This is a Shure headphones review. Shure Incorporated has nearly a century of experience, specializing in sound equipment. This is an American industry which started in Chicago, Illinois in 1925. At first it sold radio part kits. Later, during the depression years of the 1930’s, Shure developed several kinds of microphones which were widely used by the US military during the second world war. Later the company expanded to produce phonographic cartridges, tape recording heads, hearing aids, wireless microphones, and eventually headphones and earphones.
Headphones and earbuds are only a small part of what the Shure company produces. It specializes in a few basic designs, of which there are several varieties. Each variety of headphones or earbuds has its own specific features and different prices, depending on its quality level.
Shure headband headphones are mostly DJ style. Many are circumaural, closed back, and noise isolating. A few varieties are equipped with microphones and remotes. Shure earphones mostly have the same basic style with a housing that contains at list one but sometimes as many as four different microdrivers, each one specially designed to carry different frequency ranges. Most earbud models have snap-on, replaceable connecting cables. Some of the most popular Shure headphone products are reviewed below.
The Shure SE 215 is a small, lightweight, sound isolating earphone with a single microdriver. The most basic varieties are the Shure SE215-K (clear black) and the Shure SE215-CL (clear). Both sell for about $99 on Amazon, which is a discount of about $101 off of the list price. Both get a score of about 4.1 stars out of 5 in Amazon reviews. They work exactly the same, and they have the exact same features. The only difference is the color. For those who want an earphone with a 3-button remote and microphone, compatible with Apple products like iPhone, iPad and iPod, another variety, the Shure SE215-K Earphones and CBL-M-+K is available for a little more cost at about $150. All these varieties have up to 37 dB of sound isolation from outside noise. They come with three sets of soft foam ear tips: small, medium, and large. Frequency response range is 22 hertz to about 17,500 hertz. Sensitivity is about 107 dB SPL (Sound Pressure Level). Impedance is about 20 ohms.
The Shure SE 425-V sound isolating earphones cost about $300 on Amazon, which is a discount of about $51 off of the list price. In Amazon reviews they earn a score of about 4.0 stars out of 5. These earbuds come in two colors: silver or clear. They have a set of two high definition microdrivers. One driver handles low and bass tones, while the other produces high pitches. Working together, the dual set of microdrivers produce a frequency range of 20 hertz – 19,000 hertz. Sensitivity is about 109 dB SPL (sound pressure level). They come with three sets of ear tips: small, medium, and large, for a personal, customized fit into any size of ear. The soft foam ear tips give about 37 dB of sound isolation. They have an impedance of about 22 ohms. The unit comes with a 2-year limited warranty. For use with Apple products like iPhone, iPad and iPod, for about $50 more, you can buy Shure SE425-V (Silver) Earphones with CBL-M-+K Music Phone Cable for iPhone + 3.5mm Y cable which comes with an on-cord microphone and 3-button remote. Or, you can buy seperately an on-cord microphone and 3-button remote for about $14 (plus shipping).
The Shure SE 535-V is a sound isolating earbud with a set of 3 microdrivers. It sells for about $499 on Amazon, which is a discount of about $51 dollars off the list price. Among Amazon reviewers, these earn a score of about 4.3 stars out of 5 for customer satisfaction. They come in two colors: clear or metallic bronze. For those who want a remote and microphone to use with Apple products like iPhone, iPod and iPad, there is a there is a special Shure SE535LTD Limited Edition Red Sound Isolating Earphones with Remote + Microphone model which comes with two cables: one with a 1-button remote, and another with a 3-button remote. The Red edition costs about $549 on Amazon. The set of 3 microdrivers consists of a tweeter for high pitches, one woffer for medium tones, and another woffer to produce the low and bass tones. Together the drivers produce a frequency range of 18 hertz – 19,000 hertz with 36 ohms of impedance and a sensitivity of about 119 dB SPL (sound pressure level). Ear tips give up to 37 dB of noise isolation. They come with a 2-year warranty.
The Shure SE846 Sound Isolating Earphones are now available with a set of 4 microdrivers. On Amazon the cost about $1,048. In Amazon reviews they earn a perfect score of 5.0 stars out of 5 for customer satisfaction. The set of microdrivers includes a subwoffer for deep bass response and a low pass filter for deep bass clarity. Together, the 4 microdrivers produce a frequency response range of 15 hertz – 20,000 hertz with a sensitivity of 114 SPL (sound power level). The detachable cable has an on-cord microphone and a 3-button remote, suitable for use with portable listening devices like cell phones and MP3 players. Another variety of variety, the Shure SE846 CL, is available without remote and microphone for about $1,000. These earphones come with a special fit kit that includes a selection of several kinds and sizes of ear tips for a personal, customized fit. Ear tips give up to 37 dB of noise isolation from outside sounds. These ear buds have a standard Shure 2-year warranty.
The Shure SRH 440 professional studio DJ headphones are popular for both professional and personal use. they cost about $99 on Amazon, which is a discount of about $26 dollars off the list price. Reviewers on Amazon give them a score of 4.3 stars out of five for customer satisfaction. Comfort features include a padded headband, a sliding headband adjustment, and a light weight of about 9.6 ounces (272 grams). These have closed-back ear cups and soft, circumaural (over-ear) ear cushions for about 12 dB – 18 dB sound isolation from outside noises. The detachable cable plugs into the left ear cup and has a length of stretching coil which can extend to a length of about 10 feet. Frequency range is from 10 hertz – 22,000 hertz with a sensitivity of about 105 dB SPL (sound pressure level) and 44 ohms of impedance. Maximum input power is about 500 mW. They come with a standard Shure 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The Shure SRH 145 collapsible portable headset is a very affordable set of headphones. On Amazon it costs about $39, which is a discount of about $10 off of the list price. In Amazon reviews it gets a fairly good grade of about 4.1 stars out of 5 for customer satisfaction. Another variety known as the Shure SRH145m+ is available for about $49, which is discount of about $12 off of the list price. The SRH 145m+ has an on-cable microphone with a 3-button remote control that is compatible with all Apple iOS listening devices. These headphones use an on-ear design with closed-back earcups which provide some sound isolation from outside noises. The connecting cord is a fixed 5 ft. (1.5 meter) cable with a 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) L-shaped jack plug. The unit weighs only 5.28 ounces (150 grams). Frequency range is 25 hertz – 18,000 hertz with an impedance of about 34 ohms. The unit collapses and folds like a pair of sun glasses for easy portability. Sensitivity is 100 dB SPL (sound pressure level). The unit comes with a standard Shure 2-year limited warranty.
Shure SRH 1840
The Shure SRH1840 Professional Open Back Headphones (Black) are a set of professional DJ and studio headphones. On Amazon they cost about $499, which is a discount of about $125 off the list price. Amazon reviewers give them a nearly perfect score of about 4.7 stars out of 5 for customer satisfaction. These headphones have circumaural (over-the-ear) ear cushions for comfort, but since they have open back ear cups, they have no sound isolation. Instead of noise isolation, the open back design gives a better sound stage and more natural sound imaging. The 6 ft. 10 in. (2.1 meter) cable is dual-exit and detachable so that it can be replaced if damaged. An impedance of 65 ohms adds to the clarity of the audio signal. Frequency response range is 10 hertz – 30,000 hertz with a maximum input power level of 1,000 mW. Sensitivity is about 96 dB SPL (sound pressure level). An extra set of velour ear cushions and an extra replacement connection cable are included.