What do high-end bicycles, Formula One race cars and Shure’s pricey new SRH1540 headphones have in common? Yes, they’re all snazzy objects that can boost your coolness factor, and/or might help you get laid (except maybe the bicycle). Also, they’re all made with carbon fiber.
The similarity between the close-backed 1540s and the open-backed 1840s doesn’t just end with the exterior. Like the 1840s, the 1540s also employ 40mm neodymium drivers and oxygen-free copper cable.
Shure says the new set has warmer bass than the 1840s, which is what you might expect; open-backed sets are generally described as more accurate but more clinical. Another difference between the two: The new ‘phones are $624, a bit less expensive than the $699 SRH1840s.