Shure SRH1540 Professional Premium Closed-back Headphones : Coming from engineered exciting sounding headphones like the momentum on ears

As soon as you get your hands on the box you know you’ve got real quality, the storage case, spare cables and spare pads(oh those pads are sublime) are all built to last. These phones look a lot heavier than they appear, these are very light. When it comes to sound quality these dont disappoint, top end is crystal clear, free from any sibilance, mids again are very clear hearing every nuance to voices, theyre very talented. Bass wise its a mixed bag,theyre deep, sub bass is controlled but found mid bass could be coloured at times. Imagery is excellent as is the soundstage. So overall an, excellent buy, but have to say they are still behind sennheisers hd600 and hd650 models in terms of sound and price.

Upgraded from akg551 cans and they are a substantial improvement. Supreme clarity and soundstage. A very satisfying full sound. No overblown bass nonsense – just the music as recorded. They are not tricky to power but a headphone amp always gives more punch. Very very comfortable – you can forget they are on. If you can afford the price then these are superb headphones.

After reading reviews in what hifi and head-fi. Org and then sampling them at my local dealer i can say that my first pair of shure headphones has been a resounding success. I use this at my workplace connected to an iphone 6+ via a fostex hp-p1 amp/dac. My choice of music is diverse and i enjoy listening to everything from classical film soundtracks, to the latest hits. Being in an office i find the 1540’s to offer reasonable noise isolation and no one has complained of any leakage yetfor me the 1540’s have a delivered clear soundscape which is great for listening to orchestras or things like piano or guitar acoustic solos. But they also have a good bass punch if i’m listening to some pop or dance record. I’ve tried it with a good mp3 rips and flac files and although the clarity and quality is better with the lossless flac format, even the lowly mp3 was presented well. I typically where headphone for 3-4hrs per day and these have been comfortable with no sweaty ears or feeling they are crushing your skull. Are there better headphones at this price?.May be i think it is personal choice though to a large extent, for me they were worth the money and are the best i have owned so far.

Tested these against oppo pm-3, akg k701, meze 99 classic, akg k553, at-mdr7 etc. I could not believe how much better these were in all areas. These gave me goosebumps regardless of music style. Human voice sounded so natural, bass was there and very detailed and highs were natural (not like the beyer dynamic with a spike). I used aune x7s with dagmagic 100 (set to higher rate) and smsl sanskrit panda stack. All with enhanced power supplies. Same result with both setups. So i used to have a headphone collection, now i only have these. Focal utopia might be even better but the price is 7-8x of these.

No bluetooth, no inline remote, no clever noise cancelling software and they don’t look particularly trendy. But all your money goes into producing an incredibly detailed and full sound that will make you hear all of your favourite music differently. The sound quality is really incredible, giving all types of music a concert feel, separating out individual instruments and making you feel you are experiencing it live. (especially) when listening to hi res music files, you’ll also hear textures and sounds that you haven’t noticed before in your favourite tracks. The sound is warm and very nicely balanced, bass is confident but in no way overwhelming. They are also very comfortable to wear and dampen outside sounds as well. They work fine on an iphone 6 but i know that using them through an amp and better system makes them sound even better.

Coming from engineered exciting sounding headphones like the momentum on ears, which forums tell me are v shaped in terms of accentuated bass and treble, you think more balanced phones aren’t initially as enjoyable, but they are exceptional when your ears get attuned, the detail is on a different planet. Another positive is, and i’m an ugly person so not used to turning heads out and about, but these massive princess lea cans strapped to my head, i’ve been getting a lot of looks on the street.

Nice feel, a lot of leakage, haven’t noticed a huge difference in sound quality to my sennheisers, wouldn’t say the price tag is worth it.

Premium sound signature and clarity, they scale well with high end amplifiers. Quite comparable to the sennheiser hd650 without much compromise and quite portable for a full size headphone. A clear winner for acoustic and electronic music.

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  • Delicious sounding phones

Shure SRH1540 Professional Premium Closed-back Headphones, clear, extended highs and warm, accurate bass, aluminum alloy and carbon fiber construction, Alcantara® ear pads, detachable cable, black/silver

Product Description, The SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones feature an expansive soundstage for clear, extended highs and warm bass. Developed with aluminium alloy and carbon fibre construction, the lightweight and durable design also features Alcantara ear pads for maximum sound isolation and comfort. An included storage case, replacement set of ear pads, and an additional dual-exit cable ensure years of uninterrupted listening enjoyment.


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With a history of audio innovation spanning over 90 years, Shure has turned a passion for making great microphones and audio electronics into an obsession. No wonder Shure continues to set the worldwide industry standard for superior microphones and audio electronics.

SRH1540

Premium Closed-Back Headphones

Building on 87 years of audio experience, the SRH940 Headphones from Shure deliver world-class audio performance, comfort, and durability to professional audio engineers, musicians and audio enthusiasts. Reference-quality frequency response and 40 mm neodymium dynamic drivers combined with comfort and durability provides the ultimate listening experience. The included replaceable cables and ear pads ensure a lifetime of use.

  • 40 mm neodymium drivers deliver superior acoustic performance for an expansive soundstage with clear, extended highs and warm bass
  • Closed-back, circumaural design rests comfortably over the ears and reduces background noise
  • Lightweight construction featuring aircraft-grade aluminum alloy yoke and carbon fiber cap for enhanced durability
  • Steel driver frame with vented center pole piece improves linearity and eliminates internal resonance for consistent performance at all listening levels
  • Ergonomic dual-frame, padded headband is lightweight and fully adjustable for hours of listening comfort
  • Oxygen-free copper cable (OFC) with Kevlar reinforced jacket for superior performance and durability
  • Dual-exit cables with gold-plated MMCX connectors provide secure connection and detachability for easy storage or replacement
  • Replaceable ear pads made with Alcantara and low density, slow recovery foam for exceptional comfort
  • Additional cable, replacement ear pads and zippered storage case included for years of listening enjoyment
  • Legendary Shure durability to withstand the rigors of everyday use

SRH240A SRH440 SRH840 SRH940 SRH1540
Design Closed-Back, Circumaural Closed-Back, Circumaural Closed-Back, Circumaural Closed-Back, Circumaural Closed-Back, Circumaural
Created for Personal listening Home & Studio Recording Critical Listening & Studio Monitoring Critical Listening, Studio Monitoring & Mastering Monitoring & Critical Listening Applications
Driver 40 mm dynamic, neodymium magnet 40 mm dynamic, neodymium magnet 40 mm dynamic, neodymium magnet 40 mm dynamic, neodymium magnet 40 mm dynamic, neodymium magnet
Sensitivity (1kHz) 107 dB/mW 105 dB/mW 102 dB/mW 100 dB/mW 99 dB/mW
Impedence (Nominal, 1 kHz) 38 Ω 44 Ω 44 Ω 42 Ω 46 Ω
Max Input Power (1 kHz) 500 mW 500 mW 1000 mW 1000 mW 1000 mW
Frequency Range 20 Hz – 20 kHz 10 Hz – 22 kHz 5 Hz – 25 kHz 5 Hz – 30 kHz 5 Hz – 25 kHz
Net Weight (w/o cable) 0.52 lb (238g) 0.60 lb (272 g) 0.70 lb (318 g) 0.71 lb (322 g) 0.63 lb (286 g)
Cable Type and Cable Length Attached straight oxygen-free copper, 2.0m (6.5ft) Coiled, detachable, non-PVC, oxygen-free copper (OFC), 3.0 m (9.8 ft) Coiled, detachable, non-PVC, oxygen-free copper (OFC), 3.0 m (9.8 ft) Coiled & straight detachable, non-PVC, oxygen-free copper (OFC), 3.0 m (9.8 ft) Straight, Dual-exit, detachable oxygen-free copper, 1.8 m (6 ft)
Connector Gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo mini jack plug with 1/4″ (6.35mm) threaded adapter Gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo mini jack plug with 1/4″ (6.35mm) threaded adapter Gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo mini jack plug with 1/4″ (6.35mm) threaded adapter Gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo mini jack plug with 1/4″ (6.35mm) threaded adapter Gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack plug with 1/4″ (6.35mm) threaded adapter

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Absolutely sensational headphones. Expensive but well worth it for anyone who is serious about music. Just the right balance of bass and treble. Vocals are crystal clear , right at the front of the mix. Instrument separation is absolutely exquisite. Everything about them is quality. I previously had a pair of senn hd650, which were great but these a definite upgrade.

After a couple of weeks these have come alive. Excellent base but not overpowering. Best headphones i have ever had.

  • Outstanding
  • Best of the best
  • Delicious sounding phones

Shure SRH1540 Professional Premium Closed-back Headphones, clear, extended highs and warm, accurate bass, aluminum alloy and carbon fiber construction, Alcantara® ear pads, detachable cable, black/silver

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  • Ideal for professional engineers, musicians, and audiophiles
  • Expansive soundstage with clear, extended highs and warm bass.
  • Developed with aluminium alloy and carbon fibre construction for super lightweight design and durability
  • Oxygen-free copper cable (OFC) with Kevlar reinforced jacket
  • Frequency Range: 5 Hz – 25 kHz. Cable Length: 6 ft (1.8 m)