Shure IEM Sale Starts Now Ends SoonShure surprised us again. Their 2018 IEM sale creates an opportunity for audiophiles and music lovers to enjoy the "immerse audio experience" Shure's Matt Engstrom discusses in the video below. Here is a summary of Shure's IEM sale with Dragon recommendations:

Shure IEM Sale
Product Dragon Sale Save  Price 
KSE1500 IEMs NA - $500 20% $2,999
SE846 Silver IEM cable for Shure - $100 11% $899
SE535 Silver IEM cable for Shure - $50 11%  $399

 

When an American audio company founded in 1925 does something new and not thought possible - creating the first electrostatic in ear monitor - it shouldn't be surprising. Shure, the Chicago based audio products company, solved the electrostatic miniaturization riddle. Here are Senior Staff Engineer Roger Ginnip and Matt Engstrom's KSE1500 video.

 

First Electrostatic IEMs

Roger's Purdue masters in acoustics and seventeen years of engineering at Shure helped develop the first electrostatic earphones - the KSE1500s. Here is how audiophile Ken Rockwell describes electrostatic sound benefits:

Conventional speakers and headphones place wire or coil inside a magnet. The coil is glued to a stiff cone or dome inside spring-based suspensio. so when current passes through the coil electromagnetism creates force moving the whole mess in and out. Invented in the 1800s moving coil sound tech is still in use today.

Ever noticed how your clothes crackle as they come out of the dryer? Electrostatic audio tech uses the same "static" to produce music. Electrostatic audio tech places a charge on an ultralight film without touching it so sound is produced without contact so no interference from coils, stiff cones or other sound challenges faced by conventional speaker systems. Ken Rockwell

Lower distortion, clarity, and crisp, clean sound are electrostatic's sonic benefits. Given those benefits, Ken asks why electrostatic speakers aren't more popular. Electrostatic speakers can be finicky. They require lots of clean power and the kind of niche audio care reserved for the few. Electrostatic headphones, and now earphones thanks to Shure, take advantage of electrostatic technology's sonic benefits without facing old technology speaker challenges. Headphones and earphones don't need nearly as much clean power as speakers. 

And Shure bundles a dedicated amplifier with the KSE1500s! Saving $500 during the Shure IEM Sale won't last for long. 

Shure IEM Customer Reviews

Buy Shure KSE1500s Here

ST mentions his KSE1500s "exceptional" sound quality. Travel is another KSE1500 benefit as ST notes. These universal IEMs bundled with Shure's amp slide into a briefcase, overhead luggage, or back pocket. As Curagami noted in their "Electrostatic panes for your ears" review, "I purchased a pair of Shure KSE1500s to quiet my electrostatic need. Bullet #1, they sound amazing. Shure solved some of the "can't afford them" by coupling their In-Ear-Monitors (IEMs) with a great headphone amplifier.

Buy Shure SE846 Here

Don't try to take Tee's SE846s away, "What can I say, I hooked Silver Dragon cables with these earphones plus my Oppo amp/dac and I was blown away! Such clarity! Sounds like heaven, thanks to Silver Dragon, Shure, Oppo. Never giving mine up!”

Electrostatic Headphones

If mobility or sound isolation isn't crucial here are three electrostatic headphones to consider treating yourself with this holiday season. Just like the Shure KSE1200s, electrostatic headphones require lots of clean power. That's why leading electrostatic headphone makers often include an amp. We've included our amp recommendations. The MrSpeakers Jade system is so new we don't have all the details yet. 

Brand Electrostatic
Headphones
Picture Amplifier
 Hifiman Shangri-La Jr

Hifiman Shangri-La Jr electrostatic headphones image

Shangri-La Tube

Sonoma Sonoma M1 Sonoma electrostatic headphones and amp image Amp (included)
MrSpeakers VOCE MrSpeakers Electrostatic headphones image Shangri-La Tube or Jade (will have soon)

 

Resources

Shure Magazine

Shure Headphones and IEM Comparison