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Headphone Comparison

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Headphone Comparison

Shure headphones and IEMs are designed to carry on a flatter frequency range. This means they tend to be a more neutrally balanced and non-equalized in sound.

Shure, being predominantly a company catering to the audio professionals, want to create headphones and earphones that allow for higher mastering quality.

However, Shure's headphones are some of the best for the consumer market as well with their ability to easily span multiple different genres and capture a more complete sound.

This guide is to give you a comparison glance at the Shure headphones we sell. We have included sound signature notes as described by Shure Principal Engineer, Yuri Shulman.

Shure SRH1840 Headphones

SRH1840

Shulman: SRH1840 Open Back is also designed for mastering and critical listening; it features the smoothest response with crisp, clear and very detailed sound across its extended frequency range. The most comfortable, lightweight headphone we make today.

  • Type: Open-back, circumaural
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB SPL/mW
  • Maximum Input Power: 1000 mW
  • Frequency Range: 10 Hz – 30 kHz
  • Weight: 0.59 lbs (268 g)
  • Cable Style: Dual-exit, detachable oxygen-free copper
  • Cable Length: 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
  • Plug: Gold-plated 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jack
  • Impedance: 65 Ω
Shure SRH1540 Headphones

SRH1540

Shulman: SRH1540 features an expansive soundstage with clear, extended highs and warm bass; these closed back lightweight headphones offer a supremely comfortable circumaural design for professional critical mastering and audiophile listening.

  • Type: Closed-back, circumaural
  • Sensitivity: 99 dB/mW
  • Frequency Range: 5 Hz – 25 kHz
  • Weight: 10.1 oz (286 g)
  • Cable Style: Dual-exit, detachable oxygen-free copper
  • Cable Length: 6 ft (1.8 m)
  • Plug: Gold-plated 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack
  • Impedance: 46 Ω

How do the Shure SRH1840 and SRH1540 compare to other Shure headphones? This is how Shulman describes the other Shure headphones:

SRH240A offers high quality sound and comfort. It is a great value headphone for personal listening on almost any device.

SRH440 has a nice stereo image with wide soundstage and full, extended frequency response. It is a workhorse headphone, great for tracking, field recording and mixing. It is foldable for an easy fit in the bag.

SRH840 is tailored to offer rich bass, smooth and clear mid-range and nicely extended highs, great for critical listening and studio monitoring.

SRH940 provides a truly flat and accurate response across the entire audio range, ideal for critical listening, studio monitoring and mastering.

SRH550DJ is for DJ mixing as well as personal listening on any device. It has high sensitivity and is a great value.

SRH750DJ is designed for professional DJ mixing and monitoring, but amplification is recommended for optimum performance.

SRH1440 Open Back is great for critical listening and mastering, it can be connected to personal audio devices, and amplification is not required.


SE Earphone/IEM Comparison

Shure SE846 Clear Pro Isolating Earphones

SE846

  • Sensitivity: 114 dB SPL/mW
  • Frequency Range: 15 Hz–20 kHz
  • Cable Style: Detachable cables with wireform fit
  • Cable Length: 46" and 64"
  • Detachable cable: Yes
  • Colors: Clear & Bronze
  • Speaker Type: Quad High-Definition MicroDrivers
Shure SE535 Earphones

SE535

  • Sensitivity: 119 dB SPL/mW
  • Frequency Range: 18Hz – 19kHz
  • Cable Style: 64" Detachable (at ear) with wireform fit
  • Cable Length: 46" and 64"
  • Detachable cable: Yes
  • Colors: Clear, Bronze & Red (LTD Version)
  • Speaker Type: Triple High-Definition MicroDrivers

Shure SE425 Earphones

SE425

  • Sensitivity: 109 dB SPL/mW
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz – 19kHz
  • Cable Style: Detachable (at ear) with wireform fit
  • Cable Length: 64"
  • Detachable cable: Yes
  • Colors: Clear & Metallic Silver
  • Speaker Type: Dual High-Definition MicroDrivers
Shure SE315 Earphones

SE315

  • Sensitivity: 116 dB SPL/mW
  • Frequency Range: 22Hz – 18.5kHz
  • Cable Style: Detachable (at ear) with wireform fit
  • Cable Length: 64"
  • Detachable cable: Yes
  • Colors: Clear & Black
  • Speaker Type: High-Definition MicroDriver + Tuned BassPort

Shulman, Y. (n.d.). Headphone Design and Selection | Shure Technical FAQ. Retrieved August 03, 2016, from http://shure.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5476/kw/headphones

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  3. Shure SE535 Earphones

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  4. Shure Replacement Ear Cushions for 1440 and 1840

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  5. Shure SE846 Pro Earphones

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  6. Silver Dragon Cable for Shure Headphones V3

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  7. Blue Dragon Cable for Shure Headphones V3

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  8. Black Dragon IEM headphone cable V1 for Shure Earphones

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  9. Silver Dragon IEM headphone cable V1 for Shure Earphones

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  10. Blue Dragon Cable for Shure Pro Headphones V3

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  11. Silver Dragon Cable for Shure Pro Headphones V3

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  12. Shure KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphones

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  13. Shure SHA900 Portable Headphone Amplifier

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  14. Shure SE535 LTD Sound Isolating™ Earphones

    Special Price $449.00 Regular Price $499.00
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  15. Black Dragon Cable for Shure Headphones V2

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  16. Shure EAAMPCASE Leather Amplifier Case for KSE1500 & SHA900

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  17. Shure KSE1200 Electrostatic Earphones

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