Shure Unveils High-End, Carbon-Fiber SRH1540 Headphones


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.

In this case, Shure used carbon fiber to close the back of the SRH1540’s earcups, then attached the cups to an aluminum alloy yoke, which looks identical to the yoke used in Shure’s SRH1840. The cups are fitted with suede-like Alcantara earpads.

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.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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