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Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones

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  • 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
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9 x 4.5 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00FR8DMR8
  • Item model number: SRH1540
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,348 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 15, 2013

Product Description

SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones

The SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones feature an expansive soundstage for clear, extended highs and warm bass. Developed with aluminum alloy and carbon fiber 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.

History & Overview

Building on over 85 years of audio experience, the SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones deliver superior audio performance, comfort and durability to listeners of all kinds - professional engineers, musicians and audiophiles. The SRH1540 utilizes 40 mm neodymium drivers for an expansive soundstage with clear, extended highs and warm bass. Developed with aluminum alloy and carbon fiber construction, the lightweight and durable design also features Alcantara ear pads for maximum sound isolation and comfort.

Additional Specifications

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

Features:
  • 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
Shure's Professional Headphone Line (Closed-Back) Accessory Comparison Chart
SRH240A
SRH440
SRH840
SRH940
SRH1540
Threaded 1/4" gold-plated adapter
Carrying Bag
Zippered Hard Travel Case
Detachable Coiled Cable
Additional Pair of Ear Pads
Detachable Dual-Exit Cable with MMCX Connectors
Detachable Coiled and Straight Cables


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Very smooth, silky, and grain free mids.
Milktea
I really hope Shure continues their consistent improvements in the headphone market.
Bendic
First, the build quality and comfort is phenomenal.
merzbow

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan P. Byrne on February 24, 2014
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I love these headphones!!! I just got done watching the entire first and second season of "House of Cards" on these things and it was so enjoyable. The mids could be a tad more present and I do mean a tad but that's probably due to the bass being a tad accentuated. This is a fairly neutral headphones that has gotten great reviews for other audiophiles. I took a chance on these because I wasn't happy with my Denon D600's as they were too bassy (but great for EDM) and my Sennheiser HD650's had very little low end emphasis for my tastes. If the D600s and the Sennheiser HD650s had a baby, it would be the SRH1540s. It almost sounds like, from a high level, like a closed version of the HD650s. Wonderful headphones that sound great for any genre. They're a neutral headphone with a touch of fun added. I'm so impressed by them that I am considering selling two pairs of my headphones, the Beyerdynamic DT880 and the Denon AH-D2000 (discontinued). Here's my review from Head-Fi:

"So I just got my 1540 (yay FedEx...) and after listening to these for about a half hour, the best way I can describe them is if the HD650s and D600s had a baby and that's the 1540s :D. A better more proper description would be they sound like a closed version of the HD-650s (I haven't done any A/B'ing between the two to verify this nor do I care to at the moment so I'm just going just going from memory), what I mean is these are like a pair of HD-650s with more low end emphasis (I do not have "Golden Ears"). Before anyone rips me apart for that comment please realize this that I'm making this comment from a high level. I like them a lot and I feel I can listen to these with any genre (I think kimvictor might have said something similar in his review).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex Su on April 13, 2014
After having used Klipsch X10i for two years now, I decided that it's time to change to a headphone since the cables on the X10i started to harden. Did some searching and initially decided on ATH-M50x from Audio Technica due to its overwhelming reviews.

Went down to a store nearby that sells almost any headphone you can think of, and they let you test it too. After testing the ATH-M50x for a while, decided that it's not good enough and then tested all sorts of other headphone in that store. Sat there proudly at a corner was this beauty Shure SRH1540. Looks kindda big and heavy but when I picked it up, it was surprisingly light and comfortable on the head due to its firm clamping force and the Alcantara ear pads.

Hit the play button on my iPhone and was immediately stunned by the sound it produces. Instrument separation was excellent, drum beats are kicking, vocals are crystal clear and soundstage was great too. I have never heard an open back headphone before but this closed back headphone makes my X10i sounded like a toy!

Bought the SRH1540 back home with me without any hesitation despite the price difference between this and the ATH-M50x. I have it for almost a month now and I am listening to it almost every day alternating between the X10i and SRH1540. Alternating between these two, I noticed something that I am used to in the X10i and still have not gotten used to in the SRH1540.

That's the presentation of vocal. in the X10i, vocal seemed "forward" sounding while in the SRH1540, it sounded a little bit "distant". Maybe it's me who got to get used to the sound signature of the SRH1540? I am not sure but in all other departments, the SRH1540 beats the X10i so I am sticking to the SRH1540.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sloan Ranger on December 8, 2013
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I'm not a professional nor equipped with the observational skills of a true audiophile. But on the most fundamental level for my purposes, these are the best headphones I've ever used coming from SRH840s. These finally have the bass response I've always wanted out of the 840s. They're also way, way more comfortable and feel lighter. One caveat is that they sound way better from a powered source. So if you plan to exclusively use an iPhone or iPad as your source...you will likely be disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Milktea on May 17, 2014
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Why did you choose this rating?
* Because the sound quality is top-notch

What did you like or dislike?
* Like the sound signature and comfort
* Dislike the price

Who would you recommend this to?
* Anyone looking for a sealed equivalent of the Sennheiser HD650 (neutral and laid-back).

Now that I've answered Amazon's list of questions, follow is my short review...
I'd start off by saying these cans sound just like the Sennheiser HD650. Yes, I was really surprise when I first tried them on. The SRH1540 has the same sound signature as the HD650. If Shure had replaced their logo on the headphone with just a letter 'S', I would have thought that it was a Sennheiser product; a refresh of the famous HD650.

So why did I purchase the SRH1540? Because I own an HD650, and was looking for a sealed equivalent. As you all know, HD650 is an open can, and they're only good for home private listening. I was looking for a way to keep the music private in the public, but retain the same sound quality as the HD650. After reading numerous reviews on closed cans, I had finally decided on the SRH1540.

I'll spare you all from long boring reviews. I'll just confirm that most (trusted source) reviews you'll read on the SRH1540 are accurate.

Here's a quick run down...
The SRH1540 had more sub-bass compare to the HD650. And its bass is a bit loose. Approximately about +3db to +5db boost. But its expected from a closed can.
The midrange is excellent, close to being the HD650. Very smooth, silky, and grain free mids. The HD650 is still the king of midrange.
The upper mid is a bit boosted compare to the HD650, but only by a very small amount (about +1db).
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