Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones

Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones

Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones

B&H # SHSRH1540 MFR # SRH1540
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Product Highlights

  • 40mm Neodymium Drivers
  • Alcantara, Slow Recovery Foam Earpads
  • Closed-Back Design for Noise Reduction
  • Detachable Oxygen-Free Kevlar Cable
  • Aluminum & Carbon Fiber Construction
  • Padded Dual-Frame Headband
  • Includes Extra Cable & Pair of Earpads
  • Includes Storage Case & 1/4" Adapter
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  • 1Description

The SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones from Shure are designed to provide audio playback with accentuated bass response and clear highs. They feature 40mm Neodymium drivers and a closed-back, circumaural design that helps reduce background noise. Their earpads are replaceable and made from Alcantara and slow recovery foam, to provide a comfortable fit as well as additional noise reduction.

The headphones have a 6-foot, dual exit cable with gold-plated connectors that are detachable for storage and replacement. The cable itself is made from oxygen-free copper and housed in a Kevlar reinforced jacket. Shure includes a replacement cable, a pair of replacement earpads, a threaded 1/4" adapter, and a zippered hard storage case.

  • Closed-back, circumaural design rests comfortably over the ears to reduce background noise
  • Construction featuring 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 fully adjustable for listening comfort
  • Dual-exit cables with gold-plated MMCX connectors provide secure connection and detachability for storage or replacement
  • UPC: 042406319799
    In the Box
    Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones
  • Threaded 1/4" Gold-Plated Adapter
  • 2 x Detachable Cables
  • Pair of Alcantara Ear Pads
  • Zippered Hard Storage Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Shure SRH1540 specs

    Driver Size 1.6" / 40 mm
    Driver Type Dynamic
    Magnet Type Neodymium
    Design Over-Ear (Circumaural)
    Earcup Style Closed-Back
    Frequency Response 5 Hz to 25 kHz
    Sensitivity 99 dB at 1 kHz
    Impedance 46 Ohms
    Maximum Power Handling 1000 mW
    Audio Connector 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS
    Connector Plating Gold
    Detachable Yes
    Type Oxygen-Free Copper
    Cable Length 6' /  m
    Weight 10.1 oz / 286 g 
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.8 x 9.3 x 3.3"

    Shure SRH1540 reviews

    SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding for home studio Wow, so much to say. But I'll keep it short: 1. Packaging from B&H was perfect. Arrived without a scratch 2. The hardened case, contoured foam and zip pockets for the cables are well planned out. Great to take on a flight if necessary 3. These are so adjustable, they will fit almost any headsize (probably not small children) 4. The sound: Bass and mids are impeccable. Highs are distinct, but just a touch subdued which I prefer. 5. Price is actually fairly low for what you are getting. HIGHLY recommend. And of course, I'd get them right here from B&H Enjoy!
    Date published: 2015-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning These cans are the best I have ever tried! I guess first to talk about is the sound. They are very detailed with very good seperation. The highs are sweet without being annoyingly bright and the lows are crisp without being boomy. They handled every piece and genre I gave them with easy and clarity. They are very comfortable for even extended periods of time. I was very pleased even my MP3 player was capable of driving them at a decent volume. Some may say the cord is too short but if you using these on the go with a mobile device or with you computer, the length is just right.
    Date published: 2016-01-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't be more pleased Comfort on the cans is top notch, the memory foam and alcantera earpads are excellent for all head shapes and sizes, glasses included. Sound texture is somewhat warm, but thats my preference. Highs are nice, but not too sparkly, the cans are more focused on the mid and bass regions. There is no sense of lacking in the highs but the sound signature is definitely not in favor of the highs. Bass and is very punchy and clear, but sounds subpar on poorly recorded tracks. On well done tracks, the headphones are exquisite. A side note: the headband design is very comfy but will bow out on your head, so that the cans look good, but just not while you are wearing them.
    Date published: 2015-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, Comfortable, Clear First of all: these are probably the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn. They are light (yet feel well made) and the ear pads float against your skin. I have worn them for hours with no pain or discomfort, and I find them much more comfortable than the Oppo PM-3 and at least on par with the Sennheiser HD650. In terms of sound: the SRH1540 does have strong bass, but after letting it burn in for several hours I've found it to be tight and detailed, as well as extending deep. At first - before burn in - I found it a little fat, boomy; now it is meaty but satisfying. Psychological or mechanical, call it what you will, but there was definitely something that changed after 12-16 hours. In comparison these have much stronger bass than the HD650, and are more accentuated than the PM-3, with deeper reach (although the PM-3 feels faster and with a bit more texture/detail). Mids are pleasant but slightly back from the listener, in comparison to the forward vocals of the PM-3. The PM-3 puts you on stage; the 1540 puts you in the front row. This also relates to the soundstage, which is larger than the PM-3 but (obviously) smaller than the open-back HD650. I've found the treble to be smooth and unobjectionable. Detailed without harshness - never wince-inducing. For me, doing a back-to-back comparison against the PM-3 was instructive. The PM-3 isolates more effectively and has a closed in, intimate feel, with vocals (mids) very prominent, and the bass neutral (which some will feel is reduced), although fast and detailed. The 1540 is much more comfortable, less isolating, less fatiguing, with more power and slam in the bass but with vocals that fade back further in the mix. My general thought is that, depending on my mood, the PM-3 is better for certain vocal-heavy music and very complex, fast pieces like Tool's Lateralus, whereas the 1540 does great with soundtracks (The Dark Knight was wow on these cans), instrumental pieces, EDM, prog rock, etc. If I'm going to watch a movie or play a game I'll pick the 1540 for sure. I sold my HD650 for the 1540 and I'm happy - I needed a closed premium can for home use, and I was never pleased with the HD650 for movie or game us (it was great for music). I'm keeping my PM-3 for on-the-go and at work. They feel complimentary and neither replaces the other. The 1540 does not have to have a good headphone amp to run it...but I would recommend you get a decent DAC and Amp anyway to get the most out of them. I do feel like with these you don't need to spend thousands of extra on the DAC/Amp, though - they aren't picky like the Sennheiser HD800 or demanding like a Hifiman HD6. My Modi 2 uber + Magni 2 uber setup rocks. Hope this helps - as always with audio YMMV. Everyone hears differently, and listens differently. But if you are in the market for a really comfy set of at-home closed cans, these should be on your short list.
    Date published: 2016-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! My new favorite headphones After listening the SRH1540 for a week, I have no other choice than selling my Momentums, B&W P7, and the Beats Studio Wireless. I just can not stand their artificial sound...Certainly, $ is not easy to spend on headphones but when you buy something that sounds like $, it's well worth it. The SRH1540 are big, so keep that in mind if you are planning to use them during a flight. Their use makes more sense at home, on a nice comfy sofa. At first, they sounded great with my 15 inch macbook pro retina. However, I had previously purchased the Audioquest dragonfly v1.2 (DAC/AMP) and the sound now is spectacular. A 5 star product. How did I find these headphones between so many brands, well, after reading the review from what hi*fi? Best 2014 home headphones. If you haven't read that review yet, take the time to do it.
    Date published: 2015-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful sounding headphones My pretty sure headphones had a plastic piece that continually kept breaking on it. The sure SRH 1540 headphones resolve this with the metal band going up around your head. The new padding for the years is wonderful compared to what I had in the past and absolutely recommend buying these headphones.
    Date published: 2014-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable with excellent sound I am really enjoying these headphones. They are very comfortable! The sound is a little on the warmer side of neutral, with strong but not overpowering bass. Treble is very good and never harsh. As some professional reviewers have noted, the midrange is slightly recessed, most noticeable on vocals. Overall, they have a pleasing, fun sound with plenty of detail, that works for many genres. I compared them primarily to a pair of Oppo PM-3. The PM-3 were much more portable, but much less comfortable with smaller, shallower earcups. The PM-3 had a prominent midrange making them better for vocal material, but for everything else I preferred the Shure SRH1540. I kept the Shure phones and returned the PM-3, as only one pair was in my budget. Some might feel the Shure are overpriced, but with an extra cable and set of earpads, which would cost nearly $100, the price is comparable to the competition.
    Date published: 2016-10-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Recessed mids, horrible headband The Shure signature house sound is fairly present in these studio oriented closed headphones. The full kit of equipment with spare cables and pads is very nice, but the frequency response is very U shaped and the headband focuses pressure on a very small section of the head's crown...a real no no if the wearer has anything but a thick head of hair.
    Date published: 2016-05-24
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