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Shure KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphones

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After 7 years of rigorous development, Shure's KSE1500 Electrostatic Sound Isolating™ Earphone System is a World's First in earphone technology.


The KSE1500 features the first-ever single-driver electrostatic earphone  matched to a rechargeable USB amplifier, with digital-to-audio conversion (DAC) and support for both digital, streaming and pure analog audio sources - portable or otherwise.


$2,999.00

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Package Includes:

  • KSE1500 Earphones, earphone sleeves, & carrying case
  • KSA1500 USB Amplifier & Leather Case
  • Micro USB to Lightning Cable, Micro USB OTG Cable, Micro USB to USB Cable, 2 x 3.5mm Cable (6” & 36”)
  • Airline Adapter, 1/4” Adapter, Cable Clip, USB Power Plug, Volume Attenuator
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Rubber Retention Bands (2x)

Main Features:

  • 4-Band Parametric EQ
  • USB digital input
  • 7-10 hours of battery life

The Shure KSE1500 Earphones

Advanced Technology

The Shure KSE1500 is the first ever single-driver electrostatic sound isolating earphone. The design features a virtually weightless, massless diaphragm, surrounded by an electrostatic field generated by back plates that manage charge oscillation.

The audio technology of the KSE1500 earphones enable listeners to fine-tune and appreciate frequencies that may be distorted, or lost completely.

Extremely high correlation to the source audio provides unmatched audio clarity and detail.

Custom-designed Kevlar™ reinforced cable specifically isolates each conductor.

Sound Isolating™, comfortable sleeves block up to 37 dB of ambient noise.

Lightweight, ergonomic shape minimizes ear fatigue.

Shure KSE1500 Earphones

How does it work?

A very small & thin diaphragm sits between two conductive metal plates.

When an audio signal is applied, the metal plates move the diaphragm creating moving air that is converted into acoustic sound pressure.

As a result, music has a finer clarity as opposed to standard earphones.

The Shure KSA1500 USB Amplifier

Included with the KSE1500 earphones is a rechargeable USB amplifier. The KSA1500 acts as a DAC or digital-analog-converter

Exclusive Pairing

Designed exclusively for the KSE1500 electrostatic earphone, this amplifier features a unique electrical circuit that delivers specific bias voltages required by the single-driver electrostatic earphones.

4-Band Parametric EQ

Features five preset settings, and four customizable settings to suit your unique taste with detailed personal control.

Preset settings include flat, low boost, vocal, boost, loudness, de-ess.

Each user-defined setting features four customizable EQ points (low shelf up to 630 Hz, two frequency-variable peaks, high shelf down to 800 Hz), allowing detailed personal control, shaping and tuning for different musical tone preferences.

Enhanced Audio Control

Designed exclusively for the KSE1500 electrostatic earphone system, the DAC amplifier has a 6-pin LEMO connection and electrical circuit customized completely for single-driver electrostatic earphones.

  • Digital audio input via USB
  • Bit depth: 16-bit / 24-bit
  • Sample rate: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz
  • Analog signal path via standard 1/8" (3.5 mm) “Line In” input/switch
  • Bypasses digital processing for pure analog audio (“Bypass” mode)
  • Analog input pad settings (10 dB or 20 dB) for managing high input levels
  • Input level meter for monitoring signal gain structure
  • Volume level meter
  • User-selectable limiter

EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) Filter

Specially designed circuitry filters out Electromagnetic interference from mobile phones without sacrifycing the audio quality.

Streamlined navigation

Quick and simple selecting of the KSE1500 settings

  • Tactile main control knob
  • Power / previous screen button
  • Hold switch will lock the KSE1500 to prevent any accidental setting changes
  • Color OLED screen for easy viewable, detailed navigation through settings
Integrated USB rechargeable battery

Conveniently charge from provided wall charger or computer, even when streaming USB audio from computer.

  • Battery life - Up to 7 hours with digital USB input
  • (EQ mode) - Up to 10 hours with analog input
  • (Bypass EQ mode) - Charge time: approx. 3 hours 15 minutes for full charge from empty (using power adaptor)

Compatibility

Compatible with Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices via included accessory assortment, featuring Micro-B to Lightning and Micro-B OTG cables.

Shure KSA1500 Amp


KSE1500 Create your own sound signature:

Shure Tutorial

Shure KSE1500 tutorial step 1

Step 1:

Start from home screen

Shure KSE1500 tutorial step 2

Step 2:

Double click button ① to enter the menu.
Go to “Equalizer” and press button ① once.

Shure KSE1500 tutorial step 3

Step 3:

Use button ① to select the preset mode or create user defined settings. For user defined mode, select “USER DEFINED 1,2,3, or 4” and press button ① once.

Shure KSE1500 tutorial step 4 Shure KSE1500 tutorial step 4-2

Step 4:

Use button ① to highlight the filter point you want to adjust, push button ① once to confirm.

Shure KSE1500 tutorial step 5

Step 5:

Use button ① to boost or reduce the gain of the selected frequency and push once to set.

Shure KSE1500 tutorial step 6

Step 6:

If you are adjusting the PEAK filter (point 2 or 3), you can use button ① to select the bandwidth of the filter: Narrow, Medium or Wide.

Shure KSE1500 tutorial step 7

Step 7:

Once finished customizing the EQ setting, push button ② once. Use button ① to decide to save that setting under USER DEFINED 1,2,3, or 4. Kindly note that once a setting is saved it will replaced the previous setting of that USER DEFINED number.

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Features

Additional Info

4-band Parametric EQ features five preset settings and four customizable settings for management of audio playback preferences

Preset settings include flat, low boost, vocal boost, loudness, de-ess

Each user-defined setting features four customizable EQ points (low shelf up to 630 Hz, two frequency-variable peaks, high shelf down to 800 Hz), allowing detailed personal control, shaping and tuning for different musical tone preferences Enhanced audio controls provide user-friendly digital and analog options to maximize audio playback fidelity

Digital audio input via USB

Bit depth: 16-bit / 24-bit

Sample rate: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz

Analog signal path via standard 1/8" (3.5 mm) “Line In” input/switch

Bypasses digital processing for pure analog audio (“Bypass” mode)

Analog input pad settings (10 dB or 20 dB) for managing high input levels

Input level meter for monitoring signal gain structure

Volume level meter

User-selectable limiter Streamlined navigation for quick and simple selecting of the KSE1500 settings

Tactile main control knob

Power / previous screen button

Hold switch will lock the KSE1500 to prevent any accidental setting changes

Color OLED screen for easy viewable, detailed navigation through settings Integrated USB rechargeable battery can conveniently charge from provided wall charger or computer, even when streaming USB audio from computer

Battery life ◦ Up to 7 hours with digital USB input (EQ mode) ◦ Up to 10 hours with analog input (Bypass EQ mode)

Charge time: approx. 3 hours 15 minutes for full charge from empty (using power adaptor)


Included with KSE1500 Electrostatic system

The KSE1500 includes:

  • Micro-USB-to-Lightning Cable
  • Micro-USB OTG Cable
  • Micro-USB to USB Cable
  • 3.5mm Cable (6”)
  • 3.5mm Cable (36”)
  • Leather Case for Amplifier
  • Earphone Carrying Case
  • Earphone Sleeves
  • Airline Adapter
  • 1/4” Adapter
  • Volume Attenuator
  • Cable Clip
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • Rubber Retention Bands (2x)
  • USB Power Plug

Specifications

General 

 

Bias Voltage

200 V DC

Output Voltage

±200 V, max.

Output Current 

≤1 mA

Noise Attenuation

 ≤37 dB

Operating Temperature Range

 0 to 45 °C (32 to 113 °F)

Storage Temperature

-18 to 57 °C (0 to 135 °F)

 

 

Earphone Specs

 

Transducer Type 

Electrostatic

Connector Type 

LEMO Connector

Frequency Response

10 Hz to 50 kHz

Maximum SPL

1 kHz at 3% THD

113 dB SPL

Net Weight 

44.0 g (1.55 oz.)
   

Amp Specs

 

Bit Depth   

16-bit / 24-bit

Sampling Rate

44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

up to 107 dB A-weighted

Adjustable Gain Range

-40 dB to +60 dB

Limiter 

Selectable Analog RMS Limiter

Equalizer 

4-band Parametric

USB Input

USB Micro-B Receptacle

Line-In

Input 3.5 mm (1/8")

Charging Requirements

USB-powered: 5 V/0.5 A to 1 A

Housing 

Black Anodized Aluminum

Net Weight

182.0 g (6.42oz.)

Dimensions 

111 × 59 × 21 mm H × W × D
   

Battery Specs

 

Battery Type 

Rechargeable Li-Ion

Nominal Voltage

3.6 V DC
Battery Life 

Analog in (BYPASS EQ mode) up to 10 hours

USB Input Analog in (EQ mode) up to 7 hours

   

 

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