather all around i was surprised when i found this out."
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"Comfort is good."
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"Pros:- Tailored frequency response with 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers- Ergonomic, comfortable fit- Adjustable, padded, and moisture-wicking headband for superior comfort over extended periodsCheck out the rest of the list for other great Shure headphones: http: boldlist."
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"These headphones are excellent, with a very even sound, and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time."
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"They are very well built, and very comfortable, being worn for 8-10 hours at a time."
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"Sound great, very comfortable, etc."
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Fit

Fit:
"I'm giving these a 3, despite the terrible and painful fit, due to their fabulous sound."
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"Pros:- Tailored frequency response with 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers- Ergonomic, comfortable fit- Adjustable, padded, and moisture-wicking headband for superior comfort over extended periodsCheck out the rest of the list for other great Shure headphones: http: boldlist."
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"The only caveat is the ear pads - the ear pads for the 840s are much more comfortable, but fortunately they can be purchased separately and fit the 440s fine."
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"The foam earpads for the higher-end model in this series fit well, and are a nice upgrade for comfort."
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"The ear pads fit around my ears perfectly, and they are quite comfortable to wear for hours at a time."
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"The Shures seem to fit my needs for good sound isolation."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"They are very clear and I can hear a lot more garbage frequency's and crappy tones in all of my music."
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"I'm willing to bet that the frequency response is very close to perfectly flat."
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":) this is the essential phone for monitoring mixes and also for master premaster.....it is a small phone, but such a delight to listen to it....i have owned HD650, LCD-2, byer 800 and i can says this is a marvelous phone sonically....it reproduces all frequency ranges and is very balanced."
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"They are very clear and I can hear a lot more garbage frequency's and crappy tones in all of my music."
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"Very flat and accurate response no frequency is exaggerated."
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"I use them for meditation with various soundtracks in the background and frequencies seem well presented and neutral."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"Only downside is that they are big and heavy."
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"great quality of sound and comfortable earpads...only problem is that these are very heavy, so for extended use they may be uncomfortable as i have found that it puts a lot of pressure on the top of my head... the headband is made out of a mesh or jersey material so it is not leather all around i was surprised when i found this out."
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"the only downside is that they are a tad bit heavy."
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"The only drawback is being heavy on the head and uncomfortable after 1-2 hours of use."
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"This is a heavy headphone, although comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time."
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"They are chunky and heavy but they are very comfortable."
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"I like the Shure SRH840s more except for:Rap music: The Beats win simply because they are so bass heavy, which I love."
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"A very heavy headphone, but not uncomfortable."
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"If you play a song that truly is extremely bass heavy, the low end comes through beautifully."
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Listening

Listening:
"You can tell which direction the sound comes from when listening to SRH840 while with HD380, it is not so clear."
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"These are great for studying or wearing while stationary for a long time, but not good for on-the-go listening."
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"I know they're monitoring headphones, and this is probably good for that, but for just listening to your tunes, it's hard to feel the music, connect to it."
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"No argument on them being good for listening - I listened to everything from Wu Tang Clan to Nine Inch Nails to Amon Tobin to Modest Mussorgsky and it all sounded fantastic."
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"The only review snag I will say about this 5 star product is that the sound emanating from the headphones doesn't allow you the comfort of knowing that people aren't listening to what your listening too."
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"Everything feels right when listening to them and I have yet to get the feeling that I'm really missing something."
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"So when I went looking for a good set of headphones for home listening, I came right back to Shure."
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"Happy listening! "
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"These are great for casual listening, for monitoring and tracking, for getting close to a final master."
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"The V-moda are my favorite for listening, they are amazing but when compared with the Shure 840's you hear more detail with the Shure 840's, and the sound is richer and more enjoyable with the V-moda."
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"For this type of listening, I would recommend the AT M50S."
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Music

Music:
"They are very clear and I can hear a lot more garbage frequency's and crappy tones in all of my music."
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"The sound quality is amazing, I can't believe how clear the snares sounds on the background on my rock music, the background sounds on my electronic, and the dropping bass on classical music."
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"I got these because i needed accurate monitoring for electronic music production and was not currently able to afford a pair of good studio monitors and i must say this is the closest i have gotten to that sort of audio response."
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"I can now hear subtle string slides and vibratos in music that I never knew was there; it's amazing!"
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"Cons:-Weight, these are a bit too heavy and maybe some people might find that a deal-breaker, but so far I have had no issue with that, buy I might be biased on how good music sounds that I disregard any negative thoughts on this."
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"I know they're monitoring headphones, and this is probably good for that, but for just listening to your tunes, it's hard to feel the music, connect to it."
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"I'm not an audiophile or a music professional, but I do enjoy music (thus the purchase) and next time I'll just get the 440s again."
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"You really need a lounge chair to just recline in and relax motionless to appreciate music with these cans, otherwise it's a bother."
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"The sound leaking from HD380 Pro is pretty bad which makes me difficult to listen to music at work."
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"As a musician of 30+ years, my ears appreciate the quality of the music delivered by these cans."
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Noise

Noise:
"Ear pads are soft and good at deadening exterior noise but not perfect."
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"That's my mistake, I might have thought twice and purchased a noise cancellation headphone instead, but honestly I am happy with my purchase and will not look to return them."
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"I could go on and on about the definition, separation, comfort, noise isolation and the ridiculous looks of the phones, but I think I'll just end by saying GET THESE! "
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"I was also somewhat disappointed that a lot of the airplane noise made its way through the headphones."
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"One drawback is the volumerequired to raise details out of that ambient noise."
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"But they do seal well, so outside noise is minimal."
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"They don't block outside noise as well as a noise-cancelling headset, but my wife owns Sennheiser's flagship noise-cancelling model, and these do sound better to my ears."
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"The ear pads provide decent noise cancellation from the outside, although to really hear clearly, I sometimes need to crush them to my head to really dial in on the low end sounds."
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"I bought these headphones with the expectation that they would have great sound quality and durability, and seal out noise well."
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"They drown out noise very effectively, while offering a colorful but balanced sound that has been excellent for Rock, Punk, Jazz, and Hip Hop."
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Price

Price:
"The cable is sturdy and disconnects from the earpiece - if you don't think you'll appreciate this, it's only because you haven't had the experience...All in all, a solid purchase for the price."
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"And all of this is not practical if you want one headphone to solve all your problems, and do so for reasonable amount of money."
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"It is very hard to find headphones which can achieve these immense levels of bass in general - one would have to go for something which just isn't as good on any other level BUT bass if aiming for the same price range, eg."
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"I've had to return several products because of poor quality and, with the large numbers of defective Sony LCD televisions recently (malfunctioning pixels), I opted to spend more money on the SRH840s and not take another chance on Sony."
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"Great set of inexpensive headphones."
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"Does the job at a great price"
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"But come on, then you would have the most perfect headphone ever made at a throwaway price and more premium brands would lose their bragging rights."
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"Best money spent."
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"No regrets, and the sound quality is exceptional for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"I'm giving three stars because of a great audio quality product that has faulty physical engineering (sorry Shure).Pros:As a brand my opinion is that there isn't anything better than Shure for accuracy."
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"Although the sound quality might be great, they aren't really comfortable due to its weight."
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"The sound quality is amazing, I can't believe how clear the snares sounds on the background on my rock music, the background sounds on my electronic, and the dropping bass on classical music."
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"If your worried about sound quality of these over the m50's, I would personally take these any day."
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"The second complain is that when having a high quality set of phones like these, you can really start to hear the difference between low quality and high quality mp3s."
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"And the sound quality is HORRIBLE!"
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"Great quality."
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"the cable is a quality piece that is hard to fault."
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"But for studio mixing and general non-live situations the quality is the best I have ever experienced."
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"As such, I've upgraded my rating to 5 stars to reflect not only the sound quality, but the customer service as well."
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"While the sound quality of these cans was excellent the comfort was anything but."
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Range

Range:
"- I could tell that the mid-range of the SRH840's was just a hair louder than the ATH-M50's, which was my only real complaint about the M50's regarding the freq range - this small adjustment seems to have brought it up to something that is as close to as neutral as I've ever heard."
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"It is very hard to find headphones which can achieve these immense levels of bass in general - one would have to go for something which just isn't as good on any other level BUT bass if aiming for the same price range, eg."
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"Mid range is fuller and closer, with more texture, and finally, there is now a good amount bass."
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":) this is the essential phone for monitoring mixes and also for master premaster.....it is a small phone, but such a delight to listen to it....i have owned HD650, LCD-2, byer 800 and i can says this is a marvelous phone sonically....it reproduces all frequency ranges and is very balanced."
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"Few cans do the mid ranges as well as these."
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"Music playback is a treat as it is pretty solid throughout the range."
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"These headphones have an all around better frequency response and range with a truly fantastic midrange and overall clarity that is unmatched by any other headphones i have used before."
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Response

Response:
"Pros:- Tailored frequency response with 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers- Ergonomic, comfortable fit- Adjustable, padded, and moisture-wicking headband for superior comfort over extended periodsCheck out the rest of the list for other great Shure headphones: http: boldlist."
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"I'm willing to bet that the frequency response is very close to perfectly flat."
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"Very flat and accurate response no frequency is exaggerated."
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"They are comfortable, even on my big noggin, and provide the needed neutral response for mix perfection."
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"These headphones have an all around better frequency response and range with a truly fantastic midrange and overall clarity that is unmatched by any other headphones i have used before."
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Sound

Sound:
"though I did find a subtle benefit from an amp, the sound differences are so minor that I wouldn't recommend one unless you've got plenty of excess cash to spend."
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"When you listen to an Adele song and the bass is so strong that it sounds like a rap song, that is not a good thing."
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"I rarely use these headphones because of this annoying factor, but am also unwilling to part with them because the sound is that good."
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"A little over a year after I get the new pair they stop working and it's the same problem as the last pair, I lost sound in one cup completely."
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"You can tell which direction the sound comes from when listening to SRH840 while with HD380, it is not so clear."
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"The isolation is nice, and complaints about sound leakage have ceased."
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"The sound is excellent."
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"Great sound."
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"sound isolation is excellent as well."
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"Great product that produces amazing sound."
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"These headphones are excellent, with a very even sound, and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"In quiet environments, Sennheisers are better for casual listening,allowing one to better tolerate crudely mixed CDs, while the SRH840 makesit perhaps to easy to pick out e. g. excessive compression and vocals mixed withfrequencies boosted presumably to increase intelligibility of lyrics."
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"I really enjoy vocals on this headphone."
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"Vocals are clear and easy on the ear."
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"Vocals sound absolutely amazing, by the way!"
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"Vocals sound fabulous and very present."
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"Vocals come through unbelievably, and guitar and other instruments are impressive."
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Volume

Volume:
"I recently purchased the Fiio E11 Portable Headphone amp and one of the EQ settings fixes this problem and brings the headphones to volumes that nobody has business listening to... but while maintaining the clarity and detail."
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"At one part of the music, I decided to listen at the lowest possible volume to find out at what volume would I not be able to hear the bass anymore."
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"Normal earbuds are not good for me as I have mild hearing loss and have to crank up the volume to hear most dynamic ranges, especially if there's a lot of background noise."
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"None-the-less, it would be a good idea to turn the volume down before putting them on."
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"Iphone (lossless) drove it very well, Archos (320kbps mp3) well enough - not very dynamic, not very detailed in bass... the focusrite drives it really well, if not at insanely high volumes - which is fine."
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"I raised the volume in my amp until I was able to hear something."
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"I wanted to know which is more efficient ( obtaining more headphone volume at the same amp volume setting.)"
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Weight

Weight:
"Although the sound quality might be great, they aren't really comfortable due to its weight."
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"they can get very uncomfortable due to their design, which places all the weight onto the top of your head."
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"Apart from this I dint feel any problems with the headphone weight like others."
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"Other than the long term consequences, they are quite comfortable: they don't squeeze too tight and the weight is not noticeable."
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"great sound for recording lightweight easy to plug in to mixeruse all the time many other uses karaoke practice etc."
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"It is nice that they include an extra pair of muffs if they ever break (which they don't look like they will any time soon) Overall great build and weight to it."
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"- the headband does not conform to the shape of the head whatsoever - this, combined with the hefty weight of the headphones, caused me a great deal of pain."
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"Personally I think if you reduce a little weight, it would be great, since at first feels quite to spend hours working, but the time and you get used to."
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