Shure SRH1840 Studio Monitoring Headphones Review

Having started as far back as 1925, Shure has continually set new benchmarks around the world when it comes to mixing headphones and audio electronics in general. The Shure SRH1840 headphones are the latest in its line of products and have been developed to be the company’s flagship model. Along with the SRH1440, the SRH1840s monitoring headphones reviewed here are also the first open-back and open-ear type to come from the brand.

Features of the Shure SRH1840 studio monitoring headphones

As their premium headphone, the Shure SRH1840 make use of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and a stainless steel grill resulting in both a lightweight and durable headphone. The SRH1840s also feature high-quality 40-mm neodymium magnet drivers that are matched left to right at the factory, resulting in both minimal distortion and tightly controlled musical balance.

With impedance at 65 ohms, these mixing headphones are clearly meant for studio use. They include a 6.9 ft cable that is also perfectly suited to the studio. Frequency response is a generous 10 Hz to 30KHz.

Shure have also included a strong case to store the headphones, helping users to keep their investment safe.


These studio monitoring headphones feel light and comfortable from the first time you wear them, so much so that it’s easy to forget you are wearing them. There does not appeat to be much padding on the headband, which could be an issue for some users.

Listeners may want more comfort but the SRH1840 studio monitoring headphones deliver where it matters most and this is in sound quality. Listening to classic music, you can hear how wonderful the piano sounds are and make you fully absorbed in the piece. The SRH1840 not only works well with classical music but even with other genres including pop and jazz.

What makes these monitoring headphones perfect for professional studio use is how they manage to ensure that recordings sound as realistic as possible. The bass is both agile and tight with the treble bringing with it a natural shimmer. The mid-range is also well-represented. Mix engineers will enjoying being able to hear different nuances on the vocals. This makes both recording and listening all the more outstanding.

Comparing the SRH1840 with its headphone monitors sibling the SRH1440, both are able to deliver on a wide-open sound field. The difference between the models is that the latter does not have as much bass balance though it may have a brighter treble. What this means is that bass lovers will definitely prefer the SRH1840.

Other Feedback

The best headphones that I myself have ever used (or earnestly auditioned) are the open-back Shure SRH1840… When I really need to hear the truest, most undeviating representation of a recording, I will reach for my SRH1840… Andy Hongs, Tape Op

Thankfully, Shure has allowed the bass of the SRH1840 to be much more natural in response. It does not have a heavy midbass boost. To me that characteristic is key to its accurate sound… John Gatski, Everything Audio Network

Shure SRH1840 Studio Monitoring Headphones Review

Technical Specs

Open/Closed: Open
Frequency Response: 10 –30Hz
Impedance: 65 Ohms
Cable length: 6.9”
Weight: 268g (9.2 oz.)

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Overall the SRH1840 studio monitoring headphones are of high quality and are a well-rounded product. While its higher price may discourage some from purchasing them, it should be noted that there are other headphones on the market that are twice as expensive but do not deliver half the quality and performance that the SRH1840 headphones do. Comfortable, durable, and delivering high-end performance, the SRH1840 is a model that you will likely keep for a long time. Many people are calling it the “Goldilocks” headphone; could it also be just the right fit for you too?

Have you tried the Shure SRH1840? Feel free to tell us what you think in the comments section below.

9 Total Score
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Comfortable, durable, and delivering high-end performance, the SRH1840 is a model that you will likely keep for a long time.

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