Shure headphones are standard equipment in top studios worldwide. Why? Comfort (essential for marathon monitoring situations), bulletproof reliability, and world-class accuracy. In the studio, the quality of your mixes relies on the accuracy of your monitors. Shure headphones are prized for their absence of "hype," a characteristic that reduces listening fatigue and makes them invaluable as studio monitors.
Closed- vs. Open-back Headphones
Closed-back headphones are ideal in situations where isolation is important. In the studio, closed-back 'phones let musicians monitor without the sound from their "cans" leaking into open mics around them. And if you're engaged in critical listening in a noisy environment, closed-backs keep distracting ambient sound to a minimum. If you have the luxury of quiet surroundings, however; open-back headphones give you a more natural, speaker-like listening experience, with a more spacious soundscape than closed-back 'phones can produce. This overcomes the main objection many recording engineers have to monitoring on headphones: the sense of being smack dab in the middle of your mix.
Circumaural vs. Supra-aural Headphones
Headphones typically sit over (circumaural) or on (supra-aural) the ear. As circumaural 'phones envelop your ears with cushioned earpads, they're apt to be more sound-isolating – that is, resistant to audio escaping out and ambient sounds seeping in. They also tend to be larger and heavier than their supra-aural cousins. Because supra-aural phones do not seal around the ear, they don't provide good isolation — which makes them desirable in situations where you need to be aware of what else is going on in the room — DJs are a perfect example.
Shure offers a range of professional headphones in both closed- and open-back designs. Ideal for critical listening – or just enjoying your favorite tunes, Shure has a pair of headphones to fit your needs and budget.
Whether you're using them as in-ear monitors onstage, or during your workout at the gym, Shure earphones give you incredible fidelity, superior isolation, and a comfortable fit. All models include Shure's Fit Kit, which contains small, medium, and large sound isolating sleeves that give you a customized fit and up to 37dB of isolation. A lightweight, low-profile design with optimized nozzle angle lets Shure earphones rest comfortably in the ear, while detachable Kevlar-reinforced cables with formable wire and gold-plated lock-snap MMCX connectors ensure secure placement – and easy replacement or customization.