The Shure 1840 has a subtle presence, unlike the brighter, brasher presence of say, a Grado PS500 or most other headphones in the £500 range or thereabouts. The bass is also more subtle, but reveals its depth and strength when given weighty material, such as The Power Of The Organ on SACD which I recently acquired. The overall sound then is clear, smooth and detailed, but so are many competitors at a lower price. The value for the money is something I questioned for some time after purchase, until the headphone settled into its final break-in state and I could get a sense of how it compared to other premium headphones such as the PS500. The evaluation is now complete, and I'd say the 1840 is well worth the rather high price. Build quality, extreme comfort, smooth detailed sound with probably the least irritations I've experienced with my many music tracks - all of that adds up to a very enjoyable long-term listen.
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