Shure SRH1540 Closed-back Mastering Studio Headphones

Closed-back, Circumaural Headphones with Individually Matched Neodymium Drivers, Adjustable Headband, and Detachable Cable
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Shure Sets Another Benchmark in Comfort and Accuracy!

The Shure SRH1540 premium closed-back headphones will envelope you in comfort and great sound. With their detailed highs, rich bass, and superb accuracy, the SRH1540s make excellent studio monitors. Featuring an expansive soundstage with clear, extended highs, a liquid midrange, and warm bass, these 'phones are ideal for monitoring, mastering, and critical listening. You'll also love how comfortable and adjustable the SRH1540s are. When you're in the studio for hours on end, the last thing you need is a headache! If you're in the market for new headphones, check out the Shure SRH1540!

Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed-back Headphones at a Glance:
  • Amazingly speaker-like monitoring with spacious soundstaging
  • Extreme comfort and adjustability for extended studio use
  • Shure professional quality for years of use
Amazingly speaker-like monitoring with spacious soundstaging

The Shure SRH1540 professional closed-back headphones give you a convincingly speaker-like monitoring experience. This lets you dodge one of the main drawbacks of monitoring on 'phones: that mixes don't translate well when played back on various speaker systems. The SRH1540's accurate, extended frequency response and individually matched neodymium drivers serve up amazingly natural sound, a wide stereo image, and stunning depth of field. And the closed-back design minimizes atmospheric bleed, making the SRH1540s as valuable for live work as they are in the studio.

Extreme comfort and adjustability for extended use

The Shure SRH1540 headphones sport cushy Alcantara circumaural earpads that comfortably envelope your ears and a fully adjustable, premium padded headband. so you can monitor marathon sessions without discomfort. Sporting an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy yoke, the SRH1540s are so lightweight you might even forget you have them on!

Shure professional quality for years of use

Shure's SRH1540 headphones are designed and built for serious professional use, both live and in the studio. The SRH1540's oxygen-free copper cable is detachable and sheathed in a Kevlar-reinforced jacket. And the SRH1540s come with everything you need - a storage case, replacement Alcantara earpads, replacement cable, and a threaded, gold-plated 1/4" adapter. Monitor with legendary Shure quality with SRH1540 premium closed-back headphones!

Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed-back Headphones Features:
  • Speaker-like monitoring experience with spacious soundstaging
  • Individually matched neodymium drivers
  • Extreme comfort and adjustability for extended studio use
  • Fully adjustable, premium padded headband
  • Lightweight construction, with aircraft-grade aluminum alloy yoke
  • Detachable oxygen-free copper cable with Kevlar-reinforced jacket
  • Included storage case, threaded 1/4" adapter, replacement cable, and Alcantara earpads
  • Shure professional quality for years of use
Get superb monitoring, accuracy, and comfort with Shure's SRH1540 headphones!

Additional Media

Headphones Buying Guide
Live Sound Monitor Buying Guide
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Open/Closed Closed
Fit Style Circumaural (Around the Ear)
Driver Size 40mm
Frequency Response 5Hz-25kHz
Impedance 46 ohms
Cable Type Straight
Replaceable Cable Yes
Cable Length 6'
Plug Size 1/8"
Weight 0.63 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SRH1540

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

Shure SRH1540 Headphones

I had to wait a day to write this review because I was speechless. The headphones I have been using for the past five years were Shure SRH940's and they have been outstanding. The SRH1540 headphones really kind of blew my existing pair away with the flatness of response. I ABA'd them and can say it was almost eerie to hear that much more detail. The next step was to put them through the daily rigors of studio work. The result was very positive with everything at lower volumes. When I mix and master I use three mediums: headphones, monitors, and automobile. These headphones will definitely help me make everything sound better in the car which is always a goal. Quality and reliability can be found in every product made by Shure so pick up a pair of these if you are really listening.
Music background: songwriter
5/5

Shure srh1540 studio headphones

These headphones are so clean that I am blown away. I love the great confort of the ear pads. I can wear them all day long. For the price, they can not be beat!!!
5/5

Absolutely fantastic cans for studio or on the go!

Review of Shure's SHR 1540 These are a fantastic headphone for $500. They are somewhat large, and do not fold down, but due to the aluminum head band and layered fiberglass ear cups they are very light. The build quality feels and looks super durable. The pads are filled with memory foam covered with Alcantara which feels like a velvety suede. They don't seem to get particularly hot either. They come with a solid carrying case, two sets of wires, a spare set of ear pads, and a 1/4" adapter. The wires do have to attach to each cup, and snap in via a Shure proprietary plug. I wish they had offered that in a universal plug, but it does snap in easily and will only break away if the tension was such that it could damage the phones. All in all the presentation, build quality, accessories and comfort are top notch, and worthy of a $500 set of cans. These cans are definitely designed for studio use and monitor mixing, but they kept the portable listener that wants the ultimate sound quality in mind. That is evident by the 46 OHM impedance and the slight warmth of the sound signature. I don't believe the user that demands an absolutely flat, analytic can with a perfectly neutral response would be satisfied. The highs absolutely sparkle, but are not forward set to the point of fatigue. The mids are rock solid and ever present. Bass is solid. You don't just get the thump from a kick drum, but also the leathery slap of the mallet against the skin. The pacing and accuracy of the bass is flawless. It's punchy from a non-bass head perspective, and absolutely plenty and fun for me. Bloat and distortion is zero. On literally every song I've listened to I've heard nuances that I had never heard before. The bass gives that impression you get from being inches from a high quality 18" powered sub. The bass hits, and you can hear the vibration of the decay so accurately. The response goes so low that some songs present bass notes that I didn't know we're on the mix on lesser cans. Soundstage and separation is absolutely impressive. You can hear a perfect Doppler effect as a sound streams from side to side. Everything has a palpable impact. I was so impressed on my initial listen that I kept getting goosebumps and catching myself chuckling in disbelief in awe of the amazing presentation of songs I had previously been bored with. I've been everywhere from Bocelli to Jay Z to Travis Tritt, to Skrillex, to BSB. It seems to work equally on all. For some it may not have enough impact on EDM bass wise. I will say that I don't feel like I'm getting every penny of the listed 99db spl listed with just an iPhone driving. I will be getting a DAC/AMP to bring them to the next level. All in all as near perfect of a set of cans as I could imagine. I actually doubt how much difference I'd be able to hear on a $2000 can. They are THAT good. I'd recommend these to anyone! I'd have to agree with the many, many rave reviews that have said you can't beat these for under $1,000.
Music background: Singer, DJ, audiophile, tech geek
5/5

Incredible Headphones!

These are truly amazing headphones. I wanted to buy a pair of very high quality closed back headphones and these are perfect. I am the first to admit that I'm addicted to headphones and own AKG, Beyer, Sony, and Sennheiser cans. The sound is phenomenal, and they're very comfortable. I tried the MoFi headphones which also sound very good, but are very uncomfortable. The Shure 1540 are as good as it gets! I've been wearing them for hours on end and they're very comfortable.
Music background: Pro Musician, Record Label Owner
5/5

Truly a premium product

Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Shure or any other company. My opinions are mine, and my own. Pro: Offering exceptional fidelity and comfort with a brilliant construction and thoughtful extras the Shure 1540 is a headphone that is not easily bested. Cons: With a rather steep price tag it can be a large pill to swallow for someone hesitant to take the leap. Overall: The new Shure closed flag ship is a major contender to the headphone market. I believe it to be one of, if not the best closed back headphone on the market. It brings superb comfort with an above average imaging and soundstage that makes it hard to put down. It is simply a joy to listen too. The Shure 1540 is the first headphone I have come across in my budding audiophile career that seems to check almost all the boxes. I have had the absolute pleasure listening to them. I have had friends listen to them (one who never seems to see the difference in my headphones). She instantly remarked when I took them out of the box “those look like really nice headphones.” A moment later I played a song and had her listen. Her comment was, “okay yeah these do sound really good.” I feel this puts these in a nut shell. The just sound and feel so right. I will break down this review into several topics. If you want a streamlined version I will have a numerical breakdown listed below (for those impatient readers!). Sound: The sound I can best describe as something like a Nike swoosh. It has a bump in the bass (but controlled) and a slight spike in the upper treble to give it some sparkle. It is, however, very close to neutral to my ears which is great as it allows me the EQ it to my personally needs relatively easily however my ideal sound is very close to its “normal” sound so I don’t really need to do much to it as far as EQ is concerned. I should also mention that I have been using the Fiio E17 with these. They do not require an AMP to be used, but they do scale up well. The overall sound isolation is good (rated at 15 db) which is about average. They leak little noise unless at dangerous volumes. This means if someone is singing along to your music with these on your head, turn the music down! Comfort: As you may already know after reading other reviews these headphones are extremely comfy. The ultra-plush ear pads have a slow recovery memory foam which molds to your head exerting just the right amount of force to create a good seal, but not too much to cause pressure points. This is vital for me as I wear glasses, and these are the first pair of headphones I have ever worn that don’t put pressure on them. It is truly remarkable. Furthermore these pads get even better, as they are covered in an Alcantara™ fabric. It is essentially extra durable synthetic suede which is very soft on the skin and breaths better than most other pads. Style: This is a less essential category but many people do care how their headphones look. They are simple, yet stunning. They have a very modern feel and the carbon fiber backing is a unique look. I personally like how they have a more understated design, but not simply boring. I think Shure did a good job in the department. Durability: These headphones are clearly built to last, as the premium price should indicate. They are made of aluminum, carbon fiber, and high quality plastic housing. There are hardly any moving parts, only part that moves is the adjustable headband, which is one of the smoothest mechanisms I have used (no clicking). This lack of moving parts means fewer things to easily break, like hinges. In addition the cable is replaceable and the pads. If they either wear out or some tragedy causes them to break then Shure is kind enough to provide you with spares of each, included with the purchase. If the headphones were not strong enough they come with a substantial carrying case which will protect these cans from most anything, although it is a bit bulky. In short these are meant to last Value: As I have stated this is a sizable purchase, however some things to consider are: They come with all replaceable parts which separately are expensive as well. It is logical to assume that this influenced the final price tag. Many people have grown used to buying Beats for 400, so in reality this is a phenomenal deal, as you get superior, well… everything in my opinion (yes I have listen to Beats, specifically the new studios). Sound is much better, comfort is better, build is better, and value is better. Having said this they are still a large purchase and are not suited for everyone. That is your decision to make as a consumer. I can say that if you have the budget these are well worth your time or interest. Sound: 9.5/10 Comfort: 10/10 Style: 9/10 Durability: 9.5/10 Value: 8/10 Overall: 9.2/10 Recommend: Yes Summary: These headphones are hands down the best that I have heard and currently own. The offer a superior imaging and sound stage for a closed back headphone, of which I have not experienced before. The sound is rich and supple making these a pure joy to listen to, which is good cause their comfort allowing me to listen for very long durations! I hope this review helps, feel free to comment and ask questions I will do my best and reply/ answer!
Music background: Hobbyist, Student
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