Shure SRH1840 Open-back Mastering and Studio Headphones Demo

Open-back, Circumaural Headphones with Individually Matched Neodymium Drivers, Adjustable Headband, and Kevlar-reinforced Oxygen-free Copper Cable
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A New Benchmark in Headphone Comfort and Accuracy

The Shure SRH1840 professional open-back headphones will envelope you in comfort and great sound. With their detailed highs, rich bass, and superb accuracy, the SRH1840s make excellent studio monitors. Open-back headphones give you a more natural, speaker-like listening experience, with a more spacious soundscape than closed-backs can produce. This makes the SRH1840s ideal for monitoring, mastering, and critical listening. You'll also love how comfortable and adjustable the SRH1840s are. When you're in the studio for hours on end, the last thing you need is a headache! If you're in the market for new headphones, check out the Shure SRH1840 headphones!

Shure SRH1840 Professional Open-back Headphones at a Glance:
  • Amazingly speaker-like monitoring with spacious soundstaging
  • Extreme comfort and adjustability for extended studio use
  • Shure professional quality for years of use
Amazingly "speaker-like" monitoring with spacious soundstaging

The Shure SRH1840 professional open back headphones give you a convincingly speaker-like monitoring experience. This lets you dodge one of the main drawbacks of monitoring on 'phones: that mixes don't "translate" well when played back on various speaker systems. The SRH1840's open-back design, wide and accurate frequency response, and individually matched neodymium drivers serve up amazingly natural sound, a wide stereo image, and stunning depth of field. The result? Better-sounding recordings!

Extreme comfort and adjustability for extended studio use

The Shure SRH1840 headphones sport cushy circumaural earpads that comfortably envelope your ears and a fully adjustable, premium padded headband, so you can monitor marathon sessions without discomfort. With an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy yoke and stainless steel grilles, the SRH1840s are so lightweight you might even forget you have them on!

Shure professional quality for years of use

Shure's SRH1840 headphones are designed and built for serious professional use, both live and in the studio. The SRH1840's oxygen-free copper cable is detachable and sheathed in a Kevlar-reinforced jacket. The SRH1840s come with everything you need: a storage case, replacement velour ear pads, a replacement cable, and a threaded, gold-plated 1/4" adapter. Monitor with legendary Shure quality with SRH1840 professional open-back headphones!

Shure SRH1840 Professional Open-back Headphones Features:
  • Speaker-like monitoring experience with spacious soundstaging
  • Individually matched 40mm neodymium drivers
  • Extreme comfort and adjustability for extended studio use
  • Fully adjustable, premium padded headband
  • Lightweight construction, with aircraft-grade aluminum alloy yoke and stainless steel grilles
  • Detachable oxygen-free copper cable with Kevlar-reinforced jacket
  • Included storage case, replacement velour earpads, replacement cable, and threaded 1/4" adapter
  • Shure professional quality for years of use
Get superb monitoring, accuracy, and comfort with Shure's SRH1840 headphones!

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Additional Media

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Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Open/Closed Open
Fit Style Circumaural (Around the Ear)
Driver Size 40mm
Frequency Response 10Hz-30kHz
Impedance 65 ohms
Cable Type Straight
Replaceable Cable Yes
Cable Length 6.9'
Plug Size 1/8" (1/4" Adapter Included)
Weight 0.59 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SRH1840

Customer Reviews

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#1 Reference!

These headphones are a huge asset to any mixing or mastering environment! We can become so used to listening in a specific room and compensating for issues we have learned to hear beyond. These headphones allow you to have a truly honest perspective wether or not your room is acoustically treated. They are very light and super comfortable you'll forget you even have them on at times! As a professional I often find at least 1 or 2 things I don't like about a pair of headphones. This is actually the first time I can say an item has been designed to a standard of excellence very few are able to accomplish. You will not be disappointed with the Shure SRH1840's... JN
Music background: Professional


The SRH1840 'phones replace Sennheiser HD600 mastering headphones that spontaneously stopped working despite meticulous care. The Shure 1840s were one of two replacements I considered and my rep, Jeff Barnett, strongly recommended them on the basis of his extensive comparison of all Sweetwater headphones. Once again Jeff came through: The 1840s combine the HD600's neutrality and smooth, accurate reproduction but offer noticeably greater clarity. Many Sennheiser headphones sound as though they have a flattering "layer of velvet" between the transducer and your ear. Shure's 1840s are very open sounding, never harsh, but much more revealing. They are now the best mastering tool and by far the most accurate headphones I own. They also excel for audiophile use.
Music background: Professional musician, audio engineer

Shure SRH-1840 Stereo Headphone

I really like the sound of the SRH-1840. It has a generally neutral sound over most of its range, but differs from its predecessor the SRH-940 in the following ways: The 940 has significantly stronger bass. The 940 has significantly more energy in the lower highs around 5 khz. The 940 has less upper midrange emphasis around ~1 khz. The 1840 sounds slightly better on upper harmonics. The 1840 is lighter and more comfortable, but is open-back. The 1840 looks much nicer. The 940 is more portable (can be worn around neck all day).
Music background: Piano, coronet, bass guitar, former AES member.

Shure SRH1840

Great accurate sounding phones - the best I've heard and extremely comfortable to wear for extended mixing sessions - A+

Nearly Perfect!

Have owned these for a year now, and can truly say that they are the closest thing to mixing with monitors that I have found, yet. As an experiment, I mixed a song with these headphones and then mixed the same song from scratch with Focal 50's and Sonodyne 100's. The results were astonishing. These phones don't have "blow me away" bass, but when you want your mixes to translate...these are as good as it gets, plus music just sounds good on them! Highly recommended.
Music background: Musician, recording engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Tyler Berggren

Just flat out amazing. I've never had a pair of cans impress me like my SRH1840 headphones do. Amazing top end clarity, midrange definition, and very tight bottom end. Even on familiar source material I've heard over and over, I can always hear new details - usually reverb tails, echo diffusion, etc. I never thought I could trust a pair of headphones like I could a set of studio monitors. Now I'm not so sure....
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