Audio-Technica ATH-M50x vs Shure SRH840

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x review
vs
Shure SRH840 review

Let’s see what American and Japanese audio producers represent us. I invite you to my review of over ear closed back wired headphones Shure SRH840 vs Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.

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Features

The models have a decent frequency response range of 5Hz-25KHz vs 15Hz-28KHz. Still, that does not always define a better sound quality. Let’s look further. With an impedance of 44 vs 38 dB both sound strong and loud with low impedance devices like mobile phones and MP3 players. Their sensitivity is great and almost equal with 102 vs 99 dB.

Sound

The headphones Shure SRH840 sound transparent with a powerful, deep bass and decent trebles and mids. The soundstage is not spacious in both the models, for their closed back cups. Still the clarity is outstanding for mixing and recording.

What may I tell about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is that they are really professional headphones with extra detailed clarity that may seem even fatiguing with too sharp highs placed upfront. All the ranges are there, but compared to highs the mids may seem recessed. The soundstage is narrow but the imaging is bright and very detailed.

Comfort and design

When it comes to comfort, the Shure SRH840 is notably heavier vs Audio-Technica ATH-M50x with 372 vs 285 g that defines the long term comfort. Both headphones are comfy with their adjustable cable, an extra audio cable, and the possibility to adjust the headband. But there is only Audio-Technica that may boast with its foldable cups for a more compact size. Both have a leather-like padding on the cups. The paddings are great and do not feel tight. They can make ears somewhat warm for the tight sealing over the ears and closed back design.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x pros and cons

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x pros and cons

Pros

  • Super clarity of sound with all the details for mixing and recording
  • Fit comfortably and feel sturdy built
  • The cups folding for a more compact size with a detachable cable add mobility

Cons

  • The sound leaks from ear cups and there is no noise cancelling to use it out comfortably
  • Lack of control functions

Shure SRH840 pros and cons

Shure SRH840 pros and cons

Pros

  • Comfortable non-tightening fit for long time wearing
  • Quality and clear sound at all ranges is great for casual and critical listening
  • Removable paddings on the cups and detachable cable option is good for longer use and your individual comfort

Cons

  • Bulky, heavy, unfoldable design reduces its portability

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Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
8.3
Shure SRH840
7.5
10
7
Shure SRH840

Shure SRH840 review

May 27, 2020

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
Shure SRH840

Model

ATH-M50x
SRH840

Brand

Audio-Technica
Shure

Reviews

14076
410

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

closed back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

45/1.7
40/1.5

Impedance, Ohm

38
44

Frequency response, Hz

15Hz-28KHz
5Hz-25KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.3

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

99
102

Magnet type

neodymium
neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

285/10
372/13.1

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

300/9.8
300/9.8

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not
has not

Bluetooth version

has not
has not

aptX

has not
has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not
has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not
has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not
has not

Battery life, hrs

has not
has not

Charging time, hrs

has not
has not

Charging port

has not
has not

Charging cable

has not
has not

Speed charge

has not
has not

Battery free listening mode

has not
has not

Battery level indicator

has not
has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not
has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
Shure SRH840
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
Shure SRH840

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.3
  • 7.5
  • 8.3Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
  • 7.5Shure SRH840

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is better headphones in this comparison. Check Audio-Technica ATH-M50x price