Shure SRH1540 Mastering & Studio Closed-Back Headphones
The Shure SRH1540 is currently on our recommended list for Recording Headphones..
The SRH1540 have an extensive soundstage, making them ideal as reference or monitor studio headphones and even a compelling option for mixing and mastering.
They were designed with Alcantara ear pads for providing sound isolation and a fully adjustable and lightweight headband, which makes them comfortable for extended studio use.
They were also developed with aluminum alloy and carbon fiber construction for an even more durability.
At 46 Ohms impedance they're also well suited for use with mobile devices in addition to pro audio gear.
- Type: Closed-back
- Driver Size: 40 mm
- Magnet Type: Neodymium
- Frequency Response: 5 Hz – 25,000Hz
- Maximum Input Power: 1000 mW
- Sensitivity: 99 dB
- Impedance: 46 Ohms
- Noise Attenuation: Not Specified
- Weight: 10.1 oz
- Cable and Connectivity: 6 ft dual-exit, detachable oxygen-free copper cable; Gold-plated 1/8" stereo mini jack
Reviewers and users rave about the sound quality of this one. The ultra low bass response is particularly praised along with natural sounding mids and non-fatiguing highs. In his MusicRadar review, Robbie Stamp mentioned the "high end is crystal clear and the transient detail is immaculate across the board - kick drum punches aren't pulled, reverb tails can be picked out in a dense mix, close vocals fill your head and, most importantly, the slightest distortions are instantly noticeable". The material used to construct the ear pads of these headphones is fairly breathable, which contributes to the comfort factor. Since the headband doesn't have a bulky construction, these headphones are also light enough to not weigh down on the wearer's head. It's worth mentioning that a lot of sound engineers found them very durable.
Some reviewers feel that that the noise isolation is only average, perhaps as Shure have focused on sound quality. Some users mentioned that the earcups provided for limited adjustments, which may affect whether the headphones sit well on your head.
Nevertheless, these quality headphones are a great investment for professional studio applications, home recordings and portable audiophile bliss.